Killer Boots
Verboten Brewing and Barrel Project

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Style:
English Porter
Ranked #115
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
85
Ranked #24,033
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 6.23%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
29
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Verboten Brewing and Barrel Project
 
Colorado, United States
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SCORE
85
Very Good
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4.28/5  rDev +11.2%

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3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.72/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mactrail
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dry but malty dark brew with a watery mouthfeel. Very modest foam and virtually no lacing in the Tripel Karmeliet tulip. Smooth texture with a nice low-grade fizz.

Just a slight malty sweetness to start. More blackened grain than the caramel roasted taste. However, some burnt sugar and a touch of caramel. A winey sensation and that dark pleasure. It's like a Schwartzbier with a malty presence.

A pleasant quaff. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Wilbur's Total Beverage in Fort Collins.

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3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a shaker pint, the beer is jet black with ruby highlights, and an off-white halo of head. Nose of dark roasted coffee, with a tangy sweet caramel not, and some salty highlights. Flavors of roasted coffee, dark caramel, cocoa, and a continuing highlight of salty notes. Smooth and dry, with a roasted and earthy highlight. Dry, smooth finish. Very nice.

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Photo of denver10
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a khaki head. Aroma is roasty, a little coffee, a little nuttle, and a little chocolate. Flavor starts out with a little molasses and roastiness, but not really coming together, then the 2nd half it really picks up with the caramel really showing itself, some nuttiness, some chocolate, and roasted barley. A medium bodied, kinda silky mouthfeel but could do for a bit more creaminess to it. Almost felt a little watery. Overall, solid first impression from this new brewery. This was definitely an interesting take on a porter that worked better than I expected. Would drink this again.

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3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Year old brewery from Loveland, CO. Bottle with awesome label and logo from SalukiAlum.

Pours maybe a shade darker than cola brown, allows some mahogany highlights when held to the light. One finger porous and rock off white head. Decent retention and sticky lacing that creates clumps of bubbles on the glass.

Homebrew yeast and astringent charred malt to start, smoothed some with caramel sweetness and some grainy malt. Yeast provides fruity esters mimicking plums, vinous fruit and berry pulp. Lacks the cocoa or coffee aromas of other dark beers.

A step up from the aroma, charred malt sits atop a more solid and sweet foundation of caramel and cocoa. The graininess in the nose is amended, the fruit notes derived from the yeast are still there, vinous fruit, figs and prune muddling the luxurious cocoa and caramel flavors at the beginning of the drink. Hops provide an earthy balance with a cleansing dryness. Finishes with some astringent charred malt to go with mild bitterness.

Body is a tad watery but perfectly carbonated and goes down easy. Alcohol is a non factor and if the charred malt didn't linger through the finish would be perfect.

The bottle label and boldness of a 'caramel porter' got me hyped up for this one, a bit more than what was realistic for such a young brewery. Solid porter, homebrew ale yeast imparts alot of fruit esters and it results in alot going on, thus masking the roasted malt, caramel and chocolate that is underlying. Lots of potential, just some needed tweaks and tightening up to get something really special.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

$ 12.58 (Including shipping)/bomber ($ 0.617) from Tavour, Seattle, WA. Reviewed 12/8/18.
No date on bottle but a sticker on the back reads “09 2618”, stored at 42 degrees and served at 50 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 54 degrees.
Appearance – 4.25.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque. When held to the light, penetration occurs at the ring only. Some effervescence.
Head – Large (maximum six cm, aggressive center pour), tan, high density, convex crown above rim, good retention, diminishing to a four mm ring fed by effervescence and connected to lacing and a complete layer, with some isolated islands of lacing remaining as the head retracts.
Lacing – Excellent! Wide partial rings of tiny bubbles connected by multiple short columns.
First pour – Medium brown, slight haze.
Aroma – 4 – The caramel hits you nose first, followed by a general roasted malt goodness.
Flavor – 4.25 - Surprisingly, the caramel from the nose is not so predominant in the flavor; the first thing I notice is a slightly bitter roasted malt. The caramel shows up in the aftertaste. In between there are chocolate notes. No distinct hops, no alcohol (6% ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4.25 – An excellent take on an English porter – looks great, smells great, tastes great. I wish I had purchased a few more bombers.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Killer Boots from Verboten Brewing and Barrel Project
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 29 ratings