Getting a porter/stout thats thin and watery instead of robust

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by DarkDragon999, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. Revenant

    Revenant Aug 8, 2012 Minnesota

    Talked to many brewers about this, have you?
     
  2. cjoc83

    cjoc83 Jul 31, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    Dominion Oak Barrel Stout. Really, really thin and watery, and way over-carbonated. It also has a very misleading name, being that it's aged on wood chips, not in barrels. One of the worst stouts I've ever had. Oddly enough, my lady really liked it, and she pretty much hated stouts/porters before that one. I gave her 4 out of the 6 beers I bought, and the next week she bought a six-pack of it for herself! So at least it was a good "starter stout", I suppose.
     
  3. ao125

    ao125 Dec 1, 2010 Virginia

    "Getting a porter/stout that's thin and watery instead of robust"

    You mean anything from Left Hand?
     
  4. DickyBallz

    DickyBallz Feb 22, 2012 Alaska

    Pipeline is good.
     
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  5. fx20736

    fx20736 Mar 7, 2009 New York

    Bass just came out with a Stout. It is thin, watery and almost flavorless.
     
  6. PORTerCITY

    PORTerCITY Feb 9, 2013 California

    Knee Deep Tanilla porter was really thin imo, although I would like to try there new barrel aged imperial Tanilla, but never again their regular Tanilla. I also thought the same with New Holland's Dragons Milk.
     
  7. socon67

    socon67 Jun 18, 2010 New York

    I can get why nobody is going to want a thin and watery porter\stout, but not all of them are necessarily "robust" either. There are plenty of milk stout, oatmeal stouts, or porters that are mellow an very sessionable because of it.
     
  8. Moose90

    Moose90 Nov 25, 2012 Washington
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    If BA Wake Up Dead is thin, I don't want to know what thick is.
     
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  9. Highbrow

    Highbrow Jan 7, 2011 California
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    sounds like some folks definitions might be a little bit off & therefore their expectations are a little bit beyond realistic.

    at just over a buck, accepting it for what it actually is, Black Butte porter is a definite "get by" in my wheelhouse.
     
  10. beerme411

    beerme411 Sep 28, 2010 California

    That's disappointing I was going to get this a few weeks ago, but I only found the Black Robusto Porter, which I enjoyed and had higher hopes for Imperial Stout.
     
  11. hiimrichie

    hiimrichie Jul 11, 2012 California
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    I thought the Lips of Faith Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout was fairly thin.
     
  12. Chaney

    Chaney Apr 20, 2006 District of Columbia

  13. EyePeeAyBryan

    EyePeeAyBryan Dec 20, 2011 Arizona
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    Central Waters BBS is a perfect example of this (like previously stated).
     
  14. JK4Stout

    JK4Stout May 10, 2010 Virginia

    Porters in general are a gamble for me. Some have really come through, bt I seem to have lowered my expectations enough to amp my opinion of some. (Porter Square Porter rocks though). And any stout you can't eat with a fork doesn't deserve the name! (I'm looking at you, Breckinridge!)
     
  15. xanok

    xanok Aug 13, 2009 Connecticut
    Beer Trader

    Did op just try a Sexual Chocolate?
     
  16. WickedSluggy

    WickedSluggy Nov 21, 2008 Texas

    I believe your expectations are the problem. Porters typically have a medium-light to medium mouthfeel. Look up "Robust porter". There is also a catagory sometimes referred to as "Imperial porter" (These are usually indistinguishable and interchangeable with Imperial stout.) And of course there is a porter fermented with lager yeast called a Baltic Porter that is also a fuller bodied beer. Perhaps those are what you want? Black Butte Porter, on tap or bottled is pretty much the same. It is an excellant porter and a good example of the style.
     
  17. JohnSnowNW

    JohnSnowNW Feb 6, 2013 Minnesota
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    Bell's Double Cream Stout. Not particularly creamy or robust.
     
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  18. inchrisin

    inchrisin Sep 25, 2008 Indiana

    I can count the number of alt beers I've had on one hand, but that seems like that's what you get when you get a bad porter. It'd be fine for a 90F summer day with fish and chips, but right now I want something that clings to the glass a little bit more.
     
  19. terrapinfan88

    terrapinfan88 Nov 15, 2009 Virginia

    Porters are generally gonna be lighter in body, and weight than stouts because they are lagers if memory serves me. Generally gonna be more carbonated, lighter in body, less dense head in most cases. Good for when you want some roast, earth and chocolate, without feeling as if you just finished a 72oz steak.

    Stouts tend to be a little richer, heavier, and smooth (still/not as effervescent).
     
  20. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Aug 21, 2005 Minnesota

    Agreed. Flavor is good, but the mouthfeel is a little underwhelming for an imperial stout.
     
  21. Dools9

    Dools9 Jul 5, 2011 Massachusetts

    I have no problem quaffing multiple pints of Guinness when the options at the bar are limited to BMC stuff. Not the best and certaintly not robust and thick, but decent enough when posted up at the bar for a few hours.
     
  22. C2H5

    C2H5 Jan 7, 2012 Illinois
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    If light can shine through my stout, I smash the glass on the ground
     
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  23. hardy008

    hardy008 Jan 12, 2008 Minnesota
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    In spite of what others have written in this thread, I found Smuttynose Robust Porter to be thin and watery, and just plain awful. It could have been a bad bottle, but it doesn't matter, because I don't plan to try it again.
     
  24. docnose

    docnose Feb 7, 2013 Alabama

    I tried the Pipeline Porter for the first time this week. It seems to be a perfectly respectable porter. I feel I could drink a six-pack of this on a hot afternoon here in the South. However, I found myself switching to Rogue's Mocha Porter after two Pipelines...

    If given the unlimited choice I would probably always go with the thickest, darkest, most robust, barrel-aged, and highest ABV porter I could find... That's how I like's 'em!
     
  25. docnose

    docnose Feb 7, 2013 Alabama

    What category would you suggest if one is looking for big viscous beer?
     
  26. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Sep 14, 2011 Missouri

    Imperial Stout, Barleywine, Old Ale, Dopplebock, scotch Ale, quads
     
  27. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Aug 21, 2005 Minnesota

    Oatmeal stouts for something lower gravity. Unless, of course, they are imperial.
     
  28. docnose

    docnose Feb 7, 2013 Alabama

    Thanks!
     
  29. Tut

    Tut Sep 23, 2004 New York

    Try Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout if you can.
     
  30. sukwonee

    sukwonee Dec 13, 2011 Washington
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    I thought regular "normal" porters aren't supposed to be that thick. I thought it was just the style. Maybe I am wrong.

    Stouts I agree.
     
  31. ledzeppelin4

    ledzeppelin4 May 18, 2011 Illinois

    Geary's London Porter. I'm a porter lover. Not a lover of this one though.
     
  32. CORKSCREWFISH

    CORKSCREWFISH Apr 22, 2011 Illinois

    90% of the time!
     
  33. CORKSCREWFISH

    CORKSCREWFISH Apr 22, 2011 Illinois

    2012 CW releases were definitely thin and somewhat watery. This year they are noticeably improved!
     
  34. Revenant

    Revenant Aug 8, 2012 Minnesota

    Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat fits into this category IMO!
     
  35. cjoc83

    cjoc83 Jul 31, 2010 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    Breckenridge Vanilla Porter is somewhat thin from the bottle, but I had a sample of it at the bar earlier, and it was much, much better than I remember it being. Of course, it was probably just the fact that it was on tap, but still...it was good. I would have ordered it if the bar didn't have Double Bastard.
     
  36. AceMaster

    AceMaster Jan 23, 2012 Iowa

    KGB imperial from widmer brothers major let down the only thing i like about its 9.1 so i like that
     
  37. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

    Most vanilla porters I've had are thin/watery. Breckenridge, Tallgrass, and Empyrean to name a few.
     
  38. Soneast

    Soneast May 9, 2008 Wisconsin
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    I've found all of CW's stouts (even 15) to be fairly thin....they taste fantastic, but I wouldn't mind a bit more body.
     
  39. Gassygunslinger

    Gassygunslinger Dec 20, 2012 Maine

    YES! The Breckenridge porter and oatmeal stout taste like a watered-down Marzen.
     
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