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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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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 213
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to tiny wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and cookie dough aromas. Taste is much the same with char and cocoa flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp but somewhat thin mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but the roasty bitterness borders on acrid in my opinion.

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Photo of oberon
3.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of a handful of Washington state breweries relatively new to the triad area.Poured into an imperial nonic a deep cola color with a well defined sticky light tannish colored head,a broken ring of lace was left behind as it settled into a creamy mass.Caramel malt aromas dominated for me,a bit of dark fruit as well,very light earth from the hops.Flavors start out sweeter with caramel again dominant,a tinge of molasses and vanilla as well, a little rawness in the finish.Its a decent porter, not anything major going on here,but decent.

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Photo of chinchill
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.
The pour is very dark reddish-brown and clear but looking black in the glass, with a small light brown head. The head is mostly short-lived and produces little lacing.

Aroma: markedly appealing mix of medium and dark roasted malts and dark fruits, with hints of chocolate, sherry and coffee. Nice impression of sweet, dark baked bread.

Taste: Mildly sweet and malty with notes of dark fruit, spicy hops, chocolate and caramel at the start. Gets progressively less sweet and more malty, with the dark roast and some smoke coming forward. Mildly bitter/sweet with a clear note of coffee and a touch of smoke at the end, and lingering for a good while afterwards in an aftertaste that ultimately turns mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium+ body; creamy in texture with a medium-low carbonation, but a light finishing bite.

Overall: a very good Porter that smells and drinks like a 'bigger', more expensive porter.

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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 Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at their brewery

One of the better selections I sampled at Scuttlebutt. Basic porter all around, pretty much. Brown-black color with a light tan head. Aromas of dark malts, roasted coffee, semi-sweet chocolate. More of the same in the taste: roasty malts, coffee bitterness, semi-sweet chocolate smoothness. Some light herbal notes noticeable. An average, medium-bodied porter, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of stevoj
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%

Very bitter for a porter, roast grains bringing some stout like bitterness, almost black body supports a fluffy beige head. Burnt toast aroma leads into full on roast bitterness, overall body belies somewhat watery mouth feel

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours black with a light tan head, average retention, no lace.

S: Bittersweet chocolate, hint of roast.

T: Nice dark chocolate flavour, smooth malt character. Light hopping in the finish.

M: Light to medium-bodied, a little to much fizz in the carbonation, it doesn't have the creaminess I like in porters.

O: It has its faults, but it tastes pretty darn good, sub-$4 bombers are hard to find especially with beer that's this good.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on-tap at the brewery in a six-ounce sample glass.

Appearance: rich, brown, slightly translucent body with one finger of creamy tan head with somewhat rapid dissipation. Pretty good, but not great.

Smell: rich chocolate roast with a hint of tartness. Not too bad but a tad light in intensity.

Taste: light roastiness and a bit of that tartness evident in the aroma. There is a nice finishing bitterness here, though. Alright -- a pretty solid, but basic, porter.

Mouthfeel: medium body and carbonation; the resulting mouthfeel is actually quite enjoyable.

Drinkability: not bad. Not my favorite porter, nor my favorite Scuttlebutt brew, but quite drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark brown with good carbonation with a tannish head

S: Roasted notes, coffee and chcolate

T: Toasted grains, chocolate, light coffee. Finbishes with a nice hearty, roasty note for a simple porter

M: Finish is roasted, medium bodied, sordove creamy and very tasty

D: Yes! Very good take on the style

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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 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 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 Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour, didn't really see much develop in terms of head or retention, not a big deal. Aroma was chocolate malt.

Taste was heavy, if not exclusively chocolate malt, didn't taste any added choclate, just lots of chocolate malt. Decently bitter. Slightly hoppy. Maybe some syrup or molasses to keep the beer on the thicker side. The tiniest amount of dark fruit possible. Licorice.

Carbonation in the mouthfeel was a little on the low side. More of a sipper than I would have expected, but not because its hot or anything. A solid beer, seems to be a decent price, widely available at Total Wine it seems.

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Photo of Bung
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Dark brown pour, almost black. Cream colored head, about a finger and quite frothy.

Aroma is a bit muted, malt, caramel, light earth.

Taste is much better. Roasted malt, toffee, ashy peat and some nice chocolates. Finishes with a little bit of that dry roast. Not a powerhouse here, but it is a good tasting lower abv porter.

Thinner bodied and mouthfeel, if there was just a bit more to it it would be creamy feeling. Obviously it goes down very easy.

If this were available and reasonable, I could see this on the daily drinker list.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz, no date.

black, with garnett colored highlights when held to the light. 1/2" khaki head that fades fairly quickly. aroma of roasted malt, bitter cocoa, and some acidity. taste is very similar. medium body, moderate carbonation. fairly smooth.

overall, about an average porter. I'd recommend.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Seattle. Black pour with a bit of lighter brown on the edges and a small cream head. Aroma of sweet coffee, toasty hard candy, and only a bit of roast. Flavor follows the aroma perfectly, with a nicely robust mouthfeel. Solid porter but on the sweet side. A little more roast would have really made this a great beer. I'll stick with Black Butte when I'm out west.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, opaque sable with a thick, frothy, light tan head. Smoky, malty aroma has a firm overtone of molasses and hints of miso and coffee. Flavor has smoky, malty and nutty tones with hints of molasses and coffee and a bit of hoppy bitterness. Texture is smooth and fizzy, a teensy on the thin side but still good. Overall, not excellent but worth at least trying.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a thin head on a black body.
The aroma is roasted and burnt malt, strong on the burnt part. It's bold and I like it.
The taste has a good burnt malt to it with a touch of cream to balance it out. One sided but pretty good.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation.
Enjoyable if you like a bold porter.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one came out a very dark brown in color with a nice, big, lacing brown head.

Smell – There is a huge grape and chocolate nose to this Porter. It’s covered in some “burnt toast” malt that has some roasty notes to it as well.

Taste – The nice roasty notes from the nose find their way nicely to the taste. The chocolate was there as well but a little more laid back. However, the inevitable PacNW hoppy lemony zesty zap is here in spades.

Mouthfeel – This one was a little too thin for the flavors. The taste and especially the nose screams, “medium to full-bodied,” but the mouthfeel isn’t even medium.

Drinkability – This one went down OK. If we could just get that tangy hoppy bite out of our PacNW porters though things would be a lot better.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black, some flecks of brown. Very little foam. Nose is strong coffee, strong and pronounced. Taste is a flavorful, bitter, coffee throughout. Smooth, some carbonation. Mellow.

Reviews of this are down, I thought it was pretty good.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours pretty much black with a thin light brown head.

S: Light roasted malt and coffee with some chocolate covered banana and some powdery cocoa.

T: Pretty similar to the smell. Light roasted malt. Traces of coffee, some light char and smoke and hints of dark fruit and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium. Pretty good but nothing remarkable.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.42/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was thoroughly impressed with the superb porter flavor of this ale, all aspects of which make an uncommonly forward presentation. It is brown in appearance with a blush of purple and a camelhair head. An aroma of toffee and roasted grains wafts upwards enticingly. The flavor has roasted goodness integrated into strong malt sweetness with a brown malt finish. It is potent in its focused design, yet not intimidating.

Formidable and proud. Alongside Harmon's and Flyers' porter, Scuttlebutt's ranks as among the best in the Puget Sound region.

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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 Furlinator
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown, almost black with 1/4 inch head and no lacing.

Smell is mostly coffee with some cocoa bringing up the rear.

Taste is equally coffee and chocolate and pretty sweet.

Mouthfeel is light and drinkable with high carbonation.

This is somewhat lighter than most porters I've come across. A pretty solid effort.

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Photo of woemad
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane.

Poured a dark brown/mahogany color, with a one-inch tan head that took about 2 minutes to drop, though a foam collar endured throughout this beer's time in my glass. Sheets of tan lace quickly drip down the sides of the glass, leaving few spotty remnants to show they were there.

The nose on this beer is one of mildly dark roast coffee, molasses and dark chocolate. Not a terribly dominant nose, but not bad either.

The most obvious flavor from this beer is a molasses type of sweetness, but it's not so sweet as to be cloying. There is also a coffee-ish roastiness in the background, along with a slightly prickly dryness at the swallow. Niot a huge flavor bomb, but it's alright.

Where this beer runs aground is in the mouthfeel. A porter should not be this watery.

All in all, a modestly tasty porter that would be fine for session drinking were it not so weak in the body. Should you happen to run into it, it's not a horrible beer, but there's no need to seek it out.

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