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Catamount Porter - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Catamount Porter
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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

31 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 14.7%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000)
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Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by hbis2gut:
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hbis2gut

New Hampshire

4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Easily one of the best porters period.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2001 11:11:33 | More by hbis2gut
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BastardFromABasket

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

02-19-2014 22:58:41 | More by BastardFromABasket
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

05-15-2013 18:49:39 | More by Slatetank
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.6%

02-25-2013 23:52:29 | More by kjkinsey
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bzach

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

10-12-2012 10:37:24 | More by bzach
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bigred89

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

12-03-2011 16:20:57 | More by bigred89
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +20.5%

11-27-2011 15:11:29 | More by Rochefort10nh
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +20.5%

11-22-2011 00:58:25 | More by RoryOMoore
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark pour, equal parts brown and black. Aroma was chocolate malt. Aroma as much.

Taste, more chocolate, but this was one of the first beers I could appreciate that was this heavy and hoppy. Had a remarkable snappy, dry, crisp whatever feel to it. Wasn't even into beers like this back then. The leaner body made it more accesssible, like an east coast Black Butte, but at the same time, allowed the alcohol to seep through. An interesting creation.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 20:41:09 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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ark57

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It is black with some ruby highlights and a tan head that lasts. It smells of roasted coffee and sweet chocolate. The body is nice and smooth. It just goes down great. The tastes are of roasted malts and some fruitiness with the perfect amount of bitterness in the finish. A top notch porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2004 13:56:09 | More by ark57
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TPoling

Texas

3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is a nice balance of coffee and chocolate malt. Catamount Porter pours a deep black with a thin, tan head. The flavors of coffee, toffee and chocolate.

There is a bit too much carbonation and a "burn" on the roof of the mouth not expected out of something usually mellow like a porter. There also is a slight sourness to the finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2004 20:40:51 | More by TPoling
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. amber bottle.

Pours a virtually opaque dark, dark brown. Almost black. Tiny shafts of ruby-tinged light sneak through at the edges. Thick and foamy tan-colored head sits atop the beer, allowing itself to randomly stick to the glass in a patchy lattice. Aromas are wonderful. Baking chocolate, toffee, coffee, roasted nuts, dark fruit...all combine for a symphony for the nose. Flavor follows nicely in the footsteps of the aromas. Dark chocolate, roasted malts, fresh coffee, oven-roasted nuts. Finishes with a slight smoky, "citric-sour" aftertaste. Fantastic. Very, very well-balanced. Hops are there to just slightly tone down the malty sweetness. Excellent mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable. Session beer? Oh yes. Ranks so very close to EdFip from GLBC in my book.

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2003 02:25:06 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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UnionMade

Colorado

4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a rich brownish black, like old black lacquered antique furniture. Translarent, shining a deep mahogany red through light. A thin, patchy misting of head tops the liquid.
Aroma is absolutely superb. Very roasty, with a pronounced chocolate malt presence. Thick, rich bittersweet baker's chocolate, with an estery dark fruit aroma. Hints of cherry, raspberry, coffee, and a bit of a sherry quality to it. A light hopping permeates through the malts.
Flavor is rich and roasty. Very robust, with a solid roasted and chocolate malting. Roasted malt comes in first, with a strong bittersweet dark chocolate flavor. A sweet fruitiness follows, with hints of black cherry, raspberry, peach, plum, and a touch of red grape. A bit of toffee and hazelnut. Hops come in late, providing a very clean dry finish, with little bitterness. A bit of black coffee aftertaste. A robust medium body, with moderate carbonation.
I'm definitely disappointed that I waited this long to try this beer. It's a fantastic porter, with a lot of complexity and wonderful character.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2003 03:12:05 | More by UnionMade
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jcalabre

California

3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 10 March 2003. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearance: It is black colored with a tan head.
Flavor: The taste has chocolate & roasty notes, but it is surprisingly light bodied.
Mouthfeel: It has a little bit of tingle on the tongue, but it's highly quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2003 12:34:10 | More by jcalabre
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black with ruby red highlights and a nice brown head which leaves spots of lace. Nice roasty chocolate malt aroma. Solid roasty dry flavor, bitterweet chocolate notes, and a good hop balance and finish. Medium bodied and smooth with a nice dry espresso-like finish.

I would have ranked this as a Robust Porter. Either way - delicious!

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2003 10:25:49 | More by RBorsato
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fattyre

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear very dark (nearly opaque) red/brown color with a moderately large light brown head. The mouthfeel is moderate and a bit thin for the style. The smell is of cocoa, roasted, coffee with a slight sourness. The tase is roasted, slightly smoky, slightly chocolatey with a burnt bitterness. The is a good and warming porter that would benefit greatly from an increased mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2003 20:18:01 | More by fattyre
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marburg

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An awesome porter. A deep black color that glows with an amber/ruby tint in the light. Very little head on this beer when I poured it, and perhaps that hampered the aroma...I shall have to judiciously edit my review should that be revealed to be the case when I consume my next one. Roasted coffee bean aromas. Tasted of chocolate and dried fruits -- prunes and raisins -- with a nice hop bitterness that balances the sweetness beautifully. I really can't emphasize how beautifully these flavors blend. No harshness, no odd sweetness, no off the wall bitterness. Just a nice, reasonably complex flavor. Nice crisp finish. I only have two of these -- well, one now that I knocked one off -- but this could easily have been a session beer. Just great -- very, very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2003 07:19:59 | More by marburg
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bewareOFpenguin

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent Porter, although bordering on a stout IMHO. Poured a nice dark color, great mocha taste. A little watery for my taste, but not weak. A good session beer, the taste growing on you as you continue to drink. I hope that Harpoon makes this beer more available, it could make many a summer's day more enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2003 06:32:59 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fully black color, roasted tan, short head. Aroma, rich and full of cocoa and coffee. Great bitterness on the palate, that fade a bit, but the flavor doesn't. Full-bodied, excellent chewiness in the texture. There's a perfect balance, and an abundance of flavor. Warm and toasty, this is a porter I would return to again and again.
Thanks to Marc77 for sending this sample.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2003 16:35:24 | More by feloniousmonk
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Bunnyhop

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear, very dark (nearly opaque), reddish-brown Porter with moderately large, light brown head. I smell roasted coffee and dark chocolate. The taste is roasted and smokey, with a slight chocolate tone, and a burnt bitter finish. the body is moderate in my mouth (a bit thinner than expected). Overall, this Porter has a nice mix of flavors; it tingles on my tongue after drinking it. Notice the cap, it is rather "cool" looking with a drawing of the head of a Catamount (mountain cat).

(source: Beers Across America)

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2003 23:47:27 | More by Bunnyhop
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LarryKemp

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The deep brown porter had a rich looking tan head that disappered rather quickly.

The aroma was of malt and had a slightly roasted chocolate smell. There were no hops or esters in the nose.

The first several mouthfulls were filled with roasted chocolate. It began sweet and finished sharpness. There was no hops in the taste and were overpowered by the chocolate.

This porter has a medium full body and leaves a thickening layer of flavor on the tongue.

This was a surprisingly GREAT beer. I have not tried anything from this brewery before and am now looking forward to trying other of their products. The roasted malt flavors mingle in a very good mix and make me look forward to drinking the other two bottles I have of this beer. They won't be shared.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2003 18:19:39 | More by LarryKemp
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packetknife

Idaho

3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darker brown with a tan head that faded quickly. Lots of baker's chocolate and light coffee on the nose. Plenty bitter and the finish is long. There is this sweetness that strikes you a few moments after you swallow, right on the tip of your tongue. Very drinkable as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2003 16:05:21 | More by packetknife
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marc77

California

3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown hue, w/ traces of clear deep garnet when held to light. Persistant beige head slowly settles into a bumpy, tight layer. Loose lace remains. Dark caramel and chocolate malt sweetness, with hints of a sharp, metal tinged black patent bittersweetness in aroma. Earthy, woody hop nose. Subdued dark prune fruitness and diacetyl. Clean dark caramel malt sweetness upfront in flavor melds with ensuing smooth, lightly smokey darkly roasted malt. Dryish notes of unsweetened cocoa along with a mildly tart fruity twang emerge mid palate. Well attenuated, with residual sweetness well contrasted by moderate hop bitterness. Perhaps a touch thin and unremarkable in mouthfeel. Overshadowed earthy hop flavor. Finishes dry, clean w/ a hint of fruit laced residual sweetness briefly lingering. Well balanced overall, but somewhat underwhelming. The relatively light roasted character and hop bitterness lends this a brown porter like overall profile. Quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2003 18:59:42 | More by marc77
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice dark brown porter, pours with a good head but no lace. Sweet overtones and a toasted coffee aroma & well-balanced flavor but with a slightly hoppy finish. Solid medium bodied brew that is good on a day like today - its 5 degrees out there. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2003 16:55:39 | More by jdhilt
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Murph

Arizona

4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a big creamy tan head that fades slowly and leaves a slight lace. Huge roasted coffe and bittersweet chocolate smells in the nose. The taste starts off with some nice creamy chocolate flavors before transitioning into a slightly bitter coffee flavor that leaves the beer with a lovely, bitter, lingering finish. Smooth and creamy, this brew is very drinkable, especially for a porter. This is one excellent porter and the style is starting to become one of my favorites. Highly recommended if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2002 12:25:27 | More by Murph
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Catamount Porter from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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