Winnower | Burial Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
Burial Beer Co.
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Winnower tools remove the husk of the bean from the cocoa nib and open the door for flavor collaboration. This sweet porter is loaded with 210 pounds of fresh raspberry and 50 pounds of French Broad Chocolates' Nicaraguan cocoa nibs to replicate some of our favorite Belgian confections. Medium bodied and packed with flavor, Winnower is an amuse-bouche to your drinking day.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 67
Photo of tobelerone
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent sweeter Porter with a bit of a tangy, almost fruity note reminiscent of tart cherry, but no overly so. It plays nicely with dark chocolate, espresso and roasted malt characteristics. Body is medium to slightly lighter, medium carbonation. Neither sticky nor fizzy, has a somewhat thin appearance with minimal head and lacing on draught. Easy drinking and tasty.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample had at exhibit ale in Lawrenceville GA.
A: pours a coffee brown, chocolate milk foam head, carbonation
S: raspberry, chocolate, sweet malt
M: medium body
T: raspberry, cocoa nibs, bitterness
O: okay brew

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Photo of Gavage
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: almost black in color, sports a 1" head that slowly falls.

Smell: roasted malt and raspberries come through to the nose.

Taste: roasted malt, dark chocolate, raspberries, prunes, and a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish.

Overall: a very flavorful beer that can pair nicely with a chocolate dessert.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black. Foamy, medium, brown head that lasts shortly.

Smells raspberry, roast, light cocoa and earthy.

Tastes tart raspberry, dark chocolate, roast malt. Followed by coffee and earthiness. Finish is Semi sweet with a raspberry and earthy linger. Lighter medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

probably a little too sweet to drink a ton of, but this is a great porter and an awesome use of the cocoa and the raspberries, both very bold in the aroma and flavor. the base beer is thicker, fuller bodied, and quite dark on the roasted malts. i get coffee from it, but also a sweetness like brown sugar, smooth and layered, wintery, but very appealing. the cocoa nibs add a natural chocolate character to it thats very groovy with the dark malts. there is some bitterness to it, but more than anything its a balancing element against some of the residual sugar in the base beer, distinct here. the berries are both tangy and jammy sweet, super fresh, juicy and summery, they really serve to lighten this up overall, and with the nibs they create this sort of valentines day chocolate dessert complexion, sensual and rich, its really very good. i dont often love fruit in my dark beer, but burial has crafted an exceptional chocolate raspberry porter here that sets a new high water mark for the style. not too sweet by the end, with the raw chocolate flavor lingering. great beer.

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Photo of Mineo
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lots of raspberry on the nose. Charred chocolate a bit more prominent in the taste, though the lingering, jamm-y berry is definitely there. This is a well-balanced, roasty porter that certainly doesn't skimp on the berry flavor -- though thankfully still manages to evade being overly sweet.

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Photo of ordybill
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark black with reddish highlights and a large brown head. The aroma is sweet cocoa and malt. The taste is roasted malt.

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Photo of MMOSNN
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look - almost pitch black with a decent mocha head that dissipates to a ring and very little lacing.
Smell - raspberries dominate, along with sweet chocolate and malty goodness in the form of caramel and slight earthy coffee.
Taste - pretty much follows the nose, but again, tart raspberry is most dominant but mixes well with a sweet chocolate backbone. The malt characteristics are there but are subtle and mild.
Feel - high carbonation, medium body, smooth, but nothing too spectacular.
This is a decadent porter with very strong tart raspberry notes. I'd prefer a richer malty foundation though.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pour black with nice thick mocha color head that dissipates to a thin cap. Pretty spotty lacing.

Aroma - Very tart raspberry up front, mixture of dark chocolate and roasted malts. Mild coffee and vanilla

Taste - Nice roasted malts and dark cacao nibs the tart raspberry comes more toward the end. Really balanced flavors with just a touch of coffee on the end.

Feel - Medium bodied pretty smooth and well carbonated.

Overall - A well done porter, nice smooth feel, well balanced cacao and raspberry flavors.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint dark chestnut brown colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy mocha colored head that slowly reduces to a large patch of slightly mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts, chocolate/cacao nibs, and slightly tart raspberry.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted malt and chocolate malts with just a hint of caramel sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of slightly sweet, mostly tart raspberries and moderate flavors of cacao nibs. Hints of earthy hops towards the finish. Light to moderate amounts of lingering roasty bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Enjoyable and very easy to drink, a dessert beer but not one that is overly sweet/cloying but rather because the chocolate raspberry combination reminds me of a dessert. Alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a very fruity stout with a decent amount of raspberry flavor. The stout characteristics come through in the form of chocolate and coffee. It all blends very well.

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Photo of W_Des
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pour a rich amber brown color in a tasting flight. Raspberry and cocoa nose and a nice medium body. A nice tartness from the raspberries. Overall very good dessert beer. It reminds me of Lindley Park from Olde Hickory. I think I might like this version a little more.

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Winnower from Burial Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 67 ratings