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Culmination Chocolate Porter (Brush & Barrel Series) - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Culmination Chocolate Porter (Brush & Barrel Series)Culmination Chocolate Porter (Brush & Barrel Series)

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213 Ratings

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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 11
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This dark chocolate Porter is a very rich, roasty beer with top notes of chocolate derived from freshly roasted cacao. Strong but relatively smooth on the palate, its malty sweetness is evenly balanced with bitterness, and a slight dryness from the alcoholic strength. Look for solid notes of coffee, licorice, mild chocolate and more subtle hints of fruit and spices.

(Beer added by: SawDog505 on 11-28-2013)
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Reviews by Ego:
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New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -6%

black with a brown halo around the edges, nice compact and uniform head gearing up to one finger and holding, and by holding it also clings like nutballs to the side of the glass, a pretty good amount of carbonation is apparent if you gaze into the bottom of your glass, a nice looking pot o' porter

obvious dark chocolate, coffee with cream, on the edges some black licorice but not in the sambuca realm, the chocolate is the star here, so if that is your thing...

taste etc...
almost dry smoke/cocoa flavor dominates early, the carbonation is prickly on your lips, pretty smooth with bumps of the bubbles kind of interfering with the silky mouthfeel, like the nose this is choco-heavy, almost like drinking liquid chocolate that has carbonation, there is some minor bitterness but not much

very chocolate. the ABV is absolutely nowhere but the overall flavor is not my thing (just a touch too sweet). A silky drinking beer but the carbonation interferes a bit. If you like chocolate go for this.is.

01-02-2014 04:49:30 | More by Ego
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

02-16-2014 19:51:22 | More by woodchipper
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3.95/5  rDev -1.7%

From a bottle, poured into a snifter. The beer was black in color with a small tan head. There was a little bit of lace.

Chocolate and coffee aroma.

More in the taste. Cocoa and dark chocolate

Medium-bodied. A little on the bitter side.

I liked it.

03-05-2014 23:25:13 | More by lordofthewiens
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Rhode Island

2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

12-15-2013 18:06:02 | More by Doomcifer
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-15-2013 02:14:52 | More by JakerLou
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4.01/5  rDev -0.2%

Sample 12oz bottle from the brewery.

LOOK: Complete darkness, magnificent lacing all the way down the glass

SMELL: Thick fudge, dark chocolate, espresso, burnt raisins, mild esters

TASTE: Creamy mouthfeel, smooth, slick full body, rich chocolate tones, malty breadiness, date sugar, balanced roasted grain character, modest hopping, warming semi-sweet chocolaty finish

A serious but approachable beer, serious meaning its size and approachable due the chocolate flavor. Would love to see this one around again, some wood aged variants would be great as well.

11-28-2013 04:08:19 | More by Jason
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

22 ounce bomber bottle, that comes with an informative info tag hanging on the neck of the bottle. "11513" etched onto the bottle- bottling date perhaps?

A bargain at $5 and change at Yorktown, Bev. Yorktown, NY

Pours near black. Quality looking darker tan head, that stays, and leaves all sorts of lace, film, sheeting and collar. Nice lookin stuff.

Dark malt nose, with coffee, milk chocolate and some dark fruits.

Super tasty brew here from Long trail. Likely one of the best I've had from them. Waves of chocolate, dark coffee, dark fruits, yes licorice...real smooth and full mouthfeel. Long, bold and flavorful finish, with more chocolate, a hit of scotch, some burnt malts/smoke and bitter hops. Complexity fully expressed.

Real nice....gonna see if I can get a few more bottles

01-10-2014 03:20:54 | More by Billolick
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

12-05-2013 02:51:27 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

06-06-2014 03:49:01 | More by mjtiernan
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3.43/5  rDev -14.7%

Chestnut colored with a light brown tightly bubbled head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of coffee and some cocoa, notes of fig and raisin.

Flavors of coffee upfront, quickly punctuated with dark chocolate, leather, molasses, licorice, root beer and toasted marshmallow. Interesting mix of flavors from a pretty basic malt bill. The coffee seems to dominate too much for my tastes. Cocoa is subdued, licorice adds a nice touch.

Full mouthfeel, but a bit dry and puckery.

03-29-2014 13:07:59 | More by far333
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

08-10-2014 23:03:45 | More by gunnerlincoln
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-04-2014 22:37:10 | More by WVbeergeek
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

12-05-2013 00:59:52 | More by acurtis
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4.01/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a small taster glass during a beer tasting. Colors appear rather dark brown and could be considered black. Tiny layer of white to grayish carbonation appears at the top. Couldn't different this from a typical porter or stout other than the fact that it uses "CACAO NIBs" which it claims on the bottle.

03-06-2014 02:11:29 | More by Ryanm1
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3.73/5  rDev -7.2%

Beautiful dark pour, solid black with red highlights. 1 1/2 finger bubbly tan head. Retention is good; lacing is thick and nice.

Dark, dark cacao aroma, bordering on over-roasted. An earthy blend of hop and roast malt aroma. Chocolate dark enough that it doesn't come across as sweet.

Taste: slightly boozy stout porter, with a slightly tart, grape-like booziness up front, followed by a palate-washing roasted barley and cacao bean combination. Slightly coffee-like from the roasted malt. Chocolate isn't as dark as the nose implies. Bitterness and bite are well-supplied by earthy hops and roasted barley. Slightest hints of liquorice.

Thick, smooth mouthfeel, a little sting and burn, with a relatively dry finish.

This is a good beer, a good stout porter, but it doesn't blow me away by any means. It's worth trying out, certainly (as has every beer in the Brush and Barrel series I've tried so far), but it just doesn't blow me away for the style. I think there are better available options in the stout/porter category.

03-20-2014 23:29:43 | More by Roguer
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New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-30-2013 05:02:31 | More by socon67
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

12-14-2013 03:51:41 | More by RyanOooh
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

02-14-2014 12:17:47 | More by qcbrewer
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New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +10.2%

Almost black in color when poured in to my glass. Small tan head and left some delicate lacing.

Smells really good. Sweet dark chocolate, dark fruits and some alcohol.

Rich creamy mouthfeel. Semi sweet chocolate, roasted malts and a little bit of alcohol.

Wow! This is one enjoyable beer. Chocolaty, but not over done like some chocolate stouts.

I hope Long Trail keeps this Brush and Barrel series going.

12-09-2013 03:04:54 | More by JohnFatAss
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

05-08-2014 18:55:51 | More by HuntDaddy540
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3.34/5  rDev -16.9%

On tap at the Black Bear Saloon at Bradley Airport. Hooray for airport beer. Served in a snifter. Surprisingly not overpriced.

Appearance - Black with a nice khaki head. A few surface wisps. Nice collar.

Smell - Chocolate. A nutty caramel and some deep roasted malts evocative of coffee.

Taste - Coffee malts and that nutty caramel flavor are stronger than the chocolate. It seems too big for the chocolate flavor. Boozy in the finish. Woody? Im not sure. Something like that.

Mouthfeel - Heavy for the amount of flavor. Tingly alcohol.

Overall - Good for an airport beer. Not too expensive, either. I don't see the need for the 9.3% alcohol though.

01-02-2014 22:13:38 | More by Alieniloquium
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

12-30-2013 12:16:30 | More by mikefuski17
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

12-15-2013 15:51:44 | More by ChrisL24481
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

01-18-2014 05:10:59 | More by shoretaxi
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-01-2014 00:21:38 | More by Kevincredible
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Culmination Chocolate Porter (Brush & Barrel Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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