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.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
2.94/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle with Batch Number 49 on the bottle. Pours a nice, deep, dark brown with a giant light tan head. The lace retention is very nice. The smell is of pale malts and dirt with a hint of grape and chocolate. The taste is a bit acidic. Banana up front, earth (mineral-style). The mouth is super thin and highly carbonated. It wasn't a drain-pour, just not...good. Sad to say that I'm not a fan.

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

On Tap at Beer Revolution. Pours black with little head. Smells of slightly soured grains and some roastiness. Tastes thin, with slightly sour graininess followed by firm but somewhat light roastiness- fine for a porter, but the sourness is offputting here. Not deep enough to be a true sour, but there is enough to distract from the more pleasant porter flavors. In the mouth it's smooth, slightly tangy. Meh, I should have ordered something else.

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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 emmasdad
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I remember passing on this one on an earlier trip to San Diego, but after reading a little bit, I decided that I needed to try this one. Pours a dark brown, with a big tan head. Some light funk on the nose, along with chocolate and lightly roasted malt. On the palate, milk chocolate, horse blanet and coffee. This one might need some more time.

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Photo of popery
4.3/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, this isn't a normal porter. The flavor is dominated by fruity dark malt notes. It smells sorta like a light, sour plum wine blended with warm caramel. There's also a perfumey chocolate aroma in there. It's light on the hops and closer to English versions of the style than American. That style-defining ashiness (style-defining for me, anyway) is mostly absent, or, maybe, just really well done. The fruitiness is somehow reminiscent of ashy roasted malt, though I can't quite put my finger on it. I'm going to chalk it up to barrel-aging magic. The flavor is lightly sour with some fruit and caramel sweetness. The finish is particularly fruity with some pleasant acidity.

I'm not great at picking out specific ingredients, but this beer probably leans toward lactobacillus. The sourness is yogurty, and there's no real funk to speak of. Some oakiness come through, particularly in the drying vinegariness. Most likely, the flavor is entirely too clean to be historically accurate, but it's a nice, safe version of history and probably tastier for it.

The beer, itself, is a very dark brown that appears to have ruby highlights when held up to the light. The head is beige and aggressively foamy. Carbonation is relatively light, and the beer has a very smooth feel. It's a rich beer, full of interesting flavors and fun to drink. This might not appeal to most folks, particularly if they're looking for a standard porter, but it's good stuff and manages to deliver on its historical promises more than most beers with similar hooks.

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Photo of dwilson01
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from my Telegraph Brew co growler into my arrogant bastard pint glass, very dark, looks like molasses with the dark ember red tinge around the edges when held up to the light. the mocha colored head is rich and creamy looking.

Smells of a toasty sweet malt, some yeasty sourness, and definitely a tiny bit of fruit as well from the hops (interesting for a porter).

Definitely pick up the toasted malt in the flavor, it's a very light roast combined with what I would guess to be some caramel malt. I get a sweeter molasses, hints of bready biscuit, and lighter fruitier flavors, dates and grapes (raisins I guess) come to mind. A tiny bit sour but not at all detracting from the flavor, it's how Telegraph does their brew.

Feels great in the mouth, very smooth, doesn't leave my mouth dry at all. This porter is actually refreshing to drink which a standout characteristic of this beer as a member of that style.

Very drinkable, I like it a lot and you can drink quite a bit of it as well!

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nearly black color with some highlighting. Head pours a centimeter tall with some larger clear bubbles inside the tighter-knit foam. The nose has good power, with some spicing and darkly roasted malts. I noticed a lot of dark fruit initially. As it turns out, the barrels once held red wine. So that explains that.

The flavor is a really unusual mix, with the red wine coming forward moreso than the dark malts when it's still cold. The roasted notes come along with some warmth: anise, cola, astringent coffee. The body is medium, maybe slightly underwhelming for style, but the overall effect is mostly enjoyable and definitely unusual. Props to Telegraph for this effort, but I doubt I'll go after it again.

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note: The profile doesn't acknowledge that this beer was aged in Zinfandel barrels.

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 40 degrees.

Shows a solids black in the glass with a slight ruby tint when put to the light and a light tan froth that dissipates quickly. The nose is pretty, but totally not what I expected... sweet red/black fruit jam (Raspberries, Blueberries, & Black Cherries), Black Pepper, Oak, slight Vanilla, Espresso, Dark Chocolate, Maple Syrup, & Cloves. The flavors are dominated by Smoke, Burnt Coffee, Chocolate, hints of Cherry pie filling, & subtle Vanilla. I'm actually really happy that the aromas and flavors are opposite from one another, but share some common elements. In other words, what was pronounced on the nose was subtle on the palate and visa versa. The mouthfeel of this beer is a little bit leaner than I would have liked and the finish is shorter than it should be, but it's a 5.8% abv beer. Overall, the beer is very good, but nothing that is worth traveling great distances to find. However, the nose reflects the characteristics of the Zinfandel grape perfectly and is my favorite part of the beer. If I had a roast beef sandwich, I'd probably like the beer a little bit's help contrast it's burnt flavor. If you're a fan of porters and see it on the shelf, I'd recommend picking it up.

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Photo of seanbhudson
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque dark brown color with huge tan head that has good retention. Little to no lacing.
Light to moderate aroma of chocolate and caramel. Light roasted malts. There is also a light sour dark fruit (plum) almost vinegary.
Chocolate and caramel. Very little roasted malt flavor. Hints of oak. There is also a bit of harsh astringency.
A medium bodied beer that has a bit of a thin feel for a porter. Lively carbonation.
A relatively easy drinking porter except for the slight acrid taste.
NOTES: BBCSD-0908-Danielle
I like the fact that this porter wasn't over-roasted but the sour /acidic taste is not what I want or expect in a porter. I prefer more chewy malts.

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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 tyanow
2.01/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I had high hopes for this stuff. I usually like Telegraph products and typically like porters better than any other style.

This smelled, tasted and had the mouthfeel of soggy cereal. It looked decent coming out of the bottle but had a very bland and soggy taste.

Maybe it was a bad bottle but I tried it with 3 friends and we all agreed in was yesterdays cereal still sitting in milk - but not rancid.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

When I bought this, I thought it was a rather expensive porter ($6.69). Now, I see this was aged in oak barrels, so that adds another $2-3 to the bottle :-/ 750 ml corked and caged bottle. On to the beer:

Pours dark the glass it is black with reddish hues at the bottom of the glass. Big bubbly head forms on top. I smell it, and it's an interesting aroma. It smells like ground coffee, but with a grain, cork, and fruity edge to it. Now come to moment of truth.

It doesn't taste like your average porter. It's like a porter mixed with fruity Belgain yeast. The coffee flavor is first to register on my palaate. A little dry, with a mild roasted character. In comes that fruity flavor, akin to dark ripened fruits, such as prunes and plums. I don't know if that's the barrel aging at work, but those flavors make this porter unique (though not necessarily great). The fruit flavors gain dominance in overall flavor as I drink further along here. The mouthfeel is very pleasant, not too bubbly and a good body that soaks in my mouth. The beer finishes with a chalky flavor and a zip of alcohol.

I like the flavor of dark Belgians and porters, but I'd prefer the flavors to be seperate instead of melded together. Telegraph's Stock Porter melds them together, which is interesting at first, but should be sampled in smaller doses.

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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 illidurit
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Pours very dark brown but transparent. Creamy tan head leaves tons of nice lacework. Aroma is rather faint. Milk chocolate, sweet red fruits, sourish alcohol. Flavor is dominated by wine character. Lots of jam and marmalade notes with only a touch of cocoa powder to signify the beer as a porter. No roast, no bitterness. Alcohol manifests almost like a rum note. I'm not sure if such a small beer (5.8%) should even be considered for barrel-aging, especially with wine. There's just no way it can stand up. Mouthfeel is a little flat, like it was on nitro. Could be good, needs to be retooled. As is, this beer is kind of a mess.

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Photo of WillClark
2.63/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Fault me for being a traditionalist, but the bottle I had has nothing to do with Porter, and call me an ass, but I know my share of Porter. Poured out of the 750ml bottle into two pint glasses (Montell, represent) with a nice color and decent head with retention, but the smell....oh god, the smell. I got all sour yeast, but Montell over here gets a hit of chocolate on his "light" sniff. But I get no roast, and that already turns me off. Taste is yeast. All I get from 'er is malt to backbone anything, just effervescence and yeast. Light mouthfeel with tartness. Finishes clean, but no porter bitter/dryness.

This tastes like it was brewed with the wild organisms of Isla Vista. Keep it in your pants, kids. This one ain't worth getting hard over.

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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 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 beerceller99
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a clear, deep garnet and red color with a egg white head.. Rich, roasty malty aroma with some dry wood. Medium bodied. Nice flavors of roasted blackened malts with light chocolate. Served in a twenty five point four fluid ounce corked bottle.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a thin, beige-colored head.

Smell: Blend of star anise, dark, roast malts, and an expressive winey oaken character.

Taste: Dark, roasty malts displaying mainly, for me at least, a taste of licorice. Never much malty sweetness. Hint of cola nuts. Slight earthy bitterness. Definitely a winey, fruit flavor and accompanying tartness throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad, not great. Perhaps not worth all the work they put into it, though.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.92/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From a 750ml bottle - Pours a deep brownish red. Below average carbonation, and lacing. Smells of deep roasted malts, some chocolate and coffee. First sip is surprisingly light bodied with coffee and chocolate dominating. There are some other notes from the barrel aging process that IMO does not work On a whole not very good.

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

Poured from tap at the brewery this past weekend.
Poured a nice chocolate brown color with a small tannish head. Nose was light cocoa, spicy and even fruity....yes a fruity like porter. It was lighter bodied porter on taste. Not as much roasted malts as most porters today. It was very well rounded and well balanced. The slight hints of cocoa, coffee and fruits were. This porter was smooth,creamy and easy to sip even on a warm Cali day. I had 2 of them in no time. very good brew and a different porter one must try!

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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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Photo of bulletrain76
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draught at the brewery. Pours a dark brown with a beige head. The aroma is pretty dry and acidic with lots of coffee. the house yeast is apparent in the dry tartness of the flavor. Lots of coffee and lemon. super clean and really drinkable. A little too light and acidic for me as a porter, but still quite nice and interesting, as are all of the telegraph beers.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.3/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Solomon420 for this one.

This beer poured black with a smokey brown sliver around the edges. The head was a light tan film that spread to a collar leaving a few spots of lace.

Smells of rich smokey coffee, toasted marshmallow and distinct hints of caramel followed by some strawberry and red wine.

Tastes of pronounced smokey malts but not too far into the realm of charcoal. This isn't like coffee, but just a solid smoke with little hints of campfire and roasted oak. This also brings out a bit of maple syrup.

Feels light and frothy, but clean and dry.

A nice and easy sipper and a good experience with smoke.

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Stock Porter from Telegraph Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 109 ratings