Pughtown Porter | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
slyfoxbeer.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Scoats on 11-07-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
36
Reviews:
23
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
6.83%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
3
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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear, very dark brown body displays ruby highlights beneath a thin, creamy head of off-white foam that holds well and leaves some thin lace. Bright Cascade hops appear in the aroma over a chocolatey maltiness. In the mouth it's medium bodied with a fine carbonation that leaves it lightly crisp, but also somewhat dextrinous in the swallow. The flavor starts with citrusy, fruity hops; followed by some bittersweet chocolate and very deeply caramelized sugars as it crosses the palate and a bold hop bitterness emerges. It's surprisingly well-balanced, and similar to a good feather-weight boxing match with it's bold bitterness and rich citrus hop and dark malt character going fist-to-fist but never appearing heavy handed. It finishes dry with a short lingering, bittersweet chocolate note and some minimal hop flavor. Somewhat rich but not heavy, solidly bitter and well balanced. An enjoyable brew that's certainly worth trying.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very dark, but obviously clear brown, almost black. Very large tan head graced the top, eventually faded down to just a slight ring around the outside of the glass. No glass lace and little carbonation,.Smell very sweet, lots of caramel and roasted coffee, a touch of chocolate perhaps. Very nice light feel. Good carbonation kept it feeling alive and allowed the flavors to really pop. Nice burnt caramel sugar and a touch of chocolate. Very nice dry piney hopped finish. Very drinkable, in fact I had alot more of this alot quicker then I intended to. Overall a really great bee

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Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown in color with deep bronze tones around the edges of the glass. A nice 1+" inch head quickly receded.

Smell: the aroma was of roasted malt.

Taste: the flavor was of full malt roastiness, coffee, and lite licorice tones.

Mouthfeel: this is on the heavier side of a medium bodied brew and had nice carbonation. The mouthfeel was smooth with a slight crisp finish where the roastiness slowly faded from the tongue.

Drinkability: Nicely drinkable, worth seeking out.

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Photo of WesWes
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with thin off-white head. The aroma is good. It seems a bit light, but has a nice dark malt makeup with some dry qualities. The taste is good. It has a nice roasted, dark malt quality to it, but it seems a bit light for the style. It has a weak feel to it, but it still tastes good. The mouthfeel is decent. It is medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good beer. I don't think it's a true porter though.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pughtown Porter
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Style: American Porter
ABV: 5.60 %

LOOK: Dark brown brew with a mocha cream foam that leaves plenty of lace and lasts a good while. Looks like a solid porter.

SMELL: Aroma of roast, nuts, chocolate, coffee and sugary malt.

TASTE: In the taste, roasted malt upfront with a faint smokey note that gives way to milk chocolates. There is a small complimentary bitterness, but this is a mostly roasty, chocolatey affair with a mild presence of coffee.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, good thick feel and goes down smoothly and easily.

OVERALL: A tasty porter here from Sly Fox brewing based out of Pottstown, PA. Certainly a great beer to have more than one of in a sitting.

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Photo of DrJay
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was clear and dark brown with chestnut highlights. It was poured with a short cap of light tan head that produced some decent lacing and lasted for quite a while. The aroma was malty - caramel with (nearly) milk chocolate and slightly burnt. Moderate bitterness with plenty of caramel and bittersweet chocolate. Some nuttiness with a bit of burnt character. Hops aren't prominent, but do provide some depth. Dryness was a bit grainy, medium/full bodied, and the carbonation was on the creamy side. Great stuff. The English-style maltiness really pays off. I also liked the burnt character from black malt rather than roasted barley you get in some porters. I could drink this one all night.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep auburn chestnut with red highlights and a nice head of meringue like foam. The aromas are of slightly roasted malts, a bit of caramel, coffee, and some subdued roasty notes as well. The taste reflects the aromas very much. Weak coffee and sweet malts hit up front, the middle is a tad roasty, and the finish is chocolate-like and nice. The mouthfeel is very thin, for a porter, and it really ruins it a bit for me. However, the drinkability is awesome because this stuff goes down like water. A pretty standard porter, but it is just too thin for me.

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Photo of curlybird
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cylinsier
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tap at special tasting

Pours dark brown with an eggshell head.

Smells a bit smokey with some chocolate and dry hop character.

Tastes mildly toasty with some dark fruit malt sweetness and some mild hop bitterness.

Medium body with light carbonation.

Pretty delicious, an enjoyable porter, would definitely have this again.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a German growler fresh from SLY FOX...ok actually, it's been stowed away for about three weeks...that's the longest growler tenure I've ever had but not to worry because the folks at SLY FOX doa 10/10 job on filling them so that they store for weeks easily.

Ruby brown dark clear pour almost like an empty brown beer bottle glass. First growler pour was lacking a head cover, but the second pour remedied that in a hurry.

Bitter roasted malts. Woody aroma with a bit of wet cardboard, almost ESB in the nose.

Woody, roasted malts flavor. Dry finish. Maple syrupy sweet, almost reminds me of sweet 'n low.

Chewy, sugary, creamy feel. As this warmed a bit from the fridge temps, this became smoooth.

Is it drinkable? Me & shapudding knocked off a growler in about two hours.

Last swigs: Even though Porter isn't my favorite style, this is a decent over all porter offering. England invented the style. US can do it. This proves it. A good porter that was way drinkable.

Beer is good. Happy local beering.

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Photo of AltBock
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this Sly Fox beer on cask at Teresa's Next Door on 2/16/2008. They served it to me in a standard American pint glass.

This Sly Fox poured a deep dark mahagony brown that had a few chestnut brown highlights at the bottom and on the sides. It had a tall 1 inch creamy head of white foam that seemed like forever to recede to a point where I could taste the beer. When it finally receded, it left behind a white bubbly film and streaks of white bubbly lace. It had a medium sized lightly dry aroma of bitter dark chocolate, dry roasted malts, dry roasted hops, and then ended with a pinch of dark fruits. The taste started off chocolately with bitter dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, and a splash of dark fruits. Then after the dark fruits had left, in comes this bitter taste of dark roasted hops, and a small slice of grapefruit. It had a nice chocolately/bitter hop combo to it. The mouthfeel was dry with roasted hops, roasted malts, and a small touch of grapefruit. It was an absolute joy to try this Sly Fox winner on cask.

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Photo of srw
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Barleycorn
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of SPRichard
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dark brown in color...tight light tan head a little lacing sticking towards the end of the glass

malt...caramel...chocolate

bittersweet chocolate...bitterness....roasted nuts....caramel...hops present but not over the top

medium body...dry....creamy

could do a session with this one without even blinking

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Photo of stirgy
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Grey Lodge. Deep mahogany brown/ amber in color with some orangey highlights. Beautifully rich and creamy tan head. This looks delicious. The aroma is rich with buttery roasted grains and burnt chocolate bitters. There is even some fruits, like apples and dark cherries that come through.

The taste is very rich, has a deep and dark fruitiness along with some burnt caramel sweetness. Very intense and almost takes an ammonia like quality. There’s a dry roasted bitterness in the finish. This is one rich and roasty brew. Very nice.

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Photo of fdig23
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of nomad
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A brown-black glass of ale, transparent with a crimson burnish. Handsome color with a bubbly mocha head on top.

Nose is a malt festival, with scents of chocolate, roast, and an almost black malt dry acerbic quality. Underneath is a body of wonderful sweet-and-soft biscuit scents. Opens to toffee covered in a dark, grainy burliness. An inviting porter.

Has a dark-roasted coffee approach followed by a chocolate flavor riveted with character and complexity. Then it drops off a tiny sweet note before the leafy hop end, a Cascade-like grapefruit bitter with a scruffy dryness. Finish is long and complex, showing sides of black coffee, bitter chocolate, and plain old roastiness with a chewable crackle to it. A good robust porter moving toward a stouty darkness, yet never noxiously or over-burdening in roasty/hoppy dryness and acrid flavors. For me, that is such a problem with American-ized porters trying too hard to be robust and snappy.

Played an impeccable antagonist to a bowl of vanilla ice cream. Was very hard not to get a growler of this to go. Next time, its assuredly getting a nod. I'm tough on porters and this is one of the best I've had.

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Photo of pearljam118
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoy a good porter, and this one definitely fits the bill. I like my porters to have a vanilla characteristic. This has it. Noticeable ruby in the color should have given this trait away.

Roastiness from the chocolate malt is present though. Nice mixture. That prevents this beer from being cloyingly sweet.

I'd be very interested to try a cask version of this beer.

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Photo of ark57
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is black in color with some ruby tinges. There is a lot of citrus and chocolate in the aroma. Ity is medium bodied with some chocolate tastes and it finishes with a lot of citrus bitterness. It is a very tasty beer, but it does not come off as a porter to me. It is too bitter and not robust enough. Again it is good, but IMO, not a good representation of a porter.

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Photo of pburland23
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler at Sly Fox Royersford Saturday night and enjoyed on Sunday afternoon.

Poured into my Great Divide Brussels glass.

Beer pours a dark black, almost opaque with about two fingers of off white head. The head retention was minimal, but it did recede into some attractive lacing.

Smell is off roasted malts, earthy, musty coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is bold and assertive. It's full bodied and roasty with a strong chocolate note. There is also some hoppiness to round out a delicious porter.

As I said, the beer is full bodied and thick in terms of mouthfeel. As for drinkability, it's off the charts for a porter. I would love to regularly drink Pughtown Porter on these cold Pennsylvania winter nights. A great porter.

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Photo of Ryften
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Psg5062
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Pughtown Porter from Sly Fox Brewing Company
4.1 out of 5 based on 36 ratings.
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