Strange Land Brewery

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Strange Land Brewery
Texas, United States
English Porter
3.81 | pDev: 9.71%
Nov 26, 2019
Dec 29, 2014
Very Good
Notes: None
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Rated: 3.7 by SicemWT from Texas

Nov 26, 2019
Rated: 3.79 by ckeegan04 from Texas

Aug 25, 2019
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Reviewed by Pegasus from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: Enormous coarse tan head of several inches crowns a deep mahogany body. The head is remarkably persistent, scarcely fading at all after several minutes. Thee lacing rings the glass wall in a lace-like pattern.

Aroma: Bitter cocoa and coffee, and roasted malt dominate the aroma. There is also a mild herbal hop presence, not strong, but perhaps notable for the style.

Taste: Opens with roasted malt, cold coffee, and bitter cocoa. As the taste progresses, the roasted malt dominates, with the coffee and bitter cocoa in the backdrop. The herbal hops provide a mild counterpoint to the taste throughout. Finishes with a lingering note of roasted malt and bitter cocoa.

Mouth feel: Smooth,and full, very soft and quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice example, thoroughly enjoyable. It is well to see a brewer in Austin, Texas hit so close to the mark of a classic English Porter.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a South American-style Pilsener glass.
Jun 17, 2018
Rated: 4.73 by baffledbear from Texas

Mar 14, 2018
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
$1.08 on-draught at Hat Creek Burger Company in Austin, TX.

Chocolate malt, dark malts, malted milk balls/Whoppers. Pretty classic porter flavour profile.

Somewhat creamy. Smooth and wet.

Drinkable albeit simple and slightly shallow. Average flavour duration and intensity of flavour. It's pretty middling fare in the style and I'd sooner reach for a Deschutes Black Butte or even a Breckenridge Vanilla Porter, but it's nice to see a brewery in Austin going for a classic porter instead of using additives as a crutch. In a market wherein coffee this, vanilla that, and bourbon aged this and that are the norm, it's nice to have something a bit truer to form.


02/01/18 hit this again during $1 beer night at Hat Creek in Austin...

It's just so damn balanced. Chocolate, dark malt sweetness, a creamy soft mouthfeel...this is a nice albeit downplayed porter.

The 6.8% ABV is well buried. Pretty drinkable for a relatively strong beer. Smooth, wet, medium-bodied. Not oily, astringent, or otherwise faulty.

I imagine I'll be forced to return to it when it's on offer at $1.08 per cheater 12oz pour, but in any case it's better than many porters I've tried.

Jan 26, 2018
Rated: 4 by psmith161 from Indiana

Aug 23, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by archero from Texas

Aug 19, 2017
Rated: 3.9 by cgrunin from Texas

Mar 18, 2017
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Rated by Agriverbear from Texas

3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Thin pour with almost no head. Rich smell of coffee but taste is tangy with grapefruit tones. Not the best porter.
Jan 15, 2017
Rated: 3.69 by cbaz from Texas

Jan 01, 2017
Rated: 3.85 by Junichi from Texas

Nov 09, 2016
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured dark brown into a pint glass from a can. Nice beige head and good lacing. Initial smell of dark berries and coffee. The taste is coffee,chocolate and dark toast. Nice and malty, good feel. Nice beer.
Oct 08, 2016
Rated: 4.06 by sd123 from Georgia

Aug 29, 2016
Rated: 3.72 by videofrog from Texas

Aug 07, 2016
Rated: 3.29 by NeverSettle from Texas

Jun 12, 2016
Rated: 3 by zbooks from Texas

Jun 12, 2016
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Reviewed by GreatStoutman from Texas

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Batch #1, can conditioned.

This batch is really (over) carbonated, but I've had later batches since then and they seem to have figured that out, so I won't fixate on that too much. Massive beige head with huge bubbles. A series of pours has led to a big fluffy pillow on top of a dark mahogany body.

Smells roasty and chocolate. Not overly complex but a nice aroma. Feel is dominated by the carbonation, but its really big and chewy - much more than most porters I've tried. Taste is similar, mostly malts with some toasty, chocolate flavors. Nice and creamy mouthfeel, finished with significant bitterness.

Overall a really good porter that should only continue to get better as Strange Land refines their can conditioning techniques.
Jan 17, 2016
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Reviewed by marvelann from Texas

3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
got a 4-can deal at sunrise atx. wow what an insane amount of head on this beer, am i doing it wrong? oh can-conditioned, now i get it. beautiful brown and black with fun bubbling action. smell is dark stone fruit, yeasty bread, sweet hop and malt. taste is similar, smoky notes and a wonderful high carbonation oily mouthfeel. good stuff here.
Jan 14, 2016
Rated: 3.69 by mig100 from Texas

Dec 28, 2015
Rated: 4.47 by TheJeezus from Texas

Dec 15, 2015
Rated: 3.68 by GreatBloomer from Texas

Nov 16, 2015
Rated: 3.7 by Jame515 from Texas

Oct 18, 2015
Rated: 3.72 by BdM from Netherlands

Oct 10, 2015
Rated: 4 by Bristopher89 from Texas

Sep 21, 2015
Rated: 3.94 by greenspointexas from Texas

Aug 30, 2015
Rated: 4.12 by rdooley from Texas

Jul 20, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by cdwil from Texas

Jul 18, 2015
Rated: 3.68 by Sabre311 from Texas

Jul 16, 2015
Rated: 3.49 by Jacobus79 from Texas

Jun 21, 2015
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Rated by Westyn from Texas

2.79/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
It could be a solid go to, but not much going on with this one.
Feb 09, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by jandadeboer from Texas

Feb 08, 2015
Rated: 3.88 by Can_has_beer from Texas

Feb 03, 2015
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Reviewed by Karibourgeois from Texas

3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Black pour with a tan one-finger head. Roasted malt with a strong coffee flavor upfront. Also has a big espresso bitterness. Finishes with a burnt aftertaste.
Jan 28, 2015
Rated: 3.79 by JohnBender from Texas

Jan 25, 2015
Rated: 4.1 by kjkinsey from Texas

Jan 21, 2015
Rated: 3.84 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Jan 20, 2015
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Reviewed by champ103 from Texas

4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Growler from Premium Draught in Houston.

A: Pours dark brown, nearly black. Though some light gets through to show some ruby around the edges. A beautiful tan head rises over two fingers. Excellent retention and impressive rings of lace all the way down the glass.
S: Roasted malts, coffee, bakers chocolate. Green leafy hops linger, which is pretty strong for and English Porter. Still a really enjoyable nose.
T: Malts up front, and finishes with a big green tea leafy hop flavor. Roast, coffee, bitter chocolate up font. Green hops linger, and adds another layer of bitterness. Though not out of balance at all.
M/D: A medium body with crisp and effervescent carbonation. Though smooth at the same time. Really easy and enjoyable to drink. The growler will be gone in no time.

The hops need to be toned down just a bit in order for this to be a great English Porter. Though very nit picky. All around, really enjoyable.
Jan 19, 2015
Rated: 3.73 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Jan 15, 2015
Rated: 4.71 by EnojysAnyBeer from Colorado

Jan 10, 2015
Rated: 3.78 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Jan 06, 2015
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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 43 ratings