Wachusett Black Shack Porter | Wachusett Brewing Company

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Wachusett Black Shack PorterWachusett Black Shack Porter

Brewed by:
Wachusett Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Chocolate, coffee, and oatmeal flake undertones give this porter its delicious flavor. Its dark complextion and bitter hops give it character.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-29-2001

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Ratings: 151 |  Reviews: 84
Reviews by rjplumer:
Photo of rjplumer
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mild mocha and hop aroma. Pours a deep dark brown that can be seen through if held up to the light with a mild tan head. Bitter with a chalky mouth feel. Feels quite carbonated for a Porter. Finish is on the sour side. Not a bad brew but it just seems a bit plain. I would drink it again but wouldn’t go out of my way for it.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is almost jet black in its depths, with a ruby highlight around the edges. A solid, dense, chunky head of beige coloring sits atop the brew showing no intentions of going anywhere. Aromas of mocha and cream, both subtle and smooth. Very inviting. Flavors are heavy coffee and roast, with a solid chocolate blend throughout that gives you a mocha/cafe latte type feel. Definite roast/smoke character, which balances the sweet and bitter character from the coffee and dark chocolate profiles. The aftertaste is dark roasted coffee grounds, with a kiss of dark chocolate. The finish is slightly dry, with a rich, roasty kick at the end. Solid brew.

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Photo of Brad007
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown color with a two-finger head into my glass.

Roasted malt and coffee/dark fruit flavors greet the nose like a long-lost friend might.

Not roasty like a stout but it's still there. Very clean. Simple. Like a porter should be?

Lingering light roastiness with a hint of dark fruit, etc. The fancy, schmancy language doesn't quite capture the essence.

This is a porter, my friend. Drink up and enjoy. In the age of double this and imperial that, you just can't go wrong with a simple porter. I know that I enjoy a few beers similar to this and for that, I give it a good effort for drinkability and versatility!

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Photo of Marty
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The second beer I've tasted from this brewery. What a great surprise! My introduction to Wachusett came through their Blueberry Ale, which left a lot to be desired.

This beer poured with a surprisingly full and fluffy tan head that left a nice sticky ring on my glass. Sweet and complex, with a nice tingly aftertaste. This is a super-drinkable porter.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown long neck bottle with a freshness date on the side of the label.

Appearance: Rich, dark brown, nearly black in colour. Pours a nice brown head that dissipates into a ring lace.

Smell: Roasted malt, earthy charcoal, mild buttery and faint hops in the aroma.

Taste: Sturdy medium body. Smooth mouth feel, with an up-front roasted malt twang. Mild smoked notes follow, with more robust roasted malt flavours, dark fruit/semi-dextrin sweetness and a touch of earthy charcoal. Hops are there and do well to balance with the bitterness of the roasted malt. Semi-clean and pleasant aftertaste on the palate.

Notes: Loads of great flavours going on, which makes for a complex and interesting porter to drink.

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Photo of MikeC144
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz bottle, part of a 12pack sampler. In a pint glass the beer was a dark reddish brown with a thick tan head. What I perceived in the aroma was roasted malt, nothing else. Taste was an improvement, bitter coffee, chocolate. Still, I thought this was a bit on the tepid side, and would probably look for other porters first.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one local porter that brings me to ask my self “Why don’t I drink this as much as I should?” Roasted flavours are very complex and the smoothness is very remarkable. Even the head retention is an eye catcher and dark tan rings down the glass.

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Photo of Billolick
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer with freshness dating, again without any indication of which year. Pours typical porter dark amber, low carbonation, minimal head and tiny bubble film left behind. Sweet malty nose. This one is a bit thin in the middle, mild notes of maple, vanilla and just a hint of some roastyness. But, this brew doesnt seem to hit the mark, perhaps just a smidge too sweet in the finish and too watery in the mid section.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap on this very fine St. Patty's Day at Red Bones.
Pours a very dark brown, almost black w/ just a hint of amber hue shining through w/ help from light.
Aroma is very faint w/ just a touch of malt and coffee.
Taste is where this beer is at...a nice smoked malt flavor, w/ a hint of coffee and chocolate. This beer is not bursting w/ any of the above mentioned ingredients, but it is well balanced and really enjoyable to consume.
I have had my share of growlers from the brewery and this puppy on tap is spot on.
Not too thin..not too thick and perfectly carbonated to down these one after another.
A real nice beer from Wachusett.

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1 inch head, clear

Smell: roasted malt

Taste: roasted malt and dark coffee

Mouthfeel: light bodied, smooth, minimal carbonation

Drinkability: This one drinks like a dry Irish Stout, more than a porter. This separates it from other American Porters I have had. It is very good and I could have two or three.

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Photo of doremite
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Brantgraves
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brokentee
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Roguer
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of grahuba
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The final beer in my "mixer sixer" was this porter. Dark color, it had a robust, non-watered down taste. Roasted malts, nuts, toffee, the works. With just a litttle enhancement, this beer would have been spectacular. It warmed my cookles during an April snowstorm.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear coppery amber, with 2 fingers of frothy light mocha head. This retains with a smooth and creamy looking ½ finger of foam, leaving back some sudsy lacing that sticks. The aroma smells of molasses and coffee, with a touch of cocoa powder mixed in and then some leafy smelling accents that hang on the edges. This also has a bit of a mineral edge to the nose but it eventually dissipates for the most part. The stickiness of this is what sticks out the most.

The taste features much more of that hop profile here, with a green citric bite that sends a leafy bitterness out into the mouth. This is surrounded by more of that molasses-like sticky sweetness and roasted coffee notes that mix in but the hops return in the finish, leaving this dry and bitter. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a bit of a prickle to it but majority of the carbonation has more of a firm creaminess to it that fills out the edges of the mouth.

Beyond some minor issues with the nose, this was a pretty darn solid American Porter, with that combination of molasses and coffee really taking to this a good place. A solid hop profile lends this some crispness on the palate, while the creamy body on this helped everything go down smooth. This was good.

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Photo of jmerloni
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Creamy dark brown with huge tan head that has great retention and laces quite well.

S - Toffee and chocolate and dirt. Smells robust.

T - Chocolate and toffee with some coffee and nut flavors with a mild bitterness on the end. This is pretty good but a bit dull. A little grittiness in the texture.

M - A little weird and overcarbonated for a porter. Not totally balanced and surprisingly light. It would be better off less carbonated and as creamy as it appears.

D - Very drinkable. I don't know the ABV but I don't feel much of anything after one and that taste was pretty good. I will be getting this brew again. One of the better beers I've had from Wachusett from the 4 I've tried from them. Great.

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Photo of ricknelson
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of edchicma
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice appearance...decent head and laciness. Chocolate to black appearance. Malty aroma,,,flavor was initially mild with a roasted malt kick at the end. Mouthfeel was mild and a bit chewy, would have preferred a bit more smoke flavor...Easty enough to drink..a decent porter worth a try.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.48/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours black/dark brown with a tan head.

Nose is salty carmel in character.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with no character whatsoever.

Flavors are weak and thin and of green bitter coffee with a weak herbaceous character that is unpleasant and vegetal.

Finish is green vegetables and herbs. Not one to try again for me.

Nothing redeeming. Went back to another bottle with same result.

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Photo of Sailracer
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of aepb1
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown with a tan head and phenomenal retention

S- Roasty malts and some hops too

T- Roasted malts up front and a smokey bitterness finish

M- Smooth medium bodied with good carbonation

D- Very complex flavors and the smoothness combine to make this quite drinkable

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Wachusett Black Shack Porter from Wachusett Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 151 ratings