Samoan Drop | Banded Brewing Co.

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3.92/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Banded Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
bandedhorn.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Robust Porter brewed with toasted coconut, cocoa husk, and coconut-caramel cookies.

Added by JebBeerFish on 04-11-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,717
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
26
pDev:
9.95%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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0
Gots:
3
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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of Abstractspirit
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of hopley
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SawDog505
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kdivers
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of jrc1093
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 7irondave
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paresis
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smcolw
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown color with no light passing even along the edge. Moderate, bar poured head. A thick ring of lace after each sip.

Creamy mild milk chocolate aroma. Light chalk.

Spritzy for the style but the body is still solid. This is something between a cross of a Brown Ale and a Porter. There's a good hop presence with semisweet chocolate and blackberries. I do not detect the Girl Scout Cookies (I assume Thin Mints) as advertised.

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Photo of vabeerguy
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Flounder57
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz canwas poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: A one finger headwas poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Caramel, cookie, doughy, sugary, roasted coconut, earthy, and slight nuttiness.

Taste: All aromas blended smoothly that lost throughout the palate. Light sweetness, nuttiness, bitterness, and chewy notes.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, a little chewy, light bitterness, and slight sweetness.

Overall: Last neer og the four pack and have to say that this beer has grown on me over the past month. Hopefully this beer will be a yearly spring installment.

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Photo of Summerteeth
3.44/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This early, mid-late evening: Samoan Drop, a beer I grabbed in error thinking it was a different brew from Banded Horn out of Biddefored, Maine. This is a porter brewed with toasted coconut, cocoa husk (whatever that is), and coconut-caramel cookies (aka Samoas). This one comes in at 8.4%. Smell is like a typical high alcohol porter. Pitch black. Heavy mouthfeel. Not too sweet, actually, despite the ingredients. Taste is slightly smoky and malty. This is quite a surprise and nothing like the ingredient list suggests. Glad I grabbed it by mistake. I'll give it. Solid B.

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Photo of Sk8sean86
3.04/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of ContentmentDIPA
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fitzy01
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jshbrown40
2.9/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had this on tap at Banded Horn. Pours a deep dark brown, little to no head. Smell is dark chocolate and malt, traces of coconut; nothing over-powering. Tastes was pretty plain: no aspect of this beer stood out: very little, if any taste of toasted coconut, little to no trace of biscuit-maltiness, strongest flavor was a fairly generic porter chocolatiness. Beer was fairly thin, and not as rich as I thought it would be. Perhaps my expectations were too high: I expected bigger notes of toasted coconut and rich, dark chocolate and combined with some more caramel and biscuit-like malt notes ( like the cookie it's name sake suggests). Not an awful beer, but nothing outstanding either. I was surely disappointed with this out put, but hope they continue to tweak the recipe as this could be quite a treat if done right.

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Photo of shehateme
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scotorum
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

BANDED HORN SAMOAN DROP PORTER 4/23/17

#5 in my new reviews of ten Maine beers acquired on a recent trip.

Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a: Opaque black with plenty of clear ruby at the bottom, and one and a half inch thick tan head which receded to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s: The coconut-cocoa-caramel combo is immediately apparent, somewhat reminiscent of Evil Twin's great Biscotti Break brew.

t; Follows the nose with some fruit notes as well, over a mild caramel malt base. Somewhat sweet finish.

m; Light to medium, ok body and some carbonation tingle.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmorris15
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky dark brown that's almost black. Aroma of chocolate, coconut, caramel, and dark fruit. The flavor is a nice mix between the coconut, caramel, and chocolate with some bitterness to keep things in check. Very smooth mouthfeel, just right for the ABV. Overall, awesome beer from Banded Horn.

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Photo of hockeypuck
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/18/2017 at Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, coconut, roasted malts, some chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with flavors of coffee and coconut. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. There is some chocolate flavor in the background. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean for the style.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid stout to drink for a while.

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4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hoppy_Time
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich black brown with beautiful crimson passing through on the edge, a tan fluffy two finger head reduces to a film and leaves generous lacing.

Aromas of coconut, chocolate, caramel, some dark fruit like fig, roasty malt, burnt toast, maybe a touch of black licorice.

Tastes of light coconut and chocolate played over an intense roasty porter. Lots of caramel and burnt toast, semi-sweet chocolate. A touch sweet up front but develops a nice char bitterness, and finishes without leaning to sweet or to dry.

Rich full body but thin enough to avoid being a viscous stout. Soft and creamy with decent carbonation.

Overall this is as advertised. A well made porter with some extras, it delivers and remains a porter, letting the coconut and chocolate and caramel dance on the tongue without becoming to overpowering or cloyingly sweet.

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Samoan Drop from Banded Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 26 ratings