Dino's Dark - Lake Louie Brewery Company
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Reviews by Strix:
3.3/5 rDev -11.3%
Opaque dark brown, decent head that hangs around.
Roasted malt, vague coffee note.
Roasted malt the primary flavor. Sort of a cola/cocoa/coffee note in the mix, but muted.
Mouthfeel somewhat thin, enough to detract.
Certainly drinkable and hits the right notes for a porter, but nothing overly special.
11-08-2013 05:30:50 | More by Strix
More User Reviews:
4.4/5 rDev +18.3%
Drinkability is a five, no doubt about that. This is a porter light. I dont love it but I respect it for what its trying to do, and that I think is to be a porter for swigging on your front stoop on a warm spring afternoon. That it does perfectly.
Mouthfeel is light, thin, slightly doughy in the middle, hopped in the finish and well drying, particularly for a porter. This puppy leaves you thirsty for more.
Taste is complicated but balanced blend of vanilla, hazelnut, mocha, bountiful cherries, cinnamon, and spicy English hops.
The first bit of the Aroma contains sweet, light, leafy ESB like hops. Then all the rich malty goodness enters into play finishing with Mexican coffee acidity. Overall the aromas are light. Theyre all in there but to get at them you really need to stick your nose right into the glass and breathe.
Appearance is a dark mahogany, amber-red hues. Thin white head. Thinnish body. Not too thrilling.
If I was judging this side-by-side my other favorite porters (Tommy, Black Earth, and Fitzie) this one wouldnt even come close. When I step back, however, and judge this as what it is, a summertime porter, Ive got to admit that theyve done a damn fine job. This might just be the most refreshing and easily drinkable porter Ive ever tasted. I can clearly envision my buddies and I lighting up the grill and polishing off a case of Dinos one fine afternoon in June just as we might a pilsner, wit, or helles lager. This is damn fine summer session material.
04-11-2006 19:33:49 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.22/5 rDev +13.4%
Pours from the bottle a deep dark brown bordering on black with a half inch of light bubbly tan head. Aroma is dark roasty, slightly smoky malts with a nice dose of chocolate, caramel and a subtle hoppiness. Mild coffee dusting. Good, clean aroma.
First sip brings a smooth roasty maltiness, almost a touch burnt with cocoa and caramel accents. A smidge of coffee works its way in alongside a dose of piney hoppiness on the way down. Smooth and tasty, this is a good brew. Unexpected hop burps show up halfway through the glass!
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and goes down easy and refreshing. Good carbonation. This is a good dark brew/porter that would make a good session beer if it was more readily available to me. Cheers once again to Lake Louie for producing a fine product. I gotta get up to Arena one of these days!
05-03-2006 03:36:42 | More by orbitalr0x
4.22/5 rDev +13.4%
(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a black opaque body with a creamy light tan head that last and last. It has a good strong carbonation of tiny bubbles.
S- This beer smells of brown malt with a faint molasses sweetness.
T- The taste of brown malt has a nice faint black roasted malt note in the background with a tart note in the finish. There is also a faint green hop flavor after the tartness. The malt has good complexity with a faint note of chocolate and earthiness with some flavors of cola in the finish.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a faint watery texture in the finish.
D- This beer has nice malt complexity with unique flavors of cola and a tartness that is interesting.
05-22-2006 14:53:18 | More by rhoadsrage
3.83/5 rDev +3%
Drank out of a bottle poured into a glass.
A. Pours a very dark brown, nearly black with no head.
S. Above average smell. You get a nice sweet and malty smell, but nothing overpowering
T. Sweet with a little coffee taste towards the end of the drink.
MD. Leaves a normal porter aftertaste in the mouth. Leaves the mouth a little dry, wanting another drink. Goes down very smooth for a porter.
08-10-2009 02:05:04 | More by hughesm4
3.48/5 rDev -6.5%
A smokey malt smell after a no-head pour into a tremens glass. Overall a solid american porter but nothing at all spectacular. A little more smokey than I prefer, but with nothing else really going for it. I got it as an extra so I can't be dissapointed, but I wouldn't buy it again.
08-10-2009 01:56:55 | More by degerbah
4.55/5 rDev +22.3%
2005. Same specs as below.
I won't add much, though it does appear as slightly different than before. More malt focused full of caramel, chocolate, and cherry. Still generally the same profile as before, but the feature flavors seem to strangle out some of the nuances that I've noticed last year. Keeping in mind that this is billed as a "lighter, spring time porter", it's still just a killer sessioner. Scores altered, just a little.
1/2 G. prefilled growler.
New one here from Lake Louie. I had not even heard whisper of its existence until stumbling upon it at the store today. It's described as a "lighter, summer porter". I guess if your name is "Porter", you may as well run with it.
And he continues to prove worthy of his surname.
Gloomy dark amber, inflected with rust and brown. Totally clear. The head is several inches of milky pale tan and ridiculously sticky.
A bit hollow, nose-wise, up-front and while chilled. But once this warms, it fills and rounds and becomes transcendent. First, a roasty hazelnut blend appears, bathed in milk chocolate. Burnt caramel too, with traces of vanilla and cinnamon. Some leafy and spicy English hops add completion.
Begins modestly and perfectly roasted. Mocha java, but with cream and just a bit of sugar. Light raspberry and cherry sweetness, all covered in caramel and vanilla nougat. Then the hazelnuts hit. Chocolate-coated, Nutella-style. If this was thicker, you'd want to spread it on toast. Peanuts too. Fat ones, with their skins intact. Have I mentioned Nutella and hazelnuts? There is a bit of doughy yeastiness and hard water minerals and traces of smoke. The end is moderately hopped, all herbal and drying.
Bits of chocolate-covered mixed nuts- almonds and macadamias primarily, drowned in caramel, and sprinkled with touches of hot cinnamon- in and around the swallow.
Begins a bit thin and sparse in the mouth, but it settles to a creamed medium hewn stature.
"Addictive" is trite and tired, but that is exactly what this is. Growlers are conquered, and still you need more. Nothing should be this drinkable. Not when its psychoactive. It's simply not fair. If I had an endless supply, I'd be like one of those rats, stuck in the maze, faced with the choice between cocaine and food levers. I'd be all over the lever to get more coke (or in this case Dino's Dark), until I eventually expired from starvation.
The truly excellent "small" beer is all too rare. For those that agree, consider this Paradise found.
Positively the best Brown Ale I've ever had.
And nothing, NOTHING, even approaches it.
Ok, shut up. I know it's technically a porter. Fine then. It's one of the best of those too. Session is defined by the terms found within this growler.
Now leave me alone, and let me hit this lever again. (rating: 4.7)
05-04-2004 07:29:08 | More by cokes
4.3/5 rDev +15.6%
Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.
Pours a deep, dark garnet with a short skim of khaki foam. Nose is bready, roasted malt and minty hops. Taste starts off doughy, transitioning into notes of cool vanilla, sweet milk caramel, charred coffee, and minty hops. Mouthfeel is chewy yet smooth and quite drinkable. I liked this quite a bit more than their Tommy's Porter, of which this is supposed to be a hoppier, summer version. Another tasty Lake Louie brew.
05-16-2006 23:11:36 | More by Golden2wenty1
4.05/5 rDev +8.9%
12oz single, Steve's - University, $1.59
appearance: poured into a mash house pint glass...light mahogany that is strongly tinted amber, 1/2" foam head that doesn't seem in a hurry to subside...interesting porter, leaning towards the spring-porter classification in appearance
smell: sweet roasted malt, molasses, milky, smooth caramel, mild latte aroma...faint but pleasant
taste: lake louie doesnt miss often (ever?) and this is no exception....a very pleasant spring porter. creamy and milky, sweet roasted malt, mild hop undertone, slightly woody, touch of caramel, toffee. a nice mild porter
mouthfeel: milky, creamy, and smooth as one would come to expect from Lake Louie
05-24-2006 00:17:50 | More by dirtylou
3.7/5 rDev -0.5%
The head leaps up in the glass- nealry filling the pint beofre any liquid appears underneath. It's a light tan colour, with a cola colour liquid slowly appearing under. The light coming through the liquid is a nice dark amber to ruby.
Smell is nice and bready, with a bit of hops folded in. There's an element just slightly like wet dishrag, and a bit of smoke.
The flavour is thin and woody, with some hop bitterness ad sweeter smoke. Very consistent throughout.
Body is almost a bit watery, with a higher than expected carbonation.
Desite some shortcomings, this one is drinkable- but not overly so.
07-22-2006 02:58:04 | More by UncleFlip
3.78/5 rDev +1.6%
Thanks to eyncognito for this 12 oz bottle.
A: The porter is a dark syrupy brown color, light enough that copper hues are evident but dark enough to be opaque. A two and a half finger head cascaded as it receded. Mild lacing was left.
S: A touch of chocolate, a hint of coffee, the nose is light with barely enough oomph to register as a porter. Dark roasted grains take a while to emerge and even when they do, they aren't that strong.
T: Cocoa powder and coffee stand out, a quick turnabout from the nose. The mildly bitter coffee flavor leaves a lasting impression. A burnt toast flavor, heavily roasted, lingers after the coffee and cocoa pass. Mid-sip hops derail the flavor for a few seconds before the coffee and chocolate return. I'd rather not see that bitterness detract from the dark flavors.
M: The mouthfeel is clearly a porter, dark and roasted with a strong coffee presence. The hops stand out a little too much, detracting from the vibrant flavors.
D: The ale tastes much better than it smells, a nice porter that pushes a robust coffee and chocolate agenda.
10-10-2009 01:05:51 | More by akorsak
4.33/5 rDev +16.4%
Tasted again, and was more impressed this time around.
Pours with a reddish glint at the bottom of the glass, otherwise dark brown. Small amount of foam with spotty lace.
Great aroma, distinct caramel toffee with some milkiness, and multigrain bread. Something earthy and herbal, maybe an inkling of hops when swirled.
Rich caramel maltiness, almost a smoky finish. Residual dry bitterness. Not too sweet, just about perfect. Adequate carbonation. Really exceeded my expectations. Tasty stuff, worth looking for in Wisconsin.
Original review 04/2007:
A seemingly average brew. Wouldn't have pegged it for a Porter.
Big and foamy tan head. Rings of lacing, it looks appealing. A good amount of sediment in the bottle.
Aroma of mild plum, and malt. Pleasant, not really big in this department though.
Taste is plum, nutty malt, slight bitterness. Fruitiness is a nice twist. Very thin mouthfeel. A unique ale to be sure. Easy to drink, but better Porters are out there. Seems more like a twist on a Brown Ale.
Thanks to thefatkid13 for this one...
07-24-2008 01:06:53 | More by emerge077
4/5 rDev +7.5%
Aroma holds cocoa some sharp grassy hops and coffee grounds all at a pretty strong intensity.
Dark brown to black in color with a thumb thick tan head that diminishes slowly.
Fore is fairly bitter, but from hops or just burnt malts it is hard for me to tell for sure. A mix of both perhaps. It definitely tastes well hopped to me...not Alpha Klaus hopped, but pretty hoppy and the acidic coffee flavors and burnt malts accentuate that. Has the right mouthfeel for a porter though Im sure some will find it thinnish.
As it warms the cocoa becomes full on chocolate and starts to muscle out the bitterness. This is a pretty well done porter and would have probably been considered "extreme" 5 years ago.
04-09-2006 05:59:38 | More by Jredner
3.38/5 rDev -9.1%
Appearance - Dark brown with a touch of red. Appears at least a little hazy. Short but persistent tannish head.
Smell - Rich medium roasted malts. Light chocolate, coffee, toffee, and raisin.
Taste - Dark malt flavors dominate. Sweet burnt coffee and toffee. Lemony hops in the finish. A little thinner than I expected.
Mouthfeel - Medium.
Overall - Nothing terrible, but a little more bitter and thinner than I'd prefer.
07-31-2014 02:23:45 | More by scaliasux
4/5 rDev +7.5%
A good beer. Black in color with light mocha head and mostly still. Smoke and coffee on the nose. Heavy smoked and roasted malt flavors that get more gentle as you approach the finish. The finish is clean and then the smokiness from the roasted malts kicks back in during the aftertaste. I actually picked up a pint of this at a coffee shop on the road in front of the capital in Madison. I researched the three porters from Lake Louie to be sure I am reviewing the correct beer and from reading the reviews I wonder if all of the reviews are on the correct beer as there appears to be overlap. This seems to be the Dino's from the majority of the reviews and I should just trust my server even though it was a barrista and not a bartender. Good beer though. It was a beautiful day and I sat on the patio, the whole experience was memorable and good. I am actually anxious to find some more offerings from this brewer.
06-17-2009 20:52:43 | More by Ragingbull
4.08/5 rDev +9.7%
Poured it strong and got a good 1/4 inch head and a good lacing came with that. The color is dark, let's some light in through the edges, but not much. Lake Louie seems to have it's own smell, I talked to Tommy during my tour of the place and he said himself he didn't go by styles, he just brewed what he thought was good. The smell is slightly roasty and has no off smells. The taste is chocolatey with some good roastiness in the backbone. I'm surprised at the chocolate flavors, when this was colder the flavor of chocolate barely came out and the beer seemed too roasty, but now the chocolate is what's really making it a very enjoyable beer. The mouthfeel is good, low carbonation bite and easy to drink like all Lake Louie products. Overall, the more I have this beer the better it gets, so I will have as much of this as will be allowed!!
05-02-2007 06:57:34 | More by Erdinger2003
3.18/5 rDev -14.5%
Poured into a pint glass.
3.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is good and a short ring of lacing is left.
3.5 S: Grainy roastiness, chocolate, and tangy caramel. Good, but the tanginess puts this at a bit "off." Moderately malty.
3.0 T: Like the nose, but the tangy tartness is increased. It's not an infection type tang, but it's a sign of something not being done right along the brewing process. Still, it's not bad.
3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A touch crisp with a bit more creaminess.
3.0 D: Not bad, but not without problems. Good, strong flavors, but a couple bad ones as well.
07-18-2012 00:35:09 | More by DavoleBomb
3.5/5 rDev -5.9%
12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3" brown head over the clear reddish brown brew. Head lasts and lasts, due to huge amounts of bubbles flying up from the bottom of the glass, with plentiful sticky lacing. Aroma is tart fruitiness and rich dark grains. Flavor is moderate malty sweetness, with only a tinge of fruitiness, and a balanced close and aftertaste. Mouthfeel is good, with slightly limited drinkability due to the tartness I wish wasn't there. Probably the least impressive Lake Louie product I've had, yet still pretty good.
10-05-2006 22:22:27 | More by ppoitras
3.03/5 rDev -18.5%
Viggo was nice enough to share this one. thanks eric!
12oz bottle. sampled june 20/08.
pours deep brown, not quite black, with a small dense dark tan head. the head drops quickly and leaves a few spots of lace.
aroma is nice. quite fruity. bit of dark chocolate. molasses. maybe some maple too. bit of almond. there's a bit of artificial chocolate or something in there too.
taste is ok. fruity and kind of sweet. toasted raisin bread maybe? bit of maple/molasses character too. slightly artificial chocolate. hint of roast, less than i'd expect. bit of alcohol. low bitterness level. hint of citrus.
mouthfeel is nice. medium bubbly soda-like carbonation. just under medium body.
drinkability is ok. this one misses the mark in my eyes. too fruity and sweet, not enough roast/bitterness, almost no trace of hops, and the alcohol is a bit too present.
06-21-2008 01:19:48 | More by grub
Dino's Dark from Lake Louie Brewery Company
84 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.