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Snake Pit Porter | Oaken Barrel Brewing Company

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-14-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
71
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
16.04%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
6
For Trade:
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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 71
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.15/5  rDev +11%
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 IntriqKen
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with a decent full finger of tan to coffee colored bubbles on top that seem to hang around for the entire drink. Pours a little thin.

Aroma is burnt malt and lightly citrus hops. Orange scented hops.

Taste is brurnt chocolate malt and lots of bitter, strong coffee. Not nasty bitter...richly bitter but not quite espresso.

Aftertaste is mostly the bitter coffee flavors with just a hint of sweetness.

Not a spectacular Baltic, but a decent drinker.

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Photo of beveritt
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label depicts a snake superimposed over the outline if Indiana. No visible freshness date. Some sediment in the bottom. Lists O.G at 14 degrees Plato.

Appearance: Pours with 3/4 inch tan head. This settles into a thin coating and some lacing. The beer itself is almost black, with a slight hint of red/brown around the edges.

Smell: Sweet malt, with a fair amoutn of alcohol in the nose. Hints of bitter coffee.

Taste: Roasted barley bitterness upfront, but only a medium amount. Hints of coffee and bitter chocolate. Nice long, lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Average to less than average carbonation level. Body is okay.

Drinkability: Not as "hefty" as I expect from a Baltic porter btu more so than a typical porter. Another solid offering form Oaken Barrel.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice jet black with a beige head that leaves some nice beige lacing in concentric rings. They fade to a thin spongey film. The aroma is of hops and coffee grounds just roasted. Tastes more like an American Porter than a Baltic porter. A little too bitter and not sweet enough on the mlat end. Bitter coffee in the back of the tongue.

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Photo of kdmorse
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark chocolate brown with ruby highlights at the edges. One finger of beige head that quickly diminishes to a thin film.

S: Smoky and meaty odor. Whispers of hops sneak through.

T: Smoked malt rolls over the tongue, like smoked meat. Some greenish hops in the finish to cleanse the palate.

M: Slick mouthfeel. Appropriate carbonation and body.

D: Pretty easy and pleasant drinking with a slightly off aftertaste (like chewing rubberbands).

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Photo of karengarys
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours as you would expect with a porter - dark brownish black, transparent (not hazy) leaving almost no head - but I'm a slow pourer.

Smells nice and sweet with coffee.

Taste is of coffee and has a pine hop balance.

Mouthfeel is fairly typical, okay, not bad. As it warms it flattens out.

This is slightly thin for a porter, but perhaps it should be.... It wets out as it warms in the glass.

This is a pretty good drink. At least give it a try if you see it.

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Photo of swihart
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
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 +20.3%
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 Indybeer
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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 Brent
4.3/5  rDev +15%
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 beerbill
2.4/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had this with dinner one night. Appearance was weak. The smell of alcohol tended to overpower the other aromas. The taste has a strong alcohol component that does not translate into bitter very well. Not a bad beer, but I doubt I will drink it again.

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Snake Pit Porter from Oaken Barrel Brewing Company
3.74 out of 5 based on 71 ratings.
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