Porter | Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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 Jordanbryan10
1/5  rDev -70.8%

Photo of Beejay
1.64/5  rDev -52.2%
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 -49.3%
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 elderesq
1.75/5  rDev -49%

Photo of Davd6310
1.86/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Just awful. Stouts and Porters are my favorite style. As others have said in their reviews there is a sharpness or bitterness to this. I cannot detect the hints of chocolate or coffee other reviewers mention. It is so bad I want some of my friends to try it simply for comparison sake...but I don't know if I want to subject them to this. I also tried their Amber Ale...which isn't bad.

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Photo of Mrose78
2.19/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Strong metallic taste. A fresh beer so I don't know why.

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Photo of Dubbercody
2.47/5  rDev -28%
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 dertyd
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of Mookiemutt
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Really bitter for a porter

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Photo of Kromes
2.55/5  rDev -25.7%
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%
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 Patrickd
2.66/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Jayli
2.7/5  rDev -21.3%
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 brandoman63
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of MonkeyBread
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Corburk
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of M_chav
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of retreminy
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of doughanson78
2.77/5  rDev -19.2%
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 brocktune
2.78/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of OldSwampy
2.84/5  rDev -17.2%
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 Rickus
2.84/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of James954
2.86/5  rDev -16.6%
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 -15.2%
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 -13.7%
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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