Pearl Street Porter | Twisted Pine Brewing Company

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Pearl Street PorterPearl Street Porter

Brewed by:
Twisted Pine Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by rowew on 02-25-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by JAHMUR:
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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Photo of Beaver13
2.76/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a large frothy tan head that retains well going to a thin film eventually that laces the glass.

The aroma is grainy chocolate malts and stale coffee.

The flavor is watery chocolate malts and some dark fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and watery.

Overall, it showed promise but could have been so much better. It would've been better if bigger and less grainy and watery.

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Photo of Sammy
2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours coca-cola colour with unusually active carbonation that did not allow the pour to settle down. Zero hed. A faint smell of chocolate. There was some chocolate in the taste,a ad of caramel, and it was on the thin side, but was not that interesting or drinkable.

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Photo of kkrez
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Beejay
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer from domingo.

A: Dark, thin white head that dissipates quickly into a ring.

S: Dark Roast, and slightly fruity/sweet. Like chocolate and fig newtons.

T: Sweet. Tastes like ripe fruit, possible raisons.... with a slight roasted finish. Good, sweet, and tasty!

M: Nice carbonation, nothing funky.

D: Very nice, good, but a little bit on the sweet side. Still very drinkable.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Hopmodium
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of VFRAZ
5/5  rDev +40.8%

Photo of blakelive784
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a fairly creamy, tan 2 finger head. Retention is decent. The color is a non-transparent black.

S - Fair amount of roasted malt mixed with semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, cream, and some surprising subtle musty hops notes. Moderate strength and really inviting.

T - A full roasted malt foundation builds the beer. Chocolate, dark fruit, and cream linger into the finish, which is bitter, but nicely so.
A nice level of creaminess carries the beer.

M - the one flaw. Too wet and smooth. Could stand to be fuller in body. Finishes dry, though.

D - Overall, a very good beer. It has its shortcomings, but I'd have it again.

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Photo of cbcrunch
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of slight roasted malt, sweet malt, oatmeal, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight tanginess associated with this beer. Tastes of pale hops, grain, roasted malt, and slight dark citrus. Overall, a better aroma then body, by far.

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Photo of zeff80
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a one-finger brown head of bubbly foam. Minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of chocolate and molasses with some floral notes in the background.

T - It has a burnt molasses flavor that you'd expect in a big stout or some sort of smoked porter. Nice chocolate flavor with hints of toffee and a mild bitter hop bite.

M - It was crisp and sharp but a little sticky. A medium bodied ale.

D - This is an interesting beer. No idea on the ABV but it felt like a big beer. Tasty but it didn't really feel like a porter.

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

Pours a nice, inviting medium black color, with a good brown head that disapates somewhat quickly to a light lacing on the surface. Aromas of black licorice, dark chocolate and dark fruits. Pretty similar on the palate, with just a hint of hops to keep it balanced. Pretty good.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown pour would look more black if it had a head for contrast. Otherwise, looks a bit flat.
Aroma of molasses and chocolate with some wet licorice. A slight pine zip and some medicinals.
Nothing strong in the flavor. Chocolate, some dark coffee and molasses again. A bit of black plum and raisin.
Finishes a bit dry, like caramel. some chewiness.
Very easy drinking. jeez, I quaffed this one down fast.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of rowew
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle, label has an old picture of Pearl Street in Boulder, and the banner "Celebrating Boulder, Colorado's 150th Anniversary." No date or ABV.

Appearance: Pours dark reddish brown, thin head fades quickly.

Smell: Muted aroma, just a hint of roast and some sweet malt. Very light coffee in there too.

Taste: Definitely on the sweet side - there isn't a lot going on here, but the flavors are pleasant.

Overall impression: A fairly average beer - not bad flavors, but nothing overly exciting.

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Photo of dubmax
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Haybeerman
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark brown color; chestnut on the edges. Poured a 2 finger rocky head with fair retention to a 1 finger cap. Lots of sticky lacing that faded nearer the bottom.

S: Toasted malts; chocolate, toffee and bitter coffee. Light grassy smell.

T: Very consistent with smell; chocolate, toffe, bitter coffee and burnt toast. Nice bitter in the finish to balance.

M: Medium body. Low carbonation. Creamy, rich and smooth.

D: Very flavorful. Smooth to drink without being to sweet or filling.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don;t usually buy Twisted Pine but I love porters so I bought this. The smell was very rich, chocolate, roasty, coffee, all the things I would expect, nice. The flavor did not match up, it was a porter for sure but it was kind of bland, boring, might have had a bit of hops. I had no problem drinking this but I wish I had bought a sixer of Sierra Nevada Porter instead.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the import pops!

Pours a very dark amber color with an inch of tan head that dissipates quickly. The nose is a bit chocolate like with some smokiness and hops. The taste is filled with roasted malt and offers cocoa and mocha like tastes. A light hop flavor outlines it all. Crisp carbonation fills the mouth with a medium bodied feel. Overall, drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown, nearly opaque, with a very heavy khaki head produced from too much carbonation. Aroma with toffee and coffee. Carbonation bite, subdued bittersweet chocolate and coffee flavor. Some bitterness on the back of the tongue in the finish. The body is a bit on the thin side for this style.

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

A: Deep chocolate brown. Almost black. Foamy tan head starts strong and has OK retention. Leaves occasional wisps of lace.

S: Pretty standard fare. Espresso, chocolate and a bit of charcoal. Maybe a hint of grass.

T: Very much an almost-stout in execution. Malt comes on with a bittersweet chocolate flavor. Bitterness is mild and has a burnt charcoal quality. An acidic coffee flavor is there as well. Finishes with a lingering burnt bitterness.

M: Medium-light body has the right amount of fizz.

D: An OK take on the style. Not particularly daring, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I like this a lot more than I thought I would. given a mixed bag from twisted pine so far. this one is not retired, recently bottled again. chocolaty brown in color with a colossal chocolate milk head that wont quit. the nose is American ale yeast on top of copious chocolate malt, limited unmalted barley, and semisweet chocolate chips. the flavor matches well. with quite a bot of chocolate coming through, especially in the finish. its not quite bitter enough for me, not that I need a bitter porter, but that its a style which demands some balance, and this one lacks that. I don't know if it needs more hops or roasted barley or what, but that middle is missing for me. I do like all the flavors though, and the lighter mouthfeel that still maintains a creamy vibe really works for this. its a good porter, but in the context of what else is commercially available in Denver, its only middle of the road. we are indeed spoiled in this market, but I am not complaining. this would work better somewhere else. that said, its a good enough porter all up.

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Photo of ScorpyX
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Very dark pour, high carbonation, almost making it look like a soda. Off white finger width head quickly dissipates.

S: Heavy coffee with a good amount of sweetness. That sugary sweetness with a side of nuttiness reminds me a bit of a brown ale. Rich and delicious.

T: Much like the smell, rich and delicious. The coffee comes through primarily complemented by a good taste of chocolate and nut.

M: Fairly heavy as one might expect from a porter. Nice and thick.

One of the better porters I've had in a while.

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Pearl Street Porter from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 30 ratings