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Courageous Conductor | Burnt Hickory Brewery

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Brewed by:
Burnt Hickory Brewery
Georgia, United States | website

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

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Photo of GameFreac
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Photo of mmcurran
3.49/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
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 Cloaked_Phantom
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tnewt
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 100200300
3/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of ThickNStout
4.39/5  rDev +6%
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 GABrew
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wcu80
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Matthew54
4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of alk3kenny
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
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 EricTeusink
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of GaBengal
2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

Photo of justinthegypo
3.26/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Hanzo
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of pgrenvicz
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Ballard7003
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Zach136
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
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 jws7968
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
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 sendbeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of BrettMRogers
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Thedrizzle
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
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 Omonigan
4.89/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Courageous Conductor from Burnt Hickory Brewery
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