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Courageous Conductor | Burnt Hickory Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Burnt Hickory Brewery
Georgia, United States
burnthickorybrewery.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The General , steam engine extraordinaire, was hi jacked by Union spies. It took itʼs conductor William Fuller to chase them down and bring the train home. Our tribute to his bravery and balls, is a “courageous” take on the fruit porter. Raspberry. Cherry. Vanilla. This chocolate hero will chase you down too!

Added by GameFreac on 02-20-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,601
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
51
pDev:
15.17%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
11
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of MTKATL
3.27/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nmann08
2.99/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of iCabaLLero
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeccaH
3.34/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I had high hopes for this beer because I love red velvet cake. Unfortunately this tasted nothing like it. The beer poured a nice chocolate color with a good head but an odd amount of sediment for a porter. The taste was almost sour with very little chocolate notes. Overall, disappointing.

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Photo of Dactrius
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of T_Hass
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ColSanders123
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mscudder
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SuperBrewThru
4.88/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Red Velvet cake porter? cherrys are all i get and alot of them. some vanilla and a good amt of roasted porter taste. bombers are coming to market? please!

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

No label information. Courageous Conductor is brewed in the style of an American Porter, available in 12 oz. bottled 4 packs and on seasonal draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, frothy head of a pale brown color over a very dark brown, near black body. Retention is average and lacing is light and patchy. 3.5

(Smell) Caramel malts, cocoa powder, rich residual sweetness. Fairly on-the-mark for a chocolate or red velvet cake, with an airy lightness to it. Some fruit, notably raspberry creates a mild acidity and tartness for an unusual spin on this ale. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Similar flavor to the aroma, with rich chocolate and cocoa tones, undertones of caramel malt with a light, slightly tangy fruited finish of raspberry. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, softly creamy, clean, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to lightly bitter malt and tangy, lightly acidic finish. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) A fairly enjoyable and well-balanced porter, although one might question how a "red velvet" porter may work out, and aside from the slightly rosy, fruited tangy finish, the majority of this beer is based around chocolate and caramel malts with an evident lightness and high drinkability. Regardless of its intentions, it's a respectable beer and a nice experiment by a very good brewery. 3.75

Burnt Hickory Brewery's
Courageous Conductor? A Red Velvet Cake Porter
/5.00

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Photo of GABrew
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamesBondGA
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color with a thin tan head, some lacing. Has sweet smells of chocolate and raspberry. When tasting the first thing that hits you is the strong raspberry flavor, damn that is good. Then coming thru is the malts and coffee. even my wife likes this and she dislikes my beers. LOL

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Photo of jws7968
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another solid offering from a great brewery. Pours dark with a light brownish head. Beer has a fantastic aroma of raspberry and chocolate which comes through in the taste. Very smooth feel from a great porter.

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Photo of msumike89
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmcurran
3.49/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

Essentially black and opaque body, topped by a large, durable, light brown head. Some lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma: sweet, artificially flavored cake with raspberry most dominant.

Flavor: better than the aroma suggests, but still too much artificial (or seemingly so) flavor, mainly from raspberry. The overall flavor improved with warming, with the raspberry becoming more natural. Hints of vanilla and cherry with a faint dark bread. Too sweet and too much adjunct flavor, overpowering the dark roasted grain base.

Excellent mouthfeel with lively, but soft, carbonation.

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Photo of mecmd
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jcarpx
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Mm good. Good beer. Probably tastes better now that I don't have to drink out of an 8oz Batman glass. Thank you city growler for the complimentary glass.

Very good porter, pitch black in apperance. Smell is pleasant, but standard. Light roasted coffee, and a pungent almost-fruity scent lingers. Taste is where this beer shines....complicated. It's like a really nice iced coffee, but the other flavors come through in waves. Once it warms up, you get a bunch of vanilla undertones but there is also alot of cherry/raspberry going on in the background. Its very complicated, but in my opinion in an extremely well done example of the style. Mouthfeel is GREAT. Very light, creamy, but not overly sweet. Just awesome.

I would highly recommend this beer to anyone who is a fan of Porters/"light" Coffee stouts. This is a brilliant example of the style, and very easy to drink.

Oh yeah, it's also 8% ABV and -extremely- drinkable....so be careful haha

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Photo of justinthegypo
3.26/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Black, opaque, very thin khaki head, decent lacing from such a thin head

S: Chocolate, coffee, alcohol

T: I get the chocolate, then some of the cherry or raspberry that they mention. Tart finish, with no hop bitterness.

M: Carbonation is very light, velvety.

O: Tried this from the growler shop in town and Im wondering if the lack of carbonation is from an older keg or if I let it set a day or so too long in the fridge. Great tasting porter though, will definitely go for again in the future.

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Photo of tard24
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GeorgiaBeerMoose
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tnewt
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ThickNStout
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 9.99/ 4 pack. Bottled 1/15/16. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours dark brown, like black tea, with a quarter finger cap of tan froth. The head gradually subsides, leaving a surface haze and thin halo that only imparts a couple small islands of lace.

Aromas of roasty malt, cocoa, cake and some vague, sweet frosting. Not overly complex but its nice.


Tastes of soft chocolate cake, roasty dark malt, caramel, cherries and some faint vanilla. Almost no discernible alcohol. The elements of both a roasty porter and sweet cake are well balanced here.

Creamy, medium full feel with silky carbonation. Vanilla comes on much stronger in the finish along with chocolate cake and (in just the right way) creamy butter.

Courageous Conductor is another delicious offering from my favorite local brewery. Burnt Hickory put an interesting and unique spin on a great base porter. If you have the chance this one is worth a go.

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Courageous Conductor from Burnt Hickory Brewery
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 51 ratings
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