Pisgah Porter - Pisgah Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pisgah Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-09-2005)
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2.38/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle.

Pours an opaue dark brown, with a light tan head that quickly fades to a thick collar and thin film. Thick sheets of lace. Mild nose of caramel malt, licorice, soda, and a bittersweet tang. Flavor is showing signs of infection and oxidization. Overcarbonated, fizzy body, bittersweet fruit from the start, typical malty porter flavors are consumed by the body and slightly sour flavors. Oh well.

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4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark mahogany with very subtle amber highlights and a creamy khaki mousse that does not leave much in the way of lacing once it finally settles down a bit.

S: Bold and roasty on the nose with pronounced aromas of chestnuts, black walnut, hickory, hazelnut, dark chocolate, coffee, roasted grain, and earthy, mildly lemony ale hops.

T: The boldness of the nose carries over into the mouth, with distinctive notes of roasted grain, hickory nuts, hazelnuts, chestnuts, black walnuts, and beech up front. Smoother notes of herbs, leather, cream, vanilla bean, dark chocolate, and coffee develop around mid-palate. The finish is smooth, dry, and surprisingly short with mild notes of herbs and citrus from the hops supplemented by notes of leather, hickory, dark chocolate, hazelnut, and roasted grain.

M: On the lighter side of medium and relatively dry, although this ale does become slightly silky, creamy, and smooth as it lingers on the palate. Carbonation is very firm and intense. I would say that while the somewhat slight body of this porter does not bother me all that much (with the intensity of the aromas and flavors, it actually kind of mellows things out for me), the carbonation is a bit over-the-top, especially for the style, though in the end, it is not difficult to drink.

O: A very well executed, flavorful American porter. I was a little hesitant to drink this kind of ale in the middle of summer heat, but to my surprise and delight, Pisgah Porter works surprisingly well on a hot day. I could see this being a really nice early autumn kind of ale. Definitely worth trying.

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3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from Peabody's in Boone, NC. Poured into a mug...

A: Pours a dark brown, with a light cappuccino head; not much retention, besides a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass; no lace... check that - there are a couple of strands.

S: Nutty - like hazelnuts; coffee; has a sort of raw aroma.

T: Pretty big roast coffee malt flavor; has some oatmeal character, too; a very tasty beer from the five organic malts employed (and no extra stuff, ie coffee).

M: Dang! This is where this brew loses some points for me; it's a little thin. Mouthfeel is light - maybe light-medium; moderate-high carbonation. The combo of lighter feel and higher carbo really saps this beer for me.

O: Despite the lackluster mouthfeel, this is still a very tasty brew. It is almost more of a brown ale / porter hybrid, I feel. Nevertheless, it has a great flavor profile and it's easy to throw a couple of them back. Plus the all organic malt bill is a step above and beyond and deserves recognition. Great beer from WNC!

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3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery as part of a flight.

Deep brown color (light comes through reddish) with a nice tan head. Smell has lots of roasted malt coffee notes. Taste proves the smell to be true, though there is a bit of wateryness that I'm not 100% loving (perhaps I have had too many stouts?). Medium in body and med carbed.

Taste profile is spot on but the wateryness is killing me.

From notes, Mar 17, 2012

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Screw-top growler received via Growling at the Moon from bross242. Thanks for the brew, Billy!

First steinful pours with a 1" brown head, over the slightly cloudy reddish brown brew. Fluffy head lasts and lasts, with thick coating lace. Aroma is grain husks and light citrus.

Taste starts with a worty sweetness, peek of citrus in the middle, and a balanced, lightly hoppy close. Mouthfeel is way smooth, with awesome drinkability. Just an easy drinking, good old porter. Cheers to GATM!

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3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks goes to GehenHerzog for this extra. Bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pitch black hue. This is one of the darker porters I've seen in some time. About a finger or so of tan hued head. Decent retention. Small lace ring.

S: Roast malt and weak coffee are the initial aromas I pick up. Some dark fruit and a touch of wet cardboard as well.

T: Flavors are a bit muted. Some roasted dark malt and a touch of coffee. A hint of cocoa and again wet cardboard.

M: Medium to light body. A touch thin with modest carbonation.

O: A less than stellar porter. Drinkable but forgettable.

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3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had during an afternoon ticking session at Pisgah! Served from tap into a shaker pint. Poured a massively dark brown with a half finger bone white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, chocolate, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, coffee, slight skunky hop, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Had a pretty decent flavor but the aroma was lacking big time. Earth was not a surprise as always... Definitely worth trying if you get the chance but I doubt I would have it again.

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Pisgah Porter from Pisgah Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.