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NightCall | Karben4 Brewing

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3.88/5
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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:
#11,622
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
92
pDev:
10.05%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Gots:
10
Trade:
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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of n2185
2.33/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.75

Photo of kkleu357
2.9/5  rDev -25.3%

From notes on 12/26/13

Not much smell. Some malty roasty aromas. Poured from tap with a nice dark black body with a small head. Light flavor. Tastes good, but kind of lacking somewhere. Not too into the smoked flavor.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -22.7%

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

Photo of anticipation23
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Peepskp
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MattMorin
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rborre321
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Sweffin
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerguy04
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Duff27
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Rihup
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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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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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3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of BeerBeak81
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmh21
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tyleeis
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Magery
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Dovers
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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

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NightCall from Karben4 Brewing
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 92 ratings
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