Pandemic Porter W/ Cacao Nibs | 3 Stars Brewing Company

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3 Stars Brewing Company
District of Columbia, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by siege06nd on 01-13-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A. Thick, thick, thick blackness. Syrupy and viscous from the growler, with a one-finger cola colored head.

S. Big alcohol up front on the nose followed by a yeasty mix of deep, rich roasted malted grain, cocoa, soy sauce, and dark molasses oat bread -- like ma' used to make.

T. Big molasses flavor with a bitter cocoa hit. Some coffee, but not too pronounced. Tobacco and savory soy sauce along with earth lingers throughout and adds a deep complexity. Warming alcohol packs a punch.

M. Very thick and syrupy chewiness in the mouth. Molasses-like similarities. Not terribly heavy, but certainly a slow, slow sipping beer. Umami savoriness.

O. Great porter. No negative complaints here. Flavor continuously changes throughout the growler.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of the growler less than an half an hour after purchase into a Funkwerks globe glass. Pretty much the same identical shape glasses they sell.

Very dark walnut brown body, with a one finger dark mocha head on the pour. Lots of fizzy sounding carbonation when pouring. Head falls incredibly fast and disappears completely in a very short time. Barely a single collar so thin hangs on the edge, and then it's gone. Looks like dead beer, and not carbed. Future pours bring better appearances.

Nose is incredibly fruity smelling, hinting of dark plum and grape like raisin. Next is a blast of dark chocolate and light roast coffee. A very impressive mix of scents on the nose which all compliment nicely. A little bit of brandy like warmth coming with the controlled heat and grape makes a real impressive nose, a big beer definitely seems coming.

A nice silky texture, with a nice match from what is on the nose. Thick grape and fruit sweetness mixing with a nice simple dark chocolate on the mid palate. Silky, lowly carbonated but still rich. There's some nice brandy warmth without the huge boozy character, it's quite impressive how this is still under control.

Doesn't seem good to go, but it sure is a nice tasting porter from these guys. Actually tastes like it comes from a barrel, minus the carbonation and flatness issues.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler from the brewery.

Served in a 3 Stars snifter.

A: Pretty much black as night without much head at all. I guess that comes with the territory in the "imperial" world.

S: Lots of chocolate, lots of dark malt, but not much else.

T: Nice flavor, a bit of smoke, lots of toasted malt. Good.

M: Not as thick as a 9.6 brew outta be, but this was still pretty sticky. No lacing whatsoever. The damn thing behaved like a barrel-aged brew.

O: This growler was $20. How much of that was due to the ABV?

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Photo of siege06nd
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler of this from cask at the brewery. Pandemic Imperial Porter on cask with cacao nibs.

A. Dark, oily tobacco brown. Opaque, impenetrable. Carbonation is nearly nonexistent. To be expected from the cask. The faintest trace of bubbles and lacing. Sticky legs rim the glass with each swirl. This sucker is thick.

S. Rich, roasted dark chocolate, fresh coffee, molasses, flaked oats, a little vanilla. Fudgy and brownie-like, especially as it warms. Hints of booze around the edges, but for the most part it is a decadent, roasted chocolate and coffee nose, with a good dose of sweetness and silkiness from the cacao nibs.

T. This is where the cacao nibs really shine. Whereas the regular Pandemic has a dry roastiness typical of the style, the nibs here lend a milky, creamy, nougat quality that is almost stout like. Loads of dark and baking chocolate, coffee bean, molasses, caramel, toffee, and even hints of acrid smokiness on the back end. Booze is frighteningly well-hidden, only providing a subtle kick at the end. Incredibly balanced and complex.

M. Again, the nibs make it stout-like in its creaminess and oily, coating texture. The low carbonation expected from cask actually suits this imperial porter. An almost chewy quality, like a chocolate caramel chew with coffee bean.

O. Wow. Pandemic Porter is an extremely impressive brew in its own right, and the addition of cacao nibs adds a totally different dimension. Specifically, this guy here drinks a lot more stout like, with a coating, luxurious mouthfeel and intensely sweet, chocolate quality. This is absolutely outstanding. Would love to see them try a bourbon barrel and cacao nibs treatment. Well done, 3 Stars!!

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4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had a pint at breadsoda, Washington DC

A: very silky head; solid black color; very good lacing, carbonation
S: stout-like; deeply charred grain
T: complex but very balanced porter; I was told it has pecans in it, but I couldn't detect them; rather, there were loads of chocolate, espresso; sweet; smooth finish; slightly hoppy; perhaps a bit closer to a stout (thanks to the booze) than a porter
M: very smooth

Overall, an excellent specimen of the genre

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Pandemic Porter W/ Cacao Nibs from 3 Stars Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 14 ratings