Payback Porter - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
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4.13/5 rDev +5.4%
Chilled 22 oz. bomber into a shaker pint. No decipherable bottling date.
Look- Opaque ruby brown, two fingers of whipped hot cocoa-colored foam. Decent retention, good lacing.
Smell- Bold, very bold. Fresh-ground French roast and hot chocolate, vanilla, sarsaparilla, dark bitter coffeelike acidic twang. Plenty of dark malt without overdoing the dry, acidic patent feel. Fairly sweet, makes me think of whipped cream or marshmallows.
Taste- Roasty, oat-y, bootstrap molasses, some charred bread crust. Bitter, almost funky tinge towards the end. Light sweetness. Reminds me of Tootsie rolls and baker's chocolate at the same time. Definitely some wet-kilned malt here. Light, mellow finish that steps through black coffee, graham cracker, baked Alaska, and whipped cream. Aftertaste is of cappuccino foam. Overall, light flavor for the style, but very well balanced and tasty. ABV well hidden.
Mouthfeel- Medium-full body, moderate carbonation comes out on the sip. Smooth on the swallow. Drinks like iced coffee with a decent dose of half&half. Quite drinkable.
Overall- Pretty good. Lighter that I usually like, but they do an extremely good job of keeping the sweetness in check. Bitterness is spot-on and comes off like dark roast coffee or dark chocolate. Definitely worth trying.
06-21-2012 07:42:09 | More by Lawl3ss
3.85/5 rDev -1.8%
22 oz bomber pours a near-opaque dark brown with decent head and lacing. Aroma is cocoa and smokey malt. Taste is coffee, dark chocolate and sweet molasses. Bit of a harsh alcohol burn on the finish. Overall I wouldn't qualify this beer as world class - but certainly something I would have again.
05-04-2012 22:44:30 | More by coldriver
3.98/5 rDev +1.5%
Served in a plastic cup at the brewery.
A: Great head. Mocha, pitted, frothy. Black dark even in direct light.
S: Strong coffee. Roasted malts. Perfect porter.
T: Nice porter! Perfectly balanced between sweetish vanillaish malt roasted meaty bitterish. Clean finish. Some hops.
M: Present but not oppressive.
O: I applaud the effort. Well-made and tasty. Recommended. Great example of the style.
03-31-2012 23:51:07 | More by AgentMunky
3.55/5 rDev -9.4%
Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass. Just about a finger of head. Color was black with hints of brown. Minimal lacing on the top. Some sporadic film on the sides of the glass.
Smelled of a mixture of smoky fire, coffee and dark chocolate. Nothing too special, nothing too surprising.
Initial taste was smoky fire and charcoal. That outweighed the coffee and dark chocolate by a long way. Usually not a fan of smoky charcoal type beers, but this wasn’t too bad. Really nice finish.
Full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish.
Nothing too great about this beer, but it was decent for the smoky style. I’d probably try it again.
03-31-2012 05:39:31 | More by BucannonXC5
3.85/5 rDev -1.8%
Had on-tap at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, NY on 2/14/12.
Review taken from notes.
This beer pours a really dark brown color. There is about a finger of tan head resting on top. The head has good retention, and there is some nice lace left behind on the glass. The nose has a good amount of roasted malt. There are some nice aromas of chocolate, coffee, and toffee. Also, I am getting just a little bit of hop presence. The taste pretty much follows the nose. It starts off with a good dose of roasted malt. There are flavors of chocolate and coffee that follow. There are also a little bit of dark fruit flavors, as well as some toffee, and some mild earthy hop flavor. the finish leaves some lingering roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate behind on the palate. This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice slimy smooth feel to it. There is some initial sweetness and a good amount of roasted malt bitterness. Also, there is some earthy hop presence. This has good drinkability. It goes down good, and the flavor is nice. Overall, I think it is a good beer and a nice example of a porter. I enjoyed this one, and I recommend checking it out. It's worth trying. I'd drink it again.
02-20-2012 12:53:32 | More by JizackFH
3.95/5 rDev +0.8%
Pours a deep and dark brown color with a pretty nice off white head, decent lacing too.
Aromas are of chocolate, light coffee, and earth hops.
Taste is of chocolate, coffee beans, cocoa, and heavily roasted grains and malts. Finish is crisp and dry with earthy hop bitterness. Fairly hoppy for a porter.
Mouthfeel is crisp, with decent body, the carbonation is a bit sharp though and could be toned down a notch.
Overall this is a nice robust and hoppy porter. Would happily drink this one again.
02-13-2012 05:25:51 | More by flexabull
Payback Porter from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
88 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.