Courageous Conductor | Burnt Hickory Brewery

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Burnt Hickory Brewery
Georgia, United States

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!

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 45
Photo of SuperBrewThru
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
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 -11.9%
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

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Photo of JamesBondGA
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
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 -1.9%
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 chinchill
3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
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 Jcarpx
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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- be careful haha

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.69/5  rDev -12.4%
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 ThickNStout
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Photo of Zach136
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pitch black, tan head, OK lacing.

Aroma: Medium intensity raspberry and roast with hints of vanilla.

Flavor: Big juicy raspberry, medium black coffee roast with a mild, in-check astringency.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light bodied considering it's 8% (as it should be). Flavor lasts for a bit but doesn't over linger.

Overall: FINALLY got to try this beer, and it lived up to expectations. Props to BHB!

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Photo of Brewser_Lewser
4.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at their black friday event. A red velvet cake porter. Raspberry and i think cherry with vanilla in a solid porter base. amazing beer. wish it was in bottles.

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Photo of andjriz
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Keep sipping it, and it gets better. I didn't like my first sip, I was expecting a heavier/thicker beer, but that was just an incorrect expectation.

The smell is raspberry but not too strong, maybe cherry if I really try to look for it. Lacing gone quickly. Fruity taste up front and in the back, closer to cherries toward the end, but definitely tasting raspberries throughout. The mouthfeel is very light, not what I expected for a porter. The taste is almost light/airy like red velvet cake. Was initially disappointed by how light the feel is, but I definitely am enjoying it more as I sip it and as it warms up.

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Photo of alk3kenny
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice dark color tan head lacing the glass. Smell has some tart fruit.. raspberries maybe some cherry... Taste is nice dark roasted malt some chocolate and more of the tart fruit. Flavor is definitely of raspberries. Very well blended in this to really balance the tartness, sweetness and roasted qualities. Goes down smooth would love to have this again... and again... and again...

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Photo of GameFreac
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the open house on 2/16.

The full name is Courageous Conductor Red Velvet Cake Porter. If that doesn't make you want to try this beer, I don't know what to tell you.

Appearance: Pours a black brownish with a reddish tint.

Smell: Smells mainly of raspberries, slight cherries, and slight chocolate.

Taste - Taste mirrors the nose. Very raspberry forward. The brewer said he put 40 pounds of raspberries in this beer and I believe him.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel. Not getting the 8% at all.

Overall: Honestly, I wouldn't really know this was a porter if it wasn't black or they didn't tell me. Very good fruit beer. Interesting.

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Courageous Conductor from Burnt Hickory Brewery
4.21 out of 5 based on 45 ratings.
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