Leaning Chimney Porter | Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
Rhode Island, United States
greysailbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our winter seasonal is brewed in the robust porter style using peat-smoked malt. The addition of American hops create a piney-resin flavor with a smooth finish. Copious amounts of black malt lend to a khaki-colored head and dark chocolate backbone.

Added by TheManiacalOne on 12-18-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
166
Reviews:
43
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
10.11%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
26
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a dark brown color with a light off white foamy head that holds it’s own as it dissipated. Light messy foamy lace. The aroma started with a dried grassy hoppiness. Then some peat and subtle smoke. Robust dark malts. The flavor leans towards the smoke with an ample amount of blended peat to grassiness really gripping my taste buds in a ruggedly dry fashion. Some slight meatiness comes in as it warms. Ends up pushing into the aftertaste and on into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sipping quality about it. Low carbonation. ABV felt appropriate. Overall, took a little bit but the sweet to smokey flavor only came out as it warmed. Maybe again.

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Photo of Premo88
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into "stout glass" -- vertical tulip

L: classic black-and-tan stout look after a strong pour with the black liquid topped by a 3/4-inch head of beige foam; the brew shows a clear dark brown-amber as it pours out of the can, though light won't pass through it once it's in the glass ... it just shows dark amber highlights around the edges with burnt orange and purple dancing together; sticks a little; keeps a thick collar of beige foam and most of a skin

S: dusty prunes, roasted peat, toasted oak; milk chocolate sweet at times; toasted cherry kolache; a hint of grain; wood aromas are clean ... almost "green" wood and definitely not burnt wood

T: peaty chocolate with a toasted wood finish; coffee ... or a shot of bitter espresso mixing with some chocolate; settles into an earthy, almost medicinal, woody porter taste with hints of dark chocolate and some pepper spice sprinkled in

F: fantastic ... not overly thick, very easy to handle, good carbonation, just enough heft to push into middleweight range

O: the smoked malt notes are relatively subdued, allowing the good chocolatey porter notes to play in and around the burnt wood/peat flavors; overall a superb beer, not overly peaty, arguably a bit simple but very tasty; the sweet range of notes in the nose are a highlight

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Photo of drbenderdo
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AnyaS
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bitterbill
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

No dating on the can.

A: It's black, a finger of off white foam, much better than average lacing.

S: Light smoke, roasted malt, chocolate, a lactose smell.

T: Smoke roasted malt, chocolate, lactose, on the mild side.

M: Low side of medium bodied.

O: I reckon that this would be a good introductory beer of the smoked kind. Real fanciers of the style could possibly find it lacking. Me? I enjoyed it.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger ing dense light beige head that took a very long time to die down but consistently left a short head covering the surface and a thick coating of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of peat-smoked malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of smoked malts with associated notes of iodine.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This porter is rather smoky and in some aspects could be considered to be a raunchier.

Serving type: can

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Photo of GregSemenza
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jjmj51
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigSmooth12
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GarbageMan10
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of h4ger
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AirBob
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of I3eer
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smithj4
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DudMan
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EFMarkley
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bdiiorio
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from Drum Hill Liquors
Dark brown/Black in color with a huge frothy creamy tan head that persists forever. Earthy spicy hops with a hint of smokiness on the nose. Light chocolate and roast as well. Earthy spicy hops with some light bacon campfire flavor. Moderate chocolatey roast that lingers in the finish. Decent beer, seems a bit like a black IPA with some smoke.

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Photo of CTaleMan
4.34/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Blaze5445
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AGust82
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lic217
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Almost completely black, nice tan head with lacing
Smell: chocolate and roasted malt
Taste: Roasted malts, coffee, smoke, wood, dry
Feel: smooth and thin, light carbonation
Overall: A delicious brew

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Photo of bluehende
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Traded for this a while back while line at a release over at Other Half. Never heard of Grey Sail before and thought that Leaning Chimney was the name of the place. Yes, I make mistakes but thankfully, obtaining this wasn't one of them as this was quite smooth and easygoing for a beer of this style, as the smoked flavors weren't too strong and neither was the alcoholic content.

Nice pour to this as the beer had a look of coffee with a voluminous, salmon head that was a nice offset to the darker liquid below. Lots of bubbles to be seen and a good amount of clingy, soapy lacing was left behind as I worked my way through this. Not a strong aroma to this but the roasted notes were there along with some root beer, roasted barley, and chocolate. The taste was weaker than I would have liked as the mouthfeel was thin and roasted notes were on the same page as the nuttiness that emerged as this beer warmed up. Only a trace of earthy hops could be felt in the back as this slid down - Porters should be more ashen, thick, and hearty but this one almost felt like a Nut Brown Ale when it came down to the taste, mouthfeel, and strength of the liquid.

While not a session beer, it would have been easy to crack another one of these open after I finished this off. A slight disappointment, I did enjoy this because of how smooth it was and the accessibility of it. Those looking for a true American Porter will find that this trends along the lines of a Session Porter. Worth a go once and multiple times if you don't mind the overall thinness of it.

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Leaning Chimney Porter from Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
3.76 out of 5 based on 166 ratings.
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