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: 15 | Ratings: 77
Photo of CO-Bloom
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

If this was a blind tasting I would guess brown ale (not that they are wildly different styles). So it looks and tastes like a brown ale and pretty thin at that. Flavor is enjoyable with roasty malt, chocolate and some sweetness. Unfortunately, with the smell and mouthfeel, the flavor is muted rather than enhanced. I find it better than their amber ale and definitely drinkable. I know this is all subjective but I cannot understand the "robust" comments, since to me it drinks like an english brown - sweet, a little acidic dark chocolate, kind of creamy but thin. I suppose I prefer more robust "American porters" like Deschutes and Great Lake's porters.

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Photo of Tilly
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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 TheSSG
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours a soapy, tan head that has nice persistence and laces well. A nice, acidic, coffee-like aroma. Deep, burnt umber color. A bitter, acidic start changes into a very robust coffee flavor. Peaks in a medium bitterness with toasted malt. Finish is lingering toasted malt.

This is pretty nice. A great, robust toasted malt/coffee porter with a nice, smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Brutaltruth
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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 boilermakerbrew
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a deep brown in color, with lots of red tones and not very close to black. Average sized, 2 finger head forms and is medium tan in color. Retention and lacing are both very good. Some particulates are suspended in the body of the beer.

S- Lots of chocolate notes hit the nose first and are backed up by a little bit of burnt malt. Mostly sweeter chocolate flavors here that dominate the scent throughout.

T- Lots more burnt malts are prominent in the taste compared to the scent. Not much in the way of the chocolate flavors I found on the nose here. Starts dry and burnt in the flavor department. Burnt flavors are just a little bit bitter and are the primary flavor throughout the drink. Burnt flavors linger after the drink with maybe just a touch of smokiness.

M- This beer is rather thin and light on the tongue with a medium level of carbonation. Strong burnt malt flavors provide a little bit of body. This beer is pretty easy to drink too.

Overall, this is a slightly above average porter. It would really stand out if the chocolate on the nose translated into more chocolate in the flavor. Otherwise, there are some good burnt malt flavors and quality feel on the tongue. I wouldn't mind drinking a few more of these.

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Photo of emerge077
3.02/5  rDev -17.9%
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 wisrarebeer
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Justin for the trade.

A: nice caramel color, a bit lighter but head was very good to end of glass
S: very roasty, grainy and chocolatey
T: very similar to nose
M: rounded with grains and toasted quality
O: high drinkable and very tasty, nice balance of malt and hops

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Photo of buschbeer
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Photo of icehawk
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (from stfun) Appearance: Opaque black with short lasting off-white head

Aroma: Fruity, alcohol, chocolate

Taste: Fruity, banana undertones, with slightly bitter dark chocolate flavors

Palate: Full mouthfeel, slightly chalky, unique cocoa like bitterness, but finishes sweet and dry.

Overall: Interesting porter that brings in some elements that make it quite enjoyable and different than "american" porters.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.2/5  rDev -13%
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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Photo of grogged
2.43/5  rDev -34%
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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Photo of aasher
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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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Photo of tsauce2
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: On-tap in to a 16 oz cup.

A: SRM is dark brown. Semi-translucent. Head is tan, 1 in, dissipates to outsides of the beer. Medium carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Rich dark malt base with a touch of the classic porter smell. Light coffee notes and a touch of hops.

T: Dark malt, light roastiness, with a bit of the classic porter bite and a natural malt flavor. Light hops. Crisp and clean flavors.

M: Medium body. Roasted malts give a balanced and slightly creamy feel. Semi-dry finish.

O: Very drinkable and a good example of an American Porter. This beer is nicely executed. I would like to see this beer on-tap around the city in more locations. I will order this beer any time I see it available.

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Photo of JamesS
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Tomlinson Tap Room. Poured a wonderful deep, shiny brown, with some very excellent tan head and some nice lacing. Good deep dark malt scent with roasted grains and a lot of coffee. Huge coffee flavors, slight chocolate tones, and a nice earthy finish; very nice roasted grains; just slightly unbalanced from the coffee. Went down quite nicely.

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Backyard Porter from Fountain Square Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 77 ratings.
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