Blind Jake
Pinthouse Pizza Craft Brewpub

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Pinthouse Pizza Craft Brewpub
Texas, United States
Porter - American
Ranked #186
Ranked #15,085
3.94 | pDev: 7.11%
Jul 08, 2020
Nov 19, 2013
Very Good
Notes: None
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4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by puck1225 from Texas

Very flavorful, robust porter. Poured from a 16 oz. can purchased at the brewery, poured into a tulip glass. Creamy thick initial head atop a dark brown body, good lacing. Smell of berries and dark chocolate. Pleasant dark coffee flavors when tasted. Something I would get again.

Jul 08, 2020
3.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 10, 2020
3.99 by Mickt465 from New Hampshire on Sep 01, 2019
4.25 by Eddiehop from Texas on Oct 28, 2018
3.78 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas on Dec 11, 2017
4.24 by mecmd from Tennessee on Nov 16, 2017
3.85 by sd123 from Georgia on Nov 08, 2017
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3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

Reviewed from notes taken in Fall 2014.

Porter. 6.3% ABV.

Served on-draught into a conical pint at Pinthouse Pizza, Austin, TX.

HEAD: 2 fingers worth of head, pale khaki in colour. Nice creaminess and frothiness. Smooth, full, robust. Leaves light lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is nice - ~3-4 minutes.

BODY: Opaque black in colour. No yeast/lees or hop sediment can be seen within.

Looks good albeit conventional for a porter. Not unique or special within the style, but certainly appealing.

AROMA: Creamy notes, dark malts, specialty chocolate malts, a kiss of roasted barley, oats.

Appealing for a porter, with a seemingly great balance judging by the aroma. Pleasant overall, and of average aromatic intensity.

TASTE: Cream, dark malts, dark chocolate, specialty chocolate malts, bitter cocoa powder, brewer's chocolate, oats, and a bit of lactose sugar.

It's a bit too bitter for a porter, actually, suffering from an unpleasant lingering bitter aftertaste that borders on acrid. A bit more malty sweetness would help balance this out. It's well-built otherwise.

Has a pretty high flavour intensity for a mere porter, but flavour depth and duration are average.

I do like it, but it's not amongst the most balanced, complex, or subtle expressions of the style out there. More a solid mainstay that will cater to the casual porter drinker, but not as classic in execution as Fuller's, Black Butte, or the like.

TEXTURE: Chewy, creamy, smooth, wet, full-bodied, thick, and heavy. They nailed the mouthfeel down pat; this is well within porter style conventions. The chewiness in particular is a highlight. Really a meal in a glass, as well it should be. True to style, it's unrefreshing but its smoothness and wetness keeps it nonetheless approachable.

The one downside is it's slightly astringent. Not otherwise problematic (not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, scratchy, etc.).

OVERALL: Downable and enjoyable enough, but not a world-class porter by any stretch. I wouldn't get it again with Deschutes' superior Black Butte Porter sitting on shelves for far less per oz, but I'm glad I tried it. A nice little porter from what is possibly the most underrated brewery in Austin.

High C+ (3.23) / ABOVE AVERAGE

Jul 06, 2017
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3.78 by LXIXME from New Mexico on Dec 30, 2014
3.5 by erushing from Texas on Dec 08, 2014
3.75 by NeverSettle from Texas on Nov 16, 2014
3.75 by zbooks from Texas on Nov 16, 2014
4.5 by Gatordaddy from Maryland on Oct 29, 2014
4.3 by MLDucky from Texas on Oct 10, 2014
4.25 by Dogleg from Pennsylvania on Aug 27, 2014
4 by Big_Dave from Texas on Aug 14, 2014
4 by Dello from Texas on Jul 18, 2014
4.25 by CRJMellor from Arkansas on Mar 28, 2014
4 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Mar 28, 2014
4 by Karibourgeois from Texas on Mar 09, 2014
4 by JohnBender from Texas on Feb 18, 2014
4 by kjkinsey from Texas on Nov 19, 2013
Blind Jake from Pinthouse Pizza Craft Brewpub
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