God Damn Pigeon Porter
Spiteful Brewing

God Damn Pigeon PorterGod Damn Pigeon Porter
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Porter - Robust
Ranked #11
Ranked #6,985
4.04 | pDev: 7.92%
Spiteful Brewing
Illinois, United States
Very Good
God Damn Pigeon PorterGod Damn Pigeon Porter
Notes: Out God Damn Pigeon Porter was brewed with our friends from across the pond in mind. We use traditional English Amber malt, but being the unruly Americans we are, we put our own happy twist on things. One of our favorite hops, Simcoe, was added late in the bail. This delightful porter will take your mind off the everyday nuisances of living in a big city, especially those f-ing pigeons!
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had had variants and been underwhelmed, but this orignal beats expectations. Shimmering brownish black with a fat finger of brown foam. Smell features deep roast with earth, leather, char, tobacco, bitter dark chocolate and earthy hops. Taste is much the same, hops have a herbal quality on the finish. Chewy, earthy, malty, heavily roasted and has hints of booze. Forget the gimmicks this is some of spiteful's best work

Mar 19, 2021
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MaximalC from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark chestnut color topped by half an inch of frothy, khaki suds. The aroma features big-time roasted malt along with some peat, peanut brittle, and dark chocolate. Sheets of speckled lacing linger on the glass as the beer recedes.

The taste follows the nose, featuring healthy portions of ashy, roasted malt, the darkest chocolate, and earthy, herbal hops. Warming reveals notes of currants, blackberries, charcoal, caramel, and dates. The balance here is very deftly achieved considering the boldness of the flavors, and the surprisingly dry finish keeps you coming back for more. Medium body and moderate carbonation make for a full but unobtrusive mouthfeel that lets the flavors do the talking.

I'll flat out say it—this is the best porter I've come across in years. The flavors are deep, intense, complex, and well-balanced, and all the other aspects are on point as well. This is the kind of beer you keep a standing supply of in your fridge or grab without reservation en route to your buddy's place to watch the game or play poker. It falls somewhere on the spectrum between Zombie Monkie and Secret Stache—but possibly better than both. One of the more pleasant surprises in recent memory, to be sure.

Nov 09, 2019
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Bones10 from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great name!
I’m a fan of hoppy porters normally, and I’ve grown into not so hoppy porters.

This beer checks a lot of marks for the hop/no hop tickers. Odd contrast indeed, but the body is so deliciously porter, and the aftermath brings a ? of hops?

Yes, I’ll have another


Sep 15, 2019
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beer_truth from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First off, the absolute best beer name in history, especially coming from a big city where pigeons are freaking everywhere. It's a good beer, maybe a bit more roasty bitter than I would usually prefer. A bit on the cold-brew coffee side, bitterness definitely lingers. A little smoother on the malts and it would be perfect. Higher abv makes this one dangerously tasty, can hardly taste the alcohol at all. Order another.

May 16, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 9/19/16; drank 10/14/16 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque black/brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE tan head (careful pouring); thick, frothy lace.

Sweet cocoa, fresh earth & black coffee notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Black coffee, caramel & cream flavors up front; mild hop bite on the finish. No booze heat.

A nice enough porter, only marred by the extra hop bite that American breweries are compelled to add.

Apr 01, 2019
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Pours dark opaque brown, light tan ring for a head.

Aroma of biscuit, brown sugar and oak.

Flavor is of biscuit, brown sugar, toffee, caramel and walnut.

Medium body, tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Very good tasty porter, good flavors, goes down smooth. Rich bitter aftertaste. Worth trying.

Sep 18, 2018
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-draught @ Beermiscuous.

Terrific classic Porter with an American hop profile shaking things up.

Chocolatey with roasty bitterness. Very balanced. Full-bodied and thick.

Bests Black Butte Porter, which is saying something.


Jul 21, 2018
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

5/4/18: Purchased 4/6/18 $3.29 + tax at Beer on the Wall.16 ounce canned 12/7/17 poured into nonic glass. Pitch black pour, tow finger puffy tan head. Strong coffee, malt and chocolate aroma. Sharp taste consistent with aroma, coffee the strongest followed by malt and chocolate. Thin texture, carbonation holds. Overall good offering,

May 04, 2018
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks goes out to Joe for this one. Thanks again mang...

Pours more like the color of a raven over a pigeon. Pitch black nearly, with hazelnut highlights. A sturdy dark tan head does a good job of sticking around, and leaves a silky espresso foam just on the surface.

No cigarette ash, like the image would imply. Instead, a robust medium roast coffee, some dark baking chocolate, and a mild smokiness. Again, not like a cigarette, more like a smoldering charcoal grill, but very subtle. A brown sugar sweetness rounds it out.

It is indeed robust. Full of roasted nuttiness, toasted bread, earthy, and spicy. A dab of smoke, again more like a char. As it warms, some cola spices come in to play.

It's slick, medium feel has a soft carbonation. A spicy tingle leads into a smooth mass. A sharp bite ends into a perfect amount of warmth from it's elevated abv.

My kind of porter right here. No nonsense. Bold. Hearty. I could probably get through the winter with this beer alone.

Thanks again Joe. Cheers.

Feb 20, 2018
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can pkgd 11/15/17 poured into a tall tulip boasts a deep, dark, mahogany-leaning, muddy brown body, floating a persistent 1/2in milk chocolate brown head and leaving sheets of artistic lacing.

The aroma is roast malt, cocoa, and slightly metallic.

Flavors start creamy chocolate roast malt, hinting at coffee, or mocha, really and then opening to an almost sticky hop presence, before clearing the pallette with a mix of cocoa and grassiness.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy with a clean finish.

Overall an impressive porter.

Feb 17, 2018
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PatrickCT from Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For a porter this beer isn't very dark. Some say the head is khaki but I maintain that is closer to beige. Also, it dissipates quickly.
The aroma isn't very bold or balanced. Lacks depth.
The flavor profile, oddly enough, does not follow the "nose," as some call it.
Not at all creamy, except for the finish when the carbonation drops off making it appear heavy.

Jan 14, 2018
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joe1510 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz Can
$9.99 4-Pack
Iron & Glass - Romeoville, IL

God Damn Pigeon Porter is about as black as black gets. It swallows light. The khaki head is incredibly creamy and easily grows to a finger plus on the pour. The staying power is up there. 20 minutes after the pour and there's still a sturdy crown while sticky lacing adorns the glass. This is a handsome beer.

The nose is bold yet balanced with a ton of depth. Moderately roasty off the bat with a hint of dark roast coffee to boot and a dash of cream. Earthy and pine driven hops are robust but not overdone. Pure cocoa powder and caramel make up the middle. Deep pulls bring about a touch of char and a whiff of clean alcohol. Macerated blackberries are faint in the background. The nose on this guy has it all.

The flavor profile follows the nose closely. It's roasty bitter upfront before segueing into all those great intricacies that the nose suggested. It goes from moderate roast to the earthy and pine hop character. This is followed immediately by dark roast coffee and dark chocolate. The finish is pure, unadulterated cocoa powder and the macerated blackberries. The pine, though falling to the background, is present through the finish as well. Complex yet well rounded and delicious.

This porter is creamy up front with a little heft. The carbonation picks up as it moves along making for a slightly lighter feel on the finish. It eventually dries up on the swallow but it takes a few seconds. The bitterness grows to moderate and lingers a few seconds more. This is incredibly satisfying yet easy drinking all in one.

God Damn Pigeon Porter is a hell of a drink. It's rich and bitter. Complex and well rounded. Great bitterness from the roast and hop additions while layer upon layer of subtleties fill in the blanks. I pick this one up pretty often and would suggest that you do the same.

Jan 13, 2018
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eppCOS from Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This may be my new stand-by Porter, well... if I could get my hands on it regularly. Distinctly strong, hoppy, roasty, with a baker's chocolate aroma and finish to this. Color is great, mouthfeel fantastic, lively, and as it warms it gets that nice umami/soy taste to it. Just delicious. It might be my favorite of the Spiteful beers (so far). Although that maple variant of was also goddamn delicious.

Jan 01, 2018
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Tone from Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of maple syrup, coffee, roasted malt, sweet malt, alcohol, slight spicy hops, and yeast. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of maple syrup, coffee, roasted malt, sweet malt, alcohol, slight spicy hops, and yeast. Overall, average appearance, good complexity, blend, and great feel.

Jul 08, 2017
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Thirstygoat from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a DFH chalice

Maroon brown with a mocha head that persists a while and then lingers as a layer across the top and as coating/lacing

Mostly malt and candy sweetness with little hint of hops would describe both the smell and the taste. Maybe a trace of coffee on the back of the mouth?

A thick feel, heavy unctuous Nice

This is great stuff. I have a bottle of the vanilla and have to wonder how it could be better.

Sep 10, 2016
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a snifter

A- pours black with a cream khaki colored head that eventually leaves some good lacing behind

S- smoky toasted malt aroma gives way to notes of chocolate & a hint of coffee

T- smoky roasted malt, chocolate, a hint of caramel, dark fruit on the finish with a linger of coffee

M- medium body and carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- full flavored porter that remains quite drinkable

Aug 10, 2015
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larryarms847 from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown and sits black in the glass with a surprising amount of brown foam, about two fingers.

Citrus, hop resin, roasty, and chocolate notes.

Bitter, but citrus and pine dominant hop bitterness, roasted malt, chocolate, and a little burnt flavor as well.

Medium-heavy bodied, medium carbonation, resinous, dank, and roasty.

Overall, a damn fine porter.

Jul 05, 2015
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barczar from Kentucky

4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Resiny, dank, roasty, chocolatey and piney aroma.

Flavor is dank and resin dominant, citrusy, roasty, with dark cocoa highlights. That chocolate really lingers.

Apr 12, 2015
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a teku. The can states that this batch features simcoe hops and wow they didnt skimp on their usage. The smell is all hops: dank, herbal, catty, citrus and fruity/rindy. There is hardly any noticeable roast or porter qualities to be found. By all means this is pretty much a black ipa. Even the flavor is all hops. Its bitter with rindy resin, pith, pulp and herbs. Not a bad beer but really not something id call a porter.

Jan 25, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What would a "spiteful" brewery do, but give us a porter that pushes the envelope- one that flirts with the roastiness of stout but reins back on the tethers of cream, smoothness, and milkshake to nestle the taste into the normal porter realm.

Dark, devious and strong with robust character, both the look and the scent resonate with French-press coffee, dry cocoa, burnt toast and scorched caramels. It is sounds like a "stout" description, then that's because this porter oversteps its boundary for effect! Its dry and foamy lather sits like bitter coffee on the early palate while a counterpart of burnt marshmallow hurries toward a more mellow middle taste.

Soothing sweetness rises as its acrid roast subsides and the beer rests in a deep toffee, coffee, and bitter chocolate realm. But as the sweetness fades, those tawny, tangy and acidic roast flavors emerge- this time not in taste but in a creamy campfire texture that's just as challenging as it is rewarding. Pushing, pushing, and pushing into a finish that's surprisingly drinkable.

Medium-full early, the beer sheds its early sweetness and associated weight and prefers a toasty, roasty finish in much the way that stout does. But its balance of medium-bodied coffee, bitter chocolate and burnt sugars make it a highly fortified porter instead. Well done Spiteful brewers!

Jan 19, 2015
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untitledeuphoria from New York

4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by: Unknown. Drank 12.28.14. Enjoyed at Maria's Community Bar, poured from a 16oz can to a pint glass.

Really excited to try this one after being away from Chicago for a few years. I had heard many great things about Spiteful from friends in the area.

A: Pours a pitch black, heavy frothy tan head, fades to an extremely thin cap...leaving behind an absurd amount of thick sticky lacing...especially for a porter.

S: Rich roasted coffee, bitter hops, dark fruit, roasted barley. Clear and powerful.

T: Similar to founders (ie: dark and hoppy) But with a much more distinct rich coffee flavor. Bakers chocolate, molasses, and bright hops round things out.

M: Medium body, not as thick as the color and ABV would suggest. Lots of prickly carbonation, no alcohol present...but you know this is a high abv beer. You could enjoy a few of these without wearing down your palate.

O: Really fucking good. A great introduction to Spiteful. I would recommend this to drinkers who are fans of both Pales and Porters.

Dec 29, 2014
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pagriley from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz poured into pint glass. Batch 45, no date on bottle.
Purchased at Binnys in Skokie

A- standard pour produced a thick 3 finger head, opaque black. good head retention that took a few minutes to settle. A bit less lacing than you might expect.

S - All about the sweet roasted malts here. slight boozy hint of alcohol on the nose and not much hop presence for me

T - Creamy up front with smooth finish and some nice hop and roasted bitterness to round off and invite another sip. Nothing exceptional, but all in line with expectations for a good strong porter. Very nice

M - More carbonation than I expected, but not overpowering - a bit more than I would have thought for an 8% porter but not distracting. Creamy mouth feel which was surprising given the medium body.

O - A really solid drinkable big porter. for a $9 bomber it is merely nice, but I think you can find it in a 16oz 4 pack of cans for $10 and that is a good deal. Good, but I probably won't pick it up again (but would go for it on tap). For a quaffing/easy drinking porter I prefer Tallgrass Zombie Monkie, and for something bigger for sipping I would go with Ballast Point Victory at Sea (which is $1 cheaper, and a better 'special' feeling bomber). This fell somewhere in between which left me a bit conflicted - I wanted either more oomph and body or lower alcohol so I could knock back a few.

Oct 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Perfect ,I'm a big spiteful nerd ...been with them since GFY #1 ..but this this the best thing from them that's been canned(including my previous fav . Ghost Bike ) ..magnificent balance . Super rich ! .lots of love !

Sep 24, 2014
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Axnjxn from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber into a wicked weed snifter. batch #45 so this is from about 11 months ago.

pours a dark black with a nice inch thick brown head. smell jumps out at you right away even though its still a bit cold... roasty malts are very aromatic as well as hints of toffee. taste is very bold and a bit hoppy, especially for a porter. i get a lot of sweet chocolate and coffee. finishes sweet and dry and with a pretty big mouthfeel for a porter. damn good honestly. carbonation is perfect and drinkability is high.

overall highly exceeded expectations, even for spiteful which i have had nothing but good experiences with in the past. terrific for style!

Aug 13, 2014
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with handwritten Batch #45 written on the label. A new beer to me from Spiteful Brewing, out of Chicago, my first encounter with a porter from these guys. Expectations are good.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark chocolate brown; appears opaque black in the glass with about a finger to two fingers of thick khaki-tan head.

S - The smell is comprised of charred roasty English malts. A bit of caramel / toffee makes an appearance. Chocolate. The hop presence is noted, but not overpowering.

T - Taste brings more of the same, roasty, lightly charred, chocolate, coffee beans, caramel / toffee, and a hint of hop presence, but nothing too extreme like how others have said. Earthy / herbal hoppiness is most noticeable on the end.

M - The feel is smooth & creamy. Milky. Medium-bodied with good, low carbonation. Roasty bitterness on the finish.

Overall, a solid example of the style from Spiteful Brewing. I am interested to see how the other variants of this beer are, and I can't wait to crack the barrel-aged version!

Spiteful Brewing God Damn Pigeon Porter ---4/5.

Jul 22, 2014
God Damn Pigeon Porter from Spiteful Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 187 ratings