Crooked River Cool Mule Porter | JW Dover Beer & Wine Makers Supplies / Black Box Brewing Co.

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JW Dover Beer & Wine Makers Supplies / Black Box Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jampics2 on 03-29-2010

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Photo of jampics2
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this at the Mustard Seed in Solon. Looks like Black Box is now brewing the Crooked River beers!! I remember their "Robust Porter" and I think this is the same recipe.

12oz in a globe. Looks great - nice dark black body and a white head.

Smells wonderful, nice mix of coffee-like roast, chocolate, and some hops.

Taste is great. This isn't an elite porter by today's standards, but it's damn good. Nice mix of robust roast, chocolate, and just the right amount of hoppy bitterness to ground it.

Mouthfeel and drinkability were also great. This isn't going to knock Great Lakes Ed Fitz or Founders Porter from my list and fridge anytime soon, but it's awesome and will certainly be included in many a box I send as a nice Cleveland area extra!

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Photo of lumpy1126
5/5  rDev +43.7%

Photo of Jparkanzky
2.93/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A) Pours very dark... the head was very light though (in size) and had a mocha appearance to it.

S) Vanilla hints, and perhaps caramel. Nothing over the top, which I didn't mind, but nothing really jumped out.

T) Chocolate/Caramel/Vanilla... pleasant, with no alcohol bite and no real dominating flavors. As noted below, the tastes didn't seem to change as the beer warmed. I typically like a beer to be very warm to enjoy the nuances, but this beer seemed to offer none.

M) Tasted flat.... immediately upon opening and pouring I took a sip (prior to waiting for it to warm) and it just tasted FLAT.... the flavors were just as pronounced while cold, as they were once the beer gained temperature.

O) It was still a very tasty, enjoyable beer.... I wouldn't hesitate to suggest it, or pick up a 6 pack when I see it.l

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crooked River had established itself as a little brother to Great Lakes Brewery here in Cleveland 10 or so years ago before disappearing for a few years. Apparently, the brand has been resurrected by a small home-brew store in Westlake. They recently released a mixed 12-pack with four different styles of beer. This is the second of four that I've reviewed.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a a pint glass. Pours a dark brown with ruby hues in the light. Starts with a bubbly (almost overly so) tan head that reduces to a creamy layer icing the top of the beer.

Has a strong smokey-roasted malt smell that is slightly sweet, like molasses or brown sugar. The smell is quite appetizing.

Tastes thinner than it smells. The beer is pretty carbonated (which likely accounts for all the bubbles in the early head). The malt is not as sweet as it smells, and there's an underlying bitterness that comes through as it settles in your mouth. Further sips reveal an almost grassiness to it that I associate more with lagers than I do porters. I wonder how much barley this has in it. I also detect slight dark chocolate and berry tastes.

Mouthfeel is also thinner than I'd expect for a porter that smells like this. The beer leaves your mouth feeling dry, almost sticky dry.

A decent brew, but I'm glad there are a variety of others to have from this 12 pack. However, if you're looking for an affordble alternative to the mundane 12 packs of Sam Adams, etc., I'd recommend picking up this mix pack for your next party.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark near-black that is just shy of opaque. The frothy tan head is initially medium sized, but retention is a little lacking. A few wisps of lacing stick to the glass as it fades.

S: Very roasty in the nose - grainy and quite chocolaty. Dark chocolate and plain cocoa are quite prominent. A light coffee note, along with some faint charcoal. Some faint fruity esters in the background. A light semi-lactic sweetness is also present.

T: Roastiness is a bit less present on the palate, but still prominent. Dark chocolate and cocoa flavors are front and center here. A light coffee and cream note is also present. Hop flavor is a little citric/fruity, with a pleasant balancing bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Smooth and somewhat velvety. Carbonation is light and supple, but it works to lend some creaminess. Some roasty dryness in the finish.

D: A nice, if somewhat unrefined, American porter from Crooked River. Definitely the standout of the mixed pack I purchased. Could use a bit more perky carbonation, but this is definitely enjoyable.

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Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of sixerofelixir
2/5  rDev -42.5%

Photo of Blueribbon666
2.78/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes;
Pours a mahogany brown into dimpled mug with very little head that evaporates quickly to a thin mocha lacing around the inside of the mug. Smells fairly clean with hints of sweet malts, hop and a bit of bitter sweet roast as well as a yeasty like smell. Mouthfeel is fairly clean, decent balance of hops, yeast and roasty malts already mentioned. Overall comes off fairly flat and dull, has decent carbonation but just kind of deadened flavor wise and ends fairly sour, not sure if this is planned or this was hanging on the shelf awhile. As this beer wore on I liked it less and less the sour aftertaste was NOT pleasant. Definitely my least favorite of the relaunch...I was disappointed in both the Black Forest & Cool Mule as they WERE favorites back when the original brewery was around, the Settlers ESB gets that award of the redux from Black Box Brewing.

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Crooked River Cool Mule Porter from JW Dover Beer & Wine Makers Supplies / Black Box Brewing Co.
3.48 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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