Deep Enders Dark Porter | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Deep Enders Dark PorterDeep Enders Dark Porter

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-10-2002

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Reviews: 125 | Ratings: 154
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hefty brown pour, 1/2" off white head. Lots of roasted chocolate malt.

Keeps the roast train going, plenty of hops here, Cascade I suspect to up the bitterness and make this a robust porter. Keeps plenty of malt up in there for a chewy thick session. Alcohol restrained, this is a good porter for those who like 'em malty, roasted and bitter-hoppy.

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Photo of chinchill
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Anderson Valley Deep Enders Dark Porter on tap at Engine 15 (JAX).
Good looking clear, reddish-brown body. Dark body is topped by a decent head with excellent lacing.
Very nice aroma that precedes a relatively mild (weak) but appealing flavor.
The body seems a bit too thin.

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Photo of citizencane
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, not great. An absolute middle-of-the-road porter with no surprises, good or bad. I don't feel like I wasted my money; I'd say this was enjoyable but unremarkable in every way.

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Photo of Johnnyjoe13
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My next keg, good but not awe inspiring. I'm still comparing everything to Edmund Fitzgerald and they are losing. This is clearly a good beer, dark and complex and coffee and intrigue, but I'm left wanting and it is hard to describe why. Slighly shallow.

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Photo of brentk56
3.02/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours an almost pitch black color with a massive head that indicates problems to come, I fear; good retention, however

Smell: Chocolate, with coffee undertones

Taste: Brown bread and chocolate, with sweetened coffee undertones from start to finish

Mouthfeel: The beer has a watery character, with a lot of fizziness, particularly up front

Overall: Not sure how fresh this bottle is, though I bought it in the late Fall; the beer is not listed on their website, so it may well be retired; not up to the usual standards I expect from this brewery

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber.

A - Pours black with dark brown edges. Dense tan head forms a thick film and leaves descent lacing behind.

S - Roasted marshmallows, coffee, milk chocolate, woody, toasted nuts, molasses, dark fruit, sour dough bread.

T - Sweet roasted malt with dry cocoa underneath. The malt has more of an earthy grain to it than the aroma. Once warmed some dark fruit and sour dough emerges. Finishes dry with and earthy bite at the end.

M - Medium body starts out good but turns thin on the finish.

It packs in alot of flavor for 5.50 ABV. A nice porter with some character.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A deep brown colored beer which pours with very little head, but what foaminess is there is nicely structured. Some spotty lacing. Aroma has a butterscotch upfront smell with some roasted malts and coffee. On the paleete the taste is weak and washed out. There are hints of roasted malts but really are quite light. Mouthfeel as stated is thin and watery. This beer needs alittle help, whether its a bad bottle I don't know. A metallic taste slso dominates this beer both in nose and pallette. I'll mark to try at a latter date.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark chocolate with dark coppery highlights glisten from the light upon the pour. Midnight black appearance in the glass with a khaki colored spongey cake head that was moderate in retention and good on the lace forming concentric circles down the glass.

S: Dark rich chocolate with a smooth creamer enriched coffee presence. Dark fruit of plums is accompanied by a finish of medium chocolate roast.

T: Substance seems a bit thin upfront bodywise, but packs quite a dark and roasty punch. Dark fruit of juicy plums, raisins and a roasty bitterness. Sweet chocolate alcohol remains after the swallow.

M: The body feels a bit fuller then the initial sip. Medium bodied, dark and roasty on the tongue with a good sense of carbonation. Oily feel with a bittering of licorice and chocolate on the fade.

D: Consumed at 50F provides a roasty experience, though felt a bit thin depth wise. Decent drinkability though nothing that really that would make me consider seconds.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #39 (Apr 2010):

A well-noted move guys--we need more dark spring seasonals. An obvious malt bomb gently wielding only 17 IBUs.

Porter darkness woos us for the first sip, and the head is not shy at all in rising to the task at hand and then sticking around for a while. Sweet cocoa roastiness, hints of cake batter and faint blackberries in the nose. Smooth, with a fluffy crispness that makes you want to take another sip right away; very desirable mouthfeel. Malty, slightly roasty with a mild chocolate flavor, but as the sweetness kicks in, a quick splash of fruitiness jumps in too. Mild hoppiness blends in with the roasted grain to the help keep this beer on an even keel. Finishes mild and roasty, with slowing, drying graininess. A bit of charcoal and spent coffee show a last ditch blast of complexity.

Stands taller that it actually is, so the high level of drinkability comes at somewhat of a surprise--and a good one at that.

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Photo of SDtastentune
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark red if you can see through it, nice lasting head with great lacing.

S - Roasted coffee/chocolate mixed with a larger'ish smell, nothing overbearing.

T - Taste is somewhat medium to light for a porter, has a roasted/chocolate/coffee thing thats not that overbearing, minimal aftertaste that does not last long.

M - Low carbonation medium bodied, kinda think and creamy.

D - Drinks kinda think and low on carbination, not over the top, but has a weird status, pretty easy drinker but I like more taste and cringe.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.58/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at Anderson Valley in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours near black with a light mocha head. Some lacing. Nose brings forward faint hints of chocolate and coffee along with a bit of a buttery toffee. Taste brings a bit more butter, which is quite unpleasant. Coffee and roasted malt cover up a bit, but not enough. Feel is of a moderate body and somewhat dry. Not one of their better offerings.

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Photo of biglite351
3.04/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - tiny bit of light through center of glass. Tight head leaving some lace.

S - mildly roasted malts with some coffee and chocolate. Not very strong though.

T - generally average. I am barely getting coffee or chocolate. Is there such a thing as an oatmeal porter?

M - creamy, but no tingle.

D - mildness makes it drinkable, but there are better options with deeper flavor.

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Photo of claybeer
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This porter pours not black but the darkest brown I've ever seen. The thick head tops off this beer with a rich chocolate foam. I can smell just the slightest aroma of hops and some sweet caramel malts. This is a SWEET porter. Some brown sugar and toffee with a little dried fruit. There is some gritty earthy feeling in there as well. The finish is moderate, soft and no bite. The grit hangs out on the back of the tongue where some leather notes show up. It is very drinkable for such a big beer.

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Photo of ADZA
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first time ive been able to taste some of this breweries beers thanks to my favourite bottleshop,it pours a cherry cola hue with average carbonation that leaves behind a two finger mocha laced head that slowly recedes to leave a layer of frothy lacing all round the glass where the head just was,it has a very roasty malt aroma which dominates along with a fruity hop background thats trying to break through,the mouthfeel is just under medium bodied and nicely carbonated and the taste starts off with that roasty malt hit first followed by some mocha which ends with a very hoppy,bitter finish,overall im glad to have tried this as it is one of the more hoppier porters i have encountered so far and not a bad example of the style.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 7/11/10 notes.

a - Pours a dark black color with one inch of white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of roasted malts, toasted malts, and chocolate.

t - Tastes of chocoolate, roasted malts, and hops.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent, easy to drink porter worth trying.

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Photo of corby112
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark chocolate/chestnut brown color with amber edges when held to a light source and a frothy 1.5 finger tan head that slowly fades into a thin ring. Minimal lacing.

Deep roasty aroma with hints of chocolate malt, roasted coffee bean, toffee, caramel, hazelnut and toast.

Overly carbonated up front, biting the tongue followed by a slightly roasty, creamy chocolate malt center and a bitter earthy dry finish. Hints of roasted coffee, toffee, oatmeal, milk chocolate and dry earthy hops. Kind of sweet mid palate with a dry bitter finish.

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Photo of andyfrancis
2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Upon pouring, it seems pretty heavily carbed for a porter. black with a brown head that bubbled up and dissipated quickly.

weak malty aroma, almost sour.

Very thin, both in flavor and mouthfeel. Not much to it. Not terrible, but I probably won't buy this again.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: black body which allows just a touch of ruby through when held up to the light. Head is a couple of fingers of rocky tan foam which leave a nice lace. Attractive.

Smell: nice, subtle mocha aroma. I like it, but I'd love more of it.

Taste: a nice balance of chocolate flavor with a hint of coffee. Bitterness is quite low, and the overall effect is quite nice. This is a smooth-tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with medium-low carbonation, so it is only moderately creamy, but there is an almost silky smoothness to the body that I quite like. Good stuff.

Drinkability: quite drinkable, even on this relatively warm evening. I would gladly have this porter again.

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Photo of froghop
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a black with a thin khaki head, and good lacing.

smell is of milk chocolate, a little coffee, and some malt.

taste is smooth and creamy, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and some malt, ends smooth and a little dry.

overall an average porter with a nice chocolate taste.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark chestnut brown color with good carbonation. Nose is roasted malt, coffee, cocoa. Taste has a roasty, earthy undertone that pretty much follows the nose.Some chocolate prev and not much booze. Mouthfeel is roasty, effvescent a bit but enjoyable. Worth a try.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big brown. Succinct lacing. Burnt chocolate in the nose.

Burnt choco even bigger on the palate. Great hop bitterness to go with it. Chewy, like their oatmeal stout, but with more assertive hops and bitterness here.

Mouthfeel, slight diminishing returns, but that can be a good thing if you don't want a bomber of big bitterness throughout.

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Photo of bump8628
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a bubbly, light tan head.

Bittersweet, dark chocolate, acrid coffee and a hint of smoke fill out the malt profile, while hops lend medium bitterness and a bit of earthy flavor.

Deep Enders is a solid Porter. My only complaints are that the body is a bit thin and it lacks some overall depth.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada hop pint glass.

A: Dark reddish brown almost black liquid with a large rocky dark tan head that leaves lots of sticky lacing. A thick film of head lasted the whole glass.
S: Dark malt, grassy hops, hints of spices. Very hoppy, especially after the pour. Hints of roasted coffee.
T: Starts with grassy hops, then a dark coffee chocolate which leads into caramely malty-sweet aftertaste. The finish is sweet followed by a bitter roasted coffee dark chocolate aftertaste.
M: Medium body that isn't too heavy or oily, although the finish is a tad bit watery. Carbonation feels decent in the mouth with a dry finish.
D: A pretty decent porter, although not my favorite. Definitely one I would drink again though.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The label says that I can use this beer with a meal or as an after dinner drink. I'll choose the latter. On to the beer:

Cola black in color, there are hues of red glowing at the edges of the glass. A touch of tan tint and rocky thick head on top help make this beer look good. Long lasting head retention makes it even better! The aroma has some molasses, roasted malt, graham cracker, caramel....inviting to say the least.

The first taste yields some tasty results. There is some tasty chocolate malt to be found, along with fudge and a pinch of hops. Also some dry toffee notes. A little roasty like coffee, and that becomes more noticable in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is has a trickle of carbonation hitting the tongue, with a medium sized feel. Did I mention it goes down very easy?

I've been dissapointed with some of the AV line. DEDP is not one of them. In fact, it can hold its own against the porters on the market. Recommened.

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Photo of Crowls
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Guinness 20oz glass

Appearance: Very opaque, no light is getting through. Thick head poured but disappears to a thin lacing down the glass.

Smell: Mild coffee and strong roasted malt aroma excellent for this porter.

Taste: Coffee flavor with hints of roasted malt. Some chocolate mildness with some balanced hop bitterness. Great taste from this porter.

Drinkability: One smooth dry porter that goes down easy and very comforting. Highly recommend this for anyone wanting to try a porter.

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Deep Enders Dark Porter from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 154 ratings.
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