Stock Porter | Telegraph Brewing Company

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Stock PorterStock Porter

Brewed by:
Telegraph Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Staying true to original porter brewing techniques, Telegraph Stock Porter is dark and complex, yet eminently drinkable, revealing a tantalizing combination of coffee, vanilla, and chocolate aromas married to a fruity, refreshing acidity. The name "Stock Porter" was the moniker 19th century pub keepers gave to the more expensive Porter that had been aged in their beer cellars, as opposed to "Mild Porter", which was a less complex, less expensive, and less characterful brew.

Added by JayTheFinn on 05-20-2006

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Ratings: 110 |  Reviews: 58
Reviews by rallison:
Photo of rallison
4.35/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Muddy Waters in Santa Barbara.

A: Nicy ruby brown, quarter inch white head.

S: Definitely reminds me of some of the spiced Belgian beers. Yeastiness, spiciness.

T: Different take on a porter. It's got the porter as a base, but is far from a standard porter. Some red wine characteristics - maybe some sherry. Some chocolate. Maybe a bit of orange. A bit of coffee too. Delicious, and different.

M: Very smooth and rich - nicely coats your mouth without being heavy.

D: Easy to drink, and the lower alcohol combined with lots of flavor should make for a fun session beer.

This is a very interesting take on a porter. It turned out very well. It's like a cross between a porter and a Belgian dark winter ale. I vote yes.


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Photo of magictrokini
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, nearly black, with a short tan head. Robust aroma with anise, mint, oak barrel, and roasted malt. Vinuous taste blended with earthy malt and tart, bretty sourness. Sill had a lingering licorice tone as well. Fair amount of cocoa and coffee. I like the fuinkiness of these Telegraph beers.

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Photo of wattoclone
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a corked bottle, 25.4 ounce at my local bottle shop, Liquor Emporium in Lompoc. At nearly $10 and a label description reading "tanatalizing... hand crafted...bottle conditioned", I was expecting much more than I experienced. Rather thin for the style, especially at this price point, there are far better craft porters, even in CA. Sure, it is brewed in the overpriced city of Santa Barbara, but that alone does not justify the price or quality. To top it off, it was a bit heavy on the hops in the finish, overpowering the roasted malt and chocolate flavors.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of ste5venla
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Jgrody
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recent bottle from Lakeview Liquors, Chicago. Solid serviceable porter. Exploding cork, very carbonated as told by overflowing glasses. Black with lots of creamy bubbly white head. Medium roast aroma, mild coffee taste. Good drinkability that went with fish, cheese. Smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of thenearestdoor
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of augustgarage
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. Bottled on 3/09/09, making this 5 months old to the day.

Liquid is dark brown with chocolate highlights. A four-finger tan head dissipates to a slender plate of foam. Legs are just visible, retention is decent, though the lacing is very minimal.

Aroma is an unusual hit of esters, reminiscent of plantain, rice wine, with a hint of smoked BBQ pork. Sweet, sour, and very slightly toasty. A bit of DMS - more appropriate to a dark lager than a porter in my opinion.

Entry on the palate is tart and slightly bitter. Hops and yeast lend a sharp note which in turn is balanced by a woody sweetness from the roasted malt and Oak aged portion of the beer. Telegraph did a pretty good job balancing the beers that they blended to create this offering, but the flavors don't quite gel, so they are never more than the sum of their parts (see, for example/contrast, The Bruery's "Melange #3" for a brilliant lesson in successful blending). Malt and roast flavors are somewhat subdued and the coffee/chocolate flavors you might normally associate with a robust porter are mostly relegated to the finish. These flavors become more prominent as the ale begins to warm - worth waiting half an hour after taking out of the fridge before pouring...

Medium-light bodied, average carbonation, mild astringency, and slightly tannic (probably from the Oak?). ABV is just right.

Not as assertive and characterful (e.g. Deschuttes Black Butte) or complex and evolving (e.g. London Meantime) as the better examples of the style - but still a unique, rustic, and mostly pleasant drinking experience.

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Photo of fiedler84
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of hooliganlife
3.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a dark cola with a massive cocoa head

lots of roasted malt with a subtle dry red wine scent. light sweetness with a moderate dark chocolate and cocoa smell. lots of sweet dark fruit.

very vivid with a strong red wine character up front. lots of dryness and oak slightly over power the sweet roasted malt. a dry bitterness flows throughout and in the finish.

very dry with a moderate carbonation. light sweetness on the gums.

decent overall with great wine flavor. my only real beef is that a 750ml bottle is a lot as this is pretty flavorful. kills the drinkibility a bit.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.61/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA

Served in a Piraat glass. Pours a dark brown with a light tan huge rocky head. Pretty good lacing left as well. The smell at first started a little roasty along with a mild earthy Belgian yeast type smell. The taste was slightly sweet, but more along the lines of earthy, almost like a soil/dirt type taste but not in a bad way. It may have been the spiciness combining with an earthiness. Without knowing anything about the beer, it really had similar properties to some belgian strong dark ale's, though less volatile obviously. Not a bad porter but much different than a standard roasty-chocolaty american porter.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of theopholis
2.71/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Clear brown/maroon colored beer with a tall tan colored head. Ruby highlights when held up to the light. the head settles down quite quickly, leaving no lacing.

Smell- Quite bready for a Porter. Also hints of chocolate and a mild fruitiness. Also slightly acrid and ash-ee.

Taste- Unusually bready with some strong patent malt flavors. Finishes with a nice aftertaste. Hints of chocolate and coffee. Not much of a Porter, but tasty if you ignore the style guidelines.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, good carbonations.

Drinkability- As I said earlier, this beer is not to style, but it is still rather tasty.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks goes out to the kind BA who sent me three great bottles of beer from Telegraph. This one was the last of the three I had to try, and busted it out last night for the mini tasting. Served at cellar temp and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/15/2009.

The pour was pretty good. Decent dark brown color with some light red hints on the sides and bottom. Nice head two to three inches in height rose up and capped off the top rather well.

The aroma was lots of roasted malts, hints of dark fruits, plums, and rasins mostly and a nice amount of grain,. Very intresting profile here as the initial rush of roasted malt flavor and touch of cocoa is replaced by a large fruit presence and light tart bite in the finish. Nice carbonation and smooth over feel led to this one being very drinkable and a sure winner,.

Overall a very solid beer here with a grat profile. Very different then what I was expecting and something i would like to try again.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of DrBier
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of mendvicdog
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of oline73
2/5  rDev -42.4%

Photo of spunk509
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - light brown - almost like a robust porter. Although the cork did pop, it didn't fly as high as for others. A milt head coating. Not overcarbonated.

S - Bad. I love sours, but this beer smells sour. There's a hint of slight roast in the background, but I get sour more than anything else.

T - Sour. I don't know if this bottle went bad or what, but this doesn't taste like a porter. It's almost like the Shorts PB&J stout, but that's supposed to be part sour. I would like it if it wasn't supposed to be a porter.

M - Fairly average. Decent body. A little light.

O - A below-average porter. Disappointed.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer, just as watching reruns of friends isnt too bad, but not something you'd do more than once.

Pours a black with brown highlights and thin lacing white head.

Doesnt smell like much.

Doesnt taste like much. Some sour tastes, some roast, some chocolate, but not enough of any to make a difference.

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Photo of Zorro
3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has recently been released in 750 ML corked and capped bottles.

750 ML bottle, bottled June 08, 2008.

Clear brown colored beer with a tall tan colored head. Ruby highlights when held up to the light, this is quite clear too.

Smell is chocolate and a mild fruitiness. Light patent malt scent and it is slightly metallic or acrid in scent. Scent is not this beers strong point.

This beer starts out neutral with a strong patent malt flavor and a smoky aftertaste. Lots of chocolate flavor and lesser coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel is quite good very creamy.

OK drinkability, creamy texture and chocolate flavor are what makes this beer. Still there is a faint metallic taste to this that I suspect is from a touch too much patent malt.

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Stock Porter from Telegraph Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 110 ratings