Pothole Porter | Half Pints Brewing Company

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Pothole PorterPothole Porter

Brewed by:
Half Pints Brewing Company
Manitoba, Canada

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Spring

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Added by trevorwideman on 05-11-2008

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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of byronic
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black opaque darkness. Pours with thin mocha head and leaves minimal lacing.

Coffee, roasted malts and chocolate. Rich roast, a bit warming and wraps you up in it's sweetness. A sublime dance on the palate leading to an encore and a finish that's spot on. Very little carbonation, a finish on the dry side and top notch mouthfeel.

Overall delicious and hopefully to be drank again in the future.

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Photo of Idrankthat
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Corson
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of marty21
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZiggyPop
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of MrTinnedPEach
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Brabander
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of FrostyWPG
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of leaddog
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark cola brown with a finger width of mocha, creamy head.

Smell - Roasted malts, cocoa, dark fruits, little bit of coffee.

Taste - Bold roasted malts along with coffee and cocoa. Light amount of flavour from dark fruits. Bitter finish from the roasted flavours.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice touch of creaminess.

Overall - An enjoyable Baltic porter with excellent roasted flavours. Another winner IMHO by Half Pints.

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Photo of BlackAura
2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of bylerteck
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from kjyost. Thanks for a second opportunity to try this. Some unfortunate crust around the cap, hope this isn't infected.

A - Pours black with some ruby red at the very bottom. Three finger fluffy light brown head. Good carbonation coming up. Spotty lace and a finger of retention.

S - Chocolatey, roast, coffee. Nice milk chocolate. Mocha. Dark fruit, sugar.

T - Milk chocolate, mocha, roast, coffee. Cola there too. Lot's of malt sweetness.

M - Good carbonation, medium body. Roasty finish with some bitterness and a chocolate flavour.

O/D - I liked the first bottle of this that I had much more. That said, this is still good. My grade will be a sort of aggregate of the two samples. The easy drinking nature and complexity of the beer are great qualities. While not being mind boggling, it's solid example of the style that really delivers while keeping the ABV below 8%.

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Photo of IanSpindler
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of RoseBeerGoggles
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Tarks
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of liamt07
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle form wordemupg, 341ml into a tulip. Thanks Chris.

Pours just about black, some very deep reds around the edges when held to the light. Light head even with a fairly aggressive pour, tan head with a light crimson tinge to it - settles to a moderate head and retains well. Nose has rich chocolate and caramelized dark fruit notes, a moderately strong malt sweetness. Some nice coffee notes as well, brown sugar and caramel round it out. Taste has some dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel, and some roasted/coffee notes. Good and not overpowering sweetness thorughout, and finishes roasty with some alcohol. Medium full mouthfeel, and fairly light carbonation - allows the body to shine. Smooth and easy on the gullet, and it warms nicely. Great for this time of the year. Solid stuff.

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Photo of papat444
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kjyost for this one. Was going to have it with my supper (chicken nuggets & fries) but after a sip or two, i decided to keep it for dessert. Split with my wife.

Poured from a wax sealed 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: A dense, dark brown body with a light brown head. 3 full fingers worth of foam that last a good amount of time and leave some nice lacing.

Smell: Major chocolate nose with lots of dark fruit notes.

Taste: Semi-sweet chocolate with traces of coffee. Some dark fruits in periphery but i find overall the flavor to be timid.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy with a full body that never feels heavy. Coats the mouth and doesn't leave.

Drinkability: Very easy to sip or gulp. I'll have it again.

Overall: A very nice porter that i wish had more depth of flavor but the overall result is positive and worth revisiting.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was glad I was able to find a couple random bottles left over from the 2010 run. Cheers for the heads up wordemupg! I'm hoping that a bit of age might have mellowed the alcohol a bit.

A - Pours pitch black, thin layer of dark mocha head that dissipates quickly leaving a couple small islands and no real lacing.

S - Scent is sweet with molasses, black licorice, chocolate and raspberries with a touch of espresso on the finish. Pretty complex and I was a little surprised.

T - Yet another full flavoured ale from Half Pints. This one has some delicious dark chocolate, roasted almonds and some sweet espresso on the finish. The high ABV is very well hidden and only comes through slightly on the finish.

M - I was expecting this to be a bit more syropy, but it came through with nice full carbonation, filled the mouth, and went down smooth. It finished a tad dry, but not offensive.

D - Yet again another winner from Half Pints. If you're looking for mouthful of flavour, this one will not disappoint. This one boasts a ton of roasted and chocolate malts, some sweet notes and a nice ABV content. Highly recommended to any porter fan.

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Photo of elricorico
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in the glass, with a fast pour creating only a thin khaki coloured head. Head falls to a ring fairly quickly.

Smells lean towards the sweeter side, with caramel and coffee the dominant aromas. Licorice and molasses noted on subsequent sniffs.

Caramel sweetness right up front, with molasses quickly following. Licorice becomes strong in the back half, sharing the finish with some herbal hop impressions. Tobacco starts to show as the beer warms. Plenty happening, stays interesting throughout the glass.

Fairly full bodied with light but slightly prickly carbonation. Has a way of coating the tongue.

Good beer from a style that I just don't see often enough.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from wordemupg - thanks man! Served in a Night of the Living Ales taster glass. This must be from 2009 as it had wax on the bottle.

A - Pours with a half finger of tan foam that settles to a partial ring and some light haze. Dark brown body that a bit lighter at the fringes.

S - Dark fruits, slightly vinous notes, roasted and lightly charred malt, and a touch of alcohol that seems about right for 7.9%.

T - Taste is very heavy on raisins, dark fruits, with a light touch of caramel. Finishes with a touch of dark chocolate bitterness. No alcohol in the flavor thankfully. Probably more of a 3.75 for me.

M - Slightly burnt tannic character to the medium body, and a dry roasty finish. Carbonation is moderate, but not harsh. Light alcohol appears late.

D - Decent porter. If I lived in Winnipeg this would be acceptable, but there are better options available to me in the here and now. Shares some flavor characteristics with Burly Wine, which is a surprise.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.63/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

341ml bottle poured into my Darkness tulip...A slighter darker than average coca cola with a disappointing amount of head, no lacing at all...Average aroma of peat moss, light coffee and a grain alcohol prominance that is distracting. Roast presents lightly...The taste starts alcoholy again, this is a disappointment in every aspect. Light bitter from alcohol but roasty or coffee.

Not sure what they were thinking here, but unsuccessful.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.34/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In a recent trade with oakbluff. Thanks bro!

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours out brown and yields a small, medium-thin tan head that's overly noisy. Almost obnoxiously noisy. Quiet! Head quickly vanishes to a small ring. A very dark brown body with zero carbonation evident. A slight ring remains but leaves no lacing down the glass. Could be darker with a thicker, more persistent head. Could also shut up. Since we're short a "sound" category, we'll take that into account here.

SMELL: Muted nose on this one. Dark and roasted malts and a touch of caramel in there. Not bad, but not much.

TASTE: Dark malts, roasted malts, and a hint of caramel, following the nose nicely. Bolder than the nose as well. Some dark cherries and peppery spiciness at the finish. Mild and shorter lived aftertaste is relatively malty and sweet.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. A nice feel for sure.

OVERALL: A decent brew. Could definitely have a few of these, though I don't think the beer would be the focal point of the session. The look could use a little work, and someone should tell it to keep the noise down, but drinkable non-the-less. Thanks again oakbluff.

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Photo of bobsy
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle generously brought back from the 'peg by Colin - cheers man!

I'm excited to try this one because I've been after it for a good while and have developed an acute interest in Baltic porters. The pour looks the part with a very dark brown, bordering on black, body with ruby highlights. A thick creamy head gradually falls to a film, but leaves some nice streaks on the way. The nose has sweet molasses, brown sugar, a touch of dark fruit, chocolate and the warming presence of alcohol.

The flavour isn't quite as expected for a Baltic, and falls somewhere closer to a strong porter, which would be a mark against it for some people, but I find it so damn tasty that I don't care. The dark fruit is missing, and there's a bit of chocolate, oat and creamy coffee in its stead, which jives well with the standard brown sugar and molasses notes. There's also a bit of breadiness which is well suited to the big creamy mouthfeel of this brew. The alcohol in the nose is barely perceptible in the flavour, and this beer drinks far to easy for its weight.

Certainly a style-defier, but yet another very decent offering from Half Pints. This is the sort of Baltic porter that could become a regular of mine if it was available, and its perhaps one of the most drinkable I've had in the style, and it certainly has the best mouthfeel. Nice job!

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Pothole Porter from Half Pints Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 47 ratings