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Silver Back | Wynkoop Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Wynkoop Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Fall

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Added by russpowell on 10-30-2006

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Review of Wynkoop Brewing Company's Silver Back Smoked Porter based on notes taken from 5/3/2010 visit to the brewery I just located - which were rather amusing.

A group of coworkers went over to Wynkoop to try a group of their beers that were selected for the Top 50 Colorado Beers to try before you die list Westword put out.

A - The beer was served in a pint glass in a very dark nearly completely black color with a very thin cream head that quickly faded with slight lacing.

S - Charcoal smokey aroma with a hint of roasted malts behind.

T/M - The beer started with a noticeable smoke flavor. As it progressed more of the coffee roasted malt characteristics became prevalent. Surprisingly thin and finished with a burned flavor that lingered for some time. I noted that I really enjoyed the beer for the first half of the glass. However at the end I was ready to be done and it tasted like I was sucking on a piece of charcoal.

D: I think a half pint was perfect, more than that the smoky flavor was way too much.

Overall, this was by far the smokiest beer I've ever tasted and I found it a bit over the top. I vividly remember describing the beer as a campfire in my mouth, not pleasant. It started out very good though, just didn't finish well IMO. In any event, they don't brew this beer any more as the Silver Back is now a Pale Ale they can. Glad to have tried it but I certainly won't miss it.

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 01-27-2011 14:44:28

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Photo of tigg924
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, black, moderate carbonation

Smell: roasted malt and smoke

Taste: roasted, smoked malt, expressso, and smoke

Mouthfeel: smooth with a medium body

Drinkability: A very good beer that is high on the smoked malt. I could have three at most per sitting.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask 12 oz pint glass:

The beer appeared a deep red with a off white head, while not all that big, maybe half a finger, it was very well retained.

The aroma is light and sweet, with some hints of coffee and the malted barley.

The taste, I thought, was more sweet than anything, which I found to be unexpected, but it still had a good flavor to it. Aside from the sweetness, the beer had hints of the smokiness and perhaps some coffee.

The beer has a medium body to it, extremely smooth and extremely easy to drink as one would expected from cask ale.

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Photo of Rayek
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

According to a sign at the Brewery, a certain percentage (I think 25%) of the profits from this beer go protect Silverback Gorillas. Very cool. And the beer is pretty good too.

A: Deep Chestnut color is a couple of shades away from black. Thin cream cap doesn't retain particularly well, but a nice amount of lace is left behind.

S: Slightly smoky, but not over the top. An espresso aroma is what truly dominates. There's a bit of charcoal in the back. The smoke itself has an almost peated quality that I associate with Scottish beers. It's a nice overall mix.

T: Starts out a little thin, but the flavor builds nicely as things proceed. The espresso aromas from the nose find their way seamlessly into the flavor. Bitterness comes in the form of charred wood. The smoked malts add a nice extra layer of complexity, without trying to blow away the other flavors that are work. The overall effect is that of balance, rather than an amplification of a given taste. Finishes with a mild lingering burnt bitterness.

M: This beer feels a touch too thin. The carbonation could stand a little extra push.

D: I really liked this beer. The flavors balance well and it definitely went down easy. Overall, this is a very fine beer.

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Photo of tpd975
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours nice dark black, flat with no head or lace.

S: This one is all about charred malt and smoke, nothing else really comes out in the aroma.

T: Nice smoked porter. Nice burnt malt up front with hints of smoke and ash. Hints of dark coffee and bitter chocolate poke thru as well.

M: Medium in body, low in carbonation.

D: Rather drinkable, a very solid smoked porter, the best beer I sampled at Wynkoop.

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Photo of JamesS
4.56/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The Silverback is a great American porter. It has a great black-garnet color with great head and wonderful lacing. Nice scent, malty with burnt grain tones, although not as strong as I would have liked. Awesome taste, with chocolate and smoky burnt grain flavors being at the top, with a nice tiny vanilla and good burnt grain flavors as well. It's also an extremely smooth beer, very easy (too easy!) to drink.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice velvet-black, topped by a one finger brown head. Smell was hidden a bit by the bar atmosphere; but some roasted malt, caramel and coffee came through.
A nice robust flavor, roasted coffee, some chocolate and a the hops lingered a bit. An earthy tone to it, good smokey finish.
Smooth, served a bit colder than expected. Flavors and texture came out better as it warmed. Nice finish, went well with a cheeseburger.

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Photo of russpowell
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured mahogany going to jet-black with a 1 finger-deep mocha head. Good head rentention & pretty good lacing

S: Roasted malt & beechwood (I think, could be alder), then hints of coffee & choclate

T: Rich choclate, toasted malts & a hint smokyness & a whisper of licorice. Finishes dry & moreish

MF: Rich, great carbonation & balance

D: Drank too easy, smokeyness is toned enough to enhance drinkakbilty, but still adds a some positive characterisitcs

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Silver Back from Wynkoop Brewing Company
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