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Russell Black Death Porter - Russell Brewing Company

Russell Black Death PorterRussell Black Death Porter

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83
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29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 10.6%


Brewed by:
Russell Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
53 IBU

(Beer added by: canucklehead on 02-09-2010)
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EspressoGuy

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 03:50:43 | More by EspressoGuy
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CookstLiquor

British Columbia (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 23:47:59 | More by CookstLiquor
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 03:41:28 | More by leaddog
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 06:13:14 | More by LampertLand
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Has a deep cola colour, dark brown with red hue when held up to the light. Poured with about 3 cm of head which quickly dissipated. Very low carbonation, similar to day of pop.

S: Initial scent of dark fruit, raisons and cherries, followed by molasses and a touch of sulfur. Hint of dried banana and cocoa.

T: Malt and coffee, slight taste of sweet molasses followed by dark biter chocolate.

M: Mouthfeel is the weak link of this beer - it is very thin and watery. This does not have the heavier feel of a dark porter style that left me disappointed.

D: I paired this with slow cooked beans which I thought would mirror well with the thick, heavy beans. Unfortunately the thin mouthfeel did not hold up well to the beans as they only heightened the thinness of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 21:12:03 | More by FondueVoodoo
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle poured into tulip 1/2/12

A looks like dark cola with a ruby red glow when held to the light, two finger beige head quickly falls to a thin film leaving no lace

S some cold coffee, coco powder, raisins, some faint smoke and booze with a faint fruity aspect

T more dark fruits then I smell and just a little less of everything else, a little nuttiness I didn't smell

M a little thin and it could use more bubbles

O not a bad beer but there's something missing, I polished off the bomber with no issues but I wouldn't be that excited to see it again

Its a decent beer but I like a porter to be a little more rich, decent but I doubt I'll go looking for it again

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 02:42:24 | More by wordemupg
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: 1/8" mocha coloured head over cola coloured liquid.

S: Toasted malt, coffee, chocolate and anise.

T: Bitter flavours of toasted malt and coffee. Expected more based on the smell profile.

M: Thin viscosity and a very high level of soda-like carbonation.

O: I enjoy most of Russell's products but to be honest I was disappointed in this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 00:26:04 | More by DaftCaskBC
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

They say it's a wee heavy porter... and it does sort of bridge those styles. Sort of a winter-warmer?

A: Deep brown, pours with a light tan head, very little retention or lace.

S: Sweet caramel, roasted nuts, candied fruit, plum pudding... very sweet, malty aroma, very intriguing.

T: It's almost like a soft drink, which is surprising for a brew of this strength. Sweet cola, caramel, light roasted nut & candied fruit. The bitterness is really restrained, allowing the sweet malts to come through. Personally, I'd add a little hop or roasted bitterness for balance. As is, it's begging for some more chocolate flavour (black patent and hops would produce an entirely different beast... perhaps more in-line with its namesake).

M: The body seems a little thin.

D: An easy drinker for its weight, but not very enticing.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 02:59:53 | More by Derek
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hreb

Washington

3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this 22oz bottle in BC in May; let it rest in the fridge since then. Served in a pint glass. Beer pours just on the brown side of black with nearly no head. Aroma is sickly sweet.

Initial taste is slightly less sweet, with moderate carbonation, and a thin, portery mouthfeel. Honestly, this is mostly just bland, sorry guys. There is a little bit of chocolaty bitterness to balance out the sugar flavor. Is this really just stale already? Did it travel pourly? The beer doesn't show any signs of damage (flat, skunked, or otherwise stale flavors), and at 6.5% ("high in alcohol" according to the label -- which also claims the beer is unpasteurized), so a couple months ought not to hurt.

Drinkable, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 03:03:22 | More by hreb
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting porter from Russell. Better than their winter porter. Ruby-black with a very thin white head.

Roasted malt, chocolate and coffee and sweet vanilla. In the nose. Cherries lurk in the background, even a hint of bananas.

Coffee-and-cream-and-sugar taste, bananas, sweet cherries and milk chocolate. Very complex and developed taste. As it warms, different flavours come out.

Smooth, slight carbonation. Very nice, sweet dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 05:21:55 | More by BDTyre
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Russell is starting to get the hang of this limited edition bottling. This is a totally solid porter with a large mouthfeel and a slight vanilla taste in the midbody. The beer starts on the sweetish side and finishes with a nice dry taste. Very drinkable and well crafted this is the kind of beers that Russell can be proud of and bodes well for the future

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 03:22:56 | More by canucklehead
Russell Black Death Porter from Russell Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.