Pothole Porter | Half Pints Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Half Pints Brewing Company
Manitoba, Canada | website

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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32
Ratings:
47
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
10.63%
 
 
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Photo of alpineclimber
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my first beer review so here goes:

Appearance: Poured out of 341ml bottle with a light wax seal, ABV 7.9%, 30 IBU. The beer was poured into a goblet, very dark brown to black in color, good luck on seeing through this brew. Small tan head that recedes with some lacing.

Smell: A nice sweet molasses smell, reminds me of dark gingerbread that was baked with molasses.

Taste: The first upfront part of the taste is molasses, slight carbonation. The taste finishes off with a slight smokey almost garlic like flavour , really hard to pinpoint but it's not bad or offensive. The bitterness appears in the aftertaste but was more pronounced then expected seeing as how the bottle is marked as 30 IBU. The alcohol is definitely there.

Overall: A fairly good brew.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle - a great name for a Canadian-made beer, what with pothole season on deck.

Into my mom's old Michelob-branded chalice (I'm not kidding), this beer pours a pure black abyss, with faint amber cola edges, and two fingers of tightly foamy and creamy tan head, which leaves an awkward ring of cloud pattern lace around the periphery of the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of medium baker's chocolate, roasted caramel and toffee malt, bittersweet coffee au lait, muddled dark fruit, brown sugar, and a small whiff of metallic booze. The taste is more semi-sweet milk chocolate, toasty caramel malt and toffee pudding, molasses, subtle anise and earthy vanilla cola notes, mildly bitter coffee, and some tame earthy and leafy hops drowning silently in the background booze.

The body on this baby is where it's at - thick, unctuous, creamy, smooth, and full, with some rather softly rendered frothy carbonation. It finishes well off-dry, the chocolate malt and subtly bitter hops not quite in balance, ceteris paribus.

A very tasty, cozy, and warm Baltic-style porter - one whose origin story is even perfect for when there's still snow drifts on the ground in May. Dangerously easy to drink, I could surely put back a few of these before patio season finally pokes its head up.

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

Pours near-black with read highlights all around the glass. Couple finger thick mocha head settles pretty quickly. Spotty lacings.

Alot of fruity alcohol on the nose, tones down the roasted coffee a bit. Burnt bread when you dig a bit deeper, almost coal like.

This has an interesting malt profile. Lots of fruit to it, dark fruit but hard to nail down. Bit of a cherry taste to it, maybe black currant. Bittersweet chocolate kicks in soon enough, giving the impression of chocolate covered cherries. Roasted coffee flavour is a bit hit and miss, it's fleeting. Nicely integrated alcohol throughout.

This is a well made porter. Strength is well controlled. Flavours mix nicely. Gives you a bit more than run-of-the-mill coffee bitterness.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml cream colored wax capped bottle poured into chalice april23 2010

A very dark brown with a touch a red around the edges when held to the light, a thick two finger head has average retention and leaves patches of lace

S molasses, licorice and a little booze with some cherry perhaps?

T a little sweetness with some mild coffee on top of what I smell but the booze is well concealed compared to the nose

M fairly thick a little slick and creamy a highlight for this beer

D very easy to drink considering the strength, and an all around enjoyable beer that I will be drinking again

another winner brewed by half pints, cheaper then I expected at 4$ a bottle, still not cheap but reasonable for what your getting

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Photo of kjyost
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a sample today at the annual Burly Wine release, likely the last we will see of this beer (certainly of this batch). The keg had been aged for 2 years and they broke it open for us. I had this beer bottled when it was first released many moons ago and I can recall that I was ambivalent about it then.

I was poured a ~2 ounce sample (can't do more than that, it would be illegal). With a strong head (it was the top of the keg) that lasted as long as I had my sample for.

There was a nice light malty aroma, but without much other character that I was able to note. Tasting it though was a new experience. I was impressed. There were subtle roasted coffee flavours within a the lightly malty body. Reminiscent of Stir Stick without being nearly so aggressive. This is an eminently drinkable beer in its present state. I just wish I could have stuck around for more...

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Photo of oakbluff
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle- pours dark brown cola colour with minimal light brown head. Nose- dark fruits and some roast. Robust carbonation, cola like consistency, chocolate, finish is dry, slightly woody. Body is initially rich then thins out. Solid porter and quite drinkable.

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Photo of fisherman34
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near black in colour with moderate carbonation. Aromas of chocolate fudge, mild roasted coffee, and a bit of vanilla caramel. More chocolate baking in the mouth, along with caramel malts upfront. The cold coffee notes come through stronger on the back end, along with some very mild grainy wood and a bit of spicy hop. Thick milkshake-like body. Definitely less fruity than some other baltics I've had, I think this one would qualify under a "strong porter" category. Nice to see that the oak treatment isn't over the top (not that I expected it to be). Very nice.

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Photo of Derek
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a Tan head, very little retention, some leg/lace.

S: Dark chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, rum, dark bread, licorice. Great stuff.

T: Dark chocolate, molasses, licorice, dark bread, coffee, underlying floral hops, light smoke & a touch of soy sauce. Good bitterness; alcohol has a nice warmth. I'm really liking it.

M: Fairly thick body is nice and smooth with a touch of acidity.

D: Quite drinkable.

Thanks for the trade Oakbluff!

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Photo of grub
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled july 18/08.

pours deep brown with a small dense light brown head. drops fairly fast to a thick ring around the glass and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is great. light alcohol. bit of roast. toasted multi-grain bread. dark and milk chocolate. light caramel sweetness. bit of coffee. light fruity character. just a touch of baltic sourness.

taste is good. roasty and toasty. toasted whole wheat bread. bit of biscuit. light caramel. coffee. bittersweet chocolate. bit of milk chocolate. light alcohol. nice light fruity character. just over medium bitterness level, mostly seeming to come from bittersweet chocolate and roast. the roast actually seems a touch high, but not overly so. after a while the roast starts to fade, either due to it warming or me just growing numb to it.

mouthfeel is good. smooth well integrated medium carbonation level. medium body with a fairly dry finish.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced, hiding the alcohol quite well. with a touch less roast i'd love this one, but quite solid as it is.

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Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to oakbluff for sending me a couple of these in a trade.

Pours an opaque dark brown/black, thin tan head forms, quickly drops to a thin ring, not much lacing. Smell is neat, perfumy, some chocolate, caramel, lots of dark fruit, roast, alcohol, sherry, nuts, neat. Taste is nice, roasty, chocolate, bread, caramel, nuts, fruits, perfume and citrus/floral undertones, pretty interesting, some sourness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, pretty nice stuff. Thanks Scott!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Oakbluff: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a big foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry and roasted malt notes with some distinct notes of black chocolate. Taste is a mix between some quality black chocolate and some dry roasted and somewhat bitter malt notes. Full body with some good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done for the style and not too extreme - I could drink more then one in a session.

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Photo of trevorwideman
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into my Half Pints glass.

Pours a thick, dark, chocolatey black, completely opaque with an inch of head that settles to a wisp the leaves a bit of lace and retains well. Big aroma with a very nice balance. Aromas of chocolate, roasted coffee, dark fruits and spices, specifically clove and a light cinnamon and pepper. There's a distinct sweet bubblegum aroma as well. Complex but all the aromas are distinct and very much in keeping with the style.

Taste is full of roasted malt, milk chocolate, lactic acidity, fruity esters and dried fruits. Distinctly spicy as well with the clove and cinnamon like flavours hinted at in the aroma. Very nice balance. Body is lighter than expected and carbonation is zippy and drives the flavours across the palate. Very dry finish. This slides down extremely easily for the strength and I would love it if this was a regular offering. For now, I'm savouring this bottle.

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