Pick Axe Porter - Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling Co.

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Pick Axe PorterPick Axe Porter

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Reviews: 17
Hads: 38
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 19.31%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2002

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
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Reviews: 17 | Hads: 38
Reviews by Overlord:
Photo of Overlord
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5


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.

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Photo of wspscott
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of paradigmblue
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Reswald
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of aracauna
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.71/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lifit
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Wilcox39
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of hopdog
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of JerryRiso
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of 303beer
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear brown color with a thin white head. Has a nice roast smell with hints of coffee. The texture is first noticed. It is smooth then the taste of a light roast with a touch of coffee. Very very nice porter. Would drink this all day. Good job the the brewery.

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Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of captenaj
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked a 12 oz bottle up in the Anchorage airport.

Appearance: Pours a dark forming with a small head and with minimal lacing.
Smell: Chocolate, malty. Not fruity.
Taste: Very pleasant. Chocolate comes through.
Mouthfeel: Thin, no body.
Overall: A pleasant beer that I would like to try again. It could use a bit more substance in the mouthfeel but overall, quite good.

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Photo of blackcloud
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Smileitsfreetobehappy
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of mrkc
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of irishevans
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of kemoarps
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown, like cola syrup with almost no head to speak of. Held up to light it almost takes a more mahogany/cherrywood hue.

Nose is sweeter and fruitier than I was expecting. Fairly weak overall though. Faint roastiness and kind of a metallic twang. meh.

Flavour is a bit better, but still somewhat surprising. This does not scream porter to me. For 4.5% there's a definite alcohol-ness to it that might seem in place in a much bigger brew, but it just kind of sticks out like a hitchhiking thumb here. Cherry sweet malts and some caramel and toffee and roastiness, finishes bitter in the way that ambers finish bitter. Feels like it wants to jut out into vanilla creaminess, but its parents quashed that dream early and told it to try and be more... I don't know. But it ends up muddled and confused. I don't regret having picked it up, but I also don't regret having only grabbed the single instead of the six-pack.

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Photo of beernut7
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of MichaelBuck
3.04/5  rDev -19.6%

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Pick Axe Porter from Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling Co.
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