Shastafarian Porter | Mount Shasta Brewing

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Shastafarian PorterShastafarian Porter

Brewed by:
Mount Shasta Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Crotor on 07-26-2004

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Reviews: 71 | Ratings: 91
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black in the middle, brown to the edge, 3/5" tan head. Burnt aroma, lesser chocolate malt feels.

Taste cracked the big roast notes. Chewy, not boozy, nice, seems like their best beer. Bitter, yet not overly so. Its a good robust porter well hopped, substantial amount of malt without it getting sticky or overly thick.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Black with no head. Doesn't smell like much at all, maybe a hint of malt. Medium feel with a taste of rich malts and some bitterness. Decent, but a little bland. It's very drinkable, but could use a little something to give more aroma and complement the malt in the taste.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours from the bottle mahogany dark brown. The one inch tan head settles to a thin film on top. Smells like bitter dark chocolate, faint coffee and herbal hops. Taste is bitter up front. Dark chocolate, subtle coffee and an earthy hop presence. Pretty good.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of head on a black body.
The aroma is roasted malt.
The taste is dark chocolate bitterness, roasted malt and wood. Really nice.
The texture is crisp.
A good porter.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty, dark brown color. Big rich head with fine pale tan foam, good persistence.

Smells a bit lager-y, pilsener-y. Not my thing.

Mild flavor.

Moderate mouthfeel with nice fine carbonation.

Finish is decent, bitter in a slighly asphalty licorice-y way, not the cocoa, maltiness that I prefer.

Overall, a decent porter, but there'll usually be better choices.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Black in color and a three finger mocha colored head produced.

Aroma- Bitter toasted malts and sweet chocolate.

Taste- Bitter roasted malts up front followed by a semi sweet chocolate and some more roasted bitterness in the finish. Maybe a bit of acidic citrus from the hops as well.

Feel- High carbonation, light to medium carbonation, and a dry relatively clean finish.

Overall- This is exactly what I expect from a porter at the bare minimum. Carbonation is on the higher side, lots of roasted malts yet sweetness from the chocolate to add balance, and a dry finish. Very good porter with a blend of balanced flavor and drinkability.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours an opaque black with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, malted milk, and Tootsie Roll candy aromas. Taste is much the same with dark roasted malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with really nice aromas and tasty flavors.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Dsimenson
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pilsner at the Hi-Lo Cafe in Weed, while admiring Mt. Shasta out the window. Deep brown color--red brown when held up to the setting sun. One finger head does not last long, with minimal lacing. Arab is a bit subdued--it hasn't warmed up enough yet--roasted malt and lovely floral hops. Flavor is rich with roasted malt, coffee, a little toffee and chocolate, and a mild to moderate bitter hops finish. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit foamy. Overall this is a very good porter, quite enjoyable. I am not an expert but I recommend drinking porters (and stouts) a bit warmer--start with a room temperature glass.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown in color with a tan head. Nose is mostly roasted malts. A bit of coffee and earthy hops. Mild cocoa aroma, some mild malt sweetness to it as well. The flavor is also heavy on the roast. A touch bitter, some sweet chocolate and molasses. Coffee and earthy hops on the finish.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from 7/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a dark brown appearing black. Half finger tan head which dissipates leaving a ring around the glass, minimal lacing. Aroma of roasted and smoky malt, vanilla, coffee. Starts with smoked malt and nuts, slight coffee, somewhat dry middle and smoky finish with a slight hop component. Not very complex, but pleasant. The roasted/smoky element is nice and saves what would be a somewhat pedestrian porter.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a large wine glass. The Shastafarian pours a deep brown with clear mahogany highlights. The pour sports half an inch of tan rocky foam and shows good retention.

Neutral yeast aroma with bits of carob and some roast as the foam settles and some earthy hops. Not seductive or complex but quite pleasant and well balanced. Chocolate/carob notes more prominent with a bit of warming/settling.

Flavor is dry and with a bit of smoke and peat. Touch of carob and light dark fruit notes revealed with warming along with a bit of roasted barley.

Smooth feel, slightly drying initially given the dark malts but then revealing a long sweet, perhaps too sweet, finish. A pleasant quaff that lacks a bit as for depth and complexity.

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Photo of victory4me
2.71/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip.

Pours a dark brown that turns reddish when held to the light. Looks thin and the one and a half finger head dissipates within seconds. Aroma is mild and unimpressive. Nothing stands out.

Taste is better than the smell, but not by much. Very little flavor up front, but has a decently roasty after-taste. Mouthfeel is extremely thin for the style with no chewiness at all.

Overall this is disappointing. So many great inexpensive porters out there and this does not come anywhere near their level.

Avoid, too many better options.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown to almost black with no head

Nice buttery chocolate, coffee and a hint of caramel on the nose

Chocolate and dark smoky malt flavors

Mouthfeel is pretty flat to slightly fizzy witha dark smoky aftertaste

Overall I almost feel that this beer somehow had air introduced. It was pretty flat on the palate with no head. It was nice on the nose which gave my higher hopes than the label. I just bought it cuz it was kind of funny and it was a porter. It overall was very disjointed.

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Photo of beagle75
3.02/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, dark brown that is opaque at the center with a sparse residue of small off-white bubbles. Carbonation bubbles can be seen clinging to the sides of the glass, rising occasionally. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Molasses is clearly detected, along with faint coffee grounds and milk chocolate.

T: Begins dry and acidic, marginally tart, with thin roasted malt that yields little flavor structure to support the herbaceous qualities that emerge toward the middle. Sweetness becomes more apparent in the middle as acidity subsides, revealing clear mineral qualities. The finish is most substantial, featuring assertive bitter coffee that lingers.

M: Medium viscosity, wet on the palate, with moderate to brisk carbonation.

D: This porter drinks easily despite some faults that are difficult to ignore. The whole in this case is slightly greater than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Black and brown beer, dark brown, minimal head. Slight burnt malt aroma, chocolate malt.

Taste, more of the super roast flavor going on, definitely chewy without wading into massive alcohol territory. Good hopping in here, and above average bitterness that comes across dry, juxtapositioned with that chewiness. The burnt malt flavor really dominates here, some nuttiness can be detected as well.

$9 a 6er hurts its drinkability. Tone down the burntness of it, and even more intracacies come out I suspect.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown with a medium amount of tan foam and some lace on the side of the glass.
The smell of roasted malty coffee, with a hint of spice. About the flavor, there was a taste of roasted malts and medium strong coffee with a slight taste of burnt caramel. A slight bitter finish that felt not overpowering on the palate. A fairly balanced porter that was a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of HipHop5
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

dark chocolate brown color with no head what so ever. Maybe a soapy one if you dump a heavy poor. A bit to thin in body with almost clean walls on my Stone epic vertical ale flute.
Caramel and sweet licorice are predominant in the aroma.
Pleasing taste but nothing extraordinary. I wish it was a bit heavier on the carbonation and bitterness. I can enjoy this but I can only assume that the tap version stands out a bit more as a memorable porter. I may have to do that trip to Weed CA to confirm the high potential of this beer.TBD

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Photo of chumba526
2.85/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

appears black with a small brown head.

smells sweet like carmel. there are notes of roasted coffee also. smells like a steriotypical porter.

It tastes like a steriotypical porter there is a carmel sweetness and a mild coffee flavor. not much else going on in this beer. this beer could use more body.

the moutfeel is a liitle watery. the carbination is low.

the drinkability of this beer is ok. I could drink more then one but i really dont want to.

overall not that great but it is drinkable. I predict this would be better on tap though.

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Photo of oberon
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Iam gonna say the brewers at Mount Shasta have, and may still indulge in certain things....Poured into a standard pint glass a deep mahogany brown with almost no head to speak of,just a thin half broken layer of soapy-like top.Aromas of roasted nuts,molasses,and bitter chocolate in the nose,pretty well rounded.Quite roasted at the onset flavor-wise,French roast coffee with some raw earthiness,there is a decent molasses,and bitter chocolate element that brings "enough" sweetness to bring balance.A little flat in the mouth but it has nice flavors,pretty roasted with just enough sweetness.

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Photo of joepais
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flexabull apologized for sending this one, thinking it was under carbonated. I think It was ok for me considering it was a Porter. I did get a short lived brown head when pored in to a tulip glass. The brew was a typical black color for a Porter.

I got some good toasted or roasted notes from the aromas' as well as the flavors LOL. Chocolate and coffee come to mind which is what I expect from a Porter. I think the mouthfeel was spot on for me leaning toward the full side of medium, and yes lightly carbonated .

The drinkability is good and I could have enjoyed a second or third. A good local brew check it out

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Photo of mikereaser
2.76/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - pours a dark black with ruby highlights when held up to the light, no foam whatsoever

S - burnt roasted malts, not much else to me

T - burnt roasted malts, a bit of orange and some hints of caramel

M/D - medium bodied, more carbonation than I expected for a porter, burnt taste is just too much for me to enjoy.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer was not exceptional. The light, sweet smell was promising, but the caramel flavor was not as pervasive as I might have expected. But that made for a drinkable beer. The carbonation was not strong, producing less than a finger of head. I didn't find it as impressive as other reviewers, but I would certainly take another if offered.

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Photo of Schmaltzy
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown color black toward the middle, basically no head on a heavy pour spotty foam on the top with slight spotty lacing.

S- Like a nice chocolate caramel coffee with a nice almond scent. I get lots of roasted malt with almost a caramel scent throughout and a slight warming alcohol.

T- A nice caramel coffee flavor with some light earthy hops with a nice smoky chocolate finish. A little light in the flavor department but decent.

M- Light/Medium body with active carbonation, however no head, decent flavor just lighter than I hoped.

D- Easy to drink because it is so light, decent flavors and scents make it a good session porter, the more I drink this the more smoky the finish gets which is good and bad IMO. Given to me as a sample, don't think I will actively search for this one.

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Photo of Seanibus
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a perfectly fine porter, but too slight and inconsequential to be memorable.

Pours black with a slight head. Smells light and broad and woody. The flavor is broad and cool, with chocolate and cherry. The mouthfeel is milky, creamy and smooth. The effect is pleasing but rather slight.

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Photo of matty
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is chocolate and coffee.Taste is black coffee and cocoa.A good brew that is smooth and tasty and goes down like water.I would recommend to try at least once and as for me I can see myself buying again in the near furture.

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Shastafarian Porter from Mount Shasta Brewing
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