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Pigs Ass Porter - Harvest Moon Brewery

Pigs Ass PorterPigs Ass Porter

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BA SCORE
86
very good

73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%


Brewed by:
Harvest Moon Brewery visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
First brewed by Harvest Moon in 1997, this beer is a multiple award-winning dark ale brewed in the Burton, England style owing to the similarity of water chemistry in Belt compared to this classic porter producing area in England. Plenty of body without a sharp bite, this ale is brewed with pale, caramel, chocolate and black malts to create a creamy, smooth, roasted, slightly chocolate tasting ale with a touch of hops in the finish. This ale can be enjoyed in every season and is best when served cool, not cold. And why the name? While drinking this new brew one evening back in 1997, the local hog farmer showed up to collect our spent mash and we that what could be better for fattening pigs?

(Beer added by: rebel1771 on 10-10-2003)
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flagmantho

Washington

3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, dark brown that shines ruby when held up to the light. Body is free of haze and has a pretty strong effervescence; head is two fingers of pillowy tan foam. A good looking English porter!

Smell: lightly sweet malt with a gentle roasty, toasty character. Low in intensity, but well-composed.

Taste: toasty malt with plenty of caramel character with a little bit of coffeelike roastiness toward the end. Bitterness is moderate for the style, with a bit of a vegetal character. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation. Refreshing, but not really creamy.

Overall: a decent and drinkable English porter. It doesn't blow me out of the water, but it's largely flaw-free.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 20:51:09 | More by flagmantho
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Sark

Montana

3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- dark brown with a small island of head, red can be seen on the edges from the light

Smell- light coco noted within plenty of rich/dark malts

Taste- Big and toasty with sweet middle notes of chocolate and toffee, the roasted bitter finish is pleasant but not very well pronounced

Mouthfeel- full bodied and smooth, there's a small hop part and fast finish

Overall- a little more aroma would help impart a more full flavor, a bigger grain bill would suffice

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 03:45:18 | More by Sark
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stumac

Texas

2.56/5  rDev -33%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ok so my drummer, Chim Chim, brought this back from his home town in Montana. Awesome name. Pigs Ass. I love it. Unfortunately this beer fell into the homebrew category. The beer has no krausen, it is a dark brown brew with a light brown edge. Yet the edge of the brew is murky. Not in a regular, murky Belgian yeast fest. It's murky like it could use a lil Irish moss clarity.
The aroma is syrupy malts, dust, metallic, lager-ish, slight Hershey's chocolate. Subtle vanilla.
The taste is brown sugar, cocoa powder, toasty malts. But the worst part is that it had this metallic overtone.
Mouthfeel is doo doo brown feel. Very watery. Probly a straight final gravity of 1. Non-porter-ish if you will. Lack of carbo fo cheezy. Very under carbonated.
In conclusion, I hate to say that this beer isn't worth it (only cuz this is from my buddy's town), but this beer is mediocre at best. To all the inbred bastards of Montana, I bid you adieu...

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 07:25:58 | More by stumac
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Murrhey

Montana

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live. The settled yeast at the bottom of the bottle is slightly worrisome.

A- Finger of light brown head, medium to low retention. Ruby-brown color, low clarity.

S- Roasted malts and chocolate. Rich, cream and roasted smelling.

T- Rich and delicious, chocolate and toffee. Maybe some coffee tastes, but slight. Tasty beer, not as cloying or acrid as many English Porters.

M- Thick, creamy and wet.

O- Damn good beer. Liked it when I first tried it, like it now.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 02:58:36 | More by Murrhey
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from tasting notes.

A. Very dark brown color with a nice firm single finger of foam that sticks around for a while, medium amounts of lacing left on the glass.

S,T. Medium roast coffee and some light milk chocolate / dark chocolate in combination with a sweeter semi-burnt malt that expresses itself more in the flavor than in the aroma. There is a whisper of anise in there as well if allowed to warm up.

M. Medium-heavy carbonation with a lighter body, very drinkable and feels light on the tongue for a porter.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 19:51:51 | More by WastingFreetime
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EricCioe

Montana

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of six beers at a five person blind porter tasting including: Anchor Porter, Big Sky Bobo's Robust Porter, Deschutes Black Butte, Harvest Moon Pigs Ass Porter, Samuel Smith Taddy, and Sierra Nevada Porter. All of these are shelf beers in Montana.

This pours deep brown with red highlights. On the nose there are biggish notes of roast, chocolate, and a slight nuttiness that the other beers don't have. In the mouth the nuttiness is pretty prominent and combines with roast for a nice, classic porter taste. the body is medium light with a medium finish.

Overall this was clearly in the top three for all of us. I had it ranked third, but there was a gap between this and the fourth beer, SN Porter. This was a pleasant surprise for most of us present.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 19:37:43 | More by EricCioe
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motleybrew

New York

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am going to start with my negative, lest it get lost in this review... I was expecting something more like a Storm King because I was under the illusion that the ABV was higher... And yet it is quite OK I didn't get it. Storm King is a stout... um, pigass -- PORTER... So...

Appearance in a beer almost never seems to me to be able to make the 5.0... I mean what level of coloration can you reward when you are dealing with so many levels of brown? I think when my eyes start feeling dreamy, that is a 5.0. This looks good. It isn't stout pitch and seems quite to style. It wont give me an orgasm looking at it, but I cant think of a beer that would...

The aroma is rich and malty. Unlike some beers that taste decent and smell like a warm shoe, this smells more like something you'd want to drink.

Taste... I wanted to just give this a 5. But then I think of all the wonderful big beers with big flavor that have the kind of ABV i thought this had, and this doesn't head up. It is good! but I think the rich aroma is better than the flavor result in this case. It seems right for the style... and then I get torn. Right for the style, could be richer in flavor, but nicely balanced to deflect the ABV. But then I was wrong about the ABV.

It is a thinner beer, not like one of your big-mouth-beefies. Again, I think close to style and perhaps a little restrained by the high ABV. A pleasant roll on the molars.

Intangibles creep in to seal the deal... this $7 6-pack with no hint of the ABV on the label comes across much more like a $12 6-pack where I sit... partially looking a little silly at the review I am writing 2/3 the way in. If this were on tap on a nitro, I think i would order one IV to go. It isn't perfect, but it is pretty damned good and certainly worth a flier on a cooler spring day where you aren't looking for some pussy-whipped wheat to quell the heat. If your having a little trouble sleeping, it might be just the ticket... but SHARE the 6-pack...

But then I went to the place where they made it. The ABV was more like 6%. Well, that is to style. It explains the lighter mouth feel... the lesser vibrato in taste. it does not change these things, it EXPLAINS them. But adding up what I had in my mouth and how much I think it is outstanding, and how it should have a good rating TO STYLE... this one ranks...

Nice job from this brewery. if you don't like this, you are liking boring beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 03:19:08 | More by motleybrew
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a dark amber pour almost brown with sediment on the bottm (ohhhh yeahhhh, just the way i like 'em). smells smokey, almost bacony.. wait a second.. pig's ass? hmm.. chocolate aroma, caramel, toasted grains and smells of yeast.

light bodied porter with a creamy finish (medium body?).. nice and fizzy on the roof of the mouth.

tastes of chocolate, caramel, oak, a hint of maple.

this is a great beer to drink tonight as i am packaging a bunch of trades that are going out. a nice night cap.. a little light, but flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 01:20:48 | More by facundoCNB
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out with a deep drown color with a thin brown head on top that fades into a light film over top of the beer. The smell of the beer gives off a roasted or burnt aroma. The smell of lager yeast is in there too. The taste of the beer is deeply roasted with very little sweetness to it, The mouthfeel is dry and thin. Overall this beer isn't bad, I feel it fits the style pretty well. I could see myself drinking it again but I won't go out of my way to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 15:32:16 | More by Knapp85
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chugalug06

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Not too much lacing... Nice straw colored head builds, but not large or quickly. Brew is almost a dark brown. Kinda thin looking.

S - Lots of chocolate! A very slight pepper funk too. Nutty, lots of nuts.

T - Smooth. Milky. Nutty! Very rich for the texture.

M - Very thin, but holds the beer well for the type of style. Not rich or bitter. Kinda sweet. Low carbonation, but I think that's why I liked it.

O - Great surprise! My girlfriend brought this delightful brew back with her from Montana. Very good flavor, smooth and delicious. Very similar to a brown, but it contains enough style distinction.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 04:34:13 | More by chugalug06
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tjkinate

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Love the name!

A: Poured this dark brown brew into my Duvel Snifter that produced a 1 fingered khaki head that slowly dissipated. Some lacing exhibited.

S: Bisquity malts, semi sweet chocolate, molasses, subtle dark fruits.

T: Biscuit malts, semi sweet chocolate, earthy undertones, and subtle coffee hints. Flavors seemed a bit dull and underwhelming.

M: Light for the variety, crisp, and dry.

O: I enjoyed this beer, felt earthy and raw, just wish some of those flavors were more prominent.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 23:42:49 | More by tjkinate
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Lakes

Idaho

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pigs ass porter

Very dark brown. If there are ruby highlights, I don't see 'em. Head faded very quickly but left a slight bubbly ring.

Nose is toasted toffee and mild caramel.

Good flavor, nice porter. Toasty malty goodness. Not at all creamy. I get bloody tired of breweries making stouts and calling them porters, this is a porter. A good porter.

Mouth feel is excellent. Smooth and even with a clean toasted finish.

Overall this is a fine porter. Worth drinking and having more on hand.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 01:57:50 | More by Lakes
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Sideswipe

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. A generous extra from Elliot23. Thanks!

Pig's Ass Porter pours a dark brown, almost black, with. Finger of beige head. Head recedes leaving intricate lacing on the glass. The nose is chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Nice. Taste opens with notes of chocolate and a hint of dark fruit. Strong coffee presence mid-palate backed up by roasted malt flavors. Finish is sweet with a lingering coffee aftertaste. Feel is medium with a prickly level of carbonation which I find quite nice. Was not expecting much when I popped the cap on this bottle, but this is a darned good porter! The chocolate and coffee are nicely integrated and the slightly sweet, roasty flavors complete he experience. I'd have this again if it was available locally.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 05:26:07 | More by Sideswipe
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a real good porter. pours dark with a sturdy tan head. nose is unsweetened chocolate and big dark roasted malts. mouthfeel is lighter than other porters, adding a drinkability factor here. taste a little bitter hops in the background, but big bold dark flavors dominate. funny artwork on the bottle too, a nice treat from MT

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 19:00:36 | More by StonedTrippin
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normalbeerguy

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle creating a finger width of head.
Beer is dark ebony in color and allows little to no light penetration through the glass.

Smells primarily of burnt dark chocolate and malt, with a slight hint of hops.

Taste is mostly chocolate and malt backed by a slight hop bitterness. Burnt chocolate aftertaste lingers long after swallowing.

Medium in body with a smooth slick mouthfeel.

This is one of my first forays into Porters and I really enjoyed it. Very tasty and quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 21:51:43 | More by normalbeerguy
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zhanson88

California

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have very good access to this beer and should have done a review on it a long time ago...oh well. Finally getting around to it now.

Appearance: Pigs Ass Porter pours a medium brown color. In the glass it looks dark brown with ruby highlights. About 1.5 fingers of very light tan head forms, reducing to a fine film of lacing.

Smell: Mostly biscuity and caramel malts with a few darker malts are prevalent up front, along with a bit of coffee and chocolate. Some floral hops on the back end. Too many malts of the biscuity variety for me. Would like more dark/roasted malts in there.

Taste: Biscuity, caramel and fewer dark malts make up the front end. Slight coffee and chocolate in the middle, with floral hops on the finish. I kind of feel the same about the taste as I do the smell, but I get a bit more dark malt/coffee.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Body is pretty light for the style with quite a bit of carbonation, but it still drinks reasonably smoothly. Overall, this is a pretty tasty porter that could use a bit of improvement. Still, not bad at all though. Nice offering from the small brewery Harvest Moon.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 06:30:19 | More by zhanson88
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uwmgdman

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This porter pours a very dark brown, bordering on black with a deep ruby glow when held to the light. The head is ample, light tan that quickly diminished but leaves good amounts of lace. The aroma is moderate-high malt, mainly roast and chocolate and a bit bittersweet. The flavor is much like the nose, quite malty, chocolate, bittersweet with a bit of roasty ash in the background. The carbonation is medium and body also medium with a smooth finish and feel. Overall a well made porter, a bit more chocolate/bittersweet and less roast than many, but I find this one quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 02:55:43 | More by uwmgdman
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a great extra in a super trade with a77cj7.. Thanks a bunch Chris... I've had the beer dozens of times over the years and sent out growlers and many of 12'ers as extras, but somehow, I've never reviewed it. Cool stuff.

Poured into my Old Guardian goblet.... good 1" tan head.. nice lacing and cap atop a dark dark brown brew.

Dark malts.. minor dark fruits.. some descent cocoa and restrained dark malts... tastes "brown".. Reminds me of Anchor porter.

Thanks again Chris... You're a super trader... very recommended... Hook him up if you get a chance.

4/4/4/4/4

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 09:17:59 | More by JohnGalt1
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A straggler from the Great U.S. Supermarket Cooler Run of 2010..

This beer pours a clear, very dark cola hue, with a copious amount of chunky beige head, which falls away unevenly, leaving some dense webbed lace around the glass. It smells of floral, haystack-esque hops, over a mild toasty caramel malt base. The taste is bittersweet milk chocolate, some mild dry coffee, and citrus, floral hops. The carbonation is quite mild, the body medium-heavy in weight, smooth, and silky. It finishes off-dry, the bittersweet baker's chocolate most evident.

A nice, balanced new-world porter - tasty and goes down easy as pie.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 03:11:18 | More by biboergosum
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dhannes

Wisconsin

2.85/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into Sam Adams' lager glass; head was pronounced, but short lived (note: I had sampled a beer previously in this glass but rinsed); color was dark brown, with a hint of charcoal gray; the smell was somewhat sour and, frankly, not appetizing; the taste reminded me of tobacco, i.e. as if I were smoking a mild cigar, and had few hints of sweetness. I can't recall a Porter that was more disappointing than this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 02:27:34 | More by dhannes
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz. bottle, brought back from a recent Yellowstone trip by my buddy, Bryce. Poured to a pint glass. Wish my bottle (and I) enjoyed a pastoral setting like the one pictured above...alas I sit at the kitchen table after a day spent installing a storage system in the garage/studio.

Pigs Ass (my first from Harvest Moon) label: a pub-gathering of tankard-hoisting, top hat and waistcoat-wearing PIGS! And sans pants! Ha, I see their ASSES! :) 'An Original London-Style Porter', notched at Best Before 'J'(anuary), '11'. A cute little sticker on the neck reads 'Made in Montana USA'.

A: Dark, dark mahogany but a rosier shade when held to light (with plenty of rising carbonation). A solid lid of creamy eggshell froth, not quite a finger-high, then falling to a lumpy sheen. Good lace in speckled bands.

S: A lightly roasted coffee and vague fudge, not a very strong aroma but sweet and appealing. A hint of smoke.

T: A roasted sweetness that screams (squeals?) 'London Porter': traces of licorice amidst semi-sweet chocolate and a sugared coffee, earthy berry. Big flavor, lasting char and chocolate bitterness.

M: Exceedingly smooth, if just a little light in body. Fine carbonation, a cooling and calming mouthfeel.

D: A 'session' porter that's beauty lies in its subtlety. Hops/bitterness won't bonk you over the head - spice and sweet malt hold a pleasant balance. An unlisted ABV, but I'm guessing no more than 5.5%, which makes it worthy of seconds (or thirds) in my book (Londoners might disagree). Sadly, a single bottle made the journey...I'd gladly have more.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 00:42:18 | More by msubulldog25
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DAllspaw

Indiana

4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Many Glacier Hotel in GNP.

This is one hell of a porter. Great light brown head, nice thickness and subsequent lacing proves this was not timid by any stretch.

Great caramel notes and a bit of coffee but nothing over the top, very well balanced with a bit of hop. Pretty substantial stuff, not unlike a stout.

Seek this out if in MT and dig porters.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2010 21:38:48 | More by DAllspaw
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a classic looking Porter, dark brown with amber-ish hues and a thick, tan colored head with nice 'n slow dissipation.

The aroma is a very earthy dark malt aroma, plenty of roastie herbals and dark wheat, the malt is dark but slightly sweet vanilla smell too. Right on.

The balance of this Porter is really nice, earthy, herbal, dry and crisp hop and yeast combo with all the right dark-wheat maltiness you might want. It also has a very nice complexity with light vanilla sweetness and oats to make a hearty blend for sure.

The feel is nearly full, but very approachable because it's not super hefty and thick (which I like even more). The finish is long and becomes dry at the end.

This is a classic American Porter, thanks to my good friend mike O for bringing these back from his road trip home!!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 19:51:19 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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rebel1771

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nearly jet black with a big fluffy off white head that hangs around a while.

S: Heavy roasted coffee aroma with a hint of milk chocolate.

T: Very smooth coffee flavor mixed with beautiful chocolate notes make this one damn fine brew.

D: This beer is pretty awesome, although it's almost more like a stout than a porter. Anyway very tasty and a good drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 22:49:58 | More by rebel1771
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alcstradamus

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes

Near black pour with two fingers of creamy head. Aroma is lightly toasted malts and some watery coffee bean. Floral hops and nuttiness round out a subtle but pleasant nose.

Flavor is mostly just watered down coffee and nuttiness. I would really like to know the ABV here, because if this is sub-5% I would probably bump the score up a bit. But not knowing how alcoholic it is, I really have to say the flavor just isn't there to really satisfy.

Mouthfeel is medium with sufficient carbonation. Drinkability is fine in terms of volume but low in terms of desire, so I'll give an average score here.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 00:02:20 | More by alcstradamus
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Pigs Ass Porter from Harvest Moon Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.