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

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Black Earth Porter
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90
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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.89%
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:
Dark and full-bodied, this is our interpretation of the classic English Porter style. Made with nine varieties of malt and assertively hopped, our porter is packed with flavor. Strong coffee and chocolate tones create a special brew for those advancing on the path of fine beer appreciation.

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

Jimboe, Oct 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

Polycarp, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of blackearth
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.

blackearth, Nov 27, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Knoxrb12, Aug 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

nineworldseries, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of egrace84
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

egrace84, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of BeerBelcher
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.

BeerBelcher, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of jrallen34
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.

jrallen34, Oct 26, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

bismarksays, May 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

jakea, Mar 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

crobinso, Jul 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

zeff80, Jun 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Hopstout, Nov 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Wobbly, Oct 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

rolltide8425, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
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.

MasterSki, Oct 25, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

t0rin0, Oct 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

KAF, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of beerphilosopher
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.

beerphilosopher, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of AgentZero
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.

AgentZero, Oct 26, 2010
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

tyleeis, Jan 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

williamjbauer, May 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

zonker17, Nov 26, 2012
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Black Earth Porter from Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
90 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.