Ghost Pigeon Porter
New England Brewing Co.

Ghost Pigeon PorterGhost Pigeon Porter
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American Porter
Ranked #37
Ranked #3,804
4.12 | pDev: 9.22%
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
Ghost Pigeon PorterGhost Pigeon Porter
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 176
Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can won in auction. Very nice roasty flavor with just a bit of citrus happiness. Drinks easily, pretty neutral finish. Smooth and a bit creamy. Get it if you can.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a finger and a half of caramel foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is roasty, toasty, nutty, caramely, bready malts with bits and pieces of burnt sugar and toffee. Flavor profile is toasty, roasty, nutty, caramely, bready malts in a splendid display. Toffee and molasses come on a little towards the end, sweetening the experience. Mouth feel starts out watery with only a minute amount of texture to it. As it sits on the palate, it transforms into a slightly more grainy, and thus robust, texture. It has a medium thickness. Overall, big malts with a little sweetness carry this beer through with splendid balance. It's easy to drink and session, while still providing a blast of dark notes.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 12oz can. Reviewed on Beers by BeerAdvocate.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Growler glass brown color (really hard to tell the difference once I poured into a pint); good garnet highlights. Thin albeit lush and creamy layer of khaki head. Great adhesion, sticky lacing.

S: Light mellow roast, black malt character. More of a toasty carmelized brown sugar char. Light nuttiness; toffee. Slight hints of dark chocolate.

M: Quite creamy and smooth that does well in hiding a medium body. Low astringency and well attenuated. Low-Moderate carbonation.

T/O: Lightly burnt coffee grains and semi sweet chocolate. Muted fruitiness throughout that has sweet/acidic properties of passionfruit. Maybe some raisin and caramel sweetness. Sweetness is countered with great bitterness level that begs repeated sips. Limited on the hoppy/coffee side of things but very drinkable throughout. A well styled traditional style porter that doesnt take the roastringency to the edge.

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Photo of Boto
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Brewery: This one pours a dark brown color. There was a small tan head on it. It has a nice aroma. Some coffee and chocolate notes. Also some roast and caramel. The taste is similar. Very smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of CayseyW
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a thin black and retains a generous crema head that subsides quickly into a dark tan collar. Lacing is spotty.
S: Subtle roastiness with hints of coffee, chocolate and a nuance of liquorish.
T: Typical porter characteristics that align with the smell. Very delicate, balanced flavors.
F: Body is a touch too thin, would love a bit more body because I think it could amplify the nice flavors. Love the latent bitterness, gives it a more bold feel. Very nice carb.
O: Excellent porter and one I would drink again. It's a nice change up from some of Nebco's more popular offerings.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had at Haywire Burger Bar in Westbrook, CT back in January 2015. From notes. Really nice porter here on tap. Never have seen it outside of the brewery and it is not canned or bottled. Would love to try again in the winter months. Seems like a nice, lighter dark beer if you don't want their Imperial Stout Trooper.

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Photo of CTHomer
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: deep brown in color; 1 finger khaki head that receded to a thin cap; thick lacing;

S: dark chocolate, coffee beans;

T: a nice combination of dark chocolate and coffee; starts with a bite, but sweetens slightly at mid-palate - like if you added a little cream to coffee; mild bitterness and a touch of smokiness at the finish;

M: medium bodied; sticky; moderate, creamy carbonation;

O: really like everything about this beer;

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Photo of BTVflatlander
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Obtained same-day in Woodbridge. Served in a pint.

Full disclosure, I must put it out there that I'm trying Ghost Pigeon for the first time only a few days after drinking Hill Farmstead's Everett and, as much as I'd like to review this beer independently, I know Everett will become my inevitable comparison.

A: Silky black with a cream head. Well done.

S: Milky chocolate.

T: Almost sour like a milk stout but not quite. Chocolate overpowers with a distinct milky-ness. Pleasant and drinkable.

M: This is where Everett comes in. Mouthfeel is one of the many things Hill does so very perfectly. Everett is silky, supple, and smooth. Unfortunately, Ghost Pigeon is a bit too watery for my taste and doesn't stack up in this category.

O: That said, I love NEBCo., and I was excited to try this beer as the first non-canned brew of theirs that I've had. I was not in any way disappointed, and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes stouts or porters and NEBCo. And, despite the fact that it pales in comparison to the aformentioned unfair comparison, it is extremely pleasant and drinkable. However, I'd probably get Gandhi if I had the choice again.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a mug from my fridge in the cellar. The beer pours a deep brown hue with creamy cascading tan head that recedes to a sturdy surface layer and leaves dense tightly packed latticework on the glass after each sip.
Aroma is rich roasted malt and just a bit of dark cacao mixed in for good measure. I dont really get much hop profile on the nose.
First sip reveals an average body with smooth texture and gentle mild carbonation.
The flavor is similar to the nose with mostly roasted malt and some dark chocolate, but I get hits of coffee bean here that I didnt notice on the nose.
Again no hop hits and no signs of booze anywhere. This is a smooth drinking tasty porter that I am glad I have a sixtel of in the basement. I could, and have been drinking this every night and it still makes me smile with each glass.

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Photo of far333
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep chestnut with a light brown thick head that recedes slowly. Low aroma of roasted malt and cocoa. Rich Flavors of roasted malt, cocoa and molasses, some espresso and smoke. Rich and full mouthfeel, a bit tannic. Overall, this is s really good beer. Another CT beer to be proud of.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at New York Pizza. Pours a dark brown/black color with a half inch of dark brown frothy head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, light and sweet coffee, dark chocolate and caramel. The taste is a nice blend of chocolate, caramel and coffee flavors, with the coffee being the most prominent. Roasted malt finish mixed with some chocolate. Lightly carbonated. Overall, solid porter with a nice blend of flavors. Worth grabbing.

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Photo of alexgash
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz. growler filled on 10/25/12.

Dark root beer brown body. Not too viscous, but thick enough. Small, pinkie finger of dense, gauzy, light sandy head. Some lacing. Nose full of dark chocolate, roasted barley, and French roast coffee. Very nice. Accents of milk chocolate, vanilla, tobacco, and licorice.

Dark, bitter roasted malt and coffee up front. Espresso like in its bitterness and intensity. Very nice. Roasted bitterness sticks around as dark chocolate, peat, and tobacco fill in. Traces of vanilla and molasses. Dry finish, with long lingering roasted coffee and malt. Medium plus body with an almost sticky feel. Nice carbonation levels. Very well done!

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Photo of davey101
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour into a pint glass from a 32 oz growler. From the second batch, obviously.

A - Pitch black with a dense and lasting creamy khaki head. Only when held up to the light does the very edges of the glass let some light shine through to show a dark brown body. Somewhat sticky lacing and retention. Looks damn near perfect to me.

S - Really strong roasted coffee beans. A bit of sweet milk chocolate and caramel malt on the finish, but this beer is all about the bitter and roasty coffee notes.

T - Roasted coffee beans, milk chocolate, and a subtle touch of toffee and dark fruits. The bitterness does catch up to it towards the end making it less drinkable. Mouth feel is a bit on the thin side but the body is still creamy and silky. Carbonation is also very light. After an hour long car drive and a short ten minute chill in the fridge the growler opened with only the faintest of hisses.

O - A very solid and well made porter. Perhaps its because its so fresh, but the roasted coffee element is super intense and enjoyable. Could probably use a bit more carb, but still a winner.

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Photo of foodplusbeer
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

New England Brewery does it again! It starts with mild aromas of dark chocolate and toasted malt. It's slick and creamy with the full flavored taste of roasted malts and bitter hops up front. Chocolate and coffee flavors mix in with a bit of dried fruit. A remarkable amount of bitterness and roasted grains linger on the tongue as it slides down the throat.

A perfect of example of the style. To me it feels like the flavor is somewhere between Founder's Porter and Great Lake's Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. More bitter and roasted than Edmund, but slightly sweeter than Founders. I put these down as my top three for porters.

Overall, a wonderful experience. NEBCO can do no wrong!

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Its a porter, its black as night, with a light, light tan head. Retention is not really there, but its a porter so that is forgivable. The aroma is soft but what is there is more chocolate, toasted malt, toffee-esque then coffee and roast its nice. It seems there is some english yeast too, is this fermented with english yeast? Good flavor. Malty, thick rich and toasted flavor, some cocoa, chocolate, lightly bitter but missing that accrid note that some porters have (and thats a good thing). There is some lingering bitterness in the after taste. Fluffy full mouthfeel, love it, it really coats the tongue. Sad this isn't a year round offering, NEBCO really hit a doozy with this!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery, poured into my trusty medium-sized Duvel tulip. A new beer from NEBCO is always cause for celebration!

A: Dark brown body with some clear red-brown highlights and a thin, fleeting tan head that leaves some spotty lace. Pretty standard.

S: Lovely, fresh mixture of herbal hops and roastiness - both dark chocolate and coffee, as well as a touch of licorice. Balanced, restrained, and pleasant.

T: Rich maltiness up front, with tons of chocolate, some coffee, a bit of raisin, and lovely creaminess. The bitterness from both roast and hops hits hard on the finish, closing things out with a fresh herbal bite. Very, very good.

M: Slick medium body, light carbonation. A bit more life would be welcome, but it's a decent fit for this rather mellow take on the style.

O: This is a really enjoyable Porter, but after the brewery's recent successes with more "extreme" beers (e.g. Gandhi-Bot), I guess I was expecting a bigger, chewier porter. The flavors indeed approached my ideal (the broad array of specialty malts really did a nice job delivering both bitter roastiness and creamy sweetness), but the body and aroma just didn't quite fulfill their supporting roles as well as I could have wished. Quibbles aside, this is an excellent Porter and one I'd love to be able to buy in cans. Winter seasonal, guys?


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Photo of CHADMC3
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black body with brown hues beneath the robust mocha head that is very perseverant before giving way to a thin, yet sticky lacing.

Aromas consist of a very nice mix of chocolate and roasted malt with an earthy hop bitterness lying beneath.

The flavor is much more roasted and a touch smoked with the earthy hops becoming much more noticeable as the chocolate malt temporarily takes a back seat and notes of coffee appear.

Medium in body with medium to generous carbonation and a roasted, palate coating finish.

This is really good and offers a great blend of traditional porter characteristics with a nice portion of hops to give it the American influence. I will be watching for this again.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Pours essentially black. Head is small. It is more of a compilation of tan bubbles stationed towards on side of the glass. The bubbles do leave persistent lacing rings. Nearly zero light penetration in the body of the beer.

S-Chocolatey and smoky. Quite roasty and burnt. Noticeable hop aroma as well. A bit nutty as well. This is an aromatic porter. Nose is not muted.

T-Really quite tasty. Heaps of dark-roast coffee beans. Chocolate seems to envelop the coffee. What I love about this beer is it doesn't have that chalky taste that other Porters sometimes had (one of the NEBCO brewers enlightened me to the fact that they wanted to avoid such a flavor). This beer boasts a pleasant hop-induced organic flavor in the finish. A good dose of bitterness too.

M-Perfectly tuned. Has enough body to avoid a watery feel, but it is light enough to make me yearn for another pour from my growler and not feel too full. Carbonation is soft but sometimes seems pleasantly prickly.

O/D-I must start off by saying I love what the NEBCO clan has done. Every one of their beers is a delightful experience. This Porter is no different. While it isn't in the realm of my most favorite NEBCO beers, this is a finely crafted Porter that is well worth the $10 growler full. This growler won't last for more than an hour or so.

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Photo of modernartblues
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler Purchased Today, Poured into a Tulip

A: decent size tan-ish head, recedes fairly quickly, but not entirely, tinges of lazing, pretty, black opaque body, dark

S: roasty with touches of chocolate, roast is the most prominent and quite pleasant

T: chocolate picks up a bit more in the taste, but the roast is the key to this beer, this is both flavorful and an easy drinker, easy to take the next sip. I don't get a ton of hop notes, but there is enough bitterness there to keep the beer together. English yeast lets itself be known on the back end.

M: light and smooth for such a dark beer, nailed the style

O: Damn, I was hoping to be the first review here. This is the latest offering from Nebco. They have yet to take a misstep in my book and this is not exception. Nailed the style with a great drinkable brew. Would love to see this out in the Fall as a seasonal. Too bad it was released in Gold Stock season, so it will be mostly ignored for the time being ;)

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Photo of jimmy82063
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprise (at least to me) from New England Brewing. Poured into a tulip glass.

A) Nice deep dark black, small tan head which quickly dissipates.

S) The nose gives off some coffee and chocolate also sense a slight bitterness.

T) Charred coffee, cocoa with some licorice undertones. This finishes with a nice hoppy bitternes (40 IBU's). I like this combination.

M) Smooth and thin which I think is representative of the style.

O) Nice to have found this tasty treat. Hopefully it goes into the rotation.

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