Brownie Porter
Horny Goat Brewing Co.

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Brown Ale - American
3.28 | pDev: 16.16%
Horny Goat Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.39/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

AROMA is chocolate. dark brown color. small head.
FEEL: thin texture.
TASTE: taste is chocolate, vanilla.
very light, easy drinking, but not a lot of depth. good social beer."


Oct 09, 2016
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

3.67/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mostly brown with a hint of red. Very light tan head that fades quickly and leaves little evidence that it was there. The nose is roasted malts, cocoa powder, some sweetness and a tiny bit of brown sugar. The taste is sweet and reminiscent of brownie batter with cocoa and sweetness. There is a hoppy bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is thin and the beer is decently carbonated. Not a bad beer but not spectacular.

Mar 20, 2016
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed from the tall boy can in a pint glass. This porter pours with a very nice rocky head of tan foam that sits atop a dark brown ale with nice lacing. Nose of sweet malts and little else. Flavors exceed the nose with notes of dark cocoa colliding with sweet brown sugars with a touch of vanilla on the back. Smooth medium mouth feel with good carbonation that helps with the malt forwardness and slight cream notes of the brew. A malt bomb that is solid for a session brew. No cinnamon was noticed anywhere which is actually fine by me. A decent brew.


Dec 17, 2015
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DaneBramage from Illinois

3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: reddish brown
S: cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon and caramel, plus some other spices....almost like cookies baking in the oven
T: cocoa, caramel and chocolate
F: thin, should be heavier for a porter
O: almost a porter-light, decent flavor that's more reminiscent of an English brown ale. Got a 4-pack on clearance at my local shop but probably wouldn't recommend it. Almost like they tried to throw too many flavors in which hurt the end result.

Aug 15, 2015
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours from can a caramel brown with ruby highlights. Average head and tan suds. No true lace to speak of.

Aroma: Nutty chocolate malts, maybe a touch of maple or burnt brown sugar. Not bad.

Taste: Sweet and light in body, this “porter” is quite enjoyable overall, with chocolate, nuts, and caramel notes. I don’t get much real “brownie” taste, and this ale seems much nearer to a traditional brown ale than a porter to me, but it is enjoyable and quite drinkable, and I’d have no problem drinking more of these.

Aug 03, 2015
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303beer from Colorado

3.89/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a very dark red brown. No sediment. Nice taste. Just a little sweet to it. I like this brewery and I'm happy to be able to try this beer. The liquor store just put four packs on the shelf. I'll have more.

Apr 21, 2015
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Horny Goat Brownie has a medium, cream-colored head, a dark, ruby-brown appearance, and no lacing left behind. The aroma is of dark, rich, bread crust, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, and chocolate. Taste is of those elements, with some pleasant yeast sourness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Horny Goat Brownie finishes on the sweet and wet side, with high drinkability.


Mar 05, 2015
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GregJ from Louisiana

3.19/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark reddish brown with thin head. Smells earthy and light chocolate. Although I can taste a little brownie from the chocolate maltiness, it is ruined by the light body and kind of a cheap cider taste. Light body, sweet malt aftertaste with slight cider flavor. Not worth a repeat drinking.

Feb 02, 2015
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gibgink from Missouri

3.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Reading the description of the beer, I thought I was in for a treat.
"Ale Brewed with Brown Sugar and cinnamon & with vanilla and cacao nibs added".
I did not pick up any of the flavors in the description. Don't get me wrong, it is an easy drinking, smooth beer, but still a big let down. I will not be purcashing again.

Dec 27, 2014
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am in the kitchen at Chez Woody, hanging out with m'main man, Horny Goat, telling him how much I dug his limited release Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter and he gets this big grin. He then gets on the horn, literally, with his Old Lady, this hot-looking blonde ewe with a great pair of udders, and tells her to bring over something special. She shows up with her "special" Brownie Porter, which she swears only has "love" as its secret ingredient. Man, I hope so, 'cause I gotta check-in with my P.O. next week and I can't be hot, dig?

From the bottle: "Craft Brewed in Wisconsin"; "Ale Brewed with Brown Sugar and Cinnamon with Vanilla and Cacao Nibs added".

I relaxed a little when I saw that the ingredients did not include anything untoward. Nor was I surprised that this came from Wisconsin, which is not known as "America's Dairyland" for nothing. Man, they got some real honey-honey milkmaids in that state, I'm tellin' ya!

I let the ewe pour for us and it turns out that she doesn't have any compunction about giving head! My glass contained a big, foamy finger of light-tan head that just sat there, defying me to do something, anything. I was making small talk with her since the Goat didn't like that we were so friendly all of a sudden. Glancing over, it settled into a light-brown color (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Man, the nose was heavy on the vanilla and she told me that she likes to dab some behind each ear in lieu of perfume. No wonder the Goat is Horny! Man, I'd be in rut all the time if my Old Lady acted like that. Mouthfeel was big and full, not creamy, likesay, but effervescent. The flavor was cocoa powder, vanilla, cinnamon, but I could not discern the brown sugar, although it was plenty sweet. I suggested molasses to cut some of the sweetness and she agreed to give it a try in a future batch. The finish was somewhere between semi-sweet and semi-dry, but it was nowhere near as sweet as I was expecting. The cinnamon was not only an inspired touch, but it really cut some of the inherent sweetness of the other ingredients. I waved as the Goat and his ewe rode off on their hog and then some other magic started in on me. Oh man, I wonder if I can reschedule that meeting ...

Jul 02, 2014
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark brown with a tan head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of roasted dark malt, vanilla, cocoa powder and a subtle hint of cinnamon.

The taste is of sweet dark malt, vague dark fruitiness. There is a hint of vanilla bean with some brown sugar. Cinnamon comes through in the aftertaste and lingers. Spicy finish with a bit of roast.

It's thin, but just above watery. Pretty smooth.

The flavors don't mesh together as well as they could. Still in all, it's not bad. Other than a hint of roast, leans more towards a spiced brown ale. Cinnamon is a bit much in the aftertaste. It's "different".

Jan 27, 2014
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hosehead83 from Ohio

2.87/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle-no exp. date- into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy amber in color, with a nice head of light tan foam.
Aroma-Faint toasted malt.
Taste-Flavors seem watered-down. Faint cinnamon and vanilla notes, muddled and unbalanced. Seems more like a brown ale than a porter.

Jan 08, 2014
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.42/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a dark brown with ruby edges. There is a half finger of head that enjoyed some decent retention. The nose is nutty, but also oddly tart. The same tartiness is present in the flavor profile. The flavor profile is not very roasty – I can understand why some might classify this as a brown ale rather than a porter. The finish has caramel notes and may be the most enjoyable part of the tasting experience.

Jan 08, 2014
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, some notes of vanilla. Taste is chocolate, cinnamon, some vanilla, unique and pretty tasty. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a different and solid beer.

Dec 12, 2013
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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Dark chocolate color. Tan head, foamy and slow to recede. Light lacing.

Aroma: String cinnamon and ginger element, toasty malts.

Taste: Very rich on taste. Starts with strong cinnamon and ginger spices then solely was into a chocolate fudge finish.

Mouthfeel: Nedium body, nice weight to it.

Overall: A bit too much of a holiday spices taste about it. Not bad though.

Oct 28, 2013
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tiltedglass from New York

1.18/5  rDev -64%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

This is a cinnamon flavored beer and it's like mulled wine for those who like real wine--horrible. But even if you like a porter, this beer has no real body or depth of flavor like a decent porter (never mind a good one, or an imperial brew). The pour is fine at first, a decent dense head, but with a light brown color. You know before you taste this will not be rich or complex. Then the hit of cinnamon, which kills the other flavors for me. The mouthfeel is watery, the carbonation closer to soda than beer. One of the worst drinking experiences I've ever had!

Oct 02, 2013
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cmq103 from New Jersey

2.39/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass. A semi-aggressive bottle pour resulted in about a 1/4" thin beige head that quickly reduced to a thin ring. Darker amber lager in color, similar to a lager or fall season beer. Minimal lacing barely makes an effort to cling to the sides of my glass.

S: Aroma is a sweet medicinal cinnamon. I really don't get much else and believe me I tried several deep inhales. I'm not sure how cinnamon ends up so prominent in a Brownie Porter, but it does.

Taste: There it is again, cinnamon clearly dominates. Sweet, but astringent flavor follows in stride. This is definitely no porter that I've ever experienced. I get no chocolate "brownie" taste at all. I was totally fooled by the beer name. This is no porter.

M: Lively carbonation is this beer's only positive.

O: This beer came in a sampler 12-pack. If I'm being honest, I can't see myself ever buying a 12-pack from this brewery again. None of the beers "wowed" me, and as a matter of fact I found myself really disappointed. The brewery name grabs your attention, but definitely not the beer itself.

Jun 22, 2013
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

2.35/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Brewed with brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and cacoa nibs.

A: Cinnamon stick orange pour appears ruby red in the vessel. A healthy 2 inch frothy, whipped beige head is fairly strong as was the carbonation factor. Head coverage was mostly lasting, the lacing was a bit weak and sparse. Doesn't really strike me as a porter brown coloring either way from the bottle or in the glass.

S: Brown sugar is very evident for aroma, sweet, sugary, along with some strong cinnamon turning to a faint sweet chocolate. Actually smells like cinnamon toast crunch cereal, sugary, not so much brownie. Dry chocolate fade.

T: Flavor was dry, a bit powdery chocolate, the cacao nibs get involved. The cinnamon again is at the forefront with toasted dry grains, Again cinnamon toast crunch cereal flavor comes to mind with a dry cacao nib fade. There seems like an almost faint chili pepper soft heat coming about along with some sour malt.

M: Frothy mouthful turns washy, sour malt as it sits on the tongue along with a lack of carbonation. Not pleasant to hold on to for any length of time.

O: Overall sweet, sugary, gimmicky, and doessn't remind me any bit of a porter let alone a brownie. Cinnamon toast crunch with some dry french toast mixed with some cocoa nibs best describes this missed attempt. Flavor doesnt translate well. Label says porter, BA lists it as a brown, i say pass either way. unimpressed.

Jun 11, 2013
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socon67 from New York

2.99/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A - Pours like cream soda. Very strong carbonation, and decent lacing. No foam retention is noted. Very clear look.

S - At first there was no scent of anything of note. As the beer warmed some smoky notes and roasty cocoa hit the nose.

T - Hmmm... This one is at best a gateway craft. There is some notes of chocolate and caramel, but the majority of the flavor seems artificial.

M - On one hand the beer is sessionable. But the high carbonation and slight aftertaste would make you wonder why you would want another. Mixed bag, and likely not a good choice for a diehard craft drinker.

O - I'm giving this an extra strike for falsely throwing the word "porter" on the label. Its clearly a brown ale, and not a good one at that.

Mar 23, 2013
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mecummins from Illinois

1.73/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.5

A- poured a oak brown color with 1finger foam. Minimum lacing.

S- heavy cinnamon and brown sugar. Smell reminded me of roasted cinnamon nuts at Christmas. Not getting any sort of brownie scent at all. No chocolate or coffee scents at all.

T- first note was cinnamon. Very heavy on the cinnamon (too heavy for me.). Very sweet. No traditional porter flavors at all. A harsh artificial taste is there as well. Like a bad diet cookie.

M- medium with a very short finish

O- honestly, one of the most unpleasant beers I 've had in a long time. The artificial note on the end is not appetizing at all.

Feb 17, 2013
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Special? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of glowing khaki foam. The nose comprises cinnamon, cocoa, vanilla bean, and a kiss of nutmeg. The taste generally brings in more of the same, but replete with a general graininess/wheatiness that threatens to drown out nearly all else, though a few sprinkles of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cocoa powder occasionally appear. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, a weak porter and a sad excuse for a brownie-flavored anything. Quite the letdown.

Feb 02, 2013
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I was hoping for more from this beer....unfortunately my high expectations werenot met. Kudos to the person that defined this beer as a brown and not a porter. The beer poured a clear deep rich brown with thin slightly off white head that is leaving some lacing. The smell is filled with breaded malts with hints of cinnamon. The cinnamon dominates the taste and I'm not picking up alot of chocolate or brownie. Define base of bread/yeast malt present. The mouthfeel is kind of lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall the beer is ok...not a huge fan of cinnamon....I have definitely had better browns than this.

Jan 09, 2013
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Scotchboy from Idaho

3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cool 12oz twist-off sent as an extra (thanks Aaron!) poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint...

A: Looks more like an amber than a brown ale or porter IMO...transparent gold and dark mahogany...quickly dissipating off-tannish head with almost no lace.

S: Cinnamon and malt upfront, big-time bready quality from that malt...brown sugar sweetness competes with those aromas, and the spices do make it smell semi-dessert-ish? Maybe some hints of vanilla as well.

T: More of the same here, dessert baking spices and vanilla essence. Dominant malt presence with some flavors of caramel, brown sugar and faint cocoa.

MF: Cream medium body with lighter carbonation, no complaints here for the way the beer is pulled together.

O: Not too much bitterness but not overtly sweet either. Its good but not quite the 'brownie' I was hoping it would be.

Dec 20, 2012
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raznug from Ohio

3.62/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer pours a deep amber color it is a bit light in color for a porter but it is topped with ½” of tan colored head that dissipates quickly.
Smell: Brownie smells of a good malt base and hints of cinnamon and chocolate not much but small hints.
Taste: Wow this is better than I was hoping it has hints of cinnamon vanilla and chocolate, with a sweetness that I am guessing comes from the brown sugar. It has a good malt base under to support the flavors.
Mouthfeel: This is a rather thin bodied porter while the flavor lived up to my hopes the rest of the beer was rather disappointing. Too bad I was hoping it was better.

Dec 15, 2012
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scruffwhor from Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Do I review this as a porter or brown ale? Oh well.

The bottle states: "ale brewed with brown sugar and cinnamon and with vanilla and cacao nibs added."

Medium bronze/amber color with a quick head, ice ring o' foam, and tiny sluggish bubbles. Doesn't look like a porter to me.

Malty, medium roasted bread crust with a hint of cocoa powder and maybe some spices. Pretty light aroma profile overall.

Very light roasted malt flavors. The toasted malt flavors aren't bad. Notes of bread crust, some cocoa powder, a little vanilla, and perhaps cinnamon. The palate is light and watery. Easy to drink, but a little misleading I guess.

Glad I tried this beer, but did not my expectations.

Dec 15, 2012
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Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 122 ratings