Simon's Private Stock 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): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by akorsak on 06-06-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served with a dark colored body that appeared to be black yet it had some brown highlights...a light brown, one finger head formed and did not fall too far...the head retained as a nice solid cap but it didn't leave much lacing

S - The aroma has a rich bourbon quality mixed with some vanilla, lightly roasted malts, charcoal, and chocolate

T - I'm getting the same flavors that were presented in the nose...the vanilla from the bourbon is present throughout giving a sweeter edge...the roasted malts present flavors of chocolate, toffee, and caramel...the rich chocolate is more present at the end and gives the beer a nice this warms an earthy flavor comes through and presents a hop presence with it

M - Medium bodied...a pleasant chocolate roast with a slight bourbon presence

O - I had this right after the Drunkpuppy and I enjoyed this one more...there was more depth with nice flavors of bourbon and chocolate throughout

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Simeon's Private Stock Porter has a brown body that allows light through only at the edges. The head is an off-white color, and it manages solid retention and lacing.

The aroma has bourbon, a bit of fruit, and a bunch of chocolate and roasted flavors.

SPSP is a wonderful mix of barrel characteristics and the base porter. Roasted malt and chocolate dominate, along with hints of dark fruit and a touch of anise. There is a little bit of toffee. Vanilla is noticeable, along with a hint of wood and a moderate amount of bourbon flavor. The finish has a touch of earthy hop presence. The entire beer is very well-integrated, and is a great example of barrel-aging.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth with low carbonation.

Simeon's Private Stock is yet another great beer from Selin's Grove. A lot of barrel aged beers are either too hot or the bourbon is overwhelming, but Siemon's takes just enough from the barrel to improve the beer without drowning it.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at SGB on 7/17/11.

A - Emerged from the handpull as a kind of murky walnut brown with crimson hues and more than a finger's width of rich, creamy beige foam that produced thick swatches of lacing around the glass.

S - Aroma reminds me of the Shade Mountain Stout with equal parts lactose and roasty notes. The bourbon and oak presence is mild, which allows room for notes of toasted nuts, chocolate and vanilla extract to expand the aroma and come to the forefront. There is also a slight dark fruit character hinting at spiced plums.

T - Sweet and roasty blend of vanilla, chocolate and a hint of dark fruit with a mild tangy bourbon presence. The porter displays lactic notes akin to a milk stout but also a smidgen of earthy hop bitterness, giving the flavor a bittersweet edge. Mild coffee nuttiness and oaky notes emerge in the backend. While all of the flavors are somewhat subtle and underpronounced, this is a pretty complex porter in the grand scheme of things.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel that doesn't come across as too thin or watery at all. Finish is bittersweet with minimal alcohol warmth on the palate.

D - A delicious porter than certainly gives White Horse a run for its money. Really glad I was able to finally get some of this... on cask, no less! If Simon could speak, he'd quote a bearded Beavis and proclaim, "Damn, I'm smooth!"

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Photo of stakem
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at SGB served in a goblet. This brew appears a very dark brown color with lighter brown clarity around the edges when held to the light. A creamy white head sits atop the brew and holds along the edge of the glassware.

The smell of this brew is bourbon and chocolate with a light tangy aspect of whiskey. Some herbal and citrus hops are included along with a light coffee character that emerges only as the brew warms. There is a faint green yeast scent across the back that is slightly exaggerated by the tangy aspect of the alcohol and the herbal hop inclusion.

The taste of this brew is chocolate, semi-sweet in nature with a somewhat roasty bitterness. There is a bourbon inclusion and a pleasant smooth vanilla inclusion that is somewhat sweet. A little earthy and somewhat young with yeasty quality that was also evident in the aroma. While the yeastiness is present, it is quite mild and forgettable compared to all the other flavors going on in this brew.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. Very easy drinking and well balanced. Quite a deep brew in character. I was pleasantly surprised to find out this was a barrel aged offering upon my first smell and sip. I guess I should have paid closer attention to the menu when I ordered it. Despite what my review score shows, I really enjoyed this brew and hope I can get back to have it again before it is gone.

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Photo of akorsak
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A growler filled last Sunday, 19-Jun-11. Poured into a tumbler.

A: The porter is a syrupy caramel color, brown lurching towards black. Ruby red colors are evident at the base of my glass. Each pour generates almost a finger of white head that quickly dissapates away. There isn't even a band of lace left.

S: It's very difficult to separate the compelx aromas. Does the molasses stand out most? Or maybe the barrel's vanilla? Or maybe the aniseedy licorice? Or maybe the roasted malts? Or maybe a combination of all fo the above. Woody vaniila is powerful, paired nicely with the spices and the porter. Very similar to a birch, root or sasparilla beer in my opinion.

T: A little black pepper, plenty of licorice and burnt malts. That alone would leave me content. Add wooden depth and sweet bourbony vanilla into the mix and the beer approaches perfection. The bourbon barrel, surprisingly, is content to play a supporting role. I've rarely seen it so subdued (it does provide solid flavor, not much booze though). A sweet caramel and toffee streak cuts through the middle of the ale, a sweetness that gets through the barrel and the anise. An incredibly complex ale that never loses sight of its goal - to taste good. Oh, it tastes mighty fine.

M: Sweet and sturdy, this porter hasn't disappointed me yet. The bourbon barrel aging is perfect, allowing the porter's caramel, toffee and anise to shine through. The broad range of flavors gels nicely.

O: Astounding. As good as it was on SGBC's patio a few weeks back. The rich porter and sweet bourbon are a match made in heaven.

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Photo of orangesol
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Brewpub into a 8oz pint.

A - Pours dark brown, bordering on black, with a thin film of half finger tall tan head leaving little to no lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of vanilla, molasses, toffee, rich bourbon, and some dark roasted chocolate malt. I don't get a lot of the English yeast. A bit dull at the start but it got better as it came to room temp.

T - Starts off with a nice light vanilla sweetness quickly giving way to a mix of chocolate, toffee, licorice, and some drying wood tannins. I detect only a small trace of alcohol present toward the end of the glass. The finish is a mix of sweetness and dark roast, lingering for a short period of time. This one is complex, yet easy drinking.

M - Heavy body and flavor with lively carbonation. Rich, full, feel with a good amount of sweet roast in the finish. The base flavors are still prominent and the barrel is just present as a helper. Very nice.

O - I enjoyed my glass of this one. It had a lot of flavors going on but they all worked well together and the barrel helped round things out without being overpowering. Another winner in my book.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the SGB on 6/12/11. Served in a stemmed goblet.

Pours black/maybe a deeper brown, topped with a finger of light mocha colored head. This retains with a light layer of frothiness, leaving back of good bit of spotty lace which dots the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of chocolate, roast, and caramel, which melds into a good bit of bold bourbon sweetness, with notes of molasses, vanilla, and anise being especially pronounced and seeming to stick to those chocolate malts the most. There is a light combo of herbal hops and tannic wood flavors that hang onto the edges of the other flavors. Man, this is smooth and delicious smelling in the nose.

The taste is cocoa, molasses, vanilla sweetness, licorice, bitter fruit, and a burnt roast character that spreads out along the back and lingers with a deep oaky dryness. This just has a really well balanced mix of flavors here from the base Porter and bourbon barrel. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a smooth sharp creaminess that glides along fairly easily. The only alcohol here is a sweet and slightly boozy smack from the barrel that adds some intensity to the flavors but is generally pretty darn well integrated into the profile.

They’ve been experimenting with some barrel aging over the last couple of years here and they have seemed to get it nailed just right with this one, as that bold English Porter base was more than enough for the bourbon barrel to wrap around. This was just extremely flavorful and robust and surprisingly approachable considering the amount of barrel that was still present here. This one’s a winner.

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Simon's Private Stock Porter from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
4.23 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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