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.

Added by beerdepartment on 11-23-2011

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Reviews: 91 | Ratings: 388
Photo of 00trayn
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - A deep brown color with a sizable head that really lingers. Excellent lacing as well.

S - I just want to eat this brew with a spoon. It smell like a dark chocolate and coffee roasted dessert. Hints of malt and caramel come through as well.

T - A fantastic blend of the chocolate and the roasted flavor. I can't drink enough of it. There's a slight bitterness from the chocolate. It's a rich, complex taste that leaves a sweet and bitter taste lingering in your mouth.

M - Medium bodied beer with good carbonation. Incredibly smooth.

O - This beer has entered my Top 5 all time favorites. The chocolate flavor really comes through and it tastes like dessert in a pint glass. I can't wait to have more.

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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 CraftVA
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - This beer pours a deep brown/black color with a finger of tan head. The color has a hint of reddish tones and there is good lacing.
S - The predominant scents that come through are chocolate, malt, caramel, and coffee; did I mention chocolate! It smells like a delicious cold dessert. Very pleasant!
T - This beer has a complex flavor profile with the semi-sweet chocolate and malt coming out in the beginning and a slightly bitter chocolate finish. A lot of flavor comes through from start to finish. You can really taste the coco nibs.
M - Rich and creamy, with a bit of a boozy kick. Just right!
O – Slumbrew has done it again for me! They’ve created a complex and delicious beer that pairs incredibly well with a steak dinner or a chocolate dessert (I know, because that’s what I paired it with). The Taza Chocolate nibs used in the recipe really bring out the chocolate flavor without adding too much sweetness. This is a beer I could drink with dinner every night. Really fantastic!! Well done!

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Photo of bobbybou
4.95/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I finally got the opportunity to try this beer when it showed up as a contestant at a friends ' All Porter Party'. We did a blind tasting of 23 Porters and this new release from Slumbrew won the competition. The next day I went to Martignetti's to buy some and two of the people from the party were there for the same reason!

Slumbrew Porter pours dark chocolate brown. The head that forms reminds me of a coffee shake. Creamy and smooth. The aroma of this porter has legs of roasted malt. It has a smooth mouthfeel and the slightly carbonated body snaps of chocolate. Although true to the Porter style,I think this baby pushes the definition to a fresher and more interesting direction. If I had to sum up this beer in one word it would be 'TOUCHDOWN!'

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Photo of peebsTPA
4.85/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For somebody who drinks a lot of Porter, I was very impressed at Slumbrew's first offering in this category. Like a recipe perfected over decades of experience...but these guys are hitting a home run out of the gate.

The first thing I look for in a Porter is that it tastes like a Fuller's London Porter - i.e. not too sweet, sickly, sticky etc and actually tastes like BEER! PSP has a very balanced and mellow/smooth flavor, very satisfying on the palate. You can taste the chocolate, but it is subtle and does not overwhelm. It pours beautifully and retains a frothy head for most of the pint....even though the 'pint' itself didn't last too long - delicious.

If this is the way of things to come with Slumbrew, then I am very excited indeed for what's in store. This beer is up there with Fullers...which is a an outstanding achievement for a first brew. We should all watch Slumbrew very closely.

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Photo of dsensale
4.8/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle poured into a goblet. It pours nice and dark with a caramel colored head.

Smokey aroma with a hint of chocolate.

This beer is delicious. The chocolate is very noticeable without overtaking the beer. Bonus points for sourcing the chocolate locally from another Somerville company - Taza Chocolate.

This beer quickly became one of my favorite beers, and with year round availability, I'm sure it will be heavy in my rotation of beers.

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Photo of momobono
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy chocolate porter. Very nicely pairs the cacao nibs with roasted, toasted malt backgrounds. Chocolate is very present in the beginnings of this beer, and it ends dryly after filling your palate with a malt body true to its style. Goes very nicely with some strawberry shortcake, I might add.

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Photo of willseph
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of a tasting last weekend, served in a snifter.

A - About half an inch of mocha colored head that settled to a solid ring around the glass after a few sips. Very dark brown in color with hints of burgundy.

S - Great smelling beer. Lots of dark roast coffee and highlights of semi-sweet chocolate and malt. Slight hints of spiciness and sourdough bread.

T - The coffee in the nose gives way to the chocolate in the taste. Lost of bitter cocoa and toasty malt with a slight hops taste on the back end.

M - Quite thick and meaty, but noticeable carbonation. It finishes a little drier than I expected, but very drinkable all the way through the beer.

O - For what it costs ($7 a bomber), I've been hard-pressed to find a better porter off the shelf. This could get very rich with some age, but right away it's a great choice. I'm really glad they've started distributing in my area!

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Photo of gwalson
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slumbrew tends to concentrate on one particular ingredient of their beer. In this case, the "secret" ingredient is Taza Chocolate Nibs, which are used like dry hops; the beer is conditioned over a pile of these pre-chocolate bits of the cocoa bean. The beer is dark, and has the slightly bitter taste of a typical porter. You smell the chocolate essence and taste it almost in the background. This is not a chocolate beer; just a very tasty porter.

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Photo of SirSketch
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Completely black in color with a thin tan head and nice lacing.

S - Fresh ground coffee, very dark chocolate and chocolate milk shake aromas. Very vibrant aroma!

T - A boat load of roasted malt, chocolate covered espresso beans and fruity coffee taste. Fresh malt character, as if I'm chewing on a handful of barley. A bit minerally at the end.

M - Starts off thick and sweet, but astringency from the roasted grains cuts through it to create a balanced, satisfying finish.

O - I'm completely amazed with the coffee and chocolate flavors in this beer! A very well constructed beer.

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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 greenengineer
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz Bottle into my imperial pint glass
A - dark brown, thick sticky brown head, looks yeasty and sticky
S - can smell it as soon as the bottle opens, malty, slightly sour aroma
T - deep roasted malt taste, bit of hops bitterness in the aftertaste, but crisp, can taste the chocolate, but more of a pumpernickel sort of taste for me.
M - crisp, carbonation there on the tongue. Not tasting a lot of alcohol, but I guess it is ther
O - a good porter. Not one for gimmicks but the Taza Chocolate nibs give it a nice accent. I like the Slumbrew IPA better (style preference), but this is good

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Photo of WMEugene
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an almost black color with a thick, light tan head and great lacing.

S - Rich chocolate notes, slightly dark cacao. Roasted malts, faint hops, and a little cream. A little earthy oak as well.

T - Dark and slightly bitter chocolate. Creamy with a nice blend of roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, and faint hops.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation...pretty smooth, but there is some lingering bitterness from the chocolate. No noticeable taste of alcohol.

O - Porter Square Porter is an excellent chocolate porter and I'm glad I picked up a bottle of this while I was in Boston for EBF. A chocolate porter I would love to have again!

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Photo of kamoore63
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very excited to give an official review to this awesome new local brewery!

Appearance: Beautiful tan head with ruby highlights; approaching black in color with ruby highlights; a beautiful pour!

Aroma: Slightly burnt caramel with hints of chocolate and a suggestion of citrusy hops

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and surprisingly light on the palate. Goes down very smoothly!

Taste: Complex and full. A hint of bitterness balances the sweetness of the malt and particularly the addition of chocolate. The addition of cacao nibs isn’t obvious, suggesting that they’ve added just the right amount and that it is, in fact, a great additive. (Gasp! I don’t normally allow anything extra in my beer!)

Drinkability: Burp…. Bartender, could I have another?

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Photo of Gatch
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, dark brown with a light brown, fluffy, bubbly head that leaves behind a bit of lace and retention.

S: Heavily roasted malt, molasses, burnt sugar, chocolate, coffee, chicory and a bit of booze. Solid nose.

T: Great body and flavor. Huge roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, smoke, smoked meat, chicory, dark chocolate, slight alcohol. Everything a Stout should have but in a Porter, so it's impressive. Has the body of a Stout, as well. Most Porters I find to have a watery character. This beer has a backbone.

M: Smooth, slightly sweet, tons of flavor, right amount of carbonation. A bit cloying once the beer warms up a bit but that doesn't detract from it's overall deliciousness. Body is spot-on and flavor is top notch for the style.

O: A very well-crafted, flavorful and highly enjoyable American Porter. Great work Slumbrew!

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Photo of match1112
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle filled in 11-2011. pours out dark as night with some brown around the edges. an amazing khaki colored head stood two fingers high at it's peak, then slowly faded away. plenty of sticky spider web like lacing was left in it's wake. at about half a arms length away i can start to smell all the wonderful things that make a porter a porter. my tastebuds were greeted with roasted coffee, sweet caramel, bitter chocolate and dark malts. this beer flows easily across the tongue. a creamy silky smooth body lacks a little carbonation, but leaves you with a nice lingering cocoa taste.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown highlights to black in color. Pretty good tan head with moderate foamgae and lacing stickage.

Coffee, cocoa powder, and roasted bread crust and malted barley. Smells like tasty fun and rich pleasure.

Rich, yet dry earthy, chocolate flavor from start to finish. Coffee and pumpernikel bread crust roasted well, make up a bitter, but satisfying finish.

Easy to drink for the 6.5% abv. Full of flavor, just fun to drink and enjoy.

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Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here's a brewery that I was unaware of.

Pours a very dark brown with a two-finger brown head into my glass.

Certainly "Porter Squared" due to the creamy, cocoa texture in the nose.

It shows in the taste too. Cocoa, licorice and a dollop of cream. Not your usual porter.

The mouthfeel teems with a licorice aftertaste that serves to compliment the malt at hand.

I like this porter. It's one of the better examples I've had lately.

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

Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours an opaque, deep dark chocolate with a two finger of brown foamy head. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving spots of wispy lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is rich milk chocolate, nice roasted notes, a touch of caramel, and coffee.

T: Taste starts with thick rich chocolate notes at the forefront. Roasted and charred notes come in towards the middle balancing nicely with the chocolate. Some coffee flavoring comes through. Finish is more rich chocolate that is blended with a caramel toffee flavoring.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, nice thickness for a porter - a bit heavier than most porters but not too heavy. Nice creamy, silky feel with a sticky finish.

O: Goes down easily, very tasty, not too filling, mild kick, very nice representation of style. This is a great example of a porter that is highly drinkable, very affordable, and I'm looking forward to more offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of Florida9
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown in color. Appears black from a distance, but it is not. There is a slight bit of translucency around the edges. Forms a decent sized deep tan head that reduces to just a thin bit of surface coating. Very light lacing.

S: Cocoa and chocolate dominate with notes of roasted malts, vanilla, and brownie.

T: Loads of chocolate with some roasted malts and a hint of caramel. There is a light sweetness and some vanilla. Very brownie-like.

M: Full bodied and robust. Mild bitterness.

O: A very nice, easily drinkable chocolaty porter.

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Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Amesbury Alehouse

Nice creamy head, fades at med pace, light lacing, very dark brown beer hints of light ruby.

Nose roasty malts, cocoa, bakers choc, little vanilla and caramel, creamy dark malts, some coffee.

Taste starts rich and creamy, dark malts, plenty of choc, cocoa nibs, bakers choc, choc milk, some vanilla and caramel, powdered cocoa, almost oats creamy but not thick and syrupy. Hint of bitterness like light sterling hops or something. Little coffee. Finishes a bit drier, lingering coffee and choc, vanilla, dark malts but creamy and clean mostly.

Mouth is med bodied but smooth and creamy silky, decent carb.

Overall very nice, smooth and creamy, nice choc, vanilla, caramel, little roast not real bite or bitterness.

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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 codsmith
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11-2011 - purchased from Binny's Chicago - served in Tulip glass

A: Pours black with a light caramel tan head that dissipates very quickly.

S: A very nice smooth and sweet coco powder aroma mixed with some spiciness from the cacao nibs.

T: The smell and taste are very similar. It has a very unique spice & bitterness coming through.

M: A lot thinner than I was hoping for. Carbonation seems a touch off. Very smooth and easy to drink.

O: A very interesting and unique taste. It is worth a second bottle.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into an alchemist pint glass.

A - dark chocolate brown almost black body. light brown frothy head with very good retention and lacing.

S - dark chocolate and roasted coffee. with the chocolate more prevalent.

T - dark chocolate and roasted coffee again and once more chocolate is in the forefront. mild grass hop finish.

M - a little too light bodied for my tastes. medium carbonation. some good coarseness.

O - its a fine porter. keep them coming.

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Slumbrew Porter Square Porter from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
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