Pile O' Dirt Porter | Crow Peak Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Crow Peak Brewing
South Dakota, United States
crowpeakbrewing.com

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.

Added by mcallister on 08-22-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
166
Reviews:
59
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
11.14%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
22
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 166 |  Reviews: 59
Reviews by UMNbeerhunter:
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3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a Town Hall glass 2/27/11.

Pours a solid black with a huge beautiful light brown head. Lots of lacing even after a couple minutes.

Smell IMO gets better with its temp. I like the stoutish coco, malts, and coffee. Great in the smell category

Taste is weaker then the smell. I can still get the chocolate and coffee tastes but it is really subdued. Needs to be backed up a bit more by the chocolate and coffee tastes..

Mouthfeel is flat. I like the beer but the lack of staying power and weight for a stout really hurt this beer for me.

Drinkability is moderate. If they increase the chocolate and the mouth feel this would be an +B to -A beer. I can't recommend this as very drinkable at this point as the beer had significant flaws.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SitkaSteve
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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 bulldogg915
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Torey
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of jaminjohnson
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of cmwilliq
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of LXIXME
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown to black in color with a light brown head of medium size that floats above this beer.

A light roasted malt aroma with hints of coffee.

A rich dark malt taste with hints of different coffee types and just the slightest hint of a dark chocolate coming through.

The aftertaste is a dry roast making me want to have another drink and some grilled fresh Mahi Mahi for some reason.

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Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of RDW
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdaschaf
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a dark brown with a small tan colored head that dissipates quickly leaving behind very small bits of lacing.

S: A good bit of roasted malt, some coffee, and a touch of cocoa. The roasty aroma dominates.

T: Similar to the aroma, lots of big, roasty malt, coffee, and some chocolate. There is some bitterness on the backend that balances things out a bit.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, pretty smooth and easy drinking.

O: A pretty good porter, not overly sweet, and easy drinking. Love a porter in a can, makes me happy.

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Photo of nuebs
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Futbolmanby
2.76/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of tjlee22
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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 Mpenders
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of tempest
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
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 dbossman
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Is this motor oil in a can? Wow, this comes out thick and it is dark--not just dark, it is black; there is a thick, beautiful head that has decent retention; lacing clings beautifully to the glass; this really is a great looking beer

S: Typical porter aromas: roasted malts--slightly burnt with a touch of coffee, vanilla, and chocolate, plus some dark fruits; but in the end it's a bit subdued

T: A nice balance of roasted malts and coffee and a sweet vanilla, dark chocolate--even slightly boozy--character; there is a touch of a medicinal flavor that doesn't turn me off; finally there are some burnt grassy flavors as the beer finds its way down the hatch

F: This is a creamy beer that still manages to hold on to the side of the mouth as you move it down; nicely thick and creamy

O: This is a nice porter from South Dakota and it's one that I can see myself buying again when I'm stuck with family in the middle of South Dakota

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Photo of PretzelCity
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Crass3000
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes on 12/24/2011

4/5 POurs our black as night with a finger, brown head with little retention.

3.5/4 Smell is dark fruits upfront followed closely behind by roasted malts. Seems to be mild hop presence in the background that is hard to describe.
3.5/4 Taste is quite nice with coffe upfront, roasted grains, and some dark fruits. Quite nice really. Better than I was expecting. The coffee really makes this a nice porter.

3.5/5 Mouthfeel is fairly thin but to be expected for a beer with the low ABV. Overall a nice beer.

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Photo of jmccraney
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lawlerj
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a nonic pint glass.

A - pours black and oily with a froth light brown head that comes to about two fingers. Leaves splotchy lacing and retains a thick collar of foam around the edges.

S - Dark roasted coffee and a hint of chocolate sweetness. Not too much else.

T - bitter, roasted coffee up front that slowly opens up into a prickly chocolate flavor in the back of the throat. A touch of sweet malt as well. Nice and balanced.

M - medium bodied, and quite a bit of carbonation.

O - overall, a nice, easy drinking porter. Has all the right flavors and isn't too terribly complex. Just a solid beer. Also, love the can.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
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 Faunland
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
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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Pile O' Dirt Porter from Crow Peak Brewing
3.77 out of 5 based on 166 ratings.
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