Token | Alpine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-16-2010

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3.51/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on-draught at Alpine's pub into a 5 oz sampler. Reviewed from notes taken in January 2013.

A: Pours a half finger head of nice cream and thickness, but poor retention. Body colour is a dark caramel-black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Caramel, dark malts, buried roast, and residual sweetness. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Dark malts, caramel, and buried light roast. Very balanced and enjoyable. Flavourful and tasty. I quite like it. Complex yet pleasant to drink.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Carbonation is perfect. Great thickness and presence on the palate.

Dr: Very drinkable. A quality porter; I quite like it. Yet another solid beer from Alpine. I'd definitely get it again.


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3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chilled growler into a glass. Thanks, Brian! From notes.

A: Pours a dark brown body with 1" tan head. Good retention, with some lacing down the sides.

S: Roasty and chocolatey even when the beer is cold. The roast aromas are suggestive of coffee. As it warms, some lactic twang or dark fruit becomes noticeable.

T: Chocolate and coffee-like roasted grain. I had trouble telling whether the mild dark fruit flavor was anise or possibly even some lactic sourness. When cold, it has an astringent finish, but it becomes more chocolatey on the back end as it warms.

M: Lush, velvety. Medium-full bodied. Expressive even when cold, though there are some flaws at that temperature (as noted above). Thin-bodied. No heat.

O: This is decent. It's not my favorite of their beers, but it's a solid porter. Reminds me of New Old Lompoc Batch 69 in some ways.

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3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes 1/28/11 (I think this was thanks to largadeer). Growler. Solid strong porter. I think I had my expectations set a bit too high, but it was still quite enjoyable. It pours dark brown with a small tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits and earthiness. It tasted medium sweet with a lot of fruity dark malt flavor. The roasted malt notes combined with some grassy hoppiness seemed a bit acidic. Some nice nuttiness in the background. Feel was fairly creamy but seemed to thin out in the finish. I’d like to revisit this one in the future.

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3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near black with hints of lace around the edge of the snifter. Smells nicely sweet, hints of dark malts and rich caramel. That's about it in the smell. No chocolate or coffee.
Taste is mild and a bit watery. Hints of chocolate come out in the taste along with the caramel and malts that are present in the smell. A thin mouthfeel with a lingering mildly dry finish. Not a bad porter but could be a bit denser.

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3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass. This Token beer pours a deep brown with some mahogany highlights. An inch of dense mocha foam breaks down slowly, leaving spatters of lacing, eventually reducing to, yet maintaining, a thin surface cap.

Smell is of cocoa and light grated chocolate. Bit of a thin sweet caramel and cherry fruit presence is noted after the foam settles.

Taste is pleasant and matches the nose. A slightly thinner body than expected is found. At 8.5% I expected a richer body yet this masks the ABV quite well and maintains a lightness on the palate. Finish lingers with a flash of the malt depth I was anticipating, wrapping it up with a slight char character. Feel improves with warming and offers a strong drinkability, particularly for the ABV. Solid though lacking any special attraction.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub in Alpine on 10/30/10. Served in a large tulip. Unfortunately the beer was far too cold when I received it so I had to wait for awhile for it to warm up.

A very small light tan head caps a completely opaque black body. Head dies almost immediately leaving a thin film atop the beer.

Aroma is loaded with chocolate with some nice backing roasted coffee notes. On track for the American Porter style.

Flavors are basically identical to the aroma but a little more clearly defined. Chocolate notes now call to mind a milk chocolate candy bar while the roasted malts are less coffee-like but still fairly acrid. Alcohol sweetness is nicely hidden considering the monster ABV but still a little more present than I prefer in the style. Gains some nutty notes as it completes the journey to room temperature.

Although it doesn't break my top ten for the style this is another very good beer from the Alpine Beer Co.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by someone I didn't know at Woodshop 5.0. Pours clear dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma is very chocolatey with roasty coffee notes and light smoke. Flavor is roasted malts and dark chocolate, pretty standard stuff. The only thing that stands out is the nice mouthfeel; it's very chewy and luxurious. Nothing wrong with this beer, just a little too generic.

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Token from Alpine Beer Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 69 ratings.
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