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Pigs Ass Porter | Harvest Moon Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Harvest Moon Brewery
Montana, United States | website

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

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?

Added by rebel1771 on 10-10-2003

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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 120
Reviews by EricCioe:
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3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of warnerry
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Moondoggy68
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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 GratefulBeerGuy
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!!

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3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had bottled at Copper Horse in the Bozeman, MT airport

Appearance - Poured into a pint glass produced an auburn brown brew with a khaki colored, quarter finger width head with poor retention, resulting in mostly barren surface.

Smell - Mild aroma, hitting on fair caramel notes, toffee and distant chocolate. Faint earthy hop notes as well.

Taste - Follows the.nose. Mild, but flavorful. Toffee and caramel with lesser chocolate undertone. Mild earth hop character. Ghostly fig? Finishes with a touch of roasted malt; balanced and bittersweet with the aforementioned flavors.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with fair carbonation. Starts slick, then finishes fairly dry.

Overall - A solid English-style porter. Its no Samuel Smiths, but few are. I wouldn't say no to another one.

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Photo of cgman1985
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KensWorld
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip shaped snifter, pours a somewhat thick very dark brown with almost no head. Vigorous bubbles keeps the edge foamy. I smell prunes and slight hints of tobacco. Taste is much smoother then expected. Very light for an English porter. Has nice balance between the sweet and the roast. Very drinkable and enjoyable. 4.00

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of RenzoD
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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 beergorrilla
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.16/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of dhannes
2.87/5  rDev -24.9%
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 rebel1771
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of normalbeerguy
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.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- This has an awesome name and label, which really help the cause! Best before date is indicated as well. Pours about as dark a brown as you can imagine...with tinges of red and copper around the rim. The lacing is excellent, with a sticky, viscous foam that really clings to the glass. My only disappointment is that the foamy head isn't really existent....just a thin layer formed, and turned into a ring around the glass.

S- The first thing I notice is an intense coffee aroma, reminiscent of an americano or cappucino. There is also some dark chocolate/cocoa bean aromas mixed in. This beer contains some smoked qualities as well, which remind me of a smoked gouda cheese or something.

T- Powerful dark chocolate malts, with a burnt/highly roasted chocolate/coffee flavor. There are also some notes of the aforementioned smokiness, as well as a hint of sweet malt, which balance this out. The finish is hopped well for the style, but it's the sticky sweetness that lingers on the palate afterward.

M- Surprisingly this was much lighter than I thought it would be. The carbonation is of fine bubbles, but maybe just a little too much of it that hits the palate right up front. The finish is smooth however and quite pleasant.

D- Lots of flavor packed into this one...a very solid porter. I don't think I'd have more than one of these at a time though, as the roasted qualities of the malt are quite dominant. Great meal beer and would go perfectly with a roast beef or stew. Anyone though that's really into the dry porters will very much enjoy this one. I do like this and would say that it's a great beer!

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Photo of Catracho5
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark cola brown with a slightly tan head, some light does come through, no lacing, decent amount of carbonation coming up.

A: Coffee, roasted malts, hint of chocolate, hint of nuttiness almost like a brown ale.

T: Like the nose, get some brown ale like nuttiness up front, some coffee, roasted malt, slight chocolate, dry finish, drinkable.

M: A little thin, could use some more creaminess to the mouthfeel.

O: A very drinkable porter, balanced, subtle flavors and aromas, picked this up as an extra.

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Photo of spark3148857
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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Pigs Ass Porter from Harvest Moon Brewery
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