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Pigs Ass Porter | Harvest Moon Brewery

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Brewed by:
Harvest Moon Brewery
Montana, United States
harvestmoonbrew.com

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
First brewed by Harvest Moon in 1997, this beer is a multiple award-winning dark ale brewed in the Burton, England style owing to the similarity of water chemistry in Belt compared to this classic porter producing area in England. Plenty of body without a sharp bite, this ale is brewed with pale, caramel, chocolate and black malts to create a creamy, smooth, roasted, slightly chocolate tasting ale with a touch of hops in the finish. This ale can be enjoyed in every season and is best when served cool, not cold. And why the name? While drinking this new brew one evening back in 1997, the local hog farmer showed up to collect our spent mash and we that what could be better for fattening pigs?

Added by rebel1771 on 10-10-2003

BEER STATS
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43
Ratings:
125
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
19.32%
 
 
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Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 125
Photo of mobiushorn
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Real time review. Decent feel. Not too sweet. Not bad. Not really good. Nonoffensive but not a lot of flavor either. Not to be harsh but this is just a middle of the road porter. Had worse. Had much better.

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Photo of stumac
2.55/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ok so my drummer, Chim Chim, brought this back from his home town in Montana. Awesome name. Pigs Ass. I love it. Unfortunately this beer fell into the homebrew category. The beer has no krausen, it is a dark brown brew with a light brown edge. Yet the edge of the brew is murky. Not in a regular, murky Belgian yeast fest. It's murky like it could use a lil Irish moss clarity.
The aroma is syrupy malts, dust, metallic, lager-ish, slight Hershey's chocolate. Subtle vanilla.
The taste is brown sugar, cocoa powder, toasty malts. But the worst part is that it had this metallic overtone.
Mouthfeel is doo doo brown feel. Very watery. Probly a straight final gravity of 1. Non-porter-ish if you will. Lack of carbo fo cheezy. Very under carbonated.
In conclusion, I hate to say that this beer isn't worth it (only cuz this is from my buddy's town), but this beer is mediocre at best. To all the inbred bastards of Montana, I bid you adieu...

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Photo of dhannes
2.87/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into Sam Adams' lager glass; head was pronounced, but short lived (note: I had sampled a beer previously in this glass but rinsed); color was dark brown, with a hint of charcoal gray; the smell was somewhat sour and, frankly, not appetizing; the taste reminded me of tobacco, i.e. as if I were smoking a mild cigar, and had few hints of sweetness. I can't recall a Porter that was more disappointing than this one.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes

Near black pour with two fingers of creamy head. Aroma is lightly toasted malts and some watery coffee bean. Floral hops and nuttiness round out a subtle but pleasant nose.

Flavor is mostly just watered down coffee and nuttiness. I would really like to know the ABV here, because if this is sub-5% I would probably bump the score up a bit. But not knowing how alcoholic it is, I really have to say the flavor just isn't there to really satisfy.

Mouthfeel is medium with sufficient carbonation. Drinkability is fine in terms of volume but low in terms of desire, so I'll give an average score here.

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Photo of Sark
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- dark brown with a small island of head, red can be seen on the edges from the light

Smell- light coco noted within plenty of rich/dark malts

Taste- Big and toasty with sweet middle notes of chocolate and toffee, the roasted bitter finish is pleasant but not very well pronounced

Mouthfeel- full bodied and smooth, there's a small hop part and fast finish

Overall- a little more aroma would help impart a more full flavor, a bigger grain bill would suffice

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Photo of EricCioe
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of six beers at a five person blind porter tasting including: Anchor Porter, Big Sky Bobo's Robust Porter, Deschutes Black Butte, Harvest Moon Pigs Ass Porter, Samuel Smith Taddy, and Sierra Nevada Porter. All of these are shelf beers in Montana.

This pours deep brown with red highlights. On the nose there are biggish notes of roast, chocolate, and a slight nuttiness that the other beers don't have. In the mouth the nuttiness is pretty prominent and combines with roast for a nice, classic porter taste. the body is medium light with a medium finish.

Overall this was clearly in the top three for all of us. I had it ranked third, but there was a gap between this and the fourth beer, SN Porter. This was a pleasant surprise for most of us present.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have very good access to this beer and should have done a review on it a long time ago...oh well. Finally getting around to it now.

Appearance: Pigs Ass Porter pours a medium brown color. In the glass it looks dark brown with ruby highlights. About 1.5 fingers of very light tan head forms, reducing to a fine film of lacing.

Smell: Mostly biscuity and caramel malts with a few darker malts are prevalent up front, along with a bit of coffee and chocolate. Some floral hops on the back end. Too many malts of the biscuity variety for me. Would like more dark/roasted malts in there.

Taste: Biscuity, caramel and fewer dark malts make up the front end. Slight coffee and chocolate in the middle, with floral hops on the finish. I kind of feel the same about the taste as I do the smell, but I get a bit more dark malt/coffee.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Body is pretty light for the style with quite a bit of carbonation, but it still drinks reasonably smoothly. Overall, this is a pretty tasty porter that could use a bit of improvement. Still, not bad at all though. Nice offering from the small brewery Harvest Moon.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out with a deep drown color with a thin brown head on top that fades into a light film over top of the beer. The smell of the beer gives off a roasted or burnt aroma. The smell of lager yeast is in there too. The taste of the beer is deeply roasted with very little sweetness to it, The mouthfeel is dry and thin. Overall this beer isn't bad, I feel it fits the style pretty well. I could see myself drinking it again but I won't go out of my way to have it again.

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Photo of tjkinate
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Love the name!

A: Poured this dark brown brew into my Duvel Snifter that produced a 1 fingered khaki head that slowly dissipated. Some lacing exhibited.

S: Bisquity malts, semi sweet chocolate, molasses, subtle dark fruits.

T: Biscuit malts, semi sweet chocolate, earthy undertones, and subtle coffee hints. Flavors seemed a bit dull and underwhelming.

M: Light for the variety, crisp, and dry.

O: I enjoyed this beer, felt earthy and raw, just wish some of those flavors were more prominent.

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Photo of Wutz
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes dated 3-4-09:

Well, I'm not much of a porter fan (I really liked the Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter, though). I decided to try it because I was at a beer bar I frequent and they had just got it in so they wanted me to try it. It didn't change my mind about porters but, for the style, it was pretty good.

Appear - Rather dark until your glass catches a little light on the sides and it glows a deep ruby red. It had a cream-colored head which lasted quite a while with a little lacing following it down the glass.

Nose - Roasty and bready with a bit o' sweetness hidden in the back.

Taste - Initially it was much the same as the nose, nothing too out of sorts. As I drank it (very) slowly, the glass warmed a bit (probably past the recommended temperature) and the flavor changed. I couldn't identify it at the time, but the sweet-ish (maybe caramel malt) flavor dramatically improved the beer. The next time I can find it, I'm going to warm it to 55ºF and then open it. I imagine it'll be a completely different beer

Mouthfeel - medium/thin body with more carbonation than I typically like.

Drinkability - I drank it so it can't be too terrible. I drank it a lot faster when it warmed (and improved) than I did initially. The biting carbonation kind of turned me off of having another one that night (plus they didn't have any more at the time).

Summary - At first I didn't like it, but as the beer warmed up it improved quite a bit and, though I don't typically like porters, I came around and would have had another (at room temp).

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had bottled at Copper Horse in the Bozeman, MT airport

Appearance - Poured into a pint glass produced an auburn brown brew with a khaki colored, quarter finger width head with poor retention, resulting in mostly barren surface.

Smell - Mild aroma, hitting on fair caramel notes, toffee and distant chocolate. Faint earthy hop notes as well.

Taste - Follows the.nose. Mild, but flavorful. Toffee and caramel with lesser chocolate undertone. Mild earth hop character. Ghostly fig? Finishes with a touch of roasted malt; balanced and bittersweet with the aforementioned flavors.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with fair carbonation. Starts slick, then finishes fairly dry.

Overall - A solid English-style porter. Its no Samuel Smiths, but few are. I wouldn't say no to another one.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not pitch black liquid sitting under a small tannish head of foam.

The nose reveals notes of roasted malt and chocolate. One other thing there; either hints of fruit or something that the hops are creating.

Roasted malt, chocolate, a fruity presence from the hops, a wee bit of coffee. There's a month and year on the label for notching but I don't see where it's been marked.

Full flavoured for sure but it is a bit thin on the palate.

Easy drinking Porter because it's smooth and packs a nice taste profile. Thanks Jay for the chance to try it!

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from tasting notes.

A. Very dark brown color with a nice firm single finger of foam that sticks around for a while, medium amounts of lacing left on the glass.

S,T. Medium roast coffee and some light milk chocolate / dark chocolate in combination with a sweeter semi-burnt malt that expresses itself more in the flavor than in the aroma. There is a whisper of anise in there as well if allowed to warm up.

M. Medium-heavy carbonation with a lighter body, very drinkable and feels light on the tongue for a porter.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, dark brown that shines ruby when held up to the light. Body is free of haze and has a pretty strong effervescence; head is two fingers of pillowy tan foam. A good looking English porter!

Smell: lightly sweet malt with a gentle roasty, toasty character. Low in intensity, but well-composed.

Taste: toasty malt with plenty of caramel character with a little bit of coffeelike roastiness toward the end. Bitterness is moderate for the style, with a bit of a vegetal character. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation. Refreshing, but not really creamy.

Overall: a decent and drinkable English porter. It doesn't blow me out of the water, but it's largely flaw-free.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown color with a nice one finger cream colored head. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a nice level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is of roasted malts mixed with other smells of chocolate and caramel. Along with these aromas are some smells of toast and a little bit of a vanilla producing a rather nice aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with roasted malt and chocolate taste mixed with a decent level of vanilla and caramel sweetness. As the taste advances these tastes remain the forefront of the flavor profile with some other lighter flavors of a more toast like nature coming to the tongue. The cocoa gains a bit more intensity as the taste moves to the end, and with the sweet caramel and vanilla gaining a little bit more intensity, one is left with a nice roasted but sweet flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is average in thickness for a porter while the carbonation level that is rather average. For the style, a little thicker body may have accentuated the roasted and dark flavors of the brew slightly better, but overall the feel was rather decent.

Overall – A nice porter overall with a good blend of chocolate, roast, and sweet. This was a very easy drinking and enjoyable brew overall and one to try if you get the chance.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark cola brown with a slightly tan head, some light does come through, no lacing, decent amount of carbonation coming up.

A: Coffee, roasted malts, hint of chocolate, hint of nuttiness almost like a brown ale.

T: Like the nose, get some brown ale like nuttiness up front, some coffee, roasted malt, slight chocolate, dry finish, drinkable.

M: A little thin, could use some more creaminess to the mouthfeel.

O: A very drinkable porter, balanced, subtle flavors and aromas, picked this up as an extra.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, a straggler from the Great U.S. Supermarket Cooler Border Run of 2010. I would probably have grabbed this anyways, but the name sure as hell didn't hurt.

This beer pours a clear, very dark reddish brown cola hue, with three fingers of thickly foamy, and somewhat chunky beige head, which falls away unevenly, leaving some dense, broadly webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of floral, haystack-esque hops, over a mildly toasted caramel malt base, with some subtle dry cocoa and day-old coffee notes. The taste is bittersweet milk chocolate, biscuity caramel malt, dry coffee beans, a hint of black licorice, and light citrusy, floral hops.

The carbonation is quite mild, just a lilting frothiness, the body medium-heavy in weight, smooth, and silky in its pleasant as the day is long creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the baker's chocolate and bready caramel malt still most evident.

A nice, generally balanced new-world take on the old-world porter - tasty, and it goes down easy as pie. If 'in a pig's eye' means unbelievable, then 'Pig's Ass' should then lend credence to this particular, um, 'rural' brewery's prowess.

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Photo of RenzoD
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice dark, dark brown color. Beautiful creamy head that remains through the entire drink. Smells smoaky and a little nutty. Taste also has a smokey flavor. Almost like char after a BBQ. Oaty and nutty flavors. Incredibly smooth mouthfeel. Too easy to drink. I'll have another!

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Photo of Shango42
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type-bottle poured into pint glass.

A-Bif fluffy tan head, dark brown body. Looks like a root beer straight from the tap. Great lacing.

S-Chocolate and coffee, caramel, sweet malts, dark fruits. Inviting.

T-Sweet milk chocolate with some bitter coffee. Good strong malt backbone with roasted grains and a bit of faint smoke. This has some pretty good bite to it with the hops but it is very tasty. A good, moderately complex porter. Well rounded flavors filling up the mouth.

M-Not as thick as I was expecting in viscosity and does have a higher carbonation level than I typically like in a porter. Does leave a thicker mouthfeel aftertaste that is almost sticky.

D-Quite good and easy going down. The sticky aftertaste is one of the only negatives. Very nice surprise from a small brewery.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz. bottle, brought back from a recent Yellowstone trip by my buddy, Bryce. Poured to a pint glass. Wish my bottle (and I) enjoyed a pastoral setting like the one pictured above...alas I sit at the kitchen table after a day spent installing a storage system in the garage/studio.

Pigs Ass (my first from Harvest Moon) label: a pub-gathering of tankard-hoisting, top hat and waistcoat-wearing PIGS! And sans pants! Ha, I see their ASSES! :) 'An Original London-Style Porter', notched at Best Before 'J'(anuary), '11'. A cute little sticker on the neck reads 'Made in Montana USA'.

A: Dark, dark mahogany but a rosier shade when held to light (with plenty of rising carbonation). A solid lid of creamy eggshell froth, not quite a finger-high, then falling to a lumpy sheen. Good lace in speckled bands.

S: A lightly roasted coffee and vague fudge, not a very strong aroma but sweet and appealing. A hint of smoke.

T: A roasted sweetness that screams (squeals?) 'London Porter': traces of licorice amidst semi-sweet chocolate and a sugared coffee, earthy berry. Big flavor, lasting char and chocolate bitterness.

M: Exceedingly smooth, if just a little light in body. Fine carbonation, a cooling and calming mouthfeel.

D: A 'session' porter that's beauty lies in its subtlety. Hops/bitterness won't bonk you over the head - spice and sweet malt hold a pleasant balance. An unlisted ABV, but I'm guessing no more than 5.5%, which makes it worthy of seconds (or thirds) in my book (Londoners might disagree). Sadly, a single bottle made the journey...I'd gladly have more.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Not too much lacing... Nice straw colored head builds, but not large or quickly. Brew is almost a dark brown. Kinda thin looking.

S - Lots of chocolate! A very slight pepper funk too. Nutty, lots of nuts.

T - Smooth. Milky. Nutty! Very rich for the texture.

M - Very thin, but holds the beer well for the type of style. Not rich or bitter. Kinda sweet. Low carbonation, but I think that's why I liked it.

O - Great surprise! My girlfriend brought this delightful brew back with her from Montana. Very good flavor, smooth and delicious. Very similar to a brown, but it contains enough style distinction.

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Photo of KensWorld
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip shaped snifter, pours a somewhat thick very dark brown with almost no head. Vigorous bubbles keeps the edge foamy. I smell prunes and slight hints of tobacco. Taste is much smoother then expected. Very light for an English porter. Has nice balance between the sweet and the roast. Very drinkable and enjoyable. 4.00

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a dark amber pour almost brown with sediment on the bottm (ohhhh yeahhhh, just the way i like 'em). smells smokey, almost bacony.. wait a second.. pig's ass? hmm.. chocolate aroma, caramel, toasted grains and smells of yeast.

light bodied porter with a creamy finish (medium body?).. nice and fizzy on the roof of the mouth.

tastes of chocolate, caramel, oak, a hint of maple.

this is a great beer to drink tonight as i am packaging a bunch of trades that are going out. a nice night cap.. a little light, but flavorful.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Taste: deep toasted, chocolate malt, semi sweet, toffee, smokey bacon notes with a roasted coffee nose.
Very dark brown, clear, with a smaller tan head, not much lace.
Medium/Full body

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Photo of normalbeerguy
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle creating a finger width of head.
Beer is dark ebony in color and allows little to no light penetration through the glass.

Smells primarily of burnt dark chocolate and malt, with a slight hint of hops.

Taste is mostly chocolate and malt backed by a slight hop bitterness. Burnt chocolate aftertaste lingers long after swallowing.

Medium in body with a smooth slick mouthfeel.

This is one of my first forays into Porters and I really enjoyed it. Very tasty and quaffable.

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