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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Stock Porter

Stock Porter is an American Porter (or officially a Robust Porter) brewed by the Telegraph Brewing Company of Santa Barbara, California. It's right off the Garden Street exit on the 101 in Santa Barbra. I had not heard of this brewery until I saw the bottle for sale.

I bought this at the Pangaea Bottle Shop for $7.99 for a 750ml. It has an ABV of 5.8%.

It pours a very dark reddish brown, with a really big off-white, thick head. Not sure if I poured it too fast, but if you get the bottle be sure to pour slow. The aroma is pleasing; there's a nice smokiness, chocolates, coffee, maybe some sour dark fruits, and a little caramel. The taste follows the aroma, sweet, chocolate, smokiness, the subtle dark fruit (which adds a bit of nice sourness), and smooth finish. The mouthful is filling and enjoyable with a good amount of carbonation.

I enjoyed this porter. It's not your classical porter and has a lot of different flavors going on. Some reviews I read suggested a bad batch, but I definitely got a good bottle. I'm giving this a Must Have It, because it is unique, from a brewery I haven't seen here in NorCal, and is a well-made beer.

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