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Pro-Am Porter | Wormtown Brewery

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Pro-Am PorterPro-Am Porter

Brewed by:
Wormtown Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Fluke828
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a long-stem tulip glass.
Bottled in March 2011

A-> Beefy 3 finger head on top of very dark brew that is not quite totally opaque and has a reddish hue when held up to the light.

S-> I'm a tad congested but this smells of classic roasted porter aromas of nutty matls and roasted coffee with a touch of sweet bitter chocolate.

T-> Holy malted porter! Very dark coffe flavors with a hint of the dark chocolate. Also getting a roasted, creamy, nuttiness that accompanies the robust bitter hoppiness.

M-> Taste is full of flavor and very robust however this is not quite full bodied. Medium with a healthy malt bill and pretty dry on the finish. Wonderful yet subtle hop presence.

O-> Really enjoyed this one while not knowing what to expect heading in. Had to figure that it must be good if Ben and the gang went to the trouble of bottling this. Loved the bitter finish. Great work Keith and Ben!

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super excited that i stumbled across a few bottles of this at Yankee in attleboro, definitely thought i missed out on it.
Poured into Sam Adams perfect pint, nice chocolatey black brown with a creamy mocha colored head. Overall head retention lacks just a little bit, but at least keeps a bit of froth on top to add to the texture for each sip.
The nose is on the faint side, but what it has is nice. Bittersweet chocolate, a light roastiness, and the tiniest touch of hops round this out. Im glad i poured this much closer to room temperature, as i feel that what im now getting would be even more muted.
Chocolate and coffee flavors dominate with a thick maltiness up front, and let up a bit for a phenomenal bitterness on the finish. The carbonation level is just right, and provides a great transition from start to finish.
Overall, the pure drinkability and tastiness of this beer scores huge points. It really rounds out very nicely for an excellent drinking experience. Totally worth checking out.

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

22oz into bell's pint glass. 1st bottling. ~1 month old.

A- Big creamy mocha head slowly rises to 2-fingers on a dark roast coffee-colored beer. Nice heavy lace ring from the top and mild lacing all the way down. Head takes a while to settle and never really goes away.

S- Coffee and cream, sweet and pleasant.

T- Big dark fruit and mild grassy hops. Bitter earthy chocolate comes on strong as well. Very robust and flavorful. Lots of coffee in the finish.

M- Very full and rich, great carbonation, well-crafted. Supreme balance. Opens up nicely as it warms.

O- A very impressive beer- this one took me by surprise. Wormtown should make this a regular.


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Photo of Jwale73
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Bottled in March 2011. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a two inch, bubbly, mocha-colored, float-like head. Head eventually settles into a solid quarter inch cap. Some arcs and spots of lacing present during the tasting. Nose expresses roasted malt, perhaps a trace of chocolate, and some dry-hopping also seems evident in the aromas towards the back. Taste is fantastic - lactose, roasted malt, cocoa and a hint of charring. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a pleasant creamy texture and a light, even carbonation. A delicious drinkable porter. If this beer was available in six packs, it would be part of my regular line-up. A really flavorful American Porter that is a nice alternative to a large abv malt bomb.

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Photo of soze47
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this bomber at a good price recently. Overall, I'm pretty impressed by this local effort.

Appearance: Deep and dark brown that is only slightly light around the edges of the tulip I'm using. I got a little head on the beer with an aggressive pour, but it quickly subsided.

Aroma: Not a real fragrant beer. You pick up a slight roasted nut smell. There also seems to be a very faint hop earthiness to the smell that is present, but not very noticeable at first.

Taste: Wow, the roast on this beer is robust to say the least. The malt brings notes of black coffee, dark roasted peanut, and a note of slight creamy sweetness. There is a good balancing bitterness in the linger that comes from the earthy hop bill.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Very drinkable, for sure. The body of this beer is not all that heavy, but their is a creamy mouthfeel that allows the flavors to coat the palette yet not overwhelm.

Overall: Very good porter. This is now one of my value picks on a trip to the store. I enjoyed this brew a lot.

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Photo of 603BeerMe
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber from Shogokawada, poured into 2 Portsmouth Brewery tulips, at slightly below cellar temps. Shared with a Stout/Porter friend.

Bottled March '11. 2010 GABF Bronze Medal winner.

A - Dark black with light hints of red on the edges. Thin head, leaves little lacing. Head stayed for most of the glass. Looks great.

S - Malt, light roasted coffee, nutty(?), very muted nose until it warms a bit, and even then, it's still fairly muted. Had to get it swirling & really dig for those aromas.

T - Roasted coffee, light chocolate, slight hop bitterness. Well balanced - everything comes together nicely.

M - Creamy, great carbonation, balanced as well.

O/D - A great Porter! Well balanced, smooth, definitely "sessionable" - I could have a couple, maybe 3 glasses if I was in a Porter mood, and be good to go. Really glad I got to try this one!

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A gracious free box sent to be by ShogoKawada contained a bomber of this unheard of beer.

Poured into a Perfect Pint
This porter has its roots planted in the red hues. This is evident on the pour as well as when held to the light. Deep, yet rich reds shine through the blacks and browns. The head was a sizable two fingers high and left small patches of lacing.

Very chocolatey. Aromas of chocolate chip cookies and cappuccino emanate from the glass. Coffee aromas are sweetened and lightened up by milk chocolate and a sweet creaminess.

Again, very chocolatey with only enough bitterness from roasted malts and faint hops to cut back any cloying sweetness. The coffee flavors wait until the end to show up and even then they are blended with creme and cocoa. A little bit of hops give an orange pithy flavor to the finish.

The pour didn't look exceptionally viscous but the feel is full that I had expected. Its quite nice with a creamy and low level of carbonation.

This is a really well done porter. In many ways it reminds me of Edmund Fitzgerald. Wormtown should really consider keeping this one around and putting it in 6 packs.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle purchased as a single at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" dark tan head over the barely translucent dark brown brew. Head falls slowly, with a thick coating of lasting lace. Aroma is robust and hearty, full of deep dark malts.

Taste starts a bit worty, with rich nutty maltiness, but not quite the depth indicated by the nose. Continues through with light bitterness coupled with a moderate acrid coffee close. Mouthfeel is super smooth and velvety, and drinkability is superb. This is some good porter.

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Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Plentiful lace from the decent size, light beige head. The beer is dark brown where light only comes through on the very edges.

Pleasant aromas of coffee with cream. Modest chalkiness. A little bit of alcohol in the background. If there are hops, they're well blended into the malt.

Relatively thin brew. Mocha flavored with slight milkiness. The malt is more harsh than the smell indicates. Lightly sweet. Surprisingly strong hop bitterness in the swallow. The aftertaste reminds me of coffee grounds, bitter and chewy.

Despite my lower-than-average (thus far) review, I believe this is a very good beer.

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Photo of capeannbass36
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Rough pour into pint glass only produced a 1/4 inch tan head, which quickly disappeared.
Very dark brown, almost black.

S- Sinfully sweet. Rich chocolate and coffee.

T- Almost as nice as it smells. Chocolate and coffee. Faint vanilla, maybe caramel.

M- Very smooth and creamy. Decent carbonation.

O- Almost didn't try this one. Glad that I did. A treat. Looking for another.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - nice dark brownish black color here. head doesnt stick around too long however but a ring stays throughout.

S - great roasted malty smell here. coffee and chocolate are in there as well.

T - again roasted malts hit immediately and last throughout. coffee and chocolate tastes are in the background with the coffee taste a bit more prevalent than the chocolate.

M - very good feel for a porter here. maybe a little bit too carbonated for my tastes with this style but its certainly not at all distracting.

O - this is a damn good porter. very glad i had the chance to pick this up as they only made about 900 bottles or so.

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Photo of jlindros
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Somehow I never got to review this on tap, and now it's in bottle form! Hell yeah!

The top pops with a nice "tssst" sound, and pours a nice rich creamy darker colored 1 finger head with some nice lacing, over super dark brown color with hints of maroon rosy light coming though.

Nose is erupting from the pour, lots of nice roasted malts, creamy light chocolate, light fresh brewed coffee, plenty of crystal malts and caramel, a light vanilla, a bit more chocolate comes through as it warms bringing just a slight hot cocoa.

As the soft luscious beer hits my mouth, it dances around for a bit, delicately hinting at some chocolate, hot cocoa, and light cocoa nibs, then bringing on some roasted malts, a hint of fresh coffee, a bit creamy, then loads on the vanilla and caramel, plenty of crystal malts. Fairly rich, but creamy, smooth, and maintains a nice drinkable feel. The finish leaves a bit drier, very light residue left around the mouth as well as some lingering roast and chocolate, and just a hint of earthy bitter hops to finish it off, and some bitterness coming from the loads of roasted malts.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, creamy and luscious, with decent carbonation.

Overall this is an awesome porter, def one of the best around, if not in the country. Lots of big heavy luscious flavors, but still smooth and very drinkable. With all teh roast as well it didn't bring any minerality or acrid flavors, and booze was kept in check well.

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Photo of rudzud
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a case of this stuff because Wormtown is just that good. Can't wait for them to release their next bottle. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Spectacular deep brown pour with a big creamy two finger mocha head. I'm talking guiness creamy. It faded at a normal rate leaving some nice side lacing. Sooo creamy.

S - Usual great roasty chocolate and vanilla awesomeness. Nice carmel notes too.

T - Much like the nose this is rich and full tasting. Lots of great chocolate and light coffee notes along with some really solid vanilla notes.

M - Super rich and full and creamy. This stuff feels like lightly tingly and carbonated velvet. Quite good in the mouth, oh so refreshing.

O - Yeah, this stuff is oh so good. Great appearance and awesome smell, taste, mouthfeel. Yeah, this has been worth the wait!

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Photo of mmoseleyfm
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served: On tap at Peppercorn's, 10/23, served in a snifter. Served a little too cold, but was able to warm while waiting for my food.

A- Black, 1 finger creamy mocha brown, sticky head. Head dissipated quickly, but the lacing clung to the glass with avengence. Looked viscous as I swirled it, but it was in a snifter with a relatively narrow top. Looked very pretty, pour was perfect, right to the rim.

S- Picked up strong vanilla and caramel at first, but as it warmed, more chocolate and coffee came through.

T- Amazing... sweet up front with the same vanilla and caramel in the nose. As it warmed, more warmth from the alcohol could be detected. There was almost none of the smokey, slightly acrid roasted malt I've tasted in other porters. Finish was clean, only slightly dry, and I didn't pick up on much in the way of any hop notes.

M- Smooth, smooth, smooth. I don't think this was on nitro, but it felt like it. Definitely full bodied; you always knew it was in your mouth, but very pleasant sensation.

D- I could've drunk this all night. 'Nuff said.

Smooth, sweet and amazing. Complex, but all the flavors come together exceptionally well and were complimentary. I had it with a bison burger, and as far as main courses go, the mild flavor of the bison was OK as a pairing, but I would probably reserve this for dessert only if I were to do it over. Anyone in the central MA area, go get this while it lasts! Small batch, no growlers.

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Pro-Am Porter from Wormtown Brewery
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