Zebulon's Peated Porter | Phantom Canyon Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Phantom Canyon Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 45
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

easily the best beer I had on my visit to phantom canyon. the pour from the cask is just sensational, with a matted black luster and a short but persistent chocolate brown head. the nose is definitely smoky, peaty like a good scotch, and refined in its roasted malt character. the taste is much more tame on the peat, and this is not a smoked beer per se. those elements take a back seat to dark roasted English barley malt, and bitter dark chocolate notes, as well as a pleasant ale yeast imparting some bready depth. feel is soft as a pillow from the ask, and the cellar temperature allows the flavors to fully develop right from the first sip. this is an expertly made beer, far better than anything I expected to encounter at phantom canyon. I wish I could say the same for their hefeweizen... this however, was a splendid twist on a porter, and a beer I would drive back to the springs to drink again.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

ON tap at the brewpub. Pours dark brown with a creamy, long lasting, off-white head. Aroma is of toasted malt dark fruit, coffee, vanilla and dark chocolate. Body is full and creamy, no carbonation. Taste is toasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, dark fruit. Long bitter finish. Good porter, but I don’t like it flat.

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Photo of stampfler07
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Thick, very dark black with a finger of creamyy brown head, impressive

S- Slight bit of smokiness, light cocoa notes, sweetness

T- Slight roasted bitterness throughout, slightly sweet, light smokiness

M- Moderate body, cask smoothness is very enjoyable

O- I thought there was a good amount of complexity between the smokiness and roast to keep the brew interesting throughout, being served from a cask really helps the flavors come out and gives a great mouthfeel. I'll definitely ask for this again.

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Photo of beergoot
4.53/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Jet black body and thick, creamy off-white head. Carbonation appears to fall downward from the head while the beer settles after being poured.

Smell: Dark, roasted malts; coffee, nutty.

Taste: Gently bitter dark grains with touches of coffee and bitter chocolate. Nice smooth bitterness permeates it all, nicely balancing the malt flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, very gentle on the tongue.

Overall: An outstanding hand-drawn cask ale. This has been around for a long time, and is something to look for if you are looking for a classic, English-styled porter.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured a dark walnut brown, with a thin tan head. Roasted malts in the aroma, coffee notes, and just a bit medicinal. Dark malts in the taste as well, coffee and cocoa, with a little peat in the background, almost unnoticeable (were it not for the name I probably wouldn't have known). A bit watery for the style, but not bad. Medium body, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew looked better than it tasted. It's dark brown with some ruby edges. The aroma was very feinght of some random malt. The taste was kinda hard to pick out, like some mocha and smoke was mixed together. It's smooth but seems watery for the style. Not overly impressed.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on cask at the brewery in Colorado Springs early last week. Poured a very dark brown, nearly black color, with a minimal collection of brown bubbles on top. Very phenolic, aromas of smoke and roasted malt. Medium bodied, with flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate and smoke.

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Photo of philbertk
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Zebulon's Peated Porter--3 oz. Taste at Brewpub 11/24/2010. 7.3 - 7.5% ABV. 35? IBU's. according to bartender. Opaque dark black color. Lacy rich tan head. Smoky peaty rich roasted coffee hint front. Sweet thick black cherry fruity dark toffee malty roasted rich Porter / Stout body. Lingering roasted fruit mild hop end. Rich smooth fruity sipping Porter. (3.5 / 5.0)

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Photo of ffejherb
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Phantom Canyon brewpub on 8/13/10.

A - Emerged from the hand pull as a dark walnut brown liquid with a creamy beige head that receded to a thin, wispy veil but wove a tapestry of spotted, doily-like lacing all over the glass.

S - Hint of chocolate and roasted malt, the latter of which imparts a subtle coffee presence. Digging deeper, faint smoked peat provides a tinge of earthy, woody character. Reminds me of being in the forest. Think moss, tree bark, dried leaves, etc. but in a pleasant way.

T - Flavorful combination of chocolate and roasted malt with undertones of coffee and smokey peat, though very subtle. All of the components work nicely together. Some nutty astringency appears in the backend, followed by a light to medium hop bitterness that combines earthy and woody hop notes, but again, very subtle and understated. Finishes with a touch of chocolate sweetness.

M - Medium bodied although a tad thin and watery with a soft mouthfeel. Mild smoked character with a hint of astringency and light hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Zebulon is a tasty cask porter with just a hint of smokey character. All around good stuff overall.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown and opaque, it pours with a substantial and dense off-white colored head. Coffee, caramel, and a slightly smokiness are present in the aroma. A bit thin up front. The smokiness is subtle and pleasent. Well toasted carmel appears in the middle. Nondiscript finish.

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Photo of Grabbin2nd
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Notes: 9/9/09
Phantom Canyon Brewing Co.
Zebulon Peated Porter
Abv. ?
On-tap into Pint glass

Appearance= 1 Finger tan head. Black opaque body.

Smell= Peat is evident. Everything else is muted. Not much going on

Taste= Goodish. Average porter. Flavors are muddled together.

Mouthfeel= Porter like thin mouthfeel.

Drinkability= Very average. Would not order again.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very deep brown with a nice billowing dirty white head. Nose was a smokiness not from the peat and roasted malt? Taste followed..big peat and smoky, roasted malt lightly and some light cocoa as well. The mouthfeel was pretty good and tasty, I detected perhaps some smoked meat on the end of this.

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Photo of rye726
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown with a creamy tan head. Nose has smokey malts, ripe fruits, coffee and chocolate. Didn't pick up much of the peat in the flavor. Still a tasty beer though. Nice balance of roasted, bitter and sweet flavors. Medium body drinks well.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - There are unmistakable aromas of roasted malt with a little smokiness to it.

Appearance - Dark , with a nice cream head and maybe the most lacing I've seen out of a beer in a long time.

Taste - Not a very flavorful porter. There are flavors in line with the aroma but they're not very dominate. A little bit of a let down in taste.

Notes - The mouthfeel of this beer was good and for drinkability it served me well as my beer of choice last night. It also went well with the pot roast.

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Photo of SaltyLime
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Nice dark black beer with a light colored tan head, lacing was more like soap residue than sip markers, inch or so of head died slowly

Smell - clean hop aroma, served a bit too cold to get any smoke or malty smell at first, even after awhile, it was still difficult to whiff

Taste - a bit of smoke, little malt character, chosen hops seemed to throw off the taste/balance

Mouthfeel - nice, creamy head, smooth with just the right carbonation

Drinkability - this is my first time drinking this as the first beer of the day, didn't seem to grab me as well as it did before...hops just didn't seem in balance and made me crave another type of beer which is unusual since porters are my thing

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Photo of russpowell
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a turbid mahogany with 2 fingers of tan head tightly clinging to the top of the glass. Beer cleared about halfway through. Great lacing & good head retention

S: Some chocolate & bit of brown sugar & smokeyness as this warms

T: Chocolate, roasted grains, & a bit of coffee up front. Stays near the same as it warms. Finishes with a bit of toasted grainyness & sweet chocolate tinged with a bit of smokeyness

MF: Smooth with low carbonation

Pretty quaffable on cask, what a surprise?? Not the best porter I've had, but pretty solid. The cask beer here is the way to go IMO

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Photo of walleye
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

had in july while in the springs for my son bieristguts wedding on 7/2.from the tap. poured a nice dark reddish brown, with a small light tan head with a small amount of lacing. aroma malt, coffee, caramel. flavor malts, smoke, caramel, cola, and a touch of alcohol, which was a 1st from all the beers I tried. this could have been a better beer if it was little bit more robust in the flavor

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich, malty scent that boasts of patent, roasted, and peated malts. It has a slight smokey aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a dry, earthy black and roasted malt flavor with a bit of peated malts for a slight smokey character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good porter. The smokey character is mild and quite drinkable.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at the brewpub 10/3/04.

This Porter poured a very dark, red-brown chestnut color (almost opaque) with creamy, tan foam that clung to and coated the glass. The smell was mild: malt with a hint of caramel. The taste was lightly malty with a touch of mild caramel and only a hint of smoke. The mouthfeel was smooth and relatively clean with medium body and low carbonation feel. It was dry overall and a touch of hoppiness in the finish. This was a pretty good porter.

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Photo of Hagbard
3.14/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Interestingly enough, the 2 beers I selected to taste during my trip to Phantom Canyon were the 2 beers they had on cask. This looked very similar to Guiness as it was being poured. A creamy 2 finger head forms, off white in color. The color fo the beer is dark brown and looks cloudy, almost like swamp water (which is cool). I'm having trouble detecting much of an aroma, a little bit of smoked malt, maybe. The taste is also very subtle. A bit of malt provides the base. Tastes like a very mild porter at the onset. As it sits, a hint of smokiness makes its way into the background for a nice effect. Still though, the taste may be too subtle as my tongue searches for more. The mouthfeel is very creamy with little carbonation. Drinkability is high because there's nothing outwardly bad about the beer and the ABV is low. Not a bad beer but no ambitious enough.

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Photo of palliko
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A deep brown stout color, a small creamy head visited briefly, followed by a smoky porter aroma - but the taste! Let me see, what IS the adjective I am searching for - oh, yes, SOUR. This, the Scottish Ale and the Stout offerings are all suffering from a lack of smooth mellow flavor. Phantom Canyon has made a Porter that is not very good - the friends I shared the pitcher with were very underwhelmed. If there is a 'touch of earthen peat' it is subsumed in sour mash. Try Bridgeport or Ruby Port.

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Photo of RBorsato
5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This review is for the bottled version made for one of the Michael Jackson Beer Clubs...contract brewed at Riverside Brewing Co. in Riverside CA.

Tawny brown (amber to light) with a nice light brown head. Good carbonation and lace. Light smoky, chocolate, and roast coffee aromas. Light smoky taste but dominated by a dry roasty flavor and finish. Medium bodied, smooth, and creamy.

A perfect beer - this one blew Stone Smoked Porter away !!

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Zebulon's Peated Porter from Phantom Canyon Brewing Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 45 ratings.
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