Gandy Dancer Porter | Potosi Brewing Company

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Gandy Dancer PorterGandy Dancer Porter

Brewed by:
Potosi Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
2.8/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Not too good, it's stale dark roast, some bittersweet chocolatey flavor sand a bitter roast finish. I'm glad I only bought one, I didn't care for this beer. I'm not a huge porter guy but this just Isn't anything I'd go back to.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.85/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a hazelnut brown color, forming a deep chocolate bod with a beige head of 1/2 finger.

Aromas of roast malts, river water, chalk, and sour milk.

Basic roast malt profile, albeit stale; followed by chalk and unsweetned cocoa.

Feel is on the light side for a porter, but still within spec.

Overall, just a drain pour. It's not even a sad drain pour. Too chalky, too stale, too light bodied.

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Photo of drpimento
4.07/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good stuff. Bittersweet, without being overly sweet. Which is a pleasant change these days. A bit roasty. Sort of going in the direction of Guinness. Easy drinking. Very nice finish.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With a very dark, cloudy brown, the aroma is effervescent dark chocolate and baker’s chocolate, along with the slightly astringent, but pleasantly sweet cocoa flavor. The mouthfeel is creamy smooth and it fits with the straight coffee aftertaste, as it starts to get slightly dry with time. This is very interestingly crafted, but I recommend the Chocolate Ale from Boulevard Brewing, Eugene Porter from Revolution Brewing, the Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewing as well as the Edmund Fitzgerald from Great Lakes Brewing Company. Other similar beers are the Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing and the Coconut Molasses Brown Ale from Duck Foot Brewing.

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Photo of Tone
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, slight alcohol, wood, slight roasted malt, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, roasted malt, alcohol, slight wood, slight hops, hint of smoke, and a hint of yeast. Overall, decent porter, but there is an underlying odd flavor (might be metallic), that is disconcerting.

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Photo of jwc215
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark brown to black. A tan head gives it an espresso-like appearance.

The smell is of chocolate, coffee, caramel, with a touch of earthy hop spice.

The taste is of roasted coffee (slightly on burnt side), some cocoa, hint of caramel, slight sour touch.
Dark malt sweetness comes to dominate the roast. Medium earthy hop spicing in the balanced finish.

It hits medium-bodied. Smooth.

A solid interpretation of a traditional American porter. Nice!

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Photo of jzlyo
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is dark/roasted malts, coffee and mild toffee. The flavor is roasted malts, toffee, chocolate, mild dark fruit and a mix of acidity and tart in the finish.

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Photo of pat61
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours bright brown under a persistent, clingy 2” light tan foam collar. S: Slight vegetal on the nose with light roast. T: Starts a little sweet and then rich malts, dark malts, with a touch of cocoa and then a touch of sour enters in and it dries out in the finish. F: Medium to medium full body, creamy O: Drinkable and has some depth and complexity.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.27/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack from the local market. No brew/expiration date on the bottle. Poured straight from the refrigerator into a pint glass.

L: Pours a deep coffee black, with about an inch of khaki head that quickly falls to a thin film on the surface. In the light, moderate carbonation is visible. Virtually no lacing on the glass as it goes down.

S: This one has a very minimal bouquet (or my allergies are worse than I realize). Just a bit of sweetness and roasted malt, but it's hard to distinguish.

T: Very subtle taste on this one. There's malt sweetness and a bit of roasty flavor at the forefront. It picks up a little warming from the alcohol in the middle, along with some vanilla notes. The back side has just a hint of hoppiness--herbal and earthy--that lingers with a touch of bitterness on the palate. If it didn't say "Porter" on the bottle, I would easily confuse this for a brown ale.

F: This beer has got a nice mouthfeel. It's not overly heavy--definitely medium-bodied--and it has a good creaminess and effervescence to it. As mentioned above, the finish is just a bit bitter, which works in its favor.

O: I'm not especially impressed with this brew from Potosi. I really enjoy their Good 'Ol Potosi and Pure Malt Cave Ale, so this one was a letdown for me. As I said earlier, I would swear that this was a brown ale, if I hadn't poured it myself. It's definitely drinkable, but that's not really what I'm looking for in a porter. Too little roasted flavor is what brings this one down a bit.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Grand Dancer Porter pours a dark amber color, almost black , with a nice lacing head. There is a sweet and slightly smokey aroma. The taste has some roasted malt flavors, with hints of smokes, and a sweeter aftertaste. Pretty watery and light. Overall it would be a good interesting porter, but the flavors are too light.

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Photo of Murphious
3.17/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nothing to get excited about and not to be avoided either.
Appears dark brown with tan head of 1/4in or less that dissipates quickly--within a minute or three. Pours thin, maybe slightly more viscous than a regular scotch ale?
Smells of hops and caramel malt--no surprises or complexity there. But not much if any chocolate.
Taste is same as expected from the aroma---some hop bitterness with burnt toast finish and little or no chocolate notes as in brewery description.
Mouthfeel is thinner than a porter, in my opinion. Some citrus bite but leaves quickly and slight drying in the finish with no oiliness.

Overall it's not bad but not exciting or worth searching for...

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Photo of barnzy78
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - rigorous pour reveals a cola-like brown body, thin creamy tan head
S - chocolate malts, vanilla, but really not much else
T - more chocolate here, faint roastiness, caramel, earthy hops
M - lighter than medium body, modest carbonation, piny bitterness lingers a bit
O - decent American Porter. Nothing extravagant and very straight forward, good example of the style.

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Photo of Jparker37
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Great tan head holds a solid cap. Dark brown in color but easily transparent showing ruby highlights with perfect clarity. Some spots of lacing down the glass.

S - Chocolate is pretty mild, touch of coffee roast. Mellow caramel tones. Not necessarily jumping from the glass.

T - Nice layer of rich caramel malt almost nearing some raisin qualities. Smooth chocolate is mild here as well. Barely sweet throughout. Leaves with a toasty flavor.

M - Medium-full body, medium-light carbonation, semi-sweet.

O - Very balanced for the style. Looks great, lacks some oomph from aroma. Taste is unoffending staying very drinkable considering a little fuller body. Good for a try, perfect "drink a whole 6-pack" type of beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.91/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

My second beer of this title, making my list just a bit more train-oriented than before. Sheldon would be pleased. Anyway, this stuff pours a dark black-brown topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises blackened pretzel (complete with a light coating of milk chocolate) and mild toast. The taste holds notes of rather mild roasted malts, toast, and very light chocolate powder. It all comes together in a strangely perfume-y aftertaste. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a pretty mediocre and forgettable porter.

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Photo of johnkale
3.27/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint

A - pours a deep, deep red/brown (like cola but more opaque) with two fingers of rocky, off-white head that dissipates in a matter of minutes

S - big loads of toffee upfront with some complimentary raisin, tobacco, dark coffee. just the barest bit of nuttiness in there too

T - very sweet, toffee and raisins, smoky/roasty notes, a little bit of alcohol bite, some earthy hops in there too. good, but a little less residual sugar might have been nice

M - a little over-carbonated, lighter in body than the sweetness would imply

O - good flavors going on but definitely too sweet for the body. Personally would have preferred a more roasty quality. I braised some lamb shanks in it a couple of nights ago and reduced the braising liquid for sauce, which work out very nicely with this, so at least it holds up in the kitchen.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my BYG 2012 Super Bowl Champions pint glass, drinking while watching the Bengals embarass the Giants. Thanks to Ian and Emma for giving me this in Wisconsin last weekend.

a - Pours a very dark brown color with the smallest bit of a reddish tint, two inches of medium tan head that leaves quickly, and low to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, milk chocolate, coffee, toasted malts, light nuts, and some cream and vanilla. Very nice nose....more coffee as it warms up.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, coffee, toasted malts, some light cream, and light bitter chocolate. Nice, but not quite as nice as the nose. Less chocolate and sweetness. Maybe a tiny bit of anise as well.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Little less carbonation would be nice but otherwise pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty decent porter. I really liked the nose and it is easy to drink. The taste has less chocolate and a little more bitterness and anise, but it's a solid porter worth checking out. Would try it again.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours brown but gains opaque tint when completely poured. A thin fuzzy head bubbles out quickly leaving a splotch in the middle.

S: Some sweet caramel malt, licorice, roasted malt, barley, and a little dark fruit sweetness.

T: The scent characteristics come full circle in the taste. Has a roasted malt complex that gains sweet caramel malt. The aftertaste is roasted, yet crisp and sweet.

M: Easy drinking porter with a lighter body than other examples. Good carbonation and mouth coating.

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Photo of crewfan16
2.83/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

poured from bottle to an imperial sam adams glass.

a- pours ruby dark brown with enough light to be able to see through it. half inch of head fades quickly with almost no lacing

s- bready doughy malt and some nutty character. slight caramel sweetness. sort of underwhelming

t- again with the biscuit maltiness and slight nutty flavors - toasted almond maybe. some more roasted charred malt on the finish with a little hop bitterness

m- creamy enough mouthfeel but sort of thin overall

overall, a slightly below average porter. just sort of light on all accounts. I am really trying to find something i really love from potosi, but they are just sort of underwhelming.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Transferred over from my tasting notebook.

Looks really almost black except for when I shine a flashlight on it and the edges turn deep brown. 1/4 of a finger of tan head that vanishes in 20 seconds, no lacing left behind but it has a nice texture in my mouth I usually only feel in milk stouts. Smells like a mixture of coffee, sweet malt, and vague impressions of a light hop spicing. Tastes more like a mixture of roasted malt, and toasted nuts than coffee to me, although it has some hints of the spicing components of a chai latte without the dairy or the coffee elements. The malts taste kind of musty....maybe about 20% oxidized? Because of this, I suspect that I may have had an older bottle, since I am also not picking up on certain layers of complexity that other BAs before me have... I'll update this one if I find myself with another bottle in my possession in the future.

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Photo of Jason
3.26/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Tiny bubbled tan lace holds strong, nearly full on black some brown edges to this beer. Sweet malty aroma, some toffee then things go roasty. Silky smooth with some buttery caramel flavors up front. Very modest hopping though a mild roasted grain edge helps to balance the sweetness out a bit. Mocha? Some warming alcohol i the end, not much else to this beer other than the toffee sweetness and some roasted grain flavor. Decent ...

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Photo of Schmittymack
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a twelve ounce bottle into that damn ol' trusy shaker glass. Poured a dark black--darker than a lot o' porters I've sampled. No head but a bit of lacing that lingers on the sides of the glass. Aroma of coffee and sweet malt. Taste is sweet malt, coffee, and no hop bitterness. A solid brew that I'd love to try from the source on tap.

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Photo of mynie
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, exceedingly fresh, at the brewery.

Awfully dark for a medium strength porter. Not that there's anything wrong with that. It's actually pretty damn pretty.

Smells like coffee, dry hops, and dark roasted barley. More like a dry stout than a porter--there's not much rough porteriness, nor any sour nodes.

Tastes like it smells, like a solidly above average dry stout. Coffee moving into smooth, bitter barley, ending on light nodes of dry hops and black chocolate. Kind of sweet for the style (honestly, I never would have pegged this for a porter were not labeled as such), but a tasty, solidly brewed beer.

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Photo of Soneast
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown, almost black color. When held to a light it showcase a very clear beverage, with amber to copper edges. Grows a half-inch thick, light brown colored head, that dissipates rather quickly to a thin sudsy layer.

The aroma showcases some nice malt character, roasty with some mild chocolate and fudge notes and burnt caramel a nice toast character that brings some nutty aromatics to the beer.

The flavor starts out pretty decent, it basically tastes like a chewy fudge brownie, with some definite dark chocolate character coming through, the roastiness is pretty tame, it finishes like a brownie too, fudgey and sweet. This beer probably could have actually used a bit more roasted barley to tame the sweetness on the back end.

The beer itself is medium bodied, but the cloying sweetness on the finish makes it feel thick and syrupy. I think this could have been a great porter rather than an merely average one had they just upped the hop content a bit more, or maybe added a bit more roast character to the beer which would add some bitterness as well. As is, this beer drinks more like a sweet stout.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.4/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown almost black with a big head. The aroma is lots of chocolate, mild hops with some earthy and floral character in there as well. The flavor is fruity, not in an overbearing way... or even a dominant way, but it's the first thing that hits you when you taste it. There is plenty of roasty coffee and a lot of nice hop bitterness. There is a mild smokiness to the beer as well. Overall this was the best beer I had on Saturday. This is a world class porter and a crown jewel in the lineup of a very new, but very welcome addition to the Southwest WI brewing scene.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid above average American Porter from this brewery. The best offering from them i've had thus far, better than "Good Ol' Potosi" and "Pure Malt Cave Ale" for sure, and better than their IPA possibly.

Light like a Munich Dunkel, but with the flavor profile of a Porter. Russet brown with a hint of crimson in the light. Wispy skim and a solid ring around the edges. A solitary arc of dripping lace accentuates the side of the glass.

Brown sugar sweetness and husky toasted malts in the nose. Very soft feel, some clove phenolics and creamy chocolate. Low level bitterness, i'd hesitate to associate it with any hop content, almost a simple byproduct of the mild roasty element. Seems more like a lager in feel, though it's medium bodied. Perfect cold weather brew. Would buy again.

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