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Pappy's Porter | The Alchemist

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Pappy's PorterPappy's Porter

Brewed by:
The Alchemist
Vermont, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Ratings: 230 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jps715
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of raycoll
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Coronaeus
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeB51982
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of polloenfuego
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.

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Photo of Jackjaffar
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ovaltine
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.

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Photo of Heftklammer
3.42/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of papposilenus
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.

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Photo of sgregory
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ragwing82
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
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.

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Photo of Gerred
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SABERG
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.

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Photo of cp45
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heerboth
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AGust82
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Profundobaso
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.

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Photo of brentk56
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

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Photo of npolachek
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
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 the fuck out. It's a porter in its own right but it's more in line with a double black IPA than anything. Just insanely off-base. Tongue scrubbing bitterness - and I do mean tongue scrubbing - with pine, grass, coffee, grapefruit rind, and dank. It's flavorful as a quasi-IPA but this is NOT a traditional porter.

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.

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Photo of dacrza1
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...

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Photo of IBUBrew
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Pappy's Porter from The Alchemist
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