Scout Porter | Dragoon Brewing Co.

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Scout PorterScout Porter

Brewed by:
Dragoon Brewing Co.
Arizona, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by bennetj17 on 01-04-2013

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 27
Photo of beergoot
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A gift from a neighbor. The crowler fill date was 3/5 (about a month away) plus the ABV was listed as 6.2%.

Deep, dark brown color (almost black); very thick, sticky, lasting head. Smokey, roasted grain aroma. Sweet malt flavor; charred grain and chocolate taste; strong hop bitterness. Heavy body; mostly sweet finish.

A very tasty, satisfying porter complete with a rich, luscious, silky quality. Sweet dark grains and a slightly smokey quality make for an intense yet very satisfying drinking experience.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour from a crowler filled two days prior. Nice, cappuccino-foam head—very fresh in appearance— with very good retention and excellent lacing. Charred wood, charcoal, campfire wisps, and touches of burnt sugar float above the pour, enticing the drinker into this beautiful cacophony. And, indeed, many tasty elements seem at odds and yet some resolve: a clean, oaky charcoal; white-pine wood-chip elements; dry, candied coffee-bean textures; subtle creaminess, almost like a buttery steamed milk; dark, grassy, cocoa-nib bitters, evoking ideas of hops and chocolate birthing issue. And all the while there's a pervading and presiding smoothness, allowing this beer to stay true—in terms of mouthfeel—to its porter mandate whilst nonetheless bursting with fighting-twin sensibilities of airy smoke and chthonic depth. And it's one of the most sessionable smoke-beers I've had, moreover—with smoothness, light-leaning mouthfeel, and sessionability, to me, being defining traits if one wants to rightly call one's beer a porter.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap in early March and revisited via growler a week later.

A- Pitch black, viscous, khaki-colored head

S- Lactose, cocoa, vanilla, sweet malt, some smoke

T- Smoky, hints of smoked ham, dark roasted malt, sweet coffee, a hint of hops, milk chocolate

M- Sweet, bitter hint of hops, creamy and a dry finish

O- Great feeling beer... So smooth and creamy with a bitter, dry character... I am a fan.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cola like color with a big rocky tan head that leaves big chunks of lacing.

Smells of brown sugar and cocoa with light smoke notes.

Tastes of the cocoa notes with smoke overtones that blend well together. Cocoa and brown sugar leads off with some toasted bread notes. A bit of molasses comes through and adds to some of the roasted sugar feel. Smokiness comes through and adds a savory element that compliments the cocoa notes. Finishes fairly dry with a little earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is quite tasty and I am glad I got this. I just wish I had a chance to get up to Dragoon more often.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at 1702 in Tucson. Pours a deep black with tan head. Nice slightly woody smoked roasted malt aroma. Taste is subtle smoke roasted malt...very smooth and then a lagging sweet fruity flavor. Nice.
Nice brew. All dragoon brews seem to be worth every dime!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A vigorous pour into my New Belgium Globe glass produces a fat-two-finger thick, nicely brown tinged, dark tan colored head; this leaves some light lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is an opaque, concentrated brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, concentrated ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a spicy, smoky character to it that is quite distinct. Underneath this is a toasted, whole grain brown bread, cocoa, and burnt cracker like malt character. The brown malt / toasted grain character in the aroma is actually quite prominent. Somewhat burnt, roasted notes are noticeable after a bit.

This has a nice, cocoa like, lightly sweet, rich dark malt character to it up front, as well as an up front, palate clinging rich body. Towards the end though the beer dries out considerably with burnt / roasted malt notes, a thinner palate presence and a lingering sharp smokiness that lingers on the palate with a bitter roast character. The smoke both contributes to the savory richness up front and the sharp, drying finish. As the beer warms up it gets richer and tends to thin out less in the finish. The smoke character mixes with cocoa notes, and a rich brown bread character that makes this beer quite toothsomely opulent.

Mesquite can be a harsh smoke quite easily, this beer luckily has enough malt richness to stand up to the mesquite smoke; there is a touch of burnt plastic like character to this in the finish, but only a hint and the smokiness manages to stay amazingly smooth. This is actually better than the cask version with Cacao Nibs and Chipotles as that one plays up the sharp notes in the Mesquite smoke and can get a little sharp. The savory, richly toasted, brown bread chewy character, smooth smokiness, is what makes this beer. Surprisingly good, I wasn’t expecting the mesquite smoke to work nearly as well as it has here.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black color with dark amber hues. You can barely see through it when held up to the light, and the beer appears to have some nice clarity. The foam is quite thick and brown, holding well, and leaving a spotty lace. Strong roastiness in the nose, the smoke is very subtle but adds some depth. Moderate hop balance.

Roasted, bitter chocolate flavors, not very sweet. Light peppery notes with a hefty bitter finish. The smoke is also very mellow in the taste, while the hop bitterness is quite forward with an herbal presence as well. Lightly chewy feel without being too heavy, the carbonation is spot on for style. Seems like an easy drinking porter as the alcohol is not very discernable.

Overall a solid Porter, with a little more character than your average craft selection. I prefer less sweet and more bitterness in this style, and this brew achieves that nicely. I could drink a few of these in a sitting and I think that I will. Recommended.

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Scout Porter from Dragoon Brewing Co.
4.13 out of 5 based on 27 ratings.
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