Gandy Dancer Porter | Potosi Brewing Company

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81
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105 Ratings
THE BROS
75
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Gandy Dancer PorterGandy Dancer Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Potosi Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
potosibrewery.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by bashiba on 03-28-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
105
Reviews:
29
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
11.86%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
10
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 105 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of kylehay2004
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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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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 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 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 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 jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Duff27
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours dark brown bordering black to my eyes (I only see the 8 original Crayola crayon colors though) with a half-inch light mocha color into my pint glass. Abundant lacing.

S- Smells chocolatey. Vanilla.

T- Roasted malts. Hint of vanilla. Chocolate on the tail end.

M- Smooth. Carbonated well...better than well.

D/O- Not a bad little porter from Potosi. Don't know how many I'd want to have in one sitting but I enjoyed it.

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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 Sweffin
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of KAF
3/5  rDev -15.3%

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 scruffwhor
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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 egrace84
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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 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 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 BeerFMAndy
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atone315
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of hilgart1
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cokes
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, barely translucent, mahogany brown topped with a low tan head. It migrates to the edges of the glass and proceeds to leave gobs of lace.
The aroma is sweet bringing caramel, chocolate, hazelnuts, and toast. The nose isn't loud, but it nice enough.
It carries a pronounced sweetness through the mouth, noting caramel, milk chocolate, and cake batter as it gets doughier through the middle, bringing along an odd note of corn syrup. A low-level toasty/roasty component provides offsetting bitterness, with vague anise qualities. Chocolate-dusted hazelnuts pop up late, as the sweetness wins out. It rides out with more caramel, with a cameo from earthy hops.
A deceptive medium build, pushed lighter with the steady, moderate carbonation. While sweet, it never approaches cloying. The balancing traits are subtle, but sufficient. As such, it brings a good deal of drinkability.

As a note, I've listed this as an American Porter, as Potosi's website alludes to that being the intent here with: "A bit bigger, hoppier, and or roastier than their European predecessors". I don't entirely agree with their description and tasting notes (I wish it had more of these things) and I find it a better example of an English Porter.
Splitting hairs a bit now, and I'll stop. It's a little quirky sweet, but I generally like it.

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Gandy Dancer Porter from Potosi Brewing Company
3.54 out of 5 based on 105 ratings.
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