Palliser Porter | Bushwakker Brewing Company

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Palliser PorterPalliser Porter

Brewed by:
Bushwakker Brewing Company
Saskatchewan, Canada

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A robust Porter, malty sweetness with bitterness and burnt flavour from black malt. Opaque black.

43 IBU

Added by Sammy on 06-16-2004

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by markaberrant:
Photo of markaberrant
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle served in 20oz pint glass (the rest is going into some chocolate cupcakes).

Pours an opaque black, no light passes through. A thick, moussy tan head forms and hangs around for awhile before finally receeding to a ring. Lacing goes about half the way down the glass.

I could smell this sucker as I was pouring it. Strong notes of roasted malt, chocolate and a bit of sweetness to smooth things out. VERY inviting.

The black malt and hops provide a nice bitterness, yet they don't overwhelm. I wouldn't describe the flavour as chocolate or coffee, just burnt roast malt, delicious. Finishes slightly nutty, as typical of most Bushwakker brews (still meaning to talk to them about how they do this).

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, which is what smooths out the bitter roast flavours so well. Carbonation is not overdone, just right.

Drinkability is good. These go down very easy.

An outstanding porter that I have enjoyed for many years on tap, this was my first take home bottle. I wish there was just a touch more caramel malt to nudge the sweetness, but that's just personal preference, and not a fault. I tend to ignore Bushwakker's regular offerings, but it's nice to come back to them and remember why I first fell in love with this place.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. This is my first beer from Saskatchewan.

The beer pours a brown color with a tan head. The aroma is pretty much full of chocolate and roasted malt, as a porter should be. The flavor is more of the same, with some caramel, chocolate, roasted malt and a hint of brown sugar. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Straight-up coffee porter. Not my favorite style, so I am compensating for the style. Opaque black with nice wheat foam collar. Coffee smell and straight-up taste. A little hop. Crisp. Light mouthfeel. Thanks Osborne Freehouse, who get their on-taps right.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear black color porter with a medium size foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of dry roasted notes with some very light coffee notes. Taste is also a mix between some light dry roasted malt notes with some light coffee but no black chocolate notes that I usually like in this style. Body is a bit thin with some average carbonation. Ok overall but a creamier body and more character would have greatly benefited this beer.

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Photo of TimeLincoln
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of mikebu
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bunruh
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of benbou17
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of BigBry
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap with lunch at the brewpub, presented in Bushwakker pint glass. Dark opaque brown, almost black, small cap of slightly tan foam. Some small bubbles from continued carbonation, left a thin ring of lace. Malty aroma, plus light smell of coffee. Taste is of roasted coffee, with some nuttiness, and touch of sweet malt and slight bitter hop finish. A little bit more coffee in the finish and aftertaste. Mouthfeel was thin enough not too coat the tongue, but stil enough lingering taste with every sip. Very tasty, if they didn't have so many other beers to try, I would have had another.

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Photo of grub
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

22oz bottle topped with gold foil. sampled may 1/09.

pours deep brown, nearly black, with a small dense dark tan head. the head drops slowly and leaves plenty of lace behind.

aroma is nice. dark and milk chocolate. coffee. touch of lactic character. toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. touch of alcohol. earthy and woody.

taste is ok. medium bitterness level. dark chocolate. bit of espresso. light sour lactic character. over-toasted whole wheat bread. bit of biscuit. light alcohol. earthy and a bit woody.

mouthfeel is ok. meidum-light body feels a bit thin. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is ok. a little thin, a little sour, a little out of balance. passable in a pinch, but not something i'd really go looking for. perhaps this bottle is a bit off?

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Photo of NorthernSoul
4/5  rDev +5%

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

Update 7/29/2011:

A friend of mine picked up a fresh bottle, and this is a good all-around brew. A very nice robust porter that didn't seem thin at all. All the flavours are there (a bit less grainy), but more prominent and well-integrated. Good stuff.

Original review from 9/29/2009:

A=4: Brown-black with a light tan head, some retention & lace.

S=3.5: Grainy, chocolate, brown sugar & molasses.

T=3.5: Grainy, chocolate, nut, spice, light molasses and bitterness.

M=3.5: Light to moderate body seems a little thin.

D=3: Alright, but not overly enticing.

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Photo of Noxious26
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

650ml bottle poured in a pint glass.

Pitch black, opaque in colour and appearance. Just a little light is let through on the edges giving a dark brown tinge. Light brown, rocky head is 1/2 inch at the pour. Nice sheets of lacing down the sides. Head retention could be a bit better.

Aroma is mostly roasted malt and somewhat sweet. Hints of coffee and alcohol in the background. Nicely balanced, it's neither too strong, nor too mild.

Roasted malt at the start with light hints of sweetness. After a mild carbonation rush the flavours lean towards bitter a little more, suggesting coffee and a little burnt character. Finish is fairly mild and smooth. Aftertaste is roasted malt/burnt.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Smooth but with a nice crisp finish.

Well, what can I say? This is one of the very few porters I've ever had, and it is the only one available in town. So this has come to represent what I expect a porter to taste like. Therefor, this might be a somewhat biased review. None the less, this is a nice easy drinking brew and another winner from Bushwakker.

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Photo of Jotora
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

A nice looking porter. Pours an opaque brownish black, with a nice pale tan head. Mildly carbonated, but displays decent head retention. Nice lacings, tan coloured sheets disperse to leave sticky webs.

Creamy nougat , hazelnut, a touch of caramel, as well as a more roasted malt edge with notes of milk chocolate and espresso. A faint earthiness of decaying leaf from the hops.

Taste is much like the nose, with the exception of a touch of dark fruits, blackberry and black cherry are in the mix. Nice mild dark roast coffee flavour in the mix.

Creamy, smooth and almost medium bodied. Nougat and roasted notes play off each other well. This is one tasty and well balanced porter.

Pretty drinkable, the bomber is disappearing fairly quickly. This is a solid porter that I would readily recommend to fans of the style, and as an introduction to it. Sessionable, in the american sense of the word. Unfortunately i cant remember which BA sent this to me (markaberrant or DrMalt), but thanks!

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

Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, big thanks to markabberant for sending my way.

Pours a clear very dark red, almost appears brown away from the light, but some nice ruby highlights in the edges, medium sized tan head forms, settles down to a thin layer and ring, some lace spots on the glass. Smell is nice, very malty, caramel, raisins and brown sugar, light toast, some roasted malt and chocolate, grainy, lightly fruity, more of an English style than American porter but quite nice. Taste is similar, sweet and malty, some caramel and biscuit, very toasty, oats, brown sugar sweetness, raisins, lightly fruity, strawberries, nice finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, smooth and drinkable. Not overly complex but a pretty solid English porter. Thanks Mark!

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Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of yancot
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of aychbomb
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black/brown, thick creamy beige head with moderatly good retention.

Smell: Roasted malt, coffee. very little hop aroma. mildly chocolate.

Taste: similar to smell; Sweet roasted malts. coffee/chocolate; Moderate hop flavour (nicely balances assertive mat)

Mouthfeel: Moderatly creamy, smooth, sweet, with a surprisingly dry finish. like drinking a bitter-sweet dark chocolate bar.

Drinkability: sweet and tasty, like a guinnuess without the black malt harshness; not exactly a session brew, but a nice (near perfect) porter. kudos to Mitch.


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Photo of kjyost
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of oakbluff
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared bottle courtesy of piscator34. decent looking porter- nice and dark, nose has some roast and touch of chocolate. taste- moderate roasty bitterness, some dark chocolate. Carbonation is slight and body ligh. Easy drinking session porter. Nothing fancy about it, but does the trick.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pitch black porter (which I guess is no surprise). It has a good strong coffee and malt aroma. Roasted malt and coffee flavors dominate, with just the slightest hint of chocolate. It could use a bit more body, but this is still a well crafted, well balanced beer. My Labatt Lite swilling drinking buddy even thought it was good!

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