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Token - Alpine Beer Company

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88
very good

67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 8.93%
Wants: 8
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-16-2010)
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

t0rin0, Aug 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

zestar, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +2%

GRG1313, May 20, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

SocalKicks, Apr 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

largadeer, May 19, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on-draught at Alpine's pub into a 5 oz sampler. Reviewed from notes taken in January 2013.

A: Pours a half finger head of nice cream and thickness, but poor retention. Body colour is a dark caramel-black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Caramel, dark malts, buried roast, and residual sweetness. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Dark malts, caramel, and buried light roast. Very balanced and enjoyable. Flavourful and tasty. I quite like it. Complex yet pleasant to drink.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Carbonation is perfect. Great thickness and presence on the palate.

Dr: Very drinkable. A quality porter; I quite like it. Yet another solid beer from Alpine. I'd definitely get it again.

B

kojevergas, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

bsuedekum, May 10, 2014
Photo of Gobzilla
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of illidurit
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by someone I didn't know at Woodshop 5.0. Pours clear dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma is very chocolatey with roasty coffee notes and light smoke. Flavor is roasted malts and dark chocolate, pretty standard stuff. The only thing that stands out is the nice mouthfeel; it's very chewy and luxurious. Nothing wrong with this beer, just a little too generic.

illidurit, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of popery
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes 1/28/11 (I think this was thanks to largadeer). Growler. Solid strong porter. I think I had my expectations set a bit too high, but it was still quite enjoyable. It pours dark brown with a small tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits and earthiness. It tasted medium sweet with a lot of fruity dark malt flavor. The roasted malt notes combined with some grassy hoppiness seemed a bit acidic. Some nice nuttiness in the background. Feel was fairly creamy but seemed to thin out in the finish. I’d like to revisit this one in the future.

popery, Aug 14, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

CheapBeerBuzz, Feb 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

warnerry, Apr 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

akang, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of srandycarter
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 notchucknorris
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Brien's

A: Black with a thin light brown head. Some spots of lacing.

S: Mostly roasted malt with a bit of earth and some hints of coffee.

T: Some sweet roasted malt with a touch of black cherry and molasses. Hints of coffee and chocolate as well. Pretty good stuff.

notchucknorris, May 01, 2012
Photo of nickd717
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler thanks to largadeer.

Very dark brown in color with a one-finger tan head and some lacing.

Roasty and coffeeish aroma with some piney hop notes.

The flavor is pretty nice, with roast and coffee, slight dark fruits, and piney hops but not in excess. Some nutty flavors.

Medium-bodied, fairly dry yet smooth on the mouthfeel. Solid stuff.

nickd717, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of Arbitrator
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chilled growler into a glass. Thanks, Brian! From notes.

A: Pours a dark brown body with 1" tan head. Good retention, with some lacing down the sides.

S: Roasty and chocolatey even when the beer is cold. The roast aromas are suggestive of coffee. As it warms, some lactic twang or dark fruit becomes noticeable.

T: Chocolate and coffee-like roasted grain. I had trouble telling whether the mild dark fruit flavor was anise or possibly even some lactic sourness. When cold, it has an astringent finish, but it becomes more chocolatey on the back end as it warms.

M: Lush, velvety. Medium-full bodied. Expressive even when cold, though there are some flaws at that temperature (as noted above). Thin-bodied. No heat.

O: This is decent. It's not my favorite of their beers, but it's a solid porter. Reminds me of New Old Lompoc Batch 69 in some ways.

Arbitrator, Oct 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

Zbeetleman, May 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

djaeon, Mar 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

JohnnieNepal, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of HalfFull
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass. This Token beer pours a deep brown with some mahogany highlights. An inch of dense mocha foam breaks down slowly, leaving spatters of lacing, eventually reducing to, yet maintaining, a thin surface cap.

Smell is of cocoa and light grated chocolate. Bit of a thin sweet caramel and cherry fruit presence is noted after the foam settles.

Taste is pleasant and matches the nose. A slightly thinner body than expected is found. At 8.5% I expected a richer body yet this masks the ABV quite well and maintains a lightness on the palate. Finish lingers with a flash of the malt depth I was anticipating, wrapping it up with a slight char character. Feel improves with warming and offers a strong drinkability, particularly for the ABV. Solid though lacking any special attraction.

HalfFull, May 24, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

jvillefan, Sep 10, 2014
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Token from Alpine Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.