Monkey Face Porter | Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"This is a medium bodied robust style porter with significant roast character from chocolate and black malts. This beer finished extremely dry with a hint of the Willamette Hops used to create this perfectly balanced porter. Monkey Face Porter is perfect after a long day at the mountain or on the river!"


Grains: 2-Row, Chocolate, Crystal
Hops: Willamette
Original Gravity: 1.052
Final Gravity: 1.014
I.B.U.'s: 34
Alcohol: 5.0

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-28-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
61
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
20.17%
 
 
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Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 61
Photo of Gusler
2.26/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

The beer as it sets in the glass, ebony in color, the head modest, the consistency frothy, the color a nice tan, and as its erodes quite quickly, it leaves behind some clumpy lace. Nose is light toasted grain, a slight hint of coffee, somewhat sweet, fresh and clean with the start sweet, the top cadaverous. Finish is minimally carbonated, hops scarce, aftertaste dry and overall, a very thin and weak beer for a “Porter”, which means it will not fair well in my evaluation. How a beer can look and smell so good, but be as "Thin-waisted" as this a mystery.

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Photo of ADR
2.65/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Coffee dark, brown light transmission at the bottom of the pint glass. Tannish foam, lasts about 20 seconds at 1/4 of an inch. Very good lace. Smell is decent, a mix of malt and some hoppy citrus. Watery texture, malt is marked by mostly a Stout-like java, some burned qualities. Very bright with hops for a Porter. Not bad for testing hop acuity but the body is very weak and the finish is ripe with distilled water qualities. Not quite mid pack, just not a successful beer in an important category.

Source: Liquid Solutions

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Photo of czechsaaz
2.87/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Lots of dark roast malt aroma, chocolate malt and maybe some black malt. Has a slightly burnt aroma that is typical of high dark-malt beers. Some fruity yeast esters but for the most part clean with the roast, some light grassy hop aroma.

Dark with red highlight when held up to the light with a small head that fades quickly and leaves no lace.

Flavor is mostly choclate malt. There's a bitter astringency to it because of the high level of roast malts. Hop bitterness is pretty high too. As a result, very little sweet malt flavor is apparent. It comes across as bitter, almost sour.

Body is fairly light but has a nice carbonation play.

Sorry, but not really a stellar effort. Needs a little more base malt to give it some character and body IMO.

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Photo of tayner
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

i had to try this for the name alone... the monkey on the bottle is a bit disturbing, but....

Poured it into a pint glass, not much of a head to speak of, and it didnt last long, left no lacing behind either.. it was black with red edges when lighted from behind.

it smelled good, malty, roasted, a whiff of aroma hops.. very pleasant nose.

The taste was of chocolate.. and not much else... so much chocolate that perhaps the bitter was slightly overpowering. there were slight hints of hops peaking through late palate, but barely enough to attempt to balance the bitter chocolate flavor..

In my mouth it felt a bit "watery" for a porter. With the smell i was looking for a bigger, heavier beer.

I could drink this again if it was there, but i wouldnt go out of my way to seek it out.. there are too many other brews in this style more worthy of consumption... onward i go!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown color, mocha head. Heavy toasted, burnt notes from this, and not much else. Feel the burn!

Same burnt malt feel on the tongue, some chocolate malt, possible cocao addition to dry it out even further. Traditional in the lower abv compared to some newer porters, hopping kept down, bitterness not as much. No coffee or vanilla flavors appreciable. Viscosity a little under some of the bigger porters out there, but again, this one rings traditional in more ways than one.

Average stuff, kinda meh, but nothing bad about it, wouldn't turn one away.

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Photo of Iguana
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence - Poured a dark chestnut brown with a small maybe half inch head. Looks pretty good.

Smell - Slight roasted scent which is pleasent, but its not too potent, not much else on the nose that i can detect.

Taste - Taste is interesting, its like they took a better porter and watered it down. Just not potent enough for my tastes, its not bad, i was just expecting more flavor.

Mouthfeel - Its quite smooth, but tastes watery.

Drinkability - I could prolly drink alot of these, but would I choose to? Not likely, its worth a try, but beyond that any number of porter's are easier to come by and taste better.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Brown in color, beige head, 1/5". Lots of roast on this one.

Lots of that roasted chocolate malt, heavy bitterness. A little more dry than your average mouthfeel for a porter. This one is pretty one dimensional, it goes hard in the paint on the roasted malts, drops some noble type of hops, bitterness derived just as much from the roasting as the hops.

Not bad. Pretty average.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a few shades of brown with burnt sienna notes. Once gathered in the glass orange and reds pushed towards the base and edges. The body sat a dark brown with black close by. Head dissipated quickly and left a cluster of soapy bubbles at the rim with a minutiae scattering of lace

S: hefty roasted chocolate malts with delicate earthy whiffs, not much else

T: the base is of strong malts sprinkled with cocoa and mixed with shavings of chocolate bars. This is the prominent taste with a soft dry woody character occupying the finish. With half the glass gone, I am starting to pull out a wispy vanilla coffee sweetness. Unfortunately, not much in the way of hops

M: body is soft and fits the "Porter" style well, maybe a bit light overall. Finishes well.

D: easy to drink and deserves a good handshake and maybe a pat on the back

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Photo of beagle75
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A: Clear, dark ruby color with two fingers of beige foam head that diminish to a persistent, continuous residue. Slight lacing remains on the glass.

S: Weak roasted malt, some milk chocolate, slightly herbal.

T: Abundant dark roasted malt begins the tasting much more pronounced than was expected, based on the smell. Additional roasted flavors of bittersweet chocolate expand on the palate through the middle of the taste. The finish is of mellow hop bitterness, with earthiness lingering.

M: Thin, watery viscosity with moderate carbonation.

D: Especially easy-drinking for a dark ale--I had mine at cellar temperature so it likely becomes even more refreshing as it chills further. Apparently this beer is marketed as a beer to accompany outdoor activities, and it has the attributes to do so while still appearing dark and mysterious. Improved mouthfeel is needed if this beer is to stand up next to the notable offerings of the style.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.24/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark black color, medium head. Aroma is malty and chocoloately. A full-bodied porter. Roasted malts, slightly sweet and chocolaty. Hops are slightly spicy. Full flavored. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.31/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Monkey Face Porter was served at the Cascade Lakes “Lodge” in Bend. The beer was nearly black, with mahogany accents and a creamy brown head and sticky sheet lacing. The nose was sharp and roast chocolatey, with a Oreo cookie-ish aspect. The taste was sharp and roasty with chocolatey cookie-ish maltiness that becomes nicely sharp in the transition to the good, very dry, dark chocolatey bitter finish. The lingering bitter chocolate flavors are, however, a little too astringent. The body was far too thin and unsupportive for the flavors and character of the beer. Overall a nice and tasty porter that could use some more body.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark porter brown. Couldn't notice any highlights due to mood lighting.

Nice head which hung in there for a while. Chocolate and roasty malt goodness. Perhaps a bit dense for a porter, I would guess I was drinking a stout if it was a blind tasting.

Finish is clean. There is a nice abrupt bitterness that finishes my sips up as soon as I swallow. A decent porter indeed.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up by my brother in Oregon .. pulled from the On-Deck basement cooler.. shared with a coworker ... my half from a shaker pint.

Good lite tan head.. minimal lacing.. dark like a stout.

Aroma is French roast coffee and roasted malts... dark chocolate ice cream.

lite side of medium body with above average carbonation.. could use a bit more body... flavor is slightly astrigent coffee followed my chocolate malts and lite carmel sweetness.

Complexity is more than the above review notes... I am just having a hard time picking it out.. not bad at all... just not great.

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Photo of birdypowder
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

There are better Porters in the high desert town of Bend, like Black Butte Porter from Deschutes. Monkey Face Porter, however, is a decent porter that is worth trying and purchasing on occasion.

Aroma:
Roasted goodness hits you first. I found enticing aromas of bakers chocolate and a hot chocolate like coco aroma. Hops contribute a slight spiciness. There were no unwanted odors.

Appearance:
When pouring the beer it reveals itself as dark mahogany in color but once in the glass it appears almost black though there is a slight red hue hiding amongst the blackness. The head was disappointing. It was a beautiful brown/tan color with nice small bubbles but it came and went so quickly I could hardly enjoy its presence. The beer was clear with no bits or flecks, minimal haze at most.

Taste:
This is a medium bodied brew but it did not seem too thin for a porter. The flavor was good but the sweetness was very subdued by the bitterness and roast. I craved for this brew to give me a sweet kick before the roasted malts and bitterness showed up but it wasn't to be. The finish is slightly bitter and lingers, leaving impressions of bakers chocolate and roasted peanuts. After all that goes away, a slight smoke flavor lingers on. Interesting.

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Photo of jdense
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at EOU Faculty Lounge 10.3.11 $ 4 in slightly chilled shaker pint glass.

Dark brown almost black opaque body no visible carbonation under one finger light brown head fairly slow dissipation. Significant chocolate presence in the nose, not overpowering or assertive, grassy malts. Taste mirrors nose, chocolate up front but not very deep, watery in the middle with a bit of roast, minimal hops on back end. Mouthfeel is once again watery light, not much effervescence, fairly dry finish. Wanted to shake up my palate after go-to in La Grande beer (not made in Baker City :-) ), I won't be having this again anytime soon. Wish I'd have waited to get home and have that bottle of Velvet Merlin I've stashed to toast Matt B. IMO not even the best Porter in Bend. Sorry, just sayin'...

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

Monkey Face Porter poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Weak pour on my part produces very little tan head...I won't hold it against this beer as it pours an otherwise attractive, thin black color with ruby highlights.

S: Surprised, a pleasant robust smell; roasted malt and plenty of coffee notes. Some hints of caramel and licorice sweetness behind that. Smoke too? Maybe.

T: A bit thin, nice coffee flavors upfront with roast bitterness, hints of a dark fruit sweetness...flavors wash away quickly but there is a good coffee/hop bitterness on the finish with decent dryness.

MF: Pretty light-to-medium, medium carbonation levels and the aforementioned dryness.

O: An easy drinker and a pleasant surprise. In my opinion this is nearly as good a porter as Anchor's offering, which is probably akin to blasphemy on this site.

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Photo of lighthabit
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had at f/stop, pours dark coffee brown lacing is good, smell is a bit absent, but has a toasty flavor that , thought not as sweet as I usually like, is a nice way to end the work day. Does coffee flavor a solid. Carbonation is just about right, makes its presence known without getting in the way. Tastes like it's gonna finish dry but doesn't. A bit thin, but I like 'em thick, so I'll give it a B on that. Not a bad intro to this brewery

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Photo of arizcards
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brought one back from our Oregon road trip from early May.

Beer poured a dark brown with a nice tan head. Nose is sweet, of chocolate malts and mocha. Taste is of those chocolate malts balanced by a light dose of hops. Mouthfeel is lighter than most porters. Beer has a nice creamy quality though. Drinkabilty is pretty good, this has a nice but not an overly complex flavor. It is worth a try if you have an opportunity.

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Photo of velosuds
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes. Original review lost due to database crash.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date evident. Paid $1.35 at local health foods store on sale.

A-Pours a dark brown almost black hue with a one finger, creamy tan and foamy head that dissipates too quickly leaving only modest lace.

S-Rich, chocolate and coffee malts and a hint of mildly fruity hops.

T-Chocolate roasted malts, slight hop bitterness, and coffee. Taste is not robust enough.

M-Smooth, but a little thin and not enough carbonation or texture.

D-This is indeed drinkable, but it doesn't compare to Black Butte Porter, which is often on sale for $6.99 a six-pack or less in my area.

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Photo of isualum12
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another new label from Cascade that I didn't reconize and it is different then the one shown here.

This is a nice beer just not overly powerful.

Appearance- Dencent carmel color head with lots of fingers on the glass. Left a light tan ring. Dark Dark brown or black beer. Looks tasty.

smell...I got NOTHING. seriously I thought maybe i needed to clear my nose and so i stepped away and then resmelled...Nothing ...all well.

Taste- This is a good smooth porter. It is a natural flavor porter that hold true to what you expect from a porter. Your not going to be blown away with flavor but you get a nice smoooth flavor out of it. Honestly I will take the smoothness over the strong porter.

mouthfeel- like I said smooth...

overall- I am impressed with this beer. At first I gave it a 3.5 and I upgraded it to a 4.0 while typing this and drinking. This is a porter I could have multipule of.

I really would like to try this beer with some different types of cheese and taste it's changes...

Cascade Lakes Brewing your really trying to steal my heart...Nice job on this beer...

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Photo of beernut7
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a syrupy deep brown with a fluffy head. The mellow aroma is of chocolate and roasted malt. The body is smooth and properly heavy and supports a deeply roasted malt flavor. A bit of fruitiness flows through the roast and compliments the tones of chocolate. The bitterness is mild and does not interrupt a creamy finish.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like the name of this beer, fo sho. 12 oz bottle without a freshness date. Pours a dark brown color with a small tan foam. Retention is below average and the lacing is decent.

Nose is pretty decent; cocoa beans, mild coffee and some milk chocolate come through. Not overly powerful, but certainly not weak. I think it smells pretty good, not unlike a Krackel candy bar.

Taste has some nice chocolate and roast components. It's a bit simple, but it certainly does the trick for a quick porter fix. Some unwanted light fruit comes in at mid-palate and finishes with a roast and mildly grassy hop bitterness. It's on the thin side for a porter, but not by too much. Not bad, the B- overall rating seems about right for this one. Thanks goes out to BA fthomasl for bringing this one back from a recent trip.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep, dark brown with some red highlights and what appears to be no haze to the body. Head pours a finger of frothy tan foam. I quite like it.

Smell: lightly roasty with a bit of chocolate, caramel and toffee aromas. It's not especially complex, but solid for a porter.

Taste: flavor is a little bit more like a brown ale, with some toastiness and subtler versions of the other elements in the aroma. Vegetal hops are present, along with a bit of astringency from the roasted malts. Not bad, but it doesn't blow me away.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation and a decent creaminess for the style.

Overall: this is an OK porter; I'd drink it as a house beer but I won't go out of my way to have it again.

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Photo of jtfest
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown with a moderate but diminishing brown head. The aroma was of smoke and wood, with hints of dying campfire embers. The mouthfeel was thin and somewhat syrupy -- oddly coating the roof of my mouth without lingering on my tongue. It tasted of maple, slightly sweet, but rather under-powering, with little or no aftertaste. Once I swallowed, it was gone. Good, but -- where'd it go? It makes it easy drinking, but for a porter it left me unsatisfied.

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Photo of ebrauser
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle to a pint glass

App: Dark cola with thin tan head. Not as much body or lacing with the head as i like

Aroma: Sweet malts, dark fruits, cherries and raisins.

Flavor: Definite smoke, but more masked by sweetness than a smoked porter. Dark fruitiness with caramel and strong coffee tones.

Mouthfeel: A little thin for a porter. Drinks a lot like cola

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Monkey Face Porter from Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
3.52 out of 5 based on 61 ratings.
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