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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
84
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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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 Noelito76
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Noelito76, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of Duff27
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Duff27, Jul 23, 2012
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.

MoreThanWine, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of bigred89
3/5  rDev -20%

bigred89, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of avalon07
3/5  rDev -20%
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.

avalon07, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -20%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of smithmd4
3/5  rDev -20%

smithmd4, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of swierczt
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

swierczt, May 31, 2011
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.

Buebie, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Liquids
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Liquids, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

acurtis, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of patrick802
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

patrick802, May 04, 2014
Photo of jealmanzar
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

jealmanzar, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

djrn2, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of BeerNinja007
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

BeerNinja007, Apr 26, 2009
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
Photo of johnnnniee
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

johnnnniee, May 09, 2009
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 woosterbill
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.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of jdhilt
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

jdhilt, Oct 15, 2010
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.

smcolw, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of EPICAC
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

EPICAC, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of BeerLover99
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
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!

BeerLover99, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Bluegrass49
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Bluegrass49, Jul 19, 2014
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McNeill's Pullman's Porter from McNeill's Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.