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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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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-12-2003)
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Photo of smithmd4

New York

3/5  rDev -19.6%

12-31-2011 07:37:24 | More by smithmd4
Photo of Buebie


3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
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
Photo of BierBliss

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-24-2011 19:39:24 | More by BierBliss
Photo of BeerLover99


3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
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.


Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 18:56:32 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -19.6%

11-22-2011 18:47:23 | More by Rochefort10nh
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2011 22:21:39 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of ElGallo

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-20-2011 04:31:42 | More by ElGallo
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 14:34:26 | More by avalon07
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-18-2011 14:33:33 | More by hutch1377
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New Jersey

3.33/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 17:30:15 | More by claspada
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New York

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 02:04:10 | More by metter98
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3.65/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 20:33:29 | More by Gushue3
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New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 00:49:40 | More by beerthulhu
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3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 22:56:28 | More by swierczt
Photo of MoreThanWine


2.9/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 02:09:43 | More by MoreThanWine
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1.95/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

wow what a disappointment. I hate to rate beers this poorly but I have to be honest.

Carbonation bomb, like pouring a belgian warm and aggressively. hard to get to beer ith huge head.

Smell average and looked real thin. if you told me this was a bad version of a belgian dark ale I wouldn't be surprised and would have rated better to its style.

Taste is one dimensional roasted grains but again yeasty like a Belgian. I'm sorry this isn't an american porter and if it wasn't labeled wrong then it must be a bad bottle.

I have had a few beers from McNiels over the years and consistency has never been its strong suit. That being said i have had some good experiences with their beers so now just a bit indifferent.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 00:37:54 | More by OatmattStout
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New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 22:29:38 | More by jdhilt
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Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 23:14:47 | More by Jwale73
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3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a deep brown that gives off some mahogany when held up to the light. semi-translucent. a small one fingered head sticks around forever and laces impeccably.

aroma is of lots of molasses and burnt caramel as well as some heavily creamed dark roasted coffee.

flavor differs from the aroma a bunch. starts off roasty with some toffee, molasses, caramel, a bit of coffee and chocolate. but this is all quickly taken over by a substantial hop addition. earthy, a bit piney, woody and plenty bitter. It finishes crisp and a bit bitter, yet dry.

a light bodied porter, but is still medium bodied with a dry, yet bitter finish and a touch of bitterness and just a hint of roast left in the back of the throat.

goes down rather well. quite unique for a porter due to the strong hop profile. The malts could be a bit more complex and up front more, but it makes for a unique and tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 02:41:58 | More by silentjay
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New York

4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
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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2.58/5  rDev -30.8%
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,

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 02:32:00 | More by StoutHunter
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New York

4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 20:53:24 | More by plaid75
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3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2010 20:27:23 | More by EPICAC
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3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, in just this week in Nashville, into Sam Adams sensory glass.

Pours deep ruby brown, a bit hazy, with a thin light-khaki head that settles quickly into a thin cap with sparse lacing.

Nose is really different - chocolate, caramel, and the hops lend a lot of juicy citrus notes (orange in particular), bordering on Juicy Fruit. Black coffee comes on strong as the nose settles down some, though still what i would consider to be a rich, sweet nose. Very nice.

Taste turns the sweetness from the nose on it's head - right from the start, the hops take charge in this one. Big, grassy, fresh bitterness links up with a charred grain edge from the roastiness, while underneath a malt body that still sports a nice, smooth chocolate-coffee richness. Finish is bitter, a bit acrid, roastiness edges over to char, and once the dark chocolate in the beginning of the finish fades, becomes a bit unpleasantly one sided. Still a really nice experience, but could use a bit less bitterness towards the finish.

Mouthfeel is decent - nice full body for the abv, smooth carbonation, a bit silky, but a bit of a hit for the acrid bitterness that just sits on the tongue after the swallow, which also significantly impacts drinkability as well. Nice hop character up front, but just too much bitterness once the malt fades from sight, leaving the roastiness acrid and harsh.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 00:51:20 | More by JohnQVegas
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 01:16:48 | More by Gmann
McNeill's Pullman's Porter from McNeill's Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.