Slumbrew Porter Square Porter | Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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Slumbrew Porter Square PorterSlumbrew Porter Square Porter

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.

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Photo of sentomaster
1.78/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

This beer was an awful mess. I was really looking forward to this based on the reviews, but it was terrible. The nose started out ok with a good smattering of English hops, but it really didn't go anywhere from there. No roast and no chocolate. Meh, maybe it tastes better....NOPE. lots more English hops with a thin chalky body leaves a tea like medicinal taste in your mouth.

This turned out to be one of only a few beers I've had to drain pour. I tried to drink it but it just got nastier and nastier. My buddy dumped his glass too. Maybe it was a bad bottle, I can't believe so many reviews could be so far off.

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Photo of Naugros
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another beer I found on my Cape Cod vacation and perhaps my least favorite from the haul. The reason for that is that it came off as pretty thin in a lot of the reviewing points.

The nicest thing about this beer is its appearance in the glass. A rich, luscious, tan head rises to almost a full inch and, if you swirl it around a little, it will leave a coating on the sides of the glass. Unfortunately this does not translate into lacing.

Vinous booze dominate the nose with some vanilla and chocolate coming out as the beer warms up. But you have to work to get at the aroma as it's not very strong. You also need to work to drag out the flavors, as they're a bit thin. The vinousness continues on the tongue during the aftertaste, dragging some cocoa along with it. But the dominating element on the tongue is a burnt malt flavor.

The most disappointing thing I found with this beer was the thinness of the body. It bordered on watery and somehow still managed to throw some unwanted ash at you. If I were to guess, I'd say that last was residual from the cocoa.

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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 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 OtherShoe2
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with a bubbly cream colored head. Some slight retention, and some surprising lace.

Some good dark roasted malt, some charred notes and a decent coffee aroma.

Disappointed here. Nice dark roasted malt up front, which actually has a little creaminess to it. Then a true earthy bitterness follows. Some scorched coffee, a touch of dark bread, and the long earthy bitterness again. I kinda get the nibs, but in the end, I find this type of bitterness, which is rather overbearing, quite unpleasant. I poured a pint, drank about 2/3, and dumped everything in the the glass and the remainder in the bottle.

Decent mouthfeel. Right amount of carbonation.

Overall, I recognize that there are many factors that play into the quality of a beer. Taste is probably the most important. I did not like the flavors coming out of this one. Well made beer, good quality, just not for my palate.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Charles Street Liquors. I actually avoided the mead section long enough to buy some beers. :P

Served cool. Rounded pint glass pour. Cola-colored body. Wavering tan head.

Fuming, wafer-y scent. If I homebrewed, I'd probably point out the exact malt combo after the third try, smugly. Doesn't smell too much like cocoa. More like coffee & carob. And... prunes? The alcohol pokes through too.

Crispy carbonation & a soily feel are the first things I notice. Bittersweet & chalky chocolate. Fruity charred roast.

More like I sweet stout imo. I think this would of been extra tasty with some lactose. Someone Tweet that to them. My Jitterbug phone can't get online.

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Photo of da_beers
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A friend hooked me up with this - Served out of a bomber.

A - Thin black, with creamy tan head of 1.5 fingers. Good lacing, a little watery looking.

S - Espresso, not very complex to me. Some sweet malts with a slight bite.

T - The espresso is dominant. Hints of dark chocolate, has a nice little bite and slightly warming.

M - Medium bodied. Nice and smooth across palate with a good strong finish.

O - Decent porter, had a good level of drinkability to it. Nothing to write home about IMO.

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Photo of KarlosT
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this from a tap at the Amesbury Brewfest on Sept 2012

Dark translucent color

Smells of dark chocalate and coffee

Very nice drinkable beer. For me, not best in class in regards to Porters. A little 1 dimensional in taste, with a slightly sharp mouthfeel.

Personally, I prefer slumbrew's IPA

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at a tasting at MrHirschybar's place.

Pours a semi-opaque dark brown with a tan head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, peanuts, and some fruity aromas. Taste is the same. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good porter but the peanut and fruit aromas are a bit off putting in my opinion.

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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 jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Light cocoa nose and flavor is baked-bitter chocolate. Bottled Jan 2012, $6.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of acevenom
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1/2012.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours dark brown, almost black, whith a three-finger length tan head. Plenty of lacing is left on the side of the glass during consumption. There are aromas of dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and some alcohol. The chocolate aroma is strong. The chocolate is pretty strong in the flavor like it is in the aroma. I get some of those dark roasted malts and coffee. I do taste some of the alcohol. There's a nutty quality to the taste as well. The body is medium and is on the lower end of carbonation, so it feels a lot fuller than a porter usually does. The finish is clean, so it is easy to drink. This is a good beer.

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Photo of pfrdaly
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- very dark. almost black. good amount of head. 1/2 inch.

S- chocolately. sweet. kinda like mexican chocolate. a little spicy.

T-very sweet. very chocolately. dark chocolate to be precise. aftertaste is somewhat like bakers chocolate. spice is like a nutmeg, perhaps.

m- thick, but not in an entirely bad way. doesnt finish very well however. too viscous.

o- its a good porter. flavors are good overall. biggest problem was the aftertaste it left.

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

650ml bottle shared by johnsense from RB, bottled January 2012.

Black with a creamy brown head. A bit of lace and solid retention. Nose is really roasty, dark malts that are almost burnt, some coal/tar also. Really roasty in flavour too, dark bread, bitter dark chocoalte and more coal/tar notes. A bit of caramel and perhaps even a bit of dark fruit. Medium mouthfeel, roasty wayyy into the finish with smooth texture. Kinda reminds me of a dandruff hair product I used to use (odd I know, but it contained coal tar in it) - a fairly good, albeit roasty porter.

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

Poured into a DFH pint glass black with a thick mocha head that deflates to a ring leaving nice lacing on the glass.

Big milk chocolate nose.

A sip is medium/thinly bodied with light carbonation at the end. The taste is right in line with the nose; chocolate and some light roast, a mild bitterness on the finish. Quite drinkable - the sweetness from the chocolate is very, very present. If you're in the mood for a chocolate porter, this is a good jam - it's like a cold hot chocolate. But in terms of the style, it's just a bit too sweet for me. Still, nice execution by this new brewery!

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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 Phelps
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a schooner pint.

Deep burnt brown, opaque in the middle but clear and coppery at the edges. A nice, two-finger head is dense, frothy and the color of ground ginger. The bubbles descend very slowly, decorating the sides of the glass with circular arches.

Wort-packed nose. Sweet and grainy like boiling malt, with touches of earthy yeast, sourdough and milk chocolate.

Lightly roasted coffee beans, fairly big earthy hop note. Lightly toasted sourdough. Smooth, burnt roast rolls in slowly after the swallow.

Smooth body, a shade under medium light. Clean and light on the palate. Very gentle carbonation. No alcohol.

Porter Square Porter is redundant in both name and flavor. It was tasty, but boring after about half the bottle.

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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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Slumbrew Porter Square Porter from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
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