Winter Brew (Porter)
Oconomowoc Brewing Company

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Porter - American
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3.07 | pDev: 19.22%
Oconomowoc Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Brown glass bottle that holds 12 fluid ounces. Has a simple looking brass colored crown cap that was prized off, revealing a bottle top that had a thread that could equally accommodate a twist cap. Single obverse label, which has a dark blue background with white print. Labeled simply as ‘Winterbrew’ below a picture of a windswept naked tree in front of a full moon and if you look carefully some of the bare twigs form the letters OBC in the Moons shadow. Described on the top of the label as a ‘Cherry Chocolate Porter’, smaller print goes on to explain that this is a ‘beer brewed with cherry juice and cocoa’. Unfiltered and Unpastuerized. No strength or discernable freshness date.

Appearance: A muddy cherry red brown pour that is murky but so dark as to hide this well. A nice light tan head readily forms and creates a thick ¾” blanket of tightly packed bubbles with some larger ones on the top to ruin the smooth surface. The head slowly rescinds over time to settle down to a thin broken affair.

Nose: Deep odors of dark chocolate encrusted cherry truffles that have a powdered light brown cocoa powder coating. Belgium chocolates, the occasional cherry liquor and cherry brandy whiffs, milk chocolate and cocoa powder mixed in with some thick roast malts.

Taste: Sharp cherry start mixes with lightly roasted malts in the beginning and this runs through the Porter until it finishes with a thick sour cherry accent that is tied into a powdery roasted malt feel. Lingering bitter chocolate coats the mouth and helps to off-set the sour cherry hints. Strange. Not bad, just different. An interesting collection of flavors that seem a little juxta-posed and dis-jointed at times.

Mouthfeel: The lively carbonation supports the body of the beer and helps add a little life to the rather heavy sour cherry flavors and roasted malts. The after-taste has a powdery feel, very much like a cooling cup of Cocoa.

Drinkability: This is certainly not a BBQ beer that’s for sure. I managed the 12 ounces without any side effects, but the sour cherry, roasted malts and powdery cocoa, whilst individually fine, somehow do not seem to ‘gel’ together and make for a Porter that is drinkable in the long haul.

Overall: A different slant on a Cherry Chocolate Porter, whether it works is hard to say. Maybe the harsh three fronted assault of sour cherries, roasted malts and powdery cocoa will blend together over time. It would be a very interesting experiment to cellar one of these for a year or so maybe. A CherryChocolatePorter-Cheers to BigHuge for supplying this rather unique WI offering from a Brewery that I probably mispronounce.

May 22, 2004
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ZAP from Minnesota

2.25/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Deep brown color....I really like the nose....definite cocoa and a slight hit of cherries...the nose is top notch but it goes down the tubes from there...a tart/sour flavor overwhelmes this..perhaps it's the cherries...a soft chocloate flavor is a slightly noticable underlying flavor....

I was intrigued by this but I am dissapointed overall....maybe i could just smell it and leave it at that....

Jun 17, 2004
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Bighuge from Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The label calls this a cherry chcocolate porter.

Almost black. Seems a bit murky. Thin brown head has nice retention. Lacing comes in patches. Aroma of dark chocolate, cherry bon bons and some roasted malt character. Mouthfeel is a little puckering at first. Tart raspberry character really makes its presence known. As time goes by, this cedes a bit. The dry cocoa and roasted malt tones come into the picture. Seems like there's some acetic acid on the palate. Just a bit of sourness in that lemon juice. Doesn't seem to fit that well. Maybe it's an unintended off flavor which is the result of the bottles age or storage. Looking past that, it's not too bad though.

May 13, 2004
Winter Brew (Porter) from Oconomowoc Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.07 out of 5 with 3 ratings