Snake Pit Porter | Oaken Barrel Brewing Company

Snake Pit PorterSnake Pit Porter
BA SCORE
3.73/5
71 Ratings
Snake Pit PorterSnake Pit Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oaken Barrel Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
oakenbarrel.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-14-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#24,808
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
71
pDev:
11.26%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 71 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of PunkAndPorters
4.56/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of swihart
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is living up to the hype I've heard, and I was a little skeptical. Lots of malt and coffee/toffee notes in the aroma and taste. There is a lot of chocolate aroma but more of a coffee flavor, slight hazelnut/pecan kind of nuttiness. Depth and complexity are profound. The littel tan head and low-ish level of carbonation are perfect IMO. The one I'm having now is a bit too cold, but it's probably not going to live to warm up much. Balance is good -- I do not find the alcohol aroma or flavor to stand out at all. Very clean finish, just small lingering roasty flavors. Reminds me a little bit of Edmund Fitzgerald (Great Lakes Brewing) and I wish I had one here to do a side-by-side.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color with a light tan head. The aroma is of roasted malt and nuts. The taste is like the aroma but bigger. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. If I could have a million of these I would.

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Photo of bohemyth
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Brent
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this with shepherd's pie at the brewpub - a great combination. This beer is what many robust porters strive to be - chocolate and coffee flavors abound. Lurking in the background is an alcohol flavor that hints of bourbon, like a bourbon-barrel aged ale. The finish was a distinct, long-lasting coffee with just enough sweetness to offset the hops bittering. Overall, a very well balanced beer. Potently flavored, but not at all overpowering.

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Photo of BigRedBeerDude
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a six pack of these bottles recently and I was very impressed. It's color was virtually black and there was very little head. The lacing was moderate. The smell was very good and of coffee and bitter chocolate. I am a fan of the BBC Dark Star Porter, and this beer is very much like the Dark Star but a bit better. The taste is more complex and the hops after taste is more prominent and enjoyable. Bravo Oaken Barrel.

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Photo of tpd975
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours rather dark, very black with a nice solid mocha colored head. Very good retention with nice lace.

S: Very bold and roasty. Lots of malt that borders on charred. Coffee with nice rich chocolate notes. Very inviting.

T: Tasty brew no doubt. Lots of fresh roasted coffee up front. Decadant dark chocolate and a touch of char.

M: Medium in body, smooth wonderful carbonation.

D: Really liked it. Would buy a sixer if I came across this one again.

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Photo of Highstplz
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Indybeer
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap, they are doing something different with this at the brewpub. It is their typical Snake-Pit Porter, however it is pushed with Nitrogen. They are calling it "Nitro Porter". Poured a pitch black with a creamy head typical of a nitro setup. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, with a little alcohol nose thrown in. Taste is completely balanced with just the right amount of sweetness and bitterness, which nicely hides the alcohol. The only downside was there was no carbonation. It had lots of creamyness from the nitro, but was flat, more like a cask ale on a handpull. Still it was a very good beer.

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Photo of psmith161
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of jwc215
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing a bottle of this back for me from Indiana!

Pours opaque/shiny black with a tan head that falls to a patchy film. Some trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of roasted coffee with some ash and a subtle dark fruitiness.

The taste is of coffee with strong roasted notes with a backing of dark fruits. Bitterness and roastiness keep sweetness well-balanced. The darkness has a mix of pale, keeping it from entering "stout" territory. Roasty, bitterish, dry finish.

Borders full-bodied. Would be, but carbonation gives it a tad bit of thinness to keep it from being solidly full.

This is a porter with a big roasty character. (I didn't realize while writing my notes that it was a Baltic Porter - a bit surprised as it fits American porter so well.)

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely dark brown to black body, no highlights in sight, topped by three fingers of dentable tan foam.

Aroma features coffee, chocolate, and a hint of plum.

Taste follows the nose with rich coffee, a swirl of chocolate, and some dark fruitiness.

Enjoyable thick mouthfeel, would work for a stout as much as a porter. Terrific drinkability, wish I had more of these.

Nice sturdy example of American porter.

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Photo of beerman207
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in at Whitey's liquors in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Never heard of it so I decided to give it a shot. It was a good gamble.

A - Black - a lot darker than I would expect from a porter. Some nice lacing in the glass but less than 1 finger of head for the beer

S - Tones of caramel and coffee picked up in here as well as some malts

T - Some chocolate and toffee coming through in the taste

M - Medium body and nice feeling on the palate

D - I would rate this pretty high. I could go for more than one of these.

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Photo of cadizkyguy
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had been looking for this brew for more than a year and was not disappointed. Poured into oversized snifter. Magnificent frothy head. Very aromatic. A hardy man's beer. Definitely underrated as baltic porters go. Tastes like it smells. Maybe a bit thin in mouthfeel but that was the only shortcoming.

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Photo of Dreadnaughtzombie
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this one as an extra and had never even heard of it, but when I got home last night I was in the mood for a nice mellow porter so here we go. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/20/2009.
 
The pour was nice enough. Dark brown in color with a tiny bit of light shine through on the sides and the bottom, but just about right. Nice one inch layer of tan foam across the top which only briefly settled down and still left more then adequate lacing along the sides and the bottom of the glass. Lots of charcoal and roasted malts here are evident right away. Some nice light chocolate notes as well, really coming across quite nicely. Smooth, mellow carbonation lended itself well to showcasing the rich flavor that was inside. Nice sweet notes followed on the heals of the dark malts, really giving it quite some nice depth and providing for a very rich experience overall
 
Very nicely done here I have to say,. I was not expecting the world, but I was very surprised with how well this one turned out. I would have no issue at all with this and can honestly recommend it.
 

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Photo of robwestcott
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Rempo
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of ShadyRigglesbee
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of bralston345
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Lynn
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of mwa423
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black that no light can get through. Two solid fingers of head start and lacing remains until the last drop. There are hints of chocolate and lots of roasted malt in the taste. The baltic spices do come out a bit in the end but unlike many others it isn't overwhelming. Overall this beer balances mouthfeel very well. I don't feel like it is watery but also it isn't tongue coating like most stouts.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of AmitC
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Color is dark brown. Peat black inside the glass. Just about half a finger thick tan colored head with not much retention. Decent lacing.

Aroma is of charred and roasted dark malts. Not much booze coming through. Strength is moderate.

Taste is of charred malts and roasted. Very little coffee. Mild flavor. Semi-sweet finish. Somewhat dry as well.

Mouth feel is medium bodied. Low to moderate carbonation.

Average stuff all over.

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Photo of JamesS
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice dark black color, although with little head and lacing, especially for a porter. Nice deep scent, hints of coffee and burnt grains. Well balanced taste, a nice burnt grain with coffee taste and a good hop finish (a little too much for me, personally). It goes down quite smoothly. A very nice porter.

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Snake Pit Porter from Oaken Barrel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 71 ratings
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