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Token - Alpine Beer Company

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87
very good

66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 8.93%
Wants: 9
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-16-2010)
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

BrianTheBrewer30, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of MiScusi
4.83/5  rDev +23.2%

Consumed this growler 2 days after filling it up. Looks like a porter, smells like a porter, and tastes like a porter. That is why I gave it such high marks. They made it imperial but still kept it within the porter style, distant from the stout category. Nicely done. The flavor is a mixture of the chocolate and roasted malt varieties (shocker), but the roastiness is not overdone. Just enough to give it a hint of coffee. Super drinkable. Other than getting drunk, I would have no problem being a finish a whole growler of this.

MiScusi, Feb 12, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

mre4b, Apr 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

djaeon, Mar 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

codynevels, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of imagese
4.47/5  rDev +14%

On tap @ O'Brien's

A- dark dark ruby with the slighest amber on the edges. Pour yielded very little head, but lacing was pretty full, although spotty

S- great roasted malt with the slighest dark fruit sweetness. A faint burnt roast smell pops in.

T- heavy fark fruit blast followed by a great roasted malt and hop kick

M- velvety and awesome.

D- I could cruise on this beer all night, but O'Brien's has too many other amazing beers to enjoy

imagese, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%

On-tap at Blue Palms

A: The pour is a dark, dark brown with a finger's worth of tan colored head.

S: The nose is a touch simple, but still quite enjoyable. A lot of coffee and roasted malt, maybe a touch of smoke.

T: The flavor is very smokey, I can almost taste the smoke before the beer hits my tongue. There's also plenty of coffee and chocolate to round this one out.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation and a creamy feel on the tongue.

D: Normally I'm not a huge fan of beers that have this smokey quality to them, but this was very enjoyable. A very nice porter, indeed.

womencantsail, Feb 19, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

bsuedekum, May 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

EZEZ, Aug 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

jkball01, Apr 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

t0rin0, Aug 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

stantheposterman, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of Ambiorix
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

On cask at O'Brien's Pub in San Diego.

A: Black-brown pour, tan head, decent lace.

S: Nice roasty, coffee, yeasty aroma.

T: Roasty malt, slight spice note, alcohol, very nice hop flavor. Well-balanced.

M: Medium, nicely soft carbonation.

D: Really nice porter. Would have liked to have stayed for another, but alas, O'Brien's is quite the popular place and there was absolutely no where to sit.

Ambiorix, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of Gobzilla
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

On tap at pizza port san clemente

Poured a dark chocolate brown with a half finger of head and left good bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was nice consisting of roastiness smokiness, chocolate, slight coffee, and faint cocoa notes. The flavor was also really chocolatey with the same roasty smokiness like the nose but had toffee, cocoa, and slight raspberry accents. The brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, slight fruity, roasty, smokey, and silky finish. It drank really good and was happy to have the oppotunity to try this beer again.

Gobzilla, Oct 23, 2010
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4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

Growler via trade with smokepot23 - thanks!

Pours one shade from black with a surprisingly robust 1.5-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with equal amounts of semi-sweet chocolate and pine hops.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Lightly roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderate amounts of semi-sweet chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip hints of earthy and pine hops come into play. The hops fade out quickly, allowing the malts to carry through to a moderately bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass without any problems and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was expecting a hopped-up porter but instead I was pleased to find a traditional take on the style, and one that was very well done. Worth a shot.

glid02, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse. Served in a wide mouth tulip.

Seal brown body, auburn highlights. A thin beige head recedes to a small collar and thin isle of larger bubbles. Decent lacing. A swirl brings back the cream.

Mellow but thoroughly roasted malt. Faint fruit as well.

Layered malt flavors, a mix of roast and bready specialties. Slightly leathery finish. Very clean over all.

Medium-bodied, well carbonated, somewhat creamy.

Not the most distinctive porter, but very pure and basically faultless...

augustgarage, Feb 18, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

On tap at O'Brien's during 2012 CBC/WBC week. Pint glass.

Pours black, with a half finger of tan head, with very good retention for the entire pour and lots of lacing. Smell is nice, big coffee flavors and roastiness, as is the taste, both in good balance. Smooth mouthfeel with medium body and carbonation. Overall, a very good example of the style; hard to get too excited, but a tasty everyday option.

pmarlowe, May 04, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

A - Very dark cola brown with amber hues when put up to the light. Quarter inch tan head leaves slowly to disk. Some patchy cling lace.

S - Slightly reminds me mildly of chocolate milk or chocolate chip cookies.

T - Again, very similar to smell, but fainter than I had hoped. Some coffee. Flavors fairly light for such a big porter.

M - Creamy, nice texture, good bite at the end. Balanced well. Good carb even though the growler is a few days old.

D - Pretty drinkable for a 8.5 porter!

srandycarter, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of RaulMondesi
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%

On tap at the joint itself - Alpine Beer Company.

Has a dark, yet thin-ish black appearance. We'll move on...

Aroma is good like Bar Rafaeli sipping her morning coffee - I can get used to this.

Taste meets you well like Bar in her nighty after she ate a chocolate soufflé... Yes, I think I will kiss you goodnight.

Not with the best of the best, but good.

Yep!

RaulMondesi, Apr 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

SPRichard, May 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

GRG1313, May 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

spark3148857, May 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

jlb502, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

danwho, Mar 03, 2013
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Token from Alpine Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.