Bear Paw Porter | Grizzly Peak Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Grizzly Peak Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
grizzlypeak.net

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by beernut7 on 07-31-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
54
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.69%
 
 
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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 19
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

GP was my home away from home when I was in school at Michigan, and the Bear Paw Porter was my unrivaled go-to beer. Dark and delicious, full, yet very sessionable if you've got a palate for delicious maltyness.

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Photo of beornagain
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Klister
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BigAl723
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this growler after some BD's Mongolian Grill on a beautiful Monday afternoon in Ann Arbor. I'm currently drinking a pint watching Seinfeld.

A: Muddy black with a creamy tan head.

S: Nutty and chocolatey. Like a bar of Hershey's Milk Chocolate.

T: Again, chocolate and decently hoppy. A little bitterness that I didn't smell comes through. Also nice and roasty and smokey.

M: Medium to low carbonation. Silky smooth.

D: Very drinkable! Smooth but still very rich.

Overall, a very good Porter that I could drink on a regular basis. I can't wait to go back to Grizzly Peak and get another fill up!

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Photo of ChrisKayler
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of ken3c
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is dark brown with a minimal tan head. There is a little lacing.

There is a hint of coffee and cocoa in the aroma.

It's medium sweet, a little tart, and chocolatey. The finish is roasted malt. Very balanced.

Medium body, medium carbonation, and smoothness mark this beer.

This is one easy drinking beer. It's not outrageously exciting but it's just plain good.

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Photo of DrJay
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the brewpub. Very nice looking pint... deep brown colour topped by a thick, creamy, light brown head, much of which persisted through to the end. Strong roasted aroma paired with a hint of hop sharpness. The flavour was big and malty, strongly roasted and coffee-like, with a good base of hop bitterness. There was some dryness present from the grain. Overall, pretty good balance. Medium/light carbonation and full-bodied with a very smooth, rich texture. Definitely a beer I'll look for next time I'm visiting Ann Arbor.

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Photo of beernut7
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This full-bodied porter has a roasted smoky aroma and deep brown color. Hints of bitter chocolate and roasted malt coupled with an aggressive but not inappropriate hop profile make this a really tasty beer.

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Photo of putnam
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice milk chocolate-colored froth on top of the brown/black liquid. The aromas are mild (and hard to coax from the stubby, straight glass filled to the rim.) A slick palate of sour burned wood, dark roast coffee and dry, subdued fruit, the finish lingers in a way that suggests liberal infusions of roasted grains. Oaty, intense and tangy, this is a beautiful cask rendition of the Porter style typified by the likes of Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, for example.

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Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.
An outstanding porter, as validated by the two enthusiastic homebrewers with me on this excursion. Has a rich, dark roasted malt flavor with faint smoke but no burnt notes. Lasting roasty aftertaste.

Near black in the glass, it is clear and has a partially durable tan head. Smooth.

Recommended.

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Photo of cynical1027
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of styleisking
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of chewy6935
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Stillyman11
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of MuddyFeet
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better porters i have had in a while. Picked this up on a recent trip to Ann Arbor.

While it poured it was brown like chocolate milk but after filling the glass it was more akin to coffee. Thick brown head that dissolved completely to a thin film. Nose is malty but more like chocolate malt than burnt malts.

Flavor is quite pleasant. Plenty of toasted malts with a nice sweet chcolate malt backbone. Ever-so-slight hop presence balances this off nicely. Little bit off coffee grinds too. Medium to heavy mouthfeel gives this beer a nice presence. Kind of lingers around.

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Photo of chris1919
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of avwrite
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of schmidtn
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, like a porter should be. Thick malty head that stayed throughout the drink
Nice roasted smell, malts, chocolate. A sweet taste, as expected.
Full feel on the mouth, hitting all the taste buds and the beer remained until reinforcement s arrive.
Nice a drinkable. This is a solid porter. Not a standout, but a solid staple by Duncan.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of AgentZero
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice looking black beer that was mohogany on the edges. Brown head left some nice looking lace behind.

S - Some coffee, cocoa, slight roast. Pretty standard and good stuff for the style

T - There's some good coffee and espresso on this that bring the taste about in a pretty straight forward manner at first. Nicely bitter on the end, with some surpring fruity ethers which give it a very nice touch and a note of complexity.

M - Creamy, lower carbonation, little thin, but not bad.

O - One of the better beers I had here at Grizzly Peak. Went down pretty easily, and it's enjoyable.

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Photo of Derek
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled this at the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Fest.

A: Cola-coloured with an off-white head, touch of lace.

S: British fruity esters, chocolate, nut, bread.

T: Bready, mocha, good bitterness, nut bread, slight acidity.

M: Moderate body is somewhat creamy. Carbonation is moderate.

D: Good.

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Photo of Mgm54
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BMMillsy
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On draft at the brewpub BBQ place in A2. Probably GPs best offering. Pours dark brown to black with a small light brown head. Smells of deep coffee, slight chocolate, and some dirt. Taste is a nice balance of rich mocha and bitter hops, with an earthy coffee and hop finish to boot. Pretty robust mouthfeel but goes down unexpectedly easy. This is my go to when we eat here.

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A standard on tap at Grizzly Peak my first time ordering on my fourth trip.Poured a dark cola color with small but well sustained off white head,aroma dont really jump out at ya but they are nice roasty with a unsweetened chocolate presence with some lingering earth.A solid porter its highly roasted with a bit of of sweetness going on like molasses/brown sugar and notes of coffee.A tad thin but not overly so just a good solid porter here.

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Bear Paw Porter from Grizzly Peak Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 54 ratings.
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