Payback Porter | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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BA SCORE
3.91/5
Very Good
286 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:
#7,929
Reviews:
93
Ratings:
286
pDev:
9.46%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
48
Trade:
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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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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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a near black, deep, dark cordovan brown with a powder chocolate colored 2 finger head. Good retention. Healthy amount of lacing left along the sides of the glass, sip after sip.

Smell - Strong notes of buttery chocolate (chocolate chip cookie?) wrapped around hints of caramel. Cream.

Taste - Initial roast quickly gives way to sweet milk chocolate and buttery, creamy qualities. Moderate notes of caramel. Finishes like cold coffee with a heavy dose of creamer to smooth out all bitterness, which is sorely lacking.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. Creamy. Goes down with nice smoothness.

Overall - Great beer, but missing a nice bitter punch, or any bitterness really, to take it to the next level. As is, it drinks like a dessert beer; something I wouldn't want to drink more than a bottle a night.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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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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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Met my exceptions as dark as it can be slightly viscous with a 1/4 inch of mocha head that seems to stick around forever with a nice lace ring to boot.

S - Smells of decent hops, sweet chocolate, a touch of ashy roast, and some fruity yeasts.

T - Enough porter aspects to remind you it's one. Slightly chalky finish with some ashy roast but mostly a balanced level of bitter and sweet chocolate with a citrus hop finish. It's good.

M - Medium bodied, slightly chewy, well hidden ABV.

Overall Not a bad porter for 7 bucks but nothing I would revisit again.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep chocolate brown with huby highlights,a creamy one finger tan colored head atop that never really left.Sweeter chcolate notes along with almost a cookie dough element to it,not overly roasted in the nose.Slightly sharp in the mouth,not overly annoying but it's noticable.A nice mix of sweet and roast on the palate,starts out with some chocolate and molasses then melds into a roasty dryer finish that lingers.A solid porter from a brewery that I miss,I can't get their stuff here in NC.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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