Porter | Snipes Mountain Microbrewery & Restaurant

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Snipes Mountain Microbrewery & Restaurant
Washington, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 05-18-2002

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by beerceller99:
Photo of beerceller99
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nitro tap at the brewery on 7-22-04.
Dry hopped version.
Pours a dark brown with minimal head. This was served pretty cold so the aromas were faint at first. When it warmed up it had a mild roasted malt smell along with a whiff of fresh floral hops. Light to medium bodied. Up front the taste was of toasted grains and bittersweet chocolate followed by a fairly strong floral hop bitterness not unlike an IPA. I guess thats what they were aiming for when they brewed this , a porter with pale ale qualities.
Not bad.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.73/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Jet black with a nice, dark, foamy head (it dissipated quickly though and left the glass bare).

Smell – Lots of malt and prune with a by-the-campfire smokiness that seemed a little empty.

Taste – The malt is flavored with coffee and chocolate, but the roasted grain takes over the glass. There’s also some hops in there that I can’t quite figure out that seem to throw off the porter character.

Mouthfeel – I like the carbonation, but the brew lacks smoothness which is the deathnell for a porter. Where’s that creamy mouthfeel and depth of character that’s necessary for the style?

Drinkability – That lack of a smooth mouthfeel lowers the drinkability rating of this one.

Comments – After consuming the wonderful Pale Ale by this brewer, I was disappointed with this offering. I’m a big porter/stout fan too and am easily amused with flavors of the style. This one didn’t do it for me, though.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of cokes
2.82/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Oily ruby-black body. Zero head.
Decent roasted aroma. Medium roast Coffee and smoke are detected.
Taste contains what a good porter should. Nicely roasted up front. Underlying dark chocolate, although very faint. Humid smokiness. Hops are somewhat grassy and metallic.
Thin and watery in the mouth. Almost no carbonation, but that doesn't bother me in a porter.
Crank this one up in flavor and thickness, and it would be quite good. Likeable profile, but needs more heft.
Currently average at best.

Thanks jreitman

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.39/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a finger of head on a black body.
The aroma roasted malt, chocolate and a little coffee. Nice.
The taste has a solid bitterness throughout, roasted malt and coffee too.
The texture is crisper with a little fizz.
It's on the hoppier side of a porter but still good.

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerhandy
3.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a english pint glass

Very dark balckish brew with ruby highlights the head was brown a faded rather quickly
Nice bitter chocolate and roast malt aroma,some earthy hop spiciness

Taste was black and roasted malt with loads of caramel to smooth a touch of PNW hops for balance but somewhat soapy in the swallow?It wasnt
extreme just some thing was not quite kosher.

medium body bordering on light

I thought its a very drinkable beer and is probably incredible on tap

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Photo of sweethome
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Roast nose - a hint of chocolate. A little subdued. Big biting roast right off the tip. Medium mouthfeel. Full round flavors of licorice, roast malts. Builds to a profound chalky dry finish. Nice long roast malt finish with the chalky feel.

I tasted with a few other porters - this came out in the middle of the pack overall - but the dry roast charachter was distinctive and pleasing.

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Photo of jwc215
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Though it says "dark amber" on the label, this one is nearly pitch black in color. A thin, tan, espresso-like head tops it off. Some spotted lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is of lightly smoke and roasted dark malt - coffeeish with a hint of chocolate. Underlying woody and dark fruity tones.

The taste is of dark malt - lightly roasted coffee with a touch of smoke. It hints of toffee and chocolate. Underlying woody notes and dark fruit lend balance and depth. Suggestions of anise/licorice come through as it warms. Long, dry finish.

Medium-bodied with a nice texture. Flavors hang on.

A porter that is rich in flavor. I like the subtle complexities in this one.

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this one back from his trip to the Pacific NW for me!

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Photo of jdhilt
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Explodes out of bottle over mug onto counter, I hope it has something in it besides CO2, settles to a shallow light brown layer leaving some lace. Black color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose. Starts sweet roasted/burnt coffee flavor, finish almost bakers chocolate. $1.39 for a 12oz bottle from John's Market Tigard, Or.

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Photo of Gavage
4.11/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

Appearance: black in color with some brown highlights. Thick creamy two finger head lasts a while.

Smell: roasted malts and coffee are easily detectable.

Taste: strong roasted malts, dark chocolates, coffee, with a hint of nuttiness. There is a hint of smokiness as it warms. Dry throughout. Nicely balanced flavors here.

Mouthfeel: light crisp at the start, smooth at the finish. Medium-heavy in body. The flavors linger briefly on the tongue after swallowing.

Drinkability: this was the best beer I had during my visit at Snipes. Definitely worth having if it is on tap.

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Photo of jreitman
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(at brewery, from notes) Black with nice creamy head. Moderately bitter. Not as much malt character as I would like, but still had a burnt coffee character. Good mouthfeel.

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Photo of devilmakesthree
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beertaster13
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a head on this porter, pours a light black with ruby streaks, the head is like a chocolate mocha froth that has pillows within the brown, lacing was phenomenal, coating the glass. The smell was rather plain, hints of roasted grain and toaste, slight metallic nose, otherwise not much there, the taste however was great, a nice marshmellow smoothness up front followed by a warming dark roasted and coffee flavor with backing of chocolate, goes great with pie and ice cream, highly recommended.

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Photo of tbeck
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with no clarity, very little light is passed through. Develops a one finger brown head with moderate retention. Excellent collar and laciness. Nice aroma, picked up coffee, chocolate and a slight tone of alcohol. Taste is good, lots of coffee and some smoke in the background. Slight bitterness, more in the aftertaste. Thin texture for a porter but the body was decent. Easy drinking porter that is smooth and a nice taste. It does not sit very heavy. Recommended as a session beer.

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Photo of leedorham
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of woemad
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle purchased at The Rocket Market in Spokane.

Poured a very dark brown with a good sized dark tan head, which dropped fairly quickly but left a substantial foaminess behind.

Smell is of freshly roasted coffee beans and dark fruits. The roastiness is far and away the most dominant aspect to this.

Taste is a little disappointing compared to the smell. Yes, there is the the roastiness, which is very upfront. The dark fruit aspect noted in the smell is present as well, but it takes a back seat to an overly assertive (for a porter) hoppiness. This hoppiness is rather metallic tasting, and is noticeable at the finish. It's almost like an American Pale Ale with a deep tan. Frustrating, as it seems like they came very close to making a decent porter.

Mouthfeel is too thin to be a porter. This baby needs fattening up.

Drinkability is average. It's not horrible, but there are many better porters out there.

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Photo of peck95
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pitch black with a nice brown head, although the head does fade quickly
a chocolate smell with a hint of roasted coffee
the taste is the reverse of the smell very strong roasted coffee, hops with a hint of chocolate.
the mouth feel of this porter is a little light for a porter but its not watery
this porter has a taste similar to a hopped up smoked porter making the initial few drinks awkward but it starts to grow on you after a few drinks

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Photo of beertunes
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a barely translucent brown with a thick, tall, dense, dark-khaki colored head that had very good retention and moderate lacing.

The aroma was average for the style, not as roasty as the good ones, without any outstanding features. Same goes for the taste, slight roast notes, a touch of sweetness at the back, a typical porter.

The body was a bit too thin. Drinkability was nice, but not great. Overall, a decent enough beer that I'd order if it was on, but not one that I'd go out of my way for.

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Photo of dnichols
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I went to the Brewpub after dropping off my taxes to the accountant...perfect time for a beer. My beer buddy imacoug and another friend sampled several of the brews from the tap and enjoyed a "Mountain" burger.

A: It poured a black body with brown edges when backlit. There was a robust tan head that had good retention.

S: It smelled of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. None of the aromas were strong or overly dominant.

T: The initial flavor was sweet roasted malts and dark chocolate. That was followed by the taste of coffee, as well as hints of smoke and nuts. The alcohol was well hidden and the brew finished clean and dry.

M: It was a medium bodied brew with moderate coronation, low ABV, smooth mouthfeel and dry, clean finish.

D: It was a decent Porter but nothing that really gave it a destinctive quality. Very drinkable but not one that I would add to my stash.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Snipes gives no proper names to most of their beers. But their porter is an opaque ale with playful lace and a delightful chocolate nose and taste. The body is a bit lean and draws somewhat thin in the finish. But we can live with that. The taste itself finishes well with solid, roasty character. Sits comfortably in the winner’s circle.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Porter from Snipes Mountain Microbrewery & Restaurant
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