Shallow Grave | Heretic Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
280
Reviews:
64
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
9.62%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
49
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
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 +0.8%
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 byronic
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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 pajfuwen
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CYee
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Dopen993
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just won a medal at GABF and now I know why. Really well made Porter with great malt backbone and light chocolate taste. Great look, feel and taste.

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Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of far333
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
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 emptyglassagain
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of craftaholic
3.26/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thin and forgettable

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Photo of mikel52588
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stevoj
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Molson2000
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MIrvine
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of YeastEnthusiast
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bwedwards
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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 n2185
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dmorgan310
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tomb_ride
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CraftBeerRunner
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent rich porter, almost stout. Bevmo, Oakland ca, May 2016

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Photo of paresis
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Shallow Grave from Heretic Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 280 ratings.
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