Porter | Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

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Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2003

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Photo of Beejay
1.64/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: Very deep black, there is a good amount of caramel head on top, with quite a few larger bubbles interlaced in the foam.

S: Some roasted grain notes, as well as a bit of tartness. There is almost a dairy type smell in there somewhere.

T: Tart, sour, acidic, but the finish is roasted grains, and a dry tannic grain flavor.

M: Fairly thin, the carbonation is somewhat fine in size, and fairly low.

O: Overall, I think something bad has happened to this beer. Tart, sour, and sharp. Not at all what a porter should taste like. This is my first beer from this company, not sure if it is infected, or just plain bad. Drain Pour

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
1.74/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Not even worth reviewing, this beer missed the style mark big time. After one sip it tastes sour and metallic, assuming it was infected? Either way it was a drain pour for sure. After reading some other reviews it seems I'm not the only one who found a bottle with this problem. AVOID!

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Photo of Dubbercody
2.47/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle. Purchased on a trip to Seattle. Dark, head fell fast and furious back into the brew. Smells really nice, with a sweet chocolaty aroma that has some maybe hazelnut aromas as well. Appealing nose leads to a disappointing mouth...astringent and not really all that pleasant to drink. It’s drinkable, but yeah...I’m hoping this is a bad bottle as I only brought one back with a huge mix of brews I can’t re-taste. The nose shows so much promise that this was a really big let down and one I’ll have to try again....maybe on tap on the next Seattle trip.

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Photo of Kromes
2.55/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Black with ruby highlights and a thick tan colored head that laces the sides of the glass.

S: Toasted malts, Sweet dark fruit, and stale coffee.

T: Initially there is a chocolately flavor that is quickly overcome by a very sour and acerbic flavor. The finish is all citrus rind bitter and it lingers.

M: I wasn't anticipating a sour beer, so the mouthfeel on this is pretty bad. Mouth Puckering sour.

O: I'm a big fan of porters and this one is definitely not good. Based on other reviews, I'm pretty sure that something went horribly wrong with this particular batch.

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Photo of sa93
2.64/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Too dry for the style. Very light-bodied as well. Slightly weird, almost metallic taste at first, although it mellowed as it warmed up. Don't think I'd drink this one again.

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Photo of Jayli
2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Consumed 1/6
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a ruddy, deep brown with a 1/2 inch of light brown, fizzy head that recedes immediately. Minor wisps of lacing are left behind.

S: Nose is toffee, caramel, and chocolate.

T: Taste is toffee at the for front, followed by a healthy dose of dark fruit mingled with a ... grapefruit hops? Bitter bakers chocolate comes through and mingles with a bready flavoring to fill out the middle. Finish is roast and a touch of coffee in the aftertaste.

M: Lighter side of medium body, high carbonation, prickly prickly body that is very distracting.

O: Goes down somewhat difficult, alright tasting, not too filling, moderate kick, not a great representation of style. The flavors are off balanced and the carbonation on this is so over the top that I would never seek this beer out again.

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Photo of doughanson78
2.77/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very dark. Slight blood red tinge. No head what-so-ever (got one with a very aggressive pour). Went away quick. Was kinda tan. Lots of carbonation. Hardly any lacing.

S: Chocolate malts. Little espresso. Maybe a little pine. Faint alcohol. Burnt caramel.

T: Burnt coffee or stale coffee. Little burnt chocolate aftertaste.

M: Light-bodied. Metallic.

O: Not great. Again from Scuttlebutt. Strike 2. Come on hometown hero's! Hopefully the Gale Force IPA can make a come back.

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Photo of OldSwampy
2.84/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Dark brown with head khaki / tan and a little durable. Nose: straightforward and promising of a balanced flavor profile. But that's not what I tasted. Before tasting things seemed promising if perhaps undistinguished. But on tasting the flavors seem unevenly distributed, with a mild opening, leading to a big "flat cola" aspect that hit mid-taste. After that a mild bitterness takes over, nothing extraordinary. But the flavor seemed to come in waves that weren't nicely integrated. Mouthfeel slightly creamy after holding it for a bit, but this fades fairly quickly. Overall, uneven.

Bottle stamp says LOT 1616 021

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Photo of James954
2.86/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle

Really a 1 dimensional brew in a decent way. All roasted malt and strong coffee finish. Not a beer that I would come back for a 2nd bottle.

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Photo of Immortale25
2.91/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours an opaque black with a full inch of dark tan head accompanied by bits of lacing. Retention time is lengthy as the head finally resides at a 1/8 inch ring around the glass and a thin sheet of surface foam.

S- Sort of an odd chemical-like aroma with faint malt and spice in the background. Barely any hops detected.

T- Totally different from anything I've ever tasted. At first there's a spicy/sweet smoothness but it abruptly collapses into a malty mess. Sort of tastes like what the inside of a Prius smells like...only burnt. Hey, I'm tasting a weird beer, so you're getting a weird description. Rubber aftertaste.

M- Creamy mouthfeel, I'll give it that. If only it could actually save this beer. Medium carbonation.

O- I wish I could understand what they were going for with this one, but I just can't. Strange brew indeed.

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Photo of ramonjkk
2.96/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Good smell and look. Very heady on the pour, a little too carbonated, a bit sour in the end. Still, it had some of the basic characteristics of most porters. Nothing to brag home about. Would not buy a six pack of it, but an ok beer if you want a porter and can't find a better one.

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Photo of rel
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was my second Scuttlebutt. The first I had was an amber and I enjoyed it. I ate this along with a heavy chocolate cake, and this definitely effected my tasting of the brew. I strongly believe in pairing food with beer, and this should have been a good choice, but the cake was delicious, and the beer was overpowered.

Appearance, black like crude oil.

Smell was nice. Heavy roasted malts, chocolate, and toffee. Porter, check.

The taste was off for me. I expected something sweet, deep chocolates, malts. I got the roasted malts, but they were accompanied by heavy smokey and acidic notes. The aftertaste had some spice I could not place.

Mouthfeel was watery, a little bitter.

This isn't a strong review. This is a Scuttlebutt Porter next to some crazy good chocolate cake review. That's a big part of my beer adventure though, and it will definitely continue to accompany my tastings.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.09/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A- pours with a really large sea foam like head. light tan color. good lacing along the glass. decent head retention. nice dark porter with little light shining through. I would have to say so far so good.

S- a malty roast note. however, it has a syrupy kind of smell to it. almost like its going to be super sweet. the longer you smell it the more and more it seems to take on vanilla coffee aroma. Creamy.

T- Very sweet. Milky with a caramel vanilla flavor to it. The syrup factor is very prominent. It starts to mold into a coffee maple syrup kind of flavor.

M- Very slippery by porter standards. for such a huge head in the beginning I expected alot more of a creamy foamy texture. I was looking for full body and this came up way short.

O- As I am not a huge fan of porters as much as I am of stouts and such, I expect alot out of my porter when I do drink them. The appearance of this gives all the hope in the world for it to be a great beer. The syrup factor of the nose and taste were a disappointment. However it is a very drinkable beer. It doesn't overwhelm the palate nor leave a cloying aftertaste. I would drink again if offered but I would not go out of my way for this one. I would lable this a average middle of the road porter.

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Photo of BillyB
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a very dark brown with a thick, two fingered tan head and some nice lacing on the glass.

Aromas of nice chocolatey malt. Strong winey, alcohol aromas as well. Some toasty burnt maltiness.

Strong chocolate taste with some roasty malt flavor. Also some lemony, citrusy hop tastes as well.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side with some alcohol warmth.

Quite drinkable. A nice smooth porter.

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Photo of froghop
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pours a deep black with a small khaki head, and some lacing.

smell is of cocoa, coffee, and a touch of licorice.

taste is watery, sour malt, dark fruit, some cocoa, some vanilla.

strange aftertaste, kinda chalky, tangy, bitter, and sourish.

overall it was a good beer, just didn't care for the mouthfeel.

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Photo of avalon07
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was an inch of off white, foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very faint aroma of malt and a little coffee. Not very powerful.

T: Tasted of malt and coffee, but little else. A very thin and unimaginative flavor. Not a lot going on here.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a super dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is just one of those bland, forgettable beers. Not undrinkable, but not very good either.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice dark brown with a decent brown-laced head. Unfortunatley, this is abuot the only good thing about this beer.

it smelled fine, roast, but burnt, malts. Slightly acidic licorice smell in there too. some coffee but not much

taste that immediately hits is sour, bitter malt, which stays throughout the whole taste. There is a light flavour of malt and dark chocolate in there too.

very watery for a porter, mild bubbling, but light to mid mouthfeel.

Drinks fine, but after this 22oz bottle, i was expecting more

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Bottle lists ABV at 5.5%

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a tall, foaming, light beige-hued head.

Smell: Roasty nose rounded out with notes of burnt grains, baker's chocolate, anise, ashen coffee, and zested lemons.

Taste: Well-roasted malts dusted with licorice powder and given average-strength tastes of bittersweet chocolate and ground coffee. Faintly astringent. Lightly fruity, citrusy hops with a fine floral accent peering out from beneath the maltiness. Low bitterness. Hint of prune, then it transitions back to the roastiness until the dry, reasonably smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Scuttlebutt Porter comes just shy of being medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A basic porter that is basically good, getting the job done without any inherent vim or vigor.

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Photo of dwren89
3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: black and opaque with thin brown head

Aroma: roasty with a subtle dark fruitiness, not overwhelmingly aromatic

Taste: roasty and well balanced with a little fruitiness, easy drinkability

Mouthfeel: medium body, low carbonation, easy drinkability

Overall: Not bad overall, nothing revolutionary but definitely a solid choice. Roasty and medium bodied.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown pour, 1/4" tan head. Aroma had some chocolate malt, nothing exceptional or shitty.

Taste was lots of chocolate malt, but not exactly chocolate. Some c hop bitterness. Above average chewiness and viscosity, some dark fruit bitterness and anise seeps into the mouthfeel. Chewiness enhanced by low carbonation.

Its ok to try, not good enough to repeat.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful, dark, opaque brown with a creamy looking, though not long-lived, tan head.
Smell is roasted & toasted malts, some coffee, an astringent note with a touch of green wood. Well balanced.
Taste is coffee and burnt malts forward, a bit of the astringency and not a lot more.
Medium-ish body, lighter effervescence that tickles the whole surface of the tongue. Drying, fairly clean finish for the style. A little too burnt coffee for me, could definitely benefit with a bit of complexity.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours up a decent amount of head which displays more than adequate retention. The head is a light to medium beige while the body is a slightly translucent, dull chocolate brown which shows hints of garnet and maroon when held up to the light. Lacing is bands of sheeting extending far above the surface of the beer.

Nose- Very subdued but still shows a bit of complexity. Roasted notes are most prominent but the background shows a sublime mix of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and toffee. Some milk and cream. Stronger caramel and coffee from the bottle. Swirling reinforces the milk aspects of the aroma.

Taste- Mild roasted notes after a thin sour/sweet front. Sweetness tries to grow in tandem with some coffee aspects but falls flat. Some generic raisin or even grape- something vinous and slightly cloying. Not even raisin- just a vague syrup that I do not enjoy. It would not be so problematic if it didn't flatten out the entire flavor profile. Still, some roasted notes with bits of chocolate and cocoa that manage to show through. It does settle down which renders it mostly boring. Just above average. This criticism results mostly from the lack of presence that this beer exhibits. It's soft and accessible but it does nothing for me. Slightly above average. But this beer is really bland- average is the best that it can do.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied which would seem full enough if this beer wasn't too carbonated. Too much zing. A porter should never border on carbonic.

Drinkability- It doesn't taste like much of anything so it's pretty easy to drink. In line with craft beer prices but nothing I would ever buy again.

Overall- The word I keep using for this beer is boring. Sure, try it. It doesn't offend in anyway but I don't think it ever will amaze. This is less expressive than the Session Black I was drinking before it.

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Photo of leedorham
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark with a 1 inch head that mostly dissipates. About 1mm hangs around for the duration.

Strong hop aroma. Not much in the way of malt character. Very dry to the nose.

The first sip struck me as very watery. Most of the body seems to come from a roasted/toasted character like burnt toast. Overall I can't call this a below-average brew but I am definitely dissapointed.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A very dark brown beer with mahogony highlights. Has a big foamy brown head with some lace. The roasted malt aroma has a solid coffee character with some chocolate in the background and a hint of licorice. There is a small bit of prickley carbonation and then the mouthfeel gets very watery. The watery mouthfeel also seems to water don the flavor. All those coffee and chocolate promises in the aroma are hard to find in the tatste.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had in a bottle, poured in a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A- Thin half finger tan head. Black in color.

S- Chocolate and toasted malts, caramel notes as well.

T- Chocolate and toast malts, just like the smell foretold.

M- Heavy body and well carbonated.

O- Yummy porter. Too carbonated for me though.

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