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

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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

174 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 174
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.5%


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 Kendo:
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Kendo

New York

4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is black with a 1-finger light-brown head on top. Nice rings of lace on the glass after each sip.

S: Chocolate and coffee - more coffee than chocolate, actually - and some roast.

T: Good underlying roastiness assures you that this is a porter, even though the nose may have you thinking stout. Cocoa powder, chocolate and anise or licorice are all noted. The 9.3% ABV is not noted at all however, other than as a warming feeling in the belly.

M: Medium in heft, slightly thinnish in feel - again, more like a Porter than, say, a Double or Imperial Stout. Carbonation is modest, leaving this with a decently creamy feel.

O: Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 02:56:11 | More by Kendo
More User Reviews:
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 19:02:02 | More by mikeg67
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SenorEsteban

Florida

4/5  rDev 0%

04-13-2014 06:22:55 | More by SenorEsteban
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Al's Pizza and Subs in Enola, served chilled in a pint.

The color is dark brown like strong coffee with opaque clarity and thick creamy tan cap with fine bead. The smell is cocoa and dark malt synergy with light sweet toasted malt and gentle woody accent from the yeast. The feel is decent with lots of malt texture and moderate carbonation with a medium bitterness level to balance the sweetness and mild alcohol textures.

The taste leaves no doubt that quality cocoa was used - lots of dark chocolate bitter flavors with roasted malt accenting and light hint of dark roasted coffee earthiness with a subtle toffee like sweetness in the flavor with an almost dark cherry/stonefruit note from the yeast that is more in the background as it finishes. Overall I liked this a lot, a great strong porter with very smooth taste possibly enhanced by the chocolate but very drinkable considering the strength..I would love to try the bottled version.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2014 18:50:34 | More by Slatetank
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twj2000

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev 0%

04-03-2014 00:28:02 | More by twj2000
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goalie33

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

04-02-2014 02:45:51 | More by goalie33
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 05:43:24 | More by homebrew311
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Mediocre_Ninja

Delaware

4/5  rDev 0%

04-01-2014 01:17:28 | More by Mediocre_Ninja
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Kevincredible

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev 0%

04-01-2014 00:21:38 | More by Kevincredible
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours an almost pitch black-deep brown color with a small head of a tan colored foam. The head fades very fast leaving some bubble islands of foam on the surface of the brew.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a roasted malt smell as well as some big chocolate and lighter coffee aromas. Along with the darker aromas are some big sweeter smells with tons of vanilla and a bit of caramel. With a bit of a cream smell mixed within, the aroma is overall a nice roasty- chocolate cappuccino smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet chocolate bar flavor mixed with some nice roasted malt tastes and a nice level of sweeter vanilla. As the taste moves on some lighter coffee flavors come to the tongue bringing with them some bitterness. The coffee never gets too strong, but gains a bit more of a pronounced flavor as some of the chocolate slowly starts to fade as the taste moves on to the end. Some other sweeter flavors of a caramel nature also come to the tongue more toward the middle to the end of the taste. Along with the caramel so too comes some lighter earthy and herbal tastes, which with all the other changes in the flavors that occur, one is left with a lightly bittered and moderately roasty and sweeter chocolate coffee flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly lower side for a porter of 9.3 % abv. with a carbonation level that was on the slightly lower to average side. The carbonation was rather nice for the mix of sweeter chocolate and darker flavors of the brew. While initially I thought a slightly thicker and chewier body may have overall been nice for the darker and sweeter nature of the beer, after drinking more I found that the thinner body did make for a nice crispness that matches the slight increase in hop at the end of the taste rather nicely. Overall I would have to say the feel was done quite well.

Overall – A rather nice porter overall which with the lowering in chocolate and the bit of bitter flavor that comes to the tongue at the end of the taste, it actually makes for a more refreshing but still quite robust imperial porter. Very tasty.

Serving type: growler

03-31-2014 00:24:37 | More by Darkmagus82
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

03-30-2014 17:29:13 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

03-30-2014 02:08:13 | More by Fettpopps
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Mikeadeth


2.25/5  rDev -43.8%

03-29-2014 17:47:24 | More by Mikeadeth
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far333

Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 13:07:59 | More by far333
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shehateme

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

03-22-2014 22:07:55 | More by shehateme
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Peter1977

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

03-22-2014 22:05:02 | More by Peter1977
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jayhunter357

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

03-22-2014 22:04:40 | More by jayhunter357
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TedTopfer


4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

03-20-2014 23:30:05 | More by TedTopfer
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Roguer

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Vermont

4/5  rDev 0%

03-19-2014 18:08:27 | More by dunix
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BumpyAZ

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours nearly black with a thin, bubbly off white/slight beige head that quickly receeds to a thin ring around the inside of the glass

S: Big chocolate roasted maltiness, a hint of bitter coffee

T: breast and malty, a nice helping of chocolate malt but lacking a true hit of chocolate.

M: slightly thin to medium, too much carbonation, a hint of alcohol burn and a dry finish

A good beer but there's not much that makes this one stand out from any other good porter. Maybe I'm a little biased since I drank a Mogli last night but, I gotta call em like I see em. The aroma is probably the best part of this beer. Wish the mouth feel was creamier and smoother.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 03:05:00 | More by BumpyAZ
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Jnet0125

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

03-17-2014 23:51:00 | More by Jnet0125
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drbrilliant

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

03-09-2014 18:54:46 | More by drbrilliant
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Chegui

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

03-07-2014 21:48:33 | More by Chegui
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Ryanm1

Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 02:11:29 | More by Ryanm1
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Culmination Chocolate Porter (Brush & Barrel Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.