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

96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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McNeill's Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-12-2003

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Ratings: 96 | Reviews: 72
Photo of StoutHunter
2.63/5  rDev -29.9%
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,

Photo of MoreThanWine
2.9/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured almost all head and took a long time to settle down. Dark burnt umber brown color with tiny bubbles almost invisible in the darkness. Very light bodied and light flavored for a porter. Bitter hops and grains. Really not at all what I was expecting from an American porter, or from a brewery which has made some other outstanding beers I liked.

Photo of avalon07
2.99/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick, murky texture. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: An almost unnoticeable aroma here, with just mild traces of malt, coffee, and hops.

T: Like the smell, the taste was irretrievably muted. There was a bit of malt, chocolate, coffee and mild hops, but they were all extremely dulled. A thin flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a super dry, clean finish. Medium-bodied.

O: The flavor sinks this beer. It's far to bland to be called effective.

Photo of swierczt
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A – Poured part of 22oz. bottle into a pint glass. Even though I poured carefully, the huge billowing head almost overflowed. It took a long time to settle down. The color of this offering is the same as cola or root beer – dark brown, but not dark enough to block out the light.

S – Very little smell overall. Perhaps a bit of caramel sweetness and roasted malts.

T – Roasted malts, burnt weak coffee and more hops in the finish than I’d expect for this style. A touch of sweetness prior to the hops bitterness is present as well.

M – Thin bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Pretty light and watery.

O – This was not the best offering I’ve tried from McNeill’s. It was drinkable, but nothing overwhelming or memorable about this beer.

Photo of Buebie
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.

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.22/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

22oz bomber served into a chilled pint glass. Obtained for $2.99 at the Lebanon Co-Op (BARGIN!!).

A: Thin vanilla head fades quickly to almost nothing. Dark, dark brown, with a reddish hue evident when held to a bright light. (NOTE at end explains reason for "awful" score.)

S: Molassas, caramel, a touch of smoke.

T: Smokey roasted malts followed by a bit of hoppy bite.

M: Slightly dry. Good carbonation, alcohol only slightly apparent.

D: This went down smoothly. Excellent example of the style, a very good porter. Nothing particularly distinctive. (NOTE at end explains reason for "awful" score.)

NOTE: Remainder of the bottle poured into a second glass. More aggressive pour this time resulted in a better head (~1 finger) with better retention. But... a large population of white floating chunks came with it, like grated parmesean cheese. They are not settling, just hanging suspended. Transferred to a coffee press pot and decanted through the mesh. Otherwise would've went down the sink. If this is typical, then go easy with the pour. Not an expected, or acceptible, experience. Not typical for porters, and not the kind of sediment one would see in an unfiltered beer.

Photo of Liquids
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought a bomber of this after having it on tap at Muddy Waters In Burlington, VT and was going crazy over it.

Dark cloudy, unfiltered brown that appears black if not in the light, but with a thin scummy head. Can't put my finger on the aroma...sweet, almost a wheat aroma? German hops? Not your typical porter aroma. Gently hoppy. Dark malts and no alcohol. Dense caramel malt aromas of sugars not broken down. Taste is much like the aroma, dark roasted malts in the first sip and aftertaste, hoppy and the coppery/earthy caramel flavors in the middle. Hops are gentle but present. Mouthfeel is full bodied, heavier than on tap, but a solid mouthfeel. This is WAAAAY better on tap for some reason, seemed like a completely different beer - on tap it was very porter-like, english, gentle but tasty, not too sweet and just hoppy enough. This is a whole nother beast. Nothing I'd buy again sadly.

Photo of claspada
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a bubbly tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of chocolate, brown sugar, floral hops, and a bit of spicy yeast. Taste is roasty chocolaty molasses with a hop bite that is followed by an acridic bitter finish that makes this one unpleasant. Carbonation is a touch on the high side, mouthfeel is bubbly, body is medium. Its good until the finish then it just kinda gets ugly. I couldn't finish this one.

Photo of u2carew
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Explodes out of bottle with a five+ finger light tan head that takes forever to settle leaving chunky lace. Burnt coffee nose. Black color, no highlights. Fierce carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Flavor is dry, burnt coffee. Lingering burnt coffee aftertaste. Best by Nov 2010. $3.79 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

Photo of woosterbill
3.45/5  rDev -8%
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.

Cheers!

Photo of EPICAC
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This porter pours a cloudy brown, and is topped by a fluffy, brown head. The aroma is mild overall. There are roasty notes of coffee and chocolate, as well as notes of herbal hops. What's there is nice, but it could be stronger.

A mild chocolate sweetness first greets the palate, followed by notes of dark fruit. The beer then moves into an herbal, hoppy finish with a good amount of bitterness. This porter is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: blackish brown, khaki 2 finger head, stunning lacing

S: orange peel, lemon zest, nuts, malt, raisins

T: orange peel, lemon zest, nutty,
hint of dry bitter/puckering finish

M: med/light body, semi-dry mouth

O: Like McNeill's but this is too citrusy
and light for my Porter-loving palate.
Almost like an IPA/porter.

SOLID, NOT MUST HAVE!

Photo of smcolw
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Excessive and chunky beige head. Lots of lumpy lace. The liquid is dark brown, but light shines through.

Sweet chocolate smell; light latte aroma.

Relatively thin body for the style. Cocoa flavor with a bitter bite at the swallow. The aftertaste has a sour element to it. Fresh cherry notes with a touch of Coca-Cola.

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of NEhophead
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.
Best before 04.30.2008.

Pours a near opaque, deep maple beneath a foamy, off-white head that fades to an intact sheet. A few patches of spotted lacing without much strength.

Semi-sweet caramel with notes of dried coffee beans. Bright floral hops with a brisk hint of citrus.

Citrus hints prior to a caramel and milk chocolate malt base. Coffee beans with a hazlenut and dried spice flavor. Arrid, floral hops with notes of citrus and berry esters. A bready finish leads to a dry, coffee-flavored aftertaste.

A full, medium bodied; active and airy, slightly over-carbonated.

A decent Porter; very floral, but otherwise nothing out of the ordinary for the style. A decent offering, but I'd rather try a different McNeill's product.

Photo of Jwale73
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a frothy, rocky, khaki-colored head that occupies two-thirds of the glass off the pour. Head eventually settles into a solid, quarter inch cap with thick, textured clumps of lacing adhering to the sides of the glass as the brew is consumed. Nose is difficult to pin down - tart dark fruit initially comes out, with a suggestion of cocoa at the far back. Taste starts out a bit acidy, with some char and an earthy quality as it approaches the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with an assertive carbonation and a slight stimulation of the salivary glands. A little too much acidity for me. Malt is too diffuse and lacking the pleasant roasty quality I've come to associate with the style. I'd assume it might be a bad bottle; however, I had a sample on-draft over the weekend and it's all pretty consistent in character from both offerings.

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.

Photo of mvanaskie13
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.

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.

Photo of Brad007
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a thick brown head. Aroma is one of coffee and chocolate. Smells smooth as well. Taste is somewhat strong and coffee-like upfront that fades into a smooth chocolate aftertaste. Has a bite to it that seems unusual to me. After I take the time to savor the aftertaste, I detect a nice, pleasant chocolate flavor that you wouldn't notice if you didn't take your time to taste this.

A decent porter but not really anything to write home about.

Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased at Winooski Beverage Warehouse, Winooski, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head over the clear mahogany brew. Head lasts pretty well for a McNeill's bottle, with nice lacing. Aroma is hearty dark grains, with a slight vinous character running through. The taste is upfront with the grain as portended, and then gets a bit muddy and sour in the middle, and closes with a pleasant crispness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both okay, if that sourness could just go away, we'd be good to go. Might be an age problem, but since their bottles only marka best by month, no year (this one's marked November), not sure if it's past their idea of its prime or not. A good beer nonetheless, and yet another McNeill's brew that I figure would be great fresh and/or on cask at the brewpub.

Photo of Gushue3
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from 22oz bomber into Stone snifter

A- after pouring into my glass a GIGANTIC off white head forms, 3+ fingers. This head retention is pretty annoying and i just want it to go down so i can fill my glass. with that said retention is high and lacing is left all over the glass. The beer itself looks a hazy chestnut brown.

S- Sweet smelling through out. some brown sugar and dark fruits maybe? odd smelling porter but is nice

T- pretty sweet. malt and nuttyness are the majority of the taste with not much of a hop presence. sweetness lingers after the sip.

M- medium to lighter mouthfeel with a similar carbonation.

O- decent porter but the sweetness is slightly over powering.

Photo of drseamus
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle at a deli after an excellent day of skiing at Mount Snow. There was 18" of fresh powder. Very nice. Anyway, this beer pours very dark with almost no head. When held to the light, some light does get through with a ruby tinge. The smell is all roasted malt with a slight bit of chocolate. The flavor is very chocolaty initially, with a good bit of roast in there as well. The abundance of chocolate makes it a bit bitter. It is medium bodied, although the chocolate flavor makes it seem a bit heavier. This is a good beer, although perhaps a bit too bitter to drink a lot of.

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