Instant Karma Porter | Starpoint Brewing

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Starpoint Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Kcman91 on 10-25-2013

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Reviews by Immortale25:
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3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Small sticker on the bottle says Bottled On Feb 2, 2014

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Initial notes of light oak give way to dark roasted malt, chocolate and caramel sweetness. Slightly effervescent plus a bit of booze.

T- Flavor is more straightforward with some enjoyable dark roast that brings more notes of chocolate and caramel. Sweet aftertaste hints at vanilla. Not much oak though which isn't surprising since there were only trace amounts in the aroma.

M- Somewhat thick and slick with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- Besides it being a bit overcarbonated, this is a well-made porter. Kind of lacking on the oak presence, but it's good nonetheless.

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Photo of oberon
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep dark chocolate brown with a thin light beige head atop that is gone very quickly,not much carbonation to this beer.Light chocolate in the nose along with mild charred fruit,a tinge of the oak is present,pretty subdued.Flavors of milk chocolate and faint dry earthiness underneath,the oak is present but is light and the toast is light,some dark fruit comes into play as it warms a little.Not bad but it's pretty ho hum,nothing really stands out for me here.

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Photo of beardsonbrews
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of CraigTravor
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of AngusOg
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Feb 2, 2014. Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is jet black, with a fluffy, bubbly, low profile, light tan head. Aromas of roast cocoa, subtle bitter backbone, woody highlights, and a subtle coffee blend. Pretty smooth and balanced nose. Flavors are smooth and balanced, with a mocha blend throughout, a bit more bitter coffee in the backbone, and some wood highlights to add a touch of rough edges to the otherwise smooth characteristics. Smooth bodied, with a bitter, roasted coffee and chocolate aftertaste. The finish is smooth and fairly clean, with a touch of bitter roast at the end. Not bad, but the flavors drop a bit from the great look and aromas.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of joe1510
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

22oz Bomber
Good Bottle - Charlotte

Bottled 12/10/13

The pour produces some worry of infection. I get a couple fingers worth of coffee brown porter at the bottom of the glass and a raucus, bubbly, quick forming milk chocolate head that nearly overflows. The head is dense and rocky but the carbonation appears to be way too high. The foam eventually subsides after a few minutes and I can get some more beer in the glass, where it belongs.

The nose is roasty, chocolatey, and full of dark berries. Roast is first and foremost with the coffee following close behind. Black coffee to be precise. The berries are both ripe and underripe adding an aspect of greenness and a touch of sweetness. I don't get any actuall oak but there are ghost like appearences of vanilla and cinnamon that I'm sure are contributed to the aging. It's hard to tell if this is slowly becoming infected but there is some soft metallics on the backend that don't interfere much.

The flavor profile hs all the same components but they're mixed up a bit. Coffee seems to be in the forefront while the roastiness rides that wave. The dark berries pop up in the middle and roll through the finish. Underripe mostly, adding some greenness, but there are some rip ones in there as well. Soft metallics and bandaid bring up the long finish again, which are a hindrance to this otherwise good porter.

As it looked, the carbonation is far too high. The body has a nice weight, just over moderate, up front but as soon as that carbonation hits it gets frothy and moves far too fast. The roast adds some bitterness of the finish and so does the band-aid quality.

It's too bad this guy has the problems it has, which are still minimal at this point, because it's a good porter otherwise. It shows off nice roast and coffee notes but the infection doesn't help.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Instant Karma Porter from Starpoint Brewing
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 15 ratings