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.

Added by beerdepartment on 11-23-2011

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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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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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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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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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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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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Slumbrew Porter Square Porter from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
3.95 out of 5 based on 394 ratings.
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