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Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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A porter brewed with lambic yeast.

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Photo of brian44556
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a 11.2 oz bottle into a Fantome tulip. No date on the bottle.

Pours black with a frothy, two finger head that lays on top of the beer oh-so-carefully. Head recedes back a bit, but most of it hangs around throughout. A sticky lace lines the sides of the glass. Smells of tart cherry, toasted grains, and a bit of smoke and mild chocolate. The tart smell is pretty overpowering. Upfront taste of cocoa nibs, a bit of smoke in the middle, with a strong tart finish. Beer is full-bodied and well carbonated. This style is a new one for me. I have had both porters and sour ales, but never a combo of the two. Interesting beer nonetheless.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2013. Purchased ages ago from a Belgian webshop and stored in my garage. I originally picked this one on a whim and discovered it to be a dark beer re-fermented with brett. Sounds nutty - I wonder how the aging process has affected it?

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A very dark reddish-brown colour that appears ultra-black in the glass. Produces a large head of creamy brown foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a thick surface layer. Looks like an espresso. Some lacing. Aroma of sour, funky yeast with hints of barnyard, hay, mould, mild vinegar, roasted malt, a twinge of molasses, faint chocolate and earthiness. The brett has certainly done a number on this; it dominates the malt character completely.

Tastes of intensely funky yeast and subtle dark malt, with a lingering, bone-dry finish. Notes of barnyard funk, blue cheese/mould, mild vinegar, hay, roasted malt, molasses, a hint of chocolate, earthiness and faint cardboard. Highly attenuated, followed by an extended sour funk upon swallowing. Little bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with spritzy carbonation and decent body. Feels quite light but not thin. Pretty astringent, with an aftertaste of funky yeast, acidity and cardboard.

A rather intense experience. This must be about 2 years old by now, and the brett has really deveoped in the bottle. Looks nice, while the aroma and flavour are overwhelmingly funky and sour with only a hint of malt coming through. The result is relatively complex but unbalanced. Good body. Interesting but I'm not sure it's really my cup of tea. It would be nice to try a younger version of it sometime, for comparison. A worthy effort - grab one if you're a fan of sours/wild ales.

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Photo of NuclearRich
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A. Pitch black with a light tan head, which lasts and leaves a light lace.
S. Roast, chocolate, standard funk, simple and fairly clean.
T. Similar to what you'd expect an authentic English porter to be (if you weren't expecting it to be a lambic porter), sour is light but certainly upfront, nice roast character with a touch of chocolate.
M. Light to moderate body, with the sour aspect clinging to your tongue and pushing it more toward light bodied.
O. Decent Belgian porter. Decent English porter. Not a lambic in case you thought so.

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Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a real mental wrestling match over this. Was too curious to wait and tasted it the very day purchased, at the brewery, fridged briefly to cellar temp. and served in a tulip. Poured coffee-like, not that leggy but mahogany dark, with a pinkie of densely packed,custard-colored head. Roasted coffee aromas, along wish toast, anise, cinnamon and maybe mint or some sweet herb, some cherry, a bit of yeast and cellar but not pronounced in any on those notes. I didn't have a strong mental image on what to expect, taste-wise, but my expectation was of a cidery-fruity sour attack with a swartbier sweetness coming through. It turned out more the reverse. I get a roasty, porter-like first impression with good sarsaparilla, vanilla, clove, pepper swirling around, and then some lactic sourness bleeds in, becoming more and more pronounced as it lingers, into a more sour and woody aftertaste. Mouthfeel was not a mouthful, a bit thin, soapy, just a gentle lap of carbonation to give it some presence. It's complex, odd, something to wrestle with before I decide whether to embrace it. I'm glad in have a second bottle for another taste, but not now.

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Photo of uno99
4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hey wow....

A porter brewed in the lambic style? I'm in!

Appearance is a nice dark chocolate brown, but certainly not too stout like as many porters often are. a bit of a red hue as well. Lacing is all fine and dandy. Looks great in a nice glass.

Smell is fairly typical porter. However you do get a slight hint of something funky going on. The yeast character is definitely different but not out of place here. If you smell the side of the glass more than the liquid you get an even better impression of whats to come.

Taste is ... maybe one of the best porters I've ever had actually. Super balanced but chocolate forward and then the yeast character on the finish is really nice.

I decided to grab a couple squares of Lindt 95% chocolate for my beer and wow, is this ever a great paring! Takes the beer up a notch and is a fantastic way to enjoy both. The slightly sour funk finish is almost a palette cleanser for the next nibble of chocolate. Superb!

Mouthfeel is spot on medium-thin consistency and very smooth carb. Not sticky at all and decently drying.

Overall a really nice beer and VERY easy to drink porter. Wish this was easier to come by for me.

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

On-tap at the 3F shop in Beersel, served in a wine glass.

A- Pours black with a finger of creamy khaki head, has nice retention, leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

S- Focuses on roasted grain, a light smokiness and some subtle chocolate aromas.

T- Similar to the aroma, mildly bitter roastiness, some smoke and chocolate. Any tartness in here is pretty difficult for me to detect, but maybe my palate was off after days and days of pounding bottles of gueuze.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel.

O- Not a bad porter, very easily drinkable, not my favorite from 3F but I'd definitely have this again.

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Photo of t420o
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


A- pour from bottle produces a 1-1/2 finger brown head resting on a dark brown body. Good retention and nice lacing. 4

S- most prevalent is the funk and tart smell from the wild lambic yeast, then some roasted coffee, chocolate, and a little peaty-ness. Different from any English Porter I've ever had. Very interesting. 3.75

T- I like it a more than the smell, that's for sure. The tart/slightly sour aspect for the wild lambic yeast plays very well off the more traditional Porter flavors of coffee, nutty and cocoa that it possesses as well. The yeast is definitely the most prevalent factor of the beer though, which I enjoyed. 4.25

M- nice medium body with a smooth lighter carbonation. 4.5

O- very well made beer that leaves a little to be desired still though. 4


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Photo of woosterbill
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle into a Gandhi-Bot tulip. Always thrilled to try another 3F beer, even if it's not a Lambic.

A: A slow steady pour fills the glass completely, with two solid fingers of pillowy tan head atop an opaque black body that glows garnet around the extreme margins. The head recedes very slowly indeed, and leaves plenty of glass-coating lace. Lovely.

S: Interesting. I was hoping for something genuinely funky, like my beloved 3F Oude Geuze, but this aroma is much more focused on the roasted malts. Bitter coffee, dark chocolate, burnt toast, and only some faint dark fruits. It's not what I had in mind, but it's definitely a solid nose for a Porter.

T: Much wilder here, with the roastiness balanced against some lovely tart fruit flavors. Chocolate-covered cherry comes immediately to mind, as does blueberry frozen yogurt with chocolate sauce. Some straight lactic tartness closes things out alongside bitter roasted coffee. Long but clean aftertaste. Really, really enjoyable.

M: Classic Belgian mouthfeel, with a high dose of soft, lively effervescence. Not what I'd usually want with a Porter, but it really helps accentuate the wild tartness.

O: This beer was a bit on the schizophrenic side, but both of its personalities were enjoyable. It's certainly a Porter first and a Wild Ale second, but the wild side complements the dominant roastiness beautifully. The tartness really adds a lot of drinkability. Tasty stuff.


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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black with a strong finger of brown head atop the beer. Bubbles surge to the top of the beer.

The aroma of the beer is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and some funk/lactic acid aromas.

The beer has a lot going on, sour, chocolate, balanced hops and sweetness, a light bitter finish that grows stronger as the beer begins to warm up.

Mouthfeel is medium and a little slick from the acidity.

I really like the combination of sour and roasted chocolate flavors. The bitterness does not go all that well as it warms up though.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 11.2 fl.oz. stubby bottle. Sampled on May 21, 2013.

It displays the definitive Porter pour of dark brown to just about black with a lingering tan head and lacing. Good mark for the way it looks.

Aroma of toast, dark malts, yeast, and a hint of citrus. Hops are dancing around in the background.

The body is light to medium but a little astringent.

The taste begins with the dark malty notes of a good Porter but suddenly evolves (or devolves) into a sour ale due to the citrus zing and maybe the wild yeast.

I knew it was not going to be the typical Porter when I saw it was brewed with wild yeast. One never knows what to expect from wild yeast interesting as it can be to catch.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Shy of black. Big khaki head. Thick collar. Nice wisps.

Smell - Dark chocolate. Some acidic notes. Hefty roasted malts. Slight acidic aroma. Brett, maybe?

Taste - Way more acidic here. Whoa. Grain and lemon acidity. Deep roast. Finishes roasty. Nice chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel - Lots of carbonation. Overcarbonated. Medium body.

Overall - Definitely not your ordinary Drie Fonteinen beer. Clean combination of sour and roast, though, which isn't a common attribute.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Very nice seeing this hit the states.

(A)- Pours a near pitch black color. Produced a quite nice tan frothy head with great retention behind it. Plenty of lacing left behind as well.

(S)- An interesting blend of mellow baked/roasted yeasty bread and raisin components combined with a subtle but present background of a tart acidity. Ever so slightly funky dry on the finish. Very interesting and inviting.

(T)- Almost exactly like the smell was. That same mellow baked/roasted bread yeast component meets a rich raisin fruitiness combined with a dry yet acidic and almost funky finish. Some extremely nice cocoa starts to show up along with the raisin as it warms.

(M)- A crisp and clean finish to this even though there is some mild funky dryness in this. Very much a porter, but I quite like how this is done very old school with the addition of a subtle acidity that plays really nicely with the raisin and cocoa.

(O)- I guess I can expect nothing less from Drie Fonteinen! As I have said, this is very much a rustic porter but made in the extremely old and traditional style. I really really dig this.

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Photo of WankelEngine
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Bourbon County snifter

A: Pours opaque black with a touch of brown. There is a tan head of about one finger which fades over the course of about two minutes to a cap. Mild, spotty lacing.

S: A rich, chocolate-y aroma with a touch of tartness behind it.

T: It starts off rich and chocolate-y like the aroma, but becomes much more tart as I savor. The midpalate is a great combination of semi-sweet chocolate and tart vinegar, and the finish is primarily tartness with a lingering roast coffee flavor in the background.

M: Foamy carbonation but a little thin.

O: An interesting beer. Chocolate and brett.

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Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black body with billowing tan foam, surface ripples with uneven peaks. Ring of drippy lace forms from the top down, sticking to the insides of the glass.

Damp wood aroma, wet leaves, the yeast lends a rustic touch, but is restrained enough that it compliments the roasted malt of the porter that is equally aromatic.

Deep roasty malt character, lingering bitterness in the dry finish. Medium bodied with a slight acidity. Woody and smooth, restrained wildness, and an overall pleasant character. A dry roasty porter with a hint of rustic funk on the periphery. Well balanced, and an interesting concept.

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Photo of cbutova
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always a pleasure to have some Drie Fonteinen beer. From what I remember this wasn't exactly my favorite when I had it on tap.

A- Poured into a snifter from the 12oz bottle with a black body, not oily and thick like a big stout but seems dried out. A nice head forms to about two fingers with a light mocha tan color and creamy texture. The foam sticks around for a nice amount of time and leaves a ton of lace all round the glass in rings.

S- Aroma reminds me of a traditional English Porter with some rustic yeast edge to it. The wild yeast lends just a bit of tart cherry and apple feel here and slight funk. The rest of the smell is cocoa, sweet caramel and toasted nutty malts.

T- The yeast profile here develops nicely, especially with some time and warmth. A tartness and funk builds on the palate that is very close to metallic but stays just inside the realm of apple, lemon and cherry tarts. The aforementioned porter characteristics blend in nicely with the tartness playing off the cocoa and nutty hints especially.

MF- Dried out body with just a bit of residual sweetness and body keeping it thick enough to support the dark roast flavors. Carbonation is on the high side but that works with the wild yeast flavors. Slight tartness in the finish. Smooth overall feel.

Better than the first time I had it, I am assuming it is an entirely different batch and fairly fresh. The tart funky yeast does just enough to overcome the big traditional porter notes and it all comes together nicely.

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Photo of MaineBrewing
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - poured black and opaque, with a brilliant ruby hue when held to light. Tan head, about one finger, lasted momentarily but left a thick cap that stayed lively throughout the whole experience. There was even a bit of lacing, not bad.

S - sour aroma hits first, but beyond the sour it is all porter. Chocolatey, roasted malt character, some coffee grind notes and a hint of smoke.

T - taste is surprisingly mild, not as sour as the aroma would suggest. Very light malt character with a pleasent roasted/smokiness. Finishes dry and slightly acidic, with a touch of sweetness. Leaves a lingering wet canvas/damp favor, and a nice hop bitterness.

M - light mouthfeel, effervescent carbonation, really easy drinking. Generally I sip on anything in the sour category, this is definitely going down quicker. Mostly due to the lack of in your face sour and low complexity, a nice dry finish is aiding this as well.

O - overall this is very enjoyable, nice mild taste, nice sour character without destroying my palate.I think this achieves a good balance, and would go for it again if it becomes available.

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Photo of MRsojourner
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

aroma (still a bit to cold) but smells of a musty cellar, licorice and a touch of roast.
the appearance is black with a thick coffee colored head that leaves nice sticky lacing throughout the glass.
flavor- initially I get rhubarb and a flavor that strikes me of a flanders red but not as much sour as it seems to be subdued. I taste more chocolate than roast but then again its juxtaposed with earthy sour notes of cherries with some acidity. coffee flavors emerge as it gets warmer with some proper tartness.
the mouthfeel is lively with medium to high carbonation that tingles on your tongue a bit giving that sourness some movement, but its still semi thick and slick. impressive.
overall I like this beer a lot especially as it warms up. it has a musty nature that I really enjoy and can't wait to see how it changes as it most definitely will.

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Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Starts with a very large 4+ finger beige head. Leaves chunks of lumpy lace on the glass. The liquid is deep, dark brown where no light passes.

Chalky, dark chocolate with a touch of sour cherry to the nose.

Starts like a dark brown ale. A combination of sourness and darker, nearly burnt malt. Short aftertaste. Thinnish body with a higher level of carbonation.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at Holy Hound, serve chilled in a small tulip glass.

The color is an opaque black shade with thin cap of light tan with fine bead. The smell is sllightly roasted with a mild vinous element although the yeast esters are mild there is a subtle malt aroma. The feel is excellent with mildly tart quality alongside a roasted texture but very mild grain texture with medium high carbonation and semi-dry finish with light acidity and gentle alcohol.

The flavor is very pleasant with slight dark cherry taste with subtle currant and dark toasted grain flavor with a light element of tangy yeast and nutty woodiness with gentle vanilla-like quality. overall this is a complex, tasty and quaffable porter. I was really happy I got to try this on tap as it was very easy to drink for the strength, the light brett quality adds a unique dimension to the porter and is very enjoyable.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a nice rocky head. Thick foam and nice lace rings down the glass.

Dark roasted malt, some cocoa, and a hint of tart.

I was a bit afraid that this would taste like buttermilk in my coffee. It kinda does, but in a good way. The coffee notes and biter edge to the malt are first, but a very subtle tart twang comes into play. It is an important part, but does not get in the way or dominate. Well balanced brew. Finishes roast, mildly bitter, and with a coffee, bitter cocoa edge with a light acidic tart touch. Nice and different.

Medium bodied, some acid and good carbonation.

Nice brew. Different and could very well have been a bad experience. I wonder how this will age, and if the tart will overcome the balance and kill this. Right now, very drinkable.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a small plastic cup. I'm moving so all my glasswear is packed...

A: Very, very dark brown body, minimal head. Could be the pour.

S: Slightly vinegary with some stout in the background. I made a dry irish stout that got infected once, and the smell is familiar. Pretty nice actually.

T: Very slight sourness up front, followed by roastyness in the finish. This one is exactly equal to the sum of its parts, not anything more.

M: Clean, dry, refreshing finish.

O: Overall this would make a very nice everyday drinker. Fairly light in flavor with enough complexity to keep it interesting. It doesn't quite meet the expectation of flavor for a 7% sour porter by this brewery, however. Give this to me for $10-12 a sixer and we might have something.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From: Etre Gourmet
Date: Best by 10/13/2013
Glass: Tulip is a creative blending of sour beer culture from Belgium with memories of English brewing traditions from a few centuries ago, when beers were typically more sour from random colonization of wild yeasts than they are now. The overall flavors are balanced and well-blended, a pleasantly sour dark beer with berry and chocolate notes. Aromatics aside, this was an excellent beer and one that I would purchase again if available.

Pours a 2cm tall head of burnt tan foam, composed of small to medium-sized bubbles, with above average retention, lasting a few minutes. The head coalesces into a fairly thick mass as it descends, looking rather frothy and substantial. Lacing is good, but not excellent, some medium-sized, and medium-thickness lines, a few small patterns, and several smaller blotches line the inside of the glass. The head eventually falls to a thick ring around the body and a wispy cap atop it as well. Body is a dark brown to black color, opaque, light yielding little change.

The aroma is where I felt this beer was weakest, especially considering the possibilities of aromatic roasted malts and wild yeast. I primarily detect bready malts, a light Belgian farmhouse touch, and mild roasted malt and/or cocoa powder.

Pleasantly sour porter, perhaps in the "traditional" style of old English Porters that were blended with older, slightly acidified and vinous versions. Front of palate picks up tartness, slight Belgian farmhouse, cocoa powder, and mildly acrid roasted malt sweetness. Mid-palate finds mild roasted malt, cocoa powder, well-matched sourness, which becomes somewhat vinous as the beer lingers mid-palate, and hints of tart blackberries. Back of palate finds continued, mild roasted malt and cocoa notes with further vinous character, tart blackberries, and lesser sour beer flavor. Aftertaste is of light tartness, balanced dark sweetness from roasted malt, cocoa powder, and slight oak character.

Beer is of medium weight, with carbonation of medium-light intensity. The result is a smooth, slightly foamy mouthfeel that is never fizzy or harsh. Closes dry, with some modest stickiness lingering across the palate.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one while pre-gaming going out jazz club hopping in New Orleans at Avenue Pub! Served from tap into a chalice. Poured dark brown with a one finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, milk chocolate, roasted malt, earth, and subtle funk. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. When I saw the description of this one on the menu, I really didn’t know what to expect if I am completely honest. However, what I found was actually quite nice. It had all of the aspects of a nice porter going on in it with just a kiss of funk to make it interesting. I really never would have thought about throwing these two aspects together, but they seemed to work decently. Really glad I got the chance to try this one on tap as it was definitely an interesting brew.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle with 21/10/13 stamped on the bottle cap. Served in a DFH Signature glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, sweet and tart fruit, and some molasses. It tastes similar to how it smells, like roasted malt, chocolate, tart and sweet dark fruit (plums, cherries, raisins), and a bit of nuts and red wine. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and easy to drink. This definitely isn't a traditional porter! But if you're looking for something that's different and doesn't really fit into a certain style, then you'll probably like this brew as much as I did.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's oddly compelling to have a brewer who speicalizes in sour ales to make a porter and to carry with it a glimpse into that sour world. The resulting twangy taste is something that I imagine mid 18th century England to taste like.

But like any well built porter, the dark ale pours with a bark-brown color that's basically opaque from the sheer darkness and suspended yeast. Capped by a stubborn rocky head of sand stained hues, the foam character is long lasting and laces the glass with impressive intricate patterns.

Chocolaty aromas are a blend of cocoa, heavy cream, and dark roasted coffee. Walnut and esters create a fortified heartiness and berry-like vinous complexity. With its medium intensity, the scent suggests authentic British character.

Flavors follow suit with the taste of bittersweet chocolate, burnt toffee sweetness, French press coffee, roasted walnuts, and starchy malt that's fairly characteristic of those English porters. But the tangy fruitiness that commonly stems from the yeast's esters fairly early on. But the taste of under ripened berries, white grapes, and apples turn to the lightly musty sharpness of dried fruit, red wines, and oak. The flavors certainly favor the more acidic tartness of fruit later rather than early.

Medium throughout, the beer's early carbonation creates a lighter effect despite a mouthfeel of creaminess. As the carbonation recedes, it takes with it the richer malt complexes and leaves a tart fruit acidity and light astringency to balance the light residual sweetness from toffee, chocolate, and roast. The beer finishes warm, malty-dry, and winy tart.

The flavors and how they attach to the palate reminds me of those English cask porters that are a blend of fresher chocolaty versions and older musty vinous ones. It's a fantastic porter that dares to explore the rustic taste of years gone by instead of denying in fear.

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