Stagecoach Smoked Porter | Mantorville Brewing Company, LLC

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Stagecoach Smoked PorterStagecoach Smoked Porter
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Stagecoach Smoked PorterStagecoach Smoked Porter

Brewed by:
Mantorville Brewing Company, LLC
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by tavernjef on 04-10-2005

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by ThePeskyDingo:
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4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at Stub and Herb's in Minneapolis.

Came with a one finger pretty tan head. The beer is opaque black, cannot be seen through.

Smells of coffee, roasted malts and chocolate.

Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, some coffee, smoke and hints of caramel. Very tastey.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, with medium carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinks very well. Goes down smooth and easy. I really like this beer.

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Photo of Shawner
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Kegatron
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed April 9, 2005. On tap at the Gitchee Gumee Brewfest 2005. An oily dark pour, with thin head. Rich, but faint aroma of coffee and sugar. Flavors are dominated by a lucious sweet hickory smoke, like that of a good old fashioned barbeque. Dry, oaken finish with a little bit of a molasses tang. Look forward to this again!

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Photo of Will96
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of morimech
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very dark black color with a very large mocha colored head that lasts a long time. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malt. A little smokiness comes out but overall has a just a sweet aroma. The smoke really comes out in the taste. Other flavors of bittersweet chocolate and malt with a heavy roast. This beer falls just a little short of being a great beer. A little added complexity in the flavor and they would be there. Medium body and wonderfully carbonated. Has a silky smooth, soft texture that makes this a pleasure to drink. The smoke might weigh on the palate after one or two of these but otherwise is a suberb drinker.

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Photo of Bighorn
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of mdwalsh
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Small but acceptable thin brown head on a very dark bodied beer. The head fades, but I must say this is one of the darkest, thickest looking porters I've come across.

S: Super strong on the smoke, almost the the point of seeming artificial. There is still a cooked malt aroma underneath though. No hops.

T: The smoke is perhaps even more dominant in the taste, but it's less artificial. More like what steak or a pie cooked over a campfire tastes like (yes I have cooked pie over a camp fire). Still, it's a pretty one dimensional beer.

M: Here the beer is lacking, there's a funny balance of texture and body. I just don't like it, and it needs some carbonation.

D: Drinkable, for sure. A beer that would be great with the foods you pair with smoked beers.

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Photo of Jodio
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of KeefD
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

So, I had this about a year ago or so on tap at Newt's here in Rochester, and remember this being an excellent burger-beer. However, the bottled version leaves a little to be desired. No carb fizz upon popping the cap. Pours a dark brown color and is nearly pitch black in the pint glass, small tan head and no lacing. Light smokiness and chocolate in the nose, a bit off coffee in there somewhere too. Flavor is where I wish this was more like the original kegged version I had. Flavor is nice and chocolaty, but I'm really missing the smokiness that I remember this beer having. Chocolate and roastiness are balanced nicely by a very light bitterness. Medium bodied, very, very light carbonation. If this thing had more smoke and more bubbles, I would be loving it right now. But as it is, it just tastes like a really good, standard porter. Not bad though, and I will continue to drink this if I ever see it on tap. This is the perfect beer to pair with burgers or any grilled flesh!

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Photo of Greggy
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Served in a 12 oz glass with pretty much no head. Left a spare lacing on the way down. The body was black in color.

S- Great balance here between subtle smoke and cream/chocolate. Suggestions of vanilla as well.

T- Much like the nose a great balance of the smoke and maltiness of the beer. At first sip you get a subtle smoke flavor then comes a nice chocolate, cream, hints of vanilla and the finish is the same balance of smoke and malt.

M- Although a tiny bit thin, it had good mouthfeel. Carbontion was low.

D- Great drinkability. I easily downed 2 with a great burger at Newt's. Hope to see this bottled in the future.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Newt's in Rochester, MN. This beer arrived a shinny black color. The head was minimal due to the pour, but lacing was adequate. The aroma is of smoke, roasted malt, chocolate, and hints of coffee. The taste is like the aroma, but magnified. It is very near perfect blend of malt and smoke. It is easy to concentrate on the malt on one sip, then the smoke on the next, the both together...if that makes any sense. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with low carbonation which is all good for a porter. Overall, this is a very good beer that I hope to see someday in bottles as it would then be a regular in my refrigerator.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't like to do reviews when I'm out eating. I don't think I'm as fair a judge, but this one I think I don't have much of a choice.
Served at Hubbel House.
Good looking with smallish white head. Black color with a certain lightness to it.
Nice smoky aroma with slight sweetness noted as well. Porter aspects, were soft and in the background, with coffee and general roast noted.
Flavor close to aroma with smoke not too heavy, but still stronger than the porter. Pushing excess but not quite there.
Drinks on the light end of moderate. Nicely carbonated. Feel is good.
This drinks well. Blended nicely with roast beef. A good beer for the menu at this restaurant.

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Photo of jcjerabek
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The darkish brew arrived in pint glass with 2 centimeters of frothy foam. The aroma was a nice mixture of roasted caramel malt and smoke. The smoke did not overwhelm the aroma, which I viewed as a positive. Smooth and sleek on the palate as it rolled down. Grains were tasted up front, a little husky, but just fine. Again the smoke was there but definitely not in a dominating role. The beer finished with just enough bitterness to provide balance.

The beer has a subdued, but enjoyable, flavor profile. A nice brew.

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Photo of spointon
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on tap at Stub and Herbs in Minneapolis on 5/12/2009.

A= This ale poured a dark, almost jet-black color with a 1/2" tan head. The head maintained well and left lots of sticky lace down my glass.

S= The initial whiff I had of this beer surprised me because the smoke is there but not overpowering at all. Its realy the support element to a great smelling porter. I also found sweet and roasty malt notes as well as some dark ripe fruits.

T= Soft sweet malt up front followed by the smoke and dark fruitiness. The yeast wrapped the middle in an earthy blanket that lead to a drier finish and another hint of smoke.

MF= Medium to heavy bodied beer with a moderate carbonation level.

D= A very good local porter that I could easily have sessioned a few pints of. Nice.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Gitchee Gumee Brewfest - Inky black, thin and oily tan cap that leaves an oily residue all over the glass with some thin sheeting of lace.

Aroma is of sweet dark molasses and notes of charred wood. Not all that strong but welcomingly present.

Deep dark flavors ensue right from the get go. Heavy black malts that are mediumly sweet, roasted, and peppered with burnt prune and licorice. Perfect smokey tones come to life right away bringing in a lovely charred woodyness as it softens off to some heavy dark molasses and fleeting pinches of cocoa. The smoke flavors are always lurking, adding just the right touch of tang, char, and earth in every moment where you want it. If it were just a nudge more chocolatey or darkly rooted with more fruits it would be a phenomenal taster. As is though, its pretty damn good.

Feel is medium-full with a semi-heavy creamyness and silkyness. Oily smoke tanged leftovers on the tongue and lips drip off the palate. Finishes softly dry with some molasses and cocoa hinted coffee. Smoke tang always present.

This stuff rocks! Its a wonderful smoked porter with just the right amount of eveything for a full-on charred experience. Wish this guy from Mantorville would get this stuff out there though.

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Photo of SweJon
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of BrewNoob1
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jera1350
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi-thick deep and dark shade of brown. Almost black. Thin dark brown head that recedes pretty quickly and leaves no lace.

Big roasty malt with quite a bit of sweetness and a mild smoke scent. This reminds me of Snowstorm 09 with some smoke.

Lots of roasty toasty dark malts with some sweet chocolate. Mild smokiness, but a great addition to the beer. This really has some nice depth to it. Clean finishing.

Carbonation seems to be right on. Smooth and soft. Not full bodied, but approaching it.

As drinkable a porter as I've had. This has a lot going for it. This beer could really be a hidden gem. I'll say it again, it reminds me of Schell's Snowstorm 09. I will welcome this one again.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of wagenvolks
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into my new Blackstar Co-op tumbler. Thanks to ballz50401 for the extra!

Gorgeous body shows a jet black coffee color with a hint of cola at the edge. Not much head, even with an ambitious pour, but half a cap of dark custard foam does eventually build. Even stranger still is that halfway through the glass, I noticed that without swirling there was a full cap of creamy foam! Smoky notes in the nose complement Baker's chocolate and dark fruits. Excellent use of roasted dark grains--really enticing.

Smoked grains pull through in the flavor as well and linger long into the finish. Very earthy and musty. It's too bad the middle of this beer drops out to leave a semi-stale sourness that hints at dark fruits and chocolate. A bit chalky and grainy at times, although the medium body is nicely carbonated and smooth on the whole. All in all, a decent porter with some good smoke qualities to it. Probably not something I'd pick up on my own, but I'm glad I got the chance to try it.

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Photo of ballz50401
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just visited Mantorville, MN to check out the little brewery in this charming, history rich small town. I meet with owner/brewer Tod Fyten to check out his brewery and talk beer. While I was there, I was able to get a six pack of the newly bottled Stagecoach Smoked Porter that is no longer under agreement in Black River Falls, WI. This is only the second time it's been bottled and is now bottled in Duluth, MN which stays true to its Minnesota roots. So...lets give it a try.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Pours a black, thick viscous liquid with a nice tight mocha head. This one is as dark as night. In the nose I get notes of chocolate, coffee, peat smoke, and tobacco. There is a good amount of sweet roasted malts that blend well around the palate and finishes with a touch of smokiness. This almost has a spongy-like mouthfeel that starts out very smooth and ends with a little carbonation bite. Overall, this is a very enjoyable porter that I would recommend giving a try.

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Photo of auro0006
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer. I had tried the Schlenkerla series before and was really interested in what this small brewery from Southeast Minnesota would bring to the table.

Stagecoach pours a slightly thick, opaque black color with a creamy, tan head.

The aromas are dominantly smokey. Once I got past the smoked malt aroma, I picked up on rich, roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, and hints of caramel.

The smooth body supports the smokey malt flavors that form the backbone of this porter. Roasted malts rise up in the center along with coffee and sweet flavors such as chocolate.

The mouthfeel is lighter than expected, but it makes it a very enjoyable beer to drink on a cold night or paired alongside ham or sausage.

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Stagecoach Smoked Porter from Mantorville Brewing Company, LLC
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