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February 2015 - Stouts, Porters and Strong Ales

February 2015 - Stouts, Porters and Strong Ales
This month's Beer feature is Stouts, Porters and Strong Ales

Stouts, Porters and Strong Ales Reviews

Excelsior Brewing Co. Spresso Milk Chocolate Stout
98 points
Opaque dark brown black color. Rich, inviting aromas and flavors of cappuccino gelato and toffee with a silky, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, elegant, medium-long finish manifesting notes of artisanal mocha, nuts, and watercress. A fantastically flavorful and balanced coffee stout that gets it just right.
Chatham Brewing Imperial Porter
97 points
Dark brown color. Bright, attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate cherry bon bons, chestnut brittle, brown sugar, and sarsaparilla candy with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long finish that shows impressions of salty roasted nuts, vanilla salt, grassy earth, and peppery radish. An exceptionally zesty, well balanced and attractive imperial porter.
Sixpoint Brewery Resin Imperial IPA
97 points
Bright amber color. Herbal, peppery aromas and flavors of grilled citrus, roasted root vegetables, herb muffin, and honeycomb with a satiny, tangy, frothy, fruity medium-full body and an astringent, complex, long finish with notes of grapefruit marmalade on toast, mango sorbet, pepper, and pine. A rich and delicious IPA with great fresh citrus flavor.
Bonfire Brewing Kilt Dropper Scotch Ale
96 points
Bronze brown color. Attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts, salted caramel, and candied fruit with a satiny, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, captivating, very long finish evoking suggestions of roasted sweet potatoes, arugula, peppery spices, and sassafras. A delicious, balanced, and appetizing Scotch ale that is sure to please.
Southern Prohibition Brewing Ragana Baltic Porter
96 points
Dark brown color. Lively aromas and flavors of chocolate toffee, caramelized fruits, and chestnuts with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a mildly astringent, stimulating, long finish with suggestions of mocha gelato, honeyed orange peels, bitter greens, and creamy vanilla. A delicious and finely balanced Baltic porter that is a benchmark of the style.
Straight to Ale Bourbon Barrel Aged Laika Russian Imperial Stout
96 points
Opaque dark brown black color. Rich aromas and flavors of dark chocolate citrus peels, butter roasted nuts, mushroom consommé, and cracked pepper with a creamy, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, intricate, long finish with accents of chocolate espresso beans, dark rye toast, and tamari. A fantastically savory, umami driven Russian Imperial stout.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Daft
96 points
Cloudy bronze color. Lively, dense aromas and flavors of praline, roasted tropical fruits, chestnut honey, and creme brulee with a velvety, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium-full body and a warming, very complex, very long finish displaying impressions of pepper jelly, brandied cherries and peaches, cedar, and minerals with light oak. An amazingly flavorful, complex , and balanced barrel aged beer.
Deschutes Brewery Mirror Mirror Barleywine
95 points
Hazy bright copper color. Dense aromas and flavors of caramelized fruits and nuts, creme brulee, and spiced cherries with a chewy, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity full body and a peppery, nuanced, long finish with suggestions of peppery spices, arugula, honeyed citrus, and minerals. A bold, boozy, and delicious barleywine with a healthy dose of hops and warming alcohol.
Excelsior Brewing Co. Smoke on the Porter
95 points
Opaque dark brown black color. Smoky aromas and flavors of charred nuts, campfire embers, and smoked meats with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dryish medium-to-full body and a complex, medium-long finish with impressions of dried fruits, molasses, smoked peppercorns, and grilled romaine. A robust yet very nuanced and well balanced smoked porter.
Knee Deep Brewing Co. "Dark Horse" Imperial Stout
95 points
Dark brown black color. Rich aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, grilled citrus, artisan chocolate, and rum raisin bread pudding with a silky, tangy, fruity full body and a warming, interesting, very long finish evoking impressions of chocolate espresso beans, nougat, dried fruit, and pepper. A robust, delicious imperial stout.
Stone Brewing Co. Stone Imperial Russian Stout
95 points
Opaque brown black color. Bold aromas and flavors of chocolate coconut, salt water taffy, and nougat with a chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, involved, long finish with accents of tamari on nori, grilled citrus, and burnt sugar. A fantastically vibrant Imperial stout with a great hop cloak.
Belching Beaver Brewery Ol Dirty Barrel Russian Imperial Stout
94 points
Brown black color. Rich aromas of chocolate toffee, toasted date bread, and fruity caramel with a velvety, tangy, fruity full body and a mildly astringent, long dark roasted nuts, baking chocolate, caramelized citrus, and arugula finish with moderate oak. A wonderfully balanced barrel aged imperial stout with great depth and vibrancy.
Deschutes Brewery Black Butte XXVI
94 points
Brown black color. Bright, complex aromas and flavors of chocolate covered pomegranates, orange marmalade on raisin toast, chocolate mint cookie, and cedar with a silky, lively, finely carbonated, fruity medium-full body and a warming, elegant, long finish with accents of chocolate orange peels, pink pepper, and delicate spice with light oak. A rich and delicious flavored porter.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. Rahrzehnt 10th Anniversary Ale
94 points
Brown black color. Lively aromas and flavors of mocha, dried fruits, and dark pastries with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity full body and a tingling, intricate, medium-long finish revealing notes of chocolate mousse, roasted nuts, pepper, and herbal honey. A fantastically rich and balanced chocolate stout treat.
Blue Pants Brewery Pinstripe Stout
93 points
Opaque dark brown black color. Bold aromas and flavors of coffee grounds, bakers chocolate, and roasted nuts with a supple, lively, frothy, dry medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length finish imparting notes of dried fruits, pepper, and grass. A delicious, spot on export style stout.
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. Stagecoach Stout
93 points
Opaque brown black color. Delicate aromas and flavors of toasted fig bread, chocolate nut, and root beer with a tangy, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length finish revealing accents of cherry chutney, cocoa latte, frisee, and pepper. A delicious and super sessionable oatmeal stout.
James Page Brewing Co. JPs Yabba Dhaba Chai Tea Porter
93 points
Dark brown color. Attractive aromas and flavors of pumpkin pie spices, cherry cola, and chocolate graham crackers with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish manifesting accents of sweet potato pie, nutskins, chai tea, and horchata. A super flavorful and enticing spiced porter.
NOLA Brewing Company Barrel Aged Irish Channel Stout
93 points
Dark brown black color. Rich, creamy aromas and flavors of chocolate mousse, creme brulee, and root beer float with a velvety, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long finish with nuances of honeyed greens, mocha latte, and sweet cream. A delicious and well balanced barrel aged stout with great drinkability.
Port City Brewing Co. Porter
93 points
Dark brown black color. Delicate aromas of toffee, sweet potato chip, and cola float with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a mildly astringent, interesting, medium-long espresso gelato, nougat, mango-citrus chutney, and pepper finish. A great zesty porter.
Port City Brewing Co. Tidings
93 points
Bright golden yellow color. Lively, spicy aromas and flavors of ginger, buttered baguette, honeyed soufflé, and coriander with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, charming, long finish evoking shades of watercress, nougat, pepper, and minerals. A very tasty Belgian ale with skillful spicing.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. Snowmageddon Imperial Stout
93 points
Opaque brown black color. Delicate aromas and flavors of roasted nuts and soy with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of latte, chocolate salted caramels, and greens. A rich, tasty, and nicely balanced imperial stout with great drinkability.
Red Brick Brewing Co. 21st Anniversary Dark Saison Ale
93 points
Brown color. Rich aromas and flavors of milk chocolate mousse, toasted panettone, and marmalade on toast with a satiny, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, medium-long finish with accents of caramelized citrus, candied yams, chocolate covered tropical fruits, and vanilla yogurt nuts. A delicious and mouthwatering saison with a lovely, well integrated barrel character.
Sixpoint Brewery Lump of Coal Porter
93 points
Dark brown color. Bright aromas and flavors of chocolate covered citrus and berries and fruitcake with a silky, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish conveying notes of roasted nuts, field greens, and sweet citrus. A very tasty and seamlessly drinking porter.
Stone Brewing Co. Double Bastard Ale
93 points
Copper ruby color. Delicate aromas and flavors of frosted carrot and banana cakes, roasted nuts, and mango chutney with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, intricate, long finish evoking notes of grapefruit, salted caramel, pepper, and rapini. A wonderfully rich and balanced hoppy strong ale with a fine savory streak.
Sweetwater Brewing Co. "16, So Fine" Red Wheat Wine Ale
93 points
Bronze ruby color. Delicate, interesting aromas and flavors of cherry preserves, rye toast, and nut brittle with a supple, bright, frothy, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, stimulating, medium-length finish with shades of fruitcake, pepper, citrus jelly, and greens. A lovely well-balanced strong ale with great flavor and depth.
Blue Pants Brewery Barleywine
92 points
Hazy stratocaster sunburst color. Lively aromas and flavors of caramelized grapefruit, brown sugar, dried mango, and spicy custard with a velvety, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium-full body and a complex, medium-long finish with accents of apricot marmalade on toast, baking spices, brown sugar, and pepper. A lip-smacking and well made English style barleywine.
BrickStone Brewery "Dark Secret" Russian Imperial Stout
92 points
Opaque black color. Dense aromas and flavors of dark roasted coffee beans, burnt sugar and nuts, burnt raisin toast, and wood with a velvety, soft, under-carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length finish with elements of espresso gelato, smoked nuts, caramel cream, and honeycomb with light oak. An intense coffee stout for real coffee connoisseurs that has an interesting arc from burnt to sweet.
Fabbrica della Birra Tenute Collesi Srl Collesi Imper Ale "Nera"
92 points
Hazy dark mahogany color. Complex aromas and flavors of circus peanut, chocolate toffee, mocha gelato, and cedar with a satiny, tangy, frothy, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, involved, medium-length finish revealing notes of fruit tart, delicate spice, and honey. Not really a dry stout, but quite delicious; this is more of a Belgian stout.
La Quinta Brewing Co. Napoleon Imperial Stout
92 points
Opaque brown black color. Mild aromas of roasted chestnuts and sprouted grains with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium-full body and a warming, appealing, medium-long espresso gelato and peppercorns finish. A snappy imperial stout.
NOLA Brewing Company Prytania Imperial Porter
92 points
Dark-Brown color. Lively, interesting aromas and flavors of nut brittle, salted caramel chocolates, papaya chutney, and brown sugar with a chewy, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with impressions of roasted parsnip, pepper, fig, and latte. A rich and savory imperial porter that will be best with food.
Red Brick Brewing Co. Thick Silky Double Chocolate Oatmeal Porter
92 points
Dark brown color. Interesting aromas and flavors of chocolate covered dried mango and apricot and chestnut honey with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intricate, medium-length finish revealing suggestions of toasted dark bread, salty roasted nuts, granola, and citrus. A delicious and mouthwatering flavored porter with great fruity and savory notes.
Reuben’s Brews Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout
92 points
Opaque dark brown black color. Rich, toasty aromas and flavors of melted toffee, chocolate cherry danish, creme brulee, and spiced nuts with a satiny, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium-full body and a warming, appealing finish that presents overtones of sarsaparilla, cherry and apple brandy, exotic peppercorns, and tobacco with light oak. A big boozy winter warmer that dose the trick.
Sixpoint Brewery Global Warmer Imperial Red Ale
92 points
Bright deep amber color. Rich, inviting aromas and flavors of grapefruit marmalade, herb bread, and dried mango with a chewy, tangy, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an astringent, appealing, medium-long finish with notes of kumquat chutney, pine, and bitter greens. A robust and very well balanced imperial red ale.
Sweetwater Brewing Co. Happy Ending Stout
92 points
Black color. Rich aromas and flavors of oregano, roasted citrus, dark toasted bread, and chocolate with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-long finish revealing notes of arugula, roasted nuts, figs, and pepper. A very nice hop forward imperial stout with nice balance and intensity.
Excelsior Brewing Co. Row-Bust Porter
91 points
Dark-Brown color. Mild aromas and flavors of dried tropical fruits, melted toffee, clay, and brown sugar with a supple, frothy, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish with accents of nut brittle, mocha cream, sprouts, and green coffee. A very nice porter with high drinkability.
Fish Brewing Co. Fish Tale Ten Squared Barley Wine Ale
91 points
Copper color. Rich, fruity, herbal, dank aromas and flavors of honey roasted citrus, peppery spices, and toasted fruitcake with a chewy, tangy, fruity thick body and a warming, colossal, very long finish conveying impressions of kumquats, grilled mangos, exotic peppercorns, and radicchio. A superbly rich and intense barley with nice complexity of hop and malt character.
Fish Brewing Co. Hobbit Series: Smaug Stout
91 points
Dark brown black color. Lively, smoky aromas and flavors of grilled grapefruit, roasted nuts, and chocolate yogurt with a velvety, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long finish that exhibits accents of dark coffee, lettuce, pepper, and minerals. A robust, lightly smoky and peppery stout, well done.
Full Sail Brewing Co. Mathiass Main Ingredient Oatmeal Stout
91 points
Dark brown black color. Aromas and flavors of unsweetened chocolate, dark roasted nuts, dried cherry, and latte with a satiny, lively, dryish medium body and an astringent, delightful, medium-long finish conveying shades of chocolate citrus peels and espresso bean. An intensely chocolatey oatmeal with great dryness and length.
Innis & Gunn Brewing Company Scottish Porter
91 points
Dark brown color. Delicate aromas of chocolate nuts, dried fruit, roasted parsnip, and vanilla hazelnut coffee with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium length toasted meringue, chestnut brittle, fig pastry, and cocoa puff finish. A rock solid porter with an appealing sweet roasted character.
Sixpoint Brewery Gorilla Warfare Coffee Porter
91 points
Brown black color. Interesting aromas and flavors of coffee, chocolate toffee, and pickle with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium-full body and a mildly astringent, involved, medium-long finish with notes of roasted nuts, watercress, citrus creme brulee, and peppered jerky with light oak. A very nice coffee porter with an interesting range of subtle flavors.
Belching Beaver Brewery Beavers Milk Stout
90 points
Brown black bronze color. Curious aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts, dark toast, and mocha mousse with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length finish conveying notes of watercress, dried fruit, cocoa, and nutskin. A nice appetizing stout.
Fish Brewing Co. Fish Tale Mud Shark Porter
90 points
Hazy brown black color. Meaty aromas and flavors of crispy herbed chicken skin, salty roasted nuts, and chocolate with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length finish revealing overtones of roasted sweet potato, pepper, and dried citrus. A fun, meaty, astringent porter with great table appeal.
La Quinta Brewing Co. Bourbon Barrel Aged Koffi Porter
90 points
Brown black color. Bold aromas and flavors of caramelized nuts, dark chocolate espresso beans, tropical fruits, and baking spices with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium-full body and a warming, amusing, medium-long finish that shows elements of mocha, root beer float, cedar, and caramelized carrots with light oak. A nicely balanced barred aged coffee flavored porter, well done.
Maui Brewing Co. Coconut Porter
90 points
Opaque dark brown color. Delicate, curious aromas of potting soil, dark chocolate, and burnt coconut husks with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a relaxed rich coffee and coconut gelato finish. A very tasty and balanced flavored porter.
NOLA Brewing Company Irish Channel Stout
90 points
Brown black color. Mild aromas and flavors of mustard greens, multigrain toast, dark chocolate mousse, and wood with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length finish with accents of roasted root vegetables and arugula. A very nice dry stout.
Reuben’s Brews Expat IPA
90 points
Old gold color. Rich, herbal aromas and flavors of oregano, grapefruit marmalade on rye toast, mango yogurt, and pine needle with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity body and an astringent, appealing, medium-length finish displaying touches of grilled root vegetable and peppers, rapini, green peppercorn, and dried apricot. A very savory and balanced IPA that will be great at the table.
Rogue Ales Sriracha Hot Stout Beer
90 points
Opaque black color. Bold, spicy aromas and flavors of smoked hot peppers and deep dish pizza with a supple, lively, frothy, saline medium-full body and a hot, delightful, very long finish displaying notes of hot sauce, greens, and wasabi nuts. A wild hot and spicy flavor ride that works.
Stillmank Beer Co. Perky Porter
90 points
Dark brown color. Rich aromas and flavors of dark coffee and roasted nuts with a supple, lively, frothy, dry medium-to-full body and a sleek, intriguing, medium-length finish that presents accents of latte and water chestnut. Nice pure coffee flavor, yum.
Bonfire Brewing Mistress
89 points
Copper color. Attractive, spicy aromas and flavors of pumpkin pie spices and praline with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, layered, medium-long finish conveying accents of creme brulee, cinnamon candy, and radish sprouts. A delicious and spot-on spiced beer that delivers the goods.
Etna Brewing Co. Old Grind Porter
89 points
Dark bronze color. Aromas and flavors of roasted brazil nuts, chocolate, toasted rice cake, and grilled greens with a supple, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a mildly astringent, appealing, crisp finish that shows notes of roasted root vegetables, pepper, and grass. A nice savory porter.
Moab Brewery Export Stout
89 points
Brown black color. Lively aromas of cocoa soufflé, smoked nuts, and hint of jerky with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-long tamari, mocha cream, and pepper finish. A nice savory stout that will be great with food.
Red Brick Brewing Co. Divine Bovine
89 points
Opaque dark brown black color. Delicate, spicy aromas and flavors of gingerbread, honeyed tea, roasted nuts, and sangria with a lively, effervescent, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length finish with notes of bittersweet chocolate and latte. A very tasty and delicately spiced porter that is sure to please.
Sixpoint Brewery Barrel-Aged Imperial Otis
89 points
Dark brown color. Lively, interesting aromas and flavors of honeycomb, chocolate cherry fudge, graham cracker, and oak with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, medium-length finish with notes of roasted grain, grilled greens, hot cocoa, and earth with moderate oak. An appetizing imperial stout.
Stone Brewing Co. Stone Smoked Porter
89 points
Mahogany brown color. Lively, toasty aromas and flavors of roasted grains and corn, chestnuts, and bbq jerky with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a bitter, interesting, long finish with shades of chocolate espresso bean, grilled citrus, pepper, and dusty root vegetables. A nice lightly smoked porter with a big wallop of hops.
Worthy Brewing Co. Powder Keg
89 points
Deep amber color. Bold, herbal aromas and flavors of oregano, pine, and grilled grapefruit with a supple, racy, frothy, dry medium-full body and a bitter, interesting, long finish with nuances of pepper. A big balanced almost imperial IPA more than a winter ale.
Etna Brewing Co. Grubstake Oatmeal Stout
88 points
Opaque brown black color. Aromas and flavors of dried citrus, cocoa, and mixed greens with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a mildly astringent, medium-length finish evoking accents of roasted nuts, toasted fig bread, coffee, and pepper. A nice zesty stout with good astringency.
Etna Brewing Co. Kappler Imperial Stout
88 points
Black color. Delicate aromas and flavors of bananas foster and roasted brazil nuts with a chewy, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, delightful, long finish revealing nuances of roasted citrus, grassy earth, tamari, and white pepper. A brash, in your face imperial stout.
Mother Road Brewing Company Stranded Winter Ale
88 points
Dark brown black color. Delicate, spicy aromas and flavors of root beer float and cherry cola with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a mildly astringent, interesting, medium-length finish with elements of pepper, spiced nuts, and citrus. A very nice winter ale with a balanced melange of spices.
Wild Wolf Brewing Co. American Stout
88 points
Dark brown color. Lively aromas and flavors of herbs, citrus preserves, chocolate, and nuts with a silky, crisp, finely carbonated, dry medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish displaying nuances of citrus peels, bitter greens, peppercorn, and coffee. A rock solid stout.
Belching Beaver Brewery Horchata Imperial Stout
87 points
Black color. Confected aromas of root beer float, spice box, and milk chocolate caramel bar with a supple, bright, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length pumpkin pie finish. A tasty, pumpkin pie like imperial stout.
Chatham Brewing Imperial Stout
87 points
Dark-Brown color. Mild aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts, coffee sorbet, and apple cider vinegar with a silky, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, medium-length finish imparting notes of salty nuts, caramel yogurt, arugula, and olive. A nice savory, umami accented chocolate stout.
Hudsonville Pike 51 Brewing Co. For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls Ale
86 points
Opaque brown black color. Delicate, dense aromas of chai tea, orange jelly, sweet potato, and mocha with a supple, finely carbonated, body and a smooth, medium-length creamy cappuccino and fruity caramel finish. A very pleasant and relaxing winter ale.
Wild Wolf Brewing Co. Wolfinstein
86 points
Dark brown black color. Bright aromas of fig bread, brandied cherries, and oak with a body and a peppery, medium-long salted nuts, coffee beans, baking chocolate, and tamari finish with light oak. A powerful, brooding imperial stout.
Badger State Brewing Company Dubious Ruffian Chocolate Stout
85 points
Brown black color. Delicate aromas of chocolate yogurt, roasted brazil nuts, and roasted grains with a supple, crisp, frothy, dryish medium-to-full body and an astringent, medium-length baking chocolate, bitter greens, smoked peppercorn, and lit tobacco finish. A nice bitter stout.
Bonfire Brewing Tent Pole Whiskey Porter
85 points
Dark brown color. Aromas of chocolate soufflé, toasted danish, and vanilla pudding with a supple, soft, petillant, dryish light-to-medium body and a brisk roasted turnip, light baking spices, and chocolate cream finish. A nice subtlety flavored porter.
Wild Wolf Brewing Co. Four Paws
85 points
Deep amber color. Brash aromas and flavors of stewed peaches and bananas, brown sugar, and pear brandy with a velvety, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, medium-long finish revealing overtones of salted nuts, arugula, coconut yogurt, and pepper. A swaggering powerhouse of a Belgian ale.
Belching Beaver Brewery Peanut Butter Milk Stout
84 points
Dark brown color. Lively, interesting aromas and flavors of hazelnut buttercream, peanut butter ice cream, and cracked black pepper with a supple, soft, under-carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, breezy finish displaying suggestions of latte and nutskin. An interesting creamy nutty stout.
Blue Pants Brewery Chocolate Oatmeal Porter
84 points
Opaque dark brown color. Lively aromas of chocolate yogurt, roasted black walnuts, and toasted grain with a body and a peppery, breezy mesclun, chocolate citrus peels, peppery radish, and turnip finish. A crisp, chocolatey porter.
La Quinta Brewing Co. Koffi Porter
84 points
Dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of dark roasted coffee, roasted chestnuts, and melted chocolate with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a relaxed finish that shows notes of oak, turnips, and minerals. A nice coffee porter.
Moab Brewery Black Raven Oatmeal Stout
84 points
Dark brown color. Earthy aromas and flavors of rice cake, roasted nuts, and edamame with a supple, crisp, frothy, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk finish displaying overtones of nutshell, water chestnut, and earth. A sturdy, earthy oatmeal stout.
Wild Wolf Brewing Co. Dry Stout
84 points
Dark ruby brown color. Aromas of chocolate nuts, beans, and mesclun with a supple, vibrant, frothy, dryish light-to-medium body and a mildly astringent, buoyant coffee, bitter greens, and dried cherry finish. A nice stout for the table.
Badger State Brewing Company Porte Des Morts Maple Porter
83 points
Dark brown color. Aromas of circus peanut and maple candy with a supple, bright, effervescent, dry medium body and a peppery, buoyant roasted grain, roasted chestnut, and cedar finish. A pleasant, slightly flavored porter.
Denver Beer Co. Graham Cracker Porter
83 points
Dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate soufflé, chocolate covered graham crackers, and sweet potato chips with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a mildly astringent, crisp finish manifesting accents of watercress, dried citrus, root vegetables, and pepper. A pleasant porter.
Hudsonville Pike 51 Brewing Co. Sinister Kid
83 points
Dark-Brown color. Rich aromas of tropical fruits, nuts, and putty with a tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a prickly, medium-length citrus, peppery spices, honey, and brandied fruits finish. A big brawny IP.
Southern Prohibition Brewing Hipster Breakfast Stout
83 points
Opaque dark brown black color. Odd aromas of beeswax candle, ham and beans, and stewed veggies with a supple, bright, foamy, dryish medium body and a tingling, odd, brisk tangerine and chocolate toffee finish. An unusual carnival ride of flavors.
Chatham Brewing Porter
82 points
Dark brown black color. Mild aromas of dark chocolate, nuts, and soy rice cakes with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry medium body and a tingling, cheery grilled romaine, dark roasted coffee bean, and clay finish. A sturdy, earthy porter.
Hudsonville Pike 51 Brewing Co. Sabotage
82 points
Opaque dark brown color. Curious, meaty aromas and flavors of bbq pork and beans, peppered greens, and acidic coffee with a supple, racy, foamy, dryish medium body and a tingling, breezy finish revealing overtones of nut brittle, latte, chocolate covered citrus, and grass. A meaty coffee stout.
Dad & Dude’s Breweria Barrel Aged Lionheart Barleywine
81 points
Mahogany color. Aromas of fruity caramels, peach chutney, cherry vinaigrette, and white toffee with a soft, under-carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, breezy turnip, grass, dark honeyed nuts, and peppercorn finish with light oak.
Dad & Dude’s Breweria Toffee Porter
81 points
Brown black color. Bright aromas of melted toffee and peanut brittle with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, fast bitter greens, roasted whole chestnuts, root vegetables, and balsa finish.
Wander Brewing Correspondent Foreign Extra Stout
81 points
Black color. Mild aromas of gas station coffee and over roasted nut with a flat, soft, under-carbonated, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk roasted squash and turnip finish. A serviceable stout.
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