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Snake Pit Porter - Oaken Barrel Brewing Company

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Snake Pit PorterSnake Pit Porter

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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oaken Barrel Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-14-2003)
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Reviews by karengarys:
Photo of karengarys
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours as you would expect with a porter - dark brownish black, transparent (not hazy) leaving almost no head - but I'm a slow pourer.

Smells nice and sweet with coffee.

Taste is of coffee and has a pine hop balance.

Mouthfeel is fairly typical, okay, not bad. As it warms it flattens out.

This is slightly thin for a porter, but perhaps it should be.... It wets out as it warms in the glass.

This is a pretty good drink. At least give it a try if you see it.

karengarys, Apr 24, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of ajkiser12
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

ajkiser12, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of IntriqKen
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with a decent full finger of tan to coffee colored bubbles on top that seem to hang around for the entire drink. Pours a little thin.

Aroma is burnt malt and lightly citrus hops. Orange scented hops.

Taste is brurnt chocolate malt and lots of bitter, strong coffee. Not nasty bitter...richly bitter but not quite espresso.

Aftertaste is mostly the bitter coffee flavors with just a hint of sweetness.

Not a spectacular Baltic, but a decent drinker.

IntriqKen, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of secondtooth
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black, with very little carbonation. No lacing at all, here.

Nose is cocoa nibs, and a little roasty.

Flavor profile is a creamy sweet chocolate, with some roasted coffee notes near the finish. Creamier and sweeter than most typical porters (but perhaps more typical of a Baltic Porter, as this one's categorized as), this one's well enjoyable.

secondtooth, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So its a crappy rainy cold day....spent all morning running kids around to their activities and doing erands for the wife....so now its my time to sit and have a Snake Pit and watch the Buckeyes vs Purdue hoops game...that I DVR'ed earlier in the day. The Snake Pit poured black into my pint glass with a ecru foam head. The nose on this beer is espresso hints with chocolate malt. The taste is confirms the nose, coffee and malt with subtle chocolate is present, there may even be a hint of black licorice in it as well. I would rate the taste on this beer higher if it had more body or more creamier. Just a tad to watery for my taste. However, I could session this beer....no problem!!!! Enjoy!

WoodBrew, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of RickS95
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slow forming, thick beige head. Beer looks like oil.

I was surprised by the smell. I expected chocolate or coffee, and instead, hops and roasted malts were prevalent in the nose.

The taste is complex. The roasted flavors are there, as are hints of coffee, before giving way to the bittering hops in the finish. There is great lacing.

Like most porters I've had, this beer gives a creamy mouthfeel. I like porters, and while this lacks the sweetness I enjoy in one, this offered a more 'grown up' taste that I could enjoy over and over.

RickS95, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of beveritt
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label depicts a snake superimposed over the outline if Indiana. No visible freshness date. Some sediment in the bottom. Lists O.G at 14 degrees Plato.

Appearance: Pours with 3/4 inch tan head. This settles into a thin coating and some lacing. The beer itself is almost black, with a slight hint of red/brown around the edges.

Smell: Sweet malt, with a fair amoutn of alcohol in the nose. Hints of bitter coffee.

Taste: Roasted barley bitterness upfront, but only a medium amount. Hints of coffee and bitter chocolate. Nice long, lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Average to less than average carbonation level. Body is okay.

Drinkability: Not as "hefty" as I expect from a Baltic porter btu more so than a typical porter. Another solid offering form Oaken Barrel.

beveritt, May 14, 2007
Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep auburn brown, reddish glint in the light. Creamy foam at first that settles to a skim, and breaks up into a thin ring over time.

Sweet lactic aroma, carob or chocolate suggestion.

Roasty char lends some bitterness, earthy dry chocolate, coffee, with some dried plum notes at first. Tobacco leaf in the aftertaste.

The body dissipates into a slightly watery state, with mild astringency. Overall it drinks very well, and I would seek it out again.

emerge077, Aug 21, 2008
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3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a 1/4 inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. The aroma is light, it smells like roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Good thing the taste is stronger compared to the aroma. It tastes like roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and burnt/charred malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating with low/moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, it's certainly worth a try. $1.99 a single.

bluejacket74, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of illestkilla
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

illestkilla, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of n2185
2.6/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours black with a finger of khaki head that disappears almost entirely with no lacing.

S: Roasted malts with some faint chocolate and smokey aromas. The aroma's very muted and watered-down smelling.

T: Roasted malts here as well with some bitter cocoa and char flavors toward the finish.

M: Medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer is a bit watery and could benefit from more carbonation or a thicker body.

O: Not a very good porter, overall. Just kind of bland and boring without being offensive.

n2185, Sep 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Highstplz, May 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

dcisco44, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this one as an extra and had never even heard of it, but when I got home last night I was in the mood for a nice mellow porter so here we go. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/20/2009.
 
The pour was nice enough. Dark brown in color with a tiny bit of light shine through on the sides and the bottom, but just about right. Nice one inch layer of tan foam across the top which only briefly settled down and still left more then adequate lacing along the sides and the bottom of the glass. Lots of charcoal and roasted malts here are evident right away. Some nice light chocolate notes as well, really coming across quite nicely. Smooth, mellow carbonation lended itself well to showcasing the rich flavor that was inside. Nice sweet notes followed on the heals of the dark malts, really giving it quite some nice depth and providing for a very rich experience overall
 
Very nicely done here I have to say,. I was not expecting the world, but I was very surprised with how well this one turned out. I would have no issue at all with this and can honestly recommend it.
 

mikesgroove, May 21, 2009
Photo of Brent
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this with shepherd's pie at the brewpub - a great combination. This beer is what many robust porters strive to be - chocolate and coffee flavors abound. Lurking in the background is an alcohol flavor that hints of bourbon, like a bourbon-barrel aged ale. The finish was a distinct, long-lasting coffee with just enough sweetness to offset the hops bittering. Overall, a very well balanced beer. Potently flavored, but not at all overpowering.

Brent, Dec 17, 2003
Photo of swihart
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is living up to the hype I've heard, and I was a little skeptical. Lots of malt and coffee/toffee notes in the aroma and taste. There is a lot of chocolate aroma but more of a coffee flavor, slight hazelnut/pecan kind of nuttiness. Depth and complexity are profound. The littel tan head and low-ish level of carbonation are perfect IMO. The one I'm having now is a bit too cold, but it's probably not going to live to warm up much. Balance is good -- I do not find the alcohol aroma or flavor to stand out at all. Very clean finish, just small lingering roasty flavors. Reminds me a little bit of Edmund Fitzgerald (Great Lakes Brewing) and I wish I had one here to do a side-by-side.

swihart, Feb 18, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

TerryB, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of gopens44
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

All kinds of dark and opaque, but even with a forced pour, very little head and no lacing. Smell is equally unimpressive yet some amount of coffee coming through in the nose. Taste gets a lot better with coffee taste on top of a bit of chocolate and hints of anise. Finish carries ample bitterness as this thin beverage washes away. Aftertaste leaves an old time licorice taste on the edges of the tongue. Overall, this has a ton of flavor and depth. Next time I am up there in Indiana, I'll grab a few more.

gopens44, Jan 15, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had been looking for this brew for more than a year and was not disappointed. Poured into oversized snifter. Magnificent frothy head. Very aromatic. A hardy man's beer. Definitely underrated as baltic porters go. Tastes like it smells. Maybe a bit thin in mouthfeel but that was the only shortcoming.

cadizkyguy, Mar 22, 2010
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

ifixufly, Mar 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Zanico, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of jwc215
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing a bottle of this back for me from Indiana!

Pours opaque/shiny black with a tan head that falls to a patchy film. Some trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of roasted coffee with some ash and a subtle dark fruitiness.

The taste is of coffee with strong roasted notes with a backing of dark fruits. Bitterness and roastiness keep sweetness well-balanced. The darkness has a mix of pale, keeping it from entering "stout" territory. Roasty, bitterish, dry finish.

Borders full-bodied. Would be, but carbonation gives it a tad bit of thinness to keep it from being solidly full.

This is a porter with a big roasty character. (I didn't realize while writing my notes that it was a Baltic Porter - a bit surprised as it fits American porter so well.)

jwc215, Sep 03, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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, Apr 14, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap and in bottle.
Rich, dark, roasted malt aroma. Hint of coffee and some caramel/toffee sweetness. Aroma was pretty complex, with no hops evident. Very dark brown, almost black, appearance with a tan head. Head retention was good. Stong malt flavors, but not overpowering. Mild coffee and dark chocolate flavors were noted. Bitterness from roasted, dark, malt but couldn't detect any hop bitterness. Good medium bodied, slightly chewy. Good style for the local water profile. Listed at 5.6% ABV, but not overly warming. A good porter to enjoy at night on the back porch.

beerhobo22, Jun 14, 2009
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4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap, they are doing something different with this at the brewpub. It is their typical Snake-Pit Porter, however it is pushed with Nitrogen. They are calling it "Nitro Porter". Poured a pitch black with a creamy head typical of a nitro setup. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, with a little alcohol nose thrown in. Taste is completely balanced with just the right amount of sweetness and bitterness, which nicely hides the alcohol. The only downside was there was no carbonation. It had lots of creamyness from the nitro, but was flat, more like a cask ale on a handpull. Still it was a very good beer.

Indybeer, Apr 04, 2004
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Snake Pit Porter from Oaken Barrel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.