Dive Bomb Porter | Powell Street Craft Brewery

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Dive Bomb PorterDive Bomb Porter

Brewed by:
Powell Street Craft Brewery
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by OF001 on 12-30-2012

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by OF001:
Photo of OF001
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL. Served at 7C, 5.5%

Slow and fairly attractive cascading head that is large, tight and a dimpled latte colour, very good lacing. Thin but solid black pour with a slight reddish hue. Top up pours create a fantastic, almost nitrogen head.

Very light sweetness, roast-smokey malt and hints of molasses. (Like the Pale Ale my nose is a little stuffed so the rate here will be artificially low by about 0.5)

Mildly sweet toffee center held up by roast malts with smoke notes and hints of molasses and chocolate. Gentile but pronounced and balanced bitter hopping higher on the palate with a slight sour touch on top. Long and dry, bitter-ish coffee finish

Initially smooth but is held slightly off the palate by a combination of the bitter hopping and some carbonation CO2 fizzy film. Mildly foamy near the end before a long dry finish.

Nice flavour profile that is easy and well balanced but deep enough for some further discovery. The mouth feel lets it down, just a little thin and a strange CO2 dryness accompanies the hop bitter/dryness that is just, ever so slightly off. Fantastic for their first beers, not many great local porters that I would take over a stout but this is right there.

Due to my nose my re-review will bump up a bit I'm sure.

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Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle - I gotta say, I kind of like the label here.

This beer pours a clear, dark brown cola colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and bubbly tan head, which leaves a bit of low-lying streaky and sudsy lace around the glass as it steadily recedes.

It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, a touch of biscuity toffee, bittersweet chocolate, some oily nuttiness, faint cafe-au-lait notes, and a tame earthy, leafy, and woodsy hop bitterness. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, fading saltwater taffy, gritty cocoa powder, plain bar-top nuts, a hint of soured milkiness, ephemeral stale coffee, some free-agent ashiness, and more well understated leafy, musty, and slightly floral green hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its generically rendered frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and mostly smooth, with just a suggestion of roasty acridity marring the sheen here, as such. It finishes trending dry, the bottom nearly falling out of the malt, while the heretofore weak smoke and hoppy esters show some lingering meddle.

Overall, this is a pleasant and well-made porter, with more than a few nods to the original London style. The building dryness makes for a robust drinkability, that is to say, the desire to have one glug right after another, ensuring that at least someone will get bombed in a dive because of it! I'm here all week, folks!

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Photo of CWVegas
3.02/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of souvenirs
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle purchased at Brewery Creek Liquor Store for $7.85 plus deposit.

Label references the daily flight of thousands of crows over East Van. Put a bird on it? How East Van.

A: The colour of cola, with a massive foamy tan head that lazily dissipates. A hint of red when held to the light.

S: Nutty roasted malts, toffee, chocolate.

T: Does not disappoint! Nice roasted malt flavours. Very nutty. Mildly bitter. Not overly sweet.

F: Initially crisp on the tongue. Fairly smooth. Finish is a bit chalky.

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Photo of jennybeer
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rutager
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance. Pours a deep rusty brown with a finger of thick, pale tan head .

Smell. Milk chocolate, caramel and a bit of roasted nuts. Sweet and delicious.

Taste. Milk chocolate again, slightly bitter roasted malts and roasted nuts.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, slightly watery, below medium carbonation.

Overall. A nice and easy drinking porter that's just a little light on the flavour.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: An inky black brown with a deep burnt oaky transparency when held up to the light. The initial poured bloomed with a pale tan foamy head, with little staying power it settled down to a thin ring.

S: Caramelized vanilla sugars, subtle coffee and milk chocolate notes. Roasted nuts and some mild hops round out the scent.

T: Bitter of a mild coffee mixed with chocolate milk and malts followed with roasted nuts. Less sweet than the aroma suggested, and a after taste of minerals not detected in the smell. Richly toasted malts and a smooth flavour offers a sophisticated sipper.

M: Bright carbonation at the front of the palette give way to a smooth medium body. Mouth feel is somewhat thin, but with a velveteen smoothness it's a Porter worth lingering over.

O: A solid porter with a wonderful smooth feel and rich aroma and flavour. Highly drinkable at only 5% and would compliment both chocolatey desserts and rich full flavoured meals.

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

Powell St. 'Dive Bomber' Porter @ 5.0% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $7

A-pour is a dark brown with a big tan head leaving a spotty lace film along the pint glass

S-smoked/roasted caramalized nuts , coffee and hints of milk chocolate

T-crisp tasting porter , big hop bitterness finish

MF-mild carbonation , medium bodied , easy sipping even with a bitter finish that lingers on the palate

Ov-ok/good beer , needs a touch of something , some craft refinement

sampled alongside Deschutes 'Black Butte' , Mill St. 'Coffee Porter'
& Paddock Wood 'London Porter'

prost LampertLand

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Photo of BcCraft710
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Svingjo
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured a dark brown colour with a thick tan head that lingered for awhile. The nose brings roasted malts, chocolate and slight coffee notes. The taste brings forward much of the same but very weakly and surrounded by a light hop bitterness. Was expecting a bit more sweetness as advertised by the taste left me wanting. The mouthfeel didn't help as it was very watery and thin. An okay beer but it would've gotten a better score if it wasn't so thin.

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

Photo of flagmantho
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer on-tap in a 12oz glass at the brewery.

Appearance: dark brown with a bit of a haze and a thin layer of frothy light-tan foam. A little light but attractive.

Smell: dry with a little caramel and a little tartness. A bit light, but not too bad.

Taste: light with a nice roast and a little bit of caramel. Good, but a little on the dry side. 375

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: not a bad Porter. Roasty and a little caramelly without being too sweet.

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Photo of datpingao
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of shoegueuze
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jrempel
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of canucklehead
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of iain_reeve
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Exeter
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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

Photo of zduerr
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ZachT
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of rab53
3.04/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Dive Bomb Porter from Powell Street Craft Brewery
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