Big Chimney's Porter | Mad Fox Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Mad Fox Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TMoney2591 on 07-13-2010

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by HattedClassic:
Photo of HattedClassic
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On cask.

Head is a nice creamy dark tan color. Beer itself is a dark black with some brown notes.

Smell and taste have some very good notes. Sweet milk chocolate and coffee notes. Coffee notes are stronger. Deep roasted malts underneath it all. Very light hop note. Medium caramel notes.

Smooth and creamy. Supposed to be heavy but feels light.

Overall, a fantastic English poeter.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Zonian1
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of jfdean
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great porter! A buddy of mine and I went over late on a Monday night and after discovering they just finished the beer on cask I opted for some on tap.

The beer came to me with a short head of rich tan foam and a body that was quite entirely black. Bringing the glass to my mouth I was greeted by a decadent roasted aroma with small notes of a malty sweetness and caramel. The following sip did not disappoint! The beer is exactally what a porter should be, dark, roasty, lightly hopped (enough to balance any sweetness) and with a lighter mouth feel and body than a stout.

All in all a very nice beer from a local brewpub!

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Photo of Guppy314
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a tap, pours as dark brown with a dense tan head. Pronounced aroma of sweet malt and caramel. Complex flavors of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and coffee with an earthy hops as an after-taste. I could enjoy this all night.

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Photo of blackie
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

draft at the brewpub

a: deep charred nutshell brown in color, sporting a thick, frothy dark tan head with good retention and heavy lace

s: dark roasted barley, woody and nutshell, light caramel, earthy hop aromas, toasted grain

m: carbonation low and creamy, body around medium, delicate and smooth

t: a medium-strength porter flavor - plenty of dark roasted barlely and some underpinnings of biscuity malt with a very light sweetness, but not heavily flavored by any means, ends with an earthy hop flavor and light bitterness

o: a nice porter, balanced and easily drinkable with plenty of character

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Photo of jimpyle48
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sampled from draft

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Photo of LJugel
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the brewpub. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark brown with a slight light mocha head followed by some good lacing. Nose brings forward a good amount of roasted malt as well as some dark chocolate, coffee, and hints of molasses. Taste really focuses on the roasted malt and adds in nice flavors to surround it with elegant dark chocolate and coffee as well as hints of smoke. Feel is medium with a good body on cask. Drinks quite well; glad that this is normally on.

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Photo of Danny1217
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic pint glass.

Even better than having a nice local brewpub? That nice local brewpub having a few brews on cask. Get some. This offering pours a barely translucent black-brown, highlighted in ruby, topped by two fingers of tan foam. The nose comprises toasted caramel, chocolate, dark wheat, roasted malts, and a hint of maple syrup. The taste generally follows, with notes of chocolate powder, caramelized sugar, light smoke, and a slight floral bitterness. The body is a heavy medium, with pretty much no carbonation (not surprising) and a disturbingly smooth feel. Overall, a very solid porter...probably gonna have many of these over the next few weeks. I reiterate: get some!

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Photo of SaarSalim
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly opaque black with a small froth of beige head. Has a semi-sweet roasty dark chocolate nose with a touch of English hops. Starts with pretty good fullness and a touch of dark malty sweetness with a heavy, roasty malty presence and a more bitter and dry roasty finish. Could use a little more sweetness to balance the bitterness, but still a decent brew.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of JLC60
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lee_Hancock
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of DonaCake
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Loved this beer. Tan creamy long-lasting head. Dark brown in color with some red notes. Medium body. Flavor included roasted notes, some coffee, gaining more of a chocolate-y contribution as it warmed up. Planned on having one and had to try the cask version and loved it as well. On my second visit, had to try it again.

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Photo of avalon07
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Had this beer on-tap at Capital Ale House - Midlothian, poured into a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and an opaque texture. There was an inch of foamy, tan-colored head that lasted an average amount of time. Great lacing.

S: A somewhat uninteresting aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, hops, and caramel.

T: Tasted of a little bit of coffee (not as prevalent as it should be), a lot of roasted malt, some hops (mostly in the finish), a bit of caramel, and some chocolate as well. Definitely an underwhelming flavor. None of the ingredients - save the malt - stands out. This is a bit of a problem.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a dry, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer has its good points, but it doesn't quite make it. Not terrible, but could have been better.

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of novajeepfreak
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First beer I had with them....excellent beer....could use a tad more body in my opinion but than again, I'm pretty picky about dark beers....much lighter than say a Guinness which aint a bad thing to be honest....great beer, and of course, I'll have it again.

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Photo of purppy
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Nationals Park in Washington, DC.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, earth, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with char, cocoa powder, and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and hop 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 that is hoppier than I was expecting and almost reminds me of an American Black Ale.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of ChrisKayler
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of dedrinker
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a tan head.

Aromas of bitter chocolate, and roasted malts.

Flavors of the above with a hoppy bitterness side by side with the astringent bitterness of the black malts.

Medium body, smooth soft mouth feel (cask) and some more hop bitterness on the finish than I would prefer. I would rather have a little more roasted malt and dark chocolate flavor.

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Photo of ncaudle
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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Big Chimney's Porter from Mad Fox Brewing Company
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