Pappy's Porter
The Alchemist

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Porter - American
Ranked #46
Ranked #5,362
4.08 | pDev: 8.33%
The Alchemist
Vermont, United States
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
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
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brewme from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2%
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
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polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
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
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
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
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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
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Profundobaso from New York

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
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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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
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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npolachek from New York

3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
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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hoptheology from South Dakota

2.97/5  rDev -27.2%
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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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
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
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
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
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp 16 oz can poured into my snifter. The beer pours dark cola brown with a spongey dense tan head of 5 cm even with a gentle pour. the foam slowly recedes to a thick edge layer and leaves some windowpane lattice as it breaks up.
The aroma on the beer is roasted malt and coffee grounds with a decent amount of grassy hops and maybe even a bit of a charred note. No hints of any booze on this lower ABV brew.
First sip reveals an average body and fine gentle carbonation. Silky texture that coats my palate a bit on each mouthful.
The flavor is lots of roasted malt and some bitter coffee. A little dark chocolate and some grassy hops too. The hops actually linger after each swallow a little bit, not really bitter though. The beer drinks very easy and I am glad to have had a chance to drink the can. I would prefer a little more chocolate flavor, but in general this is a well made porter.

Jul 08, 2018
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Vermontcraftbrewfan from New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

love this porter great winter time beer warms the soul right up the taste is sweet but not to sweet the smell reminds me of being with loved ones with all the hollidays smells recomend this to any one for a nice easy drinking beeer

Mar 23, 2018
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stegmakk from New York

4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark black...even up to the light, not much getting through. Nice tiny bubbly head lasts decent. Lacing along glass some stays some slides down.
Smell of roasted malt - coffee
Taste - This is an excellent beer. Well balanced. Coffee, chocolate, mild hops, and almost want to say just the faintest hint of smokeiness.
Feel was creamy, dry, with like a hoppy oil coating.
Overall, I want more. Would search this out. Excellent beer.

Feb 14, 2018
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pouring very gently the head keeps forming, ending up with a good two finger head that has great retention. The head looks as if it is a nitro beer. And basically pitch black beer. Very black for a porter.
As soon as you crack open the can you can smell some booze. In the glass it has some roast and a decent amount of hop presence as well.
The taste follows the nose well on this one with a lot of roastiness coming through. Then you get coffee and that nice balanced hop presence that isn't too much or too little.
The feel is great as well with a little bit of smokiness going throughout.
Overall, this didn't let down any expectations. Very good beer. Very good porter. Absolutely love the roastiness and the perfect balance of hop presence. Glad I got to try!

Jan 12, 2018
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ThinBlueLine from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this in a BA trade, and as I would not opt for this in a shop, i was pleasantly surprised how much I liked it. Dark tan head with strong lacing. On the hoppy side, but amazing chocolate notes along with coffee. Wouldn't pound numerous at one sitting, but this was a good sipping brew.

Jan 09, 2018
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CavemanRamblin from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very hoppy for the style as you might imagine being from Alchemist, but a damn good porter I thought. And it’s definitely still distinctly a porter and not a black ipa. Could drink more!

Dec 31, 2017
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scootny from New York

4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite the brew here. Hoppy and full of roasted malt and char. A billowing, dark khaki head with great retention and a slow fade. Tons of lacing. A super dark brown liquid that seems to act like a black hole, absorbing any light that hits the glass.

Nose has lots of coffee and molasses. Sweetness is enhanced by notes of burnt sugar and toffee. Dark roasted malt waft up and offer light char as well. Earthy, piney hops flood in and and blanket the whole thing.

Really loving the this flavor. Lots of char and earth. Malt is lightly sweet with lots of coffee and touch of bakers chocolate. Finish is dry and relatively short... except for the hop oil. It coats my mouth in dryness and earth. mild coffee lingers as well as light toffee sugariness.

Feel starts out as effervescent and then flows into a rich creaminess. Crisp and quenching makes this highly drinkable.

I'm loving this brew. Sessionable and delicious. Standard abv means three is not out of the question. With the way this tastes you'll want at least that many.

Nov 26, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deeply dark shiny black with a large creamy dark tan head collapsing into foam with an airy center leaving tons of cheetah spot lace.

Aromas of dark chocolate, baker's cocoa, and deep roasted malt turn to an almost cedar-like wood with a light hint of molasses and smoked almonds.

Taste is identical, but turns bitter of cocoa with sharp tangy roasted malt while the bitterness builds on the back of some piney hops, with a thin, slick body, light, crisp carbonation and dry, slightly smoky finish.

Nov 07, 2017
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-steve- from Canada (ON)

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Jesterr44 for the trade on this beer. Dark black with thick, brown foam. Rich chocolate and roasted notes flood the nostrils. Smells rich and inviting. Does not disappoint. Creamy chocolate and roasted flavours wash over the palette. Mild hop and coffee bitterness finish the taste sensations. Really enjoyable porter with abundant flavours and balance between the chocolate and roast characteristics. Great start the the winter season.

Oct 29, 2017
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: pours a very dark brown, almost impervious to light. Nice espresso colored head that fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell: big roasted malt aroma, loads of espresso, some bittersweet cocoa

Taste: lots of roasted espresso, bitersweet cocoa, slightly tangy bitter finish with a lingering coffee flavor.

Feel: great carbonation, medium to light bodied Porter.

Overall: this is the most flavorful 5% beer I have ever had. Lots of roasted malt flavor, generous amount of hops, outstanding take on a Porter.

16 oz can bought at brewery on 9/20/17
4.5 rating

Oct 20, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tallboy can into a pint glass.

L: Nearly black pour. Massive brown head... solid lacing.

S: Classic porter. Roasted grains... espresso and cocoa notes. Mild piney hops in the background.

T/F: Roasted malts gives it nice bitterness. Coffee, chicory, and mild chocolate. Surprisingly dry but makes sense with the 5% ABV. Hopping at the end melds with the bitter roast character. Smooth... medium body.

O: A rock solid porter and on point for the style. Almost drinks like an irish stout but not nearly that creamy. Good flavor and at 5% very poundable.

Oct 08, 2017
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