Chestnut Head
Roak Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Porter
Ranked #565
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
86
Ranked #24,061
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 8.59%
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
34
From:
Roak Brewing Co.
 
Michigan, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  1
Gots
  2
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 34 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of malty
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Very small date stamp of 11-21-15 on bottom left corner of body label on 12 oz. bottle. Pours into a wide mouth glass a gorgeous root beer color with mahogany edges. A bumpy settled 1/4" khaki head sits atop this Michigan made American Porter. There's sticky strands of lace left behind from the settled head. Carbonation seems to be appropriate for the style. None visible in the body, as it's beautifully opaque.

A few swirls of the glass brings forth hearty dark chocolate aromas, faint maple syrup, yeasty brown bread, faint vanilla, and roasted malts. Perfect for a windy winter afternoon.

The flavors aforementioned in the nose seem to be individually lost in the taste. It's like they have substantially cancelled each other out. I even let the bottle warm 30 minutes before opening/sampling. Let me dig in a bit more... I'm getting dark fruit, very dry roasty black malts, yet very subdued. This porter is not sweet at all. The nuttiness I'm getting seems closer to the skin of the chestnut, like rind to the melon. Bitter, dry dark baker's chocolate (powder) too.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and finely carbonated at the perfect level. There's a very impressive dry, clean finish, which is welcomed for this style. Sometimes dark beers with maple syrup are cursed to be cloying - not this one.

Drinkability is friendly, and there's just a hint of alcohol warmth, and isn't detectable in the taste.

This porter from the burbs of Detroit is definitely unique and makes you think a bit. I adore the aroma, and the feel is spot-on. The flavors fall off a bit for my liking, but it's still satisfying in a strange way. I'd love to try it on tap at the brewery.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/11/2015. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, maple, molasses, coffee, caramel, toffee, nuttiness, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, maple/chestnut, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, maple, molasses, coffee, caramel, toffee, nuttiness, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Moderate herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, maple, molasses, coffee, caramel, toffee, nuttiness, toasted dark bread, and and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, maple/chestnut, and herbal hop flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent American porter. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, maple/chestnut, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of K-Dog
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice looking and a very sweet molasses smell. Not a tree I be porter but there are better. Still say kashmir is by far there best release. Still this is at least worth a try.

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Chestnut Head from Roak Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 34 ratings