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Payback Porter - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Payback PorterPayback Porter

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BA SCORE
88
very good

208 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 14
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
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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djaeon

California

5/5  rDev +27.6%

01-22-2012 23:03:41 | More by djaeon
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flydudehsv

California

5/5  rDev +27.6%

22 oz. bomber from bevmo. Pours a dark brown color with a good inch of thick cappuccino like head. Pleasant aroma of roast malt, coffee and cocoa powder. The taste kicks off with a strong roasted malt flavor backed by citrusy hops and bittersweet chocolate. Also some light roast coffee and orange peel in the mix. There’s a surprisingly strong citrus presence that nearly overpowers the dark, roasty flavors. The alcohol is also much more subtle than I was expecting. Definitely not your run-of-the-mill Porter.

03-14-2013 08:24:51 | More by flydudehsv
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BeerNoobNC

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +27.6%

05-21-2014 03:24:16 | More by BeerNoobNC
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gleemonger

California

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

07-18-2012 21:25:10 | More by gleemonger
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diego87

Brazil

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

07-13-2014 14:07:02 | More by diego87
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

4.7/5  rDev +19.9%

Dark as pitch with a fat two finger head. The head recedes quickly and leaves a small amount of lacing. Smells of dried plums, coffee and a bit of chocolate. The taste is fantastic. Much like it smells but not too fruity. Bitter and sweet with a very earthy finish. Mild carbonation makes this go down super smooth. I love this porter. It doesn't taste quite as good in the bottle but it is still top notch beery deliciousness.

05-30-2010 04:50:12 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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stoutfiend27

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +18.6%

bomber sent my way again by genghis22..cant thank you enough james...poured into a tulip

a-black...one and half finger head....sticks around for a while...lacing is there..

s-big rich coffee and chocolate malts..lots of roast...a hint of sweetness steps in before the bitter coffee notes carry this one off

t-starts off with a ton of coffee and chocolate..the sweetness steps in ....the hops are there to keep this one in check only...finishes on a bitter dry coffee note

m-thick and chewy...up there with edmund...creamy smooth as well...coats the mouth well and leaves a tad bitterness behind..

d-man i wish i could get this all the time...i would....goes down way to smooth especially on a chilly evening in NC...

overall a sold porter def in my top 5....James you are killing me with these boxes...

03-23-2010 23:31:36 | More by stoutfiend27
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bonbright7

Florida

4.6/5  rDev +17.3%

I split this porter with a friend after closing at Bellport Beer and I was easily enamored by the seductively dark ale in my glass. The Payback looked good in its pure darkness with a brown oatmeal head that never went away, it only sank lower in the glass. The aroma exhibited an elaborate mix of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate, which invited the first taste.

Wowed by the medium to heavy taste that reminded me of a milkshake, I bought another bottle without finishing the glass just because the first taste told me this was so good. The mouth feel and the ease of drinking more were merely after thoughts, like frosting on the cake.

03-02-2010 04:08:18 | More by bonbright7
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Milkysunshine

New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

10-29-2012 23:03:48 | More by Milkysunshine
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r0gueleader

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

02-01-2012 08:14:44 | More by r0gueleader
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BarHop510

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

02-28-2012 07:53:07 | More by BarHop510
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KiMiRaiK

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

02-27-2013 05:10:21 | More by KiMiRaiK
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prock180

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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

Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

12-24-2013 20:01:53 | More by lehueve
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smithmd4

New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

01-04-2012 08:14:07 | More by smithmd4
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +11%

Pours a near opaque rich dark brown with glimpses of apricot and ruby at the edges. A warm mocha colored creamy head of a few fingers stays for a good while and leaves behind pretty impeccable lacing.

aroma is roasty, malty, with hints of peat, a touch of wood smoke, and almost a hint of lactose. a touch of vanilla. Clean, smooth, and delicious aroma.

hints of smoke and peat accentuate a deliciously roasted malt backbone with just enough hops to balance everything nicely. Definitely more on the roasty, malty side of things than a hop bomb, which I'm all for. Hints of vanilla and a touch of lactose sugar sweeten to keep it from being overly bitter roast.

Mouth is a touch thin given the abv, but it works nicely with the flavors. Maybe i'm just in the mood for it, but I'm kind of enjoying the smoothness, hint of slickness, and general light and bright mouth that accompanies the roasted flavors. It kind of works.

All in all, this is really hitting the spot. Maybe it's just my mood, but everything is jiving nicely with this one. Complex without being too intense, drinkable without being thin. Not quite sessionable, which certainly makes it enjoyable. All in all, a deliciously roasty example of a porter with an exquisite implementation of west-coast hops to make a beautifully drinkable brew. And I'm really wishing I had brought more than a bomber back in my suitcase. This will definitely be one of the first ones I'll search for when I'm back on the west coast.

06-26-2010 03:36:33 | More by djeucalyptus
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glid02

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%

Had on-tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in Georgetown in Washington DC.

Pours black with a half-finger brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate and roasted malts with a good amount of underlying earthy aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Large dark chocolate flavors mix with roasted malts up front. Near the end of the sip a very faint hint of dark fruit flavors sneaks out before a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a great thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall I was impressed with this beer. Halfway between a porter and a stout I'd say this is worth a shot.

10-13-2009 03:16:51 | More by glid02
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mjtiernan

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

10-10-2012 02:54:08 | More by mjtiernan
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BillBarker

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

04-05-2014 14:44:06 | More by BillBarker
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st9647v3

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

02-02-2014 06:21:41 | More by st9647v3
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nafredet1

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

01-20-2013 04:11:51 | More by nafredet1
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ChalupaBatman

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

06-12-2013 03:00:34 | More by ChalupaBatman
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ArmedsouthernEr

Mississippi

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

01-05-2014 02:50:07 | More by ArmedsouthernEr
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quakeroatmealstout

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

09-28-2013 02:30:24 | More by quakeroatmealstout
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GClarkage

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

07-03-2014 22:09:41 | More by GClarkage
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Payback Porter from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
88 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.