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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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very good

72 Reviews
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Reviews: 72
Hads: 96
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 72 | Hads: 96
Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/13/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains coffee roasted malts and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a bitter-sweet roasted coffee bean flavor followed by a decent hops presence for the style. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid porter to drink for a long time.

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Photo of smcolw
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.15/5  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.

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Photo of DrJay
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty hazy, tawny brown with reddish highlights. A big frothy cap of light brown foam appeared during the pour and settled very, very slowly and left some clumpy lace on the glass. Burnt and roast malt aroma with a bit of chocolate and malted milk, faint sour cherry. Moderate bitterness, slight hop flavour mid-palate. Mostly flavours of dark grains, malt, and chocolate. Fairly heavy on burnt malt. The texture is super creamy, lots of carbonation with medium body. Light astringency from the dark grains. Not bad at all.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours deep chestnut with a rich 2” light tan foam collar that dissipates but leaves good lacing.
S: Toffee, caramel aromas
T: Big malt flavors with mostly toasted flavors and nothing harsh or burnt. Starts with a light malt sweetness but dries on the finish with a touch of bitter and a slight astringency.
F: a little above medium body and a little below medium carbonation. Very soft and creamy in the mouth.
O: A nicely balanced porter with rich malt flavors.

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Photo of Brad007
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of claspada
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
2.99/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ruby chocolate brown with a nice light tan/khaki head of foam that leasted long and left nice lacing. A bit on the cold side from their draught tower system. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and just a flourish of caramel. Fresh whole cone hop flavors also start to dominate the olfactories as well, although I couldn't pinpoint the blend of hops used in this one. Seems like some UK varietals and maybe a US one or two for good measure? Taste is hoppier than most other porters I have sampled with some good fresh leaf flavors. The chocolate and roasted malt flavors work with it though and make for a very balanced brew. The mouthfeel is good, but a bit chalky and a tad thin for my tastes, this hinders the drinkability a bit, but this is still a very fine porter from a great brewer.

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Photo of jera1350
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Gmann
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
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.


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Photo of StoutHunter
2.63/5  rDev -30.2%
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,

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
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.


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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown that lets no light through. The best part is the head on this. Tan, chunky, and thick, this 2 inch creamy show-stopper stays all the way down the pint, leaving gobs - literally the size of marbles - stuck to the sides with every sip. I literally ran my finger around the inside of the glass when I was done -- like a kid cleaning out after having a chocolate milkshake. Absolutely fabulous.

Smells of dark roasted malt, coffee notes.

Taste of charred grain, coffee, something oddly leafy/herbal back there as well. Finish is clean.

Very much what you expect in a porter in body and texture. Little sips of larger mouthfuls make this an easy drinker. Might be my best purchase of the night, and @ $3.95 for a bomber, making me wish I bought 2. Try this one.

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McNeill's Pullman's Porter from McNeill's Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.