Gallows Point Dead Man's Porter | Skull Coast Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Skull Coast Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Fall & Winter Seasonal, Gallows Point, is an Imperial Porter made with real Chocolate & Macadamia Nuts. There is nothing on the market like it, and it was recently named one of the Top 20 American Porters in the United States by BeerAdvocate.

60 IBU

Added by atsprings on 11-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
36
Reviews:
29
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
10.85%
 
 
Wants:
10
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0
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Photo of PDXHops
3.09/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap in a shaker pint. Great looking beer with an impressively thick head full of dimples and divots. Several thick rings of lacing are left at the top of the glass.

Sweet chocolate and vanilla dominate the nose. Tastes just as sweet as it smells, although some roast thankfully emerges. Combined with the vanilla and chocolate, the effect is almost like a coffee liqueur. Comes very close to tipping the scales toward overwhelmingly sweet, but it somewhat dries out for a vanilla latte finish. Probably not something I'll revisit, but it's worth a try (especially for those fans of sweeter porters).

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Photo of samtallica
3.16/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Big Daddy's Burger Bar in Ballantyne poured into a Skull Coast pint glass.

A: Hazy dark brown color, with very little off white head.

S: Chocolate and not much else. Maybe slight nuttiness and coffee in the background.

T: Overwhelming chocolate with slight coffee and some nuttiness in the finish. Seems like most of this beer's flavor comes from hazelnut extract and cocoa nibs. Not necessarily a bad thing, but not really my style. This is a very sweet beer in my opinion.

M: Medium to heavy body. Carbonation seems just about perfect for the style.

D: I had 2 and that was plenty for me.

As a funny addendum to this review, I noticed shortly after I posted it that I was removed from Skull Coast's facebook page. Not saying there is a connection, but it's a mighty strange coincidence. I attempted to add them again and was denied. I attempted to contact them to see why I was being blacklisted and got no response. It's kind of sad because I liked their other beers and love to support local breweries, but will probably steer clear of them from now on since they don't seem to like constructive criticism.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured a deep dark brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, chocolate, and big butterscotch. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, coffee, cream, and slight butterscotch. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. However, the flavors seemed just a little watered down to me. The aroma on the otherhand was very strong on butterscotch, almost overwhelmingly so... This is worth trying at least once, but that is about it for me.

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Photo of Bung
3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Shaker pint, Wineshop at Rivergate. Murky dark brown pour, thin layer of frothy off white head. Does stick to the glass well.

Malty aroma, slightly sweet. Caramel, toffee, some chocolates.

Taste is also very malty, large amount of chocolate and some cocoa. Toffee also, definetely on the sweeter side, lactose sugar? Finishes with some cocoa and the faintest roast.

Thinner bodied and just a bit much carbonation, but it drinks very easily. Would have guessed this was a 5% porter. A little sweet, but pretty good.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for sharing this. From a Green's growler. Served in a Stone IRS tulip.

A - Pours with a finger of tan foam that settles to a thin filmy cap and thicker collar, but leaving behind minimal lace. Dark brown color with a hint of transparency at the fringes.

S - Chocolate, vanilla, light caramel, and an earthy character which I'm retroactively guessing was the macadamia nuts. It's a touch sweet for my tastes, but it gets a bit more balanced with roast character as it warms up.

T - Taste is a little less interesting. A mix of milk chocolate, vanilla, and caramel sweetness, without much roasted malt (or coffee, etc.) to balance things out. Light bitterness in the finish.

M - Was surprised this was 7%, as it seemed a bit thin, although I guess that means the alcohol is well-hidden too. Otherwise smooth with medium carbonation.

D - You could get buzzed pretty quickly on this one, as it's very easy to drink. I found it a bit simplistic in flavor profile, but it didn't have any overt flaws. A bit saccharine for my tastes but I can see others really digging this as a "session" porter.

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Photo of scottyshades
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Greenville Beer Exchange

A: Pours a deep mahagony color with a creamy fluffy huge mocha cap. Retention is excellent

S: Big vanilla, big nuttiness, cocoa, and cream frm the lactose. Chocolate as well (white chocolate?). Overall seemingly sweet

T: Huge vanilla/cream/nuttiness, chocolate, and cocoa. A touch of grassy hops. Sweet. Too much vanilla?

Mf: Thick, smooth, low carbonation. Medium to light body...a tad light

Overall: sweet, tons of vanilla and nuts. Not really balanced, but very enjoyable

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of CBlack85
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Duckworths in Charlotte, served in a pint glass

Pours a dark brown, nearly black. No light is getting through this one. Very nice, substantial tan head, that leaves a respectable amount of lacing. Nearly stout-like in its appearance

Smooth sweet chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and a lightly roasted macadamia nut aromas fill the air. A very slight roasted malt aroma as it starts to warm. Virtually no hop aroma to speak of. When first served this has a sweet almost chocolate milk like aroma, as it warms the roasty aromas seem to peak and highlight the dark chocolate, roasted malts and slight coffee notes.

The taste is very similar to the aroma. Lots of sweet chocolate, vanilla, and macadamia nut flavors. Very little in the way of roastiness at first; there is some there, but not much. As the beer warms all of the roasty and dark chocolate flavors start to surface. Medium/light bodied and very smooth & silky, the carbonation is spot on. Extremely easy to drink.

It is a little "thin" for a porter for my taste, not enough so that it takes away from the overall eperience, but I prefer a slightly heavier mouthfeel in a porter.

Very nice, overall I am very impressed. I would recommend letting this beer warm a little before you drink it, as it is a totally different beer as it warms; much more complex and flavorful

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Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: shaker pint serving, the beer is a deep opaque chocolate brown in color with a topping of light-mocha colored carbonation, well retained, leaving some lace behind

s: milk chocolate roast, buttery toasted macadamia nut, toffee, brown sugar, earthy hops, nicely aromatic and unique

m: carbonation just under moderate in level, body medium-full

t: pretty unique flavor set for a porter - milk chocolate, toasted macadamia nut, toffee malt, vanilla, sugars balanced with an earthy hop flavor and mild bitterness, mild hops, very tasty but maybe a little too reliant on the chocolate component for flavor - could be a little more rounded

d: no problems here, an interesting set of flavors, and drinks well for such a bold set

draft at Tap City, Raleigh

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Photo of atsprings
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Cherry Bomb Grill served in a standard pint glass a deep almost opaque black with a thin light tan head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is a bit of baker's cocoa, roasted nuts and brown malts. The taste is a nice blend of roasted macadamia nuts, bitter cocoa and dark malts, nicely complex. The beer is on the light side of medium with smooth mild carbonation. This is a very enjoyable, easy drinking strong porter, one I hope to have more of this Winter.

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Photo of mizzouguy
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a growler from a trade with McNuts, many thanks!!!

This is my first review on here so take that into consideration when reading.

Pours deep brown to black and not opaque at all in my glass. Little head (growler is 5 days old? but unopened) but there is a little tan top layer skimming the surface. The noise is all chocolate covered macadamia nut. This beer smells like all things Hawaiian to me. Taste is big on the sweet maltiness at first but very well balanced with a great mouthfeel. Coats your whole mouth with flavor and finishes with a great bittersweet aftertaste. Perfect beer after dinner in my opinion. Very well balanced and not a novelty chocolate beer in my opinion. Would drink this all the time if they ever decided to bottle it.

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Photo of LordFoul
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the mellow mushroom in spartanburg while i was waiting for pizza

Nice and very dark pour here with a rich dark brown color that no light could penetrate. This was a monster looking porter I have to say with a menacing two inches of foam on the top of it that cascaded down the sides. The aroma was of light vanilla, lots of oak and woody notes, and hints of molasses and caramel. As it warmed some nice roasted notes start coming off of it. The flavor was as rich as the aroma with lots of sweet malts, hints of roasted notes and a nice bit of caramel and molasses. Light vanilla, not as much as I would have hoped for peaking through. A nice full bodied porter, nothing here was really overwhelming. This was about as solid as a big porter you are going to come across. I would have no issue with trying this one again any day.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a thin tan head that leaves decent lacing. The aroma has a ton of chocolate notes, some lactose, candied almonds,a bit of coffee, dark fruits and some alcohol. The flavor also is bursting with gourmet chocolate notes upfront, macademia nuts, dark fruits, espresso and a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is moderate and drinkability is pretty good. Really tasty effort from Skull Coast, sweet but not cloying this is a great desert beer.

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Photo of oberon
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an over chilled pint glass last night at Sticks and Stones here in Greensboro,deep dark chocolate brown with a creamy-like toasted almond colored head atop.A great mix of vanilla,milk chocolate,lightly roasted macadamia nuts,and coffee roast in the nose,as it warmed it really became quite appetizing.Really smooth and almost "airy" in the mouth,could imagine this on cask.Vanilla flavors hit at the onset along with real nutty flavor and sweetish chocolate,the best thing in my mind about the beer is there is a firm drying roasty finish to keep the sweetness just enough at bay.A great flavored porter,my first try of this brewery and I was totally impressed.

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Photo of SFrankBrew
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at The Liberty. Pours a dark mahogany with a nice mocha tan head. Lots of lacing down the glass. Smell strikes you with nuts and chocolate malts on the nose. Much more depth and complexity in flavors. Starts off with a nuttyness -- macadamia nuts -- then almost as if it was layered finishes with a dark chocolate mocha taste. The mouthfeel is excellent. Nice body and good carbonation. This is a highly drinkable porter that has a good amount of flavor and feel. I was surprised it came in at 7%. I will surely be drinking many more of these.

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a fudge brown color and a couple of inches of foam; very nice pattern of lacing as the liquid declines

Smell: Milk chocolate, macadamia nuts and vanilla

Taste: Milk chocolate, up front, with the macadamia nut flavors making a strong appearance after the swallow; there is some vanilla on the finish and a nice layer of bitter balance from the hops throughout

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and somewhat creamy; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: My first beer from this brewery and it is an impressive one; not just another porter, this beer has a distinctive flavor profile

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Photo of CushyGig
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this today with friends down in Fort Mill at McHales. They told me that even though I'm not a big dark beer fan, I would love this one. I think the thing that struck me most about it was its drinkability. It's not a heavy dark beer. I had four while watching football games. The other thing that struck me was the macadamia nut. When they first told me it had macadamia nuts in it, I was skeptical. But, you really taste them with the chocolate. Great beer! So happy I was talked into this rather than my usual beers on a winter day. This will be my new go-to beer.

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Photo of GeorgeAldi
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had out in Greenville-- said to be the last until they come out with it again in October. Pours a really dark brown almost black color with a creamy mocha head that sticks around for a while. Smells of chocolate, roast, a touch of macadamia nuts. Smells wonderful. Taste is creamy roasty chocolate and a hint of nuts. Has a touch of hops the finish but leaves you salivating for more of its roasty goodness. Very Creamy mouthfeel, crisp carbonation, thick body. Great brew! Crowd pleaser!! One of the best porters ever.

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Photo of PatLarsen
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the real deal right here. I had it at Duckworth's when Jason and Todd were there. The great thing was the brewer was there from Skull Coast describing it. So, here goes: According to the brewer this is a Imperial Porter made with real chocolate and macadamia nuts. He said that it comes with three different kinds of chocolate: dark chocolate malt, light chocolate malt and actual chocolate added at the end of the boil. The macadamia nuts he said were roasted and then added at a couple of different points during the brewing process. The brothers really enjoyed it and so did I! I ended up having a couple. Very drinkable and really enjoyable.

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Photo of GSmithBeer
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this at beertopia.
A: looked the part. dark brown porter color.
S: the girl (who was smoking hot by the way) at the booth said it was a chocolate and macadamia nut porter. you could smell it.
T: it was both malty and hoppy at the same time. you got the macadamia nut on the front but it finished with the chocolate. it was like drinking dessert. would go great with cheesecake.
M: good carbonation and really good mouthfeel.
O: i really liked it. now, i must admit i think my review may have been a bit swayed by the girl behind the booth, but if anything she made me remember this beer several days after the event.

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Photo of Robyn
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of MayLattimore
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very dark walnut colored body with a large tan head. Dark cocoa colored at first of head bubbles but seems to settle down and get lighter in color as time goes on. Tons of lacing. She looks good.

Great nutty smell, roast, maybe a little coffee, and some sweet malt. This smells just great a mish mash of many things which all get a turn. I can't get over the macadamia nut smell. Who would have thought of putting that in a porter? Pretty sweet!

Taste is a great macadamia but at first, with good malt chew. Aftertaste has some hop finish. Then, almost as if it was layered there is a chocolate highlight. Lots of flavors that come out throughout the tasting. The chocolate and macadamia on finish is surprising where did that come from. Not too heavy either. No noticeable alcohol even though it's listed as 7%.

This is a great porter. What can I say? I really liked it a lot.

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Photo of TIMMYJ21
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler also from a trade with Mcnuts

A-deep brown in color, not black like most porters i have enjoyed, very small head due to the growler but still nice enough in my book.

S-I for sure get the chocolate and coffee and vanilla, and macadamia nut, the flavors really come out when left sitting for awhile, very roast like

T- very drinkable, it a real light porter, but yet very flavorful. pretty sweet, which i very much enjoy. chocolate and vanilla really tackle the taste buds, you can very well have a few of these in the evening, or like me for breakfast.

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Photo of MightyCasey
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the Myrtle Beach Festival
A: Great appearance. Nice dark brown color with a thick tan head.
S: Here's where it got interesting. Deep chocolate, maybe a little coffee. But, they said it was also made with macadamia nuts.
T: This was a highly layered beer. Starts off with a roasted malt and that macadamia nut taste. Then you get a deep chocolate taste. But, the final is a bit of hoppiness that I didn't really expect but was really nice.
Overall, this was by far the most memorable beer at the festival. I will review the IPA too soon.

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