Slumbrew Porter Square Porter | Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
Massachusetts, United States
slumbrew.com

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.

Added by beerdepartment on 11-23-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
374
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
24.81%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
70
For Trade:
1
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Reviews by Maxwell:
Photo of Maxwell
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Poured into a classic pint glass from a 22 oz. Bomber)

This is a nice big bomber bottle with and industrial-weird feeling to its design. The things on the front look like red tinted satellites or kites or something, but I really can’t quite tell what they are, and the title-heading color choice of industrial gross green is a little slimy for my taste. I do like the fonts used though, both for the brewery name and the beer’s name, and the industrial style does go nice with the companies name (Slumbrew…) which makes for nice company theme with the bottle. Really though, what I want from this bottle is to understand what the things on the front are, but they just don’t deliver. The facebook advertising on the label, while young and hip, also kind of takes away from the bottle’s feel, though the light-window castle adds a nice feel. I suppose I might keep this bottle, but only as a bizarre oddity for the shelves.

The beer pours a midnight chocolate black with a big suntanned and frothy head that hangs onto the glass with big old bubbles and long winding trees of lacing that stretch out in bizarre geometric designs. The beer smells like malty cocoa nibs with almost stale chocolate touch in the main wafting, like semi-sweet baking chocolate. It’s hard to pick anything else up but the chocolate in this smell though. Faint roasted malts perhaps, but the nose of this beer is chocolate through and through. The beer tastes big and chocolaty, with those cacao nibs and cocoa powder being very strong and dominant in the beer. This beer is creamy and smooth on the tongue, with a slightly thick, drinking chocolate texture to it, but the taste is just all chocolate. It almost reminds me of the chocolaty feel you get from a Swiss Miss packet of hot cocoa, just slightly chocolatier. The beer leaves a very clean feeling in the mouth with slim trails of saliva, and a slight tingle from its hidden IBUs. The chocolate, however, over powers everything else, you do get slight ghosts and tingles at the beginning of the sip which suggests the malty beer underneath, but then the chocolate comes freight-training in and you taste no more of that. Overall this is a nice chocolaty porter, but it really isn’t much else. If you are looking for a chocolate tasting beer, this seems like a good place to go, as long as you are not look for too much of a beer flavor to go alongside it. The chocolate is overpowering and very much there, but it kills out some of the cool subtleties that might have been in this beer. It’s a great sipper with some interesting notes in it if you can dig them out, but I really am not seeing much of the heavy flavors that other reviewers are discussing, which I find odd...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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 MikeC144
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was a black color. The head was small and tan, which nevertheless left a fair amount of lace.

Lots of chocolate in the aroma, both cocoa and milk chocolate. Also a good deal of roasted malt.

The taste followed the aroma. Sweet chocolate and coffee. The taste of coffee really lingered. I also got just a hint of toffee.

Medium-bodied, good depth.

Fun beer to drink.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber with a freshness date.

LOOK: A pretty brown, dark yet the light shines on the edges. Good lacing all around.

SMELL: Burnt raisins, bread crust, leather, chicory, cocoa powder, dark berries

TASTE: Sweetness upfront, smooth, creamy, medium body, cooked raisins, cocoa nibs, coffee, molasses, modest hopping, warming alcohol, hop bitterness, roasty, semi-astringent, pulling dryness nearly puckers

Love that they use Taza in this brew but I think the nibs really dig in deep and don't let go. It is a good brew all together but the astringent quality gets the better of it.

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Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at New World Tavern. Served into a pint glass

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, moderate carbonation, black in color, opaque

Smell: smoky roasted malt and chocolate

Taste: roasted malt, sweet and dark chocolate, a nice smokiness throughout

Mouthfeel: sweet with a slightly bitter backbone, moderate carbonation, medium bodied

Overall: I really liked this beer. This ranks right up there with Cape Cod as the best porter coming out of Massachusetts. The chocolate is a great mix of sweet and bitter. The smoke puts this one over the top. The best offering of what I have had from Slumbrew and certainly one to have again fresh.

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Photo of marchnlv
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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 juicebox
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of b2hogan
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of kwkdmk
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of PopGun
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of StevenH1974
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of ryanjtravis
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Aller
2.62/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly more bitter than I expected. Overall a decent porter.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish brown coloured body. Lacey. Roasty aroma. Meets the style with roast, chocolate malt, good malt, some coffee and postum. Some off flavours of mold which could be lactic acid. Reasonable drinkability. Mouthfeel a bit like cereal.Different, though nothing to write home about. Second bottle I tried was much better, fresh from Maine. Was getting much smoother with coffee and acid not prevalent, more chocolate.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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Slumbrew Porter Square Porter from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
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