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

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

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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%

Brewed by:
McNeill's Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-12-2003)
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Reviews by zhooker:
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New York

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).

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 22:23:57 | More by zhooker
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

11-07-2013 14:39:44 | More by HRamz3
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

09-23-2013 23:42:38 | More by mpalestino
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3/5  rDev -20%

09-01-2013 23:32:32 | More by bigred89
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

08-27-2013 01:29:38 | More by ZEB89
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

08-13-2013 20:50:19 | More by jealmanzar
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 01:13:37 | More by poop_brew
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

06-30-2013 23:13:54 | More by Caleb
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

06-26-2013 23:48:24 | More by jaxon53
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-04-2013 07:10:54 | More by Kelp
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +6.7%

05-28-2013 21:28:00 | More by Celtics76
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

04-21-2013 15:42:29 | More by CesarLopes
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

03-09-2013 16:39:46 | More by ebenicr
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2013 04:46:11 | More by NilocRellim
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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

07-23-2012 00:03:57 | More by Duff27
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

03-11-2012 19:37:03 | More by acurtis
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

03-11-2012 17:08:28 | More by djrn2
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3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid black body with a massive head of tan foam that retains well.

Surprisingly hoppy citrus in the nose with chocolate notes. Smells like a black ipa.

Hoppy bitterness, earthy and dry chocolate. Bitter hops all the way through.

A bit thin for the style otherwise smooth.

This fits the bill of a black ipa more than porter. A decent beer overall that is fairly priced.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 01:14:50 | More by jera1350
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3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to vonschplieffen for sharing.

A: Clear, nearly black body with a finger of fine light brown head. Good retention, moderate lace. Nice.

S: Sweetly roast: honey, chocolate, coffee, and plenty of hops (a little citrusy, a lot earthy). Quite exuberant and pleasant.

T: Chocolate, lactose, and bitter hops. A little overly herbal and honeyed. Could use more malt.

M: Somewhat thin, but nicely carbonated.

O: Solid, interesting Porter. It has a lot going on, but ultimately its various elements don't quite cohere. Worth trying, but not one I'll be seeking out.


Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 21:56:00 | More by woosterbill
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Southampton Imperial Porter.

A: Dark brown with two-finger, off-white, frothy head that lasted a while. Nice lacing.

S: Sour lemon and roasted malt.

T: Moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Sour lemon, citrus, and orange like the nose. Fairly bitter. Subtle roasted quality to it. Too sour.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Somewhat smooth.

O: Slightly above average American porter. The head and mouthfeel were nice. A little too sour though in my opinion. Still, I liked this one better than the Southampton Imperial Porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 02:52:48 | More by SolipsismalCat
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3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up the McNeill's mix pack of bombers from bell.

Poured into a tulip pint glass, color is nice dark brown to black, very feint translucency; nice tan head about 3 fingers thick at first that dissipates to a nice frothy top with a good amount of lacing.

Smell was odd at first, somewhat sour or vinegary, but that warmed to a nice roast with feint chocolate notes.

Taste is solid, not too roasty or sweet, somewhat right down the middle of porters; light bitterness balances and cleans tongue well.

Mouthfeel is balanced, clean flavors good carbonation.

Overall, a nice porter, might be a touch out of freshness.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 23:06:26 | More by mvanaskie13
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +20%

01-05-2012 04:28:07 | More by Elfastball7
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3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam on the glass. It left sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate and roasted malts.

T - It tasted of dark chocolate and roasted malt. There were nice toffee notes with just a touch of bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This was a very nice porter. I enjoyed my first beer from McNeills.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 03:27:00 | More by zeff80
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New York

3/5  rDev -20%

12-31-2011 07:37:24 | More by smithmd4
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3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found a bomber at zipp's last night for $2.99, thought we'd give it a shot.

Hard pour into a wine glass. 2 inch light brown had, leaving a decent cap and thin streaks of lace.
black, no light penetration.
Aroma is muted, faint traces of roasted malt, orange rind and coffee. A good swirl doesn't do much, but let it warm and that seems too help.
First sip starts out mediocre, but again, let this warm and give it some to to roam around your palette and it really warms up.
Oats, bitter roasted grains providing both chocolate and coffee, more rind/ zested orange, hops that present with some aspirin and more roasted malts that finish pretty bitter.
Its never really sweet, but it definatly dry's out through the finish.
I had doubt's on this beer based on the price but its actually quite flavorful. It doesn't seem to follow the style well though. Its much more of a black epa/ pale ale.
It also is a tad husky and that is fairly nagging.

Overall glad I tried it, but mislabeled for the style. If your looking for a porter you may want to move along.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 03:22:54 | More by Buebie
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McNeill's Pullman's Porter from McNeill's Brewery
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