Stone Squirrel | Fremont Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States
fremontbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Spring is the season of Renewal and Invention, and that’s cool with Fremont, so we decided to offer not one, but three different beers for our Spring Seasonal this year. The January beer is Stone Squirrel, a Coffee Porter. Snuggle up to the Stone Squirrel, and enjoy the gentle embrace of rich chocolate, coffee, and roasted toffee flavors. Stone Squirrel is brewed with locally roasted, cold- brewed coffee, and chocolate and roast malts on top of a base of pale malt and Yakima Valley hops. “A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.” – Douglas Adams

Added by EdwardAbbey on 12-16-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
18
Ratings:
56
pDev:
6.93%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
5
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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of psoriasaurus
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gandres
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sunday, May 20, 2018 2:05 PM
From 12 oz can, poured in wine glass
Sight: black liquid, medium tan foam that lingers, lacing
Smell: fragrant, pleaseant coffee aroma
Taste: low bitterness, sweet
Feel: lively carbonation, sticky, nice follow through, long finish, good bitter aftertaste overall: very good beer, full bodied, good balance, ok to repeat, look for

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Photo of Noles9585
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdaschaf
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Avatar113
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CoryR
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of powdersoldier
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woemad
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle I purchased at Mid Columbia Wine & Spirits in Kennewick, WA, for $4.50 about 5 weeks ago.

Poured into a snifter, this was a dark brown color, nearly black. Big, khaki colored head that took it's sweet time dropping to a thin collar, leaving lots of lace behind.

Once it warms up, the aroma is of roasted malts and rich coffee. It manages to smell like a porter and a coffee beer.

The taste is both of coffee and of cocoa-ish dark roasted malts. Again the coffee, while upfront, does not dominate to the point of obscuring the taste one expects from a porter style beer. Finishes fairly toasty and dry, with a veryrestrained bit of hop flavor peeking through.

Medium bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel.

A nice coffee beer that never lets you forget it's also a porter. It makes an excellent brunch beer. Another enjoyable beer from the folks at Fremont.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

an extremely flavorful and highly refined brew, downright delicious, and layered with a ton of chocolate and coffee flavor. if there arent cocoa nibs in here and its all from them malt than i would be surprised, as there is a beautiful earthy dark chocolate element to this, somewhere between the chocolate malt middle and the deeply roasted barley, that gives the beer a beautiful richness and complexity and serves as a heck of a springboard for the coffee, if thats all from grain, than wow, what a mash! the coffee is predictably amazing, never had a coffee beer from fremont that wasnt brilliant in that respect. its as roasty as the dark barley, but with some cool nuances of burnt bread, smoke, and wet tobacco, it also packs some nice finishing bitterness that helps this escalate nicely from start to finish. very smooth body, pleasingly dry, and frankly insanely flavorful for how low alcohol it is, with all the complexity and richness of a beer in the 8% abv range, i love how drinkable that lets it be! brilliant coffee integration here, lots of low acidity cold brew i would think, and a gorgeous chocolatey grain profile too, very well built beer, a highlight of a strong session this weekend!

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Photo of DoctorEvil65
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Winter Seasonal Coffee Porter? 5ish %? Count me in. Found this for 8.99 for a 6 pack in my local Walgreens of all places--beer was about $2 more expensive in the garbage Safeway across the street. Let's do this.

Dark, dark body. .5" mocha colored head. Head receded fairly rapidly. Very very minimal sparse lacing throughout the session. I expect more from a porter.

Strong drip coffee aroma, hint of tobacco. Even smaller hint of green bell pepper.

Hint of chocolate, bigger hint of coffee. Good, but not ground breaking. I expect more flavor from a porter.

Medium/medium low carbonation. Acceptable.

Overall this is a very OK beer. The coffee overwhelmed what little porter character was there, and it wasn't earth shattering amazing coffee flavor. More like an OK drip flavor, instead of an amazing espresso roast. I expect a better balance between coffee and porter flavors in a coffee porter. Again, not a bad beer. I had 5 of the 6 beers in the 6 pack, and am giving the 6th to a friend. Definitely worth seeking out. But this won't be a regular in my rotation.

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Photo of Stengelfoot
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beaver13
2.76/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can. Pours dark brown black with a medium creamy tan head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet roast chocolate malt with some slightly vegetal coffee.

The flavor is sweet chalky chocolate malts with some acidic roast coffee. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK coffee porter with some odd notes. A bit disappointing from this brewery.

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Photo of Illdoone
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ckornmannn
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a can to a pint glass. Dark brown color, barely any light gets through. Thick tan head with excellent retention. Coffee and grain on the nose. Coffee, chocolate, malty taste. Smooth feel. This is an excellent porter and perfect for cold dark northwest afternoons.

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Photo of rfreed
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DefenCorps
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can from ABV

Black with dark brown highlights and a dense, light brown head, this looks great. The nose is excellent. Roasty, with mild chocolate and a wonderful coffee note and a nice toasted bread character, this smells great. On the nose, this opens with a blend of coffee and cream with a touch of coffee bitterness, a mild fruitiness (blueberries?) and roast. Drying on the finish, this beer is medium in body and creamily carbonated. Very good stuff.

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Photo of RB3
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was hoping for a lot and was maybe a bit dissapointed but happy overall. Looks and smells great. Even the taste is awesome. However, the coffee taste reminded me of how my apron smelled while slinging espresso 15 years ago. I have this horrible image of the brewers straining the beer through a used coffee filter from the terribly overrated place next door to the tasting room.

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Photo of Gdobber
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz into duvel tulip
look: black with 2 finger tan head
smell: toasted coffee beans dominate. some sweet dark cocoa notes break through not much else noticed
taste: just right amount of coffee, not overwhelming and doesn't turn it into a straight coffee beer. Dark bitter chocolate on the finish. great lingering mocha latte
Feel: good silky mouthfeel
overall: go to beer if i want some coffee in the spring time.

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Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is an amazing porter that packs a ton of flavor despite its low ABV. Tons of coffee on the nose that follows through on the taste along with a heavy dose of dark chocolate. Feel is a little dry and thin but I would say it's on par for what it is. Overall, it's a fantastic beer that I hope to see again next year.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown appearance with tan head that disipates quickly. Aroma is a coffee malt. Taste is predominately coffee malt that is very pleasant for a low alcohol

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Stone Squirrel from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 56 ratings