Shastafarian Porter | Mount Shasta Brewing

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Shastafarian PorterShastafarian Porter

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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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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 71
Reviews by Arithmeticus:
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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More User Reviews:
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 fdrich29
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Gotta love a brew with a picture of Bob Marely on it.

Poured jet black with a chocolate brown frothy head. Can't wait to drink it. Smells strongly of roasted malts and coffee. Wonderful mix of coffee and roasted malt flaovr. Quite kind to the palate, Shastafarian Porter delivers many sensations of flavor and texture before disappearing to the great void below.

Well worth a try if you can get your hands on this brew. Great for a fall night when Summer is a memory and the reality of coldness is knocking on your door.

Where's my No woman, No Cry cd? Suddenly I'm in the mood.

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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 IntriqKen
4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Half the pleasure in experiencing this brew is in the package.
The cap says, "A friend in Weed is a friend indeed" and "Try LEGAL Weed" (the brewery is located in Weed, CA.) The graphics on the bottle show Mt. Shasta with a rastafarian face on it covered with a cloud of smoke.
Funny stuff.

Poured amber black with a beautiful cream & coffee colored head two fingers tall that melts rather slowly leaving a thick, massive map in it's wake.

Immediately the scent of coffee fills your nose, followed with a little sugar and caramel.

Taste is bitter, black coffee, a little cream, dark bitter chocolate and then citrus bitter hops and alcohol as you swallow.

A nice creamy mouthfeel and bitter chocolate and coffee aftertaste make for a wonderful porter.

Thanks drseamus

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mount Shasta- Shastafarian Porter

A- Deep dark brownish black with a good thick frothy head. Big ringed lacing.
S- Deep thick cocoa malt. Slight touch of earthy hops.
T- Thick bitter sweet dark chocolate malt with bits of caramel/ toffee and licorice.
M- Thick and bitter sweet. Dry cocoa body and a buttery finish.

Overall- Solid porter. very chocolaty.

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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 GratefulBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Yep, pretty much black with a thin brown-ish colored head, dissipates quick.

Very roastie malts pop out first in the aroma, mild chocolate, roastie wood and dry herbalness in the hops. Very subtle blueberry.

a mildly sweet malt balanced with roastie and light feeling malts. This is not a heady and thick porter but light and very drinkable, which is good because i'm thristy. All flavor's meld togather very well, the malt is complex but gives way to a green, but herbal hop finish, clean and not dry.

I will be coming back to have more!!!

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Photo of Magpie14
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: the body is a walnut brown with gleaming candied orange and deep ruby red hues. Some cappuccino colored froth gathered on top with moderate retention. The slow melting that followed led to bubbles floating and a minimal display of speckled lacing. A bit on the light side

S: robust and portery in the nose. Plenty of burly malts, dark sweet chocolate, coffee grounds, and maybe even some doughy brownie whiffs. All in all, the malts stand tall and make the mark for a good American Porter in the nose

T: the flavors hold up very nicely. Much like the nose the malts are the structure of the beer. A nice addition of stronger coffee notes with a heavy dusting of cocoa powder is present. With half the glass gone the malts play even stronger on the tongue and meld nice flavors of roasted, to nearly charred in profile. I think some of the bitterness popping through is more than just chocolate, how about chocolate covered a slight grassiness permeates. This is a tasty porter!

M: although it is not as thick as most porters, the mouthfeel is very delicate and more or less glassy. This baby would benefit a bunch with a bit more chunk. Also to note, I get a soft lingering hop presence in the finish that is just a touch on the dry side

D: a hard working and bitchin porter, definitely worth experiencing again

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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 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 MuenchenerKindl
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid looks great, dark brown and good carbonation. The head is one finger tan, and not much lace but some.

The smell is good, roasty malts. The smell just kills me I need to be drinking this.

The taste is great, one of the better porters I've had lately. Very nice roasty taste with out the burnt. Dark rosted coffee, and chocolate notes dominate. Very smooth, nice finish.

The mouthfeel is great, This Beer is Great! Very smooth, no burnt after taste, Great carbonation, nice body. It Can't loose!

The Drinkability is great, this beer is refreshing and delicious. Prosit Und Zum Wohl, MK

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Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Jredner
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is a nice mix of hops and dark chocolate aromas with some subtler fruity aromas mixed in. Body is flat black and holds a creamy mocha colored head that is thumb thick and diminishes slowly. Lace clings to the glass. Fore is bittersweet chocolate with very lucious dark cherry notes in the middle. Finishes with a roasty bitterness that reminds me of a scaled down version of Gonzo Imperial Porter. I figured this would be decent, but it’s actually very damn good. Definitely more aggresively hopped than most porters. That works well here and amplifies the latent coffee notes in the aftertaste. Tastes much bigger than you’d expect from a 6% abv beer. Excellent porter!

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4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Body is 100% opaque blackness much like a bigger stout would be. Head is an inch of rich wood grain brown that fades quickly. Nose is rich mix of smokey toasted malts with hints of buttered rum. Enters the mouth with an initial shrill bitterness. After the initial bitter it does mellow and show a bit of nuttiness and maybe even a dose of sweetbread. Mouthfeel is a dry powdery bitter feel that is lenghty but pleasant. Overall well balanced and exceptionally drinkable. Not quite a baltic, but a very nice porter.

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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 largadeer
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark chestnut brown, almost opaque in the glass. Pours with a small off-white head that retains poorly.

Smell: Coffee-like roastiness, baker's chocolate and a hint of carob. Smells quite dry and clean with very little noticeable hop presence. I tend to prefer dry porters, and this one delivers.

Taste & mouthfeel: Espresso-like bitterness up front. Very roasty without being acrid, well attenuated though slightly thin. I get chocolate and carob again mid-palate, with a bitter coffee and carob finish. Pleasantly dry and clean, this is a nicely done American porter.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to flexabull for sending this want of mine in the UGLY BIF.

Pours a dark brown/black color, light can barely penetrate around the edges, decent/small head that fades fast and leaves little lacing.

Smell is has a surprising black licorice presence, strong roasted bitterness is present.

Taste hits the tongue hard with a roasted bitterness, fairly slick but for some reason it seems a bit watery as it goes down, at least the smoked and roasted aspect of the beer lingers long after drinking.

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Photo of weeare138
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a semi-transparent dark brown with a small tan head that slowly fades out. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of toasted nuts, toffee, yeasty bread, cocoa, and sugar.
Taste is of caramel, nuts, bitter citrus, cocoa, and a touch of coffee.
Mouthfeel is bready, yeasty, medium bodied, bitter with a touch of grainy oats found in the finish.

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Photo of xhcadamx
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Like a great American Porter. Darker than what you would expect but still some light shines through at the edges.

S - Not a whole lot going on. Slight roasted malts, coffee, chocolate.

T - smell is very misleading. TONS of roasted matls, coffee and chocolate. In perfect harmony with the hop bitterness.

M - thin lke a porter should be

D - very tasty.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great brew from Mt Shasta brewing. Mount Shasta (which I can see on really really clear day) is on the label with Bob Marley or some rhasta dude superimposed, along with the "Welcome to Weed" logo that you see when driving through Weed.

Super dark with a nice tan head and sticky lacing. Lifiting my glass up, I see some yeast chunks coating the bottom.

Dry malty aroma. Bitter roastiness.

Bittersweet chocolate and a good roasty toasty malt profile. Smokey wood, tobacco, and I dare say cannabis, though it's probably subliminal.

Great medium mouthfeel and tasty!

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Photo of 111213forlife
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of ppoitras
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received via I Want That BIF from flexabull. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, forming a 2" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown brew. Head stoutly defies the test of time, and lacing is sticky and lasting as well. Aroma is dark malts, and that's about all. Taste follows along, rich maltiness upfront, but not much else happening, sedately hopped. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is reasonable, with the grains seeming to stick to your throat as the go down, slowing the whole process a bit. Wouldn't mind having this local so I could put it through its paces.

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Photo of RunDWP
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rastafarians in Northern California? Is this a beer one would want to kick back with on the beach in Jamaica with? While one ponders these deep questions, I'll just go ahead and enjoy this great brew.

I'm a porter fan, and it's because of beers like this. Really straightforward, but really bursting with a lot coffee and a lot malt flavor with a slight touch of sweetness. Not a lot a bitterness, lots of fresh flavor for a porter. Great sheeting action on the glass. Some coffee on the nose. I didn't find this to be one of those beer that has you debating the various flavor notes, it just goes for a great straightforward, fresh flavor. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown long neck.
Great looking mahogany ,brown ale, with a nice thick,frothy light brown head.
Very pleasant , dark chocolate aromas. with a slight milky scent.
Quite a "chocolate" style porter In my opinion. The taste is dominated by semi-sweet chocolate style malts, there is however a noticable hop bitterness nearing the end.Along with nice taosty oat like falvours..very nice.
Very good on the palte, smooth and not overly "thick" for the style.
I found this to be a really comlex yet highly drinkable porter..well done.

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Shastafarian Porter from Mount Shasta Brewing
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 92 ratings