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

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Culmination Chocolate Porter (Brush & Barrel Series)Culmination Chocolate Porter (Brush & Barrel Series)
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Culmination Chocolate Porter (Brush & Barrel Series)Culmination Chocolate Porter (Brush & Barrel Series)

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

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

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle, poured into a snifter. The beer was black in color with a small tan head. There was a little bit of lace.

Chocolate and coffee aroma.

More in the taste. Cocoa and dark chocolate

Medium-bodied. A little on the bitter side.

I liked it.

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4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Doomcifer
2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Jason
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample 12oz bottle from the brewery.

LOOK: Complete darkness, magnificent lacing all the way down the glass

SMELL: Thick fudge, dark chocolate, espresso, burnt raisins, mild esters

TASTE: Creamy mouthfeel, smooth, slick full body, rich chocolate tones, malty breadiness, date sugar, balanced roasted grain character, modest hopping, warming semi-sweet chocolaty finish

A serious but approachable beer, serious meaning its size and approachable due the chocolate flavor. Would love to see this one around again, some wood aged variants would be great as well.

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Photo of Billolick
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bomber bottle, that comes with an informative info tag hanging on the neck of the bottle. "11513" etched onto the bottle- bottling date perhaps?

A bargain at $5 and change at Yorktown, Bev. Yorktown, NY

Pours near black. Quality looking darker tan head, that stays, and leaves all sorts of lace, film, sheeting and collar. Nice lookin stuff.

Dark malt nose, with coffee, milk chocolate and some dark fruits.

Super tasty brew here from Long trail. Likely one of the best I've had from them. Waves of chocolate, dark coffee, dark fruits, yes licorice...real smooth and full mouthfeel. Long, bold and flavorful finish, with more chocolate, a hit of scotch, some burnt malts/smoke and bitter hops. Complexity fully expressed.

Real nice....gonna see if I can get a few more bottles

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of wattoclone
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Pours a clear brown with quickly dissipating tan head. Strong aroma of chocolate and roasted cacao with some sweet fruit notes. Taste is sweet chocolate, similar to a milk stout, with roasted malt. Hops are buried under the rich chocolate. Well balanced but is strong enough to be an imperial porter.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of far333
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Chestnut colored with a light brown tightly bubbled head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of coffee and some cocoa, notes of fig and raisin.

Flavors of coffee upfront, quickly punctuated with dark chocolate, leather, molasses, licorice, root beer and toasted marshmallow. Interesting mix of flavors from a pretty basic malt bill. The coffee seems to dominate too much for my tastes. Cocoa is subdued, licorice adds a nice touch.

Full mouthfeel, but a bit dry and puckery.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
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 Zonian1
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ryanm1
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a small taster glass during a beer tasting. Colors appear rather dark brown and could be considered black. Tiny layer of white to grayish carbonation appears at the top. Couldn't different this from a typical porter or stout other than the fact that it uses "CACAO NIBs" which it claims on the bottle.

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Photo of DrewBest
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Roguer
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful dark pour, solid black with red highlights. 1 1/2 finger bubbly tan head. Retention is good; lacing is thick and nice.

Dark, dark cacao aroma, bordering on over-roasted. An earthy blend of hop and roast malt aroma. Chocolate dark enough that it doesn't come across as sweet.

Taste: slightly boozy stout porter, with a slightly tart, grape-like booziness up front, followed by a palate-washing roasted barley and cacao bean combination. Slightly coffee-like from the roasted malt. Chocolate isn't as dark as the nose implies. Bitterness and bite are well-supplied by earthy hops and roasted barley. Slightest hints of liquorice.

Thick, smooth mouthfeel, a little sting and burn, with a relatively dry finish.

This is a good beer, a good stout porter, but it doesn't blow me away by any means. It's worth trying out, certainly (as has every beer in the Brush and Barrel series I've tried so far), but it just doesn't blow me away for the style. I think there are better available options in the stout/porter category.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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Culmination Chocolate Porter (Brush & Barrel Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 289 ratings