Yabba Dhaba Chai Tea Porter - James Page Brewing Company
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Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 7 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by woemad:
3.7/5 rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
12oz can purchased at the Rocket Market in Spokane. No obvious freshness date.
Poured a very dark brown color that took on a rubyish hue when held up to light. Big, creamy tan head that took it's time dropping, leaving lots of lace.
The nose was dominated by a spicy aroma similar to cinnamon. I'm not entirely sure what chai tea is or what it's made from, but it seemed like cinnamon. The roasty maltiness usually associated with porters is completely overwhelmed by the spices.
The taste is a little closer to a traditional porter, with some dark malt flavor but it's stil mostly the spice show. There's also a flavor not unlike gingerbread, and a slight, cola-ish taste.
Medium bodied, with a mouthfeel tht seemed a little thin.
A gimmick beer, one to try as a curiosity. It's not bad but not something I'd go out of my way to find again.
Serving type: can
10-31-2013 04:53:44 | More by woemad
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3.13/5 rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Pours a light, tan head that is voluminous. A touch of lacing. A lot of spice in the nose of this one, maybe a little bit of chocolate in the background. Deep, deep burnt umber color. Starts with a massive cookie-spice flavor; cinnamon, maybe some allspice and clove. That's about it.
This is like liquid gingerbread cookie. Maybe around Christmas, I could swing one of these, but it's not doing it for me right now. I could maybe see myself getting this some other time.
Serving type: bottle
04-01-2014 02:18:53 | More by TheSSG
4.66/5 rDev +33.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
Can poured into shaker pint glass
Appearance: jet black, light brown and red hue at the base. Sporadic lacing coats the walls of the glass. Three finger head when poured in two parts gently.
Smell: Chai! Cinnamon, cloves, and ginger
Taste: Cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and sweet malts.
Overall, this is a great beer. I can't wait to try other JP's (Stevens Point) beers.
Serving type: can
02-09-2014 19:45:53 | More by BierStein711
2.54/5 rDev -27.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
This is a porter spiced with a chai tea mixture of spices including ginger cinnamon, cardamom, clove and anise. I have had a couple of homebrewed examples of this style while judging competitions and have been tempted to do my own version, but it hasn't hit my rotation yet. With the tag-line "Discover" on the label, along with an adventurous fictionalized James Page exploring the wilds of India, this is also an attractive package.
Aroma: Lots of things going on in the aroma on this beer. Lemons, cardamom, white pepper are strong. There is a slight roasted grain burnt aroma. Allspice and cloves as it warms up a bit. Some sweetness from malt is present as well.
Appearance: Deep brown, but not black. Held up to light you can see through the edges and clarity is excellent. When poured has an enormous light brown head that fills the glass. I poured this into 2 separate 12 oz glasses and foaming was such that I still had a third of the beer in the can afterward. It was several minutes before I could get a legitimate taste of this beer.
Flavor: Not as sweet as expected from the aroma. Very mild roast malt. Spices are very strong in this one, and too much of that lemon flavor present. A muddled mix of cardamom, liquorice and cloves. The mouthfeel on this is a bit watery and thin. There is a strange flavor in the finish that tastes a bit like imitation vanilla extract that stays with you. To use a wine term, this is flabby.
Overall: This is pretty disgusting. I have no idea where the lemon flavor was coming from, but it clashed horribly with the light roasted malt flavors. Some of the spice flavors seemed very fake and medicinal, and the spicing in general was too over-the-top to leave a balanced beer. The base beer for this didn't seem to have enough body, sweetness or mouthfeel to hold even out that extreme spicing.
Serving type: cask
12-05-2013 17:37:48 | More by Jackofallbrews
3.49/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Pours a deep cola brown with some light passage at the edges. One finger head forms and retains nicely. The nose starts with heavy ginger and is followed by cinnamon and other spices. The nose is all spices, not really getting any porter qualities with it. The taste starts just like the nose, heavy spice, very akin to chai tea. The problem here is I want a nice chocolatey roasty porter to come in and support all of the spices. Instead, there is a rather light tasting base beer that makes the whole thing taste a bit watery. The body is light and the carbonation is medium to high.The spice is well executed which makes the beer somewhat interesting, but ultimately it is not something I would want to come back to.
Serving type: can
10-14-2013 07:36:23 | More by homebrew311
Yabba Dhaba Chai Tea Porter from James Page Brewing Company
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