Slumbrew Porter Square Porter | Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

Slumbrew Porter Square PorterSlumbrew Porter Square Porter
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Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 397 |  Reviews: 93
Photo of kaelingirl
5/5  rDev +26.6%

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 waiting4lunch
5/5  rDev +26.6%

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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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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 WreckingBrew
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of jarrgal
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of GarageRock
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DelicateDelirium
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of TTTBeer
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Severymusic
4.74/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this after a long day of tasting at other breweries in and around Boston, so my rating might not be entirely accurate.

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Photo of NickyB617
4.71/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of WhitmansNiece
4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jtbone
4.66/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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 Bigluv
4.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 barryfootball70
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Slumbrew Porter Square Porter from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
Beer rating: 78.3% out of 100 with 397 ratings
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