3 Picket Porter | Crooked Fence Brewing

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3 Picket Porter3 Picket Porter

Brewed by:
Crooked Fence Brewing
Idaho, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 03-05-2012

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 47
Photo of Spikester
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Absolutely black color with one finger of tan five minute head. Some rings of lace.
Smell is coffee smoke a touch of molasses.
Taste is bitter coffee some smoke a touch of molasses and a strong bitterness from the hops.
Mouthfeel is medium with proper carbonation. The finish is boldly bitter and medium dry.
Overall a different take on the style. The sweetness I normally expect from this style is beat down by the char and bitter aspect. If you love the bitter end of the spectrum give this try.

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Photo of stevoj
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Boise Fry Co. Dark with medium beige head, lots of roast grains and espresso bitterness. Smooth with a little bitterness on the backside. One of my early introductions to Boise brewing.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown color with a one finger head of cream colored foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is very roasty with a moderate showing of a coffee smell mixed within. Along with these smells comes some notes of crème and a bit of smoke.

Taste – The taste begins as the nose would have let on, with a drier roasty taste. As the taste advances from the start some light grainy and yeasty tastes work their way onto the tongue. All the while a hint of caramel and some smoke and char work their way onto the tongue as well. There is a coffee flavor which starts to develop after the initial tastes, with this flavor soon fading later on more toward the end. With more smoke and a loss of the caramel, one is left with a drier and roasty taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner and more watery side with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the style it was not really all that great as it took away from the dark and smokier tastes of the brew.

Overall – Other than the feel the porter was rather nice for a dry roasty porter. And with the abv. of only 5.5 % it makes it a bit more manageable for a good autumn football brew.

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Photo of ColdBassHonkey
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%

Pours dark black with a leather head. Smooth mouth feel with roasted malt aroma. Some coffee and brown sugar tastes come through okay, but the soy sauce bitterness overtakes the porter and overdoes it IMO. Not my favorite porter out there.

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Photo of woemad
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can purchased at Pilgrim’s in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, for $1.59. No freshness date.

Poured a viscousy black color into a Jones Radiator mug. Thin tan head. Spotty lace.

Bitter, dark, roasted malt aroma dominates the scent profile of this beer, with some brown sugar and soy sauce notes.

Coffee and soy sauce bitterness vie with brown sugary sweetness, with the bitterness winning out. The soy sauce could be dialed down a little in my opinion.

Velvety-smooth mouthfeel to this. Carbonation seems a little low.

A decent porter, nothing great. I wouldn’t refuse one, but there’s better porters to be found in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: Whole Foods in Boise, Idaho
Price: $8.99 for a mix and match variety 6-pack
Purchased: Dec. 19, 2013
Consumed: Dec. 28, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured an almost pitch black color with 3-to-4 fingers of tan head. Random spots of below average lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention.

Smelled dark chocolate, cocoa, faint coffee, fudge and chocolate milk. That’s about it.

Tasted like a darker, earthier version of the smell. Got cocoa, chocolate, dark fudge, chocolate milk and just a smidge of coffee notes.

Medium body. Creamy-to-oily texture. Soft carbonation. Long, smooth finish.

A decent porter. It had some moments. I’d try it again.

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Photo of Dope
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown pour with a big fluffy light brown head. Moderate lacing but decent head retention.

S: Good chocolate along with mild dark fruits. Creamy and sweet. Hint of burnt toast.

T: Some bitter smoke and char, mixed with sweet chocolate. Nice combination. As the sweetness fades it turns much bitter and acrid with the smoke/char combination as they stand alone.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Nice, especially for 5.5%.

O: Overall, not a bad porter. Fairly smoky but mostly covered up. Nice chocolate flavor, especially initially. Best part is easily the mouthfeel, very smooth and it goes down so easily.

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Photo of isualum12
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at alefort on tap. same notes:

Smell is good. Not overly strong but there is some coffee coming through on a low level. Look dark as in black. A little head that ends up ringing the tumbler glass I am drinking out of. I expected more head. Ok considerable more head wanted. Taste is light on the coffee with earth tones showing throug on the nose. . Maybe a little coriander on the tail end Feel. Co2 yeah. Alot of it. This effected the taste and lead to a stomach ache after five drinks. The feel is killing this beer for me. Overall. Not in my top 10 porters but will stay on my drink list since it is a decent porter and local

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from Boise's newest bottling brewery, poured into a CBS snifter.

A: Dark and nearly opaque, really don't get a ton of light through this one but there is ruby red highlights...minimal head from an aggressive pour, though carbonation seems good.

S: Malt, subtle roastiness, nutty earthy notes, light fruit notes from a yeast ester I'm guessing, hints of chocolate and hops.

T: A bit more roasty here, definite coffee presence...creamy malty notes, chocolate, molasses, lightly roasted nuts, fruity notes again.

MF: Creamy body, medium feel, pretty drinkable, with a dry finish.

O: A really decent porter, above average for sure, and pretty drinkable. Crooked Fence is starting out on the right foot it would seem.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up today at the COOP ... Don't remember the price, but it wasn't too expensive for a 22. Poured into my small CC goblet.

Short lasting dark tan head leaves little in the way of a cap, but somehow decent lacing shows for the entire glass. The brew isn't exactly black... instead a deeeep dark brown that only shows its clarity when held to a light.

Nose is pretty good.... a nice mix of chocolate and light toasty maltiness... whaffs of smoke show when swirled and I am concentrating. Hops are there as a backbone, but I can't really discern much more than their light presence.

Good flavor packed into a smaller ABV porter... more cocoa and black malt than the nose led me to believe... there seems to be a touch of dry dark caramel essence... pretty clean... again the hops are more of a bitter balance... not getting much in the way of real hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is bigger than a normal 5.5 ... like some oats or maybe a bit of rye was thrown into the mix. Carbonation is light but certainly within style guidelines.

I am surprised... I normally don't care for standard porters... but I liked this one quite a bit... sessionable even.


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3 Picket Porter from Crooked Fence Brewing
3.69 out of 5 based on 47 ratings.
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