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Dark Side Porter | Big Daddy's

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Brewed by:
Big Daddy's
Virginia, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mralphabet on 05-14-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 6
Reviews by Paincane:
Photo of Paincane
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown, almost black in pint glass with thin head and rim of lace.
S: Malt and smokiness are the dominant aromas I could appreciate.
T: Sweet malt at first, smoky middle and hop bitter finish make this a fairly balanced beer. Reminds me of a stout more than a porter.
M: Medium bodied with minimal carbonation.
O: Enjoyable brew that I would order again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried the Dark Side Porter whilst in Roanoke this week. The beer poured a dark rich amber, almost black that had a thin off-white head and pleanty of lace. The smell had malt and smoke. The taste started sweet then turned roasty and smoky. There was a nice hop bitter finish to help the balance. The mouthfeel was a medium bodied with minimal carbonation. Overall a nice porter.

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Photo of SiriusBock
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This porter poured a clear chestnut brown with a decent head and not too much lacing. It had a good roaster smell but tasted a little sweet which was unexpected since there isn't lactose in it. It's a solid but no frills porter. Something something dark sideee...

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Photo of mralphabet
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I did the Sample Pack of the 5 normal beers they have on Tap.. They normally have 6 all the time on Tap beers... 1 was out so they gave me the Seasonal in place of it...

Each sample was 3 or 4 oz.... So this will be a quick review.

A: Very Dark brown....good little head and nice lacing

S: Almost stout like.... lots of coffee, malt and a hint of chocolate & nuttyness,

T: Taste like it smells.... nice balance of bitter and sweet.... but there is a little more hops than I've had for this type...Ends with a slight bitterness... Overall Very complex.

M: Full bodied, creamy and smooth

D: Hard to tell with only 3 or 4 oz... This is my second favorite of the bunch...

Over all not a bad brew but it is not the best Porter I've had.... It does remind me a little of a Stout more than a Porter....

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Photo of Deuane
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear, deep, dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin tan head. Head hangs on nicely and leaves attractive ringing lace.

S-Very light roasted malt and a touch of chocolate.

T-More flavour than in the aroma, thanks goodness! Not overpowering by any means but a solid roasted malt base is nicely supported by a touch of chocolate a bit of earthy hops and a drying, bitter finish.

M-Medium-light bodied and somewhat disappointing. Light lingering flavour is helped by a pleasant chalky, earthy bitterness in the finish.

D-Pretty solid, but could certainly use some adjusting. At least it has some flavour and I have to admit that at least this place is TRYING! Enough flavour to be interesting that I could see myself enjoying multiple pints.

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Photo of TheDarkestYouveGot
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Dark Side Porter from Big Daddy's
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