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Switchback Dooley's Belated Porter - Switchback Brewing Company

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73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Switchback Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: kingcrowing on 12-19-2009)
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braedon_peluso

New York

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

01-15-2014 02:29:01 | More by braedon_peluso
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woodchipper

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -19.6%

04-18-2014 19:36:39 | More by woodchipper
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jpwadd

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

07-04-2013 14:31:53 | More by jpwadd
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.73/5  rDev 0%

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.

12-19-2009 01:11:02 | More by kingcrowing
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

03-02-2013 16:29:57 | More by acurtis
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prdstmnky

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

01-27-2014 01:26:11 | More by prdstmnky
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

01-14-2012 03:42:39 | More by tempest
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Kevincredible

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -19.6%

01-19-2014 13:58:26 | More by Kevincredible
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dave00100

Vermont

5/5  rDev +34%

01-01-2012 22:39:35 | More by dave00100
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Stonehill64


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

01-21-2014 23:17:05 | More by Stonehill64
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.81/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

07-06-2013 21:08:12 | More by puboflyons
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Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

07-08-2013 00:39:07 | More by IBetYouCouldUseAColdOne
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musicforairports

New York

4.22/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

01-22-2011 16:13:59 | More by musicforairports
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angrybabboon

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +8%

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.

08-28-2013 05:32:17 | More by angrybabboon
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metter98

New York

3.89/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

07-02-2013 03:14:50 | More by metter98
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jstout26

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-13-2013 18:25:15 | More by jstout26
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

01-14-2014 02:19:05 | More by DrDemento456
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morrowd3

Vermont

4/5  rDev +7.2%

05-22-2013 01:27:07 | More by morrowd3
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

03-19-2013 01:41:33 | More by bostonryan
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

07-26-2013 23:44:52 | More by ppoitras
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patrick802

Vermont

4/5  rDev +7.2%

05-04-2014 16:05:14 | More by patrick802
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JamieDuncan

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-10-2014 01:47:11 | More by JamieDuncan
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DrewGingras

Vermont

4/5  rDev +7.2%

09-05-2013 17:55:38 | More by DrewGingras
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AnitaBrewski

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

02-06-2014 01:18:07 | More by AnitaBrewski
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duracell

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.2%

06-20-2013 14:46:16 | More by duracell
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Switchback Dooley's Belated Porter from Switchback Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.