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February 2014 - Stouts & Porters

February 2014 - Stouts & Porters
This month's Beer feature is Stouts & Porters

Stouts & Porters Reviews

Caldera Brewing Company Mogli Imperial Porter
96 points
Dark brown color. Bold aromas of fig, dried apricot, and date breads, chocolate creme brulee, and vanilla nut brittle with a satiny fruit-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, jazzy finish with notes of spiced cherries,and guava, pickled melon, grapefruit marmalade and pepper. A wild flavor ride.
Rogue Ales Russian Imperial Stout
96 points
Dark black brown color with a tan saffron rim and cast. Bright peppery spice and greens, dark chocolate and dried fruits with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, seamless but astringent coffee, cocoa, apricot, chestnut, and peppery rapini-like finish. Rich, delicious, and stylish. Impressive!
Samuel Adams Utopias
95 points
Dark mahogany color. Aromas of roasted nuts, brown butter, chocolate cherries, soy, dried lemon, and Fino sherry with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body no carbonation and a long, mouthwatering, raisin paste, almond skin, cedar, and lemon pepper finish. Stretches the notion of beer into a spirit realm. Try with desserts or in adventurous cocktails.
Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery Imperial Stout
95 points
Dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed cherries, nut brittle, and toasted grain with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, rich, chocolate, spice, greens, and beet root accented finish. A robust and exquisitely balanced imperial stout with a great earthy grain foundation and flourish of fruit.
James Page Brewing Co. JPs Casper White Stout
94 points
Old gold color with an ivory lace. Attractive aromas and flavors of white chocolate macadamia cookie, yellow cake batter, and chardonnay grapes with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body a creamy vanilla-maple fudge, white chocolate pretzel, and delicate herb toast finish. Very different, interesting and inescapably delicious.
Samuel Adams Black & Brew Coffee Stout
94 points
Dark brown black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate and coffee creme brulee with a vibrant, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a nice grainy pumpernickel, banana cream pie, radish, and spiced nut accented finish. Very tasty and nicely balanced chocolate and coffee flavors.
Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery Oatmeal Stout
94 points
Dark brown color. Aromas of dried sour cherry, honeycomb, and buttery roasted nuts with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a long, stone fruit, tonka bean, latte, milled grain, and clay finish. Great flavor and style.
Sweetwater Brewing Co. Happy Ending Imperial Stout
94 points
Brown black color with a reddish tan head. Bright aromas of grapefruit, papaya and lime marmalades on grilled rye bread and juniper jelly with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a plush grilled peach, mango and pineapple, pepper and grass accented finish. Lots of gusto and dangerously drinkable.
Caldera Brewing Company Old Growth Imperial Stout
93 points
Dark brown black with a reddish tan head. Aromas and flavors of toasty almond toffee and grilled root vegetables with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body a bitter chocolate, herb-pepper bread, and tart citrus peel finish. A great marriage of roasted malt and hops.
Epic Brewing Company Fermentation Without Representation Imperial Pumpkin Porter
93 points
Dark brown with a taupe lace. Aromas and flavors of spice pumpkin pie, milk chocolate nuts, and root beer with a chewy, medium-full body and a long spicy, creamy cappuccino, kiwi, sautéed zucchini, and pepper accented finish. A delicious, zesty "pumpkin beer".
Moab Brewery Desert Select Export Stout
93 points
Dark brown black with a tan head. Aromas of baker’s chocolate and toasted pumpernickel nut bread with a chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a bitter, roasted chestnut, grilled pretzel bread and greens, and peppery hop snap on the finish. Nice compacted flavors.
Reuben’s Brews Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
93 points
Dark brown black color. Dense aromas and flavors of cherry fudge, chocolate creme brulee, coconut macaroon, and floral honey with a satiny, fruity medium-full body and a long, peppery spice, cherry brandy, mocha, and mineral nuanced finish. Big and powerfully delicious.
Samuel Adams Utopias 10th Anniversary
93 points
Dark mahogany garnet color. Aromas of honeyed walnuts, mixed peppercorns, mole, flower bed, and Oloroso sherry with a satiny, fruity full body with no carbonation and a long, peppery, boozy, sautéed almond, vanilla bean and whisky barrel kissed finish. An intriguing after dinner offering.
Stone Brewing Co. - Drew Curtis / Wil Wheaton / Greg Koch Stone Farking Wheaton Wootstout
93 points
Black with a brown cast and tan lace. Densely layered aromas suggest chocolate covered peaches, pecan pie, and brown spices with a supple, fruity-yet-dry full body and a long, bourbon barrel, vanilla, caramelized citrus and yams, and a peppery spice driven finish that goes on and on. Very decadent.
Rogue Ales Allegro Coffee Porter
92 points
Dark brown with a ruby amber cast. Bright aromas of roasted chili peppers and coffee with a zesty, dryish medium-to-full body and a long, peppery spice, mole sauce, and roasted root vegetable finish. A fun, scintillating porter that is sure to please.
Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery Taddy Porter
92 points
Opaque brown black color. Aromas of chocolate raisin muffin, caramelized nuts, leather, and horsehair brush are earthy and attractive with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, tangy dried fruit, coffee, and roasted chestnut finish. Excellent flavor and poise.
Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing Madam Grey, Earl Grey Milk Stout
92 points
Black with a dark brown cast creamy manila lace. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered dried apricots, grape Pez, and bubblegum spices with a satiny, fruity medium-to-full body and a creamy, tropical citrus gelato, Earl Grey tea sorbet, and a pistachio praline finish. Quite distinctive and tasty.
Stevens Point Brewery Whole Hog Barley Wine Style Ale
92 points
Slightly hazy copper mahogany color with a taupe lace. Rich aromas of caramelized nuts and stone fruits, chocolate fudge, and pepper bread with a chewy, fruity-yet-dry full body and a long, plush brown sugar, dried fruits, and pepper spice finish. Robust, elegant, and delicious.
Stone Brewing Co. - Arrogant Bastard Ale
92 points
Dark copper red color. Brash aromas of grapefruit rind, woodsy herbs, jalapeño, basil, and resinous pine with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, hoppy spiced nut, herb, peppercorn, pine plank, and citrus peel finish. A strong ale for hopheads.
Stone Brewing Co. - 2013 Stone Espresso Imperial Russian Stout
92 points
Opaque black brown color with a tan head. Rich aromas of honeyed dried cherries, pistachio gelato, chocolate, and peppery spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a crisp, lively, nicely bitter chocolate, pepper bread, and cappuccino finish. Boldly delicious.
Fort George Brewery and Public House Cavatica Stout
91 points
Black brown color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered figs and nuts, brown sugar, and zucchini bread with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and rich peppery hop, pumpernickel toast, beet, and chocolate yogurt finish. Very robust and tasty–almost an imperial stout.
Quidi Vidi Brewing Co. Winter Ale
91 points
Dark brown color. Spicy aromas and flavors of cherry cola, peach marmalade on toast, floral spice, and nougat with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a cream white toffee, coriander, pink pepper, candied orange, and arugula-like hop finish. A nice zesty and spicy winter ale that hits the mark.
Lakewood Brewing Co. The Temptress Imperial Milk Stout
90 points
Dark brown black color. Aromas of strawberry cider vinaigrette, chocolate nougat, and frosted peach pastry with a slightly sour and fruity medium-to-full body and a chewy toffee, pepper bread, salt and herb accented finish. Different but very tasty, sort of an imperial sour stout. Prepare for a wild ride.
Old World Brewery Dark Knight Porter
90 points
Dark brown with little head and a saffron rim. Attractive aromas of chocolate brownie, Asian spices, and caramelized nuts with a supple, tangy medium-to-full body and a rich, sweet citrus, cream, mocha, and melon accented finish. Very tasty.
Reuben’s Brews Imperial Oatmeal Stout
90 points
Dark brown black color. Aromas of praline, pink pepper, dried cherry, and lightly floral hops with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a creamy cappuccino and honeyed tropical fruit and nut finish. Tasty.
River North Brewery Anniversary Ale #1
90 points
Black with an amber rim. Aromas of chocolate mint, herbal tea, and spiced nuts with a chewy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy cocoa and roasted citrus and stone fruit finish. Nice range of flavors.
Stone Brewing Co. - Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Beans
90 points
Dark brown with a reddish bronze cast. Attractive aromas of caramelized bacon wrapped dates and vanilla custard with a supple, frothy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a grilled pumpernickel bread, radicchio, citrus pith, lemon pepper, and smoked nut finish. Flavorful, fun, and a solid companion for the table; try in a beer float or with German chocolate cake.
Stumblefoot Brewing Co. Mojo Stout
90 points
Dark brown black color. Aromas of crushed nuts, cacao nibs, herbs, and toasty apple pastry with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a refreshing medley of dried fruits, roasted chestnuts, mocha latte, radish and grassy hops on the finish. A very well balanced and lively stout for all occasions.
Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co. Midnight Lightning Imperial Stout
90 points
Brown black color with a beige gray head. Aromas of dried tropical citrus, nougat, honeycomb, peppercorns, and pickled okra with chewy, fruity-yet-dry full body and a long, mineral, grapefruit marmalade, pepper and radish sprouts accented finish. Very rich and deeply flavorful.
Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co. Rush Hour Breakfast Stout
90 points
Dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of dark chocolate and artisan roasted coffee beans with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy dried mango and peach, and creamy latte finish. Very tasty and elegantly balance.
Island Brewing Company Blackbird Porter
89 points
Dark brown color with a taupe rim. Aromas of nut brittle, honeyed dried fruits, and mocha gelato with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, grilled orange, radicchio, chocolate espresso bean, and peppery hop snap on the finish. A robust appetizing porter.
Moylan’s Brewing Co. White Christmas Spiced Winter Lager
89 points
Rich copper color. Delicately spicy aromas and flavors suggest crusty pumpkin and mincemeat pies with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, refreshing cocoa and zucchini bread toast finish. Very nice.
Packinghouse Brewing Co. Sensual Stout
89 points
Black brown color. Aromas and flavors of buttery roasted nuts, cocoa powder, and powdery raspberry-almond cookie with a soft, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tidy, mocha and sweet summer salad with berries finish. Nice restraint and purity of flavor.
Peticolas Brewing Company Wintervention
89 points
Dark brown color with a khaki rim. Aromas of sarsaparilla and spice cake with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a honey, spiced nut, and kale accented finish. Tasty and well balanced.
Samuel Adams Imperial Stout
89 points
Black brown color with a reddish tan head. Dense aromas and flavors of chocolate fudge brownie, smoked nuts, and mocha with a chewy, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a nicely balanced roasted root vegetable, pepper, coffee, and fig finish. Pleasantly drinkable and not trying to prove anything.
Berghoff Brewery Winter Ale
88 points
Dark chestnut brown color. Aromas of buttery roasted nuts, honey and dried fruit with a supple dryish medium body and a delicate hint of spiced fruits on the crisp, herb and pepper driven finish. Excellent drinkability.
Caldera Brewing Company Pilot Rock Porter
88 points
Dark brown with a bronze cast and a khaki head. Aromas and flavors of chocolate citrus peels and coffee with a silky, dryish medium body and tangy grilled root vegetable, apple, peppery mole accented finish. A rock solid porter.
Dieselpunk Porter
88 points
Dark brown color. Aromas of chocolate toffee and cake, honeyed figs, and bread with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a round, creamy, roasted root vegetable and kiwi accented finish. A spot on, vibrant porter.
Epic Brewing Company Epic Imperial Stout
88 points
Black brown with a tan head. Mild aromas of raisin scone and chocolate nut with a chewy, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a peppery, toffee, citrus peel, and leafy greens accented finish. A solid IS.
Moylan’s Brewing Co. Chelsea Moylans Porter
88 points
Dark brown color with a khaki lace. Interesting aromas of habanero pepper jelly, caramelized nuts, and mango chutney follow through with a soft, dryish medium body and dark chocolate, coffee, and radish sprouts like hops on finish. Different, yet nicely sessionable.
Packinghouse Brewing Co. Black Beauty Cream Stout
88 points
Opaque black with a brown saffron cast. Aromas of dark cocoa, honey roasted nuts, and a hint of buffalo jerky with a supple, dryish medium body and a dark toast, star fruit, and pepper accented finish. A nice sessionable stout; or try with German chocolate cake.
Pagosa Brewing Company Coconut Stout
88 points
Dark brown black color. Smells and tastes just like an Almond Joy bar with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy, jicama, overripe pear, powdered milk, and dusty nut accented finish. Fun and easy drinking.
Reuben’s Brews Robust Porter
88 points
Dark brown black color. Aromas of chocolate, grain, nuts, and turnip with a round dry medium-to-full body and a dried fruit and roasted malt driven finish with nice astringency. A solid, stout-like, example of a robust porter.
River North Brewery Hello, Darkness Porter
88 points
Dark brown color with a khaki head. Aromas of dark roasted nuts, white pepper, brown sugar, and fig jam with a frothy, tangy medium body and a lively peppery, cocoa, coffee, and grassy hop snap. A rich, very roasty porter that will excel with spicy foods.
Samuel Adams Winter Lager
88 points
Lustrous copper color. Aromas and flavors of ginger cookie and zucchini-fig bread and a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a frothy, drying coriander, pepper, and grass accented finish. Nice subtlety of spicing with great sessionability.
Stone Brewing Co. - 10 Barrel / Bluejacket / Stone Suede Imperial Porter
88 points
Dark brown black color. Aromas of chocolate, spiced nuts, and honeyed figs with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a creamy chocolate mousse and peppery roasted citrus and toffee finish. Very subtly flavored, citrus hops really take the stage here.
Stumblefoot Brewing Co. Red Dress Porter
88 points
Very dark brown color. Aromas of chocolate, grilled yellow squash and nut toast with supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a touch of peppered lettuce-like hops on the balanced nutty finish. A rock solid porter with good sessionability and table appeal.
Bayou Teche Brewing LoupGargou
87 points
Black brown color. Dense aromas of wood charcoal, over roasted coffee, and burnt popcorn with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a finely carbonated cigar ash, grilled mustard greens, molasses and cocoa powder finish. Intense roasted bitterness make this hard to approach on its own, try with cigars.
High Noon Saloon & Brewery Stampede Stout
87 points
Black brown color. Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, and green peppercorn with a crisp, dryish medium body and a tangy dried citrus and root vegetable, roasted nut, and burnt cigar tobacco accented finish. Nice astringency and table friendliness.
Peticolas Brewing Company Black Curtains Imperial Stout
87 points
Black brown color with a saffron amber cast. Aromas of cocoa, pine sap, and citrus rind with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a piquant pepper, citrus, and rapini nuanced finish. A lively, hoppy, food friendly IS.
Rhinelander Brewing Company Mystical Jack Traditional Ale
87 points
Very dark reddish brown color. Dense aromas of spicy orange-date bread, buckwheat honey, putty and nuts with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a frothy, peppery, herbal and grassy hop flourish on the finish.
Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing Gingers Winter Warmer
87 points
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of fresh ginger, sweet potato chip, turmeric tea, and chili pepper with a frothy, dryish medium-to-full body and a tangy, corn puff, pepper jelly, and ginger snap finish. Different and fun.
Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing Chocolate Pumpkin Porter
87 points
Deep brown color with an old bone lace. Aromas of spicy frosted carrot cake, zucchini-herb bread, and chocolate muffin with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a frothy, dusty grain, kale, and radish finish.
Dieselpunk Stout
86 points
Brown with a bronze cast. Aromas of toffee and toasted cherry pastry with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a zesty dried pear, mocha, boiled almond, and radish sprouts accented finish. Quite fruity, balanced, and easy drinking; a good session stout.
Full Moon Cafe & Brewery Manteo Porter
86 points
Dark brown color. Aromas of creamy milk chocolate, caramel corn, and herb-pepper focaccia with silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a buttercream, carob, lit cigar, and roasted chestnut finish. Flavorful.
High Noon Saloon & Brewery Rudolphs Red Nose Ale
86 points
Hazy golden amber color. Spicy aromas of ginger, cherry-raisin chutney, honey, and Asian spices with silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a nice toasty grain, sprout, and nut finish.
Les Brasseurs du Nord Boréale Cuivrée
86 points
Beautiful amber color. Aromas of toasted corn bread, peach custard and herb butter with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy candied citrus peel, lettuce, and okra accented finish.
Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co. Sugar Pine Flavored Porter
86 points
Dark brown with a khaki rim. Aroma and flavors of milk chocolate rice bar and leather chaps with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a frothy creamy nougat, molasses, arugula, and creme brulee finish. A pleasant chocolate porter.
Columbia River Brewing Co. Paddlers Porter
85 points
Dark brown color with a bubbly head. Dense aromas of baker’s chocolate, wet hay, dried sour cherry, and rawhide chew toy with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy spiced pear, roasted chestnut, and chocolate wafer finish.
Grand Rapids Brewing Company Senator Lyons Stout
85 points
Brown black color. Dark roasted chestnuts, clay, burnt toast and cigar ash with a crisp, dryish medium body and a Brazil nut, wafer, and dried citrus accented finish. nicely styled and refreshing.
Back East Brewing Company Porter
84 points
Dark brown black color with a fine taupe head. Aromas of baker’s chocolate, pumpernickel, and delicate herbs with a silky dryish medium body and a roasted carrot, radish and dusty mineral accented finish.
Elm City Brewing Company Oak Aged Baltic Porter
84 points
Aromas of malted chocolate powder, overripe orange, and a hint of new shoe with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a tangy, savory pepper focaccia and salted nut finish.
Full Moon Cafe & Brewery Holy Hand Grenade Imperial Stout
84 points
Murky dark brown. Aromas of clay, chocolate figs, grilled root vegetables, and nut butter with a dryish, medium body and a dark roasted chestnut, coffee yogurt,and peppered kale finish. Serve with food.
Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling Small Batch Series No. 7
84 points
Black brown with a creamy copper head. Spicy and sourish aromas suggest berry vinegar, clay, holiday spices, and root vegetables with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a creamy chocolate and tangy, citrus, dusty nut, and spiced yam finish. Interesting, but a bit confused.
High Noon Saloon & Brewery Sex Bomb Chocolate Raspberry Stout
83 points
Dark black brown color. Aromas of chocolate cherry bonbons, focaccia, and raspberry yogurt with a supple fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy raspberry pastry, mocha, and slaw accented finish. A pleasant berry stout.
Center of the Universe Brewing Co. El Duderino White Russian Milk Stout
82 points
Dark brown with a gray beige lace. Aromas of burnt crayon and nut bread with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a chocolate mousse, straw, and whole chestnut finish. Slightly flawed, upfront, but finishes decently.
Dad & Dude’s Breweria Ill Sleep When Im Dead Coffee Stout
82 points
Dark black brown color with an amber rim and no head. Bold coffee grounds aromas and flavors with a flat dry medium body and a roasted grain and clay finish. Could use more carbonation.
Pagosa Brewing Company Porters Porter
82 points
Dark brown black color. Aromas of circus peanuts, stewed veggies, and chocolate soda with a brisk, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a very tangy, citrus, melon, nutshell, and arugula slap on the finish.
Pagosa Brewing Company Coconut Porter
82 points
Dark brown with a bronze cast. Aromas and flavors of toasted coconut, cashew butter, and faint crayon and clay with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy overripe apple, water chestnut, coconut husk, and grassy earth accented finish.
River North Brewery Avarice Imperial Stout
82 points
Dark brown black color. Pungent burnt nut and grass and char-grilled vegetable and tropical fruit aromas with a sourish fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a stewed citrus and vegetable, pepper, kale, cocoa, and peanut brittle finish. A bit odd, but interesting; serve with food.
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