Pile O' Dirt Porter | Crow Peak Brewing

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Pile O' Dirt PorterPile O' Dirt Porter

Brewed by:
Crow Peak Brewing
South Dakota, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This robust porter is black in color, is medium-bodied and has a rich, roasted malt flavor ending with a pleasing hop flavor and mild hop bitterness.

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Reviews: 60 | Ratings: 178
Photo of jkblr
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz undated can poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 6% ABV. The beer pours dark brown with chocolate tan colored head. The head recedes to a thin ring and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is mild with roast coffee and chocolate notes predominant. The taste is tangy and mostly roast malt based hinting at coffee and dark chocolate. The finish is dry and roasty with a noticeable bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, sharply carbonated and prickly to the tongue. Overall, good. Not very complex, but not flawed either.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can

Pours black with a quickly dissipating frothy tan foam head. Smells like dark berries, dark chocolate, vanilla, mild smoke, nutty roasted malts, caramel, dark toffee, molasses, coffee, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like dark berries, dark baking chocolate, vanilla, mild smoke, nutty roasted malts, caramel, dark toffee, brown sugar, molasses, coffee, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, slick with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice and dark porter.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The appearance had a dark brown to almost black color, one and a half finger white foamy head that dies within less than a minute; some lacing, but not too much. The smell had a roasty sort of coffee to chocolate coming through in a combined sort of way. The taste was a nice bitter roasty coffee taste with a decent chocolate-ness coming through. There is a slight bitter roasty coffee aftertaste with a quick dry coffee-ish finish. On the palate, it sat at/about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionable aspect to it. Carbonation is good for the style and for me as there’s enough bitterness invading the mouth and tongue but not too much to lead one astray from the style. Overall, I say this is a good American Porter well worthy of having again.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can served in a shaker pint. No dates.

Pours very dark brown with a tiny head. Smell is pretty basic porter -- a little coffee/chocolate, pretty roasty, a little molasses sweetness.

Taste is almost smokey, very roasty. Some coffee, maybe a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick, but almost chalky dry. Overall, it's a fairly run-of-the-mill porter. Not bad.

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Photo of Carlson8tor
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma- Toasted notes come through well with hints of roasted coffee.
Flavor- Malty upfront with a little too much roast for my tastes. The beer however drys out well with a nice hop bitterness towards the finish.
Mouth- medium body
Overall- Very drinkable I think it could use a few more fine tunings but overall good beer.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Crow Peak Pile O' Dirt Porter on tap, 6% ABV. I'm more of a stout fan, but since the restaurant didn't have any stouts, I got this. Waitress said "the only stout we have is the Pile O' Dirt Porter", so I rolled my eyes and ordered one. Turns out that upon further information, she was accidentally correct - porters are a type of stout! It was OK, but not much body or flavor compared to a stout.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a pretty tasty and smooth drinking porter. Not much depth to it though..a little thin. Would be interested to try and imperial or BA version as the flavor was solid.

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Photo of papat444
3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz can.

Pours black but has only a thin head that doesn't stick around too much. Has a cold coffee flavor a bit but not strong and overall found this porter to lack a bit of boldness.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, no can dating. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from hop and roasted bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice American porter! All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head. Lacing was fairly messy and stringy.
The smell started off with a nice robust coffee to cocoa blend. Light vanilla shapes the aroma bill nicely.
The taste was mainly robust with a nice sweet underscore of the cocoa and vanilla. There's a light sweet and roasty aftertaste and finish.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation felt right.
Overall, this was a nice porter that I could have again if I got it in a trade as I can't get this currently in my distro.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within less than about a half minute. Light clingy lacing started and eventually slid into the beer.
The smell had a robust to roasty bitter coffee allowing light sweet cocoa to balance nicely.
The taste let the malts show up just a tad more allowing the sweetness to come in for the balance of it all.
The mouthfeel was about light to medium bodied with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation runs nice and smooth along my tongue. Roastiness shows its face smoothly along my tongue.
Overall, this was a very nice American Porter that I would have again.

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Photo of spoony
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz can to a snifter.

A-A normal pour produces about a finger of tan head that fades quickly. The beer is nearly blacked out with just a little bit of brown showing. It is still in the glass and leaves no lacing.

S-The aroma offers nice, earthy, roasted malt flavors with a little bit of char and smoke. Chocolatey.

T-The taste is similar to the smell. I pick up lots of dark chocolate some fresh roasted coffee with a little bit of smoke on the finish. There is just the smallest bit of citrus hop up front.

M-The body is medium to light for the style with a drinkable feel and moderate carbonation.

O-This is a solid beer from South Dakota. Nice chocolate flavors and a good earthy aroma that is true the name. It is not a world-beater, but I'd happily drink this again.

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Photo of Can_if_you_can
4.83/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Broc brought me this one back from his trip to South Dakota last week, have never heard of this brewery, which always excites me.

pours very dark, it's black but held up to the light it's a dark crimson reddish brown. smells really good as I'm pouring.

taste: what. ! ? wow, this is delicious!! medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Roast malts slight creaminess, some hints of chocolate and coffee, a tad of smokiness, it's really the perfect porter as far as flavors go. I really wish my hero "woodychandler" (CAN if you CAN buddy!!) was able to try this again, I feel by reading his review that he had a bad can somehow. this is so good, wish I could get this on a regular basis.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A : dark chocolate brown body, 100% opaque with some very faint cranberry hues when held up to direct light. The head is creamy, beige, and leaves hilly lace.

S : roast chocolate, coffee bean aromas, light grass, mocha, some cacao nibs.

T : "dirt" is a great title. It is dirty, especially for a porter, and has that earthy hop flavor along with chocolate malts and charred grain. Ends with dirt and hop.

M : very carbonated, fizzy to a fault. Ends dry and snappy, slightly charred.

O : original. I don't mind it, I'd have it again. A lot of character for a porter - just a LOT of hop action and earth.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a can glass

A- pours pitch black in color with a small khaki colored head that eventually disappears completely, leaving nothing behind

S- dark roasted malt brings forth aromas of chocolate, char, caramel & a hint of coffee

T- dark roasted malt up front gives flavors of earth, charred malt & light coffee. Bone dry finish with a linger of chocolate

M- medium body with medium-low biting carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a dry finish

O- easy drinking, yet robust porter that goes down easy

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Photo of furballkazoo
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great example of what a porter should look, taste, and smell like. Pours a rich deep brown/black color with a fair head to top it off. Gives off a very nice aroma that highlights the roasted choclate malts.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 5/26/15 but tried this back last Saturday night (5/23). 12 ounce can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "EMPYREAN BREWING CO." snifter glass.

Brew pours close to a pitch-black in color with a thin beige head. Some light spotty lacing is seen when sipped but not a lot. The aroma is of dark roasted malts with a hint of coffee and toffee. Pretty much is said for the taste also. Does have a slightly bitter finish which is probably die to the coffee but doesn't last too long. Overall, it is a decent Porter. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation.

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Photo of tempest
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a flavorful, layered porter. There's roasted, dark toasted bread crust, but also a little dry cocoa and toffee sweetness. The bitter finish has a ground coffee quality to it and the body is medium weight, appropriate for the style. The aroma focuses on the deep roast and toasted notes. Nicely done here.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

The Pile O' Dirt Porter may be my favorite offering from Crow Peak. The beer pours an opaque dark with off white head that is leaving only a spotty lace. The scent has molasses and slight vanilla vibe. The taste is a well balanced easy to drink porter. Vanilla and some roasty espresso are present. The mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a decent porter.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%

Can I brought to share at drewone's tasting.

Thanks to Norseman for sending me this one.

Pours a clear reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toast, earth, and cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, cocoa, and char flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but there is a better mixture of aromas in my opinion.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a fine porter here, more robust than many, showing me lots of cocoa and chocolate malt notes, a dry richness which is lovely and uncommon, and enough carbonation to make it sessionable for me in all four seasons. middle of the spectrum brown, mostly clear, fizzy too, with about an inch of just off white head on top. nose and flavor of chocolate malt but not too much roasted barley, a combination i am more used to in brown ale than in porter, but it works to lighten this one a little, and make it not quite so gripping in the finish. true to its name, there is a real earthy grainy middle to this, not quite minerality, but a definite soil-esque character that gives it a unique feel. a finish of fresh but burning bread but not quite smokey, and again the cocoa aspect. upbeat carbonation is quite lively for the style, one of the things i like most about this beer. a very good one, my first from crow peak.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. can into a Crow Peak pint glass.

This is a very dark brown, opaque beer with (thanks to my overly-aggressive pour) a big tan head that quickly fades to nearly nothing. Some lasting carbonation brings bubbles to the top after the head is gone.

The aroma is wonderful, full of coffee and chocolate and caramel notes as well as a hint of biscuit.

The taste is not quite as good as the smell but is still excellent with strong roast coffee and chocolate flavors and a nice, lingering bitter dryness.

The mouthfeel is slightly disappointing and seemed thin for a porter. it also seemed less substantial than my previous experience with this beer.

Overall, an outstanding porter from a great little South Dakota brewer. I try to have a few of these every year.

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Photo of Honisbygonis
3.17/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour = dark black brown w/ minimal carbonation, as expected

Smell = invitingly sweet

Taste = initially smooth, then mildly harsh / uneventful, and finally mild-moderately harsh, lingering after taste (comparable to dirtiness, so appropriate)

Buzzability = at 6%, gets you happy (or amplifies whatever your emotional buzz is by 1.5X)

As standard porters go, passable at C+, but more like a C- in my book.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pile O dirt pours a black color with a large long lasting tan head. Their is a weak aroma, but has nice coffee notes. The taste is nice and full, with strong coffee flavors, and a nice mellow hoppy undertone. Nice strong flavors, and very full bodies. Overall a very nice strong tasty porter.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can opened on 6.6.13
Thanks to jodan for my SD tick.

A - Pours a ruby-brown, looks black in the glass with a 3/4" dark tan head with good retention.

S - Roasted, subtle nuttiness and some chocolate. Pretty mild.

T - Bitter roasted and sgood amount of smoke.

D - Heavier body with medium carbonation.

O - Roasted and smokey porter. Solid, especially for my SD tick.

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Pile O' Dirt Porter from Crow Peak Brewing
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 178 ratings