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Pigs Ass Porter - Harvest Moon Brewery

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86
very good

79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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Hoolie5

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +30.9%

05-16-2013 17:01:26 | More by Hoolie5
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Derf36

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

05-06-2014 15:47:47 | More by Derf36
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TheKitten

Montana

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

03-16-2013 06:43:54 | More by TheKitten
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Kindsdaddy

Montana

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer will make you stand up and take notice. My favorite style of beer, and this porter does not disappoint. Dark black in the glass, but a warming ruby-red glow when you hold it up to the light. Smell: malty and hopy. Taste: Smokey full flavor, with a terrific aftertaste. I love porters, have tried many and this is the best I've had. You must try this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2009 02:57:49 | More by Kindsdaddy
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Bis4beer70

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

04-08-2014 15:26:58 | More by Bis4beer70
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Huffaroma

Montana

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

01-02-2012 06:03:44 | More by Huffaroma
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einmt33

Montana

4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, served cool as suggested. Poured a very deep burgundy with a frothy tight 1" head. The head slowly withered, aromas of caramel, and dark chocolate along with sweet malts. Lightly sweetened coffee comes to mind in much of the taste. Very smooth finish with that hint of dark chocolate almost like a toffee. OK mouthfeel but very drinkable. First brew i have tried from Harvest Moon, I am new to the world of micro brews but this is surely one of the most interesting taste combinations I have found in a beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 06:22:08 | More by einmt33
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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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thesilverhand

British Columbia (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a real treat, enjoyed a long way from the brewery. Thanks to a true beer lover for hauling a growler all the way to Japan!
It pours dark, almost black, with hints of red, and a light brown, loose foamy head.
The smell is intense, a combination of smoked gouda cheese and good bacon, balanced by a dark chocolate malt. The flavour is great, with smoked cheese again, and the dark roasted malt. There was also a hint of fresh cut hay at first, which faded a few minutes after the pour.
The mouthfeel was good, solid without being heavy.
This was a very good beer. I hope I get the chance to enjoy it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2005 14:11:03 | More by thesilverhand
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dizztracted

North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

01-09-2013 02:43:14 | More by dizztracted
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delalove

Montana

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

03-09-2013 17:46:14 | More by delalove
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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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Contagion

Illinois

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

There is a dark, almost opaque coffee color to it with just a touch of ruby highlights. When poured into a glass, a very thin light tan head forms. It fades quickly to a film at the top of the glass. There is no lacing what so ever on the side of the glass.

The scent is a complex mixture of coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts. There is a slight smoky scent that rounds it out. The taste is much like the flavor. Dark chocolate malts and a bitter burnt roasted coffee flavor are most prominent. There is also some smokiness to that rounds it off. There is barely a discernable aftertaste. It has a well balance flavor.

This is a light bodied beer, lighter than what I'm used to in a Porter. It's also has a heavier carbonation that I would expect.

This is a good porter. I really enjoyed it. It is very easy to drink and if it is drank at the suggested temperatures of 46 to 48 degrees. I could see myself actually seeking this porter out, it's probably one of the better ones I've had in a while.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 00:00:04 | More by Contagion
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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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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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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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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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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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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 00:10:01 | More by ChrisCage
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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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Naerhu

Japan

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to KBL Scott for bringing this beer all the way to Japan!!!

Dark black beer with a tiny espresso crema poured from a four pint growler. Chocolate and smokey aroma. Chocolate and smokey flavors, with a solid bitterness. Light bodied and slightly sour, which adds to the livelyness of this beer. I loved the balance between the full flavor and light body.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2005 06:11:05 | More by Naerhu
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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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rogerthegill

Oregon

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-26-2012 18:29:21 | More by rogerthegill
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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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tcsparkx

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.7%

09-29-2012 03:36:57 | More by tcsparkx
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Pigs Ass Porter from Harvest Moon Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.