Payback Porter | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Payback PorterPayback Porter

Brewed by:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
California, United States

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

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Ratings: 286 |  Reviews: 93
Photo of seedyone
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

12/19/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Not very impressed. More aroma than flavor. Not much body but experience dictates that can be the nature of porters. With all the choices in front of me this doesn't make the cut.

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Photo of tizride
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of Philousa
2.78/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sits black with half a finger tan head in the glass. Chocolate, sweet caramel, a little hop aroma. Sweet chocolate flavor fades to bitter chocolate, burnt grain, some tart, bitter flavors on the back end. Mouthfeel is middling, but it felt a bit under carbonated.

This is a big meh for me. I'm not much for the uber malty beers in the first place, but this really just didn't stand out to me. Some hop characteristics or maybe a yeast that produces better carbonation would really help this beer. Not sure if I'd get this one again.

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Photo of Majorwolfe
2.81/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of DoubleJ
2.81/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Verdugo Bar in LA, on to the beer:

Opaque color with hues of dark brown. Good lacing action on the glass. Light aroma, some coffee and a bit of astringent roasted malt. Taste...roasted fruit? Quite a bit of booze and fruity esters in the flavor, too little chocolate and smoke. Fruity towards the end with a bit of chalk in the finish.

Not very robust at all, and not very enjoyable either. Next...

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Photo of kbuff13
2.96/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 22 oz. bomber. Poured a very dark brown almost black. Very little head that quickly faded and not much lacing. Very heavily roasted flavor. A little bit too bitter for my taste. Not a bad beer overall but I don't this I would go out of my way to buy it again.

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of jimilayne
3.04/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a chalice glass.

Beautiful chocolate appearance with a big thick cola head.

Major popcorn butter in the nose with some caramel mixed in. Very unique.

Tastes of melted butter with hints of coffee. Very rich. The buttery taste starts to wear on you about halfway through.

Nice touch of carbonation gives a very subtle bite but its very oily.

Interesting. Never really had anything like this. While reviewing this beer I've just been informed that the popcorn butter quality is considered a flaw. I love Speakeasy beers but won't go back to this one.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap into pint glass @ Birreria Paradiso Georgetown, DC

Pitch black with a one finger light brown head that leaves behind solid lacing. The aroma is very roasty with a little bit of a slight sour aroma. The flavor has the typical robust porter flavors: coffee, cocoa, burnt malts, but this one added a little extra in the way of tart dark fruit. This comes with an acerbic feel.

I had no problem finishing this one but then again it has a bit of a tartness that I don't think is supposed to be there.

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Photo of QuakeAttack
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of crowsoup
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of slammo
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Recently had the Betrayal Imperial Red which I liked vey much but cannot say the same here. It was above average but nothing special when so many other Potters I have tried are better. The appearance was dark and chocolate but still not totally inviting. The head was gone before you can say bada bada bing bang. Tasting it was better and had some depth to offer. Finish is great with smoky malt notes.

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Photo of Offa
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This strong porter is pretty good, but not very, being a bit one-dimensional and alcoholic, with too little character or complexity for the strength.

Essentially black, it has a very big dark tan head slowly shrinking to a foamy ring with thin wisps. It has some nice lace.

Aroma is rich roasted barley and dark toast, some caramelised prunes,, leaves, dried figs, hints of leather and dark chocolate, overall very nice.

The taste, feel, and drinkability are far less impressive than appearance or smell. It starts with some charcoal, singed leaves, faint hints of prune and fig, with some dark toast and citrus bitterness. However, alcohol soon becomes quite evidence, if not overly so or harsh, bitterness lingers a bit too much, and initial promise of complexity soon fizzles into a fiarly one-dimensional, alcoholic-raisiny roastiness that is a tad too bitter for what else it has. Feel is fairly good, solid, but not great.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Speakeasy's Payback Porter. 7.5% ABV.

A: A little over a finger of chocolate milk colored head. Black in the glass; very dark brown in the dimple. Thin lacing. Decent sheeting.

S: Roasted coffee, with a touch of dark cocoa. Slight char note.

T/MF: Taste is more of the same, with the coffee coming forward even more. Slightly more char in the mouth.

It's alright. Nothing special.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of Hophazzard
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Slongie
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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Payback Porter from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 286 ratings