Three Threads Porter | Celtic Bayou

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Brewed by:
Celtic Bayou
Washington, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jreitman on 08-03-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by beerguy101:
Photo of beerguy101
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark black color. Small white foamy head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate and vanilla. A full to medium bodied porter. Malts are choclately and a little nutty in the roasting. Hops are slightly spicy. Nicely balanced. Creamy smooth mouthfeel. There is also a very slight touch of wood and smoke. Finishes with a nice mix of chocolate and vanilla. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Deep ruby black with a thick head that laced the glass but never did go all the way down.

Smell – This smells like a bag of coffee grounds. The aroma is very sharp and distinct. After that, I was able to pick up grapes and a hint of sherry.

Taste – The big coffee nose carries over into the taste. Here though it is tempered with milk chocolate and a fruit compliment. There’s also a small lemon twang at the finish that acts as a bell reminding the drinker to take another sip.

Mouthfeel – Tangy and kind of thin for a porter.

Drinkability – This was a nice chaser to a very spicy lunch.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This clean, fresh porter delivers a lightly sweet and caramelish malt offset by an espresso-like roastiness that lingers in the dry finish. Along the way brilliant notes of hazelnut and dark chocolate appear; as well as some leafy hops that help to usher in the dry finish. The balance is superb, and it doesn't have the acidity that many porters do, especcially for one with such a burnt roastiness. It's quite drinkable, and its complexity helps to keep it interesting. Nicely done!

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Photo of ElGordo
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, deep brown out of the bottle, with just the slightest bit of light seeping through. Small coffee-colored head doesn't stick around very long. Aroma of dark roasted malt, coffee, and molasses. Nice, rich, thick body holds a palate of chocolate malt, a touch of sweet molasses, and a slightly bitter hoppy edge on the finish. Bitterness lingers longer than I'd like, but it's not really an issue. This bottle may have been a little past its prime (I bought it four months ago), but I think it's a very nice porter.

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Photo of Gusler
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color on the pour a deep dark garnet to almost brown with a Bunyanesque sized head that is creamy in texture and a nice medium tan in color, the lace a thick and glutinous blanket upon the glass. Nose that of lightly toasted grain, malt sweet, refreshing crisp and pleasing to the senses, with light hints of coffee and bittersweet chocolate, start is sweet and thickly malt with the middle rich and middling in feel. The finish is pleasingly acidic, the hops delectable in their spiciness, very dry bittersweet aftertaste than lingers longingly on the palate. My first beer from this brewery and you can bet your garters it won’t be my last, quite a quaffable brew tis true’.

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Photo of fretlessman71
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BOTTLE: 22 oz. (1st pour: I admit to being a weirdo; I feel that most 22 oz. bottles taste better on the 2nd day.)

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: A heartfelt thanks to Grog for providing this one.

Another Washington brew. Like the title – someday I’d love to try a TRUE “three threads” porter where they actually blended three already brewed beers to create it.

APPEARANCE: Jet black. Almost no light visible even at the edges. Tan rocky head builds well at first and settles to a nice cap.

AROMA: Chocolate milk and nice black patent malt. BOY, I hope this tastes like it smells…

FLAVOR: …and it almost does! A little more bitter than the aroma, and only on the sides of the tongue. Just enough hop flavor to make it interesting. Roasted black patent malt shining through in a charcoal sort of way. Almost a stout quality to it. There’s even a touch of caramel. But the bitter chocolate is winner and still champeen here, and this damned pint is disappearing too fast to add much more. Not the most complex brew in the world, but there aren’t enough O’s in smoooth to describe this stuff.

MOUTHFEEL: Just slightly slick; medium weight. Lovely.

DRINKABILITY: Goes down almost too easy to taste. (I said ALMOST.)

OVERALL COMMENTS: Nice smooth brew that I could have several of. Very well balanced, imminently drinkable. Very hard for me to put this away until tomorrow night.

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

Appearance – Very deep, dark, almost black with a creamy tan head with good retention and heavy lacing.

Smell – Lots of deeply roasted malt smells complimented by smokiness, chocolate/toffee scents.

Taste – This is magnificently sour, bitter, almost burnt-coffee with toffee and deep malt flavors. A fantastically complex porter.

Mouthfeel – Fullbodied and rich.

Drinkability – This is outstandingly drinkable for a porter. This approaches the “could drink all night” category. I highly recommend this beer.

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

(at brewpub) Chocolate and coffee in the nose. Opaque and mahogany in color with a tan head. Bitterness was there but was balanced well with the malt. Chocolate flavors were the most dominant with a good roasted coffee following it up. Overall a very nice porter.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was an opaque brown with a light tan head. The nose was all burnt malt with a little cocoa. The taste was very smooth with the burnt notes being dominant. This is a drinking porter rather than some of the more grandious versions that are too big to comfortably have more than one pint. The complexity was there but I would liked some more depth in the finish.

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

Sampled in a 16oz Pint at the Celtic Bayou Bar.

Deep mahgony black beer with a brown head that holds tightly.

Aroma is of roasted barley with a burnt coffee tone and some acidity.

Mouth is of malty chocolate combined with a sweet toffee pull. The finish is roast and a drying hop with just a touch of diacetyl and sweetness.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque burnt sienna with flashy crimson accents that threaten to burn through the bottom edge of the glass. Three-fingered head of 'malted milk ball' brown that is dense enough and sticky enough to stay awhile. Thick strands of lace adhere to the glass, bleeding into broken sheets in order to maintain contact with the head.

This is one of the most chocolatey porters noses that I can remember. Tremendous aroma of melted Hershey bars coupled with butterscotch candy. Also smells of sugared pecans. Wonderful. One of those noses that I will keep going back to again and again throughout the bomber.

This is why I like porters as much as I do. Exploding, mouth-flooding flavor that puts the lie to the notion that this style should be mellow and understated. I like assertive flavor in my beer and Three Threads has it in spades. The first, and heaviest, thread is bittersweet chocolate. The second thread is a sour fruity hoppiness that keeps the beer from becoming one-dimensional. And the third, and lightest, thread is a crushed vanilla bean flavor (along with the aforementioned butterscotchiness) that adds yet another level of depth to an already deep flavor profile.

The sourness threatens to overtake the sweetness, but doesn't quite manage it. All elements of the flavor maintain their individuality, but cooperate in the pursuit of deliciousness. I seem to discover something slightly different each time I sip. A protean porter to be sure. Medium-bodied, though not lush. The mouthfeel bespeaks quality, but doesn't 'wow'.

I have had nothing but good experiences with Celtic Bayou. Two of their hoppier offerings (Connaught Ranger IPA and Dry-Hopped Hedgerow Red) were outstanding and Three Threads Porter is easily their equal. Is there no end to the quality beer emanating from the Pacific Northwest?

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
2.67/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a dark black beer that had ruby hints as light passed through with a tan head that subsided to at thin ring. Aroma was of dark coffee and sweet rich malt with the distinct ale frutiness. The flavor had way too much roasted grain flavor and not enough hops and malt. It was more like a stout than a Porter as there was definetly not enough malt to balance the flavors. The body was nice as the carbonation was not too high but it is pretty hard to tell in an ale as dark as this. I believe that I have a different idea of Porter than the brewer of Far West Ireland does.

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Three Threads Porter from Celtic Bayou
3.88 out of 5 based on 12 ratings.
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