CB's Double Dark Cream Porter
CB Craft Brewers

CB's Double Dark Cream PorterCB's Double Dark Cream Porter
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Porter - American
3.87 | pDev: 14.73%
CB Craft Brewers
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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CB's Double Dark Cream PorterCB's Double Dark Cream Porter
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KelsoSaaz from Maine

3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into shaker pint

A: Almost black with hints of mahogany color when held to light. Creamy, fine and tan, 2 finger head that lasts.

S: Coffee-caramel notes with hints of toast and raisins.

T: Get through the super creamy head and taste mild coffee and cream flavors which don’t really last. Hints of caramel malt and earthy tones.

M: Mildly dense in the mouth with very little carbonation.

O: An easy drinking porter that is quite sessionable; I could easily knock back a few of these and be content. It’s not the boldest beer out there, then again they do label it a “cream porter”.

Jun 03, 2013
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lordbrad1 from New York

4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy hell do I like this beer. I had it at the America Hotel in Lima, NY. They have it on tap. The look of it in the glass is just great. Nice dark, thick head that stays with you for a good long while. The color is rich and dark and very pleasing to the eye. It smells amazing. Nice roasty,chocolate, sweet smell to it. I liked the first one so much I had two more. lol. Mouth feel is heavy, but it's a porter, I'd be confused if it wasn't heavy. It's nice and smooth going down. Overall I think this is a very drinkable beer, and highly recommend it. I also recommend hitting the American and having a few pints and some of their delicious food.

Mar 09, 2013
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decently creamy, but finishes quite thin. There's milk chocolate and nice roast, along with the classic metallic character of most CB beers. This is near the top of their beers, as most of them are not very good.

Mar 06, 2013
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Auracom from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester on May 23rd, served in a pint glass. Hadn't ever heard of this brewery before, but they seem to have some good stuff on T&M's tap list so let's give 'er a whirl.

Double dark is a good descriptor. It is, in fact, a very damn dark brown and might as well be called black. Has a very slight, off white head with little retention. Tons of lacing. By far the darkest-colored porter I've come across.

Aroma is muted, my common complaint with the style. What is present includes slight roasted and dark chocolate notes, along with a little espresso bean.

Taste is luckily a bit stronger. Nice initial dark chocolate character followed by more roasted almonds with some burnt quality. Vanilla makes a marginal appearance as well.

Interesting mouthfeel. Finish is quite long for the style with lingering coffee and roasted flavors. Creamy medium body with nice carbonation.

Overall, it's pretty good. Not sure if it beats Edmund Fitz, but I enjoyed it. Not hugely complex but drinks well with obvious and intended flavors.

Jun 06, 2011
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alexkeil from New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With the uncertainty of fresh beer in Buffalo I'm forced to turn to Rochester, well, Honoye Falls. Despite being a hot summer weekend I had a taste for a rich toasty porter, and I was also interested in trying some CB's bottled - which I mostly enjoy from the tap in most local bars. This is a great value, even though a six pack is still close to $9, and the beer is nice and fresh from making such a short trip from the brewery. The beer pours smooth from the bottle and comes to an off white frothy head. The aroma is chocolate malt and a hint of hops. The mouth feel is silky and perfectly carbonated, and yes creamy. The flavor is bitter chocolate balanced with a malty sweetness, smokey, maybe a little coffee flavor but not as bitter as most porters. I was really surprised by this beer and cannot wait to visit the new brewery and try another six pack.

Mar 21, 2011
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aranheaney from New York

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a DFH Snifter, picked up by my lovely wife as part of a "Craft"-your-own six at Wegman's...

A-Jet black, almost no-head, a touch of lacing

S-good roast, malt, classic porter

T-interesting, a little bit watery and thin, but decent

M-again decent, I don't get too much of the cream

D-decent, very drinkable

Feb 22, 2011
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thekevlarkid from Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a nearly opaque, dark-brown/black color. The head was one finger of mocha-colored foam that retained itself well and left light lacing. The aroma was on-point; I smelled roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and a slightly nutty and dry note. The flavors also displayed the chocolate/coffee/nuts combination plus some burnt bread, hints of toasted walnuts and a bitter, dry finish. It was more bitter than I first expected, especially as it warmed up and it did indeed strike me as a cream porter, even though I don't really know what that means. The mouthfeel was creamy, the body full and the carbonation medium/light. It was an ok beer, overall, but also a rather generic one. I may have had high hopes for this one, but after it was over I found myself thinking, "Really? That's it?"

Feb 21, 2011
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A pitch black pour with an inch or so of tannish foam; a few strands of lace are left behind

Smell: Wonderful roasty aroma that is filled with milk chocolate and graham cracker; makes me think of a s'more by the campfire

Taste: After a mocha opening, the roasty elements really deliver by mid-palate; in the middle, a trace of caramel arrives along with the lactose; the finish, however, is surprisingly dry

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Just a great beer overall; would love to see this in an imperial version

Thanks, sliverx, for the opportunity and to RochesterAaron, for the chance to re-visit

Feb 14, 2011
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lovindahops from New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the girlfriend got all hyped up on local brews and grabbed a variety pack of CB which I am thankful for

A- Opaque, opaque, opaque, with a darkened fudge head of foam that is worthwhile. BIG TIME! The lacing will not leave the brew!

S- charcoal, chocolate, nutty themes! Impressive! There is some sweetness involved that blends with a mocha dark chocolate theme. No question it's unique

T- smokey and flavorful.The brew captures a sweet sugary flavor. Very appeasing

M- good cream and flavor that blends with a malty sugar flavor. Well done

M- creamy and flavor all over the palate

D- CB makes an amazing brew. In all aspects. They love flying low key... nevertheless, this is a BREW!

Feb 12, 2011
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Suds from Missouri

3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a dark, black brew with a frothy tan head. It's smell is a wonderful mix of smoky malt and chocolate. Some nutty, earthy scents are present as well, although the hop aroma are very restrained. The flavor is solid, with a great chocolate character and lots of malt. Again, less emphasis on the hops. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy...rich and sweet. Nice dinkability. Enjoyable.

Jan 29, 2011
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JSahrle from New York

5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer ever!

I love it on tap and in growlers. I do not care for it in the bottle.

a - very dark brown. Almost black. Tan head.

s - smokey malts, some milk chocolate.

t - full flavor, milk chocolate, roasted coffee, and chocolate. some bitterness. but not too much

m - perfect carbonation. nice.

o - excellent. most folks wouldnt like this on a warm summer day after mowing the lawn. i however, love it!

Jan 24, 2011
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rlee1390 from Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-A deep black with about 1/2 a finger head, that dissipates, but ends up leaving behind some lacing.

S-Coffee and Roasted Malts

T-A very sweet beer, starts with coffee and roasted malts. Some chocolate flavors, not very bitter.

M-Medium bodied and slightly creamy.

D-Very sweet so a good drinker.

Jan 22, 2011
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MrDanno96 from Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours pitch black and immediately has almost no head. Some foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

S: The nose is dominated by nice roasted malt and coffee, with perhaps a hint of dark chocolate mixed in as well.

T: As with the nose, very roasty with notes of coffee and just a touch of chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with a decent bite of carbonation in the finish. Perhaps a touch over carbonated. I wouldn't mind this being a little smoother.

D: A decent porter overall. I like the roasted malt character a lot, but I could do with a little less carbonation.

Jan 16, 2011
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CaptDavyJones from New York

4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a really dark brown to pitch black (in the glass) from a 12 oz bottle with no ABV or freshness date on the label.
Decent tan colored head that dissipates slowly.
Aroma is full of roasted malts with hints of dark chocolate and coffee.
Taste is a very good blend of coffee and malt with hints of chocolate and a perfect mildly bitter, crisp finish. This is one hell of a porter, full bodied and delicious.
Rich, creamy mouthfeel that leaves you wanting more. Nice lacing along the glass with good carbonation.
The low ABV and the delicious taste make this a VERY drinkable porter. This is a 'must-have' porter and comes highly recommended.

Dec 30, 2010
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greenmonstah from New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler I got at CB, which is located in my hometown of Honeoye Falls and makes what I think is the best damn root beer on earth, Iron Fireman.

A - Pitch black with a finger of light brown head. Good lacing, looks impressive

S - Aroma of coffee and roasted malts.

T - Follows the nose, with strong coffee flavors and a hint of hop.

M - Medium body with average carbonation and a slight dryness in the finish

D - Very quaffable and delicious. A great beer and good example of the style.

Dec 11, 2010
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TheBrewo from New York

3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

From the pour of this motor oil colored brew we get a one and a half finger mocha hued head, composed of large foamy bubbles that leave a thick lacing around the glass. As we dip our noses we detect dark roasted malts competing with phenols. There are also inclusions of fresh coffee beans and hops, on the back end. The sip begins starkly, with the roasted malts and coffee from the nose coming through. These flavors are quickly washed away, as moderate hoppiness takes over almost entirely. With the conclusion of the swallow comes a sour bite, namely from the phenols, which leaves the mouth somewhat dry. The mouthfeel is curious, as the medium carbonation blends with the unexpectedly thin, and borderline watery, body. The drinkability is considerable, but with these flavors, the drinker is left wanting something creamier.

Overall, what was most enjoyable about this local brew, was the fact that it looked the part of a double dark porter. The aroma was there as well, but for something with "Cream" in the name it lacked a sufficiency in mouthfeel, and namely, thickness and strength.

Nov 24, 2010
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dogfishandi from New York

4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

filled a growler of this at consumer's abbott rd. poured into a standard pint glass.

pours nearly pitch black with a big frothy, creamy mocha colored head. looks similar to a RIS. great lace, great retention. the name definatly fits the appearance.

the aroma, not huge, is nice roasty malts and some roasted coffee. bits of dark chocolate and hops noticable.

yumm...tasty flavor. mostly deep roasted malts. good amount of coffee with a touch of chocolate. hints of dark fruits and citrus hops

medium to light in body. bitter finish from the roasted malts and hops. good carbonation. decent feeling creaminess on the palate. a touch chalky and watery at times.

fairly easy drinker. no problem finishing the growler. prolly the best offering ive had from CBs yet, worth a try.

Nov 08, 2010
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beveritt from Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is very plain and somewhat dated with its geometric shapes and primary colors. No freshness date. Picked this up in a mixed pack while in upstate NY.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of medium tan head. This settles slowly to a thin yet complete coating of foam leaving behind some lacing. This cap stays throughout the beer. The beer itself is an extremely dark brown, dark enough to be opaque. A very small amount of sediment remains int he bottle.

Smell: Strong roasted barley with earthy hints of coffee and a slight vanilla.

Taste: Strong roasted barley bitterness upfront and throughout with an astringent and grainy finish. lingering black and bitter coffee in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation; fine for the style. Body is good.

Drinkability: All in all fairly decent as a porter, but I don't get any hints of "double cream."

Nov 03, 2010
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DoctorDog from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a nonic. Thanks to beveritt for procuring this, and many other brews, during his recent travels.

A- Dark brown and opaque....essentially black. Pours with massive 3+ fingers of light brown head, which fades slowly to a nice cap.

S- Roasty dark malts, coffee, bittersweet chocolate.

T- Coffee flavors lactose sweetness. A moderately roasty bitterness on the finish.

M- Fairly low carbonation. Body is a bit too light, and a bit watery. Detracts slightly from an otherwise excellent beer.

D- Pretty decent. Solid flavor and aroma that goes down easy.

Future outlook: A little more body and it would be a knockout. Overall a very pleasant beer, but as an out-of-stater, will probably just be a one-off for me.

Oct 13, 2010
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mrdalton from New York

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review on this site and I chose this beer because it's one of my favorites. I'm new to the whole reviewing thing and am still learning the format, but I'm going to give it a try.

A- It's a double dark porter. The color is in the name. It's a beautiful black color with a nice tan head.

S- Unfortunately, I have problems smelling things.

T- Starts out with a somewhat smoky, roasted bitter chocolate flavor and finishes with a smooth creaminess.

M- A very full, creamy smooth beer. Good amount of carbonation.

D- Not necessarily what I want to sip outside on a hot summer day, but an outstanding beer to enjoy with a good meal.

Jun 13, 2010
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levifunk from Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - very dark brown, almost black. tan head

s - smokey malts, some milk chocolate.

t - full flavor, milk chocolate, roasted coffee, and chocolate. some bitterness.

m - a little too much carbonation, but otherwise fine.

o - i was expecting a weaker beer, so this was a nice surprise. much

May 28, 2010
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mwa423 from Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown with a finger of soapy tan head that left a nice lacing on the glass along with sticking around through the first couple drinks.

S - Aroma is very pleasant mixture of chocolate, sweet malt, and some milk chocolate as well.

T - Taste is a very pleasant mixture of dark porter flavors, some dairy creaminess, and milk chocolate. This is an excellent porter that the additional flavors make great.

M/D - Mouthfeel was rich and creamy and coats the mouth. Very drinkable, the complex flavors make me want to drink it slowly, but it is so good it's hard to put it down.

May 16, 2010
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dpodratsky3 from Georgia

3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Black with some slight brown hues, small head that settles to a film with some body left on the sides

S: Coffee and cream plus that porter aroma, strong roasted malt and a bit of creamy chocolate, a nice bittersweet combo of hops and malt

T: Less flavorful than I imagined from the great aroma, starts like its going to be coffee, but then dies before you get any chocolate or creamy notes like the smell, finishes watery even, the hops are pretty weak too

M: Pretty light, not full, pretty typical of a porter

D: Good, but thin

Notes: The promise is definitely here as well as the flavor possibilities. If it tasted as good as it smells it would be an easy A. They just need to figure out how to do that.

Apr 18, 2010
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Mancer from New York

3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured (into a pint glass) a dark brown with a light brown 2 finger head, which required a rather vicious pour to attain. There were barely any bubbles visible, as this beer was rather light on the carbonation. The initial smell of the beer was that of coffee, roasted malts, and possibly some caramel in there. The initial taste of the brew was roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate, and finished with a roasted flavor that did not linger. The beer is medium bodied and somewhat creamy, as for the carbonation, it was very mild and worked well with the beer.

In general, this is a nice little porter, and for the price, more so. I have to say that I am impressed with Custom BrewCrafters and look forward to giving another one of their beers a try.

Apr 15, 2010
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Beejay from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks DmanGTR

A: Deep brown into black, mahogany at the edges, full head of Tan

S: Roasted Malt an chocolate dominate. Smells great!

T: Delicious.. Malty with a lot of roasted flavor. Simple, well balanced and tasty.

M: Medium Bodied. Good Carbonation, and a creamy mouthfeel.

D: Very nice. Solid Porter. Would definitely Get this again.

Thanks for the Hook-up DmanGTR

Mar 23, 2010
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