Twilight Stone | Urban Family Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Urban Family Brewing Co.
Washington, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by flagmantho on 12-31-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by utopiajane:
Photo of utopiajane
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark cola color brown with almost no head in the tasting glass. Opaque. Nose is chocolate and sweet plum. A bit of roasty cola. Very smooth. Supple malt with no bitter edges to it glides over the palate. Plums are sweet and rich and lengthen the mothfeel just long enough to taste their sweetness. A bit of their tartness too or maybe that is an illusion as this finishes with a delicate hop bitter that is stronger than it seemed. Chocolate and roasty notes are soft against the sweet plum. Hops are grassy with some spice. No alcohol on the palate. As you drink a slight tingle on the tongue from the abv. I think the tartness compliments the roast perfectly and this was smooth as silk. Fruity and full. You might say that adding fruit to a beer can take away from malt complexity if the fruit is too strong. This beer seemed not to be complex because the malt and fruit are so well married and it drinks so easily. But there is breadiness to the malt as well as a graceful caramel. Nutty flavor underlies and those plums are sweet and rich. A little cola roast flavor on sweet chocolate covered plums.

I loved the name of this beer. This is one of those beers that bridges a gap between wine drinkers and beer drinkers. It's very light tickle of acidity seemed off to some, I read the reviews. But not to me. I thought the bitter chocolate sweetened by plum was heavenly. The mouthfeel was literally silk. Big points for that and the fruit made it something special. This beer would age well in a barrel and it would go where the black IPA fared to tread as far as food pairing. Excellent and drank as lightly and dryly as a saison but rich and without bubble!

This was a very unique and outstanding beer. Delicate and in perfect balance yet robust and dark.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sammy
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance started with a "brown" colored pour and ended up looking darker when held up to the light. Just a glimmer of a little white to off white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Light filmy glossing of lace appeared after dissipation.
The aroma had a nice blend of roasty to sweet to bitter porter qualities playing with a slight plum-like fruitiness and a slight milk cocoa powder. Light "cake"-like sweetness flowing in closer to the end.
The flavor was moderately sweet bringing in the roasty portion in pretty substantial and nice to not let the "plums" run away with the entire taste make up. Aftertaste leaned closer to the milk cocoa powder, plums took a backseat here.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a good sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good, somewhat low. Some acceptable stickiness came out but actually seemed to follow through nicely on my tongue. ABV felt just a touch under than what was projected but honestly, I wasn't bothered by that. Finish was super smooth and eloquent with the roastiness pulling in slightly.
Overall, "fruited" porter? Yes, it is that. But what's nice is that the "plums" seem to be just in the background and not the "noise" of this beer. Of course, I'd have this again.

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big plum, raisin, red apple, chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of coffee, nuttiness, herbal, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, plums, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big plum, raisin, red apple, chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of coffee, nuttiness, herbal, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy hop and roast bitterness on the finish. Very slight fruit tartness. Lingering notes of plum, raisin, chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, light nuttiness/coffee, herbal, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, plums, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Slight dryness from hop/roast bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.5%. Overall this is a fantastic English porter! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, plums, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mildly bitter finish. Really rich malt complexity for the ABV; with complementing plum fruit and subtle yeast character that never overwhelms the malt profile. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer on-tap in a tulip at the brewery.

Appearance: rich dark brown hue with only a little haze and a finger of tan foam. Attractive!

Smell: fruity, a little chocolatey and a little tart. Not bad.

Taste: a little tart and a tad chocolatey, but also with a yeasty character that doesn't necessarily work well here.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a moderate carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: this beer is interesting, but it's not really interesting enough to overcome its shortcomings. That said, the light tartness makes this a pretty easy-drinking porter.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OhioLimoncello
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fosters9
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Twilight Stone from Urban Family Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 9 ratings