Payback Porter - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
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3.53/5 rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Had this on-tap in a pint glass at Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA.
Appearance: nearly black hue with a thick head of frothy tan foam. Head dissipated slowly leaving a nice lace on the glass; quite attractive.
Smell: very light malty aroma with a little caramel character. Almost too light, really.
Taste: kind of on the rough side; coffee and roasted malts along with some vegetal hops and a fair amount of astringency. Not bad, but a little rough.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice, well-integrated carbonation. Quite creamy, which is an interesting juxtaposition to the rough-and-ready flavor. I like it.
Overall: being on the rough side affects drinkability. This isn't a bad beer, but it just isn't my speed.
Serving type: on-tap
11-14-2013 21:11:25 | More by flagmantho
4.2/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears pitch black and opaque in the glass with a two finger tan head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention with rings and streaks of soapy lacing left behind.
Robust aroma with a nice balance of roasted dark malt and earthy, resinous hops. Slightly smokey with hints of burnt toast, oatmeal, espresso bean and dark chocolate countered by sweeter malt notes and dank grassy, piny hops. I'm really surprised how well balanced the nose is with a very inviting floral hop bouquet. I wish that more black IPAs/Cascadian dark ales smelled like this.
Full bodied with an earthy, resinous hop bite up front that provides some dry bitterness that lingers over the complex malt bill into a dry finish. Dry and sticky with grassy pine, dank buds and spruce tip but the hop flavors aren't overpowering with plenty of roasted and sweet dark malts coming through. Subtle smoke character with hints of burnt toast, oatmeal, bittersweet dark chocolate and gourmet coffee with caramel and dessert-like chocolate cake sweetness balancing things out in the finish. I usually do not like darker beers, especially stouts and porters, to have any hop character but I really enjoyed those flavors in this beer. Great balance with interesting flavors bouncing off of each other and the ABV is excellently masked making this beer very easy to drink. This beer was a pleasant surprise and ill definitely be buying more bottles, especially at $6 a bomber.
Serving type: bottle
10-14-2013 06:46:51 | More by corby112
Payback Porter from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
88 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.