Snake Bite Porter | Silver Moon Brewing

Snake Bite PorterSnake Bite Porter
BA SCORE
3.8/5
56 Ratings
Snake Bite PorterSnake Bite Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Silver Moon Brewing
Oregon, United States
silvermoonbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by RedDiamond on 10-21-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,111
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
56
pDev:
9.47%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 27
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of RJLarse
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I bought a bottle of Snake Bite Porter in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours an opaque black color, with a HUGE chunky tan head.

Smell is a sweet bread and caramel scent.

Taste is a sweet chocolate flavor up front. with a coffee flavor in the middle and a dry charcoal finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly;y cloying, but appropriate for the style.

Overall a decent porter. I'd have it again.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the few they are now bottling, offing as 22oz bombers. The others that i've seen bottled are the amber, ipa, and a seasonal, all 22's.

Pours super black, with some mahogany highlights when holding up to the light.

Aroma is fairly subdued in complexity, but imprssive in power. Just big dry burnt coffee is all im getting.

It's initial and middle are pretty bland, but a huge finish and aftertaste hold prominance. Starts just kinda bitter, like watery coffee, but then waves of burnt smokey malt and cappucino take over. I release a bit of a hot alcohol exhale at the end. A bit fusal.

It's not bad, but would benefit from some recipe tweakage.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snake Bite offers a nearly absent smell that hints at roast barley without really going there. Its taste is almost hearty though it stops short of being overpowering. In fact, the aftertaste is stronger than the forward play with an agreeable smoky tail full of roasted grains and a complementary American-style hops regimen. The color is dark brown, a shade shy of black, and tan foam makes a good showing.

A nice midway beer between fragile and over-assertive, making it approachable for the novice while still engaging for the veteran. And it warms well.

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3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 03/09/09.

Pours a very dark brownish black with a finger of dense brown head. The head slowly dropped to a thin layer leaving some lacing behind. Aroma is very chocolaty with toasted malt, not very complex, but strong.

Taste is kinda weak up front. Slight chocolate and weak coffee. The aftertaste is much better, with a stronger chocolate presence, hint of smokiness, and bitter herbal hops. Feel is rather thin and watery with ample carbonation. Feels like a cup of cold coffee. Drinkability is good, it's not too heavy and goes down easily.

It's not bad, but could be a lot better. If they get the taste sorted out and keep the aftertaste, it could be really good. Try it if you find it, but don't go out of your way for it

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3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark black color, large frothy tan head with nice lacing down the glass
S: Large amount of roasted malts in the smell also slight coffee scent
T: Slightly sweet up front with a charred bitter grain flavor at the end. Also some grassy/woody aftertaste.
M: Medium bodied beer silky smooth mouthfeel going down
O: Pretty decent beer, not my favorite porter ever but one of the better beers I've had from Silver Moon

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Handsome black, velvety color in the New Belgium snifter with a dark beige head. Pleasant watery body with a sudsy mouthfeel. Foam lasts really well. Warm, malty, and slightly sweet to start. Some winey, chocolatey tingle after that. Bitter, burnt barley with more bitter hops for the aftertaste. Some earthiness.

Quite drinkable, but rather plain dark brew. Very dark in every flavor, but it has the mellow Porter character. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fatehunter
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger and half of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is chocolate, wood and roasted malt. Nice.
The taste is a little watery, sweet, then some metallic bitterness.
The texture is crisp.
A nice porter.

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3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have a bunch of bottles stored at OKComputers house and last we cracked open a few and this is one of them. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a light black color with a bit of translucence. The beer had about a half inch of light tan head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was nicely full and rich, with nice grain and roast notes. The flavor was very similar, grain and roast, and was a fairly typical example of the style.

The body was pretty good, full and well-rounded without being heavy. Drinkability was very good, I'd like to have a couple more bottles. Overall, a nice example of the style that's worth trying if you see it. I'd had this bottle sitting around for a couple of years, I suspect that fresh the flavors would have been crisper and more well-defined. I'll try this beer again and update my review.

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3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a. poured a deep motor-oil black from the bottle, yielding a fairly impressive head of a striking garnet yam-mocha color that stuck around for a bit. The brew itself was jet black, only hinting at ruby and garnet highlights around the edges when held to a light.

s. The aroma is pretty nice, and more than i was expecting. Subtle but definite sweet mocha, vanilla, roasted barley and some toasted rice, and subtle roasted coffee flavors. Vanilla and brownie won out in the aroma, which was subdued but definitely there. Taste, unfortunately, was a different ballgame.

t. Poured at fridge temp, it definitely needed to warm up to even begin to find the subdued flavors. Some dry bitter coffee emerged as it warmed, and subtle hints of cocoa. Hop bitterness trailed the roasted malt. I had hoped the sweetness in the nose would carry into the flavor, but no such luck. Roasty, light, and a bitter coffee/hop finish. As it warms near room temp, the hop becomes even more powerful, and the malt and cocoa fade into nothingness.

m. thin and watery... a carbonated cup of weak coffee. Slick and thin... the carbonation fails to really add any creaminess or body to it. Had it been a touch chewier or fuller, I could have looked past the lack of powerful or complex flavor... but it just fell a bit short.

d. Not bad by any stretch. and I'd go as far as to recommend friends give it a shot. I just felt it could have been a bit better. The flavor was somewhat one-dimensional, shifting only slightly as it warmed and the mouthfeel just didn't impress. I wouldn't turn it down under any stretch of the imagination... but probably wouldn't seek it out. It's nice for a light, relatively low abv porter. Drinkable? definitely. Amazing? not quite yet.

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3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was pitch black with a huge (3-4 finger) cocoa brown fluffy head that slowly receded, down to a thick foamy medium cap which produced some good runny lacing.

The aroma was of burnt dark bread malts, a mild resin hop and a bold leathery yeast with notes of baker's chocolate, coffee, vanilla and a light smoky presence.

The taste was extremely malty and very roasty with a huge bitter chocolate note which was present throughout, and then became slightly bitterer with a mild coffee taste and a hint of smoke towards the finish. The flavor lasted an average time following the swallow, with a roasty bitter mocha coffee taste hitting you right in the back of the throat, and then lingered there for a just little while longer.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with a thin oily texture and a carbonation that was ever so soft.

Overall I found this to be an extremely chocolaty brew with a nice bold bitter roastiness, which just so happened to create a superbly delicious drinking experience... www.facebook.com/KAJIIsBeerReviews

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3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a pint glass at the brewery. $3 pint Mondays!

Appearance: black with a thin layer of dark tan foam. Not at all bad!

Smell: lightly roasty and acidic aroma. Nice but not a lot of character.

Taste: toasty and rather dry. There's a big malt bitterness and concomitant astringency. Some coffee notes come through. A good dry porter.

Mouthfeel: medium light body with a good carbonation and a decent creaminess. I like it.

Overall: I'll say this is a pretty drinkable beer. Despite the roasty astringency, the dryness makes this quite quaffable.

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3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good, solid porter, but not great in my book. It has a firm character, but is a bit one-sided and lacking complexity while bitterness is a bit too assertive in comparison to the rest, esp. in the aftertaste.

Black, it has a medium light brown head steadily shrinking to a thin ring and leaving very weak hints of lace.

Aroma is caramelised dark bread crust, rich brown bread, caramelised figs an rich grain and wood. Overall, it's very nice.

Taste is overall good and fairly flavourful but character is a bit simple. It is lightly sweet up front, then woody-toasty bitterness takes over slightly at finish and lingers. It has a faint winey quality and faint hint of caramelised fig, with the mostly dark toasted bread and hint of coffee. As noted, the bitterness, esp. after the finish, it a bit too assertive in comparison to that rather mellow, simple character.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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Snake Bite Porter from Silver Moon Brewing
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 56 ratings
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