Russell Black Death Porter | Russell Brewing Company

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Russell Black Death PorterRussell Black Death Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Russell Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
russellbeer.com

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
53 IBU

Added by canucklehead on 02-09-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
54
Reviews:
17
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
9.16%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
8
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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of mistahmojoryan
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sid_Smith
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZachT
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost opaque black color with a faint copper hue and dense activity. Creamy light brown 2 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with good legs. Flavors of mocha, dark berries, cherries, walnuts, caramel, molasses, liquorice, peppercorn, vanilla, herbal spices. Highly sweet of ester fruits, reminiscent of a barleywine feel, while sharp and bitter from roasted malts. Creamy and silky medium body with crispy carbonation. Strong finish but well intensified, dry and chalky while still pleasant, a hint of wood, grassy hops and earthy spices. Quite robust but still pretty fresh, although a bit alcoholic and acidic. Very good taste and a superb finish. Overall excellent quality craft, complex and nicely balanced.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

07/05/2016

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Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hunteraw
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BCborn
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of souvenirs
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sathanas
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasting notes: Nice blackish brown brew with a fluffy light tan head. Sweet and earthy aroma. Chocolate pudding, sponge toffee, slight cola, tobacco on the palate. Great English flavor, rich, sweet, and creamy but with some slightly vegetal spicy hops in the finish to prevent things from being too cloying. A little raisin and rum late. Exceedingly tasty porter. Impressive effort from Russell, who seems to be kicking all kinds of ass lately with these big bottle releases.

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Photo of CaptonPoker
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Svingjo
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mlkluther
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a tan head that dissipates but leaves some lacing.

Nose has roasted malt, smoke, cocoa, and coffee.

Taste follows nose.

Good beer. Not great. It is missing the smoothness I have enjoyed in other porters.

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Photo of Ericbeech_87
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StJamesGate
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Black Frog, Vancouver.
Ruby black with webby beige film that webs. 3.75
Big roasty ash nose with some black currant. 3.75
Coffee grounds, some treacle, baker’s chocolate, not much in the way of hops. 3.75
Slight chocolate truffle ending and oily coffee bean bitter linger.
Lt-med, dry, slight chew. 4

Whoa, lean. Lots of sharp black acid malts combined with ashy roast gives this Irish levels of dryness. Harsh, but the name did warn you. 4

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Photo of Bunman3
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well, this is not what I thought it might be, but that is why I try new beers! I love the look and concept behind a porter/wee heavy, but the taste does not really play out that way. More than anything this is a solid porter - smoky, chocolate malts and espresso are the dominant flavours for me. I'm not sure if there is much else to say, aside from the noticeable absence of the wee heavy characteristics I love so much. I would seek this one out again, but approach it with the knowledge of what it truly is.

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Photo of Exeter
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Slongie
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. The label marketing blurb seems to indicate that this is a blending of styles, between an unspecified as such porter, and a Scottish Wee Heavy. Let the hilarity ensue.

This beer pours a clear (I believe), very dark brown colour, with prominent basal cola highlights, and two skinny fingers of puffy, rocky, and densely foamy beige head, which leaves a bit of imminently landing organic alien spacecraft (I know!) lace around the glass as things indeterminately sink away.

It smells of lightly roasted bready pale malt, biscuity caramel, mild dry coffee grounds, a bit of stale black licorice, muddled dry cocoa powder, and plain leafy, floral hops. The taste is semi-sweet chocolate malt, a sturdy caramelized breadiness, somewhat acrid Nordic anise notes, slightly lactic coffee, and not all that zippy earthy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are quite active and frothy, but not at all overbearing, the body a pleasant enough medium weight for whatever style it is they're going for, and equally smooth, with a touch of airy creaminess from the get-go. It finishes a tad off-dry, the chocolate, coffee, and neutered coffee notes still large and most certainly in charge.

I'm getting a whole metric whack more of a heady porter's notes here, than anything particularly Scottish in nature - semi-dry chocolate, underwhelming sour milk, and all those other minor porter/stout essences conspiring to drive an easy nail into the coffin of anything 'wee', or 'heavy', in the High or Lowlands sense, and yet those terms may still well apply, overall.

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Photo of PaulietheBrit
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of elbarko
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of Aggro
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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Russell Black Death Porter from Russell Brewing Company
3.71 out of 5 based on 54 ratings.
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