Pile O' Dirt Porter | Crow Peak Brewing

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165 Ratings
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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:
165
Reviews:
59
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
11.14%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
22
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 165 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of StoutElk_92
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
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 WDJersey
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gene-Colorado
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 Amarsh
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.51/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of snaotheus
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2016-12-23
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 Bswenseth
4.68/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Love the subtle coffee at the end

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

Photo of newbeeraday
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of fredmugs
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MichialTanner1
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dag1991
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chillin
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Narthax
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of psoriasaurus
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Carlson8tor
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
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 -11.7%
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 tjlee22
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 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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Photo of SweetChicken
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ColSanders123
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of papat444
3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
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 +6.1%
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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Pile O' Dirt Porter from Crow Peak Brewing
3.77 out of 5 based on 165 ratings.
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