Chapter LXXIV: Taming The Devil's Companion
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Chapter LXXIV: Taming The Devil's CompanionChapter LXXIV: Taming The Devil's Companion
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Style:
Porter - English
Ranked #34
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
88
Ranked #12,528
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 8.06%
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
72
From:
Insight Brewing
 
Minnesota, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  1
Gots
  14
SCORE
88
Very Good
Chapter LXXIV: Taming The Devil's CompanionChapter LXXIV: Taming The Devil's Companion
Notes: Formerly Chiswick Porter
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 72 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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ToddAxeBeer from Minnesota

4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Based on my score it is obvious I like this beer. 12 ounce can from an Insight sampler pack poured into a Steel Toe brewing tulip style glass. What I like the most about this beer, and it hit me by surprise, is that it smells like the barrel aged imperial stouts that I crave. I clearly know the difference between a porter and a barrel aged imperial stout. If you craving but don’t want to do an 11%, try this.

Oct 31, 2019
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Brandizzleb2190 from Minnesota

3.21/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Beer is an attractive, dark brown with a lighter caramel color around the edges as the light passes through. Smell has welcoming cookie and toffee notes to it. The flavor has very little sweetness to it and is very forward in the bitter notes. Underlying flavor is a little watery and underwhelming. Medium bodied. Very nice color, very nice smell, but at the end it comes down to the taste.

Mar 27, 2018
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Devil's Companion pours a black color, with a lighter, head. Smokey and sweet aroma. Flavor is lighter, hints of smoke, and a sweet mellow finish. Good body and finish, just a tad light and watery. Overall, tasty, solid, lighter and easy to drink.

Feb 20, 2018
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ipeters1017 from Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black with a just off-white head. Smells pretty mild, slight roasted malt character but not much else going on. Tastes of roasted malt, slightly chocolatey. Smooth and medium bodied.

Feb 03, 2018
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NorthernLights75 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice dark brew with minimal head. A bit sweeter than one might think they want, but excellent balance from the buttering. A solid choice on a cold evening.

Jan 31, 2018
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mwilbur from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a nice dark brown with 1-2 inch light tan head with good retention. Faint lacing. Reddish amber hue around the edges with backlighting.
S: Sweet caramel malt, vanilla, some bitter roast malt, and a hint of toffee.
T: Sweet caramel malt, toffee, honeyed malt, light roast coffee, and hints of char and vanilla.
M: Light body. Sweet with moderate bitterness throughout. Lingers a bit on the palate too.
D: Nice sessionability and solid example of style. On the sweeter side, but with good bitterness to balance.

Jan 12, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Poured an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Nice roasty flavor with a hint of nuttiness and chocolate.

Jan 02, 2018
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Insight Taming The Devil's Companion London Style Porter, 5.3% ABV, 29 IBU. Pours thick and black, with a one finger (guess which) tan head. Nose is malt and toffee, perhaps a touch of chocolate. Taste is slightly bitter roast malt, toast, coffee, and a bit of sweetness to balance. Excellent mouthfeel, smooth, well carbonated and a bit dry. Overall outstanding. Perhaps "London Style" equates to "Stout-like". I'd definitely get this again.

Jun 24, 2017
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ZAP from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L-Very dark blackish brown with chocolate colored head and lace.

S-Roasty malts....dark cocoa....some light nutty characteristics as well.

T-Great tasting porter. Malty, with milk chocolate, roast, caramel....light notes of coffee and biscuits....what I like best with English Porters is the lack of hops overwhelming the beer. This is a great example of that. Minty notes as well...

F-Medium bodied....light-to medium carbonation which is perfect..

O-This is really a heck of a beer. Not a lot of English Porters being made in the states and few as well done as this. This may be my go to porter in the future.

Feb 14, 2017
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darkpreferred from Minnesota

3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured a 16 oz can of a dark cola colored (almost black) stout into a 20 oz beer glass. I found this to be a light bodied somewhat watery stout. The overall taste wasn't too bad for this thin bodied stout. Low carbonation. Dry. Tastes of chocolate and coffee and dark roast malt. Overall, not bad, but didn't knock me over.

Jan 01, 2017
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John_M from Oregon

3.29/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This is just a flat out weak effort from the folks at Insight.

The beer pours a dark cola color with pretty good head retention and decent lacing. On the nose, I get some attractive graham cracker, light licorice and vanilla, and a hint of burnt toast. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but this is really light and pretty watery. There's not a great deal of flavor, and what there is, seems to be dominated by licorice and burnt toast. I'm really not digging it. Mouthfeel is very light, weak and watery, and the finish is quite dry, but with a hint of sweetness. Yes, it's fairly soft and creamy, but that doesn't make this any more enjoyable to drink. Alcohol is undetectable, but so what? Boozy or not, this isn't a beer I'd want to drink a lot of.

Shrug. I've had much worse, but this is pretty unimpressive.

Nov 03, 2016
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a tulip glass.

Walnut brown and red hinted body color. A light tan of a finger is created off the pour, quite compact, and creates lots of ring like lacing while drinking.

Excellent aroma. Toasty nose for a dark brew. Large amounts of cocoa nib like flavor and even more roasty malts as you explore for a bit. Leaves little hint of yeast character, but a very impressive bouquet.

Palate takes a backseat a bit. Light hints of faint drip coffee roasty flavors at first. Aftertaste is even slightly burnt. Hints a little crackling grains a bit. A bit wet even for a porter with a hint of thin body.

Not bad but a noticeably weaker body. Would like a little fruity English estery quality to go with this possibly and some more depth and we could be in to something very solid.

Nov 03, 2016
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bsp77 from Minnesota

4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Taste and aroma are similar but the taste is more assertive. Milk chocolate, molasses, caramel, walnut and light floral hops. Relatively light body with low carbonation and an extremely creamy body with a dry, almost acidic, finish. This is a superb everyday Porter.

Aug 30, 2016
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours midnight black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of tan head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A roasty and fairly sweet dark malt driven aroma with a scent of chocolate and coffee. Dark roasted barley malt with a scent of dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, caramel, biscuit, grains, toast, and smoke with yeast. Sweet hints of brown sugar and vanilla. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty and sweet dark malt forward taste with notes of chocolate and coffee. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, smoke, biscuit, toast, and grains along with some yeast. Sweet notes of vanilla and brown sugar. A very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy, silky, and smooth.

Overall: A very solid take on an English style Porter. Good roasty and sweet dark malt flavor.

Jul 19, 2016
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Mdog from Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 16oz can:

Appearance: Dark brown, good head.

Smell: Very nice roasted malt aroma, slight coffee note.

Taste: Very balanced, roasted malt breadiness, not sweet but not bitter, bit of coffee.

Overall: I've been slowly working through Insight's line of beers. They've all been pretty solid so far. The porter is good, a roasted malt showcase that is not too sweet or bitter. It doesn't knock Fuller's London Porter down, but is worth the time.

Jun 12, 2016
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Pig & Fiddle L: Pours bright dark brown with a thin tan cap.
S: Nutty aroma with fain dark chocolate and grain.
T: Nutty light grains, dark chocolate, traces of treacle
F: Medium body, medium to medium low carbonation.
O: Tasty English style porter.

Apr 04, 2016
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GStone899 from Minnesota

3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Smell is chocolate and coffee; really deep coffee notes. Look is pitch black with light carbonation. Taste is on point and it goes down smooth, like a typical English porter. A little watery on the finish but overall solid. Wish the flavor was a bit richer. Easy drinking quality beer.

Mar 13, 2016
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KarlHungus from Minnesota

4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

(Re-review 1/10/17, original score 4.2)

Pours a black color. The head is light tan, and sticks around for awhile. The aroma is quite robust. Malted chocolate, milk chocolate, roasted malt, hints of coffee. This is a really nice smelling beer. The taste is less robust than the aroma, but still quite complex. There is more roasted malt, and less chocolate. The mouthfeel is creamy, and medium full bodied. Carbonation is appropriately low. Overall, this is a really fine porter that I will be drinking a lot of.

Mar 06, 2016
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Evilyak from Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This is a tasty Porter. Very dark, fine lacing, and just a touch of a head.

I don't get much of a nose here. Kind of disappointing.

Taste of cocoa dominates. A bit too sweet for what I'd expect from this style.

Mouth is creamy and full.

A good beer, but style seems a bit off to me.

Feb 09, 2016
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tempest from New York

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had a pint with lunch at the Mill Valley Kitchen in St Louis Park. It's an excellent English-style porter. It's a smooth, easy drinking porter I'd love to have on cask. The beer has a dry cocoa flavor with a light roast that's not too thick or rich. I'd have another.

Nov 28, 2015
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 72 ratings