Pile O' Dirt Porter
Crow Peak Brewing

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Crow Peak Brewing
South Dakota, United States
Robust Porter
Ranked #52
Ranked #22,448
3.76 | pDev: 10.9%
Apr 29, 2023
Aug 22, 2010
Very Good
Pile O' Dirt PorterPile O' Dirt Porter
Notes: 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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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
12oz can into a nonick pint glass.
L: Pours med-dark brown w ruby mahogany edges, a thin 1/4" smooth light khaki head, soon to a thick skin, low visual carbo, spotty lacing w broken sheeting.
S: Toffee, caramelized malts, chocolate, light molasses, moist brown bread, raisins, a hint of dark fruits.
T: Dark roasted caramelized malts, baking dark chocolate, a hint of molasses, melon rind, lime zest, background dark fruits, distant hazelnut. It is gently sweet.
F: Lightly crisp and cola-like with a light fizz, a slick medium body with a glassy & smooth med-fast finish that is moderately dry.
O: A really EZ drinking and great tasting American Porter. It has a bit of a snap to it which offsets the bitters and chocolate. Great use of hops. I would really enjoy this on tap and will get it again. Even keeled and balanced it is very good in its style.
Apr 29, 2023
Rated: 3.99 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

Jan 16, 2023
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Reviewed by detgfrsh from Texas

3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
From a can. Dark brown color with an inch of light brown head. Roasted malt and brown sugar aroma. Medium body, well carbonated. Roasted malt and cocoa flavors with an earthy hop finish. Nicely done
Oct 10, 2022
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Reviewed by KTCamm from New Jersey

3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
7/1/21...rich brown color, like deep furnished wood. Fluffy lightly tanned foam. Nutty caramel and toffee nose, hints of coffee. Smooth flavorful chocolate coffee body. Lighter bodied, low carbonation porter. Lingering bitter gives some finality.
Dec 31, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by Vylo from New Jersey

Jul 09, 2021
Rated: 3.82 by Thirstygoat from Illinois

Jun 12, 2021
Rated: 3.69 by Chrispy_Creams from Minnesota

Jul 29, 2020
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Reviewed by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a can into a tulip.

Pours dark, not quite opaque brown. Outstanding head and lacing. Very cola-colored head.

Solid straight aromas of roasted barley, coffee, and cocoa. Not strong but very present.

The brew hits the tip of the tongue with initial malt sweetness, but it never gets overwhelming that way. Decent earthy hop in the background to balance things out.

The brew has a nice feel. Certainly not light, it's still lighter than expected.
Jul 18, 2020
Rated: 3.14 by eppie82 from Illinois

Jul 14, 2020
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Reviewed by TheSixthRing from California

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
From tasting notes 02/04/20
Had on-tap at Dakotah Steakhouse in Rapid City, SD

Appearance - Served up in a 23oz glass, near black with cola brown edging and a thin, consistent layer of sudd sitting atop. Nice lacing with broken sheeting, trailing off into lines and small spotting.

Smell - Fair aroma, with hints of chocolate, earth, roast and a bit of smokiness.

Taste - Rich, sweet chocolate and some smokiness upfront, then light coffee roast, hint of caramel, and then an earthiness that develops in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium in body with fair carbonation. Slick, smooth drinker before a mostly dry finish.

Overall - Really nice American porter showing good complexity and progression of flavor. Maybe a bit light in body and dry, but otherwise not much to complain about here.
Feb 11, 2020
Rated: 3.74 by BeerBeast from Florida

Sep 05, 2019
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Reviewed by BigGold from Mississippi

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Had at The Deadwood Social Club, Deadwood, South Dakota, twice poured from 12-oz. can, no date, into tumbler.

A bit over-carbonated, but a lovely creamy mocha porter with a nice hop bite finish.
Aug 18, 2019
Rated: 3.67 by Chancy from Wyoming

Jul 13, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by Sir_Goatman from Oregon

Jun 24, 2019
Rated: 4.18 by Pfishin28 from South Dakota

Apr 28, 2019
Rated: 3.63 by NastyNorseman from New York

Apr 18, 2019
Rated: 3.08 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Nov 19, 2018
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

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.
Oct 26, 2018
Rated: 4.03 by BenHoppy from Michigan

Oct 21, 2018
Rated: 3.43 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Oct 03, 2018
Rated: 3.42 by herman77 from Minnesota

Jul 31, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by Grinky from Illinois

Jun 14, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by cmoore32 from Nebraska

Feb 21, 2018
Rated: 3.43 by Mxsluis from Michigan

Sep 16, 2017
Rated: 3.67 by Blazer22 from Colorado

Aug 06, 2017
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Reviewed by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

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.
Jul 07, 2017
Rated: 3.73 by WDJersey from Colorado

Jul 06, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by Gene-Colorado from Colorado

Jun 28, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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 worthy of having again.
Jun 09, 2017
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Rated by Amarsh from Colorado

3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Good light porter. Not too much flavor but could make for a good summer time beer.
Jun 02, 2017
Rated: 4.51 by DesMoinesMike from Iowa

Jan 23, 2017
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

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.
Dec 24, 2016
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Rated by Bswenseth from North Dakota

4.68/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Love the subtle coffee at the end
Nov 07, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Oct 26, 2016
Rated: 3 by newbeeraday from Pennsylvania

Oct 16, 2016
Rated: 3.7 by fredmugs from Indiana

Sep 14, 2016
Rated: 4.08 by MichialTanner1 from Texas

Aug 23, 2016
Rated: 4.04 by dag1991 from Ohio

Aug 03, 2016
Rated: 3.92 by chillin from Indiana

Jun 07, 2016
Rated: 3 by Narthax from Texas

Jun 06, 2016
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