Ost Porter | Rogness Brewing Company

very good
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Ost PorterOst Porter

Brewed by:
Rogness Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stumac on 10-17-2012

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 68
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3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #72 (Jan 2013):

Without a doubt more of a robust than a brown Porter, so much depth for our taste buds to deal with. A lot more complex than expected and they nailed it right with the amount of roastiness to keep it balanced. Good enough to hunt down if robust style Porters are your thing.

STYLE: English Porter
ABV: 5.7%

LOOK: Complete darkness, massive light brown head

SMELL: Dark chocolate, smidge of burnt grain, mild molasses, cooked raisins, yeast, dark bread

TASTE: Creamy, dense roastiness, malty, charcoal, baker’s dark chocolate, hint of espresso, burnt sugar, herbal hops, earthy, touch of yeast, semi-dry roasted finish

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Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep mahogany brown body is crowned by a dark tan head, which is coarse, but retains quite well. Thick, fine-beaded lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Cold coffee and bitter cocoa dominate the aroma. Bitter chocolate, roasted barley, and molasses are present as well.

Taste: Opens with cold coffee and roasted barley. As the taste progresses, subtle notes of bitter cocoa and vanilla appear. Later in the taste, there are wood notes, perhaps French Oak. Dark caramel is present as well. Late in the taste, there is a lingering note of black licorice.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very well-crafted example, classic in its style, excellent.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of jeranbrews
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

A - head poured a glorious creamy red mocha brown. Body is dark let's almost no light through. Lacing is strong 4.5

S - slight ABV notes with powerful sweet roasted molasses . simple but delicious 4

T - tangy sour hop aftertaste with leathery roasted initial tastes. Like a humidor inside a bakery 4.25

M - a touch too effervescent but quite creamy. No ABV sting 3.75

O - nice. Better than other rogness offerings. A simple but very strong porter. 4

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good one here, first time trying this Texas brewery.

Appearance pretty standard porter. Black and opaque with a fairly typical head and lace.

Aroma is roasty, a little astringent, with a touch of dark caramel malt, and some standard coffee, chocolate, roasty, and burnt notes. Flavor follows.

The astringent qualities make it seem like higher ABV than it is. Could maybe use a little tweaking, but don't get me wrong, it's tasty beer. I will have to try another from this brewery next time I'm at that store.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

651ml brown glass bottle with standard unbranded pry-off pressure cap and typicla Rogness label art acquired at me local HEB Grocery and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I'm in the mood for a good porter. No ABV is listed on the label. Reviewed as a Porter because it clearly identifies as such on the label/in the name (though it doesn't specify whether it's English or American style).

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head of nice khaki-tan colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Decent frothiness. Has a soft shiny complexion. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is average - about 2 minutes (not horribly impressive for a purported 5.7% beer, but not poor either).

Body colour is a predictable opaque solid black - not quite a jet black. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it looks pretty standard for a porter. Not unique or special, but there are no obvious flaws either.

Sm: Anise/fennel, dark malts, chocolate malts, cream, light buried roasted barley, caramel. Hints of vague coffee. Maybe a biteen of molasses or raisin. I definitely want more roasted barley, and ideally some actual chocolate. Also, the coffee isn't very evocative or multifaceted, and is too timid. The anise has me concerned, and with the seeming raisin, the aroma comes off a bit too redolent of a Belgian Dark Ale in my opinion. Overall, it's a generally appealing aroma for the style, and is of mild strength.

No hop character, yeast character, or alcohol is detectable.

I'm looking forward to trying it.

T: A bit acrid and harsh, unfortunately, with anise and fennel really mucking things up about the climax. Dark and chocolate malts fill out the bulk of the body, with a kiss of astringent coffee beans in there too. Little cream. No actual chocolate. The roast is way too buried. I get some unwelcome raisin. Also perhaps some licorice, but it's beyond me to separate licorice notes from fennel. Maybe molasses too. There's some vague fruitiness. Light hazelnut, perhaps? Faint burnt character.

Below average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. It tries for complexity, but brings little to the table. No subtlety. Not particularly well balanced, though it does have some cohesion. Not gestalt. There doesn't seem to be a lot of careful deliberation behind this build; it seems like the brewer(s) cobbled together a recipe without much expertise.

I don't find any hop presence, alcohol, or yeast character.

Mf: Sticky, harsh, vinous, rough, lightly coarse, and wet. Unrefreshing. Too thick. A biteen syrupy. Chewy. Overcarbonated. Not really to style at all; a proper porter ought to be smooth, wet, and creamy without feeling rough on the palate. This is an unbecoming presence on the palate and doesn't seem custom-tailored to the flavour profile by any means.

Not oily, boozy, hot, or gushed.

Dr: Downable for what it is, but far from highly drinkable. I'd guess the ABV was higher than it is if I tried the beer blind. A swing and a miss from Rogness. A solid porter this is not. It has elements of a Belgian Dark Ale, which don't suit it well at all. I wouldn't buy this again and it doesn't get me excited to try other Rogness offerings. I wouldn't recommend it to friends. Not really sure what they were going for with this one.

Low C

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Photo of LittleDon
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black with a short lived head and oily lace that slides down the glass. Milk chocolate aroma with a slight bit of cattiness. Medium bodied, the flavor blossoms middle to finish, where the bittersweet chocolate flavors take front stage. Medium to medium-heavy body.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black pour, with a brown head, some lace, decent retention. Aroma of roast, cocoa, coffee, plums, taste is very bittersweet. Like a very high percentage cacao. Roast, mild coffee, faint dark fruits. Creamy feel, medium in body. There's some smokiness. Though its minimal...some charring too.

Overall, a unique porter. I enjoy it, quite glad I grabbed another bottle.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber pours a pretty-much-black color with a small tan head. Too small for lace but retention and collar are decent.

Smells pretty impressive...just enough leafy hops to go along with a roasty malt backdrop that has enough sweetness to combat both. Chocolate for sure, fruit is light but there might be some raisins in there somewhere. Im excited, this smells top notch!

Taste is pretty nice; the malt is grainy, caramely and chocolate with a mild roast and leafy hop finishing things off nicely. The mouthfeel is nice...creamy for a porter and definitely smooth. Its light as far as overall heft compared to where contemporary porters seem to be headed. This seems to be a nice, well done throwback to the old days before imperial this and imperial that. Im pretty damn happy to have this addition to the Texas scene, it definitely exceeded my expectations. Put this in 6-packs please.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A good very drinkable though dry porter. Solid stuff, chocolate, anise, molasses. Black and rich looking. I did the bomber, but that was still a lot of porter.
Slight smoke, a very good roastiness. Coffee in secondary.Smooth mouthfeel. Bottle from Steve beerenberger.

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I got this bottle in Beer it Forward courtesy of Kmello69. Cheers mate.

Poured a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a thick chocolately head. The kind of head that makes you really want to drink a beer. The beer is a deep chestnut brown.
Smell: The smell is very subtle and has hints of choclate and just a roastyness.
Taste: A fantastic earthy chocolatey roasty flavor. A bit of hazelnut flavor on the finish.
Mouthfeel: A very pleasant lingering feel. Proper carbonation for the style.

Overall, a great beer. This beer screams for a chilly night and a fireplace.

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Photo of champ103
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Nobi Public House.

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A large tan head rises with good retention. Nice lace is left behind as well.
S: Roasted malt, bread and biscuit, a toffee sweetness. Some smoke, chocolate and coffee aromas as well.
T: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and a bit more smoke here. Almost seems acrid, but not in an over barring way. Some toffee sweetness as well.
M/D: A medium to full body. Good carbonation, almost a little to much. Easy to drink. I can put a few away without a problem.

Another good beer from Rogness. I will be looking for these guys more often. I am happy I cam across this. Lots of depth here, and like Rook there seems to be a bit of smoked malt in the mix. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chilled 22 oz. bomber into a 12 oz. chalice. No visible bottling date, but based on the age of the brewery I figure it can't be more than a couple months old at this point. Semicircular dents on the flat of the bottle cap give me the impression that it was bottled by hand.

Look- Rich deep brown with two fingers of dense milk chocolate head, excellent retention and generous lacing.

Smell- Cocoa, roast, milk chocolate, vanilla, and... more cocoa. Lightly sweet, some biscuit, light roast but obviously and rather one-dimensionally chocolaty. Fortunately, I have no problem with that at all.

Taste- Still extremely chocolate-driven, but with a more complex mix of roasty-toasty flavors. Cocoa start to finish with flashes of graham cracker, buttermilk biscuit, vanilla bean, heavy cream, hazelnut, oatmeal, brown bread. As it warms, there is a subtle spiciness and stronger roasted presence. Finishes with dark roast and dry, warm leathery feel- not oxidation but I can't quite put my finger on it. Something vaguely tannic but inviting.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, medium-full body, moderate to heavy carbonation for the style. A sipper, but clean feel and a lightly dry finish that invites another sip.

Overall- Picks what it wants to do and does it with panache. I can't really fault it for anything, and I applaud the fact that they kept the ABV down. Differentiates itself from the somewhat ubiquitous 512 Pecan Porter (it's also available in bottles) and I'll certainly be getting it again.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Jet black glass holds a very respectable head of light tan that laces ropey tidemarks down the glass. Nice!

Smell: Very earthy, almost leathery base with a hop leaf edge. A vague shoe polish note in a very strong and potent nose. It's almost too much but I warm to it after a while.

Taste: Much like the nose with a sweet toffee like finish that helps bring a little balance to the party. A light bubblegum note helps with complexity.

Mouthfeel: Medium to low carbonation, medium light body with a chalky finish.

Overall: I didn't care for this starting out, but it won me over after a while. I don't care for Porters, and this seems to have a few more hops that push toward an American rather than English porter. Still, have to respect the quality of the work. This is clean, well carbonated, flavorful, everything you don't really expect from the first effort of a new brewery. Cheers to Rogness, now the closest brewery to my house (besides my house).

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Photo of schroz
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Goes nicely with food. I'm enjoying this with a blue cheese beef burger. This beer is smooth on the tongue. Low acidity and flavorfu, just how I like a good porter. Taste is even, from beginning to end. No burned coffee after taste.
Fall season makes me think porter. This is a good one. I'll drink this with my next batch of cajun gumbo.

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Photo of stumac
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Black Sheep Lodge. Pours up pretty black with not much head. Quickly died down. Aromas of chocolate malt. No real hops here. Pretty basic. Tastes of chocolate malts, a little burnt flavor, toasty if you will, not much else. Pretty easy going. Moderate carbo, easy drinking. Nothing extreme but not bad. Which is a good thing

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Ost Porter from Rogness Brewing Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 68 ratings.
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