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McNeill's Pullman's Porter - McNeill's Brewery

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McNeill's Pullman's PorterMcNeill's Pullman's Porter

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BA SCORE
85
very good

95 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
McNeill's Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-12-2003)
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Reviews by zhooker:
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4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Pours dark brown, with some lighter hues of amber here and there. Massive head of caramel-colored foam forms and dissipates, leaving some pretty lacing.

The nose contains more green and floral scents than sweet or savory ones. That is to say, it's mostly hoppy, with a little roasted malt. The smell is light and subtle, not overpowering or strong at all.

There is a satisfying roastiness to it at the front of the mouth, and an IPA-like hoppiness at the back. There is a hint of chocolate or toffee, but overall those deep flavors found in most porters are toned down. This produces an exceptionally crisp beer, for a porter at least.

The mouthfeel corroborates this -- light and crisp, nary a hint of creaminess. Goes down smooth, tongue wriggling only a little at the hoppiness.

This feels more like a Porter-IPA hybrid. I'm not sure I'd feed this to someone as a representative porter, but for those who instinctively shudder at any beer that pours with a hint of black, this could very well serve as a nice, light, inoffensive introduction to the genre. I would gladly order/buy this again, but would look elsewhere if seeking a more "true" porter taste. (If that benchmark actually exists).

zhooker, May 15, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber poured into a pint glass. The beer was very, very dark brown (just about black) with a thick, sticky cafe au lait head that lingered a long time. Roasted grain aroma. More came through in the taste, with roasted grain, chocolate, and (mostly) espresso all competing with one another. Nice dry mouthfeel. A very good American porter.

lordofthewiens, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of NilocRellim
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

Dark black in colour with a clear reddish hue. Smells of toasty malts. Slightly more bitter throughout (more than most porters) with a hint of malt and an underlying roasted flavour. Bitter aftertaste.

Would I buy this beer again? Sure.

NilocRellim, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of far333
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with a chunky, bumpy oatmeal colored head that hangs around. Aroma is cocoa and roasty malt. Flavor is cocoa and coffee with a mild hop finish. The mouthfeel is a bit watery, carbonation is too low for me. Flavor is very nice, and stays rich and thick throughout the glass. Very dark and smooth.

far333, Oct 22, 2003
Photo of poop_brew
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a tulip glass. A dark color with a hint of clear deep amber color. A large head that stays present throughout the beer. White chunks in the bottom of my beer, probably just yeast.

S - Roasted hops and a rich molasses dominate the nose, with a slight coffee and chocolate note.

T - Honey taste with a nice hop and malt finish. Not getting much of the coffee or chocolate on the taste.

M - A bit light, but crisp and bubbly.

O - Would I buy this beer again, probably not, but it was worth the taste. I don't have a sweet spot for porters but I figured I try a nice local brew out.

poop_brew, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

acurtis, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Mcneill's Brewery. 1Pt 6 fl oz.

Appears> a near-black color, thick frothy mocha colored head. Good amount of lacing and decent head retention.

Smells> malt sweetness, smokey, wheaty slight hop.

Tastes>Smokey malts, Roasted with a nice hop bite, Full and thick, very heady.

Feels>Medium body, thick, heavy look and feel. Smooth, but not by any means flat.

Thick hearty Porter done right. This is an excellent offering by a really good brewery.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jet black, foam, molasses aroma, subordinate sourness. Good drink on oppressive day, with lunch, thanks to Golorak. Simple, balanced, not too coffee, had a due date of January. If it was this year, its fine, and lasted time and the weather. Understated carbonation and well hopped, Smooth.

Sammy, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of Gmann
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a near black color with a fluffy rocky tan head that slowly settles into a nice cap. The aroma is of a very lightly roasted malt with some bready and dark fruit notes. Quite bitter in the taste. Bittering hops hit right away and dominate the other flavors. The hops are piney with a bit of resin. This is followed by a deeply roasted malt which has its own bitter characteristics. There is some dark fruit sweetness that pops through here and there but does little to offset the bitterness. The brew has a full body, chewy, soft carbonation and finishes bitter. This brew seems to be bordering on the baltic porter/stout category. This sucker is big and heavy, strong hop profile that cuts through the roasted malt. I prefer my porters to be lighter than this. Flavorful, I can see why a lot will enjoy this beer.

Gmann, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of edchicma
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice black pour with a small head. Smell was rich and roasty...coffee aromas wafted the nostrils. Taste was heavy on the roasted coffee side...nice hoppy finish. This is a very dry beer, with an extremely dry hoppy finish....great IMHO. Very light in body, but nicely drinkable due to the dry finish. McNeil's does it again,

edchicma, Feb 11, 2004
Photo of mydeadguy
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Anam Cara

Poured a deep inky black with an inch of creamy thick head. The nose is heavy on the roasted maltwoody hints, roast coffee and chocolate in there as well. A nice hop balance, a bit unexpected, but welcome. The taste is smoky roasted malt, slightly burnt bitter finish with generous hops. The body is full rich and creamy, and goes down, at least to this BA, like the nectar of the gods.. great brew

mydeadguy, Nov 18, 2003
Photo of Franchise
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark chocolate brown that leaves a thick tan head that stays with this brew. The aroma is so pleasant caramel, brown sugar, fresh cut grass over tones, followed by a herbal spiced hop presence. The taste starts bitter, a very aggresive bite that is quickly subdued by a sweetness of vanilla, oak, and caramel sugar. The finish is strong coffee and bittersweet cocoa, this is a lovely porter...thanks to BA LeeMarvin for bring this sample back from VT for me!

Franchise, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of puboflyons
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle with no expiration date or lot code. It pours a dark brown to nearly black with a foamy tan head. A touch of sedementary action floating in the brew as well. The aroma is a balance of chocolate malts, coffee, and hops. The mouthfeel is rather silky and of medium tecture. The taste is full of hop bitterness and a balance of dark malts. I am pleased that McNeill's brews are becoming more available next door in New Hampshire.

puboflyons, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A rich dark otter brown pour comes off a medium shade of black in the glass. A frothy 1 finger head, khaki in color, sits atop with a fair rate of retention. A thin skim film lacing is generous on the coverage while a high rate of micro-bead bubbles rains about in a feverishly fashion within along the outer edges of the glass. The head was mostly lastly.

S: Rich dark chocolate and cocoa first appears. Medium sense of intentions with a light earthy scent of dried dark fruit.

T: The flavor was rich and roasty, with a high level of earthy bitterness. Spicy dark fruit laced alcohol with a light touch of burnt barley grains and burnt toast helping. The flavor starts sweet from the dark malts before moving to a dry bitter finish with a campfire minerality. Dark dried chocolate, with semi-sweet hints highlights the flavor.

M: Medium at best consistency, could have been fuller here. Good notes of spicy dark fruit and alcohol line the tongue on the hold. A bit of dark licorice on the swallow with a lingering bit of dry chocolate bitterness and roast.

O: Overall solid flavor, good level of drinkability, wont disappoint.

beerthulhu, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of Jredner
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is how porter is supposed to smell. Rich and roasty like premium coffee. Black with a finger thick, but diminishing white head. Yum. I’m sure this loses ratings for it’s thin palate, but taste wise this is spot on. More roasted coffee flavors and a touch of smokiness. An imminently sippable brew. Nicely done.

Jredner, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into nonic.

Very dark black hue, only giving ruby highlights when held up to the light. The head is just above one finger, tan, and very slowly settles to a thick cap. Very dense mixed with some bubbles on the top.

The aroma is very light, with a little bit of roasty malts, but they are hidden behind a slightly above average bitter hoppy aroma.

Once again, the hops are above average. They add a nice citrus and mint highlight to the malts, which have a hidden burnt characteristic. It gives a smokey dark fruit characteristic which is actually pretty enjoyable. Full bodied, maybe some slightly higher carbonation. The hop bitterness lingers for a while after each sip.

This is one of those beers that could probably fall into the Black IPA category (I would prefer India Black Ale, or just Black Ale since it has nothing to do with India). Like Southern Tier Iniquity and Stone 11th (and maybe even Flying Dog Gonzo), it's another hoppy porter. Whatever you call it, Black IPA, IBA, BA, or Imperial Porter, it's a very good beer and not too strong. Recommended.

BeerSox, May 23, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Bluegrass49, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of u2carew
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber.
A) Pours with a big, foamy head. Lacing is sticky and tight. Dark, dark brown in color with faint reddish tones.
S) Roasted grain. Coffee. Very noticeable hop notes.
T) Coffee. Light Chocolate. Not much hop bite but a bit of citrus sour in the middle that mellows with time.
M) Medium body. Fairly smooth. Mellow grittiness. A light creamy feel.
D) A decent brew. The initial three swigs or so were somewhat funky but with palate adjustment this got better.

u2carew, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is extremely dark amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and thick lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of roasted malts along with some notes of chocolate and coffee and hints of licorice.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer goes down smoothly and is very easy to drink.

metter98, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of Noelito76
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Noelito76, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good tetention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft roasted malt with a touch of smoke.

The taste consistedc of roasted malts, burnt grains and a light coffee element.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty porter.

plaid75, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of Rastacouere
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mcneills. Almost black, this one wears a nice film of laced beige silk, fully lasting. Typical chocolate and coffee aroma shows great evolution as it warms toward a moderate roastiness, smooth yet very malty and not too sweet. Smoky and highly roasty palate. It remains a diplomat, bringing along vanilla and tobacco hints to pair with an honest bitterness like a conciliator. Ultra smooth body seems to complement the flavour profile through its perfect carbonation and creaminess. Excellent!

Rastacouere, Mar 31, 2005
Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a deep brown almost black color with a short but medium bodied off white colored head that laces the glass very nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, some coffee hints, and then a big roasty/smokey aroma at the end.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, hints of coffee and chocolate, but then a bigger smoked finish at the end.
M: Very smooth yet rough around the edges from the smoke, nice amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable beer, enjoyed it alot.

erosier, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of StoutHunter
2.58/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My parents picked up a bomber of this pullmans porter durring a trip to kentucky. Shared this one with my brother so we poured it into some 4 ounce beer sample mugs from a beer expo

A- Pours a very dark ruby brown, almost black. It had a nice one finger worth of head that decipated to a ring after a couple minutes.

S- The smell is dominated by roasted malts, with a slight hint of coffee.

T- Roasted malts stand out next to some coffee, just like the smell. The after taste was hoppy and bitter, i felt the ending was way to bitter for a porter and for my taste.

M- Very typical of a porter with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Similar to most porters good to start out with but nothing to have a lot of.

Overall i wasn't too impressed with this beer, for a porter is was alot more bitter then i would like. Glad i tried this beer but don't think i would pick this up again. A pretty lack luster porter,

StoutHunter, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of claspada
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly hazy tawny brown color with reddish highlights. There is a big frothy cap of light brown foam appeared during the pour and settled slowly leaves some decent lacing.

Aromas begin with burnt toast and roasted malts with a bit of dark and lesser chocolate in the background.

The tastes initially yield moderate bitterness with a slight earthy hop presence mid-palate. The flavor profile is centered on the dark grains, malt and chocolate for the most part. Fairly heavy on burnt malt for my liking to be honest. Some licorice emerges as it warms as well which is also a deterrent for me.

The mouthfeel is fairly smooth and creamy, lots of carbonation with medium body. Light astringency from the dark grains. Helps to balance the slightly acrid malt bitterness throughout the finish.

Overall this was decent but forgettable. A bit too bitter and unbalanced to be a great sessionable porter for me. There are just better offerings available that come in 6-packs for me to ever need to revisit this. Although the price-point is fair, the flavors just aren’t redeeming enough to recommend or revisit.

claspada, Nov 07, 2011
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McNeill's Pullman's Porter from McNeill's Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.