Overhang (Alta Series) | Two Beers Brewing Co.

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Overhang (Alta Series)Overhang (Alta Series)

Brewed by:
Two Beers Brewing Co.
Washington, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ushering in the cooler days of autumn, Highpoint is aged in bourbon barrels for six months with cocoa, cinnamon and a touch of cloves. The result is a roasted caramel and molasses nose with a rich brown head.

Added by laminam on 11-13-2013

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 32
Photo of thebeers
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown color with a half finger of sudsy light-tan head that dissipates into a stately crown.

Caramel, vanilla, molasses, dates, faint coffee and a wisp of ginger and other winter spices compete in the aroma.

These continue to the taste, but less pronounced and a good bit sweeter, quite heavy of the vanilla and the caramel. There's rich cocoa powder, a kiss of alcohol burn and very slight hop bitterness also thrown into the mix.

Fairly thin bodied for such a sweet concoction, with strong carbonation.

The nose on this is great, like a complex winter warmer, but overall it's just too sweet to my taste. Would benefit from a heavier base and a stronger bittering agent, be it coffee, chocolate or hops.

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Photo of ryanswartz47
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love bourbon/whiskey barrel aged beers. The alcohol flavor tastes like it belongs there, unlike most imperials that taste of alcohol. This beer is no exception. You would expect any beer with over 12% ABV to taste of alcohol, but in this one it just feels right. Same goes for the smell. To add a little more detail, I smell and taste (besides alcohol) chocolate and vanilla. I'm sure there's more there, but I don't have quite as keen of senses as most the reviewers on here. I mostly just wanted to let you guys know that this is an excellent beer. My bottle says they only bottled 3000 of them, so get it if you see one.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dusty black body topped off by a much lighter off white head. Fluffy initially but settles in nicely leaving good lacing down the glass.

Nose is rich chocolate and creamy. Some roasty notes and just a faint touch of alcohol. Not too overwhelming though.

Flavour brings the same notes but slightly more nuanced and subtle. Chocolate predominates, with milky sugars and vanilla and bourbon. Ends up being fairly sweet and creamy. Alcohol is certainly there, but it's not overwhelming, not too hot.

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

A very delicious, robust porter. Could taste the alcohol but it was smooth. Dark fruits and sweetness push this almost to the edge of being an imperial stout. I was surprised though to read that this was barrel aged. I didn't get any barrel characteristic in it.

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Fiddler Inn, in a tulip: mostly dark fruit on the nose for me. Deep mahogany, nearly black color. Malty, rich, sweet, tannins, dark fruit. Taste is such that I would have guessed it was aged in red wine barrels rather than bourbon barrels. Viscous, low carbonation. One to sip slowly for sure. Must be one of the best barrel aged beers I have had- really enjoyed it.

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Photo of LouZ
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into Alta Series glass; dark with a finger of head that dissipates quickly. Aroma was caramel and molasses, as advertised. Taste was to match, but added in vanilla and chocolate with a hot bourbon presence at the finish. I could also get some hop bitterness. Feel was needful but downgraded a bit for the alcohol burn. Overall, a good, strong porter for those who want more than a thin, standard porter.

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Photo of MichaelNeelsen
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 2014 bomber bottle #1875/2700, aged for one year in cellar.

L: Hard pour into tulip glass left a massive mocha head that gets smaller but lasts.

S: Immediate coffee, cocoa wafts from the pour.

T: Milk chocolate. Cocoa. A little coffee. Vanilla. Lactose. Bourbon warmth is in the finish.

F: First word out of my mouth after sip: "Whoa." I have no idea why this is considered a porter rather than a stout. I expected something thinner, but it's like sipping a latte. It's straight up creamy! I've never had a beer feel like this. I know the high ABV barrel-aged beers get silky as they age, but damn. Also, there's absolutely zero carbonation.

O: The novelty of this beer is the feel. Wow. I can't think of a beer with this exact character. I keep coming back to espresso drinks, like lattes or mochas. It's that thick!

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Photo of kdahnke123
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at cellar temperature:
A -A medium brown, slightly cloudy pour. The head was finger tall and long lasting leaving a nice lacing.
S - Smells of bourbon, chocolate and vanilla. Very nice.
T - Creamy chocolate taste with oak and bourbon. The finish/aftertaste is somewhat bitter.
F - Medium viscosity with an average amount of carbonation.
O - An interesting porter. Were the finish better it would have a higher score and might want another. As it is, it's worth trying.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours pitch black with only a tiny ring around the edge of the glass and no visible carbonation. Aroma of bourbon and dark toasted malt. Flavor a nice balance of bourbon, toasted malt, chocolate and vanilla, finishes with bourbon, dark malt, vanilla and light hop bitterness. Medium bodied with light carbonation in the taste. A smooth, bourbon forward porter. Flavors are well integrated well melded. Body a little lighter than I expected from the aroma, color and looks, but still a flavorful and well made barrel aged porter. Well done.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured a deep brown with good carbonation presenting a tannish colored cap. Head retention was pretty good as it resedes some light curtains of lacing and a small rings sticks to the edges of the glass

S: Smooth cocoa, roasted malts, moderate bourbon and a hint of cinnamon

T: Initial taste was of smooth rich chocolate/cocoa with a moderate bourbon barrel presence. This beers taste is dominated by a smooth chocolate goodness with a healthy roast, light coffee. There is a moderate char and bitterness on the finish with more cocoa and caramel.

M: On the full bodied side, impressive, creamy and decadent. Well cabronated.

O: Great job. The balance of the barrel with base beer was right on IMO. However, I was looking for a little more of the cinnamon and clove they refered to in their description.

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Overhang (Alta Series) from Two Beers Brewing Co.
4.17 out of 5 based on 32 ratings.
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