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Pile O' Dirt Porter | Crow Peak Brewing

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BA SCORE
3.75/5
Very Good
167 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
Ranking:
#22,617
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
167
pDev:
11.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
22
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 167 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of papat444
3.24/5  rDev -13.6%
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 +6.7%
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%
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 dcotom
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SitkaSteve
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
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 nuebs
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Crobshaw
4.81/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark beer with great flavor without being too strong.

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Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pocketharpy
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Futbolmanby
2.76/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of spoony
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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 +28.8%
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 bigred89
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jpuetz
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
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 NickSMpls
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scratch69
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JCMattson
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyliff
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
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 LukeGude
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of elkinbrown
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thatoneguymike
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of furballkazoo
4.5/5  rDev +20%
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 Sails_Ambassador
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sixpoint
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pile O' Dirt Porter from Crow Peak Brewing
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 167 ratings
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