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Prometheus | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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20 Ratings

Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by weeare138 on 09-10-2005

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of whatname
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Braddeforest
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of esiason14
3.36/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

On cask at Columbia Ale House. Dark with a thick tan head that just did not go away. Lacing was strong. You pick up the malt and chocolate in the smell, flavor follows but with the smoke added in along with some coffee. Creamy and thick with some lip smacking malt. Very good, not sure impact of it being cask.

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Photo of Boone757
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Epiccore619
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Rifugium
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Sly Fox, Phoenixville, PA

Poured a brown-black that wasn't quite opaque; with a small tan head that receded to a spotty ring. Dark malts in the aroma, dark chocolate and slightly smoky. More roasty malts in the taste, chocolate milk, smoked grains, and a little bit of an alcohol bite coming through. Smooth, rich, just about full-bodied, and a fine drink overall.

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Photo of Symptomu
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured like dark molasses. Can barely catch a glimpse of light through it. Head is about an inch of dark tan foam almost nitro in nature.

There is a light smoky smell to greet you along with the classic porter overtones.

Smoke comes to the forefront of the flavor but is not overwhelming. No fishy smoke taste here. Just pure chocolate and rauch.

Mouthfeel is quite good for such a heavy beer. Slightly cloying sugar notes. Pretty clean feel though overall.

I could drink this all night personally. I love porters. Some might find this a bit strong.

This is how you make a smoked beer. Perfectly done.

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Photo of CHickman
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours opaque black with reddish brown on the edges when held up to the light and a small beige head that faded quickly; smells of smoked wood, roasted malts, vanilla and caramel - the smoke odor dominates the nose.

Tastes of burnt wood, smoked bacon, vanilla, roasted malts, coffee, toffee, chocolate, citrus, light floral hops, yeast and brown sugar or candied sugar. The flavor might even mimic a barrel aged bourbon, without the heavy alcohol burn and warming, which was nice. The sweetness actually overpowers the smoky flavor, but seems to balance out the brew as they seem to neutralize each other.

Very light carbonation with a smooth, crisp mouthfeel to it that has a semi-dry finish with the roasted malt, coffee and lemon flavors to end it. Medium bodied, which was shocking considering the aroma and taste.

Pretty complex and enjoyable beer, but I could only have one per sitting. A really good nightcap beer. This went well with a spicy chicken sandwich on tap at the Lark.

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Photo of SPRichard
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

found this since retired beer on tap at Local 44 in West Philly

a mixture of a black/brown body with a thin tan head....some carbonation popping up every few seconds...looked like a Coke that was almost flat

smokey...burnt....bitter coffee

traces of coffee...smokey charcoal flavors...bitterness....black licorice

very lightly carbonated which gave it that flat soda feel....the alcohol wasn't hidden at all...showed up front and center in each mouthful

since this is a hard to find beer i had to try it...not something i'd probably order again unless the people at Sly Fox tweak it a little

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Photo of AltBock
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was on tap at the Phoenixville location on 5/9/2009. They served it to me in a 10 oz. goblet. They listed this beer as a Imperial Smoked Porter with a 8% ABV and that means I had to have this beer while I was there.

Prometheus poured a solid ink black color. I held it to the light and no ray of light could break through the solid pitch blackness that this beer had. Sitting on top of this black brew was a nice looking 3/4 of an inch tan head of foam. This head of foam had good retention that left behind a string of rings and a few blots of lace around the glass.

The aroma was mildly smoky and roasted at the same time with dark chocolate, a hint of tobacco, over ripened dark fruits, and some roasted malts at the finish line.

The majority of the taste was devoted to the dark chocolate. Following the taste of the dark chocolate was some roasted malts, a hint of dark fruits, a speck of roasted coffee beans, and then it ends with a slight taste of liquid smoke.

This was a medium bodied Imperial Smoked Porter with a mild roasted/smoky aftertaste of roasted malts, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and a gentle touch of smoke.

Sometimes it felt like this beer couldn't decide if it wanted to be smoky or roasted. It kept going back and forth. Either way, it was still a great Smoked Porter. If it's still on tap at Sly Fox, try it!

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Yard's Smoke'em If You Got'em Beer & BBQ event on the last Friday during Philly Beer Week.

Inconspicuously labeled as "smoked imperial porter 8.2%".

Black & brown average pour into my souvenir mug thrice over. Minimal tan head.

Smells of burnt nuts, bitter coffee, & sweet bbq char(note: nothing at that event was particularly charred except for the selection of ribs, which weren't particularly good).

A somewhat bitter liquorice flavor gets noticed with a good amount of char. So does a minimal amount of coffee grounds. Malt & cola soak up any extremes. A good change of pace from everything else on tap that day. Smoke wasn't particularly overpowering or resonating with the added char sweetness.

Feel was very carbonated. It thinned it out a bit too much, to the point where it didn't exactly feel like a porter. Alcohol wasn't exactly well hidden, but it was expected.

I'd surely order up another if I could find it. A nice change of pace from always grabbing their rauchbier(which I love). Do it again, & bottle it this time. :)

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Phoenixville, this dark pour on-tap offering is simple to describe: It's a porter, it's a rauch, then it's a porter, then it's a rauch then it's a...

Quite focused and well done. Lately, a good rauch or smoled porter has been garnering my favor. This is no exception. A linger of porter in the feel. Not the most descriptive review that I have offered, but it is what it is and it is good!

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Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear black in color with a 1/2" tan head. Spotty lacing developed.

Smell: the aroma was a pleasant combination of caramel, smoke, and alcohol.

Taste: numerous flavors are found in this beauty - chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, licorice, pepper, and smokey peat. Alcohol was also noticeable.

Mouthfeel; medium bodied, but still hearty enough for me. The finish was long on the roasted malts, smoke, and alcohol tones. Overall it is smooth with a quick, lightly crisp finish.

Drinkability: this is a very flavorful and enjoyable brew, but after having one I could not see making this a multiple brew session - so drinkability is down a bit. Must try if it is on tap.

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Photo of weeare138
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of the firkin...
Appears a dark brown/black with a 2 finger soapy tan head that slowly fades. Nice, sticky lacing is left behind.
Smell is sweet with lots of chocolate and dark fruits and just a mild dosage of smokiness.
Taste is great. Nice and creamy smooth.
Carbonation is low, as expected from the firkin but it brings out a bit more of the delicate, vivacious flavors.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at the Phoenixville location. Pours out a very dark brown with a tall tan head. Lightly smoky aroma with some roasted malts. Plenty of chocolate in there as well. Light caramel. The flavor has a light smokiness to it and a good amount of roastiness. Light chocolate and caramel mixed in well. Overall though I thought the taste was too mild but it was very good. If it was turned up a little bit it could be perfect. Finishes with a light lingering smokiness. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy but could use a touch more body. Very drinkable stuff as the growler went quickly. Altogether a very solid and tasty porter with a nice smoky edge.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Whoops! I suppose that I need to move a little faster in doing my reviews. I was there on Thursday, 08 Sept 05 for the dinner and debut of the Prometheus, which Brian is characterizing as an "Imperial Porter". The beer was served to us off of trays, so that accounted for the lack of head on each beer. The head was light, dark-tan in color with not a lot of retention. The beer itself was a deep, dark-ruby tinted cola brown. I felt that the mouthfeel was a little light for an imperial porter, but it was excusable. I got a chocolaty flavor on the palate which was overlain by the peat malt smokiness imparted by Brain's choice of whiskey malt. The finish was slightly sweet, but the whiskey-like peatiness was absolutely lingering. A beautiful drink, but not something that I would want repeatedly. The rauchbier, on the other hand ...

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Prometheus from Sly Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 20 ratings
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