Burial / J. Wakefield - Portal to Transgression | Burial Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Amidst the interwoven visuals that make up our dreams, we create realities unto themselves. For we are the makers of our subjective truths. Made with a copious blend of dank hops, and aged upon heaps of Dutch cocoa powder, vanilla, and lactose. Parsed together with the J. Wakefield Brewing crew.

Added by dbrauneis on 07-28-2018

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5
Ratings:
23
pDev:
3.98%
 
 
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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by Rammed96:
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4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Run4theRoses
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThickNStout
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz can from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 5.49. Canned 7/18/18. Served in a Burial snifter. Enjoyed 9/20/18.

Pours brown like cola and rests in the glass chocolate with three rocky fingers of dirty parchment hued head. The bubbles fade, leaving a fine surface layer, full belt and some decent streaks of lacing.

Smells sweet and roasty. Faint vanilla, chocolate milk, slightly burnt toast and some cooked caramel.

Tastes of weak coffee, bittersweet dark chocolate, milk sugar, caramel, roasted malt and toast.

Smooth medium body with moderate carbonation. Notes of chocolate milk and caramel coffee provide a sweet, lingering finish.

Burial and J Wakefield have teamed up for another dark brew. This time around they went a bit less robust. Portal to Transgression is a solid porter that has at least some modest evidence of the advertsed adjuncts. I’m glad I tried it but also satisfied with my decision to stick to a single tallboy.

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Photo of Irish57
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of fehrminator
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FriedSlug
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

When poured the stream is clear, dark and reddish brown. The pour produces about a finger of light tan, fluffy head that retreats to the edges and leaves significant lacing behind. The aroma is pure coffee with sweet cream, vanilla and cocoa. The combination seems to keep giving me thoughts of coconut. MEdium bodied, sweet beer with a ton of cocoa, vanilla and roasted malt. It is quite sweet but light and has a bitter char finish to even it out. Another really tasty dark beer from Burial.

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Photo of Benish
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear extremely dark brown approaching jet black in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising quickly along the edges of the glass and moderate chestnut brown + cola brown colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a couple of small patches of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts and chocolate/cocoa with a light to moderate amount of lactose sweetness. Light to moderate aromas of vanilla and light aromas of dank resinous hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted malts and chocolate/cocoa with a light to moderate amount of lactose sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of vanilla. Finally there are light flavors of earthy + dank resinous hops. Overall there is a light amount of roasty hoppy bitterness that fades away slowly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and very enjoyable - though the mouthfeel is a touch thin. Nice balance between the lactose, cocoa, and vanilla with the roasted malts.

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Photo of jrc1093
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 7/18/18

Pours black with a soft finger of foamy, off-white head; decent retention and trickles of lacing, with an off-white ring persisting around the surface.

Aromas of smooth, lightly bitter milk chocolate, vanilla beans, and roasty malts; these are all balanced smoothly for a good medium between bitter and sweet.

Taste is baker’s chocolate balanced against bitter, roasty malts; again, great balance dominates here, as the flavors interact seamlessly and the profile remains balanced.

Mouthfeel is oily slick and suits that role impressively as a porter; soft, almost pillowy carbonation (although slightly thin) removes nearly all but the most stylistically essential bitterness from the palate and creates something unexpectedly smooth, light-feeling, and easy-drinking; virtually no alcohol present.

A solid porter with some good adjunct flavors; without hitting it out of the park, this one does everything well and really faults at nothing. For what it lacks in asserting a diverse flavor profile, it makes up for in near effortless drinkability. Well-done.

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4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kell50
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of strohme2
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 ounce can, dated 18JUL18. Poured into Burial tulip.
Poured a flat cola brown , some red highlights. As it sits in the glass it’s very dark brown. Half a finger of tan head before it disappears.
Cocoa powder, vanilla, smoke nose. Much the same taste. Cocoa, smoke, ash, bit of dark cherry, almond, vanilla. Lighter body but smooth profile with drying finish. Alcohol is well hidden here. Tiny amount of carbonation leads to huge drinkability. I like my porters and stouts like this.

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4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cnealc
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dlos
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Burial / J. Wakefield - Portal to Transgression from Burial Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 23 ratings