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James Squire Porter - Malt Shovel Brewery

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James Squire PorterJames Squire Porter

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80 Reviews
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Reviews: 80
Hads: 112
Avg: 3.54
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Malt Shovel Brewery visit their website

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dwarbi on 11-26-2001

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Reviews: 80 | Hads: 112
Photo of Finite
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: very dark amber, pushing stout colour. Tan head which hold out a little while and leaves only some lacing.

Smell: Coffee and toffee, maybe a hint of chocolate and alcohol.

Taste/ Mouthfeel: Smooth as, Great flavour profile. Coffee hits first with some hops following that and then smooths right out with a dark toffee flavour. Sealing the whole mix with a nice dry palette.

Drinkability/Overall: Very very easy to drink porter great beer. My first porter and I will have again for sure.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am sampling this room temp bottle in a small tumbler.

The beer pours a rich brown color with clear ruby highlights. There is a small tan head of 1 cm that fades to an edge layer. Leaves tight lattice as it recedes. Aroma is chocolate and toffee with no hops anywhere to be found. I find the nose very appealing. First sip reveals a velvety smooth body and fine carbonation that rolls across mh palate. Flavor is similar to nose with some toffee up front that rolls to chocolate and finishes just a bit roasty. Very Very smooth and easy to drink beer. QUite a nice beer that I would buy again!

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Photo of misterscooter
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown and red with a good two fingers of head and lots of lace. Some light gets through and it looks pretty clean.

Mocha, malty caramel smell that carries over to the taste. Chocolately flavor with coffee on the edge, so much like that mocha I smelled. Like others have mentioned, it did feel like some stouts I've had.

Smooth with just the right balance of bitter hops. Well done.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The deep mahagony /brown but clear beer looks the part
The smell and flavour are predominately burnt /roaste flavours but there is a distinct nuttiness in there.It has a complex of flavours that meld to give it a lot of depth and interest.
I should think that it would drink well over a reasonable period of time.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

James Squire Porter – Bottle
September 12 2005
James Squire Porter pours a dark, ruby red-brown with, unfortunately, very little head. The smell consists of coffee and toasted chocolate malt flavours. Quite yummy.
The initial taste is a bit of bitterness thanks to the coffee and bakers chocolate-like. A good try at a porter. I’ve had better, but I’ve certainly had worse.

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Photo of fretlessman71
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: Saw it, hadn’t seen it; couldn’t resist. ‘Nuff said.

APPEARANCE: Translucent brown with ruby highlights. Off white head, tight bubbles, pretty good lacing with strong ringlets as the liquid drops in level.

AROMA: Black patent stands out more than anything. Smells more like a good stout.

FLAVOR: Roasty biscuity black malt comes thru, just as in the aroma. Very little sweetness present; not much in the way of chocolate either. I’m inclined to say this beer is really a stout rather than a porter. Not a bad stout, though – kinda mild in that regard. Could it be that this is a true stout porter? Hops certainly come through, and not as flavorfully as the could have.

MOUTHFEEL: Slightly acidic, but again, like a good stout would be. Med. weight.

DRINKABILITY: I could have a few of these, but truth be told, I was really in the mood for something more porter-like.

OVERALL COMMENTS: Enjoyable, but disappointing in the way that biting into a Snickers and getting a Milky Way would be disappointing. Less black malt, and LOTS more chocolate malt might improve this beer dramatically.

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Photo of hefevice
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Almost black with ruby tints when held to the light, fairly ordinary light tan head even when poured hard, although plenty of lacing was left behind as the bottom of the glass approached. Aroma somewhat disappointing, slight hint of roasted malt with a little milkiness which improves slightly as it warms. Taste is somewhat better, very mildly bitter dark chocolate and espresso with a slightly dry and warming finish. Mouth is watery; not what it could be I suspect. Sounds a bit like I am down on this one, but it is quite drinkable. Guess it could be summed up with "good effort, could do better".

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Photo of BeerNutta
3.26/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at the Portland Hotel.

Good Beer. Poured a dark brown with a medium foam head that dissapated fast.

You could smell faint chocolate and coffee notes.

Taste was of dry coffee and chocolate start with a hop middle followed by a dry coffee finish.

Not too carbonated. However I couldnt drink too many of these in one sitting.

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Photo of dauss
3.87/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with a raised glass band at the base of the neck, with Maltshovel brewery written on it. Very long store on the label. No freshness date.

Appearance: Clear and very dark ruby brown, small tan head forms.

Smell: Sweet malty smell, brown sugar, and lots of coffee. Its like smelling light roasted coffee beans.

Taste: Start off slightly sweet, loads of coffee and some chocolate, slight acridness. Finishes very dry with chocolate. Very light on the hops.

Mouthfeel: this is a very thin porter. Almost watery.

Notes: Not bad, a little on the weak side in terms of flavor, but it is easy drinking. Dissapointed by how thin the beer was.

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Photo of Dmann
2.83/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A unimpressive beer. This one had potential with its nice dark brown color, decent head and nice smell. But the taste was just average, with some slight coffee and dark chocolate flavors comming through. The beer would get a higher rating if it were not for the horrible mouthfeel. Thin, watery and over carbonated, this nearly ruined the beer. Pass.

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Photo of Zorro
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear ruby brown brew.

Smell is sweet with a solid basic grain smell. Lots of coffee and chocolate scents to this one, smells like a nice Mocha.

Taste is sweet and smoky with a clear sour under taste. Lighter flavor than most Porters has a definite cola flavor to it. Carbonation is stronger than expected.

Mouthfeel is certainly drinkable but light for the style.

A light drinkable porter, it is close to a porter soda in nature. Not a connoisseurs beer, but a refreshing darker beer.

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Photo of Kulrak
4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark brown color, but not quite black like stout. The aroma is of faint coffee/mocha. It tastes very chocolatey and slightly like coffee. Very sweet, no discernable hop flavor/scents at all. Its very smooth and drinkable. A tasty brew, but probably not one you could drink on a hot day or all the time. But it's great on a cold night like tonite.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.01/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.62oz (huh? - talk about precise!) bottle. Sported a dark brown color with ruby highlights and a firm, compact vanilla head that fizzled down to a cap, leaving gobs of lace behind.
The smell had aromas of roasted malts, some bittersweet chocolate and coffee in the nose, though not all that potent. Just kinda there and not meshing all that well. The taste was a blend of burnt malt, molasses, dark chocolate and old coffee. The finish had a touch of dark fruit also and a light, scampering bitterness that departed all too quickly. Again, the flavors seemd to have trouble playing well together as each vied for attention like little kids on a playground. The feel was medium-bodied (but leaning more toward light), thin and a bit watery.
Overall, a completely umremarkable brew. The flavors just didn't seem to get together as well as in other brews of the style. Nothing to wake up the neighbors about.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured light black, deep red colors with a thin white head. Dark fruit and chocolate malted aromas dominate. Very light feeling in the mouth for a porter, mouthfeel is a little thin. Roasted malt taste is light with a lingering bitter finish. Just not enough complex malts to be a great porter.

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Photo of diablo14
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

great looking beer, as most of malt shovels are, but often arent backed up for the rest of the trip. this porter is not a bad brew, but there are so many better. even emersons of new zealand's porters cane this one. again its better on tap than the bottle, but i havent drank it off the tap to rate it in that format.

sensational appearance of dark red and brown colors, with a lovely fluffy latte` like head. lacks a bit of punch in the aroma, standard hints of burnt grains. chocolatey elements also, but nothing really jumps out. it is fairly smooth tasting. nice gentle roasted flavor, chocolate, coffee and a slight hint of forest fruits and caramel in the mix. having said the word gentle in there, it says to me this just isnt full on enuff to be a porter, but is more of a schwarzbier. lacking the hop dryness or bitterness and a bit too light and bubbly to be taken seriously as a porter. despite this, its overall not too bad and quite drinkable.

there are better porters in this region, let alone the world. its not really an accurate description of the style. still its an inoffensively pleasant beer thats not a bad starting point for locals who want to drink dark beers that arent guinness.

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Photo of koolk
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep dark red going on brown.

Nose is a little quiet. Typical notes of roast grains, caramel and some malt with only a touch of hops.

Decent palate that starts of with roasted/burnted malt flavours and ends with a good bit of bitterness. Light finish with touches of cocoa and coffee. Good, but not great, stuff.

Both this and the IPA by Squires are a little 'underdone' in terms of style. Would love to see this with a little more oomph.

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Photo of Mustard
2.66/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle; no "best before" or "bottled on" warning; no ABV %; purchased as a stray single from Trader Joe's for $1.00.

Appearance: Pours a highly carbonated mahogany; huge, cocoa-brown head; c-cup's worth of lace; excellent head retention.

Aroma: Mildly of chocolate and roast; faint hop bitterness.

Taste: Largely dry; bland notes of roast upfront and throughout; slightly sour with a mildly bitter finish; hints of chocolate; somewhat light bodied; thin mouthfeel.

Notes: Totally forgettable, if not somewhat off-putting.

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Photo of BierReise
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep chestnut brown colored with a thick frothy head. Excellent lacing with this brew. Aroma is similar to a dry stout, chocolaty with a good raosted malt aroma. Flavor is lacking a bit as it seems to me a bit thin and watery. Overall not a bad porter, could use a bit more flavor is all.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, medium head. A lighter bodied porter. Rich roasted malts, subtle hops. Mild, but robust flavor. Chocolate malts, slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty with a slight chocolaty finish. Milder, lighter tasting porter, but a nice beer.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.37/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: chestnut brown with a quickly dissapating white head.
Nose: Moderate roasty/coffee aroma
Flavors: Medium bodied, w/ a roasted taste. Some nice maltiness w/ very little hoppiness. The carbonation has a bit of bite on the tongue. A better than average porter, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of Crotor
4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am simply delighted with this find.

It poured with an incredible head with excellent retention, settling slowly in a matrix of dimples. Ths, combined with the dark brown, slightly reddish color, made for an excellent appearance. It presented a slightly smoky, toasty, chocolate aroma. These characteristics were echoed strongly in the flavor, which was toasty and robust. A substantial body and lingering finish make for an excellent drinking experience. The grain bill for this beer must be a thing of magic.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

James Squire was one of the convicts that we Limeys shipped south in 1788. WTF?!?? 8 years later when he gains his freedom, low and behold he redeems himself completely by becoming Australias first master brewer - we still would not let him back though.

A darkish-brown body that has a ruby-red character. Pours with a massively foamed tanned head that laces really well and resembles Mount Everest as it collapses and settles. Aromas are average in strength and of dark chocolate cocoa with some roast malts. Tastes are of roasted malt and a light caramel coffee middle, some hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is good, and this beer is quite acceptable, But if I have any constructive criticism, it is that it is a tad too light and it could do with a little more body.

This is my first Review of an Australian beer, and it’s not even a thin watery lager!
Who would have thought it heh? – Those bloody convicts made good.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with lots of ruby red color and a pillowy tan, light brown head which leaves sheets of lace. Coffee and cream aroma. Good balanced malt flavors: coffee, chocolate, and caramel. Light-medium bodied and creamy.

ABV: 5% (per bottle label)

Per M.J. flyer: O.G. 1250 / 12.7 Plato. Chocolate malt and Black Roasted Wheat. New Zealand Super Alpha and Australian Willamette hops (23-25 IBU). Brewed with a lager yeast.

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ruby in color, with a thin head. The aroma is malty, with hints of caramel and dark fruit (prune?) Slightly sweet. Flavor starts off malty, a little roasty with a hint of nuttiness. Dark fruits kick in mid-palate, and the roastiness re-asserts itself pleasantly in the finish, lingering on into the aftertaste. Body is smooth and bit coating. Only complaint is that the beer seems to start off a lot bigger than it finishes -- the complex combination of flavors at the start of the beer suggest a full-bodied, robust porter, but the beer finishes a bit on the watery side. Disappointing in the end, but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Gusler
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour a deep ruby red color, the head spumescent, beige, the lace chunky. Nose is malt, caramel, lightly roasted grains, pleasant. Front is malt sweet, the top washy, the finish is modestly dry, minutely acidic, slightly hopped. Drinkable and a "Beginners" Porter, lacks a "Robustness", I like in my Porters, not bad mind you, just a bit "Thin-Wasted.

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James Squire Porter from Malt Shovel Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.