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NightCall | Karben4 Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Karben4 Brewing
Wisconsin, United States
karben4.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by knepper on 06-21-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,759
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
93
pDev:
10.05%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Gots:
10
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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by knepper:
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3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dhannes
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tap into a mug...served at about 40ยบ.

A=Rich, dark brown...but no head to speak off...what was there was nice, but was rather thin and did not last long.

S=Hints of cocoa and cola.

T=Rather smooth at first--rather sweet, with hints of cocoa. About halfway through, it was reminding me more of a cola than a beer.

M=Very light body for a porter--good for a session beer, but not reminiscent of the style...I was looking for more body.

O=A decent session beer...I originally thought I was getting O'so Night Train and that the waitress was just getting the name wrong...I paired with pasta and Italian sausage and that combo was okay, but not fantastic. I will likely try again if I am looking for a sweeter, lighter session beer. Not quite as good as Wisconsin Brewing's offering, and still a few paces back of GL's Ed Fitz--nice to see, however, that Wisconsin brewers are at least trying to make better porters...and this is now the second Wisconsin porter that I've enjoyed.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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2.33/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.75

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3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Ri0
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured on tap into Nonic pint at the brewery.

A - Dark, murky cola colored with a thin light brown cap. Minimal lacing.

S - Subtle roasted malts with a light charcoal scent. The faint smokiness comes from the Beach wood smoked malts. Hints of slight coffee and sweet chocolate round it out.

T - Enjoyable dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. A pleasant sweet, light smokiness from the Beach wood smoked malt. This is a very good Porter.

M - Smooth, creamy and fairly full bodied.

O - A solid Porter from K4 that adds to their selection of beer. The smoked malts were and excellent choice.

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3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of LeRose
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.

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3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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NightCall from Karben4 Brewing
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 93 ratings
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