Bristlecone Brown Porter | Ruby Mountain Brewing

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Bristlecone Brown PorterBristlecone Brown Porter

Brewed by:
Ruby Mountain Brewing
Nevada, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Five different types of Malt are used in brewing our Brown Porter. Low hopping rates help accentuate the roasty, chocolatey malt character of this very drinkable Brown Porter. Don't be afraid of the Dark!!

Added by UncleJimbo on 02-11-2004

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 15
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Photo of Jason
2.94/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Thanks to UncleJimbo for the sample.

Bubbly dense sticky lace, leather hide brown with a little haze.

Toasted husk and yeast aroma, celery and bread crust come to mind.

Lacking cripsness with a slick mouth feel, rough toasted malt character from start to finish. Hops seem lost, odd fruit and yeast flavors.

Off-kilter, to twangy ... just not my mug of beer.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Once again, BA amazes me. I ran across a little beer in a small town in rural (OK, not quite that small) northern Nevada, thinking I've found something new. And here I come to BA, and it is well documented already. It is a small world!

But anyway, $6.99 for a six pack at Aloha Wine & Liquor (Beerfly addition coming soon) in Carson City, NV. in December 2006. My first checked luggage transport experience home, a success!

Pours a deep cola-brown, with minor ruby hints (hard to see). A frothy head dies to nothing in no time flat. Aroma is roasty and chocolate goodness, slight sweetness but also a hint of campfire smoke. Flavor is much more robust than the aroma- really quite nice. Chocolate and toffee and definite sweetness, but offset by some hop astringency at the end. This is a pretty good porter, from one of if not the most remote brewery outside of Alaska (have you looked on a map to see where Wells, NV is?). I'd love to visit someday. And to find their other beers.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another fine new brew from Nevada for me to try. This one seemed the fullest out of the package that I had to try, so I went for it after dinner this evening. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/03/2009.

The pour was decent enough, rich looking medium brown with only a slight bit of light coming through on the sides and the bottom of the glass. Decent head of tan over the top collapsed into a broken crown after a few moments.

Nice light earthy hop nose in here. Roasted malts, a touch of chocolate and a light smokey nose were all mildly present. Smooth delivery here. Roasty flavor that melded well with the light grain like flavor. Hint of a dark fruit note and a slight hop bitterness, especially in the finish. Smooth drinking with a medium to full body that benefitted greatly from the mellow carbonation.

Overall I thought this was an excellent beer. Very smooth, manageable and easily drinkable. I would have no issue with trying another one of these any day.

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Photo of sansho
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Matonika
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a excellent beer great easy drinking brown porter. Good mineral taste that is not overwhelming.

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Photo of KoG
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid brown with some cloudiness adorned by a large tan head. Good lacing all the way down, and even still had a 1" foam cap at the bottom of my glass.

Smell is roasted malt with some sweet chocolate and some very light citric hop aroma.

Good balance of sweet chocolate and coffee with a hint of caramel along with an equal amount of roasted malt and hop bitterness.

Full of flavor but not in your face. A rather drinkable porter and easily the best of the offerings from Ruby Mountain.

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Photo of SirFolmarv
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ac22rush
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of RLaurel
4.97/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I purchased 2 growlers in April for an eastward sojourn to Philadelphia beer week. I had tasted it at the brewery & felt it would be a hit I'm Philadelphia. I was correct again!

It pours clear an the amber coloring is clear all the way through.

It has the taste of a light hop but without a bitter taste afterward. Very smooth.

This is a great porter & in my opinion, sorely under appreciated for the taste, clarity, quality it delivers with every glass!

When you see the brewery & understand the water source, the snow melt from Ruby Mountain immediately behind it, you may better understand. At 5100 feet elevation in the Humbolt Mountains of eastern Nevada & water being the major component of beer, you may be better able to understand why this is such a pleasing brew.

If you can, I believe every serious beer aficionado should give this refreshing, filling beverage a try! Especially with a great meal! It is absolutely outstanding with a Mexican food dinner!

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Photo of blackcloud
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Deuane
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Deep brown with a small light tan head.

S-A bit of chocolate malt coupled with some floral hops notes.

T-Caramel and roasted malts with hints of cocoa and coffee. A nice dose of floral hops in the backdrop.

M-Medium body with a nice dry finish. Nothing exciting...missing something.

D-Decent stuff. I like the hoppy bite in this as well as the cocoa/coffee combo. Nothing aggressive but totally palatable.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A. Pours a clear amber that appears brown in my large Sam Adams Barrel House tulip with a one finger almost tan creamy head that dissipates leaving small bits of residual lacing.

S. Light roasted malt and some sweet milk chocolate character with a bit of lightly roasted coffee.

T. Roasted malt with a slight roasted bitterness.

M. Fairly thin with with a medium level of biting carbonation.

D. The mouthfeel and very light character make it seem like you're drinking a malt soda rather than a beer. As I worked my way through the glass, this grew on me a bit. A nice dark roast easy drinker.

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Photo of SweetChicken
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of marct
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mmilyko
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz, short, brown bottle with twist off cap.

This porter poured a clear, dark chestnut red-brown color with creamy, light brown foam that persisted and clung to the glass. The smell was malt with notes of cocoa, toffee, caramel, and yeast. The taste was full of malt: cocoa, caramel, light roasted malts. There was a very light sweetness in the flavor, and a light hoppiness appeared in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium body and medium carbonation. The malty flavors lingered a bit on the tongue. This was really a not bad, modest porter. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of MobBarley
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This solid Porter decants with a slight viscosity and small creamy tan head. The color is a deep, dark, alluring mohogany. Lacing is moderate to fair. Smell is only mildly hoppy, but oh so filled with roasted malty goodness. The website notes that "five different kinds of malt" are present here. Smooth and creamy on the nose with spicy notes underneath. The taste is tremendously toasty and creamy, just as the smell would suggest. This brew is hopped judiciously, and is a bit different than many PNW Porters. The malt really stands out here, and notes of dark chocolate and molasses dominate. There are hints of vanilla and caramel here, too. The mouthfeel is on the thin side but is hearty and chewy enough to earn the "Porter" moniker. Drinkability is good. I wish I had more.

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Photo of orcasteve
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a pint glass, poured a blackish brown with a two finger head that rose to the top, their was a lot of flotys in this one, their was no real strong smell, slight dark roast malts, the taste is bland, roast malt and a hint of hops. this isnt a bad beer but its not real great eather

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wiseman Zach lives in Carson City, NV and decided to bring some local beers back to SLO after winter break. What a stud.
Poured slowly into a goblet because it's my birthday and I'll do whatever the fuck I want (including writing fuck twice).

Appearance: Pours dark brown with red highlights around the edges. A light tan head foams up and then quickly drops back down to a thin halo. Spotty lace.

Smell: Mocha, chocolate flakes, milk, and roasted bready malts. Smells pretty full-bodied.

Taste: Mocha, dry milk-chocolate flakes, bready malts, and some mild citric hops to round it out. Possibly some other spices floating around in there, but overall it's pretty smooth and dairy-feeling (if that makes sense). A pretty heavy porter. Wiseman Jorge calls it "bland", but I think it's better than average.

Mouthfeel: Generously carbonated (in a bad way) with a really thick feel for a porter. Good amount of malt chewiness, as well as mouth-numbing.

Drinkability: A really heavy porter with too much carbonation. Taste didn't wow me at all, though it was decent. Kinda like carbonated chocolate milk (not that bad, but...)

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Photo of stevoj
3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Dark, dark brown, near black pour with small tight beige head. Slightly smoky, nutty aroma and taste, medium weight and creamy mouth feel. not too bad.

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Photo of oggg
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my bro for lugging this from Reno.

This beer pours with a modest head that recedes to ugly white spots. It is black with dark brown edges. Pleasant aroma of chocolate and coffee. On the tongue, mild floral hops say hello but the flavor is mostly roasted grains and chococolate. There is also an inviting malt sweetness. Medium to full body, tasty, lotsa character

overall: yummy porter. Could be good for noobs. I don't think it's as roasted as Deschutes Black Butte Porter

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Non-opaque dark brown with a generous infusion of orangish red, capped by a medium ecru head that is fairly nondescript. The cap halved itself in the first minute and has now settled down to a more leisurely descent, leaving a few arching swirls of lace for me to look at in the process.

The nose isn't bad, though it could be stronger. It's mostly roasted malt with a predominantly chocolate character. I also pick up extremely subtle aromas of coffee and hops that might be nothing more than an overactive imagination.

Bristlecone Brown is on the lighter end of the porter continuum. As in the nose, chocolate is uppermost, but it's weak and there's a sourness that isn't all that appealing. A mild citric hoppiness creeps in at the midway point. Whatever bitterness the hops might have provided though is overcome by the sourness. The body is light-medium on a good day. Only a perfect amount of carbonation is able to keep the mouthfeel from dipping into 'below average' territory.

This beer comes nowhere close to equaling Angel Creek Amber Ale, a wonderful Ruby Mountain beer. It's okay I suppose, but is pretty forgettable in the end. I'd like to see the brewers add more malt, lose the sourness, beef up the body... ah forget it, there's too much to fix. I suggest that Nevadans looking for a quality porter look elsewhere. Thanks to StoneRogue for the bottle.

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Bristlecone Brown Porter from Ruby Mountain Brewing
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 27 ratings