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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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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FriedSlug from North Carolina

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

Dark beer with a light tan head that leaves a few gobs of lacing. Smells like sweet potatoes and roasted malt with a tiny bit of coffee and chili. The taste is big roast and char with a very mild sweetness and a little heat and flavor from the peppers. It is a pretty good beer but it doesn't seem to have a taste that highlights the ingredients on the label.

Oct 30, 2016
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PatrickCT from Connecticut

3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jun 09, 2019
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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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hoponit from New York

4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 08, 2017
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ejimhof from Pennsylvania

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

Jun 05, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Two inches of ecru foam pack above the fudge colored liquid; gobs of lacing line the glass

Smell: Hints of malted milk, sweet potato, corn and a hint of chile; doesn't have the anticipated roast and dark chocolate tones I anticipated based on the look

Taste: Malted milk, sweet potato and corn flavors forward, with moderate chile heat developing through the middle; the finish is a bit of a muddle though there is some residual heat

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I was excited to try this beer but found it to be rather underwhelming

Oct 28, 2016
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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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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nov 20, 2016
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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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psweendogg from Connecticut

4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 13, 2016
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 12/16/2016 at Skeff’s in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, roasted malts, some chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with flavors of coffee and chocolate that are mild for the style. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. I did not detect and of the sweet potatoes or chili peppers. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a decent porter to drink for a while.

Dec 17, 2016
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black with ruby hues at the edges. A tan froth fills two fingers worth to the rim of the glass. Beautiful.

Aroma involves dark malts, caramel and faint dark fruits.

Tastes a bit roasty with some sugary and spicy candy-like notes, a touch of espresso and plum.

Light to medium and goes down way easy.

Not a bad porter at all, but nothing really stands out about it either.

Dec 08, 2016
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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 19, 2016
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can from ABV.

A very dark brown with a light brown head, this looks solid. For all the adjuncts listed, you'd think this beer was a trainwreck, but I'm happy to report that it isn't! Moderate roast, a mild corn note, minimal spice, a mellow sweetness are all present. There's arguably a hint of sweet potato also present on the nose, with it's mildly earthy, sweet flavor. The palate opens with a blend of roast, stale coffee grounds and a little bit of cocoa. The mid-palate brings a mild pepper flavor, a blend of a pleasant, enjoyable heat and a rather strange vegetal note, mildly tannic. Mildly sweet on the finish, bringing to mind sweet potatoes. The finish is especially disappointing in how watery it is, falling apart structurally. I can't say i get much of a corn flavor here. Decent.

Nov 27, 2016
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dar482 from New York

3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes dark brown color.

The aroma hits with chili flavor, sweetness from corn/sweet potato, medium roast.

The flavor upfront hits with that sweetness from the adjuncts, making it a bit different from porters. Chocolate, cocoa, a bit of earthy spice flavor without spice, some coffee bitterness on the finish.

Oct 14, 2016
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Choppr from New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dec 10, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not usually a fan of collabs but two roads is great and this looked interesting.
Canned 9/21/16

Pours a huge fluffy frothy 4 finger head that makes me stop pouring early, fades semi slowly too, messy lacing, super dark pretty much black beer.

Nose lots of creamy porter malts and chocolate milk, dark cocoa malts and lactose, nutty coffee, faint caramel, no potato corn or pepper

Taste brings more creamy porter, chocolate milk, cocoa dust, dark malts, little caramel, nutty, faint coffee, touch burnt roast, faint earthy sweet potato and root vegetable, faint pepper on the back end but really no heat, earthy vegetable weird almost taro. Finish sticky creamy more pepper and earthy vegetable, lactose.

Mouth is med to lighter feeling, lighter carb too, milky

Overall meh, seemed interesting but flavors were too few and far between, and base porter was more like a lame milk stout

Oct 22, 2016
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque, yet still clear jet black in color with moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts with a hint of sweet potato sweetness. Light aromas of chili peppers.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted malts with a light amount of sweetness from the sweet potato + corn. That is followed by light flavors of chili peppers which have a hint of smokiness and just a touch of heat. Light flavors of earthy hops which contribute a hint of bitterness which fades quickly leaving a very light lingering roasty bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: Very enjoyable - a nice example of a porter with some light hints of chilis, sweet potato, and corn. The flavors and aromas of this beer are quite harmonious and it is easy to drink with a really nice mouthfeel. Definitely worth grabbing and I could easily have a couple of these in a session.

Oct 09, 2016
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was about an inch of creamy, tan-colored head that lasted an average amount of time. Below average lacing.

S: An OK, if kind of underwhelming aroma of chilis, malt, and a sweet quality.

T: Tasted of a good shot of malt, a fair bit of chilis (especially in the finish), some light chocolate notes, a little bit of caramel, and a burnt quality. Definitely an uneven flavor. There's some chili heat, but it's not powerful enough. The advertised corn and sweet potatoes are really nonexistent. Very inconsistent flavor.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A mixed bag here. Pachamama has its good qualities, but isn't wholly successful. Worth a look, though.

Nov 14, 2016
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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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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Dec 27, 2016
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours opaque, dark brown in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is coffee, toasted malt, a big of sweet potato and a dash of curry. Medium bodied and sweet. Interesting porter. Not sure if the flavors work well enough for me to finish this, but lots of credit for creativity.

Nov 16, 2016
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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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atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

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

Jul 03, 2017
Pachamama Porter from Two Roads Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 143 ratings