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Pick Axe Porter - Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling Co.

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Pick Axe PorterPick Axe Porter

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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This moderately sweet satisfying deep ruby hued ale has a rich, malty flavor. Pacific Northwest Cascade hops enhance the distinctive citric aroma from the hops.

33 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2002)
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Reviews by Overlord:
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Pours a ruddy light brown. Doesn't look particularly porter-ish.

Smell is a strange earthy/rust/oxidized malt aroma. Ugh. Or is that stale coffee? Unsure.

Taste is all over the place. Hints of chocolate that are dying beneath a burnt, stale, earthy coffee and strange rust flavoring. Quickly grew wearisome to drink.

Would not revisit. Too thin for the style.

08-15-2011 18:42:18 | More by Overlord
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Appearance – This gave up a beautiful brown body and a moderate off-white head.

Smell – The deep malts have a sense of richness to them, although the bouquet is not big in and of itself. There are some easy woodish and alcohol notes and maybe a touch of whisky.

Taste – The malts came over nicely from the smell, but I’m getting some good coffee in here as well. The alcohol is bigger, too, but not stingy.

Mouthfeel – This is not able to reach the measure of medium-bodied, but it’s thin in a good way and I won’t count that against it.

Drinkability – This is a good drinking porter that’s light yet at the same time fun to throw back.

Comments – Thanks to skyhand for bringing this over to the first bi-weekly Empty Cellar night.

05-15-2006 06:15:40 | More by RoyalT
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

05-15-2013 02:11:32 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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4.28/5  rDev +15.7%


I am impressed with this porter from silver gulch. pours a very deep dark color with ruby highlights. Fluffy off white head stands tall but fades fast and lace sticks quite well. Nose is roasted malt and a touch of copper. The taste is alot of roasted malt up front, that quickly turns into some coffee flavor. Very roasty. a nice little kiss of hop bite on the finish. Mouthfeel is lacking here and should be a bit thicker, but is ok. Drinkability is quite good, I will defenitely get this one again for some sessioning. I am impressed, more of a reason to finally make the drive and check out the new brewpub in Fox. Good porter.

04-20-2008 02:17:46 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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4.05/5  rDev +9.5%

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass
purchased summer 2006, found in back of closet last month so take this review for what it's worth :) I am reviewing this because it doesn't not seemed flawed.

A: very dark brown, only a little light comes through. No head or lace.
S: Chocolate, caramel, toffee, no hops
T: sweet malts, lots of dark caramel and toffee, the chocolate is less apparent compared to the nose, again no hops at all.
M: very low carbonation, almost flat, light on the tongue but not watery, I suspect that bottle caps don't work perfectly after this much time.
D: I remember this being an excellent beer, I bought a case at the brewery for the drive back to the lower 48. After 3.5 years, the only "flaw" is the very low level of carbonation. Even now, this is a very drinkable (and very good example of) porter. Well worth trying if you are in the area, I will definitely buy more when I can.

12-09-2009 01:17:56 | More by wspscott
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

08-13-2013 13:14:07 | More by DrinkSlurm
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3.9/5  rDev +5.4%

This porter is a dark red in color, with a small head out of the tap. Definitely light in color for a Porter.

Not a whole lot on the nose. A hint of alcohol, and some maltiness.

The taste is malty at first, with a touch of balancing hops. Slightly smokey and roasted flavors present themselves after the first few sips.

The mouthfeel is very light for a Porter, without the thickness that is usually associated with one.

Drinkability is high due to the light mouthfeel and the pleasant, non-challenging taste.

10-18-2007 23:18:23 | More by paradigmblue
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4.2/5  rDev +13.5%

Had this beer at the brewery tap in Fox, Alaska.

Deep brown-red color in the glass. Nice tan head, good aroma with some roasted notes.

Rich, malty flavor with a dry finish.Moderately hopped with Cascades.

At 4.5% ABV, it's very drinkable, an excellent example of a brown porter style and a good session beer.

07-09-2009 22:19:19 | More by Reswald
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3.9/5  rDev +5.4%

The body is black but not opaque with a tan head. Big roasty nose. Coffee, toffee, grass come in on the tongue. Lighter than stout but creamy, slightly soapy.

08-04-2002 21:38:45 | More by aracauna
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

My pour resulted in a rocky finger's worth of light-tan head with decent retention. Nose had dark chocolate and charcoal aroma. Color was a deep-brown with ruby highlights. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a taste like chocolate on the tongue. Finish had a more bitter charcoal taste than I like in a porter, but overall, it was a winner.

07-30-2008 20:44:41 | More by woodychandler
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3.48/5  rDev -5.9%

12oz bottle acquired in trade with BeerandBlues2 (thanks!).

Poured a deep brown color with a red tint and a smaller sized tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, caramel, light smoke and light coffee. Tastes of chocolate, roast, caramel and had a light coffee finish. Tastes, like the body, a tad on the thin side.

Notes from 2/23/07

11-17-2008 21:53:52 | More by hopdog
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

06-25-2013 18:20:39 | More by JerryRiso
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

07-09-2013 21:45:16 | More by krome
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

12-31-2012 22:33:06 | More by blackcloud
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3.83/5  rDev +3.5%

12 Oz Bottle with a label of old Alaskan miners on the front. Porter pours a medium brown, not entirely opaque, and with very little head. Almost as much carbonation as a flat can of coke - I tried to generate head to little avail. Odour carries the scent of ethanol first and foremost, followed by a strong malted character. If there's anything lurking beneath these two, they don't get to come out and play.

Tastes smooth, malty, with a slightly bitter after. Flavour lingers shortly, before leaving a tingling sensation in the cheeks - almost like a carbonated bite, sans the carbonation. Smokey flavours emerge with time, especially as the beer warms, eventually turning to a charcoal-esq. nature. Goes down too fast, thanks to it's light body. It's worth noting that this beer is 4.3% ABW.

Strangely, this beer goes phenomenally well with chicken parmesan.

08-04-2008 02:50:03 | More by mrkc
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3.78/5  rDev +2.2%

This porter is sweet, but simple. Not real heavy on the body, but heavier than most on the bitterness. Not too bad, but definitely not one of the best.

05-04-2002 14:40:03 | More by beernut7
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

06-12-2014 22:01:32 | More by pathead
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3.13/5  rDev -15.4%

Bottle courtesy of NoonanDBarbarian poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark ruby with a small bubbly off-white head that dissipates very quickly leaving almost no lacing. The aroma is very tame, mostly sweet caramel malts with a hint of coffee. The taste is also very light with sweet malts and only a hint of the dark roasted coffee in the background. There is a generous earthy hop profile as well. The mouthfeel is a little thin with lots of carbonation. This is an average porter that is a bit light for my liking. Still drinkable though.

11-04-2008 04:08:31 | More by gford217
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

07-04-2013 18:10:49 | More by ColSanders123
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

06-13-2014 21:17:34 | More by drinkAK
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

11-18-2011 23:25:03 | More by lakersfan16
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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

07-11-2014 19:21:26 | More by kscaldef
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

01-27-2013 14:30:59 | More by t0rin0
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

02-11-2014 06:43:09 | More by galapaghost
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

02-24-2013 01:52:00 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Pick Axe Porter from Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling Co.
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