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

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Black Earth Porter
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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2002)
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-20-2011 18:01:12 | More by DoctorB2B
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-14-2011 19:46:26 | More by bpfrush
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Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

09-09-2011 03:00:17 | More by Sammy
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4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

had on draft yesterday while eating lunch at the great dane brewpub in downtown Madison, WI. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance: medium black bodied beer with reddish highlight. medium tan head that is about 1 fingers of head and it sticks everywhere on the glass. Fantastic looking porter!

Smell: Chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Nice chocolatey notes and a mildly bitter coffee bite. The chocolate is neverending and I can get lost in this beer its an awesome porter. Just a small hinting of smokiness that lends good complexity to the porter.

Mouthfeel: Like a thin milkshake! Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is my favorite beer at the Great Dane! Way better than the Emerald Island Stout. I think that next visit I am bring 3 growlers to fill with this beer to take home. I wish all porters were this awesome!

07-14-2011 06:00:43 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Sampled on draught at the downtown Madison, Wisconsin brewpub. Pours an opaque dark brown brew with a light tan head that slowly dissipates to a tan ring. Aroma of toasted and smoked black malt, some light chocolate, coffee and a hint of roasted nuts. Taste is medium bodied, lightly carbonated with flavors of toasted/smoked dark malt, some chocolate, coffee and some floral hops. Finish has a mild toasted dark malt and chocolate aftertaste that slowly disappears. One of the better Porters I've had especially on tap!

06-20-2011 21:07:46 | More by CuriousMonk
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4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

Bought a growler from a nitro-tap at the new location and poured into a stemmed parfait glass (that was, apparently, washed last with soap versus detergent).

A=Nice rich brown...very little head, however, probably due to the glass.

S=Light, but sweet.

T=Sweeter than other porters that I have tried...perhaps a bit lighter than others, i.e. not very thick.

M=Good...again, a bit watery compared to other porters.

D=The lightness and sweetness make this very drinkable.

11-21-2010 17:53:23 | More by dhannes
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4.18/5  rDev +3.2%

Served in a shaker pint glass at the Madison brewpub.

Another entry in my pre-interview extravaganza. It pours a dark ruby-tinted onyx topped by a finger of tan froth. The nose comprises coffee, maple syrup, molasses, and roasted malts. The taste runs along similar lines, with more coffee and roasted malt flavors and the addition of some sweet chocolate and some light vanilla. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a velvety smooth feel. Overall, a very nice porter; great-tasting, but a bit on the light side to me.

10-30-2010 18:53:32 | More by TMoney2591
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3.8/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

10-26-2010 03:11:56 | More by AgentZero
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3.68/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

10-26-2010 00:01:20 | More by jrallen34
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

10-25-2010 15:04:51 | More by MasterSki
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

11-27-2009 16:27:09 | More by blackearth
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4.47/5  rDev +10.4%

On tap @ the Great Dane (Madison, WI) on 8/8/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a pitch black, with a finger of rich dark mocha colored head. Retains with a rigid half finger of smooth and creamy foam, that leaves some thick patchy lace back. Rich look to this. The aroma is just loaded with robust coffee and roast, and much sweeter notes of chocolate and toffee. Fresh, green floral tones punch up the back of this. Wow, this is a nice smelling Porter!

The taste is hugely rich, with coffee being even stronger this time around, mixing in with roast and hops to form a strong bitter backbone. Assertive notes of sweet chocolate and caramel malts add some good balance to this. There is also a well done earthy and citrus component to the hops, that ends this dry and spicy. I love it! The mouthfeel is medium bodied in the mouth, but man, this is smooth and easy in the mouth! Very drinkable, but still emits a good bit of presence in the mouth.

A beer that truly earns it's name, packing some dark & crunchy American Porter character, while still retaining that earthy hop profile from the English style. Full and robust, with a hugely quaffable nature to it, I could drink this all night long. Great stuff!

08-14-2009 16:55:30 | More by Kegatron
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North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +16.5%

Had a cask-conditioned pint at the Hillsdale Great Dane location.

A: Beautiful, black porter, little light shone through. Nice head and great lacing for a cask conditioned ale.

S: Lots of coffee, chocolate, and citrusy hops. Whets the appetite.

T: Tasted just like it smelled. Would have sworn this was a coffee porter, but the manager said nope, just great roasted grain flavor.

M: Every so slightly "thin".

D: Wished I could have stayed and had many more. Very nice beer.

08-07-2009 23:36:08 | More by mklinger
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +10.4%

A: Brown-black with a tan head, not much retention, but leaves a nice lace.

S: This is a roasty, robust porter, with plenty of chocolate, mocha & coffee aroma's. Slightly bready with some subtle ale esters.

T: Awesome roasted flavour, without any unpleasant burntness. Mocha, dark chocolate and dark caramel with a good bitterness to back it up.

M: Moderate to full body is very smooth.

D: Very drinkable.

06-17-2008 02:34:14 | More by Derek
Black Earth Porter from Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
90 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.