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Payback Porter - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

Payback PorterPayback Porter

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BA SCORE
88
very good

183 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 183
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.41%


Brewed by:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Murchmac on 12-21-2009)
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-17-2013 22:42:35 | More by Kegatron
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

04-20-2014 05:35:37 | More by zestar
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Having been watching House of Cards of late, this brewery's period piece labels resonate all the more with me, even despite the obvious temporal incongruity.

This beer pours a solid abyssal black, with slight basal cherry cola highlights, and a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, shiny, and tightly foamy beige head, which leaves some random splattered and streaky lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of gritty roasted pale and caramel malt, wet ash, bitter day-old coffee grounds, bittersweet chocolate, reduced brown sugar, besotted raisins, and a soft metallic booze warming. The taste is more cocoa-heavy up front, the toasted malt ceding the driver's seat early on here, as that ashy character from the nose slowly wafts off, the coffee staying put in yesterday's news, a bit of black licorice rising up, and some vegetal hop notes combining with an edgy alcohol warmth to round things out.

The carbonation is fairly average, just a trilling frothiness for the most part, the body a sturdy medium weight, and perhaps a tad pithy in its otherwise agreeable smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the cocoa and neutered caramel malt still holding tough, the anise flavours niggly in their persistence, and that vegetal hoppiness starting to gnaw at my thus far forgiving good graces.

A pleasant enough new-world porter, overall, though the Americanisms here are limited to a certain cutting of corners sentiment - the hops just seem so plain and even off-putting, but not really to any large degree. Anyways, the other prominent flavours surely make up for it - the chocolate, coffee, and toasted malt providing adequate roughage to dissuade this drinker of any notion of that dreaded misinterpretation of English heritage.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 03:02:01 | More by biboergosum
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Birdlegs

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

04-16-2014 06:45:43 | More by Birdlegs
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Dsimenson

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

04-11-2014 23:08:05 | More by Dsimenson
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OMsweetOM

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

04-10-2014 17:47:10 | More by OMsweetOM
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BillBarker

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

04-05-2014 14:44:06 | More by BillBarker
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Shiky556

New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%

04-04-2014 19:53:02 | More by Shiky556
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aakerman

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

03-24-2014 16:57:00 | More by aakerman
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snakeayes11

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

03-21-2014 20:47:58 | More by snakeayes11
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prock180

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

03-20-2014 01:39:03 | More by prock180
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mdfb79

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

03-03-2014 16:07:30 | More by mdfb79
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arizcards

Arizona

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bomber from BevMo in early November for $4.99. No bottling date.

Beer pouted cola brown with a decent tan head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is light roast and some cocoa.

Taste is roasted malts, dark cocoa, hints of dark fruits. There is enough hopping to balance out the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and not overly smooth.

Overall this is a pretty tasty brew that has some good and average characteristics. Give it a shot as it is reasonably priced.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 23:38:29 | More by arizcards
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Beermasterjarrett

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-23-2014 07:36:30 | More by Beermasterjarrett
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lobos62

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-23-2014 00:13:20 | More by lobos62
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mcphish22

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

02-10-2014 13:09:55 | More by mcphish22
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acdcsmith22

California

3/5  rDev -23.7%

02-08-2014 07:57:27 | More by acdcsmith22
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midnitesun11

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-05-2014 03:51:44 | More by midnitesun11
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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DaveRinn

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-03-2014 00:36:50 | More by DaveRinn
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

02-02-2014 06:21:41 | More by st9647v3
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deNerval

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

01-29-2014 05:54:15 | More by deNerval
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Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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dataylor21

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

01-26-2014 05:25:07 | More by dataylor21
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-23-2014 03:37:40 | More by jaydoc
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Payback Porter from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
88 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.