White Horse Porter | Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Selin's Grove Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by francisweizen on 03-08-2005

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, dark reddish brown that seems black under the wrong sort of lighting. The head is small and brown. The head fastly fades, and lacing is minimalistic in nature. The aromas are all sweet malts, roasted malts, and weak/watery coffee. I'm not sure if they we're shooting for a Fullers London Porter clone here, but if they were they surely almost acheived their goal. The taste is lightly chocolate, with some light coffee notes, and some roasty malts in the mix as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied>thick and drinkability is very good. Another standout. Wow.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A second beer from growler after visiting the pub. I am pouring into a pint glass 2 days after filling.
The beer is dark brown with some garnet highlights when held to a light.
A fluffy beige head develops and fades to a surface layer quickly. Aroma is some toffee and a mix of chocolate, also a little bit buttery/creamy on the nose. Like a werthers hard candy.
First sip reveals a silky smooth body and lite rolling carbonation. Flavor is sweet with chocolate and some roasted malt dominating with just a hint of grassy and bitter hops coming through on the finish. A very tasty beer that is nicely balanced and very enjoyable. The best of teh bunch which I sample from Selinsgrove. Very clean and easy to drink!

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Photo of jakester
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the brewpub.

Arrives as a very deep, dark, mahogany, almost opaque but not quite. A one finger head of light brown foam, which dropped quickly to a coating and a ring. Very slight lacing.

Aroma is chocolate covered cherries, fruity and roasty. Maybe some brown sugar overtones. Smells scrumptious! Very faint lemony hops as it gets warmer.

This porter tastes like it smells. Chocolate covered cherries, raisins, a nice balancing bitterness, citrusy/grassy hops, dark caramel, and slightly sweet coffee. Delish!

Mouthfeel is sweet on the palate, with a medium carbonation across the tongue and bitterness in the back of the throat. Ends with a slight astringency, even a little heat from alcohol.

This beer is an all-nighter. Not too sweet, not too bitter; just right. A nice representation of an English porter.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scored a growler of this baby on my first visit to Selin's Grove over Christmas weekend, had it ~27 hours after filling.

Poured into a pint glass with a thin, cloudy white head over a very dark brown body. Deep crimson highlights, just barely translucent. No real lacing.

Smells of milk chocolate, sweet, a little nutty. Kind of like creamy coffee, just enough roast to show up & balance.

Taste is great: darker chocolate flavors up front, some mild acidity, then light vanilla extract & a creamier, milky chocolate. In the aftertaste: toasty, coffee-like bitterness, mild. Alternates between chocolate & roast flavors. It's rare that I find a beer whose taste bests its smell! (usually vice versa)

Mouthfeel is smooth & rich without being heavy. Carbonation builds, but doesn't tire out my tastebuds.

Drinkability is great, this is one for the long-haul -- full of flavor & body without being fatiguing. Did I mention that I chose this growler after sampling everything they had on tap? This might be my favorite English-style porter out there, a great mate for (American-style) Edmund Fitzgerald.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to KRAMER17801 for a growler of this courtesy of the "Nice Jugs" BIF.

This one I poured into a nonic.

Pours a dark brown with a half finger light khaki colored head that quickly dies down to a nothing. Stickiness was there at first, but soon after disappeared. Smell is molasses sweetness with a hint of milk chocolate. A slight earthy hop bite makes an appearance in the nose, but this one is mostly malt. A woody aroma seems to sneak its way in too. Creamy molasses flavor up front which is followed by a caramel malt. Some smokey wood flavors arise but they fit so well. Delicate floral hop flavors make their presence known, but just add to the complexity of this brew. Aftertaste is a rich coffee flavor with cream and sugar. Definitely the best Porter I've ever had. Big thanks Jason for this growler. Can't wait to crack open the IPA :)

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Photo of vonnegut21
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64oz. growler fresh from the brewery.

Near-opaque darkness. Color is inky darknes. Miniscule, but quite thick and long-lasting tan-colored head. Scant glass lacing. Aromas are of dark chocolate, fresh-roasted coffee beans, sweet sugar, and maybe some sweet bread dough. Flavor is up-front bitter chocolate, followed by a malty sweet middle with a caramelish note, and finishes slightly dry with a powdered cocoa and grassy hop aftertaste. Got better as it warmed up. Not as chewy as expected, but still a solid mouthfeel. Exceptional drinkability. More, please.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the brewpub on a recent visit. The beer poured a deep brown, almost black color into my glass with a thick tan head that gave way to a nice thick ring around the glass with strong lacing and some floating goodness on top. The aroma was a good wiff of chocolate goodness and a touch of sweetness probably from the molasses it is made with. The taste was more of the same and very pleasing to the taste buds. The body is nearly light which makes the mouthfeel great and smooth.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a pint glass

A- pours a very dark brown with a one finger tan head. Standard pour, nothing special

S- aroma is of smoky coffee...really inviting

T- the taste is slightly nutty, with a majority of the flavor coming from roasted coffee

M- feel is nice, maybe a little on the thin side

D- damn good porter. Would definitely get again

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Photo of philbe311
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Two plus fingers worth of fluffy airy very light tan colored head... The color is a dark brown / light black... There sStill quite translucent with a bunch of light leaking in at all angles... Some faint red hues...

S - Chocolate cake... Some light milk chocolate notes... Even fainter whiffs of faint coffee... Cherries... Caramel... Toffee... Molasses...

T - A sweet but not overpowering molasses character... Light notes of black forest cake... Come cherry characteristics... Hints of baker's chocolate...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Quite creamy... A bit rich... Rather satisfying... Exceedingly smooth...

D - This is a very good brew... The cask presentation only adds to the exquisiteness... I could drink a couple of this in the sittings... Highly recommended...

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Photo of Fish113d
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a chilled growler into my lucky pint glass, its a black as tar pour leaving a lite tan spongy head that dissipates to some latticework on the glass and a nice edge layer.

Aroma was not as great as I hoped from it. A dark chocolate malt with some coffee tones noticed, along with a butteriness. Not much else to note really though.

Taste is of sweet dark chocolate with some slight bitterness on the finish. Pretty basic in flavor, but enjoyable. Also, a nice mocha flavor comes through on the finish.

Mouthfeel is great! Awesome balance, light body; just what I have come to expect from a Selinsgrove brew!

Very drinkable if you like porters. I don't know how you could say NO to this beer. Enjoy!!!

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Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of pavpav12
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of robieobie1
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of MikeWard
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of ffejherb
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at SGB on 5/16/08.

A - Deep chestnut body with two fingers of soapy beige head. Very good head retention.

S - Mild earthy hops with subtle chocolate and coffee notes. A bit of dark fruit mixed in as well.

T - Slight roasted maltiness with a hint of chocolate and mild coffee. There's also a nuttiness present. Well-balanced subtle flavors with a dried fruit sweetness.

M - Velvety and creamy texture, only a tad watery. Minimal bitterness on the palate. Nice smooth cask mouthfeel.

D - Solid porter that's great on cask. Pleasant subtle flavors. Very representative of the style.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the brewery

Poured a moderately dark tea brown, translucent around the edges, no head whatsoever. Aroma of toasted grains, very big on the molasses, with lesser notes of cocoa. Light taste, not very full, but quite sessionable; more of what was in the aroma, toasted grains, bready malts, molasses (less pronounced), cocoa, mild earthy hops. Borders on being a brown ale IMO. Body is about medium, lower carbonation, easily drinkable, very nice overall.

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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz pour at the brewpub.

A: The ale has an almost, but not quite, black color. Closer inspection reveals a clear brown color that nicely compliments the off-white head that retains nicely.

S: The aroma is a slightly stale chocolatey sweet element. I find that the stale aroma really makes the ale fit into a good porter profile.

T: The flavor accentuates roasted malts and molasses thickness. The roasted malts are not as deep as the oatmeal stout, but they have a darked charred element that bites the tongue. The porter has molasses as an element and it is evident, providing a sharply sweet flavor. The slightly stale note in the nose does not pop up here (and that is a bit of a letdown for me).

M: The mouthfeel is a pleasant blend of molasses thickness and roasted malts. The ale is worth a look for the sharp bite from the aforementioned molasses.

D: I enjoyed this ale and would try it again. The molasses adds a touch of authenicity and good porters are clearly can't-miss beers.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went back to this beer many hours later. I refused to give up on this beer and decided on an aggressive pour from my growler. What an astounding difference.

We finally have same color, of course, but now I have a controlled head that is creamy if only a finger small. It is also coating and leaves spotted lacing on my glass. There is no cola like carbonation now, but tight bubbles present and decent whispy puck stays throughout drinking.

Nose improves dramatically from the aggressive pour. Chocolate punches out. But is still faint. Score on bouquet doesn't really improve, there is still a hint of sourness.

Taste still hampered slightly but the texture has improved dramatically. Mild cream sensation typical from this brewer comes back, to now going back with the roast coffee and now some chocolate sense.

Overall I almost feel like I am back at the tavern. Almost ;)

—--- first review original grade: C

Poured out of the growler into a nonic pint glass. Went from the brewery three hours from my car in a cushioned box, into my fridge. Opened up twenty four hours later.

Pours wet and flat with barely a centimeter of a tan head. Body color is a nice dark chestnut with orange hues at the bottom. Beer looks a bit lifeless.

Nose is light dark malt sense but not much going on here. Slight sense of toffee.

Taste is very wet and flat cola like texture. A little sour too. Acrid almost grain taste mixed with chocolate toffee and a hint of coffee.

Overall this isnt that bad but I am not sure this travelled or stored well. It's texture and appearance reminds me a bit of their Marzen which was ok. This may be turning, but if I had it fresh on tap I think it would only be slightly better. This unfortunately is not a great porter. Luckily they make some other great beers.

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Photo of orangesol
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Brewpub.

A - Pours dark brown bordering on black with a nice, creamy one finger tall off white head leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of milk chocolate, old coffee grounds, dark roasted malt, and some faint hop bitterness at the end of each sniff. This nose is a little bit of a letdown.

T - Starts off with a good amount of cocoa sweetness that sticks around throughout. Hints of coffee, dark roasted malt, molasses, and some light bitterness; either from the coffee or hops; creeps in at the end of each sip.

M - Medium-Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Rich, creamy, feel that dies down a bit as the beer sits in the glass. Gets a bit watery at the end of the glass but I had no problem finishing it.

O - Pretty good. I have always liked porters and this one is no different. It has a good flavor profile and is pretty easy to drink. If you are at the pub and are looking for something new to try, I would suggest this one if it is on.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown with ruby edges. 1 finger of creamy tan head had good retention and left nice lacing. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, grapes, and lemon. Tastes of lightly roasted malt, chocolate, and grassy hops. Medium in body but a bit watery, smooth and creamy with a nice bite in the finish. Easy to drink and good on cask, though I'd grab the Organic Baltic Porter over this one.

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Photo of dherling
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a mahogony brown color with a creamy tan head ringer by good lacing. The nose offered some slight coffee notesand slightly toasted/burned malting. The taste was like milk chocolate. If I had to guess on appearance taste and mouthfeel, I would say this was a stout, so as a porter it doesn't work, but it was fairly tasty. Had a creamy mouthfeel leading to a long finish.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. Slow, steady carbonation and a somewhat thin tan head that quickly falls to a ring. It's a growler, it gets the benefit of the doubt. Smell is a little more sweet than I expected up front. Some caramel, toffee, and brown sugar over a milky chocolate that lies underneath. Lightly buttered bread. Taste is very nice to me. Expansive flavors that work well together. Again, more sweet than anything. There is an earthy green hoppiness keeping it in check somewhat along with a doughy, bready flavor. It's bigger here than the nose lead me to believe, and very lovely. Ends up being well balanced and a solid example of the style. Nice smooth mouthfeel, pretty silky and fairly light bodied. Goes down pretty easy. The sweetness wears off, which was the only downside to this brew in my mind. I really like the bready flavors this one has, similar to a flavor I find in many ESB's which worked wonders here.

Thanks goes to akorsak for hooking me up with another gem from this brewery.

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