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Black Earth Porter - Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)

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Black Earth Porter
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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown) visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2002)
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

02-21-2012 17:01:10 | More by Polycarp
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blackearth

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at the Great Dane from the beer engine. Poured a black body with a fluffy, light tan head. Not much in the aroma department, a bit of faint roasted malt. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with low carbonation. Lots of roasted malt flavor, no hops, a little watery, but overly sweet with chocolate bitterness in the finish.

Serving type: cask

11-27-2009 16:27:09 | More by blackearth
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Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

10-12-2013 23:39:16 | More by egrace84
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the downtown brewpub. One of the better beers here, coffee grounds and coffee more than chocolate, 35 IBu and 6.25% abv. Black with some head. a little acidic. Coffee in the nose. Above average mouthfeel.Good for its style. Decent drinkability if you overlook the bias to coffee.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2011 03:00:17 | More by Sammy
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Great Dane on Doty. I thought this beer had an impressive array of flavors in it for a porter - it was roasty, buttery, and a bit sour. More complexity than I've become accustomed to from a porter.

This beer poured a thin opaque black. Aroma was pleasantly malty and roasted, with some fairly subtle burned notes. Flavors were roasty at first, with a full-mouth butteriness I usually associate with some red wines. Later, as it warmed, I got a bit of sourness also. Mouthfeel was a bit flat and thin. All-in-all, I would recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2007 12:29:56 | More by BeerBelcher
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brew pub...Pours a medium brown with lots of ruby on the sides. I'm flummoxed here because its called Black Earth, this beer should be super dark, disappointing. A light tan head with good retention but poor lacing...A medium aroma that is sweet with a little roasted coffee on the back, not at all bitter which is surprising but the taste is really bitter from start to finish. Coffee, almost too much with a butterscotch finish.

A decently average porter, try if you there but that's about as far as I can go.

Serving type: cask

10-26-2010 00:01:20 | More by jrallen34
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Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

05-05-2014 20:07:54 | More by bismarksays
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jakea

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

03-31-2012 18:52:15 | More by jakea
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Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

07-01-2012 02:45:34 | More by crobinso
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zeff80

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

06-28-2013 00:30:50 | More by zeff80
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Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

10-08-2012 03:49:38 | More by rolltide8425
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has a 12oz pour in a pokal-esque glass. This was hand-pull, but they do also have firkins for other cask brews at Great Dane. Sampled at our first stop on the way to Darkness Day 2010.

A - Good looking brew here. Persistent tan foam, plenty of lace, and a black body that reveals ruby transparency when held to the light.

S - Loads of sweet butterscotch - this is very sweet, and I'm curious if there is lactose sugar in use. There are complementary notes of roasted grains, milk chocolate, vanilla, nuts, and light smoke. Slight diacetyl too.

T - Taste features far more roast and fair less of the buttery sweetness found in the nose. This is a slight step up for sure, but the beer finishes with a slightly astringent bitterness that seems way out of character. Is this an American Porter? An English Porter? And Irish Dry Stout?

M - It's a good candidate for cask treatment for sure. Smooth medium body, a light kiss of bubbles and carbonation tingle. Finishes dry.

D - This is a porter you could slam all night for sure, especially with the creamy and smooth texture. However I found the lactic/buttery character a bit puzzling and the astringent finish annoying. My experiences seem to be in line with BeerBelcher and quite different from Kegatron or Derek. Perhaps this varies by batch or manifests different on-tap.

Serving type: cask

10-25-2010 15:04:51 | More by MasterSki
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

10-07-2012 23:01:34 | More by t0rin0
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KAF

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

07-12-2014 16:01:57 | More by KAF
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beerphilosopher

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled last time I was in Madison on business. I always try to stop in the Great Dane when I'm there ... nice place. Anyway ... poured an opaque black with a nice, thick brown head that lasts. Tons of sticky lacing in the pint. Nose is of dark chocolate, carameled malts, espresso, and nice fragrant hops. Palate is definitely strong of mocha coffee, baker's chocolate, and a good hop presence to offset what could be a cloying palate. Finishes dry with a great hop bitterness in the mouth. Body is medium. A really good porter in every respect. Truly enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2006 17:37:06 | More by beerphilosopher
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A nice reddish black beer with a nice tan head that left a good amount of lacing on the sides. I wouldn't call it an intimidating looking porter, but it is a solid looking beer.

S - Interesting smell, huge butterscotch notes off of this one. It's a sweet buttery smell, with some complimentary roasted malts and burnt cocoa. Good smelling, not what I was expecting.

T - I get a very roasty porter taste on this, with a nice butterscotch compliment. This was not what I was thinking about when I saw the name "Black Earth", but it is good. The roasty qualities help to balance out the butter taste.

M - A little flat, but it is on cask, I'm not a huge fan of most beers on cask. Medium/full bodied.

D - Pretty drinkable, although my big concern would be the sweetness would start to get overbearing, and the flatness makes it not as light feeling as it could be. A good porter that is worth trying.

Serving type: cask

10-26-2010 03:11:56 | More by AgentZero
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-14-2011 19:46:26 | More by bpfrush
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tyleeis

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1.2%

01-29-2012 19:13:42 | More by tyleeis
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.2%

05-22-2013 15:38:52 | More by williamjbauer
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zonker17

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-26-2012 03:16:59 | More by zonker17
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a depp black with abosolutely no light penetration at all. Deep sort of tan and auburn head develops and leads all kinds of spots of lace on the pint.
Aroma has a deep roasted nut noe as well as chocolate and caramel with dextrose and lactic qualities also present.
Flavor has some bitter chocolate and definite roasted nuttiness. Light coffee appears as it warms a bit.
Mouthfeel is sweet, roasted and bitter in that order. Solid transition to each and none dominates the other. Would call it medium-bodied. Not powerful but pleasantly seductive.
Drinkability is very solid. Very mellow for style but smooth and easy drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2005 01:21:24 | More by CRJMellor
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Black Earth Porter from Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
90 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.