Town Line
Oxbow Brewing Company

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Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States
American Porter
3.96 | pDev: 8.33%
Oct 19, 2021
Oct 08, 2015
Dry American black ale brewed with spelt.
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Reviewed by colts9016 from Idaho

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Review 1689
Town Line
Oxbow Brewing
Date 08 January 2021
I used a nonic; the temperature was 46 degrees. The pour created a frothy and airy light tan three-fingered head with excellent retention. The slow dissipation left lacing on the glass. The color charts around SRM 38, dark brown like used motor oil. The beer is opaque. The appearance of the beer is above average. I love the head retention and slow dissipation.
Dark roasted malts, char, chocolate, and coffee are the dominant aromas. Nosing further, I detect floral, bread, molasses, and herbal. I smell a faint hint of earthy tobacco. The aromas are standard for porters.
The flavors are Maillard, char, chocolate, dark roasted malts, a touch of floral, molasses, grassy, a hint of leather, coffee, and toasted bread crust.
The mouthfeel is dry and a touch astringent. The body is medium-light, has medium carbonation, and has a somewhat quick finish.
The beer is a stellar example of a porter. I could drink this beer all day. The hops are more prevalent, to me, it has depth and complexity to the malt backbone. I enjoyed sipping on this beer after work.
Oct 19, 2021
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Reviewed by tempest from New York

4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This porter blew me away. Huge cocoa, without being cloying, followed by a sharp roast with the acidity to really dry it out. Dark bread crust and Tootsie Roll round out the character. I need more of this beer.
Mar 06, 2021
Rated: 4.1 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Feb 16, 2021
Rated: 3.57 by EnderFett11 from Virginia

Oct 24, 2020
Rated: 3.4 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Sep 05, 2020
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
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
Rated: 3.99 by oberon from North Carolina

Aug 01, 2020
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
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
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Mar 29, 2020
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Rated by tradershmulie from Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Not a bad beer, but really nothing special.
Feb 19, 2020
Rated: 4 by BallsDeep from Florida

Feb 13, 2020
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Reviewed by cbutova from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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
Rated: 3.55 by VeganUndead from Virginia

Mar 11, 2019
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
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
Rated: 3.74 by acurtis from New Jersey

Jan 06, 2019
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
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
Rated: 4.05 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania

Mar 18, 2016
Rated: 4.11 by AirBob from Massachusetts

Mar 05, 2016
Rated: 4.06 by doremite from Vermont

Mar 04, 2016
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