Blacksnake Porter | NINE G Brewing Company

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Blacksnake PorterBlacksnake Porter

Brewed by:
NINE G Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by aforbes10 on 01-04-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by Phatz:
Photo of Phatz
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a decent porter but following an exceptional smoked porter it was a it bit blasé. Purchased at Bello Vino Market in Ann Arbor, Michigan for $1.29.

Appearance: An attractive porter with a dark brown body red hues and a light brown head with some lace in my brand new SA Boston Lager glass.

Smell: The aroma is pleasant with roasted malts chocolate and coffee but not as big as the previous porter I tasted so while pleased I am not blown away.

Taste: Very roasty very dry. I love that. It is simple and a bit burnt, with lots of coffee suggestions and black malts. The toffee and chocolate are overrun by a dark burntness but it is quite tasty nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: Full with a rich big feel but it is a bit grainy with a very dry finish.

Drinkability: A very good porter that borders a stout IMO but not one that leaves me speechless.

Hope this is helpful.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pours into my glass a deep dark brown with a half inch of light tan head atop the brew. Not much light gets through here. Aromas begin with a good dose of roasted malts, chocolate, toffee and burnt black coffee as well. Lots of caramel permeates the brew. Quite a nice, bright aroma to be had here.

First sip brings dark roasted malt upfront with a big blast of burnt, bitter coffee flavor. Notes of caramel, chocolate and toffee weave in and out as well. Flows down with some hops and finishes really dry with a lingering bitterness after each sip. A tasty porter overall with a nice flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth creaminess to it. Average carbonation. I found this to be a pretty tasty porter overall. I could see myself sitting down to a few. I have heard this brewery has closed its doors and if that's the case that is too bad as it might be the only time I'll be drinking this brew.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer has a black body that is pretty dense and only lets a warm glow of light in at the very base of the glass. There is a creamy tan head that last for most of the beer. The beer is too dense to see any type of carbonation.

S- The big rich smell of dark black malt has a hint of chocolate malt and a touch of cream when the beer warms. The smell is simple but rich.

T- This beer ahs a very dark roasted malt flavor with notes of coffee roasted malt and an earthy hint. There is a note of dark roasted chocolate and a light toasted peanut note. The finish has a light tangy note followed by a roasted malt bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. As the beer warms there is a note of cream in the malt flavors.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a silky texture that finishes pretty clean.

D- This beer is a big, full, black porter. I would classify this as a true porter, where as many porters are more like stouts that are watered down. This will be a great session beer.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very black amber in the glass with a nice half finger of moderately tan head that slowly melts to substantial tan lace.

Aroma is very subdued with hints of chocolate, some sweet fruitiness and alcohol.

Taste is slightly burnt dark malt with bitter chocolate, some sweet dark fruitiness and a hint at the hops that are hiding behind everything.

Mouthfeel is creamy but just slightly too thick for a porter, IMHO.

Aftertaste is bitter chocolate, some sweetness, and alcohol.

Overall a very good porter but a tad bit too sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of shbobdb
3.07/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

RIP Nine G's. I was gonna pour this baby out on the curb, but I figured my gullet would be a better way to do it.

The beer pours an impressive coffee brown, with a nice coffee-and-cream head.

The smell is muted, a whiff of malts but nothing really noticable. It smells like a rather simple, nondescript beer -- like BMC but without the nasty adjuncts.

The taste is mild but there is a complexity that it hints at. At first there is a strong blast of black patent -- no chocolate here folks, just acidic darkness. As it warms there is a faint grainy taste near the end of the beer -- since I like grainy taste, I thought this was a welcome addition, but I could see how it wouldn't sit right with some.

The mouthfeel is full and rich. The right about of carbonation and dextrines working together to coat my mouth.

Which would be great if this were an amazing beer. Instead it is just OK.

That said, I am sorry to see them go. It is always sad to see a local brewery close.

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4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For a porter this is truely stout black. Body is oil black with a milk chocolate colored one inch head that fades quickly. Nose is a nicely smokey malt mix with backround hints of coco, vanilla and toffee. Enters the mouth with a nice tangled balance of sour feel and dark maltiness. These two really do mingle well together. Leaves the mouth feeling dominated by a dry burnt blackness. This is well recieved though. Some slight chocolatey notes do develop as the beer warms a bit. This is probably the second best Indiana made porter(behind Alpha Klaus) Ive had. Bold for only 5.3%.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head fades at an average pace, and lacing is plentiful. Aroma is sweet dark malts, mostly chocolate. Taste has the same sweet dark malts working, with a coffee bitterness coming on late, and lingering in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel and drinkability reflect the fact that this brew is a smooth and easy representative of the style. Could use a bit more hops, but nice nonetheless.

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Photo of grub
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

got this bottle from fellow porter-lover autumnaldave. thanks dave!

12oz bottle that says to enjoy before "286227". huh?

pours pretty much black and not quite opaque with a very small dark brown head. the head drops to a very fine ring around the glass and leaves a bit of lace.

aroma is great. lots of roast. dark chocolate. coffee. huge malt. multigrain bread and biscuits. bit of caramel. nutty too.

taste is great. lots of roast again. coffee. bittersweet and dark chocolate. medium bitterness level. multigrain bread and biscuits. touch of caramel. a little rough around the edges, but i like it.

mouthfeel is good. bit of astringency from the heavy roast. medium-low carbonation level. medium body works well. nice dry finish.

drinkability is great. balanced and very enjoyable. i bet this one was even better fresh, with a bit more pop from the hops. only noticeable flaw is the astringency.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger brown head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Totally black color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose. Starts sweet, but with bitter chocolate, bakers chocolate finish. Best by date is printed but impossible to read. $1.89 for a 12oz bottle from Chalet Party Goshen, In.

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Photo of SupaCelt
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep brown. It appears to be quite thick and dense. A decent chocolate tan head springs up and enters a holding pattern for a few moments before turning its efforts upon lacing my glass.

The nose is smoky and chocolate toned. It smells of dairy and something artificial. There is just something a touch off with the scent. Staleness or something.

The taste is composed of bitter chocolate and the dairy cream flavour. There is also the fairly heavy smoke character. I am fingering the smoke taste as the thing that is giving the somewhat off character to this beer. It is like stale smoke flavour or something. The black patents throw a proper and rich malt experience my way. It does hold a roasted quality that is magnified by the smoke. It has an ashy sort of dryness to it in the end, keeping with the whole toasted smoke scheme.

Mouthfeel is a hefty medium. It does seem to have some fluffiness to it once it hits the mouth and reacts.

The drinkability is fine. I am not going to cast this off down the drain, but I most likely will not visit this one again for a few rotations. I think it has potential and I hope this brewery pushes on and grows.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - opaque black pour, good mocha head above. Makes a wavy pattern of lace around the glass and has good hold at a thin cover.

Aroma - good roasted grain aroma, hints of coffee. Fades after setup but retains a portion of the smell.

Taste - *lots* of roasted grain, charred to the point of, well, burnt. Cold, not much else comes out. With warming and some palate adjustment, some french roast coffee flavor is picked up, but this is still one bunrt mother. I'm digging it though, a fine porter. The aftertaste is lengthy and the beer lasts a while that way.

Mouthfeel - average body, hefty carbonation, proper for the style.

Drinkability - once I get adjusted to the burnt aspect, I reckon I could down several more of these. Nice brew, Nine G! Sadly, I have learned via orbitalr0x's blog that Nine G is no more. Proof positive that tasty beer alone doesn't save the biz, huh? Quite a loss to the micro scene, cheers to ya'.

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Photo of thelagerheads
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very hearty porter with a war-like label and rightfully so because it packs a punch. More like a small invasion really, this is an extreme roasted chocolate coffee blend which rivals New Holland's The Poet for taste/body density and coma potentiality but doesn't quite put off the deathward stare of an imperial stout. There seems to be little hops added to this unguent of dark malts and I think it's a good thing as the smidge it does have gives it a minor zing in the details, any more would have been tragic. Drink up little Oppenheimers of the world.

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Photo of HopHeadKen
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had several of these, and thought it was about time I reviewed it.

Pours Dark brown with creamy fine bubble tan head which fades after a few minutes to an edge ring with a few islands amongst the thin lace.

Color is Dark brown with rich clear orange copper hilights at the edge.

Smell is carmel chocolate malt with hints of hop

Taste is roasty toasty malt, chocolate/ coffee with a hop bitterness that accentuates the roasty chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth; Alcohol is tough to detect but there are so many big toasted malts here that it should be hard to find.

It would be easy to drink these all the time with dinner or over conversation. Not really a 'party beer' in my opinion.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep black coffee color. Brown frothy foam head. Rings of tan lace around the interior of the glass.

S: Coffee. Lots of it. Caramel and chocolate notes round out the aroma.

T: Wow. Heavy. This is really kind of crossing into "Stout-land". Deep notes of coffee and earthy chocolate malts. Roasted nuts, mild hops and sour grain are limited yet noticeable.

M: Appropriate for the style. This is where this beer separates itself from Stouts. Medium bodied, lighter on the palate, somewhat crisp.

D: Average. Not a bad brew. I like these strong flavors in a beer that has more consistancy and density.

Notes: Powerful porter.

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Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a smooth and creamy chocolate scent along with a stiff coffee presense. It's roasted with a wondeful burnt toffee aroma. The taste is decent. It has a nice roasted/chocolate flavor that goes down easy, but it finishes very bitter with a strong black malt taste. The earthy bitterness resinates on the tongue. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer, although it could use a bit less patent malt.

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Photo of
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black. The beer is thick looking. There is very little head to speak of & of course, no carbonation Smells like coffee gounds mixed with some dark chocolate. Taste is strong coffee with a prominent and lingering smokiness. Dark chocolate still present too. Smooth in the mouth. I could drink a few of these on a cold night. Not bad.

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Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I hear the folks at Nine G brewing have closed up shop... my condolences to the people of South Bend Indiana, they made a nice beer...RIP.
Pours with a zealous mocha brown head that faded out very quickly. Leaves an outside trim. A fairly dense body, dark brown in colour. The aroma is bold and roasty, nice blend of coffee and chocolate. Damn fine porter smell! A sutty and smokey mouthfeel with a crisp bitterness and definite hop presence. Flavour falls a little short of the aroma, but mimics the profile quite well. Taste of dark chocolate and roasted malts. A nice porter.
Big thanks to Blankboy for this sample!

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Photo of aforbes10
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This new brew from a new brewing company is, i think, their best of the three they are currently producing. It's a nice, dark porter with a chocolate malt odor and very little head. The roasted malt flavor is immediately obvious and lingers for a while. good mouthfeel. Easy to drink these all night. top of the line porter.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.59/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a good black strap molasses with some mild brown highlights when the beer is held to the light. Light tan head mixes with a more watery syrup color. The Aroma is a nice coiffee bitter and hop bitter aroma. Hints of toffee too. The taste is a great balance of bitterness and roasty malts. This is an awesome tasting porter. The bitterness reminds me more of cheap, yet strong coffee grounds, and I love my coffee the same way I like my woman?!?!? There is a little sweetness taht comes in the form of molasses, but thats it. Gosh I like this beer. If only I could get it in IL.

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Photo of jp32
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Blacksnake pours a deep dark brown, might as well call it black in color. I wasnt sure if I was pouring a beer into my pint glass or draining dirty motor oil out of my car. Slick, oily, and black. The nose is roasty and displays hints of toffee and vanilla bean.

The taste department shows me some flavors of chocolate malts, coffee, and potting soil. The slick consistency and heavy body make for quite an unexpected velvety smooth mouthfeel. Not the best porter Ive tried, but a good solid offering nonetheless.

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Photo of xav33
2.53/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Nine G Blacksnake Porter
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, imbibed 08/06
Medium pour in an English pint glass

Poured black with a somewhat lasting 1/2 inch mocha head with good lacing.

Smell is burnt chocolate.

Taste is upfront with burnt chocolate to a heavy smokey wood lingering in a biting mouthful of soysauce earthy finish. Mouthfeel was dry, dry, dry.

Overall, an aggressive porter that doesnt try to show style. A great cloying beer.

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Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Blacksnake Porter from NINE G Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 22 ratings