18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom

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American Porter
Ranked #74
Ranked #6,877
4.06 | pDev: 7.14%
18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom
Indiana, United States
Very Good
Notes: Our Crew constructed Foreman Robust Porter with enough malty roastness to satisfy even the hardest working men and women, Break time is over. Back To Work!
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 82
Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned September 2016; drank 9/25/16 @ the Yarchives. B

lack appearance.

A violent pour yielded a huge dark tan head; strong, frothy lace.

Cream, caramel & fresh earth notes in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Cream, burnt caramel & fresh earth flavors up front; mild hop bite & faint booze heat notes on the finish.

Creamy & rich, but a touch too hoppy. Slightly above average.

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Photo of heysuz
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin taste. Mouth feel and taste are watered down. Shame since most of 18th Street have been enjoyable for me but I wouldn’t visit this one again.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a brown so deep as to appear black producing 2 fingers of thick, frothy, somewhat lasting, mocha head which diminishes to a hint of surface cap and thin collar ring leaving streaks of wispy lace. Aroma is cocoa, brown sugar, vanilla, faint roast & nuts. The taste is slightly sweeter than the nose expressing itself as cocoa, roast, caramel, molasses, a little char & a roasted nuttiness with hints of vanilla. The cocoa, roast, caramel, molasses & nuts become more robust from the midsip through the finish. Cocoa, roast & a pleasant bitterness make up the aftertaste. No alcohol presence in either nose or mouth. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, creamy & slick with a faint prickle.

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Photo of FBarber
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark black with a mocha colored head that dissipates leaving some residual tan slick on the top of the beer with a ring of mocha foam along the outside.

Smell is exactly what you'd expect from an American Porter. Roasted malts, some hints of chocolate, and a slight hoppy note on the back end.

Taste has the roasted malts and hints of chocolate and cocoa. Very nice. Finish is pretty bitter from the hops - just a touch too much for my taste. Also initially I got a strong metallic flavor that mostly wore off as the beer warmed. Also, on the finish and lingering on the palter these is some astringent bitter and boozy notes. Its just harsh on the finish.

Feel has a nice body to it. Medium carbonation. Beer is a bit harsh and rough around the edges. Lacks any smoothness.

Overall its a good beer. However, I think its just too rough around the edges and astringent. Could use a bit of smoothness for a porter.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black with tan suds and a slight line of lace.

Aroma: Coffee, mocha, cocoa. Pretty spot-on to style and quite appealing.

Taste: Rich and hearty, smooth like a milk stout and flavored well with charry malts, burnt chocolate, coffee, and bittersweet cocoa. A solid and enjoyable stout for sure.

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Photo of Masonz223
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smell: light roast coffee chocolate
Taste: light roast coffee upfront bakers chocolate middle of the mouth charcoal a really mellow chocolate finishes with a roasty bitterness.
Feel: medium body nice creamy mouth feel
Overall: a very basic porter that is easy drinking.

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can to snifter solid black pour, off color head and decent lacing.

Aroma roasty coffee, some chocolate, maybe a bit of dark fruit

Taste has chocolate, robust coffee. Slightly sweet but good balance of bitterness

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, medium carb

Overall a very solid Porter. next time I'm passing thru Indiana I wouldn't mind picking up some more of this

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Photo of BeerBrose
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a miniature snifter glass.

Look: Dark brownish tint black with a tan head and good retention/lacing.

Smell: chocolate, brownie, a bit of a coffee roast. Little to no hop presence in the nose, which I prefer on a porter.

Taste: Sweet caramel. Yeasty bread, smooth roast with hints of cocoa and coffee. small licorice like bitterness in the back end with a dark fruit like raisins in the finish. Nice balance and good flavor profile.

Feel: Heavy bodied, robust! light roast bitterness lingering on my tongue.

Overall: Good robust porter. Id have it again.

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4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours wonderfully thick for a porter. Really is a blackish tone of a body. Head is a thick creamy inch and a half of biscuity brown head. Head has nice retention and leaves solid waves of lace as it fades. Nose is just what the name suggests, robust. Rich and grainy with a nice amount of coffee and toasted dark malts in the aroma. With first sip I am a bit let down by how the robustness that was promised by the nose doesn't transpire completely into the flavor. It is not bad at all, but it is not as big as I was expecting. Dry and crisp for a porter. Shortly roasted malts paint the tongue with coco and even background hops. As I drink I tend to appreciate this beer more. This is a solid porter overall. I have been nothing but impressed with this brewery overall.

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4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple 12oz cans in a trade with awdturboiv. Poured into a standard shaker pint glass.

Pours viscous black with brown edges when held to the light, a fatty tan head, good retention with impressive lacing. Aroma is roasty and malty - coffee and dark chocolate, with some faint hop aroma (wish it were dry hopped a bit more to be honest). Flavor follows aroma with a big roasty malt bill, black licorice, tobacco, some sweetness, and what the aroma may have lacked in dry hopping, the flavor more than makes up for, staying true to the 18th Street style. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and medium-bodied, carbonation is mellow and appropriate for the style. A real working class ale - hearty, robust, flavorful - the perfect beer to wash away the wear and tear of a day's hard work.

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Foreman from 18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 82 ratings