Pappy's Porter
The Alchemist

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The Alchemist
Vermont, United States
American Porter
Ranked #49
Ranked #7,766
4.07 | pDev: 8.35%
Feb 20, 2021
Jan 23, 2017
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Rated: 4 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Feb 20, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by rare_bird from Michigan

Dec 02, 2019
Rated: 4.02 by nmann08 from Virginia

Sep 29, 2019
Rated: 4.02 by hopley from Massachusetts

Aug 29, 2019
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Reviewed by larryi86 from Delaware

4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16 oz can poured into a teku

A- Black with a three finger light mocha head.

S- Roasted malts, some chocolate, earthy/piney hops, hints of peat.

T- Roasted malts, slightly smoky, some chocolate, earthy/piney hops.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A tasty and easy to drink porter.
Jul 25, 2019
Rated: 3.77 by BFCarr from New Jersey

Jul 02, 2019
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Reviewed by brewme from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Picked-up two cans in a trade. Cannot decipher a canned-on date. My fourth brew from these guys (wish it was easier to get). Solid brew, nothing special, but would get again.
Apr 21, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Feb 08, 2019
Rated: 4.06 by Jps715 from New Jersey

Jan 23, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by raycoll from New York

Jan 21, 2019
Rated: 4.06 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

Jan 18, 2019
Rated: 3.88 by JoeB51982 from Rhode Island

Jan 15, 2019
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Reviewed by polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Perhaps the hoppiest porter I have ever had. The hops punch you in the face right from the start. The nose is quite nice with all the hops and roasts. The taste though is quite bitter and seems to leave the roasts and other flavors in the penalty box. Feel is about right for the style, but the finish is a little harsh.

A decent beer, but not in my wheelhouse.
Jan 04, 2019
Rated: 4 by Jackjaffar from Massachusetts

Dec 29, 2018
Rated: 4.27 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Dec 22, 2018
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
An aggressive pour reveals a black beer with a smidge of leakage on the edges to mahogany. Big succulent tan head caps this American porter.

The first aroma on the nose is char, followed by chocolate. I am now salivating. The taste has the char and the chocolate, but there’s a bitterness that doesn’t quite fit the style, but the mouthfeel exceeds the style.

If the bitterness was dialed back a bit, this would be my favorite porter. It’s still a pleasure to drink.
Dec 17, 2018
Rated: 3.42 by Heftklammer from Massachusetts

Dec 13, 2018
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Reviewed by papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
From a 16oz can, undated. Served in an imperial pint pub glass.

Pours a thin looking, unhighlighted black with a big, puffy, lumpy, three-finger-plus beige head. Retention is very good leaving a lumpy cap and scattered wads of lacing.

A sharp, roasty nose of charred grain and chocolate-covered cherries.

Taste is acridly bitter and charred initially, with chicory, over-steeped black tea and wood ash, before slowly smoothing out with dusty cocoa powder and dried cherries. Roasty, toasty, tannic, bitter and dry as the dickens.

Feel is powdery-smooth-almost-silky, dry, medium bodied and well carbonated.

Nice. I started out thinking I was tasting the coffee notes I'd expected before realizing that it was more the tannic, bitter character you get when you leave a tea bag in the cup too long. Whether intended or not I don't know, but this is like Baby Beelzebub, and I like Beelzebub a lot.
Nov 18, 2018
Rated: 3.25 by sgregory from Connecticut

Nov 12, 2018
Rated: 3.86 by ragwing82 from Texas

Nov 09, 2018
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was a dark brown color close to black with a thick two finger tan foamy head slowly dissipating. Lace was pretty thick.
The aroma had a huge piney hoppiness rolling about over notes of dark chocolate, dry ashy char, coffee beans and roastiness.
The flavor leads with a big bitter blend of pine, coffee beans and ashy char. Light aftertaste of bitter dry roasty coffee and pine.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. The dry bitterness is so huge in this that there is no sessionability about it. For a porter, I'd say 'odd' but hell, it's brewed by John Kimmich, fair enough.
Overall, black IPA or porter? I dunno and nor do I give a fuck. It's good and I'd have again.
Nov 09, 2018
Rated: 3.8 by Gerred from Missouri

Nov 09, 2018
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Reviewed by SABERG from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a can purchased 2 days ago at the brewery. Into a pint glass.
A - Deep and dark, near black in color, a thin cap of tan froth tops the offering. Lacing is quite delightful, ring after ring.
S - Narrow band of dark chocolate, char, faint notes of anise, cigar.
T - Roast malts, some pumpernickel bread, hops run in the on the earthy side.
M - Medium in body, a bit slick,start is semi sweet, then a wave of bitterness, interestingly a sweet finish and fine lingering cocoa notes.
O - A very good porter, body is wonderful, delicately carbonated, and quite tasty.
Nov 04, 2018
Rated: 4.16 by cp45 from New Jersey

Nov 03, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

Oct 29, 2018
Rated: 3.73 by AGust82 from Connecticut

Oct 28, 2018
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Reviewed by Profundobaso from New York

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Look - poured from a pint can into a pint stout glass. Coffee brown, with a generous three finger head and excellent retention. Enticing from the start.
Smell - strong scents of roasted malts, with some coffee. Hops presence detectable.
Taste - More bitterness than expected, though this is not much of a surprise. Hops are certainly present, if not dominant. The finish is still quite smooth. Close your eyes though, and you might mistake this for an IPA brewed with roasted malts.
Feel - closer to a full bodied beer. Carbonation is above average, and low ABV for an Alchemist beer at 5%.
Overall - not your typical porter, to say the least. If anything, probably the hoppiest porter that I've had. It retains many great aspects of porters, especially in the complexity, but this is definitely a unique beer.
Oct 27, 2018
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Pours with a classic bubble show that produces three fingers of tan foam capping the coffee colored liquid; excellent retention and a curtain of lacing

Smell: Very roasty, with a burnt black bread and pine tones

Taste: Roast forward, with the black bread flavors and a hint of chalky chocolate building; very piney, through the middle, with a growing bitterness that lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A polarizing porter that I rather liked even though I get the point that this verges in the ABA direction

Thanks, Skellbop, for the opportunity
Oct 23, 2018
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Reviewed by npolachek from New York

3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Way too bitter for me. Don't be afraid of other alchemist beers due to this one - the imperial stouts are far less bitter and much better balanced. I really was not a fan of this beer on multiple fronts.
Oct 21, 2018
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

2.97/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
16 oz can traded from brutalfarce. Poured into Crane snifter.

Chocolatey brown color with a slightly chocolatey brown head of 1 finger. Lots of lace left on the glass as it recedes.

Quite a hoppy aroma with fresh grass and dark chocolate in equal amounts, slight lactose, slight oatmeal.

Taste? If this is how Alchemist does their dark beers count me out. This thing is more in line with a turbo double black IPA than anything. Just insanely off-base. Dirtier than your worst college story. Tongue scrubbing bitterness - and I do mean tongue scrubbing - with pine, grass, coffee, dirt, grapefruit rind, and cannabis. It's flavorful as a quasi-IPA but this is no Porter of any sort.

Feel is creamy and crisp, with tons of resins on the finish.

Overall - what in the hell was this?! It wasn't a porter, I can tell you that much. A double black IPA with palate scrubbing resins, and man does it hang there. I'll be placing a can cover on the rest until I'm in the mood for a Black IPA.
Oct 13, 2018
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Reviewed by dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
DATE: October 6, 2018... OCCASION: celebrating a successful soccer tournament at Harmony with some Blue Planet II.... GLASSWARE: HopDevil nonick... pours a motor oil black body and a thick, pillowed two-fingered brown head that laces with an engaging pattern of frill... chocolate and peat are strong, while vanilla bean and toasted bread malts further elicit the first sip... speaking of which, its brackish mouthfeel is medium-bodied, chewy enough to suggest its hops, and smooth and creamy at its finish... something like a sweet stout in its flavor profile, with rich chocolate, pleasing peat, earthy vegetable, and lingering, understate citrus... there is also coffee integrity, grainy and charring... this is pretty much what a porter should be--its flavors are succinct, pronounced clearly, and worthwhile...
Oct 07, 2018
Rated: 4.09 by IBUBrew from Vermont

Sep 30, 2018
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Reviewed by BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, and and light coffee

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malt and very light char and then goes into the dark chocolate and coffee. Moderately bitter. Finishes with lingering char and coffee

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A really nice porter that is super drinkable. Has a good balance to it
Sep 29, 2018
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Reviewed by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
16oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Deep. Lack pour with a very healthy three fingers of light brown head. Retention is superb and huge chunks of foam are left clinging to the glass.

S: Mild, even keel of roastiness and a ton of chocolate malt character bringing coffee bean and dark chocolate truffles. Big, fresh pull of green hops too. Pine and bark.

T: Follows the nose almost exactly. An even roasty backbone showcases black coffee and dark chocolate truffles. Semi-sweet dark chocolate. Just a bit of a nougat sort of impression, though the beer stays fairly dry. Hops are not shy and bring a lot of earthy tones. Pine and bark. “Green.” Hops and roast trail on a long finish.

M: Medium-full body with a nice chewy and creamy feel. Deep crispness from the rather aggressive carbonation contributes to a lighter sort of whipped texture and aids drinkability.

O: A pretty solid porter. Certainly not shy on the hops, and maybe the balance would be a bit better if they were dialed back a couple notches. As it stands, it’s still a very flavorful beer with a nice full texture and relatively easy drinkability. It has a bit of a “throw-back” feel to it that has me feeling nostalgic. It really grew in me as I drank through the can. The mouthfeel and drinkability are something special. Nice to see the Alchemist branching out and resurrecting old recipes.
Sep 25, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Jbk81 from Massachusetts

Sep 08, 2018
Rated: 4.13 by Didier from New Hampshire

Sep 03, 2018
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Rated by RKuitula from Michigan

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Strong hop taste
Sep 03, 2018
Rated: 4.35 by lic217 from Connecticut

Sep 03, 2018
Rated: 3.77 by grahuba from Connecticut

Sep 02, 2018
Rated: 4 by brandonld23 from Massachusetts

Aug 24, 2018
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