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CB's Double Dark Cream Porter - CB Craft Brewers

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BA SCORE
86
very good

85 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 8
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
CB Craft Brewers visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-18-2001)
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Reviews by Jarod:
Photo of Jarod
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark cocoa brown/black color and when held to the light had edges of yellow and ruby hues. I was surprised on how dark this beer was would have figured it for a stout more then a porter, very little light passed through the light. It was crystal clear and well carbonated. The head produced was light and creamy as it was poured, its color was a light cocoa brown in the center and became lighter almost beige as it reached the edges. The texture was slightly sticky, pillow soft, had some density and was about 1 finger deep, but not very lasting, it quickly fell to a slight ring on the edges. No real lace seemed to be present. The aroma was not overpowering, rather light, I nosed light roasted malts and grains cocoa powders, some coffee grains, hints of a grapefruit citrus hop, which came out more as the beer warmed but most of the hop aroma was of a piney nature. The flavors were slightly more pronounced then the aroma but was rather laid back compared to other beers in this style. Roasted malts and coffee dominated the tastes, also noted were cocoa/chocolate, that slight grapefruit bite, pine tree and some earth tones became noticable as it warmed and ended on the back of the throat with a creamy roasted malt flavor. The aftertaste was mainly short lived and filled with roasted malts. The body was light to light medium in the mouth. The over all impression was a nice drinkalble beer, creamy and smooth, went down easy. The combination of roasted malts and hops seemed to balance nicely, with the malt taking the forefront. It is an easy drinkable beer, before I noticed the growler was gone, a good session beer IMO. Only thing I wished was that the aromas were more pronounced and it was a little more fuller in the pallet.

Jarod, Sep 02, 2005
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours you guessed it a deep dark brown with some deep reddish hue when held up to the light a thinner mocha colored head on top.Wow alot of different things going on in the nose where to begin,heavy roasted malt,molasses,vanilla rum,cedar,and last but not least a faint herbal hop note to round everything out nicely.Heavy roasted flavors like roasted nuts soaked in sweet caramel butter,a definent woody character as well as dark roast coffee.A damn fine porter full of robust flavors but not overly heavy.

oberon, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of JSahrle
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer ever!

I love it on tap and in growlers. I do not care for it in the bottle.

a - very dark brown. Almost black. Tan head.

s - smokey malts, some milk chocolate.

t - full flavor, milk chocolate, roasted coffee, and chocolate. some bitterness. but not too much

m - perfect carbonation. nice.

o - excellent. most folks wouldnt like this on a warm summer day after mowing the lawn. i however, love it!

JSahrle, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +3.9%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

filled a growler of this at consumer's abbott rd. poured into a standard pint glass.

pours nearly pitch black with a big frothy, creamy mocha colored head. looks similar to a RIS. great lace, great retention. the name definatly fits the appearance.

the aroma, not huge, is nice roasty malts and some roasted coffee. bits of dark chocolate and hops noticable.

yumm...tasty flavor. mostly deep roasted malts. good amount of coffee with a touch of chocolate. hints of dark fruits and citrus hops

medium to light in body. bitter finish from the roasted malts and hops. good carbonation. decent feeling creaminess on the palate. a touch chalky and watery at times.

fairly easy drinker. no problem finishing the growler. prolly the best offering ive had from CBs yet, worth a try.

dogfishandi, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of alexkeil
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With the uncertainty of fresh beer in Buffalo I'm forced to turn to Rochester, well, Honoye Falls. Despite being a hot summer weekend I had a taste for a rich toasty porter, and I was also interested in trying some CB's bottled - which I mostly enjoy from the tap in most local bars. This is a great value, even though a six pack is still close to $9, and the beer is nice and fresh from making such a short trip from the brewery. The beer pours smooth from the bottle and comes to an off white frothy head. The aroma is chocolate malt and a hint of hops. The mouth feel is silky and perfectly carbonated, and yes creamy. The flavor is bitter chocolate balanced with a malty sweetness, smokey, maybe a little coffee flavor but not as bitter as most porters. I was really surprised by this beer and cannot wait to visit the new brewery and try another six pack.

alexkeil, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of Darrylwd
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Darrylwd, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +3.9%

richkrull, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Outstanding. Nutty brown, roasty malts in taste and appearance. Cream in mouth like vanilla. Serve not too cold to bring out nuances and forget your latte at Starbucks. Brownish tan head.Had this 6.5 years later on cask at Mr. Goodbars. Was very decent chocolate and roasty. Strangely carbonated for cask.

Sammy, Mar 18, 2004
Photo of russpowell
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra from Autmanaldave, Cheers Dave!

Pours a brown tinged ebony with 1 finger of mocha head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Slight roasty malt & not much else

T: Some leafy hops, coffee & lactose notes up front. Roasty malt & astringency dominate as this warms, along with more coffee. Finishes with slight sourness, more coffee & dryness

MF: Light/medium bodied with assertive carbonation, thins a bit as it warms

Drinks okay, this one didn't wow me at all. If you like coffee tastes, you may disagree

russpowell, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of beveritt
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is very plain and somewhat dated with its geometric shapes and primary colors. No freshness date. Picked this up in a mixed pack while in upstate NY.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of medium tan head. This settles slowly to a thin yet complete coating of foam leaving behind some lacing. This cap stays throughout the beer. The beer itself is an extremely dark brown, dark enough to be opaque. A very small amount of sediment remains int he bottle.

Smell: Strong roasted barley with earthy hints of coffee and a slight vanilla.

Taste: Strong roasted barley bitterness upfront and throughout with an astringent and grainy finish. lingering black and bitter coffee in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation; fine for the style. Body is good.

Drinkability: All in all fairly decent as a porter, but I don't get any hints of "double cream."

beveritt, Nov 03, 2010
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3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a medium dark color porter with a large off-white foamy head with OK retention and no lacing. Aroma of creamy roasted malt with light sweetness also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by some medium dry roasted malt with light sweetness notes reminiscent of lactose. Body is a bit light with OK carbonation. Not bad but really nothing to write home to at the end of the day.

Phyl21ca, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of Beejay
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks DmanGTR

A: Deep brown into black, mahogany at the edges, full head of Tan

S: Roasted Malt an chocolate dominate. Smells great!

T: Delicious.. Malty with a lot of roasted flavor. Simple, well balanced and tasty.

M: Medium Bodied. Good Carbonation, and a creamy mouthfeel.

D: Very nice. Solid Porter. Would definitely Get this again.

Thanks for the Hook-up DmanGTR

Beejay, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of aranheaney
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a DFH Snifter, picked up by my lovely wife as part of a "Craft"-your-own six at Wegman's...

A-Jet black, almost no-head, a touch of lacing

S-good roast, malt, classic porter

T-interesting, a little bit watery and thin, but decent

M-again decent, I don't get too much of the cream

D-decent, very drinkable

aranheaney, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of spark3148857
4/5  rDev +3.9%

spark3148857, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of wingman14
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing. The appearance is jet black with a red hue when held to the light. It pours with a small dark tan head that fades quickly. The smell has coffee, chocolate, mocha, and other sweet notes. Plenty of malt presences as well. The taste is big and bold, sweet with a good deal of flavor. The body is not as heavy as I would have expected from a porter but this doesn't take away from a great balance in flavor. Everything about this beer seems just right. This is a great porter and I suggest everyone in western NY do themselves a favor and check it out. Enjoy!

wingman14, Nov 23, 2006
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

GreesyFizeek, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had actually been trying to track this one down for quite a bit, not really sure as to why, but I was more then happy with the result. Served in a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/20/2009.
 
Deep dark black pour with a huge head of tan that came up and over the top clinging to everything in the world it could come in contact with and never really fading much at all. Rich looking would be the understatement of the world here. Aroma of chocolate roasted malts, hints of coffee and a rich note of vanilla al coming through very clearly. Each sip though reminds me of a delicious chocolate dessert. Very well done here as chocolate and lactose sugar combine to form a rich and very sweet combination. I am thoroughly impressed here to say the least. Warming brings out hints of vanilla and chocolate as well as a slight touch of roasted notes. Rich and smooth with a huge body and an easy to drink nature, there was no reason this one could not just keep going.
 
Overall this was amazingly solid offering and lived up to the hype that surrounded it.

mikesgroove, Oct 21, 2009
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

tclapper, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of rlee1390
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-A deep black with about 1/2 a finger head, that dissipates, but ends up leaving behind some lacing.

S-Coffee and Roasted Malts

T-A very sweet beer, starts with coffee and roasted malts. Some chocolate flavors, not very bitter.

M-Medium bodied and slightly creamy.

D-Very sweet so a good drinker.

rlee1390, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of lordbrad1
4.56/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy hell do I like this beer. I had it at the America Hotel in Lima, NY. They have it on tap. The look of it in the glass is just great. Nice dark, thick head that stays with you for a good long while. The color is rich and dark and very pleasing to the eye. It smells amazing. Nice roasty,chocolate, sweet smell to it. I liked the first one so much I had two more. lol. Mouth feel is heavy, but it's a porter, I'd be confused if it wasn't heavy. It's nice and smooth going down. Overall I think this is a very drinkable beer, and highly recommend it. I also recommend hitting the American and having a few pints and some of their delicious food.

lordbrad1, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice brown-black color with a medium sized and medium bodied off-white colored head that laces the glass a little on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, more bitter deeper roasted malts, some bitter dark chocolate, and sweet milky-cream-lactose aroma.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, bitter deeply roasted malts, a very sweet lactose taste mixed with dark chocolate for a really nice flavor.
M: Very smooth, warming, kind of thick, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable porter, this was almost stout like, but it was gone in no time.

erosier, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of Rudgers73
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my favorite porter.

I first enjoyed this beer at Magnolia's Cafe and then again at The Dinosaur BBQ, both in Rochester, NY. This is one great porter.

It pours a thick, dark, creamy, brown--almost black. Not much of a head.
The best part is the first taste. It fills your mouth with flavors of toffee, caramel, and chocolate. It has a bold aftertaste that lingers in your mouth with a slightly burnt, sweet effect. Just like a lot of cream porters it is rather rich, so 1 or 2 is good, then move on.

Rudgers73, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of IBUnit63
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up a couple weeks ago at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. 12 oz. into Southern Tier pint glass.

Pours a robust cherry coke/root beer color. Not espresso dark but thick enough to show some giddyap. Head is 1/2 finger of ginger/maple color but passes along quickly.

Nice dark chocolate roasted malt - lots of coffee, some grassy hops and not as much of that metallic porter sting as I'm used to. Nice and actually creamy with a little vanilla sweetness.

Collar matches the cuff for the most part - there's the patent tannin feel along with a slate-ish, more smoky ultra roasted dark malt. Very dry with a little bit of grassy hop profile and residual sweetness and saltiness. Nice. Gets more molasses sweetness with warmth.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the maple sweetness side after a while. Noble hop profile is reserved yet there in a little bit of a grassy texture. Finish does have a little bit of a nutty texture.

I like this one. It's good to see a robust brew with solid character and complexity coming from a little-known source such as Honeoye Falls. Well-constructed.

IBUnit63, May 10, 2009
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good offering and a nice beer to sip as the weather gets colder. Poured a deep brown with ruby splashes around the edges. Off white head. Smelled of rich vanilla, roasty malts and chocolate. Taste had a little more coffee and toffee, but still had that rich vanilla flavor. Mouthfeel was creamy and perfect.

GreatPondBrewer, Nov 15, 2003
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CB's Double Dark Cream Porter from CB Craft Brewers
86 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.