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Token - Alpine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 8.91%


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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womencantsail

California

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2010 05:00:48 | More by womencantsail
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kojevergas

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2013 20:07:25 | More by kojevergas
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glid02

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-04-2011 23:53:44 | More by glid02
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srandycarter

California

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

Serving type: growler

09-28-2010 03:44:10 | More by srandycarter
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illidurit

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-23-2010 21:41:12 | More by illidurit
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nickd717

California

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-26-2011 16:26:59 | More by nickd717
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Arbitrator

California

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-29-2011 20:39:58 | More by Arbitrator
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popery

California

3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-14-2011 20:28:44 | More by popery
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HalfFull

California

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-24-2010 04:34:00 | More by HalfFull
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Gobzilla

California

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2010 10:28:16 | More by Gobzilla
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augustgarage

California

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2010 06:55:16 | More by augustgarage
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notchucknorris

California

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2012 21:21:08 | More by notchucknorris
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kirok1999

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near black with hints of lace around the edge of the snifter. Smells nicely sweet, hints of dark malts and rich caramel. That's about it in the smell. No chocolate or coffee.
Taste is mild and a bit watery. Hints of chocolate come out in the taste along with the caramel and malts that are present in the smell. A thin mouthfeel with a lingering mildly dry finish. Not a bad porter but could be a bit denser.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 01:27:44 | More by kirok1999
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MiScusi

California

4.83/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: growler

02-12-2010 00:09:03 | More by MiScusi
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2012 06:04:42 | More by pmarlowe
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RaulMondesi

California

4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2014 22:21:32 | More by RaulMondesi
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berkey

California

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub in Alpine on 10/30/10. Served in a large tulip. Unfortunately the beer was far too cold when I received it so I had to wait for awhile for it to warm up.

A very small light tan head caps a completely opaque black body. Head dies almost immediately leaving a thin film atop the beer.

Aroma is loaded with chocolate with some nice backing roasted coffee notes. On track for the American Porter style.

Flavors are basically identical to the aroma but a little more clearly defined. Chocolate notes now call to mind a milk chocolate candy bar while the roasted malts are less coffee-like but still fairly acrid. Alcohol sweetness is nicely hidden considering the monster ABV but still a little more present than I prefer in the style. Gains some nutty notes as it completes the journey to room temperature.

Although it doesn't break my top ten for the style this is another very good beer from the Alpine Beer Co.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2010 17:03:56 | More by berkey
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imagese

California

4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2011 03:27:33 | More by imagese
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Ambiorix

Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: cask

01-20-2011 23:42:09 | More by Ambiorix
Token from Alpine Beer Company
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