Payback Porter | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

Payback PorterPayback Porter
BA SCORE
79.9%
Liked This Beer
3.91 w/ 284 ratings
Payback PorterPayback Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
California, United States
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Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
American hops provide a smooth distraction for Payback Porter’s robust strength, which is concealed within the shadows of dark imported malts. Brewed with English chocolate malts and rolled oats, this Robust Porter pours a deep chocolate brown and is rich in roasted malt aromas and coffee flavors. With notes of espresso, baker’s cocoa, and sweet, toasted maltiness, Payback finishes with a creamy mouthfeel.

Added by Murchmac on 12-21-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,095
Reviews:
93
Ratings:
284
Liked:
227
Avg:
3.91/5
pDev:
9.46%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
47
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 284 |  Reviews: 93
Photo of NickMunford
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of flydudehsv
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber from bevmo. Pours a dark brown color with a good inch of thick cappuccino like head. Pleasant aroma of roast malt, coffee and cocoa powder. The taste kicks off with a strong roasted malt flavor backed by citrusy hops and bittersweet chocolate. Also some light roast coffee and orange peel in the mix. There’s a surprisingly strong citrus presence that nearly overpowers the dark, roasty flavors. The alcohol is also much more subtle than I was expecting. Definitely not your run-of-the-mill Porter.

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Photo of BeerNoobNC
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of gleemonger
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of diego87
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of Brettwill
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark as pitch with a fat two finger head. The head recedes quickly and leaves a small amount of lacing. Smells of dried plums, coffee and a bit of chocolate. The taste is fantastic. Much like it smells but not too fruity. Bitter and sweet with a very earthy finish. Mild carbonation makes this go down super smooth. I love this porter. It doesn't taste quite as good in the bottle but it is still top notch beery deliciousness.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bomber sent my way again by genghis22..cant thank you enough james...poured into a tulip

a-black...one and half finger head....sticks around for a while...lacing is there..

s-big rich coffee and chocolate malts..lots of roast...a hint of sweetness steps in before the bitter coffee notes carry this one off

t-starts off with a ton of coffee and chocolate..the sweetness steps in ....the hops are there to keep this one in check only...finishes on a bitter dry coffee note

m-thick and chewy...up there with edmund...creamy smooth as well...coats the mouth well and leaves a tad bitterness behind..

d-man i wish i could get this all the time...i would....goes down way to smooth especially on a chilly evening in NC...

overall a sold porter def in my top 5....James you are killing me with these boxes...

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Photo of bonbright7
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I split this porter with a friend after closing at Bellport Beer and I was easily enamored by the seductively dark ale in my glass. The Payback looked good in its pure darkness with a brown oatmeal head that never went away, it only sank lower in the glass. The aroma exhibited an elaborate mix of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate, which invited the first taste.

Wowed by the medium to heavy taste that reminded me of a milkshake, I bought another bottle without finishing the glass just because the first taste told me this was so good. The mouth feel and the ease of drinking more were merely after thoughts, like frosting on the cake.

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Photo of jackb112
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smooth. A solid dessert beer.

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Photo of Milkysunshine
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of r0gueleader
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of BarHop510
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of KiMiRaiK
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of prock180
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of lehueve
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of smithmd4
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of pajfuwen
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nadiarmn
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a near opaque rich dark brown with glimpses of apricot and ruby at the edges. A warm mocha colored creamy head of a few fingers stays for a good while and leaves behind pretty impeccable lacing.

aroma is roasty, malty, with hints of peat, a touch of wood smoke, and almost a hint of lactose. a touch of vanilla. Clean, smooth, and delicious aroma.

hints of smoke and peat accentuate a deliciously roasted malt backbone with just enough hops to balance everything nicely. Definitely more on the roasty, malty side of things than a hop bomb, which I'm all for. Hints of vanilla and a touch of lactose sugar sweeten to keep it from being overly bitter roast.

Mouth is a touch thin given the abv, but it works nicely with the flavors. Maybe i'm just in the mood for it, but I'm kind of enjoying the smoothness, hint of slickness, and general light and bright mouth that accompanies the roasted flavors. It kind of works.

All in all, this is really hitting the spot. Maybe it's just my mood, but everything is jiving nicely with this one. Complex without being too intense, drinkable without being thin. Not quite sessionable, which certainly makes it enjoyable. All in all, a deliciously roasty example of a porter with an exquisite implementation of west-coast hops to make a beautifully drinkable brew. And I'm really wishing I had brought more than a bomber back in my suitcase. This will definitely be one of the first ones I'll search for when I'm back on the west coast.

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Photo of hman43
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours dark brown, almost black, with a moderately brown head that does have a bit of lacing.

Smell: It has aromas of chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, and citrus.

Taste: There are sweet flavors from the beginning from the chocolate. There are also flavors of coffee, citrus, plums, and toast.

Feel: It has a moderate feel that is smooth and creamy. It finishes moderately bitter.

Overall this is a chocolate ale from the initial flavors that turns into a complex blend of malts and hops that is easy to drink.

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Photo of mjtiernan
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of glid02
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in Georgetown in Washington DC.

Pours black with a half-finger brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate and roasted malts with a good amount of underlying earthy aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Large dark chocolate flavors mix with roasted malts up front. Near the end of the sip a very faint hint of dark fruit flavors sneaks out before a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a great thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall I was impressed with this beer. Halfway between a porter and a stout I'd say this is worth a shot.

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Photo of Allebaram
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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Payback Porter from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
Beer rating: 79.9% out of 100 with 284 ratings
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