Culmination Chocolate Porter (Brush & Barrel Series) | Long Trail Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
89
very good
286 Ratings
Culmination Chocolate Porter (Brush & Barrel Series)Culmination Chocolate Porter (Brush & Barrel Series)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States
longtrail.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This dark chocolate Porter is a very rich, roasty beer with top notes of chocolate derived from freshly roasted cacao. Strong but relatively smooth on the palate, its malty sweetness is evenly balanced with bitterness, and a slight dryness from the alcoholic strength. Look for solid notes of coffee, licorice, mild chocolate and more subtle hints of fruit and spices.

Added by SawDog505 on 11-28-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
286
Reviews:
63
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
9.52%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
41
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 286 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of johnnnniee
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at New England Taphouse grille.
Dark brown with a good sized off white head that persists. Rich caramel and toffee maltiness with a bit of dark pitted fruits and a bit of alcohol especially as it warmed. This was an aged barrel put on tap and honestly I didn't realize it was a porter until I looked it up on here. Feels more like a strong English brown or an old ale than a porter. Still a pretty tasty beer that has a bit of alcohol warming that I assume was pretty harsh when fresh.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Burkbom23
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JLK7299
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PicklePants-01
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: dark brown/black, thin caramel head that dissipates pretty quickly
S: lots of light chocolate, some coffee
T: Chocolate, malt, a little bitter back end
F: Thin motor oil, like a good chocolate porter should be.
O: Impressed. Found this a few years ago as a shelf bomber, bought it because I had never seen it and forgot about in a climate controlled cellar. Wish I could find more.

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Photo of KGilmour
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of daudelin2000
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer really surprised me. In a good way. Pours a very dark brown color with a tan head. Smells of roasted chocolate and dark fruits. Flavor is very complex. Definitely roasted chocolate like the aroma, but there's so much else going on. Decent amount of bitterness. Light, creamy mouthfeel. Very robust indeed.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 22 oz bomber in a snifter. This awesome ale pours a deep opaque with a touch of brown and a nice head of light tan foam that settles to a thick ring, light pool, and nice light lacing. Nose of coffee, brulee, dark chocolate, and booze. Flavors exceed the nose with licorice and coffee notes on the front and sides, dark sweet chocolate and brown sugars hit nicely on the middle of the palate, while the brulee and nutty roasted malts. Nice mouth feel, full, warming, and smooth.

A stout drinkers porter.

Excellent!

Cheers!

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark cola-brown color with a 1-finger bubbly tan head. The head dissipates into a nice film and leaves a beautiful crown of lacing around the top of the glass.

The aroma is all burnt chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Perhaps the faintest hint of caramel sweetness. Pleasant, but not a whole lot going on.

The taste starts off with with some lightly tart and sweet dark fruits. Followed by bitter dark chocolate and coffee. Finishes lightly roasted and nutty.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. Has a slight lingering bitterness and a light, syrupy coating around the mouth.

Overall, a pretty solid porter. It's decently balanced with good flavors of chocolate and coffee. Nothing special, just a decent all around beer.

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Photo of Ryften
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zshaft
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

pours nice dark black with normal head dissipating quickly. taste follows the nose and is bitter chocholate with some nice roasty flavors throughout the palate. overall nothing special but a nice drink and worth a try. there are so many outstanding stouts out there it's hard to reccomend this one.

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of coffee, light chocolate. Taste is coffee, roasted malts, some hints of chocolate, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of CharlesK
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a very dark brown with a tan, fluffy, head. Lots of cocoa in the nose, with some bread. Dark roasted grains, malty sweetness and some bitterness. Enjoyable, but not a real quaffer - sip don't slurp!

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy tan head. Retention is a touch below average and about a finger of irregular lacing is left.

4.0 S: Rich, deep chocolate with drying cocoa nibs. Roastiness, semi-sweet neutral maltiness. Lots of caramel and molasses with just a hint of coffee. The cocoa and chocolate are the focus.

3.75 T: Again lots of cocoa nibs and chocolate. Mild roastiness, on the sweeter side but not overly so, caramel, molasses. A bit tangy on finish.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Just the slightest bit chewy with a mild creaminess.

3.75 D: Tasty beer. I love cocoa nibs.

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Photo of FightinIrish88
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle, bottled 15 Nov. 2013, served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours with a tiny head, most of which quickly disappears. Clear but very dark brown body is essentially opaque in the glass. Nice ruby highlights when held to the light.

Aroma: dark bread, chocolate, faint spices and a touch of liqueur.

Flavor malty sweetness nearly balanced with bitterness. Dark roasted grains with hints of roasted nuts, coffee, licorice, cocoa nibs, spices and dark fruits.
Nicely complex, interesting and balanced. High ABV is evident but not harsh.

Overall: this imperial porter is an engaging sipper.

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Photo of SABERG
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 212 oz bottle dated 2015 into the modified tulip glass.
A - Deep and dark, bakers chocolate in color, a thin mocha cap persists thru out the experience.
S - Cocoa, fig, raisin, more cocoa, dark roasted malts and kiss of citrus.
T - Follows the aroma, dark fruit, cocoa, chocolate malts.
M - Full in body, a bit of slickness, nice carbonation clean up, a desert finish.
O - Very fulfilling offering, beautifully executed, rich and delightful.

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Photo of Pando
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zonian1
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Pukstopper
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has this at home for a week or so in a cooler outside in the cooold. Brought it in and poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark chocolate color with nice head and good lacing after the fade. Chocolate notes and some dryness from the alcohol. No real alcohol burn just a nice flavor with a little bitter bite that doesn't last. At 9.3% it has a nice mouth feel.

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Photo of Nunya
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brother_rebus
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2015 vintage bottling. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Awesome appearance. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, raisin, fig, licorice, toasted dark bread, herbal, light pepper, light smoke/char, and roast/smokey earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, raisin, fig, licorice, toasted dark bread, herbal, light pepper, light smoke/char, and roast/toasted earthiness. Moderate roast/char and herbal/spicy hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, raisin, fig, licorice, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with a nice roasted bittersweet and hop spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from roast/hop bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, creamy/bready, and fairly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent English imperial porter style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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Culmination Chocolate Porter (Brush & Barrel Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 286 ratings.
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