Paymaster's Porter | Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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Paymaster's PorterPaymaster's Porter

Brewed by:
Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
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3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Revenge is a much more punctual paymaster than gratitude."

--Charles Caleb Colton

Wet grizzly bear brown with ruby and topaz highlights at the bottom edge of the glass and an attractive crown of coffee-with-cream colored foam resting on top. Sheets of baby Swiss cheese-like lace look good too.

The nose is American porter through and through. Each sniff delivers brownies with hints of coffee bean and no appreciable hoppiness. If there's enough malt in the house, this could be pretty tasty beer. Let's see.

The taste score could go either way (sorta good or good). As long as you're not looking for a taste bud-challenging amount of flavor, which is difficult to do at less than 5.0%, then Paymaster's Porter Ale is an acceptable choice for a more-characterful-than-most session ale. It sure is an easy drinker.

Chocolate wafer cookies and weak iced coffee are at the head of a pretty small flavor profile pack. Hops add a gentle countering bitterness without giving up much of their flavor. Just when it looks like the beer will hit the next highest gear (round about mid-mouthful)... it doesn't.

The mouthfeel, although far from terrible, is the beer's weakest attribute. More malt and/or harder working bubbles would have helped.

In my mind, Fairfield New Jersey's Cricket Hill Brewing Co. puts out above-average beer that is on the unmemorable side. Paymaster's Porter is more of the same, but is still a pretty good choice for a dark beer session or a porter-and-pale ale session.

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Photo of lostandwandering
3.5/5  rDev -3%

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

12oz. undated bottle served in a snifter.

Pours dark brown, with a thin tan head that immediately turns to a small ring..

Aroma: a lot of chocolate mixed in with medium and dark oasted malts. Rather subdued.

Taste: Moderate level of malt with chocolate and a trace of spicy hops. A little earthy. More from the roasted malt in the aftertaste than earlier on.

M; A bit light bodied for style, but very smooth; rather low carbonation.

O: rather light and uninteresting porter except for the high level of chocolate.

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Photo of SPRichard
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

deep brown body...moderate tan head with nice retention and substantial lacing down the glass

heavy notes of coffee at first...chocolate, roasted malts and dark fruits follow

coffee flavor very dominant here...hints of chocolate as well as dark fruits (raisins, dates and plums)

mouthfeel was a bit of a let down...kinda watery especially for a porter

other then the body being a little thin this was a really good beer....if you like coffee/chocolate tasting beers you'll like this one...i only had one because i was in for a quick bite to eat and a beer, but i could easily put a few of these away in a single sitting...give it a shot

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Photo of acurtis
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cricket Hill Paymasters Porter Ale - 4.9%
Had at Lititz cask ale festival 10/29/10
Deep brown color with small tan head. Very nice nose of roasted malt with cocoa and coffee. Nice smooth taste, roasty cocoa and coffee. Slick on the tongue, lingering, quite drinkable. Very good traditional porter from Cricket Hill.

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Photo of Ezone024
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours black, brown creamy head doenst give off much aroma, but what this brew lacks in smell it makes up for in flavor.

Lots of roasted chocolate malts and a carmel/cream flavor.
it tastes like a liquid caramelo or milk dud.

has characteristics of a milk stout, very full bodied and flavorful.

if you like the style you should try this brew asap.

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Photo of Dvarneckas
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Paymaster Porter is a very drinkable beer (4.5% abv) with great aroma, using Chocolate Malt and East Kent Hops? Regardless, it should be made year round and not only in the winter months. This is an unfiltered beer and very enjoyable, dark beer to finish off the night.

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Photo of tjd112
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured into regular pint glass

Appearance: Not-quite jet black body, inch off white head, some lacing

Smell: Somewhat muted, a bit of cocoa and marshmallows

Taste/Mouthfeel: Somewhat roasty, but a very dry feel

Drinkability/Overall: Its an OK beer, nothing I would drink over and over again.

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Photo of Bung
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Picked up in Savannah. Mid dark brown pour, just a small ring of white bubbles after a descent pour.

Aroma, minerally with some malt, chocolate. A little subdued.

Taste, follows suit. Well balanced malt caramel and chocolate. Some earthiness, peat. Finishes with some herbal hop notes and faintest roast.

Heavy side of light bodied, and quite quaffable. Lower carb keeps it smooth.

A definete session porter. Almost more of an English style. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown with a nice reddish ruby tint to it. Nearly opaque but enough light came through to show off the red tones to it. Huge pillow like cream colored head was very slow to recede and when it did left behind a large amount of gooey lace on the glass. The smell was very strong of roasted dark chocolate, which caught me a bit by surprise. As it warmed some more sugary, caramel like tones started to come through. The mouthfeel was a little thin, watery which is my only complaint, I expected a bit more of a robust feel to it. The taste itself was very nice. Suprisingly hoppy on the back and very well balanced with the roasted malts. Main flavors here were more of a roasted coffee and sugar, with a ever so slight hint of chocolate, nothing like the smell which was dominated by it. Overall this was a nice sessionable beer. At 4.9% abv very drinkable and very smooth. I would not turn it down if it were offered, but I still feel there is some room for improvement.

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Photo of Amalak
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this at Beer Boutique in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

A. It is black, with a dark tan head, slight, that leaves some lacing.

S. It has a beautiful burnt scent mixed with a sweet caramel-like undertone.

T. It has a rich chocolate taste, more akin to fudge than a candy bar. That is actually probably the sweet scent I was getting. It has a bit of a grassy taste, a mild hop bite.

M. Smooth, with a slight carbonated tingle.

O. I enjoyed this. Nothing that is sensational, but a really good porter.

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Photo of biggred1
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark rosewood with ruby highlights when backlit and creamy mocha head that leaves filmy lace on the glass. Coffee and fudge with trace earthy hop notes in the aroma. Decent albeit unspectacular flavors of roasted malt, coffee and cocoa powder a little better concentration would be nice. The mouthfeel is akin to a watered down soft drink with melted ice in it. Cricket Hill played it a little too safe for my liking with this one.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.82/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

extra via jwc215

Black with a decent beige head that quickly evaporates and leaves no lace. Smells of roasted malt and espresso.

Tastes of some roast malt that is battered down by a sour ashy taste. That sour ashy taste soon becomes a sour ashy aftertaste.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, roasted malts and touches of dark fruit and hops.

T: The taste starts out with a nice smoky, roasted malt character that is followed by creamy flavors of coffee and milk chocolate. There's some dark fruit in the background. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a solid porter to drink for a while and one of the better Cricket Hill beers that I've had thus far.

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Photo of jwc215
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very dark brown with a thin light brown head that becomes a vanishing swirl.

The smell is ashy with some chocolate.

The taste is ash with some sweet chocolate. There is a dark roastiness, but it is in the form of ash, almost to the point of being like an ash tray. I've had English stouts with ashy character that I've enjoyed. The problem is that it is a thin ashiness with only a hint of dark malt - leaning chocolate to back it up. Thin ashiness with a sweet dark malt touch is about it.

Light-bodied with carbonation leaning towards the aggressive side.

A bit too thin and sweet for me, with an aftertaste that rubs me the wrong way, though it not terrible. Just a thin, ashy with smattering of sweet dark malt, porter. I can't quite pinpoint it, but there is something in the back that just doesn't "do it" for me.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transcribed from notes dtd Sa, 30 Oct 2010.

No real head to speak of but that was the nature of the game at GEN Sutter's Cask Fest. Color was a hazy deep-brown and a tablemate mentioned that his had been clear, indicating a cask that may have been getting ready to kick. Nose had a definite cocoa powder-y dry sweetness, if that is even possible. Mouthfeel was medium with the taste a pleasant admixture of coffee bitterness and cocoa sweetness. Finish was more cocoa-chocolaty than anything else. Another very pleasant way to while the afternoon away.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Prohibition Taproom

Poured into a pint glass, a dark brown-black with a small tannish head that dissipated, leaving a large continent of thin bubbles in the middle of the glass. Aroma of dark toasty malts, coffee and bread notes. Taste of dark malts, toasty and dry, not sweet, some coffee bitterness, slightly stale pumpernickel, and a touch of ashy smoke. Dry in the finish. Medium body, good and decently drinkable, but not overly flavorful or distinctive. Worth a try, but not something I'd revisit if I had a choice.

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Photo of VikeMan
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of PhxHorn
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a deep dark brown, almost black, with a half inch tan head. Smells of coffee, licorice, and roasted malt. Tastes as it smells, with just a tiny hint of unpleasant sourness in the aftertaste. It's a decent porter, but the sourness was a little off-putting and made it less drinkable than it could have been.

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Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of portia99
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed glass.

A - Bottle opens with the slightest whisper of carbonation. Pours a very deep and dark brown that approaches black...only hints of brown on the edges when held to the light. No head at all, just the faintest hing of a tan colored collar.

S - Heavily roasted malts on the nose, some black coffee, hints of licorice and dark fruits.

T - Licorice, coffee, burnt malts, maybe a touch of vanilla. Very smooth - not especially complex, but what is here works fairly well.

M - A bit on the thin side. Carbonation is lowish medium and a bit prickly/tingly on the tip of the tongue. Pretty light and easy drinking for a porter. Burnt and dark roasted malts linger into the aftertaste nicely.

O - Not bad...a pretty standard offering for a porter. This does go down pretty easily though and is quite smooth overall.

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Photo of sd123
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another brew on draft at fergies: nice deep dark brown color, good head nice lacing

Smell is mild, mostly roasted malt hint of chocolate, and bitterness

Taste is relatively sweet, but profile is chocolates malt, hint of toffee and decent bitterness

Mouthfeel is a touch cloying, chocolate could use some thinning, lingers slightly long.

Overall, solid beer but stuck between styles for me

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Photo of stakem
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip shaped pint glass from the handpump at Al's. The brew appears a dark muddy brown color. Sitting atop is a tan frothy head that recedes leaving spots of lacing on the glass.

The smell of this brew is fresh and roasty with a grain element that is somewhat oat-like in nature with a bit of sweetness. Chocolate and coffee is also noted with a light amount of citrus hops.

The taste is roasty with a flavoring of coffee, licorice and a bit of molasses. Some citrus hops are present but the bitterness of this brew seems to come strictly from the roast of the grain. It has a bit of musty quality across the back and some raisony alcohol inclusion.

This is a medium bodie brew with a light level of carbonation. It is smooth and easy drinking. It is easily approachable but needs a little work around the edges for me to pursue trying it again.

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Paymaster's Porter from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
3.61 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
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