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Red Truck Porter | Lobethal Bierhaus

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Red Truck PorterRed Truck Porter
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Red Truck PorterRed Truck Porter

Brewed by:
Lobethal Bierhaus

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brendan13 on 04-29-2009

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of cgmjr_bsb
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WoodBrew
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The red truck porter is a great offering from Lobethal. The beer poured a opaque dark with thin white head that is leaving a lace. The scent is faint peat and earth. The taste is malty with molasses backdrop. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a solid porter.

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Photo of Stuckey_Stuckey
4.04/5  rDev +8%

Photo of jrempel
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of MrKennedy
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, thanks to mulder1010, into a Golden Monkey tulip.

Black appearance, a touch of red upon swirling and also some deviation from black when held up to the light. Mocha foam on top. The odd bit of lacing and the foam sits at a level just above film.

Smells strong. Toasted cocoa is there and dominates to start with and then the chocolate builds through with the milk chocolate getting stronger as i got through the beer. Not the greatest smell to start with but the chocolate improves it a good bit.

Tastes of coffee with just a bit of chocolate playing a supporting role. The two, whilst basic, seem to work pretty well together.

Has a bit of an oatmeal stout to it with the velvety slick middle part to it. Some coffee bitterness to start with and a little chocolate bitterness, but mostly sweetness to finish. Body varies from being thin at times to decent.

Good porter. Enough to keep you interested. Not the most complex of beers, but what it does it does well.

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Photo of cammo84
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Macca
4.52/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This pours almost black with a 2 centimetre beige head.

Great nose after it warms up a bit. A bit of milk chocolate, some coffee and some Vegemite yeastiness.

Coffee on the palate. Less chocolate. This tastes bloody good.

Full bodied. Verging on stout like. Much better than a lot of the thin local porters that can be found.

This may very well be the best porter in Australia.

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Photo of dgilks
3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rich malty aroma with deep notes of sweet chocolate. Good.

Fairly clear, light brown with ruby highlights. Small, shortlasting off white head.

The flavour doesn't stand up to the aroma. The flavour is a bit watery with some moderate roast notes, light fruity esters and a touch of chocolate. There is a fair amount of carbonic acid in the background which helps make the whole a slightly disappointing experience.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Not great as the whole comes across thin.

A beer with potential but it comes across thin and poorly executed.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper with a large, tan, lasting head.
Big notes of chocolate and cocoa on the nose, with roasted barley in the background. Gentle, but enticing.
More roasted flavours upon tasting, but with less of the chocolate. Not as complex as the aroma.
A bit watery, carbonation is rather high.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drunk from a 2L growler bought from the brewery.

Pours a dark ochre colour but not too dark - lets a lot of light through. Head is very generous when poured - quite dense beige foam that dissipates quickly, leaving a thin crown of visible bubbles. Lace is nice and dense, but not very sticky.

Nose is quite strong and actually floral. A fair amount of lavender and rose petals blending with some slightly roasted malt. Has a brief whisper of rum or other refined spirit and a hint of espresso lingering at the back. But yeah, interesting flowery smell, quite nice.

Taste is fairly floral again, more of that lavender but with a tea leaf flavour as well on the front, slight peppery spice gives it a kick on the mid. Lightly roasted chocolatey malt with a slight caramel edge provides the backbone, while a slightly meaty aspic kind of flavour comes through as well. Quite a bit more interesting than your average porter, but is lacking the slightest bit on the classic porter dark sweetness. Nice, could be nicer.

Slightly thin mouthfeel, but with a good swirl of body as it goes down. A fairly decent feel for the flavour but still a bit lacking.

A pleasant drop with some interesting flavours. Really does drink better in this way than I imagine a bottle would. Let's have more growlers in Australia, I say!

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome two-litre growler brought back from the brewery by my bro from another mo, laituegonflable.

Pours a lovely dark copper-brown, quite clear, with a really fluffy head of pancake-bubbled white-brown foam. Body looks lovely and thick, leaving some static carbonation when swirled. Carbonation is fine. A very decent and tasty looking brew.

Some darkness on the nose - rich dark high cocoa chocolate is dominant, with a strangely leavened banana character. There's just something sweet and juicy in amongst the dark roasted notes, along with a freshness like jungle leaves. Really quite pleasing, and very deep.

Taste is also pretty good, with a long palate of rich chocolate grain notes and a freshly vegetative bite mid palate. Finish is rich and roasted, not particularly dry, but with a lingering charred bitterness. Again, the fresh notes leaven what is otherwise a pretty deep dark brew, providing a wonderful counterpoint and a necessary balance. Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I would have hoped, but the fine carbonation sets off the green notes nicely.

Yeah, a very nice beer, and one that has a really pleasant balance between dark malt and green freshness. A tad more sweetness and body would help it, I think, but that's my only nit on what is otherwise a exceptionally drinkable brew.

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Photo of brendan13
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark brown with ruby red highlights when held up to light. A 2 centimetre white tan head slowly falls away.
S - Roasted malt & chocolate initially backed up by some floral hop notes. Fruity esters come through and there is also a vague smokey hint.
T - Roasted coffee & sweet chocolate along with a dark fruit touch.
M - Medium to full bodied, quite smooth. Carbonation is on the lower side of medium.
D - Lots of flavour yet not too full on. Quite a sessionable porter. I'd drink it again and look forward to trying more beers from this brewery.

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Red Truck Porter from Lobethal Bierhaus
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 14 ratings
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