The Raven | Fat Orange Cat Brew Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fat Orange Cat Brew Co.
Connecticut, United States
fatorangecatbrewco.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This porter is not at all sweet. Three dark malts are used in this brew, but the highest percentage is the chocolate malt giving it this distinct flavor.

Added by Arminius757 on 12-01-2016

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Ranking:
#26,161
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
22
pDev:
10.19%
 
 
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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 10/2/2018. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger fairly dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair mount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lightly tart/tangy black raspberries, fruit skin/seed, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, nuts, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of licorice, molasses, dark fruit, smoke, charcoal, wood, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of black/roast/bready malts, raspberries, and moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart/tangy black raspberries, fruit skin/seed, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, nuts, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of licorice, molasses, dark fruit, smoke, charcoal, wood, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine, herbal, woody, grassy, peppery hop; roast/char bitterness; and slight fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of black raspberries, fruit skin/seed, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, nuts, toasted dark bread, licorice, molasses, dark fruit, smoke, charcoal, wood, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of black/roast/bready malts, raspberries, and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a nice roast/hop bitter/sweet balance, and minimal acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and tart/tangy fruit. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, fairly sticky/resinous/chalky, and slightly acidic/tangy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 6%. Overall this is a very nice fruited American porter. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of black/roast/bready malts, raspberries, and moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the moderately bitter/resinous/drying finish, not overly aggressive. Great balance of rich malts and earthy hops; nice raspberry presence, without being overly tart. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example. Just a little too bitter/drying than I'd prefer overall. Got smoother as it warmed up.

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Photo of gobuccos
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of toast9
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheGent
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Super bitter chocolate and dry. I understand it’s supposed to be, but it’s a bit much for my enjoyment. Hint of the raspberry jelly candy throughout.

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Photo of DamienArk
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JelickNight
2.5/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The raspberry and chocolate is far too subtle to be noticeable. Had a slight kriek-taste, likely from the raspberry, but it didn't taste right to me, personally.

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Photo of meatyard
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zazzi82
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of erk0607
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Dark black with a dark graham cracker crust head that remains, pretty thick.
Smell: Roasty, dark malt with hints of red fruit (ex. raspberry)
Taste: Like burned chocolate, incredibly dark and toasty. On the flip side, it has a sweet tinge running through it of fruit on the aftertaste.
Feel: Medium body, pretty dry... I was maybe expecting heavier based on the color profile. Slick, not syrupy.
Overall: An interesting beer. When I read chocolate raspberry porter, I was thinking fruiter and lighter, but instead I got dark and toasty with a contrast at the end. Definitely got the porter piece down. Probably would not get again but glad I tried it.

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Photo of ajdemma
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with a dark brown head about a half-finger high... I was hoping this wasn't going to be the porter equivalent of one of those berry stouts that are super-sweet with a sharply tart berry flavor running though it... And it isn't! This is an awesome stout! Seeing all the mediocre reviews makes me wonder if some folks were hoping for a sweet dessert-type stout... Aside from a flash of wet sugar up front, this beer goes super dry real fast, but with an undercurrent, very subtle, of berry - neither sweet nor even particularly tart mind you (maybe a hint of tart?), but something almost textural comes through... The feel is incredibly rich and smooth - this is not a particularly thin-bodied or watery porter - and again, maybe that's something you may want in a porter - this has a relatively full mouthfeel, bittersweet chocolaty smooth - like dry, unsweetened chocolate... It finishes almost oak barrel dry, with just a tingle of what I'm gonna call "berry essence" - it's like the ghost of a raspberry inhabited the beer... for my tastes, it hits a lot of marks, but I'm usually not a porter guy, so my tastes may vary from the typical porter enthusiast...

8/9/18 canning with a 6% abv...

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Photo of XxthaDoggxX
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of hoponit
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mjw2808
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wcampbell69
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jhfinn
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of acurtis
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PicoPapa
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

32oz crowler from the farmer's market. Pours a viscous dark brownish black with a thin layer of medium brown head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is very chocolatey with some roasted malts, espresso, and cola. The taste is charred wood and roasted malts with a good deal of smoke. Espresso, leather, earth and chocolate syrup as well. Roasty, chocolate finish. Velvety mouthfeel with little carbonation. Overall, a solid Porter and the best beer I have had to date by Fat Orange Cat. I will be buying this one again.

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The Raven from Fat Orange Cat Brew Co.
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 22 ratings