Town Line
Oxbow Brewing Company

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Style:
Porter - American
Ranked #466
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #23,200
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 8.48%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
24
From:
Oxbow Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
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SCORE
86
Very Good
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Notes: Dry American black ale brewed with spelt.
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 24 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A pint can poured into a clear pint glass reveals a dirty dark brown, almost non-carbonated liquid. Very little of the roasted malt aroma expected from a porter. Surprisingly, it isn't as flat as its appearance would imply. In fact, the carbonation is quite nice and contributes to the enjoyment of the drink. The taste has a nice roasted malt flavor, but it's not robust. Quite drinkable, with the spelt adding another layer. Town Line does well in the two categories that matter most, taste and feel.

Aug 25, 2020
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beergoot from Colorado

3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brownish, murky body topped with a thin yet lasting head. Very nice roasted grain smell; bitter chocolate. The taste has a slightly sweet flavor offset with a mildly acrid bitterness; cocoa. Heavy body yet comes across rather weak and watery; glassy; a bit warm overall.

The beer delivers some respectable flavors and has a very nice smell, but the looks and mouthfeel are a bit lacking. Still worth checking out.

Jul 02, 2020
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- 16oz can into a wine glass with a black body and a foamy nutty brown head. Decent head retention. Lacing is spotty with a few small sheets.

S- Malts off the top with a balance that leans towards roasty but includes things down in the browned end of the spectrum as well. Roast barley, licorice, heavily toasted nuts, toffee, medium roast coffee beans, caramel and hints of dried dark fruits.

T- Much like the aroma the flavor is particularly grainy and brings a wide variety of malty flavors. Opens with coffee and roast barley notes with a deep charred note before toasted nuts, raisin, cocoa powder, toffee, caramel and anise hints come into play. A touch of fruit from the yeast and a light earthy hop bitterness. More towards the toasty malt spectrum here.

MF- This one is certainly on the lighter side for a porter and has a foamy and puffy texture. Very high level of carbonation for the style.

A light bodied black ale with a very spritzy carbonation and a malt driven flavor profile that ranges from toasty to nutty to charred. Great breadth of malt character but perhaps just a bit on the thin side.

Jul 25, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA.

This one pours a dark black color, with a tight white head, and a lot of lacing.

This smells like heavily roasted malt, smoke, wheat, dark chocolate, and pine.

This is bone dry and fairly bitter, but crisp and fairly drinkable. There’s a clean but bitter roast character, and light smoke. It’s slightly hoppy, with grass and bitterness, and slightly chalky.

This is light bodied and a touch thin, but very crisp and drinkable. I wish it was a little creamier.

This is a solid straightforward and very bitter porter. It’s not the best from them but I enjoyed it.

Feb 01, 2019
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

Light tan formed head, three fingers tall with some fine swiss cheese bubbles in a thick shampoo like retention. A very dark walnut red body with a touch of mahogany light color, and some clarity. Some nice aggression to this porter in appearance, very nice.

Aroma continues classic goodness. Big thick roast and char on the nose, a touch of light chocolate and a big husky girth of coffee and dark malt quality. Hints a little touch of salt like strangely, but does not fool around. Bold and rich smelling without question.

Palate really hits all the notes. Light bodied with rich flavor and a hint of silk with lots of mineral touches. Mid palate hits with good char and mixing light chocolate flavors. A good rocky mineral like water flavor, particularly on the finish comes forth also even giving to some black pepper like flavor.

Real impressive porter, delicious stuff.

Dec 31, 2018
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illpass78 from Maine

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Half pint on tap at the tasting room in Portland.

Appearance: Pours a near black/black with a one finger tan head.

Aroma: Kind of floral and malty with a coffee bean background.

Taste: This rules. Really tasty, slightly hoppy porter with espresso and coffee beans present on the palate. Really good.

Mouthfeel: Smooth as a good porter can be.

Overall: Bang-up job on this porter. Nice and dry and flavorful. I hope they bottle it!

Oct 23, 2015
Town Line from Oxbow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 24 ratings