Peralta Porter
Santa Clara Valley Brewing

Peralta PorterPeralta Porter
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American Porter
Ranked #414
Ranked #19,196
3.9 | pDev: 8.46%
Santa Clara Valley Brewing
California, United States
Very Good
Peralta PorterPeralta Porter
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 37
Photo of Omnium
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Black brown with a ton of foamy tan head, its either over carbonated or infected. Thick lacing
S - Big roasty chocolate and malt, burnt toffee, earthy mild hop notes, caramel, really wonderful aroma.
T - Rather large bitter bite, burnt coffee, earthy, dark chocolate, big hop presence, even more so than the malt, which kinda detracts, but still good.
M - Medium body, well carbonated, not super rich or bitter, decent balance.
O - Excellent aroma, flavor falls a tad short, but still a very good porter.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Snagged a bomber of this for a mere 5 bucks at my local house of 1,000 beers. Into a pint glass.
A - Looks damn near perfect a deep dark shade of amber almost black with a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head that sticks around forever. Making for great lacing.
S - Smell is great roasted malt, some cocoa, and a touch of coffee. No hops smell so it must have been aged out.
T - Bittering hops are their but only slightly distracting. Next I get some dry roasty taste and finish is rather sweet with cocoa powder and sugar sweetness. Not bad.
M - Light to medium rather smooth. Good.

Overall it was a very good porter quite hoppy but age has done it wonders. Worth the 5 bucks I paid for it.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the DTLA bottle share held at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to HopHeadJim for sharing this one.

Pours a clear super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is definitely a bit hoppier that I am used to for the style.

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Photo of pkalix
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a small-sized Chimay chalice (because I have others but I want to use this one today!) with a quickly dissipating tan head and a nice dispersement of 'soapy' lacing.
aroma is ALL chocolate... ALL chocolate... reminds me of the Mogli I had a little while ago, although that one was decidedly much more pure chocolately in its essence.
taste follows suit. thin for a porter, but very nice and very flavorful. very much bittersweet chocolate in the mix here with other very small additions to the total. i'm very surprised the other reviews do not witness the chocolate. could they possibly change their brew?
overall, thin but very nice. mouthfeel id much less thick than I anticipated. surprised to see they have only TWO beers to their credit, but they're obviously doing quite well with what they have. I really like this one and appreciate the flavor i'm getting. I still get the chocolate, mostly, but this is a very decent brew....

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Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The coffee brown liquid is topped by a rocky beige head that leaves some splashy lacing behind

Smell: Roasty and ashy with muted coffee tones; a hint of dark fruit

Taste: Blueberry fruit elements commingle, up front, with the roasty malt flavors imparting an interesting Ethiopian coffee character; ashy tones mingle with hop bitterness, after the swallow, and drive into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I am really warming up to the berry tones in this beer as it takes the brew in a unusual direction

Thanks, JesseLara, for the opportunity

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Photo of mactrail
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

As close to black as it gets. Attractive off-white foam on the Duvel tulip. Excellent light-bodied but foam mouthfeel. Flavor is dominated by the dark malt. I'd call it French roast. Dry with a touch of sweet malt.

While there is an abundance of charred grain, the flavor is not at all sour and bitter. Quite a decent example of a very dark but mellow brew. Great sudsiness with every new pour. Really an excellent beer from a rather obscure brewery with only two beers. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Beer Revolution in Oakland.

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Photo of popery
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a little bit of ruby to it. Appears to have little cloudiness but it's hard to tell with the fairly dark color. Big khaki head. Lots of fine bubbles. Good retention with some lacing. The aroma is big on chocolate and caramel. It's a nice mix of milk chocolate, cocoa and gooey caramel. The taste isn't as sweet as I expected from the aroma. Lots of chocolate but it's pretty dry. There's a roast, coffee flavor. Mild caramel. A touch of herbal hop bitterness in the finish. Despite the dryness, the mouthfeel is fairly creamy. Nice fullness to the beer. I'm not blown away, but this is a solid porter.

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Photo of smitty5245
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep brown/black color with a caramel head. Nice aroma with lots of roasted coffee and chocolate. Medium body with some light caramel and roasted malt. As it warms a little sweetness comes out to offset the bitterness to balance itself out. A little bitter but overall a great Porter.

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Peralta Porter from Santa Clara Valley Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 37 ratings