Pigs Ass Porter - Harvest Moon Brewery

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 107
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 19.58%
Wants: 9
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Montana, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rebel1771 on 10-10-2003

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?
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Photo of sporklift87
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle to snifter. One finger light brown head, fair retention, no apparent lacing. Pitch black. Roasted and black malts, dark chocolate and cocoa up front, with vanilla and toast on background. Actually has a good amount of fruits on tongue, such as plum and dark cherries. Nearly creamy mouth feel, full bodied, and slightly syrupy. Lightly carbonated. Not bad, I enjoy the fruit forward taste. Would buy again.

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Photo of RenzoD
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice dark, dark brown color. Beautiful creamy head that remains through the entire drink. Smells smoaky and a little nutty. Taste also has a smokey flavor. Almost like char after a BBQ. Oaty and nutty flavors. Incredibly smooth mouthfeel. Too easy to drink. I'll have another!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown color with a nice one finger cream colored head. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a nice level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is of roasted malts mixed with other smells of chocolate and caramel. Along with these aromas are some smells of toast and a little bit of a vanilla producing a rather nice aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with roasted malt and chocolate taste mixed with a decent level of vanilla and caramel sweetness. As the taste advances these tastes remain the forefront of the flavor profile with some other lighter flavors of a more toast like nature coming to the tongue. The cocoa gains a bit more intensity as the taste moves to the end, and with the sweet caramel and vanilla gaining a little bit more intensity, one is left with a nice roasted but sweet flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is average in thickness for a porter while the carbonation level that is rather average. For the style, a little thicker body may have accentuated the roasted and dark flavors of the brew slightly better, but overall the feel was rather decent.

Overall – A nice porter overall with a good blend of chocolate, roast, and sweet. This was a very easy drinking and enjoyable brew overall and one to try if you get the chance.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Sark
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
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

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Photo of stumac
2.55/5  rDev -33.4%
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...

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Photo of Murrhey
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of motleybrew
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of tjkinate
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of Lakes
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of Sideswipe
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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

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Photo of normalbeerguy
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of uwmgdman
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.


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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, a straggler from the Great U.S. Supermarket Cooler Border Run of 2010. I would probably have grabbed this anyways, but the name sure as hell didn't hurt.

This beer pours a clear, very dark reddish brown cola hue, with three fingers of thickly foamy, and somewhat chunky beige head, which falls away unevenly, leaving some dense, broadly webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of floral, haystack-esque hops, over a mildly toasted caramel malt base, with some subtle dry cocoa and day-old coffee notes. The taste is bittersweet milk chocolate, biscuity caramel malt, dry coffee beans, a hint of black licorice, and light citrusy, floral hops.

The carbonation is quite mild, just a lilting frothiness, the body medium-heavy in weight, smooth, and silky in its pleasant as the day is long creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the baker's chocolate and bready caramel malt still most evident.

A nice, generally balanced new-world take on the old-world porter - tasty, and it goes down easy as pie. If 'in a pig's eye' means unbelievable, then 'Pig's Ass' should then lend credence to this particular, um, 'rural' brewery's prowess.

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Photo of dhannes
2.87/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Pigs Ass Porter from Harvest Moon Brewery
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