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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244 Ratings

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Ratings: 244
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 16
Gots: 24 | 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:
Beer added by: SawDog505 on 11-28-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.
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Ratings: 244 | Reviews: 47
Reviews by Jimmys:
Photo of Jimmys
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

bomber bottle.

A: pours a fairly dark brown. head is a frothy dark brown. OK retention and good lacing.

S: a bitter dark chocolate aroma starts everything off. rich and roasty. the nibs are giving me a hint of vanilla as well.

T: flavor is very chocolately. more chocolate than roast, or char, or smoke or any other dark malt flavor. the chocolate lingers into the finish but develops a leather-like flavor.

M: moderate to slightly-low amount of carb on a medium fullish body. drinks too easy for a 9% brew.

D: overall a good chocolate ale. not earth shattering, but certainly doesn't come with any flaws. if you have this, drink now. this beer will only start lacking chocolate character with time.

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Jason
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Billolick
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of wattoclone
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Pours a clear brown with quickly dissipating tan head. Strong aroma of chocolate and roasted cacao with some sweet fruit notes. Taste is sweet chocolate, similar to a milk stout, with roasted malt. Hops are buried under the rich chocolate. Well balanced but is strong enough to be an imperial porter.

Photo of far333
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of Ryanm1
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Roguer
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of JohnFatAss
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.36/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of puboflyons
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 14, 2013.

The color is an opaque dark brown to just about black with a soft, long-lasting tan head sitting delicately up top and leaving a bit of lacing on the glass with each sip.

The aroma is mainly dark malts and toasted chocolate. Not milk chocolate. But there is also a good supply of brown sugar and coffee as the beer evolves. It gets nicer and nice on the nose.

Medium and creamy body. Soft texture.

Oh, that flavor! You got to try it. Cook chocolate malts, coffee, and licorice at first with only the faintest hint of a dry hop finish that quickly fades but leaves you wanting another sip. 9.3% and the alcohol is absolutely gone and not noticeable. But it will catch up to you at the end I'm sure. Sooo good.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Wegmans in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark brown, almost black color. 2 inch mocha-colored head, with minimal lacing.

Tons of chocolate in the aroma, naturally. Some smoke and licorice also noticeable.

Very chocolate forward taste. Cocoa powder is the dominant chocolate flavor, with some Hershey's syrup type sweetness as well. Slightly smoky, with some vanilla and licorice as well. Some dark fruity sweetness as well. Not very hoppy, which is fine.

Medium bodied, creamy smooth mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Low carbonation.

One of Long Trail's best beers.

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is close to being jet black in color—traces of amber are visible near the edges of the glass when held up to the light. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the chocolate flavors are a lot stronger and also has notes of coffee. Slight hints of bitterness are perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found the chocolate and coffee flavors in this porter to be bold and enjoyable.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Very think I would actually call viscous, very dark almost stout like yet with just a 1/5 of an inch of head their is not much carbonation. I love a rich dark ale.
S - Sweet and pleasant nose mostly dry cocoa powder and some porter like dark fruit/roasty goodness. Again I love sweet smelling beers.
T - As to be expected its very dry with a borderline herbal quality and some intense roast but it never really gets too bitter or herbal. My second sip relieved more cocoa beneath the rough dry yeast of this behemoth of a porter but it never really got sweet. More dark chocolate if anything I say.
M - The body is chewy borderline heady yet between medium. Such a rich dark beer.

Overall I am quite impressed these guys not only nail it with these brewmaster beers but the price can't be beat (paid 7 dollars but most of these go for 5-6 bucks) It was good.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 12/14/2013 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains smoked malts, chocolate, coffee, some dark fruit, some licorice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of milk chocolate, rum, coffee and dark fruit. There’s a hearty roasted malt character and a mild but complementary hops presence creating some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid big porter but there are several better alternatives within the style.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle with 111513 stamped on the neck. Pours a rich black color with very little head. Moderate amount of lacing. The aroma is sweet and chocolatey with some espresso and earth as well as dark fudge. Tastes like sweet black coffee with a big chocolate and espresso presence. Some earth as well as some bitter dark chocolate. Hints of caramel and vanilla at the end to go with more dark chocolate flavor. heavy, velvety mouthfeel. Warming alcohol is very present. The only thing that hurts this one is it borders on a sicky sweet taste, but its still good. Overall, I'd grab this one again.

Photo of mikeg67
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours black with tall, long lasting, fluffy, beige head. Aroma is of toasted malt, alcohol, dark fruit and cacao. Body is full, creamy and smooth. Taste is of toasted malt, cacao, chocolate, dark fruit, alcohol, brown sugar and earthy hops. Finish is long and dry. Good, warming brew.

Photo of jdhilt
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a four finger khaki head that fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Chocolate nose and flavor is almost sweet chocolate, higher ABV is hidden. Light bitter chocolate finish. 22oz bottle $6.99 from Market Basket Concord, NH.

Photo of 57md
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a dark brown color with a half finger of tan head that dissipated rather quickly. There is some dark roast in the nose. There is certainly a roasted bitter flavor, but also something oddly floral behind the bitterness. The body is rich and full. This is a decent porter, but I was somewhat disappointed that I really did not taste any chocolate flavors.

Photo of kbrokhoff
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Note: I had drank about half of this 22 oz. bottle a few days ago (Friday night) and used a Wine Air-Vac to plug it up.

Personal Drunkenness: Approximately 20-25% (if that); this is my 4th beer today after a Hooker's Nor' Easter, Rochefort 8, and Brooklyn Blast!

No. of Tasting: This is my 2nd big boy overall of this porter

Coldness: Opened, poured and tasted within about 2 to 3 minutes out of the fridge

Pour: Medium with a bit towards hard near the end to gain some head

Glassware: 14.75 oz. Porter/Stout glass (similar to a Stella glass)

Filtering: Unfiltered; looks thick and cloudy, but hard to tell with its black chocolate darkness

Coloring: Black chocolatey I guess; a dark brownish black (for risk of being redundant)

Head: A few millimeters

Summary: This beer has a rich, chocolaty taste. I wouldn't call it sweet. It's a borderline heavy taste and a strong flavor with what seems to me a dry finish. I'm still trying to get this rating system down right, but in my own words I would say this is a very good chocolate porter, and maybe if I was a bit drunker I'd call it great. Especially considering that I had opened this bottle a few days ago, I am very impressed it has kept its full carbonation as no flatness is detected. This latter half of the bottle is more enjoyable than the first, for some reason. Long Trail has created a winner. Considering they don't do a lot of porters (do they have any others?), this one is even more remarkable.

Photo of smcolw
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beige head with a blend of larger and minute bubbles. Some spotty/streaky lace. The color of the brew is similar to a stout--dark brown where no light shines through.

Leans to the earthy side. The rest of the smell is traditional dark chocolate

The taste is like a dark chocolate and cherries. No cream or hop on the tongue. Rich body with a full flavor profile that has some burnt elements from the black patent malt. The aftertaste is similar to coffee and lasts a long time.

Photo of Gavage
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a black color with a 2" head that lingers around a long time.

Smell: loads of chocolate and roasted malt tones rise to the nose.

Taste: roasted malt, dark chocolate, raisins, some buttery tones at the finish, and a moderate bitterness create a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: a full flavored, slow sipping beer that is great in front of a fireplace on a cold winter day. Well balanced and satisfying.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color with an off white head and lacing.
Aroma of roasted malts and some coffee. A bit of floral hop stands up to the ample smoke.

In the taste, toasted, roasted malts, dark fruits, coffee and black licorice. Has Just a bit of heat to it. Medium to full bodied and well carbonated. Overall, this is a really good brew. Quite enjoyable.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was expecting a chocolate bomber here since it features cocoa nibs on the label, but I was pleasently surprised.
Instead I got a beer with a nicely balanced aroma of coffee and chocolate and roasted malts, though the coffee was more subtle then the others.
The taste was up to task as well with a big roasted malt taste. Chocolate with subtle and complimentory to the malts.
It finished with a slight warmth of alcohol.
The mouthfeel is a bit like charcoal and gritt but most highly roasted beers have some sort of chalkiness.
The only thing about the beer that needs refining is the appearance. It pours like a flat cola and only when I finished the pour on quite a vigorous note was I able to achieve something close to a head which soon faded. Better retention is needed.

Photo of homebrew311
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black with minimal tan head and not much retention. Aroma starts with heavy cacao notes that bring nice dry and dark chocolate qualities. Some metallic notes follow that up along with some mild dark fruit character. The taste is dry, roasted, and full of dark chocolate. After the chocolate subsides, a slightly unpleasant note of metal comes through and is somewhat off putting. It does not ruin the beer, but it certainly detracts from the overall impression. Mouthfeel is thin for the gravity with moderate carbonation. Overall, its tough to get past the metallic notes in the middle. I love me a chocolate porter, but the astringency and dryness give off this metallic character that just ultimately makes it a mediocre beer.

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Culmination Chocolate Porter (Brush & Barrel Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.