White Horse Porter | Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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

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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Ratings:
39
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
8.76%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent conventional porter on tap at the brewpub. Roast and molasses aroma. Creamy with lots of lace on dark brown, abundant head. Molasses is the taste, medium mouthfeel. On the sweet side with lots of different malts. Tad of coffee and naturally chocolate malt.

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Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Selin's Grove Brewing Co in Selinsgrove, PA

A: Pours a clear but opaque very dark brown in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and some garnet red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted and roasted grainy malts along with some hints of molasses sweetness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of bready malts with toasted and roasted grains. That is followed by a light amount of molasses sweetness and hints of chocolate. Light amounts of earthy hops. Minimal amounts of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Well balanced between the malt sweetness and the hop bitterness. Light enough to be easy to drink in the summer but feels a little on the thin side for the style in my opinion.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the SGB on 5/16/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep brown (ruby highlights shine through the body) with a soft and creamy off-white head. Good retention here, leaving back some nice patchy lace that sticks. Molasses really sticks out in the nose to me, followed by notes of roasted chocolate and floral hops pulling up the back. While not hugely deep, this has a pleasant tasty smell to it that only strengthens as it warms.

The taste is toffee, chocolate, and roast, with a light smack of molasses giving it a bit of a sticky finish. Moderate hop bitterness and lingering roast offers some needed balance. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with the carbonation having an easiness to it that flows readily in the mouth.

All in all, a decent Porter. A little more depth to the flavor and body would have been welcomed though. A good beer for sure but not nearly the best of the staple offerings here.

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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 duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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 BMart
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stakem
3.27/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing this freshly filled growler. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears more brown in color than expected with ruby clarity seen when held to the light. A finger of tan froth quickly recedes leaving spotty and web-like patterns of lace. A swirl brings back a finger if cream to the surface.

The smell of this brew includes a light note of cheese initially that blends into cocoa and mild dark fruit indications. A little musty, metallic and mineral-filled with sulfur across the back. Raisins and more hints of fruit come out as the brew warms. It is significantly more fruity with less focus on chocolate than having it on tap.

The taste is dark and fruity reminescent of raisins, plums and a bit of musty chocolate. Some sweet caramel to toffee grain inclusion breaks up the fruity and chocolate character. Despite the mild must character, the grain inclusion for the most part comes across very fresh and grainy almost like oats.

This is a medium bodies brew with a light level of carbonation. Slightly watery at times in the feel but enjoyable and very easy drinking. I slightly prefer my last experience with this brew on tap. Regardless, it is an approachable brew for someone wanting to dry a darker brew.

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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 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 iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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 LilBeerDoctor
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 10/27/08. On tap at the brewpub. Pours black with a rapidly fading head. Aroma of chalky roasted malt and a hint of chocolate. Flavor of raisins and weak sweet roasted malt. Not bad flavored, but weak-bodied. If improved, this could definitely be a really good porter.
7/3/7/3/13 (3.3/5)

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Photo of hopdog
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Selin's Grove Brew Pub.

This one poured a deeper brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, and some caramel. Tastes of roast, chocolate, light coffee, and grainy.

Notes from and tasted on 10/25/08.

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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 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 vonnegut21
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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 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 nh2032
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Bdel34
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of MikeWard
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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White Horse Porter from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 39 ratings.
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