Chief Matsaysay Porter | Gilded Otter Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Gilded Otter Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Weissenheimer on 12-02-2003

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by sulldaddy:
Photo of sulldaddy
4.79/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this brew on a recent visit with fellow BA Stopper. We sat at the bar for dinner. the beer arrived in a pint glass fairly cold and a creamy beige head of about 1cm. Aroma is dominated by roasted malt almost to the point of smokiness. A bit of sweet chocolate pokes around underneath too. No hop presence. First sip reveals a creamy smooth bodied beer with very fine gentle carbonation. Flavor starts sweet with chocolate up front and rolls to a bit of coffee then roasted malt which lingers and finishes with the strong roast profile and again hints of smoke that linger on the sides of my palate. I almost could see this beer being called a smoked porter even though I dont think that was the goal. I really enjoyed this beer and its nice mix of sweet and roast.

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Photo of TheJudge
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was pleased to see this when entering the bar to watch football. A big porter fan, I find not enough brewers making an effort to create a decent one. Well, they hit it right here.

A beautiful dark chocolate pour with a nice head, the aroma is simply wonderful. I sniffed several times before tasting, just to enjoy it. A nice balaced smell of coffee and chocolate malts came through the nose, and followed on the palate. Thick, but not overly so, it lingers in mouth long enough to appreciate but not so long that it covers the tongue. The head held for the entire pint, with nice lacing. Left a pleasant aftertaste, the strong malts balanced nicely with a decent hop finish.

I wished I had had the time to stay for many more.

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Photo of pknyc
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Weissenheimer
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I generally dislike porters. But hope springs eternal, and this was one of those very rare cases where it paid off for me in spades. I tried a taste, and immediately ordered a pint.

The pint was very pleasing to look at. It was a dark chocolate color, and the small tan head had the sheen of melted marshmallows. What it left on the glass as I drank it could not rightfully be called "lacing"; it was more like a near-solid foamy sheet. It lost a few points on the smell, which was nearly nonexistent. I caught a whiff of some roasted malts, but I had to
sniff pretty hard to do it!

I try to savor a beer when I'm having it for the first time, but the speed with which I finished this one indicates just how much I enjoyed it. It introduced itself in a bold but not overpowering creamy, sweet, chocolatey wave with some suggestions of caramel. The creaminess gave way graciously to a modestly tingly bitterness. On occasion I caught a tinge of nuttiness
and coffee in the finish.

Gosh, I love a good porter.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served as a virtually black beer with impressive tannish head.
Srrong notes of roased malt and bitter coffe pleasure the nose wiht some chocolate aspects also present.
Taste is also dominated by roasted malt, coffee, and bitter chocolate. And extraordinary mixture.
Fine finish with perfect taste retention. Some nice dark fruit sweetness also present.
A very flavorful porter. Great job with this beer.

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Photo of cavedave
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It gets a nice, very light brown head, which gradually grows to a finger. This has the look of a stout, opaque and darkest brown and dense.

The aroma is a light/medium, very enticing, smell of caramel sweet, light breadiness, a hint of roast, other hints of tart. Nice. As it warms, some chocolate and herbal bitter join the party in my nose.

Man this has great taste. It starts with a hint of wine and a gush of roasty sweet. It is a complex malt bill, very well balanced, full of luscious flavors that perform a delicious symphony. Smooth roast and very light tart propel this, urging light chocolate notes, hints of coffee and buttery caramel into a finish that is juicy and delicious.

Nice low carb. and perfect attenuation for a porter highlight a tasty flavor profile and lead to a finish that is very good.

Drinkability is rated for a brightly flavored and refreshing porter that isn't world class complexity, but is delicous and easy drinking.

Impression: One of my two favorite Otter beers, glad I am finally reviewing it.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark, nearly opaque liquid with a small/tight collar of khaki-coloured foam. Lacing also ensues as this brew drains from the pint glass. The aromas are all roasted malts and cocoa. The taste is similar with a light but awesome taste of coffee, roasty malts, and a bit of chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium-thick and drinkability is awesome. A very well-made American porter.

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Photo of sliverX
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was presented with a dark brown/black with ruby hints in the light with a small coffee colored head which left nice lacing
smell was coffee and dark chocolate
taste followed the suit of the nose
mouthfeel was medium to light
drinkability this was a wonderful brew and tempted me with taking a growler home

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Photo of simchuck
1.64/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

I love porters, but hugely disappointed with this one. Maybe I got a bad batch, but I took home a growler without having a taste first.

Immediate impression in the nose is a smoky robust malt character, with reasonable malt complexity of roast coffee, light bitter chocolate, and bread crust. However the campfire smoke is the dominant character, and since this isn't mentioned on the description I can only assume that it is unintentional, and therefore unwanted.

The flavor gives a very much similar impression, although also includes a bit of sourness that really seems to clash with the roastiness. There is also a pretty clear level of diacetyl that is really not appreciated.

The appearance is okay - rich dark brown with chestnut highlights - but a pretty significant haze. Not much head out of the growler, but I'll give that a pass. Mouthfeel has a moderately full body, light roast astringency, and what would probably be moderate creaminess if the carbonation held up, but the tart puckering detracts, as does a bit of cloying stickiness.

I'll cross my fingers and try again next time direct off the tap, but unfortunately don't plan to refill my growler with this one.

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Chief Matsaysay Porter from Gilded Otter Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 9 ratings