Miskatonic Dark Rye
Captured By Porches Brewing Company

Miskatonic Dark RyeMiskatonic Dark Rye
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3.09 | pDev: 14.24%
Captured By Porches Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Miskatonic Dark RyeMiskatonic Dark Rye
Notes: Brewer calls this: "A dunkelweizen made with rye instead of wheat."
70 IBU, 5.6% ABV, 56% Organic.
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2.43/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750ml swingtop bottle that opened with a loud pop.

Pours opaque brown with a four inch head of soapy tan froth. After some settling a skim coat remained for the duration along with streaks of lacing.

Aromatics lead off with brown bread ends, cocoa husks, and roasted grains. Hints of coffee grounds and a trace of balsamic.

Thin to medium bodied with a crisp, dry, puckering mouthfeel.

Roasted malt, burnt toast, and lactic acid start the palate. The jowels start to swell and the malt character fades. Yogurt, black malts, and lemon oil.

Finishes with a lingering sourness and roasted malt.

Seriously infected folks. Eeek. You could slap a Jolly Pumpkin label on this one. The base beers doesn't seem too robust either. Kind of an American brown-light.

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2.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Picked up a '1pt, 9.4 fl.oz.' swing-top bottle (c'mon, just say '750 ml'!) on a recent stop at Market of Choice, West Linn. CbP's bottling concept is to mark the labels 'DOLLAR DEPOSIT' (vs. the typical 5¢ deposit here in Oregon) and to include a lengthy disclaimer about how returning/reusing the bottle INSTEAD OF recycling saves as much energy as what it would take to power a 60-watt light bulb for a week...interesting; every little bit helps. The end result is still a bottle priced under $5, so a pretty good deal regardless.

6.7% Alc. by Volume, Vegan (Unfiltered, Unpasteurized, No Finings Used)

About the name: I looked up on wikipedia what 'Miskatonic' meant and found that it's a fictional university created in the 1920's, the setting for a number of stories by writer H.P. Lovecraft. Presumably this would explain the cryptic phrase at the bottom of the label: "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn".

A: Gorgeous pour after a loud opening 'THWUP'...be careful - it's not a gusher, but does offer a *huge* pillowy head. The lightest-colored ivory cream, the first glass yielded over 4-fingers of rocky, sticky seafoam, the second just over 2-fingers. Beer is a brackish chestnut, the finest silty suspension. A few streams of the tiniest carbonation wriggle to that everlasting crown. A superb head on a fairly ugly murkiness gets a '4'.

S: Dark bread, moderately toasted and a hint of sourness. Very dry, dusty almost, like ground grain. The mildest spices and hints at berry fruit and grape skins.

T: Husky grains, full of dark and very bitter maltiness, then an odd tartness (that may or may not be fully intended, though I trust the freshness of where I bought this). The first review nailed a 'black tea' character that I found right away, but couldn't put my finger on until after posting my review then editing - it's herbal and grassy, lemony in the end. Kinda weird, yet kinda interesting.

M: A little crisp at first, mellower carbonation later. The tartness lends a somewhat 'quenching' appeal, and the dryness ends decently enough. Medium body.

D: Well, based on a brewer's description of 'dunkelweizen brewed with rye instead of wheat' I guess I expected only a moderate departure from the maltier/fruitier sweetness of a traditional dunkel. The end result here is tough to categorize: MUCH drier and with a bitter tang; it's questionable what the intent was. I don't think even the dollar off deposit would draw me back...I managed as much as I could then a drain pour towards the end.

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3.78/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark orangey-brown, slight haze, thick layer of tight-beaded tan foam with great staying power and rings of lace

Aroma: hints of dark rye bread, raisins, caramel, cooked strawberries, dandelion roots

Flavor: surprisingly dry malt profile with a black tea bitterness dominating the flavor; spicy rye and an herbal backnote; finishes dry with a lingering tannic bitterness and some tart accents

Mouthfeel: medium body, slight astringency, gentle carbonation

Other comments: For some reason I was expecting a maltier brew, but this is surprisingly dry and fairly bitter. It improved as it warmed up so definitely take it out of the fridge 15-20 minutes before you're going to drink it (assuming you keep your fridge pretty cold).

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Miskatonic Dark Rye from Captured By Porches Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.09 out of 5 with 6 ratings