Beer 324/365 – Southampton Imperial Porter

Southampton Imperial Porter

Style: American Porter

ABV: 7.2%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman, OH

What makes this beer different: Had a bit of a cereal kick to it.

Will I be drinking this again: Probably not.

Grade: B

9/28/2010: This is another beer that I picked up on a whim. Basically if you throw the word “Imperial” onto a beer, I am legally bound to buy it.

Not a ton of smell going on with this beer, but it does smell a little bit like one of my favorite cereals; Cocoa Puffs. The flavor is a lot of chocolate (similar to cocoa puffs), some coffee, and a little bit of earthiness. The flavor is nice, but where this beer fails is all in the mouthfeel. Its thin, oily, and gives you that weird sugary coating on your mouth similar the film you are left with after finishing a very sugary bowl of cereal. Not terrible but not great.

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Beer 304/365 – Red Brick Porter

Red Brick Porter

Style: American Porter

ABV: 7.7%

Purchased at: Sent as an extra in a trade.

What makes this beer different: Wasn’t expecting much, but there was a really nice balance of coffee/chocolate flavors.

Will I be drinking this again: Very limited distribution and limited release says no.

Grade: B+

9/8/2010: Red Brick Porter is brewed by a small brewery in Atlanta, Georgia. I have never heard of Red Brick brewing until I received this beer, so I am going into this review blind. But I am always open to try any porter/stout. Besides in my book I just consider porters “Lite Stouts.” I always opt for a Porter when I don’t feel like drinking something heavy, but want that dark chocolate/coffee kick.

The smell is even parts chocolate/coffee, with a little bit of earth to it. The flavor is pretty plain and simple, 50/50 bittersweet chocolate/roasted coffee mix, with a little bit of a tobacco type flavor. Mouthfeel is well carbonated for a porter, which is part of the reason the alcohol is hidden so well. I would have never guessed this to be a 7.7% ABV beer. Overall nothing super special about this beer, but it is very drinkable.

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Beer 267/365 – Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter

Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter

Style: American Porter

ABV: 5.4%

Purchased at: Sent as an extra from Jared

What makes this beer different: Very light and drinkable

Will I be drinking this again: If it were sold in the area yes.

Grade: B+

8/2/2010: Thanks to Jared for throwing this in as an extra for our 3rd trade. We actually just recently did our 4th trade, and he sent me a ton of extras again. This new found addiction I have to trading beer is all your fault Jared! Damn you! But seriously it is fun stuff and a lot easier/inexpensive than you would think.

Stovepipe doesn’t really have a strong nose to it, maybe a little bit of chocolate. The flavor is very light but nice, roasty malts, some chocolate, and maybe just a pinch of coffee. Mouthfeel is very light for the style, almost too light. Well carbonated. If there is such thing as a “session” porter, this would be it.

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Beer 260/365 – Sam Adam’s Holiday Porter

Sam Adams Holiday Porter

Style: American Porter

ABV: 5.90%

Purchased at: Jesus I don’t even remember, its been sitting in my fridge for a while now.

What makes this beer different: Sweet and almost buttery in a way

Will I be drinking this again: Won’t go out my my way for it, but it was good!

Grade: B+

7/26/2010: Christmas in July? Sure why not. I actually am running out of “non-agable-beer” to drink, so I decided to give this one a shot. I am pretty sure co-worker Tony gave this one back to me in January.

This beer smells like its on the more smooth/sweet end of the Porter spectrum. Too often I think porters can have that bitter coffee characteristics. The flavor is smooth milk chocolate, a little nutty, and a buttery flavor. The flavors are all pretty mellow, but work well together. Mouthfeel is about average. This beer goes down very easy, very solid, but not anything too original going on here.

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Beer 241/365 – Smuttynose Robust Porter

Smuttynose Robust Porter

Style: American Porter

ABV: 5.70%

Purchased at: Vecenie’s Distributing – Millvale PA

What makes this beer different: My first beer from New Hampshire! A lot of coffee and very dark for a porter

Will I be drinking this again: Yes

Grade: A-

7/7/2010: This beer was one of the few leftovers from my little get together for the UFC fights. I am actually surprised that this is my first smuttynose out of 241 beers. Its readily available in the area so not sure why I haven’t picked any up yet. Oh well.

This porter pours out darker than any porter I have ever had. The smell is all about coffee. The taste is much of the same, a lot of bitter dark roast coffee, with a dash of chocolate. Its a good thing I like coffee, because if I didn’t this would be a drain pour. There is a good bit of sweetness in the beer to balance out the bitter. A little bit of earthy hops makes an appearance also. Heavy mouthfeel for a porter. If you don’t like coffee avoid this one, but if you do you need to find some Smuttynose Robust Porter.

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Beer 238/365 – Deschutes Black Butte Porter

Deschutes Black Butte Porter

Style: American Porter

ABV: 5.2%

Purchased at: Sent as an extra in a trade.

What makes this beer different: Very drinkable, very chocolaty.

Will I be drinking this again: I wish they sold it here, but if they did I certainly would drink more of it.

Grade: A

7/4/2010: Why did I decide to drink this beer on the fourth of July? Well honestly I didn’t have one. Had this sitting on my “non-agable” shelf for about a month now, and just decided it was time to drink it.

Black Butte has a really clean chocolate smell, with a little bit of earthy hops. The taste to me is mostly about sweet chocolate. I really like this flavor because a lot of porters/stouts end up being on the bitter end of chocolate, but this is more on the sweet end for sure. A little bit of coffee in the aftertaste, and a little bit of hops but not much. The mouthfeel is really nice, very creamy and on the heavier side of medium. I would buy a whole case of this if it was available in PA.

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Beer 230/365 – Central Waters Mudpuppy Porter

Central waters mudpuppy porter

Style: American Porter

ABV: 5.5%

Purchased at: Sent as an extra in a trade

What makes this beer different: One of the lightest bodied porters I have ever had

Will I be drinking this again: If only it was available in the area.

Grade: A-

6/26/2010: So apparently New Glarus, Tyranena, and Lakefront arent the only places that brew good beer in the great cheese state of Wisconsin. Add Central Waters to that list. Most of their beers on BeerAdvocate rate at a B or better, which is doesn’t happen very often.

Mudpuppy Porter has a pretty strong chocolate smell, and something a little nutty also? The flavor is very good for how light the body is. Chocolate, caramel malt, and hazelnut! Very unique to see that hazelnut flavor in a porter. The body is very very light, but still gets a bunch of flavor to the taste buds. Very drinkable.

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Beer 193/365 – Great Divide Saint Bridget’s Porter

Style: American Porter

ABV: 5.9%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Not much, but just a very good Porter.

Will I be drinking this again: Apparently they are retiring this beer?

Grade: B+

5/20/2010: Yet another Great Divide beer. This time My tall ginger friend Kevin was not responsible for me getting this beer. I bought it at Vintage Estate last week. I also ended up finding some 2008 Stone RIS, and 2002 12th Anniversary Stone Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout on his shelves. I couldn’t help myself and ended up buying about a half dozen of each.

Its a shame they are retiring this beer because I think its pretty damn good. It smells like a light roasted coffee, with some caramel splashed in. The taste is a very smooth roast coffee flavor, and hops actually make a little bit of an appearance also. Mouthfeel is medium, but very smooth, and perfectly carbonated. Grab up a couple before they retire it for good!

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Beer 169/365 – Southern Tier Raspberry Porter

Style: American Porter

ABV: 4.8%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman Ohio

What makes this beer different: Bleh, sour, and fizzy like pop (soda)

Will I be drinking this again: Nope

Grade: C

4/26/2010: Argh! Southern Tier you were on a roll, I thought you were the kings of dark beer. Then you give me this crap. I guess realistically this is a beer a lot of girls might like (simply because most girls will try any beer with a sweet fruit in it), and probably sells well to people who aren’t really into craft beer so, I can’t be a hater.

This sounds like pop (yes its pop) when you pour it out, super fizzy. The first taste is almost like a raspberry candy, very artificial tasting. A little bit of chocolate flavor is the only thing that saves this beer at all. Very carbonated and fizzy. To me you should never be able to see THAT much light pass through a porter (look above at picture), and yes it is a bit watery tasting too. Why can’t someone make a GOOD cherry/raspberry porter? Does anyone know of one? Because I have yet to drink one.

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Beer 153/365 – Two Brothers Red Eye Coffee Porter

Style: American Porter

ABV: 9.2%

Purchased at: Sicliano’s Market – Grand Rapids – MI

What makes this beer different: Highest ABV porter I have ever had, but it hides is so well.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes! I need to find more of this

Grade: A

4/10/2010: Picked this one up on a whim when I took my brewery tour through Michigan with the girlfriend. I pretty much was grabbing everything and anything that I can’t get in PA… Short’s, Dark Horse, Two Brothers etc etc. Plus Any porter/stout that has coffee in it i am down to try. Usually when I buy a beer without knowing anything about it, I ended up getting a dud, but not this time.

By now this beer is a year old, and I can still smell the hops when I pour it. The smell is a perfect 50/50 blend of hops and dark coffee. The taste is a perfect combo of coffee, hop, and vanilla flavors. Chocolate makes a guest appearance towards the end of the bottle. If I had to guess the ABV of this by tasting it, i would say 5.5-6%. I like to try and guess the percentage before actually checking it out on the label or beeradvocate. Reason being is a large part of the grade I give a beer is how well it masks the alcohol content, and this beer is a freaking ninja. Amazing that a beer with a light mouthfeel like this (average as far as porters go) can hide the alcohol so so well. I need to find more of this stuff.

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Published in: on April 10, 2010 at 8:26 am  Comments (2)  
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