Switchback Dooley's Belated Porter - Switchback Brewing Company

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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Switchback Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kingcrowing on 12-19-2009

Switchback Porter (First sold December 2009)

Like all of Switchback Brewing Company's beers, the porter is unfiltered and 100% naturally carbonated. Switchback has put its own unique stamp on the porter style, creating a bold and full flavored porter with the balanced smoothness to the finish for which Switchback beers are known. A unique blend of roasted malt, caramel malts, and flaked barley are used to create the luscious malt signature, and the very non-traditional use of Simcoe hops as the only hop variety for both bittering and aroma is used to delicately balance the overall flavor profile. The result is an eminently satisfying brew that will leave you wanting another.
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Photo of kingcrowing
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Maderas in Burlington, VT in a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown (not black though) with a small off white head that's nice and creamy. Nose is lightly roasty with a touch of burned toast.

Taste is very rich and roasty as well with some nice malt character and some very light hop bitterness, it's a bit hard to discern whether it's from the roasted malt though. It finished quite smooth for being so dark. Mouthfeel is pretty light and there isn't much carbonation. Overall a very easy drinking porter worth giving a try - but If you've never had Switchback I'd go for their original first.

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint at the Stowe lodge over lunch. It was a fine way to kickback between lifts. The Simcoe character isn't overpowering, but rather is nicely balanced against the roasty malts. The result is a mix of fruity citrus punch with cocoa and black roasted malts. the body is just a touch lighter, making it a great lunch beer. Overall, a fine American porter.

Photo of puboflyons
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle #13107. Sampled on July 6, 2013.

The pour is about as perfect as a Porter can look with its dark charcoal-black color and only the slightest hint of brown when held exactly in front of the light. Big frothy head.

The aroma is very nice but not what one expects from a Porter. Lots of sweet dark malts, barley, and a little caramel. No coffee or smoke. The hops are way in the background.

The body is medium to bold.

The taste improves as it warms. There is a definitive sweet maltiness up front with a low to moderate hop bite at the end. It ends on the dry side.

Photo of musicforairports
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Ruck in Troy. Owner said they are the first place in New York to have it on tap.

Pours opaque, dark, dark brown, with a fluffy head that looks nice but doesn't stick around long or leave too much lacing.

Smells rich and full of dark malts. A lot of chocolate on the nose.

Taste is very robust and heavy on the chocolate. Very, very smooth and lacking any discernible bitterness from hops or roasted malts. No burnt flavors at all. Delicious and not too sweet. Reminds me a bit of Edmund Fitzgerald.

Feels thinner on the mouth than you'd expect for how dark and robust it is, but that just makes it more drinkable.

This is a porter I could drink all night. I don't even think I've seen it in bottles around here.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed 8/28/13

Appearance: Dark brown at its core, medium brown around the edges - some clarity - pours with above-average carbonation, fades to a frothy cap, leaves some spots and streaks of lacing

Smell: Roasty and lightly sweet - interesting malt profile with roasty grains, caramel, caramelized malts, toasted bread, and a lot of chocolate - dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, and semisweet chocolate - some coffee beans, nuts, and earth - an undercurrent of lightly sweet malts - hoppier than expected, with some nice citrus

Taste: Chocolate, citrus, and roasted malts - caramel malts, caramel, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and some roasted malts - coffee beans and some nuts - light malt sweetness, a touch of something akin to brown sugar - medium level of bitterness, with some nice citrusy hops - orange and grapefruit that works well with the malt profile - dry, clean finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, dry finish, very drinkable

Overall: Ya done good, Dooley

I have vague memories of having and liking this on-tap in January, 2010. Three and a half years later, I still dig it. In my humble opinion, this is outstanding for a porter. It's very flavorful and doesn't tread into stout territory. The Simcoe hops work surprisingly well. I'll be picking up another bottle of this when I next see it.

Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color – faint traces of brown are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to a very bright light. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is also visible. It poured with a half finger high light tan head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and the sides of the glass as well as a collar consisting of large bubbles around the edge.
S: Light aromas of chocolate malts are present in the nose along with notes of roasted malts and hints of citrusy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that there aren't any citrusy flavors and the hops only contribute a light amount of bitterness to the taste and also help to balance off the malts.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer was quite flavorful and while it seemed to be a little fuller in body compared to other beers in the style, it was still very drinkable and well balanced. I really liked the subtle hints of Simcoe hops in the nose.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Must be old stamped at 13086 and also picked it up clearance at just 4 dollars for the bomber! Into a pint glass.

A - Nice deep brown color almost pitch except for some red highlights on the edge and base of glass. Mocha head has great lacing and girth giving me over a 1/2 inche
S - Smell is solid has some roast, chocolate, and a touch of yeast but in no way dry. I sip.
T - Pretty much what one would expect with a porter. It has dry yeasts, some herbal hops, a touch of roast, and some dark chocolate with sweet malts.
M - Drinks light to medium somewhat slick and smooth.

Overall not going to run out and get another mostly since this is the first time I ever seen one. Nothing too exciting but still a solid porter.

Photo of ppoitras
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere in the Middlebury/Burlington area.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" creamy thick dark tan head over the slightly cloudy, almost opaque reddish brown brew. Head deflates slowly, with sporadic chunky lacing. Aroma is worty yet balanced.

Taste is roasty dark maltiness to start, sweet cocoa in the middle, closes with balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good. I could revisit this one over and over.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. Pours a dark brownish black with red hues and a half inch of fluffy khaki head. Not much of an aroma. Earthy with some molasses, burnt coffee, caramel, and malts. The taste is caramel, molasses, and earth. Some dark coffee towards the end. Slightly roasty. Finishes with dark chocolate and some more of the roastiness. Velvety mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. Minimal alcohol presence. Overall, a pretty decent Porter I'd probably grab once in a while.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is an unfiltered, dark, brown-to-black coloring with plenty of sediment floating around in it. Clingy, filmy, light tan head on top. Aromas of roasted nut sweet, subtle chocolate, coffee, hints of smoke, earth, and wood. The nose booms of earth and woods. Flavors are roasted coffee first on the forward tongue, followed by chocolate and nut sweetness that is subtle and blended. The beer never loses the earthy characteristics while you drink. Rough around the edges, which totally works in this beer. Roastiness builds as you drink, as does the bitterness. The aftertaste is more of a robust bitterness, with hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Light bodied, with a crisp, dryness throughout. The finish is bitter and dry, with a subtle choco-coffee linger. Easy to drink, but the flavors build a bit. Great for chocolate and coffee lovers.

Photo of Kiviranna1
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really great all-around. I wasn't disappointed after having high expectations from this brewery after enjoying their ale. They have a knack for making a well-balanced beer. Very dark and rich but not too malty and sweet as some porters can start to become. Nice amt of hoppiness to cut the maltiness just enough.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The quentessential taste of American Robust Porter is framed nicely by the well formulated recipe and pristine brewing execution in what's likely Switchback Brewing Company's flagship brand. Listed as "Dooley's Belated Porter" the beer is boastful with chocolate, toast, and coffee but with a drying malt backbone in full support.

The Robust Porter starts with a creamy and frothy pour. A patient separation of ale from froth results in a dark "bark" brown, slightly hazy elixir that sinks while a foamy mocha-stained head floats the glass. The Porter adorns the glass with broken rings of lace with each sip from the beer.

Firm and masculine aromatics greet the nose with toasty and roasty scents of dark roast coffee, roasted nuts, heavy toast, cocoa, and burnt caramel. A malty tinge of marshmallow, wood and citrus hops, gin-like alcohol, and a pep of malted milk all serve in complement to the roast and sweet scents but remain largely in the recesses.

Similarly, the early sweetness is cocooned inside of a malty-rich envelope. The caramel is soon overtaken by the toasty and roasty flavors that largely define the beer's taste and carry the flavor deep into aftertaste. The dry coffee, cocoa, and charred toast presents an arid taste of burnt wood and husk that steps ever so gently on the toes of Stout.

Medium-full to the mouth, the beer's early sweetness allows for a richer upstart but then quickly develops into a dry toasty and almost ashy, harsh, burnt astringency in its closure.. Warm with alcohol and wood oil, the beer's accent of dryness linger deeply into the next drink.

Switchback's Porter really defines what American has done to the Porter recipe: more assertive toast (confusing with roast) character, heightened citrus hop additions, and aggressively attenuating dryness cause the beer to rub up against American Stouts and dissolve the line that separates them.

Photo of SparkieDog
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The mouth feel was lighter than expected, but the taste was still fine. I was expecting a more bready or some tartness with the yeast still mixed in the with this porter, but it was so slight that I barely noticed. Overall, I'm still pleased with this porter and will get more of it when it becomes available again next season.

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Switchback Porter (Dooley's Belated Porter)

Poured into a no name brand snifter.

Look - Pours a black with yeast sediment and an impressively sizeable head for a porter. Head dissipates rather quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

Smell - Molasses malts and a slight tinge of hops. Aroma is a little on the thin side but pleasant, had to cup my hands over the glass to get anything, strange.

Taste - Chewy, low-profile burnt molasses with caramel and bittering hop at the end.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly light bodied and somewhat thin for a porter. Good drinkability.

Overall - Decent, better than their ale. Would recommend for porter and stout lovers at least to try it out. Was a bit thin and lacked body that would make it great.

Photo of Brad007
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a huge head that fades into my glass. Very nice presentation here. This porter is now known as Dooley's Belated Porter.

Sweet malt in the nose that is reminiscent of caramel, brown sugar and a dab of roasted coffee.

Robust with sweet malt that has caramel overtones and a touch of coffee as well. Coats the mouth.

Lingering sweet malt, caramel and brown sugar make up the mouthfeel. It finishes very well at the back of the throat.

A tasty porter that is well worth a try. It's not as easy to find as the ale though.

Photo of Stevecarini
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good but didnt blow me away. I drank it after a 14th Star Maple Stout and to compare, the 14th Star was better. Of course we're talking about a porter vs a stout but they were back to back and I felt at the time the Switchback didnt have a enough of a follow up punch. Super solid and I think I am being over critical because I did enjoy it. It's VERY smooth and drinkable. I like the hop touch and I feel like this is the rare (for me) porter I could drink in the summer.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Off tap at The Scuffer this beer was a dark brown/black color with one finger of khaki colored head. The retention was good and the lacing decent. The aroma was of roasted malt, chocolate malt, something like toasted nuts and a little bitterness from the hops. The flavors were good but not a knockout. Pleasant roasted malt character stuck out with chocolate malt and some woodiness. Bread and a hint of charcoal developed as it warmed up. The body was medium/full but I found it quite quaffable and the carbonation was just right. A very drinkable dark beer and well worth a spin.

Photo of neophilus
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark, off white head. Musty aroma, some acrid notes of roasted grain on top of a richer malt scent. Earthy, perhaps from hops.

Stiff hop bitterness up front, some ashy roasted flavor mixed in. Acrid roasted grain flavor masks the malt profile a bit. Lively up front with the bitter/acrid flavors but falls a bit flat in the aftertaste. More ash at the finish. Medium body, medium-high carbonation. Body could have been a bit thicker. Finishes crisp with a lingering ash flavor.

Maybe too much roast in this one, the acrid edge to the roasted grain takes away from what appears to be a richer malt profile from the aroma. Definitely not boring as the hop bitterness keeps you on your toes. Good earthy aroma/flavor from the hop. Tone the roasted grain down a bit and you have a winner.

Photo of MDDMD
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-dark brown color with a nice tan head and good lacing

S-dark chocolate , coffee, burnt toast, little citrus, caramel

T-dark roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, light char, mild to moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-pretty solid porter, blurs the line a little between porter and stout

Photo of CliffBrake
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pie in the Sky, Stowe VT

Opaque black with a creamy light tan head - good retention and lacing.

Light roasty and bready aroma. Chocolate and roasty malts dominate the taste. Simple but tasty.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation.

A nice basic porter that goes down easily.

Switchback Dooley's Belated Porter from Switchback Brewing Company
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