Backyard Porter | Fountain Square Brewing Co.

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Backyard PorterBackyard Porter

Brewed by:
Fountain Square Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JamesS on 10-27-2011

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Reviews by Brewbadeezees:
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3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

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Photo of Tilly
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

P: Nice dark opaque brown pot. Not much head at all.
A: Coffee, chocolate, vanilla and smoke.
T: Heavy coffee, sweet chocolate and vanilla.
M: Mild, sweet, clean with some bitterness.
O: One step ahead of a typical Porter. This drinks more like a stout. At 5%, a great drinker.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

4 oz pour at tasting even. Growler. Review from notes.

A- Thin brown body with light head. Not too deep brown
S- Nice balance hop malt, hops and some woodsyness
T- Smokey malts with just a bit of hops for balance. Pretty good overall profile and balance
M- A bit on the thin side, but not a major detractor

O- Solid, straight forward porter with smokey tones

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Photo of secondtooth
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark ruby, with a small head of tan bubbles. Minimal lacing.

Nose is roasty and fruity, and the body is light, even watery.

Flavor is toffee up front, with some roasty chocolate in there as well. Maybe this isn't super unique or standout, but it does go down smoothly, and Backyard Porter is a faithful and flavorful English-style porter.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent porter from Fountain Square brewing. Pours a dark mahogany brown with a medium tan head and thin lacing on the glass. Smells of coffee and dark chocolate and sweet caramel malts. Very rounded mouthfeel, not overly coating. Tastes of chocolate up front, medium roast coffee on the back, caramel on the sides with light bittering hops on the aftertaste. As a fan of English style ales, this hits the mark. Solid session beer for the porter fan. As a note I will add that some of the beers in the six pack were complete foamers, just so happens this one did not explode. Lots of variance from beer to beer. Still, this one was a winner. Will try the little lady's later and see how she fares with it. Subject to re-review.

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Photo of emerge077
3.02/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Into a tumbler glass it immediately fills the glass with foam. Trying again, and "beer rinsing" the glass first, it pours with only half a glass of foam. Color is a dark brown with some minor clarity around the edges when backlit. Lots of foam, coats the glass in sheets. The overcarbonation is a potential sign of infection though.

Aroma holds nothing out of the ordinary. Roasted malt, a little chalky.

Astringent tartness and some weird solvent minerality show up first. Dry roasty malt underneath, but it's marred by the off flavors and seltzery overcarbonation. Will try this again someday to re-evaluate, hopefully this was an isolated case.

Thanks Howard!

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Photo of grogged
2.43/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Red Lion Grog House. Served in 16 oz glass w/ Fountain Square Brewing logo.

Pours a deep brown with a creamy tan head that looks delicious. The smell was fragrant, almost earthy, yet slight off. Roasted coffee comes to mind, but there's an industrial whiff to it also. The mouthfeel is different. The carbonation stands out noticeably and not for the better. Full, yet fizzy and inconsistent. The coffee taste comes to the fore and so does the bitterness. The problem I had with this beer is that the bad carbonation notes and the bitterness linger too long in the brut(al) finish. I can love a beer that's slightly off, but this one was too far off for me. A drain pour.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of buschbeer
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is brown to dark amber in color with amber highlights with an inch or two of tan head. It looks more like a brown ale than a porter.

S - The aroma is chocolate and cocoa.

T - The taste begins with some cocoa. Then I get some roasted malt. It finishes with a bitter burnt flavor.

M - Medium

O - I kept thinking I was drinking a brown ale. The burnt finish was the only thing that reminded me that I wasn't.

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5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of clknowlton001
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love the Midwest, in town for work. This is an average porter from this part of the country, but I still dig it. Plenty of toasty sweetness, a bit of bittersweet chocolate, especially in the swallow. No glass — at the type of Indiana dive bar you don’t ask for a glass. Probably won’t get the opportunity to get this again, but not a bad beer at all. I’d have this in my fridge frequently if it were available in Colorado (still waiting for a great porter in high country).

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of aasher
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at McKenzie River off of 82nd St.

This arrived a medium bodied coca brown in color on the verge of black with a one finger cream colored head. The nose features slight coffee, slight dark chocolate, and bitter roast. It solid, more bitterness than most. The flavors feature coffee and cream first and foremost. The chocolate is light subtly sweet. It finishes off dry and bitter. It drinks smoothly and between light and medium in body. Overall this is a solid beer and a nice first experience from this brewer. I'll try more of their beers in the future.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of chillin
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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Backyard Porter from Fountain Square Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 78 ratings