Pachamama Porter
Two Roads Brewing Company

Pachamama PorterPachamama Porter
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Style:
Porter - American
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
84
Avg:
3.73 | pDev: 8.85%
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
143
From:
Two Roads Brewing Company
 
Connecticut, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
84
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Pachamama PorterPachamama Porter
Notes: Collaboration with Evil Twin and Cerveceria Barbarian

Peruvian Porter created in the capitol city of Lima, Peru. This pays homage to the Incan heritage by using three local Peruvian Staples: sweet potatoes, purple mais and aji panca chili peppers. The name of the beer comes from Incan mythology meaning earth mother.
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Rogerlb from California

3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed Oct 31, 2018, for can enjoyed last year, from Connecticut's Two Roads, in conjunction with Evil Twin, who know how to do stouts. Notes in my email I'm now catching up to.

Pours lighter than expected, looks a little muddy, with a thin head that dissipates eventually, no hurry. Aroma is of malt, slightly vegetal which I presume is the chili but I could be biased by the ingredient listings. Toast, bit of caramel, yeast.

Taste is more along porter lines, coffee, sweet, not very roasty or chewy -- and I want to say sweet potatoes but it might also be confusion. Corn muffin, I'd like that, bit of chocolate. No chili to speak off and the vegetal hints in the aroma aren't coming through.

As it warms the pepper aspect gets more obvious, more like pablamo than chili. The aji panca used is apparently smoky and sweet and that makes sense, but it's not present enough to make a real difference.

I thought this porter would be more unique and weird, but it seems a lightish, not so heavy porter with some vague veggie/ sweet flavors I wouldn't have ID'd as potatoes or pepper had the can not told me. Not bad, but generally underwhelming and less than the sumtotal of its parts.

I'm not sure I get this beer -- either corn-based or pepper/chocolate base, doesn't seem those really went together here.

Oct 31, 2018
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.14/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Opens as a gusher, damnit! Pours ebony with 3+ fingers of khaki colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit, brown bread

T: Follows the nose, some molasess & faint chille notes. More chille heat once warm along with brown bread & some raisin notes, a touch of iron as well, a touch of roastyness too. Finishes with a carob sweetness, a little dry with a little brown bread

MF: Medium body, subtle carbonation

This is not my jam, I like Porters, roasty, chocolatey & dry, this ain't it. Almost seemed more like a Schwartzbier

Sep 24, 2017
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with a ruby tinge when held to the light. Topped with a half finger of beige head.

Smells of toasted malts, vegetables, grape jelly, and coffee. Reminds me of a Chinese version of a dark beer.

Coffee, grape jelly, roses, dark toasted malts, hints of tobacco and tar. Not really getting any heat, except maybe a slight after-burn on the back of the tongue.

Medium body, very light carbonation.

Had this one shipped north from Bangkok, drinking it tonight in Chiang Mai. Its September 8th, 2017. A really interesting beer, with a great story, and great artwork on the can.

Sep 08, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: deep dark brown to black and is filled with streams of bubbles drifting to the surface to join a 2" tan cap with moderate retention

S: has a vegetal chili smell, a hint of coffee and chocolate and some earthiness.

T: a little chili vegetal flavor and a very mild heat that accumulates with each sip. The various flavors fit together fairly well and there is nothing burnt or harsh

F: The body is medium at best and the carbonation is above average

O: While I can't imagine slamming down a six pack of this, it is an interesting beer and might work well with the right meal.

Aug 01, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can with a canning date of 09/20/16. From their Stratford CT brewery.

Appearance - No gushing but a slowly rising head upon opening: I was happy to have my snifter ready at hand. Pours near black but not opaque, with ruby-brown edges. It has a moderate size tan head that dissipates quickly, leaving behind just a trace on the surface and a thin ring around the edge of the snifter but some lacing upon tilting the glass.

Smell - Complex and appealing, with hints of exotic spices, black bread, chili peppers and cocoa nibs.

Flavor - More pronounced chocolate than in the aroma, with a moderate strength overall and for the dark roasted grains. Conservative (mild) but not subtle chili pepper impact. After a spicy finish, there are lingering notes of cocoa and dark bread. Mildly bitter overall. (3.9)

Mouthfeel - Medium+ body with medium-light but prickly carbonation. Mild chili heat. Semi-dry finish.

Overall - an interesting porter

Jul 20, 2017
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seedyone from New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. First impression wasfavorable but....when my food arrived thing went south. It was a spicy (buffalo sauced) dish which is most likely the culprit. In fairness, I really need to give this anothr try.

Jun 24, 2017
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craigbelly from Iowa

4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours nice porter cola color. I am not picking up much of the peppers but you can certainly tell there is some starchiness from the sweet potatoes. Even though light in body I really like the mouthfeel here.

Jun 19, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an English pint glass, the appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated quickly. Sly messy clingy lacing. The aroma starts off with sweet dark and milk chocolate rolling into some sweet and spicy pepper. Light roasty coffee underneath, comes out after a little bit of warming. Some bittersweet cocoa bean. Light vanilla. The flavor starts roasty smooth with a nice sweetness. Spice is there but just seems to balance well. Light chocolate and spice slides into aftertaste. Quick semi-smooth finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionable smooth sweet feel. Roast and spice balance nicely with the appropriate harshness hitting my tongue. Overall, so though there are spices added in this beer, in my opinion, they come across quite nice. I would have this again.

Jun 06, 2017
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LeRose from Massachusetts

3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is very clear, more of a coffee brown color but very clear. The khaki colored head hung in there for a few minutes, but ended up in the typical porter/stout ring with a raft or two. Noticed that the beer itself clings to the glass - like "legs" in a wine.

The smell is pretty typical porter with the roast malt, but there is a pretty decent vegetal component and a promise of sweetness. The smell is just not very intense, lacking the depth expected of a porter.

The taste seems a bit layered. Roasty coffee and malt. Then a sweetness that is more a feel to my mind, a nice burnt bitter kick; then a mild, creeping heat from the pepper. I am not smelling or tasting anything to do with corn specifically, but as the drinking progresses, I am reminded of a blue maize cola I have enjoyed that I didn't think tasted much like corn either. Short version, some cola or root beer-like notes creep in for me. There is a "green" component as well - possibly from the pepper - I have no idea what an aji panca pepper is like, so hard to tell. A little earthy character as well that helps ground the beer.

The feel is smooth, and maybe a bit heavy for a porter. The heat does build a little and linger, but it is hardly a throat burner. Maybe this particular pepper is more subtle, but other than the green veg taste it is quite tame and maybe could use a little more. I like it, but it is not something I need to have again at $2.99 for the tall boy.

May 15, 2017
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The_Beergery from Singapore

2.82/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

1 pint can from 2016. Pours a deep shade of brown/black with thin white froth. Nothing distinctive in the aromas, no strong notes of hops, just a more malty, earthy character of dough and biscuits. Tastewise is also not too distinctive, mainly malty roasty flavours as befits a porter, with some spiciness from the Mexican chillis in the finish and aftertaste. IMHO, the spiciness is quite well balanced, but the lack of character elsewhere in this brew is a bit of a let down.

May 08, 2017
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Everydayoff from Thailand

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1 pint can poured into a pint glass.

It pours very dark brown with a finger of frothy tan head that withstands for a while with decent retention before gradually collapsing to a long-lasting bubble film on the surface and leaving limited trail of lace.

The aroma reveals typical Porter notes of coffee, chocolate, cocoa, roasted, toasted almond, nuttiness, toffee, and dark bread. There is some sort of sweet creaminess and slick from the addition of sweet potatoes and purple maize as well as very very faint chili peppers in the background. Some part of its aroma somehow reminds me of a root beer.

It is still mainly with a Porter quality in the taste. Led by coffee, chocolate, cocoa, roasted, toasted almond, nuttiness, toffee, and dark bread while the addition of sweet potatoes and purple maize bring sweetness, slick, and creaminess through the taste buds also with a touch of some spicy chili peppers at the finish. Hop is also there with notes of earthiness and citrus.

Medium to full body with smooth mouthfeel and some crisp carbonation through the palate, finish is dry with a slight residual spiciness. Yes, it is true to the style Porter but with some twist of Peruvian ingredients to make it more interesting.

Apr 22, 2017
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TheSixthRing from California

3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Canned date of 09/19/16

Appearance - Pours near black with cola brown edging and a khaki, quarter-finger width head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving behind a mostly barren surface and a razor thin ring of suds around the edge of the glass. A few small spots make up the lacing.

Smell - Fair aroma; hints of caramel and cocoa. Some mustiness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Sweet malty flavor that comes across almost like cola caramel character. Faint chocolate, with a hint of roast mid-taste. Light corn character. Finishes with a vague touch of spice and a lingering note of cocoa.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with light, bitey carbonation. Slick with a dry, slightly sticky finish.

Overall - Decent porter. Not much going on in the flavor. Based on the reviews from around the time this brew came out, I'd say age isn't to blame for the relative blandness; maybe the purple corn. Regardless, it's a one and done for me.

Apr 09, 2017
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fscottkey from New York

3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: [3.75] The can lists the ABV (6.5%) and there is some date code that I don't care to decypher. The beer is a chestnut brown and forms 1 finger of tan head. The head dissipates relatively quickly.

S: [3.50] Coffee, something vegital, chocolate and a musty scent.

T: [3.00] Chocolate, cocoa, totasted marshmallow, some subtle hint of spicy peppers. It is quite sweet and sugary. Over time, as it warmed, the flavor got... bad. Like stewed vegetables.

M: [4.00] The beer is creamy and smooth and it has an above medium feel.

O: [3.00] There is a whole market basket of stuff listed on the label (sweet potatoes, mais, peppers, etc.) The overall flavor is a sweet porter with some kick on the end. I like the beer and I like that these brewers collaborated and tried something new. Unfortunately, unlike normal porters this one got worse as it warmed. The flavor got really bad. I actually dumped the last bit.

Mar 27, 2017
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AgentMunky from New York

3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint can into a Teku glass. Canned 20 September 2016.
4.25/3.25/3.25/3.5
The can erupted like a volcano when I cracked the tab. Post-cleanup, the beer pours dark, opaque, near-black, with two fingers of enduring, pitted, mocha head.
It smells faintly of spice and malt and not much else, save perhaps chocolate.
Very neutral, almost flat taste. Soft and sweet. Gently malty, with a subtle floral component, and more chocolate than roast. Most of the action is on the endtaste, which has a lingering earthy spice component (peppers?).
A tasty, but boring beer. If you like chocolate malt bombs with sugars and spice, you've come to the rich place. Definitely correctly categorized as a porter.

Mar 17, 2017
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Smcavoy from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Experimental porter. Light bodied but flavorful. can taste the chili peppers while finishing a sip and can taste the potatoes which make up the majority of the body of the beer. I was lucky to find this at a random liquor store in Milford, MA. Always love trying a limited batch!

Feb 19, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.02/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Coffee-Cola colored with a thin frothy head.

Aroma is almost nonexistent. Some faint roast notes, maybe a touch of yam.

Taste is unremarkable for the most part. Just cola flavors, roast malt, some faint sweet potato, and the chaotic burn of chili pepper. It's not horrible, just very meh.

Feel is creamy, well carbonated.

Overall, this beer could have passed me by without regret. Forgettable.

Feb 12, 2017
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

2.68/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours from the sixteen ounce can an effectively black body with nearly an inch of sandy-beige froth.

Smell: All that shows up in an empty, washed-out dark maltiness, barely even hinting of dark bread, fireplace ash, maybe a smidgen of sweet potato and vegetal pepper.

Taste: Thinnish, watery roast (like a sip of cold, day-old office coffee made by a co-worker who added too much water) sprinkled with a bit of powdery ash. Slim pepper flavor, with not much contributing chile heat. Sheesh! There's so little going on, flavorwise, that it doesn't even warrant finishing the can.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Watery feel to it.

Overall: Go on, have another! Or, you know, you could switch to something good.

Feb 11, 2017
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hophugger from Virginia

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Interesting beer but doesn't quite live up to the expectations after reading the label. Look is good, head is good. Aroma is somewhat subdued with touches of sweetness I would assume are from th sweet potatoes. Chili peppers take a back seat and are hardly noticeable(disappointing). Mouthfeel is good with malt and such, but everything seems to take a back seat and boldness is missing

Feb 03, 2017
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours jet black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big two finger tan head that settles into a thin creamy patch.

Smell: A roasty an spicy dark malt driven aroma with a scent of chocolate, spices, and potato. Dark roasted malt with a scent of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, biscuit, grains, smoke, and nuts with yeast. Spice hints of chili peppers and slight cinnamon. Hints of sweet potato and mais. Sweet hints of vanilla, cream, and brown sugar. Very light hints of hops. A very nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty and spicy dark malt driven taste with notes of chocolate, spices, and potato. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, biscuit, toast, smoke, grains, and nuts along with some yeast. Spice notes of chili peppers and a little cinnamon. Some noticeable notes of sweet potato and mais. Sweet taste of vanilla, brown sugar, and cream. Light earthy hop bitterness. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy and pretty smooth.

Overall: A pretty good twist on a Porter. Nice mix of spices with the roasty malt. This gushed quite a bit when opening the can so open it carefully over a sink. Oddly enough the body didn't feel over carbed despite the gushing.

Jan 28, 2017
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oberon from North Carolina

3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ark brown with a ruby tinge when held to the light,a creamy lighter beige head atop.Mild roast and a slight chili burn presence in the nose,mild but appetizing enough.I really like the fuller creamy feel of the beer,airy and easy going down.Not one flavor with blow you away but all the different components come together pretty well.Chocolate and roast upfront with a noticeable sweet potato note,the finish is drying with some earth,chili, and nuttiness.This a subtle flavored porter but it's complex at the same time,and unlike alot of the others I really like the feel of the beer.

Jan 24, 2017
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TerryMills from Tennessee

3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours jet black ,two finger beige head.

I am not picking up any of the peppers but you can certainly tell there is some leftover starchiness from the sweet potatoes..

Reminds me of a watery version of country roots by TN brew works ..

Pretty good drink and if it had a thicker body like a stout I would buy this beer regularly..

Jan 21, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Talking a big game with elements of corn, sweet potato and chili pepper, the collaborative efforts of Two Roads and Evil Twin actually shows a robust porter with a kind and controlled use of spices and special ingredients.

Pachamama is as dark brown as any other porter, and with a creamy pour like fine dark roast coffee. A thin skirt of foam swirls on the surface while aromas of coffee, chocolate, nuttiness and faint soil leads into a robust and toasty sweetness that focuses on toffee, dark chocolate and kona-type coffee.

As the flavors round onto the middle palate, its sturdy porter flavor stands tall with those lingering sweetnesses and robust elements of burnt toast, cocoa, roasted walnut and coffee bean. Its mealy texture trends lightly of vegetation as those soil and sod nuances provides an earthen overcast to the bittersweet finish.

Medium full on the palate, the robust taste is bitter with woodsy hops, faint citrus and a rootish earthiness. Trending malty dry and toasty, a flavor of walnut and peanut skins allows for light astringency ahead of a mild capsaicin bite from chili pepper.

Jan 20, 2017
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Quite a strange porter thick as any other with a deep blackness and impressive head. Aroma does smell that special earthy which I would describe as potatoes more like hops and no real peppers. Taste is again bitter and earthy but reminds me a bit of a lager which I guess is the Purple Mais at work. Somewhat smooth and never really spicy this is just another beer with a ton of things added but nothing special to remember about it.

Jan 17, 2017
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 9/2017:
Pours a medium dark brown from the can, a quite dark brown in a tulip glass. Initial head is nicely billowing to cloudy tan. This falls to wisps and a medium ring. Subsequent pours from the can have a fizziness to them, though.

Nose is a general earthiness with a slightly chocolate roasted malt lean, but not very strong.

Beer opens with a medium feel and a generic earthy roasted nature. The beer thins by mid tastes, and I get a coffee-leaning roasted malt porter impression. There are some light earthen spices in there as well as a surprising little rush of carbonation. I don't quite get the pepper until I've had a few drinks, when the vegetable part of it sort of starts to build in the aftertaste. Any spicy heat from the pepper never grabs my attention.

This beer is neither sweet nor bitter, though the earthiness maybe pushes it a little more towards the latter for me. I wish the peppers threw a little capsaicin at me or the roasted porter notes were a little more distinct, but the beer as it is tastes fine.

Jan 15, 2017
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 16 oz Flying Dog tulip glass at near room temperature, canned on 9/21/16. Pours a very dark brown, with a 2 finger tan head that settles rather quickly into a thin layer of bubbles and leaving some thin streaks of lace.

Smell is smoke, cadmium, vanilla, dark chocolate, chipotle, and cocoa.

Tastefollows smoke, chipotle, dark chocolate, vanilla, and some cocoa butter.

Mouthfeel is a little less than medium, plenty of life, a wiser dry, and very drinkable for a beer with pepoers.

Overall this is a very nice and balanced porter, the porter is just a little part of it. Well done.

Jan 13, 2017
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Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 143 ratings