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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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#28,888
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
32
pDev:
9.16%
 
 
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5
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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by DamienArk:
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4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of hoponit
4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of meatyard
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high tan head that quickly settled down, leaving a thin layer of bubble covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of dark malts are present in the nose along with notes of cola and hints of licorice.
T: The taste follows the smell and has lots of flavors of dark malts with strong notes of licorice and roasted malts. The roastiness lingers into the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer feels a little stronger in body compared to other beers in the style and also has stronger flavors, particularly of the roasted malts.

Serving type: can

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Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of avalon07
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: A decent, but not spectacular, aroma of malt, chocolate, dark fruit, and raspberries.

T: Tasted of a bit of dark chocolate (not quite enough), an earthy, chalky quality, a lot of malt (present throughout, a bit of dark fruit (raisins), and some raspberries. Definitely an off kilter flavor. None of the ingredients seem to be as well represented as they should be, and the chalky quality is fairly obnoxious.

F: A decent bit of carbonation with a super dry, earthy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Kind of a misfire here. Could've been better.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PicoPapa
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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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Photo of mjw2808
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knapp85
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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 TheGent
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ajdemma
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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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3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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The Raven from Fat Orange Cat Brew Co.
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 32 ratings