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Payback Porter - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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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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tizride

California

2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

06-07-2012 20:43:42 | More by tizride
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DoubleJ

California

2.78/5  rDev -29.1%

On-tap at Verdugo Bar in LA, on to the beer:

Opaque color with hues of dark brown. Good lacing action on the glass. Light aroma, some coffee and a bit of astringent roasted malt. Taste...roasted fruit? Quite a bit of booze and fruity esters in the flavor, too little chocolate and smoke. Fruity towards the end with a bit of chalk in the finish.

Not very robust at all, and not very enjoyable either. Next...

03-09-2009 04:59:52 | More by DoubleJ
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Philousa

California

2.85/5  rDev -27.3%

Sits black with half a finger tan head in the glass. Chocolate, sweet caramel, a little hop aroma. Sweet chocolate flavor fades to bitter chocolate, burnt grain, some tart, bitter flavors on the back end. Mouthfeel is middling, but it felt a bit under carbonated.

This is a big meh for me. I'm not much for the uber malty beers in the first place, but this really just didn't stand out to me. Some hop characteristics or maybe a yeast that produces better carbonation would really help this beer. Not sure if I'd get this one again.

11-06-2011 18:23:35 | More by Philousa
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kbuff13

California

2.98/5  rDev -24%

Poured out of a 22 oz. bomber. Poured a very dark brown almost black. Very little head that quickly faded and not much lacing. Very heavily roasted flavor. A little bit too bitter for my taste. Not a bad beer overall but I don't this I would go out of my way to buy it again.

10-30-2010 02:59:50 | More by kbuff13
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.5%

06-27-2013 23:57:32 | More by ejimhof
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Fossilhunter

California

3/5  rDev -23.5%

03-12-2013 19:57:10 | More by Fossilhunter
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acdcsmith22

California

3/5  rDev -23.5%

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

New York

3.03/5  rDev -22.7%

Poured from a bottle into a chalice glass.

Beautiful chocolate appearance with a big thick cola head.

Major popcorn butter in the nose with some caramel mixed in. Very unique.

Tastes of melted butter with hints of coffee. Very rich. The buttery taste starts to wear on you about halfway through.

Nice touch of carbonation gives a very subtle bite but its very oily.

Interesting. Never really had anything like this. While reviewing this beer I've just been informed that the popcorn butter quality is considered a flaw. I love Speakeasy beers but won't go back to this one.

11-11-2012 23:17:02 | More by jimilayne
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BeerSox

Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -19.6%

On-tap into pint glass @ Birreria Paradiso Georgetown, DC

Pitch black with a one finger light brown head that leaves behind solid lacing. The aroma is very roasty with a little bit of a slight sour aroma. The flavor has the typical robust porter flavors: coffee, cocoa, burnt malts, but this one added a little extra in the way of tart dark fruit. This comes with an acerbic feel.

I had no problem finishing this one but then again it has a bit of a tartness that I don't think is supposed to be there.

10-11-2009 00:25:59 | More by BeerSox
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crowsoup

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

01-13-2013 02:42:36 | More by crowsoup
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deNerval

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

11-15-2011 19:46:57 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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R_J_FearNoBeer

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

01-28-2014 22:59:47 | More by R_J_FearNoBeer
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

06-29-2013 19:45:55 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Offa

California

3.33/5  rDev -15.1%

This strong porter is pretty good, but not very, being a bit one-dimensional and alcoholic, with too little character or complexity for the strength.

Essentially black, it has a very big dark tan head slowly shrinking to a foamy ring with thin wisps. It has some nice lace.

Aroma is rich roasted barley and dark toast, some caramelised prunes,, leaves, dried figs, hints of leather and dark chocolate, overall very nice.

The taste, feel, and drinkability are far less impressive than appearance or smell. It starts with some charcoal, singed leaves, faint hints of prune and fig, with some dark toast and citrus bitterness. However, alcohol soon becomes quite evidence, if not overly so or harsh, bitterness lingers a bit too much, and initial promise of complexity soon fizzles into a fiarly one-dimensional, alcoholic-raisiny roastiness that is a tad too bitter for what else it has. Feel is fairly good, solid, but not great.

01-16-2010 05:38:09 | More by Offa
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slammo

New Jersey

3.39/5  rDev -13.5%

Recently had the Betrayal Imperial Red which I liked vey much but cannot say the same here. It was above average but nothing special when so many other Potters I have tried are better. The appearance was dark and chocolate but still not totally inviting. The head was gone before you can say bada bada bing bang. Tasting it was better and had some depth to offer. Finish is great with smoky malt notes.

01-15-2013 00:57:45 | More by slammo
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zillo043068

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

04-13-2013 16:59:58 | More by zillo043068
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rowbow

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

06-06-2014 16:37:05 | More by rowbow
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alwaysplayin

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

07-23-2014 19:18:24 | More by alwaysplayin
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Noelito76

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

04-30-2014 11:39:11 | More by Noelito76
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Rick778

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

04-12-2013 21:00:37 | More by Rick778
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revooner

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

10-01-2013 05:55:22 | More by revooner
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justinbrown

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

07-02-2014 18:41:54 | More by justinbrown
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Jtrigonis

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

06-01-2014 23:41:12 | More by Jtrigonis
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sjrodriguez

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

08-13-2014 00:46:26 | More by sjrodriguez
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Payback Porter from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
88 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.