Wild Goose Porter | Wild Goose Brewery, LLC

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Wild Goose PorterWild Goose Porter

Brewed by:
Wild Goose Brewery, LLC
Maryland, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 08-16-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by mobyfann:
Photo of mobyfann
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $6.99 for a 6 pack...

The appearence is quite nice a typical dark brewed porter, almost black base, tanish medium sized head, little rention but nice lacing to make up for it. The aroma works, but isn't a standout except for the standout chocolate smell that dominated this field...

The taste however makes up for the lax of smell, a wonderful compelation of a smoky chocolate flavor with a few hints of the sweet-tasting ingredients like caramel... The mouthfeel is light and refreshing for a porter as the 4.8% ABV would tell you. Therefore the ABV gives much freedom for this to dominate as a session beer and tastes great the whole way down...

Final Thought: It's one of those beers that the lower expectations were crushed by a quality brew like this, remarkable beer from the unknown small brewery in Frederick, MD!!!

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Photo of Thrasher
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a top notch porter, an excellent companion to Wild Goose's favored Oatmeal Stout. Black with hints of ruby at the edges, tan head that rises thickly, then dwindles but does not disappear. Terrific aroma of roasted barley and bitter chocolate. The flavor is an excellent balance, with sweet and bitter big dark porter flavors, hints of coffee, anise, raisin, and bitter chocolate, with an imperceptable but valuable hop finish. Considering the size of the flavors, it is amazing the beer does not completely invade your mouth, but the beer keeps it toned down and finishes excellently with lingering trace of coffee. Quite refreshing at cooler temperatures and equally good as it warms.

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Photo of far333
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with a dark beige head. The head is a good inch high with big bubbles toward the top. The head recedes very slowly and leaves nice lacing as I proceed through the glass. Aroma is hoppy with hints of chocolate. Carbonation is noticeable, but not overdone. Taste is slightly bitter upfront with chocolate and coffee and roasted malt, and a bitter hoppy aftertaste. Surprising to have this much hop influence in a porter, but make no mistake that this is a rich malty beer as well.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great value at under six bucks a sixer I owe so much to Frederick Brewing, they defiintely treat me right down here in the heart of West Virginia where good beer is sparse. Apperas a deep ruby brown with a moccha tan head rather thin hard to pour with a thick full two finger foaming head, but it's not flat by any means. The aroma presents dark roasted and chocolate malts that are somewhat harsh and toasted but at the same time the mellow chocolate and coffee tones do the beer justice. The flavor is predominately the same bitter sweet tones of the dark roasts and chocolate/coffee along with a dry finish that isn't working that well. The mouthfeel is a smooth porter, not my favorite beer in this style but a decent representation that is a medium bodied beer. I can't drink more than a couple of these mainly due to how dry my mouth is after them, but it's not that filling just my mouth is feeling like a desert.

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Photo of QXSTER1
4.16/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Creamy, quiet, tan head capping a dark, luxurious brown brew. Upfront chocolate goes down extremely smooth and finishes with a soft hop bitterness. The more I drink this porter the more I appreciate it's qualities. The Wild Goose division of Frederick brewing is fast becoming an overall favorite due to it's consistent mastery of styles they produce.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque. Black in color with limited deep ruby highlights and a deep tan head that holds well and leaves whispy surface foam, a good collar, and some nice lace. The aroma is richly chocolatey with a solid sweet maltiness and some light roastiness. The body is medium-light and the carbonation is moderate giving a nicely creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is reflective of the aroma with dark chocolate, sweet cocoa and roasted malts balanced by a lightly hoppy, solid bitterness. There's also a light acidity from the dark malts that helps to keep the sweetness of the base malt in check. The finish is somewhat dry with a touch of some lingering sticky sweet bittersweet-chocolate maltiness and a long lived residual roastiness. A nice, very well-rounded porter that probably deserves more credit than it gets. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of wspscott
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in pint glass

Pours a dark brown with a thin head, not much lace. I usually expect porters to be darker than this. This looks like a dark brown ale. There is a hint of toasted malts in the nose. The taste is slightly malty with a hint of toasted/roasted in the background. Not much punch here, again makes me think of a brown ale. The mouthfeel is on the watery side. This is a nice beer but I think it is mis-named. I would be more positive if they called it a brown ale, as a porter I think it is lacking. I would not be upset if someone gave this to me but, I won't seek it out.

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color and clarity were like root beer brown and head was a nice caramel color that wasn't huge but nice and left nice lacing on glass. Smell immediately was of sweet chocolate and toffee. Taste was light and had great roasted coffee notes and toasted coco. Somewhat sweet but did have good and a bit dry hop semisweet finish. I like this porter very much.

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Photo of pbrian
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A run-of-the-mill porter. Pours flat, no discernable aroma. Tastes ok, but no distinguishing characteristics. Its best attribute is its easy-drinking light body.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A – Poured a very dark brown, nearly opaque with a large tan head of foamy lace that was a good three fingers high across the top. A very slow fade left behind more then adequate side glass lace and a really thick film left across the top as well. This really had a very full look to it, almost like that of a good stout, I was quite surprised to see it look this full.

S – Deep aroma of chocolate came off almost instantly and sat me back for a second to be honest. It was a dark roasted chocolate with more of a bitter quality to it rather then sweet. There was some other notes of a grassy sort of fresh herb like smell deep in the back with a more nutty or burnt caramel aroma leaping forward as it started to warm up a bit. Rather full aroma, this was starting to come off quite a bit fuller then I initially thought it was going to.

T – The flavor was simply great. This was a very full flavored porter, more in the line with a Baltic Porter. Deep bitter dark chocolate right at the front of it which melded right into an earthy and nutty malted flavor. The combination of the two was very full and really laid down a solid foundation which was quickly accented by notes of caramel and sugar. The finish was very strong with a good solid fresh grass like hop bite at the end. Long lasting taste stayed around well into your next sip.

M – Medium to full bodied porter, this one was more then adequately carbonated and really started to take on again more of a Baltic Porter like feel as well. Very rich and creamy it was a very nice after dinner drink as the flavors were very full as served that very nicely.

D – Excellent, and despite having such a full body and flavor was actually quite drinkable. There was no ABV to speak of and the flavors were strong but not overbearing. It did not come off too filling so you were easily able to go in for the next sip.

Overall I though this was very good. I tried three different brews from Wild Goose tonight and this one was by far my favorite. It seemed they spent a lot of time putting this together and really making sure it had a good solid feel to it. This was excellent and I would not hesitate to get this one again, and it would probably taste even better on tap.

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Photo of bloberglawp
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ale with hints of orangish brown hues when pint glass is held up to the light. Aroma of wild goose ales, I think its the yeast strain, they all kinda smell the same, a bit of husky roast aroma as well. Taste of dark roasted malts and a bitterness from these malts as well. Alcoholic aftertaste like its high AVB? Maybe my tongue is just shot from the small amount of wine earlier.

All in all quite good.

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Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Although this porter had limited complexity, it was fairly hoppy with a reserved hint of coffee in the finish, and was enjoyable. It did not compete with food, and would be a good selection to accompany a meal.

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Photo of Gusler
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour a murky deep plum color, the head prestigious in its volume, the texture spumous with mighty sheets of lace that lay heavily upon the glass. Nose deep malt, caramel, slightly nut sweet and quite pleasant. The beer starts sweet, the top middling in mouth feel, finish is pleasingly acidic, perky hop spiciness, dry as a bone aftertaste. A good porter to be sure, but not as robust as I like.

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Photo of PartyHatjo
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep red/brown color with almost no head. The little head that was on the beer didn't last at all.

Aroma: Strong of malts. Munich or Vienna malts likely present. Chocolate also strong in the smell. Hoppiness not at all present in nose.

Taste: Again, malty as hell. Definitely munich/vienna malts seem to be there as there is an oktoberfest quality to the brew. The roasted malts come more into the flavor in the aftertaste--with cocoa being predominant, and a slight roasted coffee flavor there as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body/fairly light carbonation. Silky smooth texture to this brew.

Drinkability: Not an overly heavy brew...smoothness and taste adds to the drinkability.

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Photo of Phatz
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is not a bad porter it is simply not my favorite American porter. That said, I highly recommend trying it because it is definitely worth the sampling. I generally let my porters warm to neat room temperature, and some like SN porter I just keep in the basement/cellar and never put it in the fridge. This beer may have warmed from the fridge too much (I have never said that before) but this one may have been better to consume at a slightly cooler temp than I did.

Appearance: Pours a black red color with a creamy 3 figure head fades to a frothy cap. Thick lacing. Very attractive beer.

Smell: Burnt malt, chocolate, a bit of ashyness some soap and bit of hops all show through in the smell.

Taste: The taste seems pretty mild through the palate and then has a more intense aftertaste. Roasted malt, caramel and chocolate but all very mild up front. The aftertaste then has a big dark burnt coffee hop bitter. The aftertaste is full of roastiness. Overall a bit acidic and bittersweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body creamy beer that is mostly smooth with a bit of a dry finish.

Drinkability: This is certainly a very sessionable easy to drink porter. I think it may lack a little bit of complexity but it makes for an approachable beer. I recommend trying it.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of jwc215
2.28/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured dark reddish brown - almost black but not quite. The thin head looked decent at first, but quickly vanished to almost nothing.
The smell was of burnt chocolate with some vague coffee coming through. I had to smell deeply in order to grasp it.
The taste was, above all, watery. There were some attempts at chocolate flavors, but they are masked by an overall watery burnt taste. A slight hoppy background was present as the drink progressed, but didn't really add anything to the taste. It was not well-balanced. More thin, watery chocolate than anything else.
It doesn't have a bad mouthfeel at first, but becomes bland with an almost annoying aftertaste. It would be more drinkable because of its watery character (which is not something I would look for in a porter anyway), except for its weak, half-hearted attempt at flavor. This is not a good example of the style. I have had numerous porters and this lacks the filling, robust character that a porter should have. I was disappointed overall.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich dark brown with an offwhite head that fades. Does leave some lacing on the glass.

Smells malty sweet with some roasted malt and caramel.

Tastes roasty with hints of caramel. I get some bitterness in the aftertaste, which I contribute more to the roated grains than to hops. Quite a solid porter.

Body is average for the style, nothing special.

Nice drinking porter. Can (and have) enjoyed several of these during the course of an evening.

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Photo of cameraman
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A brown reddish color, slightly transparent, with a small beige head, that dissolves quickly, but leaves traces of itself on top. The strong scent raosted malt and coffee are the striking part of the aroma. The malt starts in at first taste, then the hops come in right the end. Medium to heavy feel, coats the palate, but leaves strong traces of carbonation. A fairly drinkable beer, nice to sip on, a very solid porter.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, almost black color with ruby edges. A moderate brown head leaves nice lace. Light roasty black patent aroma (not really coffee or chocolatey)and a subtle caramel-ish aroma. Very roasty, burnt flavors. Medium bodied with a very dry roasty finish.

ABV: 5.3% (per bottle label)

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Photo of HopHeadKen
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If Porter is the marriage of Stout and Pale Ale, then this porter (in my opinion) is closer to Stout. I like this a lot, and it is readily available at my local liquor store at a very reasonable price ($ 6.99/sixer !)

I normally drink Stouts and Porters at cellar temp, which lately is 70 deg. F. but I did chill this to close to 50 deg. before I opened it.

I got a nice malt nose and rich dark amber color. Head was Creamy tan.

The first flavor I picked up was roasted barley and chocolate, but as I allowed the beer to warm, it switched to a carmel flavor from carmelized sugars.

I had drank a Stone Ruination and a Three Floyds Gumballhead the day before; so even though I was trying to find a flavor or aroma hop, I could not. It all seems like a well balanced bittering hop; this beer is about the malt, not the hops.

An easy drinker, good with food ar as a desert.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad porter, but I was a little less than impressed with the flat appearance, although the jet blackness is nice. Some roasted hop flavor, but really has a strong flavor of coffee, much more than any other porter I have had. Very smooth and light make it easy to drink, but should it be that light in body? It is a porter...

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Photo of goodbyeohio
2.03/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

another crappy beer in a sea of crappy beers...

pours nice and dark with red glow visible when held up to a light.. creamy slight head left after a pour, bubbly lacing clings to the glass and the beer retains nothing. smells intensely of dark baker's chocolate.. tastes very bitter with a metallic, day-old coffee ground feel to it. body is light, alcohol is harsh. drinkability suffers, as does flavor. this aspires to stout status and gets caught up in the confusion of poorly planned bitterness. super chalky and waxy. hops are detectable but just add to the abrasiveness of an already offensive beer. each sip is like an assault on the senses leaving the drinker with zero pleasure and fists-full of broken beer dreams.

rarely am i so disappointed by a beer. avoid at all human costs.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of doppelmeup
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours an almost black color into a pint glass. Half inch head with a vigorous pour, and some lacing on the glass as I drink this beer.

Smell of chocolate and coffee, some malt and some toffee.

Taste was good. Chocolate and coffee flavors prevail. The flavor improves as the beer warms. Slightly metallic flavor when first opened which went away as the beer warmed.

Mouthfeel is little overcarbonated for my tastes. Slight bit of aftertaste and not a real clean finish.

Overall this is a pretty good porter. It's not the best porter I've had, but it is good and I'd recommend it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A bit of a disapointment in that this Porter tastes very similarly to their Brown Ale that I had earlier. The roasted malt character is greater in the Porter, but other than that, it's the same beer -- taste-wise. The beer is a bit thin and watery, thus lacks creaminess, boldness, and never becomes characterful. This was acceptable with the lighter Brown Ale, but I expect more from Porters. It looks like a brown-er cola with light carbonation and lacking head retention. Smells caramel malty and mildly roasty. Modesty chocolate / coffee notes pepper the beer slightly, but not enough to make a meaningful impact. Thin and weak in the body with a mild yeastiness. Finishes slight of grainy, but fairly clean.

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Wild Goose Porter from Wild Goose Brewery, LLC
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 58 ratings