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744. Garrison City Beerworks Crowbar

Garrison City CrowbarI bought this crowler of Crowbar the day before Garrison City Beerworks opened to the public in mid-December. Since then it has been tucked away in the back of my fridge as an experiment to see how well the crowler held the carbonation and flavor of the beer. Since then I have been back to tasting room on multiple occasions and sampled Crowbar each time. Finally after about 45 days in the back of the fridge I decided to open my crowler and test the contents. What I found was the same beer that went into it, no noticeable change in carbonation or flavor so the crowler did its job well to keep the beer as the brewer intended it.

Crowbar pours a deep brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is filled with roasted malts and a small amount of coffee/chocolate. Taste follows with more chocolate than coffee which is what I prefer as I do not enjoy coffee. Finish is dry making this a very pleasant porter. Not my favorite style of beer but this one works well and a real testament to the crowler.
Mild flavor profile makes it easy to drink
Alcohol Content: 5.4% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Garrison City Beerworks
Brewers Description: Robust Porter, Malt and roast up front, chocolate through the middle with a dry finish.

730. Bissell Brothers Brewing Angels with Filthy Souls

Bissell Brothers Angels with Filthy SoulsUpdated 2015 batch: I got a fair amount of push back on my original review of AWFS. Many felt that I was far too generous of the beer but I did enjoy the 2014 batch even though it was a bit unorthodox. In 2015 Noah completely changed the recipe for AWFS making it more of a traditional porter and added maple syrup to give it a bit of complexity and that probably also helped to bump up the ABV a bit. Overall a different beer but still enjoyable.

Original review 2014 batch: The fourth beer release from Bissell Brothers Brewing is their first dark beer and it comes in the form of a heavily hopped porter. Angels with Filthy Souls is a reference to Home Alone that I completely missed but both my wife and eldest daughter picked up on it immediately. For those that have not seen Home Alone 100 times Angels with Filthy Souls is the black and white movie playing while Kevin is in the hotel room, the one with the machine gun noise and “keep the change, ya filthy animal”.

As you can see in the picture this beer pours a deep brown with a very thick tan head. Aroma has mix of roasted malts and floral hops, interesting aroma but nothing too exciting. Taste follows the same path a very mild chocolate/coffee start that is quickly replaced by the Amarillo hops and leaves a slightly oily film on the tongue and teeth.

An interesting beer and one I enjoyed but seemed thin for a porter but it wouldn’t really fit into the black ipa/Cascadian dark ale category either. Certainly worth trying if you can find a can of it.
Pros: Unique
Alcohol Content: 6.3% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Bissell Brothers Brewing
Brewers Description: Our first dark offering; this porter is laced with lactose sugar to balance the tremendous amounts of amarillo hops contained within. Debuted in December 2014 to commemorate both the holiday season and our first anniversary, this unique celebratory ale will always rear its yellow, no-good, fore-flushing kiester around Christmastime.

575. Fiddlehead Brewing Hodad Porter

Fiddlehead Brewing Hodad PorterThis was the second option available when I was at Fiddlehead. While there I heard several people in line talking about how they tried this beer at the Vermont Brewers Festival and really enjoyed it. I knew I was going to bring home a growler of it regardless but it was nice to hear the beer was good before I bought it.

This is a great looking porter, deep brown with a single finger tan head that disappears quickly. Aroma is mild with only a bit of chocolate and some vanilla. Not a lot happening there but the taste makes up for anything that is lacking in the nose. Lots of chocolate, vanilla and coconut in this beer but it is not sweet as you might think.

Really impressed with both beers from Fiddlehead and will certainly be stopping there again on my next visit to Western Vermont.
Unique flavor and not too sweet

Alcohol Content: 5.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 30
Brewers Website: Fiddlehead Brewing
Brewers Description: As wonderful as last winter had been, it was a long one.  At the brewery during one such blustery cold morning we began  reminiscing of warmer weather and dreaming of sandy beaches and white capped waves we came up with a recipe to merge the two seasons together.  We took a dark beer (more popular in the cold winter months) and infused it with the tropical goodness of roasted coconut flakes and cacao nibs.  Delightfully smooth and dark this is pure beer candy.  And since none of us at the brewery have ever actually surfed we figured Hodad (the surfer term for the guy who drives to the beach with a board on the car, sticks his board in the sand just to tan and pick up Betties) was the perfect name for a Vermont brewery creating a Hawaiian style ale.

571. Gneiss Brewing Cenozoic

Gneiss CenozoicWhen was the last time you had an imperial wheat porter with fresh ginger? Probably never as this is the first one I have ever heard of but it makes for a great cold weather / holiday beer.

This beer is dark as you would expect from a porter with a thin tan head that disappeared quickly. Aroma is all ginger, smells like Christmas in a glass. Taste is much more subtle than the aroma starting with a nice smooth almost chocolaty porter then the ginger kicks in. The ginger is there but it does not take over the entire beer as you might think it would.

Cenozoic was my favorite holiday type beer and I look forward to trying it again soon.

Alcohol Content: 7.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Gneiss Brewing
Brewers Description: Imperial wheat porter with fresh ginger

560. Founders Brewing Porter

Founders PorterDecided to open a few bottles of Founders last weekend. Since they are 12 ounce bottles it was easy to get through a couple each day and get reviews done. Started on the low end of the ABV spectrum with their Porter which checks in at 6.5% ABV.

I generally enjoy porters so was looking forward to this one. Not surprisingly this beer was very dark with a thin tan head. Lots of chocolate and other roasted malts in the nose but very little coffee which is a plus for me. The beer is very lightly carbonated but still has a bold rich taste with those same cocoa and roasted malts in the aroma but also a nice hop bite. I drank this beer after only an hour in the fridge so it was chilled but certainly not cold. Seems like this was a good temp for the beer as the flavors really came through.

Overall this was a very enjoyable beer and something I prefer to the huge barrel aged imperial stouts. 
Quite tasty and drinkable
Alcohol Content: 6.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 45
Brewers Website: Founders Brewing
Brewers Description: Pours silky black with a creamy tan head. The nose is sweet with strong chocolate and caramel malt presence. No absence of hops gives Founders’ robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect. Cozy like velvet. It’s a lover, not a fighter.

433. Kennebec River Brewery Penobscot Porter

Kennebec River Penobscot PorterOne of my coworkers brought this back for me from The Forks as I have not made it up there recently. I work with a number of rafting companies in The Forks and if you have never been to that part of Maine schedule a rafting trip now for this Summer. You will have a great time as the guides up there know how to put together a weekend of fun.

Kennebec River Brewery is part of Northern Outdoors one of the largest resorts and guide service in The Forks. They bottle three of their beers and you can find the rest at the resort and you can bring a nice growler home with you. The Penobscot Porter is very dark with a thin tan head, looks like a porter should. Aroma is very sweet and with plenty of chocolate and maybe a bit of coffee.

Taste is where this one really excels, very smooth and creamy with lots of chocolate. This is certainly one of the better porters I have had and I am very glad my coworker chose this. She drinks mostly Miller Lite so getting an excellent and dark beer like this was a great surprise. 
Very flavorful and great mouthfeel
Alcohol Content: 6.4% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Kennebec River Brewery
Brewers Description:

376. Maine Beer Company King Titus

Maine Beer King TitusThis is the newest release from Maine Beer Company a robust porter. This is a 16.9oz bottle, same as the others from Maine Beer Company. This beer is dark with a nice thick tan head.

Aroma has lots of chocolate and roasted malts and is very inviting. King Titus has a very smooth mouthfeel and light carbonation that makes it  easy to drink. Taste has lots of chocolate and some coffee but that seems to take a back seat to the chocolate.

Overall this is a great beer and even if you do not enjoy dark beers like stouts you should give this one a shot. 
Appearance and rich taste
Alcohol Content: 7.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Maine Beer Company
Brewers Description: Our take on an American robust porter.  Dark, thick, chewy, chocolaty, and of course, generously hopped.

Malt – American 2-Row, Caramel 40L, Caramel 80L, Munich 10L, Chocolate, Roasted Wheat, Flaked Oats

Hops – Centennial, Columbus

323. Rising Tide Tempest

This is the first beer from Rising Tide’s seven barrel series and was supposed to be draft only (including growler fills at the brewery) however according to posts on Facebook and Twitter they are going to do another batch and bottle it! I picked this up at the brewery as we had a brunch party scheduled and a coffee beer seemed perfect.

First I must let everyone know I do not drink coffee and never have, I don’t even like coffee flavored ice cream so reviewing a “coffee” beer is a bit difficult. The beer pours a deep brown almost black with a thin tan head typical of a porter. Very little visible carbonation in the beer but there is some and again what I would expect from a quality porter. Smells like a bag of coffee beans and while I do not drink coffee I do enjoy the smell. Taste has lots of coffee flavor but it does not overpower. You can still taste the underlying beer here including some nice roasted malts. Tempest is a very smooth and easy to drink porter and went well with our brunch of waffles, coffee cake, home fries, bacon and sausage. Overall this is a quality beer and while I would opt for some of the other varieties from Rising Tide if you like coffee than you will enjoy this beer. 
Smooth and easy to drink
Coffee flavor (since I do not drink coffee)
Alcohol Content: 5.0%?? ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★☆
Brewers Website: Rising Tide
Brewers Description: Tempest is the first release from our seven barrel series. A smooth brown porter, Tempest features healthy portions of dark crystal, chocolate, and brown malts, coupled with the addition of coffee beans to the mash and cold-steeped coffee during conditioning for a rich smooth balance of malt and coffee.

We are pleased to have partnered with Bard Coffee to produce this beer. Bard provided the wonderful Nicaragua Don Rodolfo Dark coffee with hints of bittersweet coffee and smoke. Learn more about Bard at bardcoffee.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/BardCoffeePortland, or on Twitter at twitter.com/bardcoffee.

Tempest is available in draft only.

226. Hill Farmstead Everett

This is the second beer from Hill Farmstead and another excellent choice. Pour is black with a solid tan head that leaves huge amounts of lacing on the glass, a beautiful beer. Lots of aroma including plenty of coffee, cocoa and roasted malts. Exactly what you would expect from a quality porter.

Taste has everything and just does not stop. Robust coffee, chocolate, vanilla, flavors and mild amount of alcohol in a full bodied beer. Smooth going down and one of my favorite porters.

Anyone interested in a road trip to Vermont some Saturday?
Pros: Aroma, tons of flavor
Cons: Only available in Vermont
Alcohol Content: 7.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating:  ★★★★☆
Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: Everett (1908-1939) was our grandfather’s brother; Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to him and his 13 siblings. In his honor, this Porter is crafted from American malted barley, English and German roasted malts, American hops, our ale yeast, and water from our well. It is unfiltered and naturally carbonated. Decadent in its depth, with a complex backbone of chocolate, coffee, and malty sweetness, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Everett.

Ingredients: Pale, Caramel, and Chocolate Malt, Roasted Barley, Columbus hops; Ale Yeast, and our Well Water. 21º P

137. Sebago Brewing Midnight Porter

This is a very good example of an American porter. The beer pours an almost black color with tan head that sticks around. Aroma has lots of roasted malt and taste is what I would expect from a porter. Well balanced and easy to drink. Overall another quality offering from Sebago Brewing.
Pros: Color, aroma
Cons: A little thin for a porter
Alcohol Content: 5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 35.8
Rating: ★★★☆ ☆
Brewers Website: Sebago Brewing
Brewers Description: A dark ale with ruby red hue and dry chocolate finish. Midnight Porter is a blend of Old World style and New World flavor. Our Porter is based on the traditional English style that was designed to be lighter than a stout and more drinkable at any time of day. It was popular among the laborers of the early 1800s and derives its name from this group of people. Caramel malts give this ale body and Black patent and chocolate malts provide its rich, chocolate-like flavor and ruby hue.