God Damn Pigeon Porter
Spiteful Brewing

God Damn Pigeon PorterGod Damn Pigeon Porter
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Spiteful Brewing
Illinois, United States
Porter - Robust
Ranked #24
Ranked #9,765
4.03 | pDev: 7.69%
Feb 27, 2022
May 02, 2013
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!
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
Photo of firesidewithphil
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by firesidewithphil from Illinois

The Pigeon Porter from Spiteful Brewing is well known around the city of Chicago. The beer is unassuming, roasted, and has a good body to it. It is a highly approachable dark beer for any patron and fulfills that bridge into the darker side of beer enjoyment.

Feb 27, 2022
4.37 by soarinsteven from Illinois on Feb 07, 2022
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

Tasted in a snifter from draft Spiteful Brewing on December 11, 2021.

Dec 17, 2021
Photo of REVZEB
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by REVZEB from Illinois

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
4.35 by Zanico from Ohio on Dec 26, 2020
4.04 by stanale from Illinois on Aug 07, 2020
Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by WoodBrew from Ohio

I tried this beer at Johnny I-Pass' whilst their for the Eagle River Pond hockey tournament. It was a decent beer.

Apr 25, 2020
4.32 by BeerInFront from Illinois on Feb 29, 2020
Photo of MaximalC
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by MaximalC from Illinois

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
Photo of Bones10
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Bones10 from Illinois

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
4.02 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Sep 04, 2019
Photo of beer_truth
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by beer_truth from Massachusetts

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
3.7 by MaxOhle from Illinois on Apr 18, 2019
Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

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
Photo of c014572
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by c014572 from Illinois

Very solid porter, a little on the hoppy side though. Would definitely seek this out again.

Feb 27, 2019
3.58 by Gambyt20 from Illinois on Jan 20, 2019
Photo of Cylinsier
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Cylinsier from Pennsylvania


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
4.25 by pstam87 from Illinois on Aug 10, 2018
Photo of Jugs_McGhee
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

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
4.5 by WesMantooth from Ohio on Jun 17, 2018
3.59 by firkingroovin from Illinois on Jun 11, 2018
3.92 by ffshore545 from Illinois on May 25, 2018
Photo of ChicagoJ
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by ChicagoJ from Illinois

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
4.71 by bubseymour from Maryland on Apr 15, 2018
3.83 by lemmy187 from Missouri on Mar 25, 2018
4.11 by LarrysDeerGut from Illinois on Mar 23, 2018
3.98 by scootercrabb from Illinois on Mar 07, 2018
3.74 by Fubudu187 from Illinois on Mar 04, 2018
4.04 by ssimpson89 from Illinois on Feb 24, 2018
Photo of Lingenbrau
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Lingenbrau from Oregon

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
Photo of FBarber
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by FBarber from Illinois

Very hoppy - as you'd expect from an American porter. Very good example of the style.

Feb 18, 2018
Photo of GrumpyGas
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by GrumpyGas from Illinois

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
4.18 by jgarvis from Illinois on Feb 11, 2018
3.25 by Scott17Taylor from Iowa on Feb 08, 2018
3.33 by SWChi from Illinois on Feb 03, 2018
3.97 by durlta from Iowa on Jan 25, 2018
Photo of PatrickCT
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by PatrickCT from Connecticut

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
Photo of joe1510
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by joe1510 from Illinois

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
Photo of eppCOS
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by eppCOS from Colorado

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
4 by cryptichead from Illinois on Dec 17, 2017
God Damn Pigeon Porter from Spiteful Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 190 ratings