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Switchback Dooley's Belated Porter | Switchback Brewing Company

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Switchback Dooley's Belated PorterSwitchback Dooley's Belated Porter

Brewed by:
Switchback Brewing Company
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

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.

Added by kingcrowing on 12-19-2009

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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 106
Reviews by neophilus:
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3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of kingcrowing
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at The Tavern in Brattleboro on 2/17, served in a large flute glass. Comes out dark brown near black, somewhat small off white head leaves some spotty lacing on the sides.

Smell is decent, some nice malt notes, definite porter with the roast and a bit of sweetness. Flavor is pretty solid, good chocolate notes in the middle, finishes with an herbal hoppiness, bitter. Body is a bit thin, light in the stomach. Overall a decent porter.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Ace1117
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Kevincredible
3/5  rDev -20%

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5/5  rDev +33.3%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of puboflyons
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of musicforairports
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of cbutova
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Goblet pour from a strange medicine cabinet bottle revealing a black body and an off white, foamy cap. The head generates to about a finger high before falling fairly quickly to a thick ring. Lacing begins with a thick ring and plentiful drizzle follows.

S- Simple and to the point. Charred roasted barley, heavily toasted nuts and deep caramel off the top with cocoa, coffee grounds and earthy hops beyond those.

T- The elements of the nose all appear again but are somewhat rearranged and the hops pick up some steam with slight citrus and pine character joining the earthiness. Most of the beer is formed form the malts with milk chocolate, bakers cocoa, toast, slight burnt grain and complex caramelized sugars coming to mind.

MF- Creamy with the slightest essence of chewiness. Heavily foamy from the high carbonation but still retains a decadent moderate thickness to support the fairly rich flavors. Charred malt and earthy hop bitterness in the finish.

Definitely rather simple and straightforward but brewed to a great cleanliness allowing the necessary flavors of the style to shine in this medium bodied brew. Charred barley and cocoa with a nice touch of earthy hops.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of ppoitras
4.05/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Switchback Dooley's Belated Porter from Switchback Brewing Company
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