The Snead Porter
Goose Island Beer Co.

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Porter - American
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4.01 | pDev: 4.74%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 9 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Beric from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on a mid-July brewery tour. The best sampler offered. Pretty good porter with the standard malt notes- dark roasted coffee, espresso, burnt toast, English toffee, and subtle caramel. Not much as way of hops, but a pinch of subtle bitterness on the back end. Acidity seemed controlled. Very drinkable and one I definitely would get again.

Aug 28, 2016
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WillCarrera from Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - opaque black with foamy tan head

S - big nose of dark chocolate and burnt malts.

T - starts out with big chocolate and roasted flavors. then a sweet alcohol flavor comes up with some notes of tobacco and maybe vanilla. finishes dry with burnt malts.

M - a bit light on the carbonation but not necessarily surprising given the lack of additional carbonation. medium mouthfeel.

D - very drinkable but probably not a session beer, would definitely have it again

Serving type: cask conditioned

Apr 04, 2011
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black body with chestnut stained edges. Mocha foam that leaves drippy lacing inside the glass, then settles to a ring around it's edge, with a ghostly wispy skim across the top. Retention was ok, but it faded fairly quickly.

Woody aroma, some bakers chocolate, with a prominent roastiness.

The black roasted malt figures largely into the flavor too, but is very smooth and never brash. Big on chocolate malt with some light banana esters, when combined is reminiscent of chocolate covered banana. Lingering tobacco leaf bitterness and dry roast in the aftertaste. Extremely smooth, with a cascading milky chocolate richness. Balanced and full flavored, very easy drinking in spite of the nearly 7% abv. Growler worthy, and perfect for the cooler temps of late winter.

Feb 17, 2011
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jrallen34 from Illinois

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

On tap the pub...The body is bright black, shiny. A really nice medium tan head stays awhile, leaves nice lacing, looks great...
The aroma is insignificant in that holds no surprises roasty chocolate mostly, but its nice, gives me what I'm looking for...At first the taste doesn't really do anything for me, too much roast and just boring. However, as it warms it becomes really inviting and comfortable. Some sweetness starts to crop up and meet the roast. This is good and crushable.

This is the best porter they have made so far, recommend.

Jan 26, 2011
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MrDriscoll from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - nice dark beer...deep smokey brown to almost black colors. Foam was amber like and disappeared pretty quickly.

A - wonderful aroma of chocolate and roasted malt.

T - bitter hop note on the front end followed by sweet chocolate notes. Hints of a piney wood flavor tie the front end to back end well.

M / F - very light viscosity for a heavy looking beer makes it quite drinkable without a heavy mouthfeel. Slight crispness and appropriate carbonation.

Overall pretty enjoyable. Served in a snifter on draft.

Jan 20, 2011
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AgentZero from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Black beer with a fine tan head that left some spots on the side. Looks like a good porter.

S - Smell is awesome on this one. Nice bitter roast and deep chocolate surrounded by some bacon-like smoke. This smells very rich and deep, but not overly sweet. Also smells considerably bigger than 6.9%.

T - Unfortunately the taste doesn't just quite live up to the smell. Tastes a little woody/green, with the nice smokey flavors absent from the taste. It's pretty sweet, definately a chocolately type stout (although I wouldn't call it a desert beer by any means). Pretty good, just kind of a let down from the amazing smell.

M - Too thin for me. Lighter than it looks, this needed some more heft on it. Appropriate carbonation.

D - This is a good porter that I wouldn't mind drinking again, although it is not something I would necessarly seek out.

Jan 15, 2011
The Snead Porter from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 9 ratings