Spike Devil Porter | Chatham Brewing, LLC

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Spike Devil PorterSpike Devil Porter

Brewed by:
Chatham Brewing, LLC
New York, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Chatham Porter

Added by Todd on 08-19-2007

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 36
Photo of Biggtriksta
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured pitch black with a decent sized creamy brown head on top. The head is leaving a little bit of lacing on the glass. There's no light coming through the glass and nothing is visible on the inside.

S: Pretty standard in terms of porters: burnt/roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, hints of coffee and dark fruit. Overall, smells pretty nice.

T: On point with the aroma. There's a good amount of roastiness layered on top of some dark fruits (raisins and plums). Also finishes with nice bitter sweetness.

F: It's a little light-bodied for me personally as I expect beers that are this dark to lean on the thicker side, but it's okay. I would say this falls into the medium category as it pertains to body. Decent carbonation, but I would have enjoyed a slightly thicker mouthfeel.

O: This is not bad. It is probably one of my favorites that I have had from Chatham. There are some really good flavors going on in terms of dark roasted malts, dark fruits, and some sweetness.

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Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can

Pours dark and porter like, moderate dark khaki cap that leaves fine low sheeting

Light milk chocolate on the nose

More milk chocolate, some cafe au lait. Moderately burnt malts.

Smooth and fairly creamy

Dry and resiny hopped up finish

Well worth a try...better then decent porter

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can, no date

pours black, with a thick dark brown head. looks very nice. aroma is of mild chocolate and coffee flavors. same with taste - only mild roastiness. neither sweet nor dry, good balance. medium to thick bodied.

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Photo of Andrew61923
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from growler into Duvel tulip. Growler is at least 10 days old, which may lead to some insight on parts of this rating.

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a very thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Makes sense given that this is an older growler and I'm happy there was still some carbonation left.

S: Lots of heavily roasted malts, brown sugar, and a faint meatiness. A good amount of smokiness.

T: The meaty notes I picked up on are completely gone (which I'm okay with) and are taken over by some very dark chocolate. Really nice.

M: Coats the tongue very well and is very smooth. Pretty viscous and wouldn't take much to push this over to a stout. Not a ton of carbonation again, but I think I like it better this way. Very easy to sip on, especially in cold weather.

O: I got this direct from the brewers themselves as a gift and couldn't be more pleased with it. After being impressed by their Super 8, I think I've found a new top 10 porter in this beer.

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Photo of Brouwerij78
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chatham Brewery is fairly local for me...about 30 minutes from home. I like to visit the local Breweries as some of the most exceptional beers are found in upstate NY - the Chatham Porter is no exception. This is a rich, medium-thick, slightly sweet, deep caramel colored brew. If you get to the Chatham Brewery before 11:00am on Saturday's you can get the firt pulls out of the keg - and this is the way I had first tasted this beer...very good for breakfast! I had a growler filled of this and enjoyed it all weekend long. If ever in Chatham, stop in - the owner is really cool and the town itself is quaint and there is quite a bit to see.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pretty dark black color with a finger of frothy tan-brown head. The head faded down to a ring around the glass lacing nicely.

S - Aroma is a blend of roasted chocolate and coffee scents. A tiny bit of smoke and hop are also in noticeable in the background.

T - Starts off with some roasted malt flavor and some sweet chocolate. Through the middle some deeper and richer coffee and chocolate flavors come through. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate and coffee with just a hint of hops that lingers nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-low carbonation. Feels smooth and a touch creamy. Finish a touch dry and fairly clean which is very nice.

D - Very drinkable. Nice coffee and chocolate flavors throughout. Well balanced and just enough creaminess. Really nice lingering flavors after the finish.

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Photo of STEG
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black body, mocha colored fluffy head comprised of fine bubbles, moderate retention

Smell has fragrant chocolate notes and pronounced coffee.

Taste is comparable to cocoa powder and bakers chocolate.

Mouthfeel is watery with fine tingly carbonation.

Drinkability is very good the taste and the lightness of it allows it to be a great session I just wish it was a bit creamier

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Photo of schlazzgraft
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow was this good, I'd been looking forward to trying their beers. Had this one on tap at Peint o Gwrw in Chatham (great place btw)

A - Very dark and hazy. A slight reddish tint around the very top ridge. The head was a nice caramel brown that stayed put and laced the glass nicely. Very appealing look

S - Nothing out of the ordinary here, roasty and malty with the hops hiding in the background.

T - Roasted coffee, chocolate, with a slight caramel sweetness. The bitterness that follows it up is distinctly hoppy and cleans the palate nicely. None of that astringent aftertaste that you get with porters sometimes. One of the best porters i've tried

M - Pretty much spot on, not too thick or stouty and not too watery either

D - Not sure how many I could drink just because the darkies aren't my go to, but this one was particularly drinkable and I'm probably going back down that way tomorrow for a growler.

Support local breweries! Especially when they make beer this good :P

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 7/26/08. Growler shared by beastiefan2k. Pours black with a light tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of roast and coffee. Flavor is quite roasty, with some alcohol notes. Slightly weakish palate. A chill porter but nothing special.
7/4/7/3/14 (3.5/5)

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Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Their best beer, enjoyed on tap. Smoke, chocolate and bitter coffee. So some complexity. Tad of head. Woody at room temperature. Medium mouthfeel. Drying finish like an Irish stout. Maybe a different carbonation would mnake a difference, as it was well astringent.

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Photo of Stimack
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been looking to try this brew from Chatham for a while now and was happy to see it on tap at Mahar's. The brew had a nice dark color to it, guess it was blacker than deep brown with a thick tightly packed head that had very good retention, which also left a great amount of lacing down the side of the glass. Very nice aromas coming out, deep roasted grains with a slight burnt character, which leads to a slight smokiness with chocolate, coffee and a slight hop scent mixed in. This brew is excellent with the grain characteristics giving a robust burnt and smoky flavor up front with the same coffee and chocolate that was identified in the aroma. The feel of this brew is also very good, nice creamy texture and smooth going down. This is a very easy drinking brew and one that I hope in the future I can get my hands on more often.

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Photo of plaid75
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black hue with a two finger foamy caramel head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a robust burnt grain with a nice smokiness. Good coffee and dark chocolate elements as well.

The taste consisted of an upfront burnt grain and coffee. Some charcoal flavors were detected toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style and very smooth. Good residual bitterness.

Overall a very good porter from this small local upstate brewery. Highly recommended.

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Spike Devil Porter from Chatham Brewing, LLC
3.93 out of 5 based on 36 ratings.
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