Heretics Shallow Grave® Robust Porter - Extract Beer Brewing Kit (5 Gallons)

Heretics Shallow Grave® Robust Porter - Extract Beer Brewing Kit (5 Gallons)

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Dark as night, the Shallow Grave Porter is the perfect beer choice for a cool, dark evening. This a big Porter with complex flavors of rich chocolate and caramel followed by a touch of warmth and a light malt sweetness that will leave you ready for the next shovelful.

When we say big, we mean big, as this beer starts with a whopping 10 lbs of malt extract. The complex malt flavors come from a blend of Black Patent, Chocolate, and Crystal malts.  Cascade and Columbus hops provide a firm backbone yet a subdued hop flavor. 

This BrewMasters Series kit comes from Jamil Zainasheff who owns Heretic Brewing and is also a Brewing Network podcaster.  Before he went pro, he won the California Homebrewer of the Year award twice, the national Ninkasi award for the best homebrewer in country, and hundreds of other brewing awards.  He has been a MoreBeer! customer and friend since the 1990's. One of his favorite styles of beer is Porter and he continued to perfect this recipe over many years. 

  • Makes 5 gallons
  • Estimated Original Gravity: 1.068-75
  • SRM (Color Range): 33
  • IBUs: 33
  • Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 7%


Our recipe kits DO NOT include grain bags, yeast or priming sugar. To find our yeast recommendations, choose your preferred kit option above and then select the drop-down menu under “Yeast Options”.  For more info, click on the recommended yeast(s) below in the “You Might Also Need” section below. All included steeping grains will come milled.
Liquid Malt Extract (LME) vs. Dried Malt Extract (DME)
MoreBeer! recipe kits are offered in both Liquid Malt Extract and Dry Malt Extract so that our customers can choose the format that best suits their needs and brewing style. LME is a viscous liquid, similar in consistency to maple syrup. In addition to being the more affordable option, many brewers find LME easier to handle than dry extract. DME is more condensed and comes in a powder format that is similar to baking flour. Although it’s a little more costly, DME is naturally lighter in color and stays fresher for longer. We highly recommend DME when brewing light colored beers.


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Tis the season for porters and I don't do this type often
Scott S on Dec 9, 2022
Looks tasty… we will see
Todd U on Nov 2, 2022
Tis the season for porters and I don't do this type often
Scott S on Dec 9, 2022
Been brewing this kit for years, it's one of the best porters I have tasted.
Steven M on Dec 6, 2022
Looks tasty… we will see
Todd U on Nov 2, 2022
Teaching my wife to brew
Steven M on Oct 20, 2022
Looks good
John S on Sep 20, 2022
It’s yummy and I love Heretic.
Brian A M on Aug 18, 2022
The description sounded really good.
Logan K on Jul 19, 2022
I like porter
Andrew I on May 24, 2022
Read many favorable reviews so I want to brew it for myself.
JAMES V. on Mar 21, 2022
Third time brewing this kit. EXCELLENT
Gregory G on Mar 12, 2022
High quality beer
Steven M on Feb 28, 2022
Sounds great
Craig B on Jan 22, 2022
I like porters
Jerry Carey on Jan 10, 2022
Brewed once before and I liked it.
ROY W. on Dec 17, 2021
Sounded good
Damon C on Dec 10, 2021
felt like it
matt s on Nov 23, 2021
I like black beer. Comments soundded good
Lawrence H on Nov 11, 2021
Right up
Mark W on Nov 9, 2021
We like Stouts
Fred B on Nov 2, 2021
I like porters and the description sold it
Will M on Oct 30, 2021
Love porters
Daniel S on Oct 22, 2021
wanted a porter for winter. This had good reviews, so I took a leap of faith!
Troy C on Oct 19, 2021
Darker beer higher alcohol content. Want a change from the pumpkin beer I usually get at this time of the year.
Clay Bridgewater on Oct 8, 2021
My go-to extract kit
Roland T on Sep 23, 2021
Sounds good
Brendan D on Sep 16, 2021
sounded good
Kenneth J L on Aug 16, 2021
great reviews and we love porters and stouts
Donald R M on Aug 4, 2021
Sounded good and I like porters
Michael M on Aug 4, 2021
I liked the name, & the description sounded tatsy!
Mike S on Jun 18, 2021
I think it’s a better product
Phillip Williams on Jun 1, 2021
Only dark stout you had
Mark W on May 29, 2021
Recommended as a great porter.
William T on Apr 16, 2021
this is a consistent favorite.
chris p on Mar 18, 2021
Its the best Porter I have ever tasted.
Miguel Ugarte on Jan 19, 2021
Brewed a batch in the fall and it is delicious
Jeffrey on Jan 11, 2021
Love porter and have never tried this one
Wade S on Dec 22, 2020
based on reviews
Christopher R on Nov 10, 2020
sounded good
Douglas C S on Oct 27, 2020
Looked cool
David J on Oct 7, 2020
I like Porters. Good rating.
Jeffrey H on Sep 29, 2020
first time brewing, seemed like a good one to start with.
Kevin H on Sep 16, 2020
My go to Porter, turns out great every time.
Steven M on Aug 5, 2020
dark beer all year
Marshall J on Jun 10, 2020
Try something new
Walter G on May 22, 2020
7% and a porter
Mark T on May 4, 2020
I need something I can brew at room temp, and I like dark, heavy ales.
John K T on May 1, 2020
made it 2 times before. everyones favorite
Reggie g on Mar 24, 2020
My go to porter.
Steven M on Mar 24, 2020
I've ordered it before and I love it.
Marcus H on Mar 17, 2020
Evil looking packaging
Wesley M on Jan 9, 2020
Been brewing this kit for years, it's one of the best porters I have tasted.
Steven M on Dec 6, 2022
Teaching my wife to brew
Steven M on Oct 20, 2022

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Rated 5 out of 5
Good Beer, worth a repeat!
I haven't yet brewed the batch in my last order, but I did brew it about a year ago, and I liked it a lot, enough to go for another batch this winter. I gave it a different name, Night Heron Porter. I like to name my brews after animals, including birds, that I admire.

I've brewed some of Jamil's other recipes, and generally like them, especially his Zek Baltic Porter recipe (which is not available in a kit).
December 30, 2021
11 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
good looking brew .. in primary now
November 17, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Shallow grave
Excellent taste. Very quick fermentation with great results. Will definitely buy again.
October 13, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 3 out of 5
incomplete grain bill. substituted specialty malts
incomplete grain bill. substituted specialty malts. had to go to local supply to correct kit ingredients
October 13, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great flavor, great color. Just a great beer. I used cellular science calli yeast andcturned out to a 8.9 ABV
April 8, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I have brewed both the Extract and All Grain versions of this.It is so flavorful. Truly gets compliments from anyone who tries it. The perfect beer to serve to someone who things dark beers are too heavy. It is potent, but goes down so easily. The Chocolate Milkshake of Porters ... uh, until all those milkshake beers started showing up! LOL
January 21, 2021
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent Robust Porter
Brewed this initially just because of the name (and Jamil's reputation) to enjoy by Halloween. Used WLP001 Cal Ale yeast, 14 days in fermentor before cold crashing in keg. I realize that cold conditioning for at least a week will make a huge difference, but one day after kegging it has an excellent roasted coffee/cocoa rich malt body with hops that are bold but perfectly balanced. Although the malt and hops provide tons of character this beer is not heavy but is very drinkable at nearly 7% ABV. Carbonated at 2.2 Volumes at 42 F serving temp (~10psi serving pressure) worked good for me. This beer makes a great late evening beverage that some report pairs well with cannabis ;)
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October 24, 2020
Rated 5 out of 5
Coffee Porter
I used the Imperial Darkness yeast. Primary fermentation for 6 days then added 1 1/2 cups whole espresso beans in secondary for 5 days. Abv. was a little above 6.5%. Came out absolutely fantastic. Ready for winter with this fireplace sipper.
October 14, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Good and malty without too much hoppiness. Will definitely brew again.
May 11, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Really great Porter
By far my favorite Porter kit so far!
Actually preparing to brew 2nd batch this weekend.
Good depth of flavors and a nice mouth feel!
February 15, 2018
over 4 years ago