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Russell Black Death Porter - Russell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Russell Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: canucklehead on 02-09-2010

53 IBU
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Photo of Mlkluther
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a tan head that dissipates but leaves some lacing.

Nose has roasted malt, smoke, cocoa, and coffee.

Taste follows nose.

Good beer. Not great. It is missing the smoothness I have enjoyed in other porters.

Photo of Ericbeech_87
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StJamesGate
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Black Frog, Vancouver.
Ruby black with webby beige film that webs. 3.75
Big roasty ash nose with some black currant. 3.75
Coffee grounds, some treacle, baker’s chocolate, not much in the way of hops. 3.75
Slight chocolate truffle ending and oily coffee bean bitter linger.
Lt-med, dry, slight chew. 4

Whoa, lean. Lots of sharp black acid malts combined with ashy roast gives this Irish levels of dryness. Harsh, but the name did warn you. 4

Photo of Bunman3
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well, this is not what I thought it might be, but that is why I try new beers! I love the look and concept behind a porter/wee heavy, but the taste does not really play out that way. More than anything this is a solid porter - smoky, chocolate malts and espresso are the dominant flavours for me. I'm not sure if there is much else to say, aside from the noticeable absence of the wee heavy characteristics I love so much. I would seek this one out again, but approach it with the knowledge of what it truly is.

Photo of Exeter
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Slongie
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. The label marketing blurb seems to indicate that this is a blending of styles, between an unspecified as such porter, and a Scottish Wee Heavy. Let the hilarity ensue.

This beer pours a clear (I believe), very dark brown colour, with prominent basal cola highlights, and two skinny fingers of puffy, rocky, and densely foamy beige head, which leaves a bit of imminently landing organic alien spacecraft (I know!) lace around the glass as things indeterminately sink away.

It smells of lightly roasted bready pale malt, biscuity caramel, mild dry coffee grounds, a bit of stale black licorice, muddled dry cocoa powder, and plain leafy, floral hops. The taste is semi-sweet chocolate malt, a sturdy caramelized breadiness, somewhat acrid Nordic anise notes, slightly lactic coffee, and not all that zippy earthy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are quite active and frothy, but not at all overbearing, the body a pleasant enough medium weight for whatever style it is they're going for, and equally smooth, with a touch of airy creaminess from the get-go. It finishes a tad off-dry, the chocolate, coffee, and neutered coffee notes still large and most certainly in charge.

I'm getting a whole metric whack more of a heady porter's notes here, than anything particularly Scottish in nature - semi-dry chocolate, underwhelming sour milk, and all those other minor porter/stout essences conspiring to drive an easy nail into the coffin of anything 'wee', or 'heavy', in the High or Lowlands sense, and yet those terms may still well apply, overall.

Photo of PaulietheBrit
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of elbarko
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of Aggro
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of scameron
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of EspressoGuy
3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tasted at 10C
A: opaque black. Cola head.
S: Cola, moka, black licorice; Ribena. Appealing but very broad.
T: Very soft. Nothing there. Smoky malt. Some bitterness and black licorice at the end but generally pretty forgettable.
M: medium bodied
O: The smell gave me high hopes for this beer but the taste just wasn't there. It certainly isn't a bad beer but there's just not much to write home about.

Photo of kjyost
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of smekermann
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with reddish tints. Bold notes of dark chocolate, smoke and coffee on the nose. Rich, deep dark malt notes of smoke, coffee and chocolate on the palate, with a big hoppy backbone. Has a nice creamy mouthfeel.

Photo of MylesMac
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of leaddog
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a brown-black with a finger width of foamy beige head.

Smell - Chocolate malts, barley, hint of floral hops.

Taste - Roasted chocolate and barley malts with a touch of sour in the finish. Light hops presence.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A nice English porter from Russell Brewing. Good amount of roasted notes and barley flavour.

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of CurtisD
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Geoffeweizen
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of LampertLand
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Russell Brewing 'Black Death Porter' @ 6.5% , served from a 650 ml bottle , paid $6.50
A-pour is dark brown with a tight fine offwhite head , which is quickly dissapating leaving a minimal lace ring along the stein
S-faints smells of chocolate , coffee , sweet vanilla is also apparent
T-sweet start , very dry finish
MF-thin viscosity , soda like carbonation
Ov-okay beer (not bad , certainly not a great beer , can't justify calling it a good beer)
something missing for a beer named Black Death , one and done

cheers LampertLand

Photo of KalanM
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of 4ster
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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Russell Black Death Porter from Russell Brewing Company
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