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Shallow Grave | Heretic Brewing Company

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3.96/5
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283 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heretic Brewing Company
California, United States
hereticbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

We’re sure you’ll dig it.

Added by Zorro on 12-16-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,614
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
283
pDev:
9.6%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
51
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 283 |  Reviews: 64
Photo of Philousa
2.38/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours an inky black with a half finger tan head. Chocolatey, roasty, and sweet aromas. Some phenolic plastic characteristics. I get some fresh coffee as it warms up. Dark chocolate hits the tongue first. Thick caramel flavor turns to bitter chocolate and coffee. Phenol is not as pronounced in the taste, but still there. Good mouthfeel, quite creamy. Balanced, drinkable.

Just not very impressed. Obviously the plastic aroma isn't appetizing and it stuck with me throughout, even though it wasn't that pronounced. Hopefully I got a bad bottle, because the other reviews show this can be a great beer.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.88/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a thin off white head that fades immediately with minimal lacing.

A little bit of chocolate and some roasted malt, but really struggling to find any substantial aroma to this.

Flavor is similar. A little chocolate and roasted malt. Not overly flavorful. Just a standard porter.

Thin for the style. I'd prefer a bit more creaminess. A tad too much carbonation as well.

I thought this one was pretty bland. There are no huge off flavors, but it kind of lacks flavor in general.

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Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of KnowYourCraft
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of zekeman17
3.06/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of justinplarson
3.12/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of shleepy
3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City on 3/8/2012.

A: Dark brown. Small, off-white head.

S: Chocolate, faint toastiness.

T: Roasty chocolate milk. That about sums it up.

M: Medium to heavy body. Not as velvety smooth as some better porters/stouts (even something like Velvet Merlin).

O: OK for the style (I don't remember ever having an awful porter, though), but nothing too interesting.

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Photo of travolta
3.24/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of craftaholic
3.26/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thin and forgettable

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Photo of srandycarter
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Almost black, brown. Tan head, fast to ring. Lots of cling.

S - Cocoa, choc chip cookies, very pleasant.

T - Not so nice. Astringent, harsh, no sweetness. Dry as all get out.

M - Good carb, medium body, balance is hard when it's so one sided.

D - Liked it up to smell!

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3.44/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zonian1
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of JoshTellez
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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Shallow Grave from Heretic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 283 ratings
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