Karben4 Brewing

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Karben4 Brewing
Wisconsin, United States
Smoked Porter
3.88 | pDev: 9.79%
Apr 16, 2019
Jun 21, 2013
Robust all day without dictating your life, this is the porter that other dark beers hang a poster of on their own bedroom wall. Malt sweetness is just present enough to enhance the dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavors without destroying the drinkability. This brew provides a subtle smoke profile that simultaneously creates new fans of dark beer and tames the beast inside the bold-beer aficionado.
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Rated: 3.81 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Apr 16, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Benish from Utah

Jan 14, 2018
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Reviewed by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Taste: smoked wood, tobacco, peat, molasses, malt, burnt caramel notes. Mild firewood nose. Black/Brown hue, opaque, with smaller head and delicate ring lace. Medium body. Mild version of a Rauschbier. 34 IBUs
Dec 10, 2017
Rated: 4.49 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin

Jun 20, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by nstygles from Pennsylvania

Jun 13, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by csfcmitchell from Texas

May 19, 2017
Rated: 2.33 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Apr 06, 2017
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Reviewed by beerguy04 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours oil black with a beige head. Smells of smokey malts. Has a strong molasses taste, with a smokey malt finish. Mouthfeel is a little heavy. Overall, decent beer.
Feb 05, 2017
Rated: 3.74 by jmh21 from Minnesota

Feb 03, 2017
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Reviewed by LeRose from Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Karben4 Smoked Porter. This pours black and oily as can be with a tight beige head.

Very mild smoke on the nose, some roast malt, light chocolate and something that seems like cherry.

The taste is pretty good, but very mild on the smoke. Chocolate, slightly sweet, and it starts to taste a bit like Dr. Pepper in a way with that vague cherry-like fruity thing going on. Note a bad beer, but a little twist in the taste that I am unsure about.

It feels a lot thinner than it looks and is slightly prickly with the carbonation.

Overall this is certainly drinkable, easy going, but I could use a bit more of the smoky character in this one. For someone unsure about smoked beers, this would be a good entry level.
Jan 25, 2017
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Reviewed by TomH57 from Wisconsin

3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
I poured a 12 oz bottle into a dailyware porter/stout glass. It pours jet black with a moderate brown head that dissipates quickly, eventually down to no head at all. I could barely smell anything, though I detected some maltiness.
The taste is the best part of this beer. It tastes very much of roasted malts with a fine compliment of smokiness. It has a medium body with a slightly smoky finish.
In short, this beer is the perfect beer to have while sitting in front of an open fire. This beer has changed my opinion on smoked beers and this is actually the second time I have purchased it.
Jan 13, 2017
Rated: 5 by DissentFatsquirrel from Minnesota

Jan 06, 2017
Rated: 3.72 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

Dec 20, 2016
Rated: 4.18 by Wgkutz from Wisconsin

Nov 25, 2016
Rated: 4.43 by norcalhophead from Wisconsin

Jul 06, 2016
Rated: 3.43 by Peepskp from Wisconsin

Apr 15, 2016
Rated: 4.18 by JeffSK from Wisconsin

Mar 12, 2016
Rated: 3.48 by MattMorin from Illinois

Jan 20, 2016
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
On tap. Poured a semi-opaque, dark, dark brown color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of chocolate and toffee with subtle smoke. Roasted malt and chocolate taste with a good deal a smokiness.
Jan 02, 2016
Rated: 4 by eldoctorador from Chile

Dec 21, 2015
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