Monster Mash Porter | The New Old Lompoc

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Monster Mash PorterMonster Mash Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The New Old Lompoc
Oregon, United States
newoldlompoc.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by RedDiamond on 11-17-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
40
Reviews:
21
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
9.59%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a big chocolate/toffee/coffee note. The taste is slighlty sweet, malty, lot's of the dark stuff. Medium body. Drinkable, this is one fine Porter.

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Photo of John_M
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bailey's the other day.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is impressive, showcasing considerable coffee and chocolate, as well as a hint of pumpkin pie and brown sugar. This beer really smells great. The flavor profile replicates the nose, and I picked up more pumpkin spice than I was expecting from the nose. The beer also has a very attractive, soft and smooth mouthfeel, with a long, lingering finish. Alcohol is not noticeable at all in this moderately sweet, easy to take porter.

Just an all around excellent Autumn beer.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep dark brown with good carbonation leaving a tannish head

S: Lots of roasted malt and chocolate

T: Roasted malts, cocoa, pretty standard and nothing wild or exciting.

M: Sordove boring on the end. Not as much silkiness and smoothness as I like. Looking for more than carbonation and chocolate.

D: I had a hard time believing this was Imperial but still a good drink

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Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ccrida
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

IIRC, they have a regular version, and this one, which was aged in bourbon barrels. Per the label, brewed on 9/15/10, bottle on 9/14/12. Appearance is black with a small tan head leaving scattered lace. Different label then picture as well, kind of Scooby Doo haunted house look with cartoon skull over spiral motif.

Smell is sweet caramel bourbon and some off-putting saw-dust like acridness.

Taste is quite nice, reasonably malty, bourbon notes without being hot. Caramel and bakers chocolate. Pleasantly less acrid then the nose. A great candidate for adding a shot of bourbon...

Mouthfeel is on the viscous side, a dusty dryness, with a medium+ body.

Drinkability is solid, a delicious bourbon barrel porter. The lack of congruence with my notes to the others reaffirms my recollection of Main Brew telling me this was a rarer, bourbon barrel version.

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Photo of anteater
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of DrMindbender
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of RedDiamond
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Outwardly, Monster Mash Porter is an infallible brown. But hold it to the light and it glows with a post-apocalyptic red radiance. It tastes of sweet, fruity malts with a quirky chocolate flush. Toasted grains make a contribution, but overt roastiness is curiously absent. It strays towards brown ale territory for a moment but its affirmed eccentricity wonÂ’t have it confused with a traditional porter. Inventive and appealing.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Have had this beer several times over recent autumns, both on draft and from the bottle. This is a 22 oz. bottle, split with my wife; one of two received at a NOL event in late September. I like the eye-catching label; my biggest complaint is that it is NOT a pumpkin ale - despite the prominent gourd gracing the wrapper. Oh well...

A: Very dark, albeit not quite dark enough. It's fudgy and brown, but shows reddish-auburn without much scrutiny. Small head, just a skim of tan-ivory that holds valiantly at the edges and forms an oblong film with a couple of outstretched tendrils. Barely any lace.

S: Sweet and malt/cocoa-filled nose. Dusting of dry powder and a hint of vanilla and cinnamon spice.

T: Well roasted, a very dark and chocolate-y mouthful of charred malt and something that tastes earthy/dirty. That's not a bad thing, though... it's a very 'sturdy' stout, rich and intense. Flavor-wise, I'm a fan.

M: Pretty smooth, yet a lasting sharp/acerbic bitterness. Body isn't as thick as one may expect, especially for 8-ish% alcohol. Lots of 'coffee'' and a 'burnt' finish. Not awful, but not that good either...

O: From what I've been told by NOL brewers, Monster Mash changes from year to year; it's based on a hodgepodge of 'leftover' malts and hops the brewers . I've had a batch that was sublime and a batch that wasn't so good. The 2011 (as of right now) is 'fine', plenty roasted and abruptly bitter but not so balanced. Nice to drink alone, but better to share.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.22/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Chilled bomber into a glass. A generous gift from ramnuts. Thanks, Frank!

A: Pours a dark, but clear, cola brown that appears opaque when poured in larger quantities. The head vanishes quickly and leaves a small collar on the beer, with no lacing down the snifter.

S: Even from the pour at arm's length, I can smell the milk chocolate radiating off this thing. It's delightful. That, and roasted grains, dominate the aroma.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, though not enough to be in dark chocolate territory. I remember this having a stronger roast component on tap; out of the bottle, and from what is surely a different batch, the roast is more subdued. It presents a touch of coffee. I also remember a fruitiness on tap that is not found in this bottle. It's solid, but more simplistic than it was.

M: Medium-full bodied. Good flavor, good carbonation for the style. It has a malty, but not sugary, finish. A small flavor of roast lingers into the aftertaste and exhalation.

D: It's pretty good, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I just feel my previous experience with it was better.

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Photo of sourdog
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Spikester
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with some ruby highlights when help up to a light. Three fingers of tan head that lasts about ten minutes and leaves some rings and splotches of lace.
Smell is cocoa nibs with a hint of molasses.
Taste is coffee cocoa nibs rich malts with a balancing bitterness in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is medium with ample carbonation. Finish is slightly wet with a bittersweet ending.
Overall a tasty brew that hides the 8%abv pretty well.

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Photo of johnnyboy76
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of jdense
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle from Whole Foods Hollywood PDX poured into Barley Brown's pint glass 10.31.2010.

One finger creamy white head, medium dissipation with significant lacing. Dark brown clear body, much visible carbonation when held up to a light. Nose is chocolatey, some fruty esters though not sure it's pumpkin, flowery hops, Taste mirrors nose, tres chocolatey goodness, good dose of molasses, really subsumes any hop presence. Medium mouthfeel, fairly light effervescence. Drinkability is effected by booziness, this might benefit from a bit of cellaring.

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Photo of Docer
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a bottle at a local Whole Foods... had to try!

- Hearty thick viscous pour... super dark ruby brown/black... off white head... quickly down to a slight ring and dusting in the center... best to have a glass w/ etchings to at least show something....

- Roasted chocolate malts galore... that is one robust grain driven scent... huge oats, barley, fried grain husks.. fresh water, bitter coffee hop... light floral pine... just a touch...

- Lovely buttery sweet pumpkin seed mash up of fantastic grains, oats... must have seeds, roasted seeds... salt, flame, wood... light bitter hop punch... very well balanced... this is a monster of a porter, and I am floored.... what a fantastic autumn mix up... I hope to be able to get this for years to come.

- Medium... slightly drying, but overall fantastic... it goes down, and only leaves remnants of how good it is... behind!

- One of the best robust porters I have ever had... it's like a buttery pumpkin seed roast at moms house... while having my favorite robust porter... combined... this is one to share with the whole family. So far my favorite beer I have had from Lompoc.

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Photo of KajII
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Snifter]

The pour was a very dark muddy brown with a small (less than 1 finger) light brown bubbly head that receded steadily, eventually becoming nothing more than a small collar which did produce some excellent streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a roasted dark grain malt and an earthy leathery yeast with notes if molasses, dark chocolate, roasted coffee and a whiff of smoke.

The taste was reminiscent of the aroma, beginning with a bold malty roasted flavor and just a touch of molasses, and then became mildly bitter with a strong mocha-coffee taste and a mild smokiness towards the end. The flavor lasted an average time following the swallow with a roasty coffee presence left to linger, along with a mild alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel was a hair past medium in body with a thin oily texture and a prickly carbonation.

Overall this was a bold and tasty roasted brew, with all of the components of a really good Porter, which did a great job of almost totally concealing the high ABV. Thus creating a good smooth drinkability...

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Photo of GreenCard
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark mahogany, almost opaque, nice layer of tan fine-beaded foam that slowly collapses to a thin cap

Aroma: deep notes of molasses, licorice, and dark cocoa

Flavor: malty sweetness laced with vanilla, caramel, licorice, and cola; dries out with a roasty bitterness into a semisweet finish; licorice in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, alcohol warmth, silky texture

Other comments: This is a very rich, flavorful beer. Nice that hops take a back seat to the malt, roast, and other nuances.

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Photo of bluckbeyes
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Murrhey
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Thin sort of look, dark chocolate color. Low clarity. Khaki-colored ring around the edge but otherwise no head to speak of.

S- Roasty malts, chocolate, toffee, warm alcoholic notes as well.

T- Hides the alcohol content very well. Chocolate and smooth roast malts. Very drinkable for the high ABV.

M- Thin, boozy feel. Finishes dry with a malty linger.

O- Highly drinkable, not highly complex. Interesting brew, I'll bet it is great on-tap.

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Photo of Sir_Goatman
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of wdarcy77
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Made the pilgrimage to Super Deli Mart to check it out. Tasted the Monster Mash that they had on tap. Liked it enough to fill my growler I brought with me just in case.
Poured from growler into 21st Amendment tulip. Dark brown decent head retains nicely for quite a while.
Taste malty smooth. Chocolate. Pleasant aftertaste. Absolutely no bitterness.
Another great offering from a great Oregon brewery.
Note: No mention of this brew at their website. Disappointing. Would like to know more about this beer.

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Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Monster Mash Porter from The New Old Lompoc
3.86 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
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