Cape Cod Porter - Cape Cod Beer

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 8.77%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: warriorsoul on 11-12-2005

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Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 12
Reviews by sponberg:
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4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler filled 9 days ago at the brewery. It fared well on the trip - poured deep garnet-brown with a tan/cream head that is there for the duration. Fine looking pint. Aroma is coffee, cocoa, and an apple-like freshness along with spicy background - hops? Husk? Smells good either way.

Really good collection of flavors going on here - starts with an appealing fruity maltiness, then some cocoa/chocolate kicks in along with a flavor I can only describe as "leathery" - a dark, malty, dusky sort of flavor that really rounds out the flavor profile well. Bitterness is present yet in balance; the hops are earthy and again in balance, showing up more in the finish as a fine counterpoint. A slightly thin mouthfeel is the only "drawback"such as it is - it also makes it insanely drinkable. The thinness may be a function of a too-cold beer fridge and may disappear as the beer warms... that is, if the beer gets the chance.

This would be a great brew to find on tap in a pub on a blustery winter's day - keep 'em coming until the fire dies, barkeep, then toss a blanket over me 'til morning.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ExtraStout
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this at the brewery and also as an "ice cream" flavor at Katie's in Hyannis, Cape Cod and both were great.

My main complaint about Porters is the "smokey" tone of style. I don't know if it was because the beer was so damn fresh but I didn't get that smokey note at all which, for me, was awesome. A surprisingly drinkable dark beer with a chocolatey malt character.

OG: 15.5 °P (1.060SG) ABV: 5.5% IBUs: 42
Malts: English – 5 varieties Hops: Domestic – 2 varieties

Photo of warriorsoul
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled on site...the only way to get your hands on this one.
Pours a dark brown with two full fingers of creamy tan head after an agressive pour...a 1/4 finger or so stuck around for the duration of each pint and the lacing was decent.
Nice aroma...some yeast up front with a well balanced chocolate to coffee ratio, drawing me in for further inspection.
The taste is great...dark chocolate, robust coffee, sweet malt and a nice hop bite to finish it off.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is perfect.
Drinkability is great...a true session brew for the style. I love this time of's when places like Cape Cod brew up this style for it's customers/fans...glad to be one of them.

Photo of tigg924
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: black, medium to light carbonation, fast disappearing head

Smell: coffee and licorice, a tad bit of cocoa

Taste: expresso, licorice, and burnt/toasted malt--really great

Mouthfeel: very smooth, medium body

Drinkability: I would session this if the ABV was not a 6.0. This may be one of the best porters I have had in a while...I love the faint taste of licorice here, but it is complex for a porter...I came in grading tougher because this was local, but still cannot help but think this is a damn good beer

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very drinkable Porter. It's full of dark malty goodness but it's unique quality is the big amount of oats and what that pops out in the flavor. The look is right on for the style, black with a brownish, minimal head that manages to stick around.

The aroma is dominated by roasty dark malts, some slight fruity sweetness and earthy back drop. The flavor is in the middle of the road for complexity but the flavor's are balanced very well and it's approach makes it an easy drinker and a session brew.

Photo of ppoitras
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler obtained in trade with warriorsoul. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" dark tan head over the translucent, burgundy dark brown brew. Frothy head falls ever so slowly, with plenty of lasting lace. Aroma is hearty dark grains. Taste is worty dark maltiness upfront, light vanilla in the middle, and a softly bitter close. By worty, I mean lots of grain flavor, not as much of the sweetness that seems to usually accompany it. This character contributed to the mouthfeel being cream smooth, and totally drinkable. Alcohol is seems pretty low, but unknown, this almost makes me think extra dark mild. Wish I could have this one more often.

Photo of hopheadsal
4.88/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! I really wish this one wasn't a seasonal offering. Not just because I'm a porter guy, but because this is what fresh porter should taste like.
Poured from growler into pint glass, dark chocolate color with a two finger light tan head. Lively hints of cocoa and fresh coffee beans. Very creamy mouthfeel, maybe because the beer is not pastuerized?

Photo of arktos
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

02/21/11 - Had on tap at British Beer Co. in Hyannis, MA.

16oz Shaker Pint

A: Pours an almost black with 1 finger thick foamy tan colored head. Lacing is nice with a good coating of the sides.

S: Usually have a hard time picking up smells while at the pub but I'll give it a go; Smells of roasted malt, some sweet chocolate, brown sugar, and little bit of dark fruit underneath.

T: Follows the nose closely; Sweet maltiness, slightly bitter chocolate, brown sugar, bit of coffee, and some hidden dark fruits - quite nice.

M: Medium, maybe a little thick, but highly drinkable - nice and smooth upfront finishes slightly dry with a hint of smokiness

An easy recommendation - A nice tasty/fairly sessionable porter; I ended up having a couple of these before I had left. It's a seasonal brew (Nov - April according to website) be sure to keep an eye out for this if your in the Cape Cod area during off-season.

Photo of Schwab
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A vistor from out of town brought this brew in a growler down South. I am usually far form a porter guy, but I definately enjoyed this nice brew.
Poured nicely into a tasting cup, decent head from carbonation. Goes down easy, nice mouthfeel, and great appearance. I thought also of a slight coffee taste, but I am not too sure about that. Would love to try more from Cape Cod Brewing

Photo of Haybeerman
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown; almost black. Poured a 1 finger creamay brown head that dissipated to an even skim. Laced in thin rings and webs.

S: Toasted malt; coffee and chocolate. A slight bitter tingling in the nose. A very faint dark fruit (?) aroma.

T: Very consistent with the nose. Bitter coffee/espresso and chocolate. Carries through in bitter finish that balances big toasted malt flavors.

M: Full body. Low carbonation. Smooth, rich and creamy.

D: Flavorful, smooth and balanced, but quite filling. Moderate ABV helps a bit.

Photo of morebeergood
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened a growler of Porter tonight that was given to me a while back from a friend. Poured into an imperial pint glass. Dark brown colored body, with a fluffy white head. Plenty of carbonation left in this growler. Smell had nice aromas of mocha and toffee. The taste was very good, and I enjoyed the flavors of the deeply roasted chocolate malt. The mouthfeel was creamy at first, but I noticed as the beer warmed up, the body became thinner and there was an increase in the bitterness. Decent abv, but was not overly high. Cape Cod makes a nice porter with both good flavor and drinkability.

Photo of jimj21
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from growler obtained at brewery into tulip glass. Pours a very dark brown. Opaque with a few highlights around the edge. Topped by about three fingers of light brown/tan head. Good retention and decent lacing. The head is quite fluffy and falls to a small cap.

Aromas are very malty and sweet. I am getting hints of chocolate and coffee. There are some dark fruits there as well and possibly licorice.

This porter is big and flavorful. It follows the nose pretty closely. Very malty and sweet. Bitter strong coffee and dark chocolate. Dark fruits lie in the background while hops sneak up on the finish.

Big body and creamy mouthfeel. Quite smooth. Full body with low carbonation.

Very drinkable. 6% ABV might knock it down a little, but it is an excellent porter. It is very easy to drink. The flavors are not over the top or over powering. This is another great beer from the people at Cape Cod Beer.

Cape Cod Porter from Cape Cod Beer
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