Wood Tooth Porter | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by maddamish on 02-26-2006

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of Rhynes2
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another brew available only at Great Lakes in Cleveland, Ohio. This one really is different from anything else I have had by Great Lakes. It has a big malty sweetness and hints of oak throughout this beer. Very earthy and comparable to a country house haha. I really enjoyed this one because of how original it was. The beer this kinda reminds me of is the Dogfish Head Immort Ale. Great Beer and I would encourage anyone to pick this up at the brewery if given the chance.

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Photo of brianlg
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was very dark brown/maroon color. Smells nutty and sweet. The taste is very good, and very subtle. This disappears quickly because it's so easy to drink. I really enjoyed this beer. Possibly my favorite of the night being at Great Lakes. Not my favorite GL beer, but my favorite of that night. I want to get this in a growler and bring some back! If you're at the pub, try this beer!

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Photo of neenerzig
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes as I drank this one awhile ago now. This is another on-tap only "pub exclusive" rotating release from Great Lakes. Drawn from the tap into a pint glass. This beer is a burnt color a very dark brown color with a few amber highlights when held up to the light. The tan head is about 1/2-2/3 inch thick when drawn from the tap and settles to a nice thick tan ring lining the inside of the glass. Good lacing. Smells of molasses, brown sugar, roasted malt and hints of chocolate and coffee are present. Flavors of roasted malt and barely with the aforementioned molasses, chocolate and coffee present and is rounded out with a slight hint of hops. Has a crisp, smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate to high carbonation. Very drinkable and also a very tasty offering from Great lakes.


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Photo of DuqTroops
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at GLBC Brew Pub over President's Day weekend! Reminiscent of George Washington's Porter recipe.

Appearance - brownish/blackish in color.

Smell - Coffee / Chocolate overtones.

Taste - Espresso / Mollasses flavors.

Mouthfeel - very smooth. not much carbonation.

Drinkability - I had a few more than I originally expected.

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Photo of mpolewan
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lanstrum
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmo2k1
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of jaypaul522
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had with a meal at the brewery. Was very nicely balanced, not too strong, and taste was very pleasant. The look was very dark, without much head, and medium bodied. The overall impression was very nice.

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Photo of ndekke39
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shared a pitcher of this with my brothers at the Great Lakes brewpub. The menu says it's 6.2% ABV and 25 IBUs. Decanted into pint glasses.

A: Dark ruby and clear, with a small head. Very good retention.

S: Darker smells, toasted bread, malty. Some hints of maple syrup.

T: Strong, malty center. Toasty grains, hints of the syrup. A little bitterness on the back end. Really not much of the molasses that's indicated in the description.

M: A little thin for a "molasses porter," and for a porter in general.

D: Very easy to drink. Not the worst porter I've had - nor is it the best - but it went down easily and complemented my burger very well.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Great Lakes Brewery in Cleveland. 12oz pour in a Nonic glass.

Appearance: Clear dark brown to mahogany color. Thin light tan head. Lots of persistent lacing.

Smell: Mild aroma of roasted malts and a bit of molasses.

Taste: Roasted malt, molasses, light herbal bitterness at the finish. Some hints of woodiness/oak. A bit on the sweet side, but not unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick, light carbonation, semi-dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: A no frills but solid porter - simply crafted and hitting the style well. Easily drinkable and went well with food (braised pork shanks).

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Photo of Omnium
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of maddamish
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this at the Great Lakes Brew Pub.

Served in a pint glass.

The table menu informed me that this was a Molasses Porter made from the recipe that George Washington used.

Dark brown in color. Sorted a medium head that hung around for quite some time till it laced nicely around the edges of the glass.

Coffee and chocolate notes were present in the nose. A hint of molasses was lingering in the background.

Expresso is the strong note in the tasting with a hint of molasses. The molasses was not as present in this porter as it is in Anchor's version.

It had a medium body to it and was smooth going down.

Notes: Not a bad porter. I would order this again without hesitation. I don't think it comes close to the Edmund Fitzgerald but it still is a solid addition to the Great Lakes line of beers.

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Photo of Matt2509
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MDekker
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I shared a pitcher of this with my brothers at Great Lakes.

A: Dark ruby brown with an off-white head. Decent looking, at least.

S: Relatively faint aromas that porterish: roasty and woody, with notes of molasses sweetness as well.

T: The flavors are somewhat subdued as well, along typical porter lines - roasted, somewhat like coffee, a gradual emergence of the syrupy flavors. Not much bitterness at all.

M: Smooth and creamy but a little watery. Not as thick as I thought it might be.

D: Went down easy but somewhat uninspiring.

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Photo of jmartinger
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of whitenads
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of j0hnc2468
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bluerabbitbell
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap exclusive at the brewery.

A very interesting historical beer. Supposedly harkens to George Washington. I am not a great taster, but this beer was interesting to me in that it was "different" than other porters that I have had. It was light, not overly sweet, and not overly bitter. To me, it was just a nice beer to have in regards to its historical value.

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Photo of heerboth
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of adamette
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured on tap as a pub exclusive at Great Lakes Brewing Company this past Saturday night. Review from notes. Poured into a clean, clear pint glass. From notes from the web site:
Woodtooth Porter George Washington's true American molasses porter. ABV: 6.2% ABW: 5.0% IBU: 25

A Brown, translucent but still on the dark side, really a dark brown body. Head was 1 cm but quickly dissapearing into a ring around the top of the beer.

S Not much smell. Some nutty malt and maybe some molasses but any smell that it has is distant.

T Basic light porter with molasses but that taste did not show up for me until the aftertaste. A little bit forgettable.

M Moderate mouthfeel with molasses stickiness which is mild.

D Just fine. I found this beer to be, as I have said, a bit forgettable.

Notes: This might be my least favorite GLBC pub exclusive to date. So many of their other ones are my favorite GLBC offerings.

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Wood Tooth Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 22 ratings