Stone Fence Porter
Farmhouse Brewing Co.

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American Porter
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3.16 | pDev: 0%
Farmhouse Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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3.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolate brown that appears to lighten slightly when backlit, but remains opaque. Ruby highlights glimmer along the bottom of the glass, while a fine looking crown of caramel nougat colored foam occupies the top. A pretty good lace display contributes to an already fetching appearance.

The aroma isn't so impressive. It's slightly roasted malty... and doesn't contribute much else. Maybe a bit of sour fruit that stays in background. No off-aromas are a plus. No on-aromas are a minus. In a word: average.

In the first place, Stone Fence Porter is not a 'robust porter', I don't care what the label says. It's a simple, straightforward American porter that I don't feel strongly about one way or the other. Although the flavor score hasn't yet been chosen, it looks like 'average' is in the cards again.

It isn't as if the beer doesn't have potential. The recipe seems acceptable enough, it's just that the flavors don't POP! like they should. A little more malt wouldn't hurt either. Chocolate leads the way and is followed by a small splash of black coffee. Complexity is not SFP's strong suit. The back end bitterness is due more to a shortage of malt sugars than an abundance of hops.

The body/mouthfeel is barely okay from a size standpoint. As almost always with me, bigger would be better. It also needs more carbonation. Most of the bubbles seem to have escaped when the cap was breached.

Farmhouse Stone Fence Porter is uninspired craft beer. That doesn't make it bad, but I have no desire to give another bomber a home. Better (and cheaper) porters should be fairly easy to find, no matter where you happen to live. Maybe Saison 7 and Oasthouse IPA will be more to my liking.

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Stone Fence Porter from Farmhouse Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.16 out of 5 with 1 ratings