Galloway Porter | Epic Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
epicbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A dark, full-bodied and drinkable beer, Galloway Porter highlights rich roasted chocolate and coffee-like malt flavors and aromas. It has a very mild hop addition so that the chocolate malt flavor can shine through.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 06-10-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
67
Reviews:
33
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
10.64%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very drinkable porter. Nothing extreme, just a good balance of malt and bitterness, though would have liked somewhat more of the latter. Black as night, with complementary dark brown bubbly head. Some licorice in the aroma. Slightly above average mouthfeel.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slight vanilla aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and char 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 a nice combination of cocoa and char qualities.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, coffee, biscuit, citrus, and herbal hops. Some pretty standard porter aromas with decent strength and balance. Taste of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, biscuit, herbal, coffee, and citrus. A decent amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, biscuit, caramel, and citrus on the finish for a bit. Nice evenly balanced blend of roasted and hop flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Very easy and smooth to drink; with almost no alcohol warming present on the finish. Overall this is a nice and straightforward porter. Nice balance of flavors and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of mactrail
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite acceptable dark beer. Just a hint of an odd perfume or plastic. Nice big flavor, though, and good for a gulp.

Dark malt and some charred flavors. Barely a hint of sugar. More of the grainy barley flavor. I like the big foam and spritzy carbonation. Lacing up and down the glass and a big mouthful of suds. Just right to start the evening. Some bitter aftertaste to sharpen it up.

22 oz bottle from the Sugar House state liquor store.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of tdm168
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark brownish black with a huge, brownish head that is dense and foamy with great retention

S - milky, creamy, bready

T - faint roasted malts, some faint chocolate, some mildly bitter hops in the finish

M - thin, light to medium bodied, lightly but well carbonated

This is an easy drinking porter with light flavor and thin mouthfeel. Ultimately, this is disappointing. I wish this was a bit more full-flavored and had a thicker mouthfeel. As it stands, this is a beer that I will ignore in the future.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer #67 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

Interesting robust porter. Quite hearty smoky tones to it. At least more than I was expecting. Nice consistent flavor profile. Consistent (I am tired of this word...someone please find me a new one) flavor profile and a nice even body

Note: I had this beer after it sat out for quite some time. I believe the temperature of it has made all the difference.

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Photo of Wasatch
2/5  rDev -44%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz. Bomber
Classic Series
$3.29 ea.

Pours a dark brown/black color, some carbonation, little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight chocolate/toffee/coffee notes. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, with some chocolate/toffee notes. Medium body. Would not buy this beer again.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 provided by Inflatablechair.. Thanks Sam.

Pours with a descent tan head... okay retention and lacing... very deep verging on black brew....

Nose is pretty traditional ... lite roast and bits of cocoa... something in there that I associate with vanilla.. hints of nuttiness.

Flavor shows with more roastiness and a lite char... finishes pretty dry... lite dark fruitiness with alot of warmth.. smooth body and lite carbonation... very sessionable.

I tend to not drink alot of porters, but this is nice and I would certainly recommend it... very standard and nothing to complain about... well made.

3.5/4/4/3.5/4

Another new to me beer... Thanks Sammy.

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Photo of Zorro
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Clear very dark brown colored beer with a medium sized brown colored head. Unusually dak for a porter I can't really see light through this one.

Smells strongly of charred grain. Chocolate scent with with some smoke and wheat toast aromas. Slight scent of caramel.

Starts out mildly sweet with a taste of patent malt, slight coffee after taste. Gets sweeter as you drink it there is a strong chocolate taste. Overall this is mainly just mild and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is just a nice regular Porter. Most brewers have a similar beer. It is just meant to be easy to drink and well liked by most. But this doesn't try to be World Class.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rich cola pour with reddish highlights upon exit from the bottle comes off coal black in the vessel. A spongy textured slight khaki head lasts but a minute or two before coming a thin skim coating. Lacing was kept to a bare minimum.

S: Rich semi-sweet chocolate roast, smooth fresh charred wood comes with a nice level of aromatic roast awareness.

T: The flavor holds a dark, sweet caramel roast backing, cocoa, buttery toast, marshmellow and a smudge of vanilla. Sweet and spicy bitterness comes on the finish. The flavor overall is very polished and everything flows smoothly together but is still very distinguishable by itself.

M: Good carbonation presence, medium body, buttery oily feel.

O: Overall a solid example, especially flavor wise which was very polished, smooth and easy to consume. Bomber worthy at a great price point makes this a very good recommend. While some people may rate more harsly expecting the next big thing, there is certainly nothing wrong with a very drinkable session porter, which is what this all about with a nice soothing complexity and flavor.

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Photo of maximum12
3.22/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up on a nice clearance rack. Happy to give it a shot. 22 oz. bomber split with my wife.

Pour is black & moderately foamy. Nose is rich, lovely chocolate & a dose of roast. Nothing wild but damn appealing.

Galloway Porter peaks with the nose & falls off quickly. Chocolate remains the dominant actor, & there's roast, but the hop strike really clashes with the roast. The hops are earthy, almost herbal, & I never drink tea with my Giradelli. Because that's weird. And then there's a lactose shot that adds to the confusion.

This is a beer that's having an identity crisis, & I'm not shrink. It's a mish-mash of different things that taste good apart, but the combo is off-putting. Decent enough, but based on the nose, this could have been a contenda.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark ruby red colour, finger of mocha head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Dark cocoa and bitter espresso notes come through nicely.

T - Much like the scent, the dark cocoa and espresso notes dominate, with a bit of a tobacco and smokey notes lingering on the finish.

M - A tad watery and could use a carbonation lift, but the finish has a touch of dryness and goes down smooth.

O - A tasty porter and the coffee notes are scrumptious. An underrated porter, though more reminiscent of a coffee porter than a traditional porter. Solid flavours nonetheless and well worth the $5 bomber.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep sable just a flea’s eyebrow above black with a frothy and fine-bubbled tan head that leaves generous lacing. Aroma has strong woody, nutty, malty, and subtle spicy notes. Flavor has a malty underpinning and nutty, earthy, chocolate, and toffee tones, along with woody, bitter hops. Texture has average weight but plenty of fizz, leaving a woody, earthy finish. A satisfying porter.

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Photo of Brenden
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a pretty one. It's a very dark brown with hardly any give at the edges. A nice creamy head develops a little over one finger high and has some staying power, taking a good amount of time to recede to a thick foam. A good amount of lacing is left in patches on the glass.
The nose offers a malty bouquet, a nice roasted barley and chocolate malts aroma withcoffe underlying and a bit of citrus hops balance to it. It's excellently balanced and spot-on for style. This is what a porter (not a stout) should smell like.
The roasted malts are likewise heaviest in the flavor, clearly of at least the chocolate variety and imparting a good coffee flavor with it. Citrus hops shine brightly underneath while letting the malts reign. It's a 4.5 if only the flavor didn't taper off a bit as it warms.
The mouthfeel offers a great blending of smoothness and light crispness that meld rather than competing in a medium body with an appropriately light carbonation.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.92/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Black color. Three fingers of pillowy beige head. Retention is a little better than average and a moderate amount of lacing is left.

2.0 S: Unfathomly dry. Bone fucking dry. Roastiness and a weird tangy twanginess. Needs a bit less attenuation. Like cocoa powder. Not a fan.

3.0 T: Roasty and grainy. Dry, but reasonably dry this time. Light cocoa powder again and a touch of caramel. Not great, but not horrid. Pretty much average.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Quite creamy for what it is. Good here.

3.0 D: Average, drinkable, worth a try but not a rebuy.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of kiki3drt292
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of emmasdad
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at a Utah state liquor store on the way to San Diego last month, as the price (less than 4 bucks a bomber) was right. Poured a dark brown color with a nice big light brown head. Aromas of chocolate, toffee and roasted malt. Medium bodied and slightly astringent, with flavors of chocolate, roasted malt and toffee.

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Photo of jsprain1
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Vylo
4.19/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Galloway Porter from Epic Brewing Company
3.57 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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