ScareCity #2 Rye Cocoa Porter
Lagunitas Brewing Company

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American Porter
4.06 | pDev: 7.88%
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 178 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of GuyFawkes
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Early 2015 vintage; drank 2/13/15 on draft @ Fischman's.

Brown/black appearance.

Tan head; decent lace.

Candle wax, booze heat & mild pickle notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Candle wax & mild black coffee flavors up front; mild pickle finish.

Drinkable but not exactly enticing.

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Photo of mothman
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light tan head. Dark brown/black color.

Lots of roasted malts and chocolate/cocoa. Rye barrel spice with oak. Molasses. Caramel and dark dried fruits.

Medium bodied that ends a bit burnt.

Decent, but not something I am running home to.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8oz pour on tap

A- pours a pitch black color with a one-finger khaki colored head that retains nicely, leaving some nice lacing behind

S- lots of sweet powdery cocoa aroma up front with some hints of spicy rye, roasted malt gives light aromas of char

T- chocolate malt forward with flavors of cocoa powder, dark fruit flavors of plumb, a hint of spicy rye with a touch of coffee on the linger

M- medium viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a silky finish

O- the sweetness of the cocoa meshes nicely with the spiciness of the rye, pretty drinkable given the abv

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Photo of bareju
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really neat beer. You can easily pick out the chocolate and rye. I think I'd prefer it in the 6-8% range; I'm guessing they had a hard time balancing the rye since it's still quite strong even amidst the massive malts and booziness. Feels like a porter - rough mouthfeel, rather than the smooth syrupy feel of most big stouts. Description is pretty spot on. The rye made this one a bit too drinkable... downed it quicker than I should've.

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Photo of Bone53
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black in the glass with a one finger very creamy, light brown head

Smell: cocoa powder with very subtle hints on rye spice

Taste: Cocoa powder dominates, maybe rye mid malate if u research for it

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Super creamy, i agree on another review that it seems like its nitro. Pillowy carbonation with slight bitterness

Overall: This is a decent cocoa porter. Its definitely one ddimensional with the cocoa. I wish it were more robust with roasted malts. Iv enjoyed most other lagunitas offerings more than this. The mouthfeel was quite amazing though, especially at 10% abv

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Photo of RyBrew54
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the Chicago brewery. Pours a jet black with light cream head. Decent lacing. Light earthy smell with notes of cocoa powder. Has a sweet caramel start to the taste with dark chocolate notes, light edge of rye but not too much. Lingering malt taste that is plesent to the end with only a slight bitterness. A very nice overall porter.

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Photo of trippytbta
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It if def a Rye Porter. The rye dominates the palate. The mouthfeel was nice and silky. great to look at. If you like beers made with rye, you will love this one

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed from a growler in a Dogfish Head snifter. This FINE porter pours a blackish brown with mahogany highlights, a moderate quickly dissipating light tan head that settles into a this layer and ring, and light lacing. Nose of sweet dark chocolate, spicy rye, rich dark malts, strong booze, and herbal hops. Flavors follow the nose with dark malts and cocoa to the sides and front, spicy rye comes through nicely on the back mingling with a bittering hop profile that is accelerated by the rye finishing in a moderately bitter aftertaste that is far from unpleasant. Silky smooth mouth feel with light carbonation makes this one an easy to quaff brew. Excellent, one of the best porters I have had this year. A pleasure to have a full growler of it!


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Photo of RocktheProject
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the best porters I've ever had. The pour is black/mahogany in sunlight. Cocoa and bread upfront on the palate, finish is toasty notes surrounded with rye and spice with a rich, sticky mouthfeel. Nice alcohol balance, high ABV isn't revealed on the palate. Very smooth drinker. I strongly recommend pairing with Lemon desert--I tried it with the Bead Pudding & Lemon Curd at SAVA's in Ann Arbor, Mi. Outstanding together. I will seek this beer out again.

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Photo of barczar
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Aroma is very much sweet cocoa dominant, with a hint of spicy rye that's hard to find, initially.

Flavor is equally chocolatey, sweet, and indulgent, but the rye hits mid palate and carries into a fairly dry and bitter finish. Notes of muted alcohol fruitiness and dark cherry add complexity, but detract a bit. Hides the abv fairly well behind the sweetness, but the rye and bittering prevent it from being cloying. Grassy hops and tobacco emerge late. The aftertaste is a tad harsh.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Ojai Beverage Company in Ojai, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, char, and slight rye aromas. Taste is much the same with char, roast, earth, cocoa powder, and unsweetened dark chocolate flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with lots of char, earth, and cocoa flavors that linger long after each sip.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of samtrillo
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It's always impressive when a porter can be imperial and not just be a big stout. This one was somewhere in between and I loved every sip. Big cocoa powder and dried coffee flavors but with a huge roasted and even smoked malt feel. The initial mouthfeel and taste of each sip leaves you with this WOW factor that can't be described unless you try it. That bitter slightly sour feel of a porter but with a huge nice viscous feel of something imperial. I could drink this again and again. Once again, Lagunitas makes something irresponsibly high in ABV and perfect in taste.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at BC's Pizza and Beer

A: Pours dark brown, no light passes through, with a frothy light brown head that settles and laces nicely.

S: Bittersweet chocolate and light cocoa, a little roasted malt and faint coffee, maybe a little fruity note, and a touch of alcohol.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, nice spiciness from the rye, roasted malt, a little dark fruit, a touch of alcohol, and some dark chocolate on the finish.

M: Full body, rich and creamy smooth, moderate carbonation, and a little warmth.

O: This is a big full bodied porter. Tons of flavor, the rye adds a nice spice. Drop the % a little bit and it would be pretty much perfect.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Rye Cocoa Porter. Poured from my growler into a Fullers pub glass. The pour is very dark (black) and sports a nice creamy dense brown head that retains pretty well (not unexpected for draft beer). The nose is a bit hard to get at with that head, but I get a little roast, some coffee, and some dark chocolate. In other words, typical porter nose.

Full body with a creamy feel and a wonderful, classic porter flavor. It has a spot-on perfect balance of sweet and bitter. I get a little bit of roasted malt up front, some rye spiciness, then the cocoa kicks in. It starts out kind of bitter (like roast), then sweetens towards the end, providing just a hint of vanilla but still maintaining a nice level of roast. Combined with that creamy feel, the finish on this beer is like a coffee chocolate milkshake. There is no trace of alcohol here and the beer just glides down your throat.

One of the most delicious American Porters I have come across. It's imperial, no doubt, but it still tastes like a classic porter and not a stout. I'm not sure how it would taste bottled, but on the gas and in a growler it's fabulous. If you dig porters and are fortunate enough to come across this one, you should definitely try it.

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Photo of Alpha309
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On Draft. Head was a finger. Nice cocoa aroma with a hint of basaltic. Taste matches smell almost exactly with a good malt kick at the end. Feels great in the mouth. Just a touch too syrupy, but not enough to complain. Great beer.

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Photo of WoostaBia
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smooth tasty beer. Smell of balsamic vinegar, coffee and chocolate. Tastes has the same tones. No bitterness noted, just smooth flavor. Would definitely try again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 1/31/2015 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI, served in a stange glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a short dense beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, some rye spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of chocolate and coffee along with some creaminess. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in along with a touch of spice. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re looking for a Porter that’s just a little bit different.

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Photo of CelticBelly1
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap, in a snifter. Pours with a nice 3/4" head, that dissipates after a couple minutes, leaving a fine head on the surface with tight consistent lacing. A nose of cocoa caramel, with very little hop. On the palate it stars creamy, with more cocoa and caramel, followed by some cleansing hop and rye notes. A little bit of grit on the mouth feel, probably the cocoa, and a little sticky. Overall I really enjoyed this beer, exactly as advertised - a rye, cocoa porter with a small hop bump

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Photo of JohnCJr
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. This beer is a very dark brown, with a thin tan head and nice lacing all the way down the glass. It has a medium mouthfeel with a cocoa powder taste and a little of the rye bitterness at the back of the throat. Finished dry. A solid, very drinkable porter. You won't regret trying this one if you love the dark side.

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Photo of i4ourgot
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer very nice dark color with an awesome almost creamy head that looks like cappuccino foam. Aroma has lots of coffee, the flavor is pretty dominant on the chocolate but it has this roast coffee tones to it. More like cocoa than chocolate. The mouth feel was very rich and velvety it almost felt more like a nitro beer. The mouth feel is the best part of this beer.

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ScareCity #2 Rye Cocoa Porter from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 178 ratings