Pro-Am Porter | Wormtown Brewery

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Pro-Am PorterPro-Am Porter

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Wormtown Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Bottled January 2014. Pours a rich black color with over an inch of medium brown head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, coffee, roasted malts, and earth. The taste is chocolate syrup, roasted malts, peat moss, and a hint of smoke. Some light and sweet coffee but rich chocolate syrup is the main flavor. Small amount of citrus hops. Creamy mouthfeel with a good deal of carbonation. Overall, pretty good Porter.

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Photo of nmann08
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate brown, hues of red. Very thin wispy light brown head builds then dissipates.

Nose is heavy roast. Chocolate. Coffee. Caramel and maybe some vanilla, but mostly the roast and cocoa.

Taste is roasted malts, chocolate, bitter up front with a sweet finish. Reminds me of a milky mocha coffee drink with alcohol.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but nice. Coats your mouth well with a warm wet finish.

Overall this is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Andrew61923
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle dated January 2013 into my Yeti tulip. Had passed this one on a number of occasions and, with my upcoming relocation, I picked it up on my last trip to the store.

A: Pours a dark, dark brown that borders on black with a finger's worth of khaki head that doesn't stay around quite as long as I'd expect with a beer of this ABV. No other complaints, however.

S: Lots of baker's chocolate and bready malts with a hint of smoke tied in. Not overly sweet by any means, but you know you're going to get something akin to a dark chocolate brownie upon tasting it.

T: Definitely picking up on the same notes that I had gotten in the nose. Very chocolately, but more bitter than sweet. Really nice.

M: It is thick and probably bordering on a stout, but I'm enjoying this on a muggy May evening without any second thoughts. I would like to have the taste linger a little longer on the palate, but while you're drinking it, it's hard to think about staying away from another sip.

O: I'm not happy with myself for having passed this up so many times at the store. The pricepoint ($7.99) could be a bit more reasonable, but it's worth it to pick it up once in a while if you've got access. I would've loved to try this with some barrel-aging.

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Photo of Lambocalrisien
4.93/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great Porter!

A - Pours a dark black chocolate color with a nice 1 1/2 finger coffee colored head

S - Hints of roasty chocolate, coffee and vanilla.

T - Smooth, rich and delicious. Roasted chocolate with the perfect combination of coffee, vanilla and caramel.

M - Medium body, very smooth, excellent carbonation and goes down really easy.

O - Great brew. Hands down the best English Porter out there.

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Photo of Danno48
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When you crack the bottle you get a great whiff of like burnt french toast and coffee.
And when you pour it, you end up squinting trying to see through it. Very very dark and a thick ol' coffee colored head to match.
I am trying to tell you what it tastes like.... If you had a bowl of Cheerios and instead of milk, used espresso. Yup, that's what it would tastes like. And just like Cheerios it could have used a little sugar on top. A tad increase in sweetness is my only suggestion. Other than that it is a smooth, robust, full flavored porter with a lot to offer.

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Photo of WSB
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours dark as night black, thick and oily, with a thin tan head that retreats quickly, leaving a nice Bavarian ring on the glass. Reddish hues are noticeable if you hold the glass up to light.

Smell has hints of fresh roasted coffee, chocolate, dark dried fruits, with just a dash of hoppy citrusy brightness to balance it off.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and active, good carbonation, yet very smooth.

Taste follows the smell-notes of earthy roasted coffee, chocolate malt, and a warming alcohol presence are followed by a subtle chaser of hops that are not at all bitter and cut through the heaviness of the malts with perfection. Awesomely balanced finished.

This is a great porter- superbly drinkable, perfectly balanced, it's a shame this is a one time brew. I may have to stage an "Occupy Wormtown" protest to get this beer brewed year round.

I enthusiastically recommend this beer to all.

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Photo of Dope
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Original bottled batch from March 2011 (almost 2 years old now).

A: Pours a dark brown with a big fluffy and effervescent light brown head. Fades at a nice pace with good head retention. Oddly enough, zero lacing initially. Absolutely none. Swirling seems to drop some deposits behind at least though.

S: A little bit of smoke and chocolate. Nice mild roasted malt in general. Slightly creamy.

T: Up front there's creamy chocolate and smoky meat (almost like beef jerky). Smoke lingers in the middle with sweet and creamy chocolate. Touch of char and smoke in the finish. Get little flashes of dark fruit buried in there once in a while.

M: Medium bodied, quite smooth and creamy. Especially full for a lighter beer.

O: A really nice mellow, smooth and creamy english porter. No sign of hops, just mild roasted malt from start to finish. Drinkability is off the scale, just a pleasure to imbibe. Not overly smoky like a lot of english-style porters. Great balance to boot. This is up there with the greats like Founders Porter and Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald in my opinion.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown, almost black, with a nice thick tan head. No true lace.

Milk sweetness in the nose, bitter chocolate and mocha notes.

Nice charred but sweet malt up front. Cocoa, sweet coffee, light bitterness all balanced evenly. Lightly malty-sweet and bitter in the finish, like bitter chocolate. Charred bits in the middle as the beer transitions are very nice.

Medium to fuller bodied. Moderate carbonation.

A winner here. Great porter. Glad this was a big bottle. Tasty, not cloying or overdone. One of the better sweet-side dark brews I've had in a while.

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Photo of SABERG
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a modified tulip glass.

A - Deep dark, nice creamy head, moderate lacing throughout.
S - Hint of leather, cocoa, fig. Pleasant and balanced.
T - Malt base finished cleanly, some lingering chocolate, with a hint of smoke?
M - Silky and clean, this may be Pro ams strong suit. So smooth.
O - Very nice porter, balanced and dare I say refreshing!


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Photo of brureview
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Bottle.

Very fine porter from Wormtown, a Massachusetts brewery.

The beer pours a very dark coffee color.
Strong aroma of coffee, caramel, and lemon.

Mouth feel not very carbonated, tangy, and very pleasant.

Taste: lemon-coffee.

This is a local MA brew well worth trying if you can find it.
It's a stronger, more robust porter.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to lalaloveyou for this beer! Thanks lauren!

reviewed from notes taken on 8/6/12.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: light black bodied beer with a talk creamy 2 finger tall tan head.

Smell: very balanced nose between chocolate and roasty notes. A hint of smoke. This smells really nice!

Taste: smooth milk chocolates. mild roast that has very mild bitterness. The smoke creeps in towards the end and does not seem to assert itself; just is apart of the supporting cast. The beer has a bittersweet cocoa aftertaste that tends to linger for a while. (4.25)

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. It has a really silky feel to it almost like its creamy. No ABV is noticed; its hidden completely.

Overall: Really solid porter here. I appreaciate how malt forward this beer is, yet it did not become a cloyingly sweet or overly roasty and bitter. This porter is all about balanced malt profile. And really its a perfect example of what a porter should strive for. The only better porter that I have drank with this beer style and that beer is HF Everett.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kevin for sharing this one on 4th of July.

Pours dark brown with red highlights. Tan head starts at a couple fingers and retains pretty well as a thick cap.

Pretty great scent, big chocolate+roast especially, nice smoke element, some breadiness. Good strength throughout.

Taste doesn't quite match the smell but still quite good. Milk chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, burnt sugars, doughy and nutty, some hints of an Irish stout there. Still some light smokiness and a bit of leafy hop there as well. Kinda big on the roast but good amount of sweetness to even it out.

Kinda foamy mouthfeel for a porter but the mouthfeel is good. Maintains smoothness.

Somewhat straightforward but a very good porter.

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Photo of ms11781
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in February 2012. 22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

The beer looks clear and almost orangish brown going when poured into the glass but settles in a much deeper brown, opaque and almost black. A nice tan head develops and settles in as a thin foam cap, leaving some decent lacing on the glass.

The nose is dominated by a nice pleasant roasted aroma. There is a hint of some light (milk?) chocolate and an even lesser amount of some coffee. At times, perhaps more as the beer warms, a subtle sweetness comes out. Really straightforward but also very nice.

The taste has the same characteristics as the nose but it's not dominated as much by the roast. The roasted notes are still prevalent but they aren't overpowering. The chocolate comes out more and is definitely of the milk chocolate variety. It provides a nice creaminess that is followed by some light coffee and a bit of bitterness at the finish.

The beer has a medium body but lower carbonation gives it a bit of a fuller feel. Not huge, but definitely a solid porter. The mouthfeel is also very creamy, which is very nice because it seems like the beer wants to dry out but is prevented from doing so. Really nice.

This is an excellent porter. It gives the feeling of a big, robust porter but the ABV doesn't match up. As mentioned, it's very straightforward, and seems to be pretty simple, but it's done extremely well.

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Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

SO good. It just knocked Great Lakes' Fitzy off my fave porter. So beautifully orchestrated. I won't say much about the characteristics of a porter/stout. That shit is getting old. You know what to expect. This is less dry than what you might think coming from a "porter", but it's so smooth, and creamy, with the slight notes of chocolate . . . mmm. Coffee of course, you know whats up. Malted to perfection on the roast. Enjoy!

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Photo of AgentZero
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Alex for sharing this, it was quite an interesting and a bit different beer.

A - Nice looking beer. Black with a touch of red on the edges. Had a nice brown head that left some solid stick behind.

S - Nicely toasted and roasted. Beyond that base, you get some interesting fruity yeast and sweet notes with some cocoa. It's a nice mix that is a bit different, and works.

T - I found the first taste of this beer to be very good. I didn't like it quite as much as I went on, but it was still a good beer. Particulaly dry beer with a lot of roast. There is some cocoa and some twig-berry flavors. It's interesting.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - Got through this bottle rather easily. It's a solid beer that is great for a change of pace as it's a bit different than most things out there. Worth giving a go.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to AutumnBeerLove for locating this under-the-radar brew for me. Served in a Darkness glass.

A - A finger-plus of dark tan foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, leaving some thin fingers of lace behind. Opaque near-black body that reveals a glint of red-brown at the top edge of the glass.

S - Very toasy, with cocoa powder, dark roast coffee, light smoke, nuts & berries, a bit of black cherry, and some fruit English ale yeast.

T - The taste doesn't quite live up to the promise of the aroma. Very dry, with a slightly charry and chalky note. Nice chocolate and nut flavors, a bit of burnt toast, and a roasty finish. Nowhere near as sweet as the aroma suggests and no alcohol presence either. Sort of like a hybrid porter/dry stout.

M - Medium-light body that is a touch thin but not offensive for a 6.8% beer. Slightly zesty medium carbonation that seems a touch sharp for a beer described as very "British" on the label. Otherwise pleasant and smooth on the palate.

D - Very easy to drink, and certainly the best of the motley assortment of beers Mike and I shared last night while watching a particularly violent UFC event. Not mind-blowing, but packs in a lot of flavor for a 6% beer. Certainly a worthy choice as a Pro-Am winner.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to BennyL1 for this bottle!

Appearance - Black body that has flecks of red shining through when held up to the light. Nice khaki head tops it and lasts a good bit. Finishes with good lacing. Couldn't ask much more from a porter.

Smell - Standard, but appealing, porter aromas. Light chocolate from the roasted malts and a nice vanilla smell. Coffee rounds out the back end of the aroma.

Taste - Solid, if not powerful flavors. Milk chocolate and coffee, with a smooth vanilla-like sweetness in the back. It finishes with a very earthy hop flavor. Kinda grassy, really. It's the only part that isn't nice.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, despite being pretty full flavored. It's easy to drink, but it leaves a bit of a strange dryness on the mouth. It makes my teeth feel weird. Yes, that's strange, but that's the way it is.

Overall - A nice, high-quality porter. Not outstanding in many ways, but great to see small breweries putting together beers of this quality.

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Photo of Jayli
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a nice deep, dark brown with light ruby highlights when held to the light. A 1/4 inch of brown foamy head sits on top that recedes to a light film. Spidered lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is fantastic milk chocolate and coffee notes, some light toffee and roasted malt.

T: Taste is - this may just be the best porter that I've had in a long time. Milk chocolate fills out the forefront with a bit of toffee notes that are underlay the chocolate. Roasted malt flavoring fills out the middle. Finish is creamy, more milk chocolate with coffee bitterness that comes through.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, nice creamy, silky body.

O: Goes down easily, extremely tasty, not too filling, nice kick, great representation of style. Flavor alone will make this a go to porter for me, and the price point on it make it an even better sell. This will be one that I revisit quite a bit this fall.

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Photo of BennyL1
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes on 8/15/11

Bottled March 2011, poured into a standard pint glass.

Pro-Am pours a dark brown almost black body with a good size mocha head with some spotty lacing.

Nose is a bit on the lighter side with some coffee and chocolate notes. Some roasted malt and caramel in there too. Might attribute the lack of punch in the nose to age, but still good.

Very roasty taste with some bittersweet chocolate and coffee notes. The malt profile is good with some caramel that becomes evident in the taste. Not to much of a hop presence, with an ever so slight lingering bitterness.

Creamy and medium bodied with some carbonation on the lower side.

Very well done porter from the brewers at Wormtown, one of the best beers I've had from them to date.

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Photo of eclipse54
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber from FluffyMcTingle; thanks so much! Bottle was from the first bottling a while back, and this review is a transfer from my spreadsheet.

Pours black with dark ruby hues near the edges of the glass that are only visible when held to the light. About an inch of khaki head develops, and leaves ample lacing as it resides. Smells of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and some vanilla; very enticing. Taste is similar, with the roasted malt/coffee grounds staying all the way through. There is an emphasis on the vanilla, and a nice chocolate finish. Medium body with a dry aftertaste that keeps you coming back for more. Overall, a very well done, balanced porter that I would love to have again.

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Photo of cbutova
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First Wormtown review, been excited to try their beer.

A- Black ale out of a bomber into a pint glass. Mocha tan head forms to a nice size but doesn't retain all that well. A small pillow and ring fail to leave much lace.

S- A big dose of both dark chocolate roast malt and dark fruits. Not a hugely strong aroma overall. Hints of licorice.

T- A stronger version of the smell. Cocoa, roast malt and dark fruit are again still heavily present. Some earthy hop, vanilla, licorice and toasted nutty hints come through as well.

MF- Moderatly thick body with a good amount of carbonation. Some bitterness in the finish. A bit silky and creamy.

A good porter with plentiful levels of flavor. Something feels a bit thin to me but I still drank this one down easily and enjoyed it.

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Photo of billab914
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my Surly nonic pint glass. It poured dark brown, nearly black in color with a frothy and creamy tan head filling the top inch of the glass. Pretty decent head retention with a little lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a sweet, malty, milk chocolaty and cocoa like flavor to it. I get a bit of roasty flavors to it as well. Very smooth and appealing aroma and pretty nice for the style.

The taste us smooth and rich with a very nice mix of sweet malty, chocolaty flavors and roasty, bitter flavors. I get some caramel and milk chocolate notes coming out of the sweetness, especially in the finish. The roasty, bitter-sweet chocolate, coffee like flavor is a little more reserved but it gives it some nice balance.

The mouthfeel feels nice and creamy with carbonation being on the lower side of the style. Overall it was a very solid porter. Very flavorful, drinkable and balanced. A very solid beer overall.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Thanks to SneezyAchew for both the beer and the glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown with about a finger of dense light brown head that faded to a fuzzy collar that left spots of lacing down the glass.
S: Creamy notes of coffee, cream and spices. The nose is light but it smells good.
T: A very roasted tasting porter with soft notes of coffee and vanilla with a some sweeter notes of caramel and dark fruits. I get roasted flavors of nuts and a hint of bakers chocolate as well. Finish is sweet with just a hint of minty hops, and the aftertaste almost reminds me of root beer or cola but in a good way.
M: High carbonation creates a tingly mouthfeel on this one but it also adds some chewiness. Body is on the thicker side of medium.
O: A very solid porter, not my favorite, but probably top 5. I would love to be able to get this locally. Thanks again Michael.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into my Portsmouth tulip.

Appears very dark brown with a one inch pretty brown head. Some lacing. Falls to a nice blanket. Smells of rich chocolate and coffee - big nose. Tastes like the nose with some vanilla. A great tasting porter. Body is medium plus and the carbonation is medium creating a nice mouthfeel. Overall a very enjoyable drink.

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Photo of albern
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer and I've never heard of Wormtown brewers before trying this one out. I'm intrigued and will seek out more from this brew house. This is a really delightful porter that hits all the right notes. It looks good with a nice dark brown, with some ruby notes, and a nice thick pour with a creamy head that retains. The beer laces in billowy clumps around the sides of the glass. The nose has a slightly oaky and slightly hoppy maltiness too it. The hops you'll find in the flavor, but not so much the oakiness.

This beer has a very smooth, almost buttery cocoa powder flavor, with lots of rich dark malts, a sweet underneath complemented by some bittering dark unsweetened chocolates and some leafy hop as well. The chocolate, the hop, and the buttery cocoa makes this porter a winner. I'm really impressed and I will go back for another. The beer is substantial enough with a nice medium body, but doesn't have any booziness or residual ABV in the aftertaste. What's not to like. L'Chaim.

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