Payback Porter | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

Payback PorterPayback Porter
Liked This Beer
3.91 w/ 284 ratings
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

User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 284 |  Reviews: 93
Photo of dataylor21
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of david18
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ArmedsouthernEr
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of deschutes_fan
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of lehueve
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

To start the color is a deep rusty ruby copper as one peers through it but in general looks brown. A medium to small head formed. It was beige with dense bubbles leaving spotty lacing around the glass. The head maintain throughout my drinking experience.

In the nose there was a roasted malt scent with subtle nuiances of chocolate and coffee. Also, one could smell molasses or dark fruits at the very end.

Roasted malts were the dominate flavor on the palate and quite nearly burnt. I like that.
Like in the nose coffee and chocolate were quite subtle and enhanced the roasted malts.
Label suggests that I might taste some bright hops, well guess what, I didn't. You could taste a low level of hops but at this level why advertise it.

The feel across my palate was smooth and velvetty but also with a fair amount of charcoal ash.

This beer is very easy to drink and has a nice flavor from the roasted malts.
Speakeasy makes some good beers.

 946 characters

Photo of Celtics17
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a solid porter, and it played well with a lot of milk chocolate notes.

Appearance: Thick brown, almost opaque unless you look at how it pours. Head is light tan just about a one finger's length with a hard vigorous pour.

Smell: Chocolate scent, comes off slightly roasted with hints of espresso.

Taste: This porter has a lot of stout feels in the mouthfeel. Slight coffee, but not a lot coming through. This porter has slight Smokey flavoring, but this porter is full of chocolate notes.

 500 characters

Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of NYR_Rob
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of flagmantho
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap in a pint glass at Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA.

Appearance: nearly black hue with a thick head of frothy tan foam. Head dissipated slowly leaving a nice lace on the glass; quite attractive.

Smell: very light malty aroma with a little caramel character. Almost too light, really.

Taste: kind of on the rough side; coffee and roasted malts along with some vegetal hops and a fair amount of astringency. Not bad, but a little rough.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice, well-integrated carbonation. Quite creamy, which is an interesting juxtaposition to the rough-and-ready flavor. I like it.

Overall: being on the rough side affects drinkability. This isn't a bad beer, but it just isn't my speed.

 718 characters

Photo of gspeer711
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Rojada1988
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Madskill
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Stout_Combo
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of corby112
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears pitch black and opaque in the glass with a two finger tan head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention with rings and streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Robust aroma with a nice balance of roasted dark malt and earthy, resinous hops. Slightly smokey with hints of burnt toast, oatmeal, espresso bean and dark chocolate countered by sweeter malt notes and dank grassy, piny hops. I'm really surprised how well balanced the nose is with a very inviting floral hop bouquet. I wish that more black IPAs/Cascadian dark ales smelled like this.

Full bodied with an earthy, resinous hop bite up front that provides some dry bitterness that lingers over the complex malt bill into a dry finish. Dry and sticky with grassy pine, dank buds and spruce tip but the hop flavors aren't overpowering with plenty of roasted and sweet dark malts coming through. Subtle smoke character with hints of burnt toast, oatmeal, bittersweet dark chocolate and gourmet coffee with caramel and dessert-like chocolate cake sweetness balancing things out in the finish. I usually do not like darker beers, especially stouts and porters, to have any hop character but I really enjoyed those flavors in this beer. Great balance with interesting flavors bouncing off of each other and the ABV is excellently masked making this beer very easy to drink. This beer was a pleasant surprise and ill definitely be buying more bottles, especially at $6 a bomber.

 1,503 characters

Photo of jbaker67
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of sansho
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of revooner
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of quakeroatmealstout
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Jasonrm72
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.