NightCall
Karben4 Brewing

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Style:
Porter - Smoked
Ranked #40
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #19,788
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 9.82%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
95
From:
Karben4 Brewing
 
Wisconsin, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  2
Gots
  14
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Notes: 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.
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 95 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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BirdsandHops from Oregon

2.33/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.75

Apr 06, 2017
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev +1.3%

Nov 21, 2014
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diablo14 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 19, 2015
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SCW from New York

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nov 02, 2015
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beerguy04 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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
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Magery from Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Mar 15, 2014
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knepper from Wisconsin

3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A slightly smoked porter that shows off the breweries ability to craft some great malty beers. Slightly tart and acrid (not in a bad way) from the roasted malts balanced by the perfect amount of sweetness and smoke. A tartness from the yeast brings some diversity. A great beer to have on tap year-round.

Jun 21, 2013
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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
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Tone from Missouri

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of strong smoke, sweet malt, roasted malt, hint of pale malt, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth fee is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong smoke, slight hop, slight sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of alcohol, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend. The smoke is not over-powering, but an integral component.

Jun 24, 2014
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scherbs from Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Robust yet smooth.
Just a hint of smokeyness.
Drinks very smooth, but a bit thin-not much of a head

Feb 08, 2015
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KAF from Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Jul 13, 2014
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blairb366 from Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Aug 04, 2014
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csfcmitchell from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 19, 2017
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BarrytheBear from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Nov 02, 2013
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Soneast from Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Nov 09, 2013
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homebrew311 from Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sampled as part of flight at the brewery.
Pours a dark brown, not quite opaque, with tan head. The nose is smoke forward with notes of burnt wood and mild chocolate. Some roasted barley notes come through at the finish. The taste is smokey and a bit one note. The malts don't seem to stand up to the smoke which makes for a one dimensional brew. Mouthfeel is on the thin side with appropriate carbonation. Overall, a standard smoked ale which lacks the necessary malt backbone.

Dec 30, 2013
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wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Dec 07, 2014
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TATURBO from Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Jan 26, 2014
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atone315 from Wisconsin

4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 01, 2015
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bpfrush from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Jul 06, 2013
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
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
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Gotti311 from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Sep 25, 2013
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EROCK75 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

May 20, 2014
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Nov 30, 2014
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norcalhophead from Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jul 06, 2016
NightCall from Karben4 Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 95 ratings