Slumbrew Porter Square Porter | Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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Slumbrew Porter Square PorterSlumbrew Porter Square Porter

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Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Rich black porter with a unique blend of chocolate, coffee, roasted and nutty flavors. Brewed with cocoa powder and conditioned with cacao nibs from Taza Chocolate. Bold flavors from the cacao nibs and black malts are balanced with a special blend of pale malts, oats and wheat to produce a lush and lingering mouthfeel.

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Photo of ddorsi924
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice chocolate aroma and color with a caramel foam head. Good flavor profile with a nice feel for the style of beer. It is a nice one and done type of drink, good for an after dinner treat. Overall nice choice for a cocoa based porter.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can

Pours dark brown black with a creamy tan foam head. Smells like roasted cacao, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, dark malty molasses, brown sugar, caramel, dark toffee, mild dark fruits, with herbal earthy grassy pine. Tastes like dark baker's chocolate, roasted cacao, milk chocolate, dark malty molasses, brown sugar, caramel, dark toffee, mild dark fruit, with herbal earthy grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and slick with moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice porter with cacao.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pouring a cellar temp bottle into a snifter. The beer pours a dark cola brown color with creamy tan head of about 1 cm that fades to a clingy edge layer. Tight lattice on the glass after each sip.
The aroma is roasted malt and brown sugar with a little bit of dark chocolate mixed in for good measure. I dont get any booze nor any hops on the nose of this malty beer.
First sip reveals a silky smooth texture and average to a little thin body. The carbonation is very mild and barely rolls across my palate.
Flavor is roast malt and some dark chocolate with a bit of brown sugar. No booze or hops here either, and the beer is very easy to drink. A nice porter if you like the style and worth a try.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black in color with no light penetration. There's a quarter inch of creamy brown resting on top. The aroma is a very cocoa powder forward ale with light malt in the mix. I taste a blend of dark malt and cocoa powder. The mouth is very creamy, smooth, and dry.

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Photo of groutenberg
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 4 pack of 16oz cans picked at Ward St brewery, drank from a tulip glass. Pretty much as described on the face of the can "a robust porter aged on roasted cacoa nibbs"

L: Black-deep dark brown color, pours a nice tan foamy 1/2" head that quickly dissipates to tint foam ring around the edge of the glass.
S:Porter like with hints of coffee, roasted cacoa, not overpowering
T: gently carbonation, not too hoppy at all slight bitterness at the tail end, definately some coffee-cocao flavors rolled in there.
F: good length, taste lingers after it's been swallowed and it's a good thing
O: I like this alot, one of my fav Slumbrews, but liked Everett from Hill View and TWSS from TreeHouse bettah, Ward St is 20 minute drive, TH is 75 miles, and the pilgrimage to Hill Farm is 4 hrs....

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Photo of tomharris73
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really like this beer, not 5's across the board like, but I belive it more than deserves a 90 score here on BA. It's like the Breakfast Stout's little sister. So I'm pumping up my score to move the needle. Full disclosure.

Also, it's possible having it on tap at the brewery makes it tase a li'l bit better than, say, out of a bottle from Kappy's or Blanchard's, as most people probably have.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%

12oz bottle from buking21 (thank you!). Bottled 4/15/14. Served in a Microbrasserie Charlevoix goblet.

Pours nearly black with mahogany highlights and a finger of pale tan head. Decent retention and lacing.

A simple but nice enough nose of chocolate, roast malts and vague caramel.

Tastes of roasty malts, chocolate, pitted fruit skins and mild coffee. A good bit of bitterness and no trace of alcohol.

Light but creamy feel with moderate carbonation. The finish is bittersweet with cocoa and roast.

Porter Square Porter may not be breaking any boundaries but is a solid take on the style.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 10/24/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a very deep dark brown color, with a large foamy beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, coffee, some chocolate and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of coffee and milk chocolate. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid porter to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark cloudy brown with a razor thin beige head. Aroma and taste is of sweet dark roasted chocolate malt with a mild dry roasted coffee bitterness. Palate is a medium smooth body with a bit of creamy mouth feel. The finish is the same as taste. Has a very rich and choclatey flavor. Overall a very good and delicious porter. drink up.

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Photo of candcholt
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Poured into a pint glass from a 22 oz bomber.

Really noticed a roastiness, almost like roasted caramelized vegetables. Tasted more alcoholic than the 6.5%. It's hard to notice the chocolate.

The flavor of this beer enhanced the otherwise odd taste of Lays Cappuccino Potato Chips.

Overall good but not great.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Slumbrew Porter Square Porter has a thin, beige head, a very dark, almost black, brown appearance, and slight lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of chocolate, milk, burnt malt, and a bit of acidic. Taste is of sugar, milk, chocolate, acidic bitterness, char, and dark-roasted malt. Mouthfeel is fairly heavy and velvety, and Slumbrew Porter Square Porter finishes semi-dry, easy drinking, and not at all alcohilic.


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Photo of illpass78
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a thin white head that is gonna quickly. Very little lacing.

Aroma: Smells of coffee, chocolate, dark malt, and roastiness.

Taste: Taste follows the nose, with dark roasted coffee dominating. Also some nice bitter chocolate on the finish. Alcohol not noticeable. Minimal hop bite.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth with a good thickness.

Overall: Good Porter named after a good neighborhood. Tasty and somewhat desert-like with noticeable chocolate overtones. Wouldn't mind trying this on draft some time.

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Photo of farrago
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A big pour will get you just about two fingers of deep brown foam, so-so density, dimples and bubbles off at a good pace, looks whipped up, the lacing is more splotches than streaks. The liquid is black and opaque, more like filmy, cloudy than block of onyx, browner rims and you can see about as much carbonation as could be expected given the circumstances. The nose has a soft roastiness but more so like firm chocolate, mocha to vanilla fudge notes, the cherry, blackberry fruit wafts in and out, croissants or other flaky dough stuff, baking spices, sweet nuts, just easygoing and unassuming, you’d be relieved to be seated next to it at a dinner among strangers. In the mouth it’s medium-bodied, firm and possessed of a moderate creaminess. The roast elevates a notch, coffee to bitter dark chocolate. Still, caramel, vanilla bean soften the edges. Muted dark fruits, sweet doughiness, hazelnut, has it but minimizes the metallic, mineral water dimension. Has fullness through the finish which many beers in this category lack. No complaints, your verdict will depend on whether you are looking for reasons to like it or dismiss it.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark otter brown pour is a pitch black in the vessel. A frothy khaki-bronze head is a solid inch with a nice rate of stickage and retention.

S: Dry alcohol laced chocolate arrives on the nose, followed by some dry cocoa, with a medium level of intensity. Some whole cinnamon stick, with a dash of nutmeg and dark fruit skins rounds things out.

T: The flavor is a bakers chocolater, lightly dry and bitter with some cocoa powder and some alcohol twang that distracts from the chocolate malt base. Mineral dark fruit skin and a leave of starchy-alcohol fade.

M: Mouthful was milky and creamy feel, carbonation settles out quickly.

O: Overall a decent start, just the finish ruins it for me with a bit of starchy chocolate and alochol which hurts the drinkability factor and refill desire. C+ drink at best, dont expect much more beyond that.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on February 8, 2014.

The pour looks the way a Porter should with its dark brown to near black color and moderate off-white head.

Aroma is of dark malts, yeast, a touch of smoke (limited), toast, and also quite sweet. The aroma is much like a Porter should be.

Medium body.

The toasted character can be found more prominently in the taste hut otherwise it brings out dark malts, smoke, and a mild hop character. Not an explosive Porter but one that is worth checking out.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up last week in Totowa, having never had this before. I like this style and even though this wasn't as strong or as roasted as my favorites, it was easily drinkable and had quite a bit going for it, even if it wasn't terribly complex. The chocolate flavor and mouthfeel were easygoing and present enough that this was one of the better dessert beers that I've recently had and since the alcohol was recessed, this had the feel of a session beer to it.

The pour to this was decent, as this beer had a soda-brown hue to it and a relatively thick, tan head to it. That quickly settled and there wasn't a lot of lacing to be seen as I worked my way through this, although there were pockets of it along the side of my glass that faced me. Lots of chocolate to the taste, which reinforced the moderate amount that was in the nose. There was also some fig and plum in the taste and some pumpernickel as well, which gave this beer a Belgian feel to it. Not a strong roasted component here but it could be found underneath everything and the malts seemed more like chocolate than anything else. A bit of hazelnut-like nuttiness and some cocoa powder really gave this a nice, but subtle amount of depth as well. The carbonation was present, but not strong enough to overshadow everything else.

Not a lot of overt alcohol here, which made this easy to quaff. It's my fault that I have such a narrow-minded view of Porters, since they have a better range that I give them credit for. This was a solid example of an American Porter that differed from its brethren across the pond. Not quite a Milk or Sweet Stout, there was enough fruit and a relaxed nature to this that differentiated it. A great dessert beer for the season, this is a must-try for anyone who loves the style without being inundated with a roasted, malty stickiness.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a very deep brown with a thin khaki head that fades slowly, leaving some splotches of lace.

S: Sweet dark chocolate and cocoa dominate, some roast and coffee come through as well with hints of dark fruit.

T: Chocolate up front with some mild earthy notes and bitterness, coffee, and licorice. Not quite as good as the nose but still solid.

M: Medium bodied and smooth, easy drinking with no noticeable alcohol. Characteristic of a porter but could use a bit more creaminess for me.

O: A pretty good porter here from Slumbrew. A nice chocolate aroma that comes through on the palate as well. Not my favorite but definitely worth trying!

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Photo of cbutova
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured into a chalice from the 12oz bottle with a black body. Doesn't appear as thick as big stouts but black with a light tan head. The cap rises and falls fairly quickly after reaching about a finger tall. Frothy ring leaves spotty lace at the top and some big rings and pillows down toward the bottom.

S- Malt heavy with a good dose of chocolate malts, cocoa powder and toasted nutty grains up front. Slight caramel, coffee, dark spiced raisins and some bready yeast character.

T- Opens up with bitter dark cocoa powder from the chocolate added and roasted malts followed by a nice toasted nutty grain note and is generally malty overall. Spiced raisins and yeast bread come to mind from the yeast. Malt flavors seem to oscillate between toast and roast adding a nice dynamic. Slight bit of citrus and earthy hops open up with some time.

MF- Moderately thick body with a medium-high carbonation. Somewhat oily on the palate with a silkiness throughout. Finishes with a bitter cocoa powder feel.

Cocoa is the prevailing flavor here but this has a well-rounded malt profile that I enjoy in certain Porters. I would certainly buy this one again. The chocolate just seems to build with each sip and gets better and better.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle poured into a glass

Black brown liquid. No light enters, no light escapes. Huge, billowy, bubbly fistful of foam. Settles into a dense, taupe lid. Nice lacings.

Aroma of chocolate, licorice and coffee. Sweet roasted malts. The chocolate aroma is dominant.

Smooth. Sweet roasted malts with chocolate. Carbonation on the back of the tongue. Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Slight bitterness on the aftertaste.

Very good and worthy of repeating. Smooth rich chocolate malts. Great winter beer for watching football on TV.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased in Attleboro, MA.

A- Pours a deep brown body with a light brown, fluffy 2 inch head that reduces slowly and leaves frothy foam.

S- Coffee, toffee, milk chocolate, roasted malt

T- Cocoa powder, milk chocolate, toffee, caramel, bready malt. Roasty on the finish.

M- Medium body, low carbonation.

Very nice. will purchase more.

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Photo of Ego
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

brown to near black, the head settles very quickly into an o-ring, lacing is decent but nothing to inspire the masses, hard to
tell if any carbonation is trying to climb through the molass-morass, decent enough looking brew

heavy roasted coffee notes (lovely), dry grain mixed with chocolate notes, dry cocoa butter and some hints of coconut rum, in fact
this somewhat reminds me of dark rum from the carribean... really delicious nose here

taste etc...
the flavor follows the nose, which of course is a damn good thing...
you get that fresh roast coffee flavor (like when you get a cup of black coffee and can sort of taste the water as well), there is a
distant bitterness that plays off the malt really well, there is a definite sweetness going on but it is in total balance, this has a really
long finish, your mouth is left with delightful roasty flavors for minutes after a sip - awesome.

flavor baby, great long lasting flavor here, delicious. the beer loses points in certain categories but for me the flavor really hits the mark

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Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear and close to being black in appearance—dark red colors are visible near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to the light. It has a moderate amount of visible carbonation and poured with a quarter finger high tan head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and thick lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of cocoa and dark chocolate are present in the nose along with some hints of roasted malts.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the roasted flavors are a bit stronger and there are also some hints of cocoa nibs. The hops contribute a slight amount of bitterness that lingers through the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Slight bits of dryness are noticeable due to the roasted and bitter flavors.
O: I found this beer to fit the style and have a nice amount of complexity for a lighter-bodied beer that is quite easy to drink. The chocolate and roasted flavors were prominent, but not overdone.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #63 (Apr 2012):

LOOK: Jet black; creamy tan head w/ sticky lacing

SMELL: Cocoa powder, roasted coffee and dark malts; nutty

TASTE: Creamy, silky, sweet and tangy molasses, intense roastiness, astringent, coffee, chocolate, toffee, nutty, earth

Brewed with cocoa powder and freshly roasted cacao nibs from Taza Chocolate. Unfortunately, some of the nuances get lost amongst similar flavors provided by the Porter’s base ingredients, while roasted flavors from both meld and dominate the brew, especially as the beer warms. That said, a good brew.

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Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a pitch black liquid with a creamy/frothy head that descends to an espresso film while leaving some respectable lacing behind

Smell: Very roasty, with dark fruit, dark chocolate, chicory and walnut tones

Taste: The roast from the aroma is amplified on the tastebuds as the beer starts out with a lot of roasty char and it is only after the swallow that some of the subtleties are revealed - dark chocolate, French Roast coffee, piney hops and a vague walnut sensation in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A little different from your typical robust porter and it is certainly robust

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 650 ml bottle into snifter

A - dark ruby color, small 1-finger head, long, heavy lacing.

S - Chocolate, coffee, malty flavors with a hint of floral aroma.

T - this is where this beer really ramps up. Along with the chocolate smells that transfer into the taste, I get a sweetness from some dark fruits ( a la a BDSA) that linger till the end. Strong coffee tastes show up as well but everything balances nicely.

M - really nice balance here. Light to medium-bodied with a hint of carbonation. That sweetness is a nice twist to this "porter" and it really surprised me.

O - started slow, but by the end I came away really impressed by this beer. Not sure how "porter" this beer is, but it was a really nice sipper. I would pick this one up again.

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Slumbrew Porter Square Porter from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
3.95 out of 5 based on 388 ratings.
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