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Man's Best Friend - Picaroons Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
81
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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 19.38%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Picaroons Brewing Co. visit their website
New Brunswick, Canada

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RunawayJim on 07-01-2008)
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Photo of skellock
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

skellock, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to schen9303 for bringing this one back for me. Poured from a 16oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Gentle pour yields a 3 finger fluffy mocha head with great retention. Beer is a clear, nearly opaque black cherry color. Lacing is patchy and stringy with great stick. Every dark beer should look like this.

S: Caramel, toffee, sweet chocolate, licquorice, butterscotch, lactose, and a hint of cocoa and coffee in the back. Sweeter than most this style but very enticing and robust.

T: Slightly sour coffee, toasted malts, butterscotch faded all the way into the background. Brown sugar and licquorice towards the middle and end. There's a hole in the flavor if that makes any sense, like this beer is desperatly missing a key ingredient. My guess is the complete lack of creme and accompanying smoothness and tightness. Finish is harsh bitter coffee with a cocoa and chocolate aftertaste.

M: Light bodied, carbonated, and much too coarse for the style. Rough around the edges and too lively going down. Finish is clean and aftertaste fades quickly.

D: After getting past this gorgeous brew and its lusciously rich aroma, things go downhill quickly. Coffee is too prominent here and toasted malt character combines to create an odd sourness. Body is way too thin and carbonated for the style. If the taste and feel had followed the first two categories, this might've been the perfect porter. As is, its just a bit below average.

SpeedwayJim, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of elricorico
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on my trip to New Brunswick. Appears very deep brown with some chestnut around the edges. Fizzy tan head with some retention.

Very malty aroma, smooth coffee and caramel. A bit of an earthiness mixes in.

Chocolatey dark malts, with some nuttiness. Slightly musty finish. Feels more like a full flavoured brown ale than a porter to taste. Good though.

Medium body and slightly prickly carbonation. Not bad, worth trying but I won't chase down any more bottles.

elricorico, Jul 15, 2008
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

TimeLincoln, Jan 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

CurtisD, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of DreamDeath
1.75/5  rDev -50.8%

DreamDeath, May 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

TylerD420, Jun 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

BryantForestry, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of maddmaxstar
4.78/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picaroons Mans Best Friend
Batch #1346

Style: English Porter

A - Black, very dark, shows ruby red when you shine a flashlight through it. Thick foamy Caramel-Tan Head that sticks around, good amount of lacing.

S - Lots of Roasted Malts, Chocolate, Caramel, Coffee, smells absolutely delicious.

T - Espresso taste is dominant, roasty flavour, hints of chocolate and caramel, finishing off with a dry hoppy bitterness.

M - Not too thick or creamy, bordering on watery but not quite. Carbonation is good. Easy to drink.

D - This beer is awesome, it's right up there in my books with Fullers London Porter. This beer is a very solid attempt for a local craft brew to make a fantastic Porter and it works very well. I can't say enough about how good this beer is, and it's one of my all time favourites.

Rating - 4.5/5 (A)

maddmaxstar, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of cfalovo97
2/5  rDev -43.8%

cfalovo97, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of nighthawk
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is everything I like about a porter. Very dark brown colour with thick tan head. Plenty of roast malts in the nose, with a hint of smoke, caramel and coffee. Deep roasted malt flavours, chocolate, coffee, toffee, with a balancing bitter hop finish. Medium-bodied, light carbonation. I love this beer.

nighthawk, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of berley31
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured with a small, light tan head that diminished quickly. Body is jet-black and opaque, with a bit of ruby highlights when held to the light.

S: Lots of dark chocolate and roasted flavors, with a background of light sweetness.

T: Bitterness is quite high. Lots of roasted and burnt flavors.

M: Light-medium body, with very soft carbonation.

D: A little high on the burnt flavors, and maybe a little rough around the edges. Good marks on appearance and smell, however.

berley31, May 15, 2010
Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

TheBeeraholic, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Large, rocky beige head. A cross between blanket and web-like lace. Dark brown color where bright light can pass...barely. It doesn't seem cloudy.

Powdered cocoa predominates the smell. There's a bit of chalk to the nose as well.

The taste leans toward dark chocolate, but there's a sourness that is similar to unripened stone fruit. The body is thin for a porter--the carbonation is high. The swallow features a small level of hop bitterness.

smcolw, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of Long813
2.6/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

G: Pint Glass

A: Dark opaque body. Two fingers of light tan coloured head leaving blotchy lacing.

S: Toasted malts, roasted [weak] coffee beans.

T: Hints of toasted malts, light caramel and bitter coffee.

M: Very thin, with low carbonation and a sticky caramel after taste.

D: It's easy to drink, but it feels and tastes like water.

Long813, Oct 13, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

polloenfuego, Jan 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

lgmol, May 04, 2013
Photo of Viggo
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, big thanks to bobsy for sharing this.

Pours a clear very dark red, thick light tan head forms, slowly settles down to a medium ring around the glass, lace chunks stick, looks good.

Smell is nice, chocolate wafer, cocoa powder, dry roast, caramel, toasted oats, lightly sweet and fruity, very malty stuff, pretty nice.

Taste is similar, very dry, roasty, lightly nutty, has a mini wheat flavour, a bit sugary through the middle with some sour fruit, toasty, chocolate milk, nice stuff.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, very dry and slightly powdery body, but I like it. Thanks Rob!

Viggo, Dec 04, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

cmorrisse, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The head is huge! Dense like whipped egg whites on top, bubbly like pop on the bottom. It forms fast and tall. Very dark, but not cloudy.

Smells decent. Bready. Roasted.

Taste is good. Roasted, a bit bitter/chocolatey, sweet.

The mouthfeel was its weakest point, I thought. It has a wateriness to it... or a bit of acidity I don't like. It should be fuller / creamier... for my liking, anyway.

Overall, another good beer from Picaroon's.

PEIBeerGuy, Apr 29, 2010
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

patroy, Jun 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of tbeckett
2.1/5  rDev -41%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A - Pours black but not opaque as some red hints show up around the edges when held up to the light. Started with a pillowy/creamy head of 2 fingers but is going down fairly quick. Head is composed of very large bubbles and hangs around at about one finger. Nice looking.

S - Very odd aroma. Chocolate is there. Something very different is present and sort of offputting. Sort of smells like a combination of leather and my cat's litter box.

T - Same thing as the aroma. How very odd. A sort of sourness is present in the aftertaste. There are very mild coffee notes but mostly that odd leathery unpleasantness comes through.

M - Light body. Good amount of carbonation.

D - If I could handle the awful flavour of this I could have tons. I'm not sure where this went wrong but I don't like it.

tbeckett, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of RunawayJim
4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany with a small tan head that hangs around a little bit, then quickly disappears.

Aroma is a little light, but lots of roasted toasted malts and a hint of smoke.

The taste is absolutely fantastic. Those roasted malts really shine front to back. They're mixed in with some smoke and a hint of chocolate. There's just enough hops to give it a nice balance, but this beer is all about the malt.

It's a medium bodied beer with a nice smooth texture, but ample carbonation is present. This is a very drinkable beer, one I wish I had more access to.

Brought this one back with me on a trip to New Brunswick.

RunawayJim, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of Kremlock
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: DEEP ruby red. 1 1/2 fingers of head that keeps and you can see all the tiny bubbles making its composition. Head is also a light brown colour.

S: Roasty smell with a slight fishy smell?!? Just can't put my finger on it as just a moment ago I thought it could be a slight detergent smell.

T: Roastiness is borderline "burned pot" in flavour. There are hints of dark chocolate and a slight hazelnut in the background. There is residual sweetness with an average -1 bitterness.

M: A bit too carbonated for my taste but it is within the profile. Seems a bit thin and watery.

O: I've enjoyed many Picaroons products but this one is not on my top list. It's ok but there are other porters I'd choose first. It's a must try though.

Kremlock, Sep 14, 2012
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Man's Best Friend from Picaroons Brewing Co.
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