Torpor Porter | Freetail Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Freetail Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by pwsoldier on 12-24-2008

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by nsheehan:
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of roasted malt, cream and chocolate. The flavor is made up of light chocolate and roasted malt notes, as well some oats and cream. Medium, soft and silky mouthfeel, with medium carbonation.

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Photo of LacquerHead
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It was almost pitch black. A dark brown came through as I held it to the light. Off white foamy head that settled to a thin lace. (E/L/M)

S: coffee and sweet roasted malts

T: Pale hops came up first followed by roasted malt. The hops created a nice bitterness that complemented the malts.

D: A very refreshing porter that was not too heavy. I usually take my time drinking a porter; however, I wanted to gulp down this one.

Conclusion, a little bit on the tame side for a porter. The beer didn't assert itself enough. This made for a good summer time porter.

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

Photo of spaceycasey
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at Freetail Brewing Co. on 01/09/2009

Appearance: Deep brown to black with a nice creamy tan head that lasted about halfway down the glass, then all that remained was the thin outline where a head once resided. Left nice lacing all the way down.

Smell: Roasted malt, chocolate, hints of coffee. No off aromas detected.

Taste: Chocolate and coffee rounded out by toasted malt sweetness and a hint of hop bitterness.

Overall: An excellent, well rounded porter in the American style (read: more hop bitterness and flavor than an english style). Very drinkable on a cold day - or even a lukewarm one. A number of subtle complexities made themselves present as I worked my way down the glass and it warmed. Was told they were just about out of the batch, hopefully we'll see it again soon.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brought to the table a very dark brown color with a thin layer of very creamy, almost nitro-esque tan foam. Looks like a good porter to me!

Nose is filled with roasty, chocolaty maltiness. There is more than just a hint of underlying bready yeastiness. Not much hop aroma and maybe just the smallest bit of dark fruits...raisins and figs. The nose could pass for a stout or a porter with the low levels of fruitiness.

Taste is more porter-like as the toasty malts and herbal/citrus hoppiness makes an appearance (35 IBU). The malt bill is more bittersweet than the nose indicates, as more coffee and cocoa flavors are present. The breadiness in this beer is surprising and adds a bit of heft to the body. Dark fruits are pretty medium-light for a porter, but are detectable. Overall, this is an excellent beer, one of the best offerings I have had at Freetail. The uniqueness of this beer is in the yeastiness and creamy texture. Tasty!

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a dark brown, almost black, with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly.

S - Roast malt with hints of chocolate

T - Roast malt flavor dominates with the hops coming through briefly at the end. But coffee notes linger after swallowing

M - Moderate body, slightly undercarbonated

D - Very drinkable porter.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one appears as a porter should, dark, almost entirely black, brown head and some lacing.

Aroma and flavor are well roasty, toasty, just a smidge of burnt toast, some caramel, chocolate, coffee, and a balancing dab of crispy hops. While thte aroma is a bit on the subtle side, the flavor is just plain wow!

Body is pretty thick and chewy, certainly this one doesn't suffer from the flaw of a porter who's too thin. Bring a fork!

I like this beer. It's not over the top, but fits the bill of what a porter should taste like, and what one should aspire to when creating a tasty porter.

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Photo of champ103
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown color with some ruby red around the edges. A small bubbly beige head forms, and recedes in a second. Light watery lace is left.
S: Light roasted malt and chocolate. very acrid and astringent coffee in the nose.
T: Big roasted malt and chocolate. Mush less astringent than the nose. A toffee sweetness that makes this easier to bear than the nose. Light coffee.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A little thin though. Easy enough to drink, but there are other beers from the brewpub I will grab on a regular basis.

Not a bad porter, and worth a try. Though there are many other beers that are more interesting and better made at Freetail.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of wreckem8010
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of GarbageMan10
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of elNopalero
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is cocoa cola colored with big, thick bubbles. It has a lightly rounded roasty aroma—roasty and sharp, with a definite roastiness that’s matched by an intense bittering. Has some pine and some chew to its finish with a real heft to its body. Tasty and sweet, this beer may be out of season but it definitely hit the spot.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of duff247
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jl28r1
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ReyG006
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sludgeman
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

An easy drinking porter. Great with the white (with spicy sausage added) pizza I had as well. Excellent representation of the style. – 4

A - Black, opaque, minor head, no lacing (-), fine carbonation - 3.75

S - Roasted malt - 3.5

T - Roasty, but not excessively bitter, malty and nutty. - 4.5

MF - Creamy, medium body, not thin like some porters can be - 4.25

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Photo of pwsoldier
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark mahogany with a tan head that dissipates quickly. Decent amount of lacing.

S - Typical porter aromas. Roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate.

T - Again, very typical. Caramel sweetness from the roasted malts is mixed with coffee and chocolate bitterness, with the hops giving a little bit of a kick in the finish.

M - Medium-bodied with a fairly wet finish. Carbonation is just about right.

D - This is a very rock-solid porter. It won't knock your socks off, but it certainly doesn't disappoint either.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served (a bit too cold) in a standard pint glass at the brewpub.

A beer with a watery brown body greets me, about the same color as the growler that I brought. Little to no head--all that appears is a thin ring of minuscule beige bubbles after a vigorous swirl. The aroma heads in the right direction, with sweet caramel & chocolate malts, both lightly toasted, and a hint of earthen hops.

The flavor really hits the spot, with almost a Robust Porter profile of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, a hint of licorice, and a big roasty bite on the finish. Some residual malty sweetness lingers in the aftertaste alongside a note of musky hops that showcase the 35 IBU's nicely. Crisp mouthfeel, surprisingly juicy for a porter with a body on the lighter side of medium. Finishes smooth despite the lingering roast. Yum...Freetail has crafted yet another winner; not only did this Porter satisfy, but it paid no attention to the summer heat! Very drinkable and paired well with my Freetail Sub.

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Torpor Porter from Freetail Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 24 ratings