Switchback Dooley's Belated Porter | Switchback Brewing Company

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Switchback Dooley's Belated PorterSwitchback Dooley's Belated Porter

Brewed by:
Switchback Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Switchback Porter (First sold December 2009)

Like all of Switchback Brewing Company's beers, the porter is unfiltered and 100% naturally carbonated. Switchback has put its own unique stamp on the porter style, creating a bold and full flavored porter with the balanced smoothness to the finish for which Switchback beers are known. A unique blend of roasted malt, caramel malts, and flaked barley are used to create the luscious malt signature, and the very non-traditional use of Simcoe hops as the only hop variety for both bittering and aroma is used to delicately balance the overall flavor profile. The result is an eminently satisfying brew that will leave you wanting another.

Added by kingcrowing on 12-19-2009

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Ratings: 126 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by neophilus:
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3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark, off white head. Musty aroma, some acrid notes of roasted grain on top of a richer malt scent. Earthy, perhaps from hops.

Stiff hop bitterness up front, some ashy roasted flavor mixed in. Acrid roasted grain flavor masks the malt profile a bit. Lively up front with the bitter/acrid flavors but falls a bit flat in the aftertaste. More ash at the finish. Medium body, medium-high carbonation. Body could have been a bit thicker. Finishes crisp with a lingering ash flavor.

Maybe too much roast in this one, the acrid edge to the roasted grain takes away from what appears to be a richer malt profile from the aroma. Definitely not boring as the hop bitterness keeps you on your toes. Good earthy aroma/flavor from the hop. Tone the roasted grain down a bit and you have a winner.

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Photo of woodchipper
3/5  rDev -20%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of kingcrowing
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Maderas in Burlington, VT in a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown (not black though) with a small off white head that's nice and creamy. Nose is lightly roasty with a touch of burned toast.

Taste is very rich and roasty as well with some nice malt character and some very light hop bitterness, it's a bit hard to discern whether it's from the roasted malt though. It finished quite smooth for being so dark. Mouthfeel is pretty light and there isn't much carbonation. Overall a very easy drinking porter worth giving a try - but If you've never had Switchback I'd go for their original first.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at The Tavern in Brattleboro on 2/17, served in a large flute glass. Comes out dark brown near black, somewhat small off white head leaves some spotty lacing on the sides.

Smell is decent, some nice malt notes, definite porter with the roast and a bit of sweetness. Flavor is pretty solid, good chocolate notes in the middle, finishes with an herbal hoppiness, bitter. Body is a bit thin, light in the stomach. Overall a decent porter.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Ace1117
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint at the Stowe lodge over lunch. It was a fine way to kickback between lifts. The Simcoe character isn't overpowering, but rather is nicely balanced against the roasty malts. The result is a mix of fruity citrus punch with cocoa and black roasted malts. the body is just a touch lighter, making it a great lunch beer. Overall, a fine American porter.

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Photo of BlueKurenai
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a mug. The appearance was a nice looking dark brown color with hues of dark orange/red tints along the sides of the glass. A one finger white to off white foamy level head hung around for a good minute and a half before gracefully dissipating leaving some messy tones of lacing. The smell started off with a nice blend or roasty to sweet and bitter coffee, cocoa and dark chocolate. Light tones of caramel, nuts, vanilla and dark fruits balance nicely. The taste was mainly sweet trying to balance in the roasty and bitter portion of the prior flavors. There’s a dry bitter to roasty caramel and nutty aftertaste leading into a dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body. Carbonation is refined enough to allow a nice sessionability about it. This one runs fairly smooth and trying to bring about a decent creaminess over my tongue. Overall, its a good porter, but I often have times where I wonder if it's English or American.

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5/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of mscudder
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of puboflyons
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle #13107. Sampled on July 6, 2013.

The pour is about as perfect as a Porter can look with its dark charcoal-black color and only the slightest hint of brown when held exactly in front of the light. Big frothy head.

The aroma is very nice but not what one expects from a Porter. Lots of sweet dark malts, barley, and a little caramel. No coffee or smoke. The hops are way in the background.

The body is medium to bold.

The taste improves as it warms. There is a definitive sweet maltiness up front with a low to moderate hop bite at the end. It ends on the dry side.

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Photo of Holderness
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L -- Pours a very dark reddish brown with a nice tan two finger head. Head sticks around for quite a while, leaving lots of lacing.
S -- Mild roasted malts, barley, dark chocolate, coffee, earth
T -- Caramelized malts, toasted walnuts, bittersweet chocolate, and a slight hoppiness to round it off
F -- Astringent initially, then smoothing to a mild -- but not watery -- finish. Medium carbonation
O -- Good, but lacking the great value of regular Switchback (In Vermont, $5.50 for a bomber of Dooley's vs. $3.50 for regular Switchback)

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Photo of musicforairports
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Ruck in Troy. Owner said they are the first place in New York to have it on tap.

Pours opaque, dark, dark brown, with a fluffy head that looks nice but doesn't stick around long or leave too much lacing.

Smells rich and full of dark malts. A lot of chocolate on the nose.

Taste is very robust and heavy on the chocolate. Very, very smooth and lacking any discernible bitterness from hops or roasted malts. No burnt flavors at all. Delicious and not too sweet. Reminds me a bit of Edmund Fitzgerald.

Feels thinner on the mouth than you'd expect for how dark and robust it is, but that just makes it more drinkable.

This is a porter I could drink all night. I don't even think I've seen it in bottles around here.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed 8/28/13

Appearance: Dark brown at its core, medium brown around the edges - some clarity - pours with above-average carbonation, fades to a frothy cap, leaves some spots and streaks of lacing

Smell: Roasty and lightly sweet - interesting malt profile with roasty grains, caramel, caramelized malts, toasted bread, and a lot of chocolate - dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, and semisweet chocolate - some coffee beans, nuts, and earth - an undercurrent of lightly sweet malts - hoppier than expected, with some nice citrus

Taste: Chocolate, citrus, and roasted malts - caramel malts, caramel, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and some roasted malts - coffee beans and some nuts - light malt sweetness, a touch of something akin to brown sugar - medium level of bitterness, with some nice citrusy hops - orange and grapefruit that works well with the malt profile - dry, clean finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, dry finish, very drinkable

Overall: Ya done good, Dooley

I have vague memories of having and liking this on-tap in January, 2010. Three and a half years later, I still dig it. In my humble opinion, this is outstanding for a porter. It's very flavorful and doesn't tread into stout territory. The Simcoe hops work surprisingly well. I'll be picking up another bottle of this when I next see it.

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Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color – faint traces of brown are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to a very bright light. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is also visible. It poured with a half finger high light tan head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and the sides of the glass as well as a collar consisting of large bubbles around the edge.
S: Light aromas of chocolate malts are present in the nose along with notes of roasted malts and hints of citrusy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that there aren't any citrusy flavors and the hops only contribute a light amount of bitterness to the taste and also help to balance off the malts.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer was quite flavorful and while it seemed to be a little fuller in body compared to other beers in the style, it was still very drinkable and well balanced. I really liked the subtle hints of Simcoe hops in the nose.

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Photo of DoubleMalt
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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