Shallow Grave
Heretic Brewing Company

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American Porter
Ranked #107
Ranked #7,849
3.98 | pDev: 9.55%
Heretic Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Shallow Grave Porter is dark as night, perfect for a cool evening out in the woods. This is a big, dark ale with a complex and rich chocolate and caramel malt character followed by a touch of warmth and light malt sweetness, leaving you ready for more after each shovelful. You will love this so much you won’t have time to dig a six-footer, so make it a Shallow Grave.

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Photo of Dsimenson
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft into a goblet
A: opaque brown black, a dim red-brown shines through from the light on my smart phone. Lovely tan head.
S: intense rich caramel with a hint of vanilla
T: Coffee, roasted malt, a hint of chocolate, mild sweetness, light bitterness and alcohol finish
M: medium body, a bit creamy
O: outstanding, refreshing, delicious, highly recommended

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Photo of jlindros
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 2/13/19
Tan bubbly head with good retention, light lacing, dark mahogany, molasses brown

Nose dark roasty notes, nice nutty coffee, fresh coffee grinds, caramel, sweet toasted malts, milk chocolate cocoa, little toasted malted milk ball

Taste mild sweet chocolate, milk chocolate, grainy toasted malted milk ball, light roasted coffee, fresh coffee, mild caramel, light bitterness, good cocoa late, drier finish, bit more bitterness

Mouth is med bod, little creamy, medium carb

Overall pretty nice, solid porter

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Photo of Kurt49rs
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Simply put, this is one of the easiest and best tasting Porters that I've tried. It's almost too easy to drink. It's not billed as a chocolate Porter but the aroma and taste both have definite hints of chocolate, as well as hints of coconut and cherry. The alcohol content is relatively low at 7.0, but that's not a negative for Shallow Grave. All in all, I haven't had a bad brew from Heretic, and this one is one of their best.

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Photo of janubio
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

75 cl. bottle, bought at Más que Cervezas. Black colour, enormous brown head thast lasts all the while, compact lace.
Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, licorice, coconut, cherries.
Medium body, creamy texture, good carbonation.
Taste of roasted malts, chocolate, coconut, licorice, cherries, vanilla.
Verny nice porter.

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Photo of lpfgim
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like a porter with a little more alcohol and malt. This is better than most. Sampled it at the brewery in Fairfield. Owner/brewer was on hand to answer questions.

A brought a 22 oz. home from the brewery. Not as good as the fresh, on tap.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

32 oz. growler from "b2 tap house" in Salem OR $4( on sale). Black..very drk looking porter..lovely frothy /rocky tan head. Good toasty/roasty nutty malty aromas! A little milk chocolate and toast. Taste similar to the aroma..and excellent.maybe a bit more creamy and a touch of ash. Nice silky thick mouth feel..yet a nice biter end makes sure its not cloying. An excellent porter.

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Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a translucent cola color with ruby highlights; the tan head, while rather thin, leaves splashy lacing all over, creating a cascade effect

Smell: Chocolate, toasted coconut, hazelnut, vanilla and chicory

Taste: Chocolate forward, with hazelnut, vanilla and toasted coconut developing; through the middle, there is a chicory and coffee tone that adds some bitterness but the finish brings a return to the sweeter elements on the front end

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Luscious, though just a little too sweet for my palate

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a black color with a one finger off white to tan foamy head that dissipated ever so slowly. Clingy semi-foamy lacing rings around the glass. The smell takes on roasty cocoa and coffee beans. Light caramel tones slide in underneath. The taste is roasty and sweet through a nice combination of the cocoa and coffee. Bitter and sweet with a nice robust figure of warmth laying down on my tongue in the aftertaste. Quick roasty finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice carbonation about it. Roastiness kicks in on the feel making it slightly dry. Overall, I’d say this was a pretty good porter that I would have again.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap served in a mug at Wishbeer, Bangkok.

Very deep brown to oily black in color, it comes with thick creamy tan head that is here to stay with good retention before slowly collapsing to some bubble sheet on the surface and leaving some lacing patch and spot on the glass-side.

The aroma is mainly dominated by roasted malt with some smokiness, tobacco, and charred nuttiness as an obvious evidence. It also provides a touch of coffee with some sourness as well as chocolate, caramel, and some toasted dark bread. There is also a suggestion of dark fruit and some spicy yet citrusy hop.

Rich and rather complex taste of heavily roasted malt and smokiness in the lead, thereafter, it is closely followed by charred nuttiness, tobacco, coffee with some sourness, chocolate, caramel, light sweetness, and toasted dark bread, all from malt. Some suggestion of citrusy yet spicy hop too in the middle while the finish is wrapped up with moderate bitterness that is mostly from roasted profile.

The body is medium with smooth mouthfeel and rather low carbonation that is enough to carry all the things well. Finish is very dry. The overall feeling is pretty good but would be better with some more carbonation.

This one is a straightforward American Porter I would say but with some bold and complex arrangement upon the nose and taste buds. It is better and mellow more once it starts to warm, good offering.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tap @ Small Bar, Bristol - Pours jet black with a medium tanned head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, roasted malts. Taste - Sweet, malt notes, coffee at the front, dark chocolate, roasted malts, light bitter finish. Solid.

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Photo of far333
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark chestnut brown with a light brown head that settles out quickly. Aroma of cocoa and caramel, some toffee.

Flavors of cocoa and toffee, leather, caramel, subtle coffee. Mild offsetting bitterness, no hop flavor. Rich and complex flavors with a full and silky mouthfeel. Great beer.

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Photo of stevoj
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Brewer's Haven. Dark brown pour with soft beige head. Everything a porter should be, dark and toasty, touches of chocolate, mild coffee bitterness. Smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 6/21/2016 at Flynn’s in Mansfield, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, some chocolate, licorice, some smokiness and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of coffee, licorice and chocolate. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. There’s a touch of smokiness in the background. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #666: So I decided to give the devil his due and review a hellish themed brew. The only beer I could find on short notice (I really should have thought ahead hey) is this Heretic Shallow Grave Porter... amazingly fresh as it was brewed on 08.03.16! Wait, that’s a “15” at the end... oh yeah and Americans use some weird dating system that goes month/day/year - WTF is with that anyway?! So 3rd August 2015... oh well, it’ll be fine... and I must add that my evil twin/editor: Melvin will be editing this review so we can all bask in the joy of his [evil] comments.

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: A rich deep [as the chasm we all face without our glorious master] dark chocolate body with a nice 1 cm tan head that slowly dissolves to a thin lace ring, that is quite tasty looking. 8/10.

S: Hmmm, quite chocolatey upfront and all over with milk and dark chocolate notes, some dark fruits as well, dark shoes? Nope, none of them... but a dark something else gives this dark Porter an overall foreboding sense of delight and dread - the two D’s of dark beer brewing [you will obey the dark lord]. Hints of smoke [like a smouldering village destroyed by the dark one for those who would disobey him] add an extra tasty dimension. 7/10.

T: Chocolate upfront, milk and dark, with a red coffee cherry note providing some hint of bitterness and a smoky character as well. Overall it hits all the right Stout/Porter flavour buttons [like the buttons on the jacket of our supreme deity], and at 7% this is an impressively bold ale right on the cusp of the flavours you would get in a Russian Imperial Stout. Another sip reveals a hint of booze but it’s the sort of thing grandma would hide in the Christmas pudding and tasty, it’s like a big soft boozy chocolate brownie. 8/10.

M: Medium bodied with a tight creamy [like our master’s fettuccine carbonara - he likes creamy Italian dishes] carbonation, top points here this is about as good a mouthfeel as you will get in any Porter. 9/10.

D: Honestly this one is getting off easy being called a “Porter” as it is more like a Russian [like Rasputin, one of the dark lord’s minions] Imperial Stout, and of all the Porters I’ve come across this is definitely one of the best - compare it to a RIS however and it’s average, so there you go. What’s in a name? Would a Porter by any other name taste as sweet; perhaps? Who knows. 8/10.

Food match: Anything rich and beefy [and evil... hail the dark one!].

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Photo of Jeffo
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Doopie on beer night. Cheers man!

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours out clear brown and yields a two finger, foamy, light brown head with good retention. Black body and higher levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a full cap. A splotchy wisp remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Dark fruits, dark malts and some light vanilla cream on the nose. Nice aroma.

TASTE: Dark malts, dark fruits, tobacco and sweet cream up front. Flavorful stuff. Bold and lingering finish of tobacco, smoke, black malts, bitter notes and sweet vanilla cream flavors as well. Quality.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a touch dry.

OVERALL: Quality porter for sure. Plenty of flavor and aroma with a solid feel to support it all. One definitely worth checking out if you see it. Cheers, doopie!

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, Pours a dark brown with a tan head That disapates to a ring. Aroma dark chocolate backed with roasted coffee beans. Fairly light bodied with moderate carbonation. Taste bitter with plenty of chocolate, cocoa, roasty coffee notes.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On [email protected] Iron Horse in the Sac Int Airport

Appearance - Served upin a pint with light khaki colored finger width head. Fair retention, brwaking down to a thin, broken layer of suds. Lace is sporty with a few streaks in there.

Smell - Aroma hits on strong caramel and milk chocolate notes. Faint roast. This is a nice smelling porter.

Taste - Chocolatey with a touch of earthy nuttiness. Fair caramel underbody. Faint roast. Finishes with decent balance and a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Goes down smooth enough, but nothing that notable.

Overall - Similar in a few.ways to their Chicilate Hazelnit Porter, but nearly as deep and flavorful. This is a god porter, but Given the chiice, Im taking the latter everytime.

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Photo of Act25
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

as good as most strong porters, sweet.

A dark brown colored beer with a small dense tan head that doesn't last, but laces.

S - An aromatic beer. Sweet with a strong chocolate and coffee. Little bit of toasted bread and vanilla scent. No real hop scent.

T Follows smell, a bit sweet. Big malt taste and a bitter finish. Sweeter than average, like a Milk Stout. Chocolate, vanilla and not much hops. Tasty, well rounded, lovely. As it warms more like a milkshake.

F Mouthfeel is thick. But lacking in finish.

On the sweet side, if you like Milk Stout you will like. Hides 7% well, the sum is greater than the parts.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber MFG 11/10/14 Lot 187 at 42 degrees into nonic
$ 6/bomber from Blackwell’s Wine and Spirits
Aroma of roasted malt and bitter chocolate
Head huge (Seven cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy settling to creamy, slowly diminishing to irregular 10 to 16 mm creamy ring and creamy layer
Lacing complete rings of tiny bubbles, some stalactites forming
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor very pleasing – light bitter chocolate and some caramel and coffee notes; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.75, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.5

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Photo of JackieKu
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. Bottled on 2015-04-08.

A: Dark brown. The head was small but well retained.
S: Moderate toasted aroma. Biscuits.
T: Moderate cocoa/coffee flavors. Slightly vanilla. Low bitterness. A touch of sweetness. Finish is dry and cocoa like.
M: Medium bodied. Low carbonation.
O: A delicious, slightly above average, but not outstanding porter.

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Photo of TH28
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. 4/3/15 production date. Appearance: Deep brown/ black and opaque, with a light brown, thick bubbled foam cap. Aroma: Light roasted coffee, chocolate, with a light touch of fruitiness Taste: Rich malt sweetness, light roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel, and toast. Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, with moderately low carbonation. Finish: lingering roast and bitterness, but very smooth and pleasant Overall: A very smooth and roasty American Porter. Strong, flavorful malt showcase without any harsh or acrid flavor. Well done.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BOD 3/2/15. Pours dark as a starless night. Significantly below normal head volume and retention, normal lacing.

Light nose of roast and cocoa.

Medium body with a texture that is quite smooth and has strong creamy notes. Excellent carbonation with a mild burst of effervescence from the middle on.

The very nice flavor profile is reasonably intense, a bit complex and superbly balanced. It begins with a mild blend of roast and cocoa. Chocolate is hinted at, at best. The middle brings a mild balancing hop bitterness with a hint of sweetness. The finish is a slow fade of hop and roast bitterness. This offering is certainly not bad, it is quite good actually, but lacks the flavor intensity and complexity of world class porters such as Victory at Sea or an outstanding one such as Founders.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: deep brilliant ebony with a ½” finely bubbled foam cap, dissipates to film
S: chocolate, some fruit, earthiness
T: Chocolate, toffee, hints of coffee, traces of cola, no big roast flavors.
F: Creamy but very effervescent for a porter. Fine carbonation and a lot of it, medium full body.
O: The big carbonation washes out some of the malt flavors but on the whole an excellent American Porter.

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3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 12/22/14:
Pours deep brown bordering on black. Head builds up nicely, tan in color. It recedes fairly quickly to the edges, but sits in good volume there, some lacing.

Nose is roasted in general, but I get chocolate specifically, mildly, or maybe it's cocoa. It isn't too complex, but is quite nice.

The feel was a bit fuller in a cold pour, thinning a tad with warmth. The flavors are as straightforward as the nose. Roasted notes of weak coffee, but a stronger taste of unsweetened cocoa. There's a bit of cola bite early, and a hint of burnt wood and alcohol in the back.

This beer doesn't have a lots of frills. To me it's pushing on the border of my definition of a stout, as it's missing an apparent hop bitterness, relying more on the astringent, burnt grain flavors to bitter the beer. Personal definitions aside, a beer I would grab again given the chance.

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Photo of Boto
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber: This one pours a fairly opaque, inky dark brown color. There was foamy light brown head on it. It has a good nose. Chocolate, some sweetness and roasted malts. The taste is good. Some chocolate sweet malts, with some roastiness in the background. Some hops in the background just knocking down the sweetness, but just letting a little through. Some milkiness to the taste. Slightly more than medium bodied. Nice.

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