Ghost Pigeon Porter | New England Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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 mltobin
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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 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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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 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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4.4/5  rDev +6.8%

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Ghost Pigeon Porter from New England Brewing Co.
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