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Stumptown Porter

Stumptown Porter is one of the house beers from the Lucky Labrador Brewpub in Portland, one of the bottles I picked up to go while up there a couple of weeks ago.

On their website they note, "Brewed using abundant caramel malts and a little roasted barley to give this dark ale its sweet flavorful finish." Its alcohol content is 5% by volume and I suspect it’s a popular session beer.

Appearance: Very dark brown that is a deep, almost opaque red when held up to the light. Latte head.

Smell: Kind of mocha scented; bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Kind of creamy. A line of astringent black malts runs down the middle. Very delicate floral note of (I think) American hops in the background.

Taste: Very dark and roasty flavored… a black bitterness that’s pervasive and rich and very dry. That’s the big impression here; bitter, almost burnt grains and coffee. Stumptown Coffee? A little creamy… as it warms up, there’s a strong bittersweet chocolate character.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied but a bit watery in the mouth and sharply, tangy dry in the finish.

Overall: Very "black", but drinkable, pretty bold actually. I could see this being a fan favorite at the Pub.

On BeerAdvocate, it has 5 reviews and scores a grade of B+. On RateBeer, it scores 3.31 out of 5 (20 reviews) and is in their 68th percentile.