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Pisgah Porter - Pisgah Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-09-2005)
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of ppoitras
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of stoutfiend27
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

64oz growler brought home from the source

a-brownish ruby color with nice highlights on the edge...1/4 inch khaki head that lived a short life

s-nice malt profile with a little coffee and molasses. nice subtle hop profile as well

t-lovely malt taste followed by subtle coffee and something that reminds me of toasted almonds. subtle hops near the end and finishes slightly slick

m-not quite as chewy as i like my porters but overall good...nice carbonation that help up well in the growler thanks to pisgahs unique growler filler that purges the growler during filling

d-drinkabililty is off the charts i think i could finish the whole growler tonight even though i dont think thats a good idea..truly a drinking persons porter

this is a good porter...and i would have it more often if it wasnt for the 2 1/2 hour drive for me to go get it...maybe someday

Photo of dashirey
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just got around to reviewing this growler that Deuane brought from the great state of NC!!

A - Very dark, bordering on opaque, colored pour with about one finger's worth of tan head.

S - Great smell overall. Roasted scents, with some coffee and chocolate too.

T - Smell predicts the tastes very well. All are present. Great taste overall!

M - Medium mouthfeel that is very smooth but you are hit with a bite/sting right at the end.

D - Great! Very easy drinking. Unknown ABV but doesn't seem too high, so splitting a growler was no problem, and enjoyable to boot.

Great overall beer that I really wish I could get my hands on more often! Thanks to the folks at Pisgah for another great offering.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

64oz Growler filled the same day, Poured into several Pint Glass

A – Poured a very nice deep dark brown with a huge billowing head of tan colored lace. It kept reinforcing itself for the first few minutes, resulting in about three fingers deep of the frothy brown foam. It delicately faded leaving behind tremendous amounts of side glass lace. A very big looking porter, I have not seen one look this thick in a long time.

S – The aroma was full of roasted malts. A good amount of sugar was added o the mix, a nice warm aroma coming up through it and mixed in very nicely with a nice earthy grain like smell. Some hosp were present in there somewhere, and a touch of a smoked aroma was capping it off very nicely. A very full smell.

T – The flavor was great. Very full flavored with a great profile. The first flavor to hit was a roasted caramel mixed in with somewhat of a smoked flavor. Very nicely done and just the right amount of sweetness to accent it perfectly. Very deep roasted malts and a good earthy kind of flavor then enveloped the middle, giving hints of grains and of a slight grassiness. The flavor was a touch hoppy at the end, but the nice caramel sugar notes were the ones that lingered the longest and gave it its depth.

M – Great smooth feel, this medium bodied porter looked, smelled, tasted the part, and now held up on this end as well. A little fuller in feel then your normal porter, but not filling at all. This had really great carbonation up until the last drop and really a great smooth, consistent feel.

D – Superb, when I tell you this growler was gone before I new It, this thing was tremendous. You could literally drink this all night long, and I would have. It was so vibrant in flavor and with such a nice smooth feel, it never really got boring, or filled you up. Low abv as well just added to it.

Overall I have always really liked this brew but just have not had the chance to really give it a good review. The growler I took home really let me do this right and I am glad. This is such a staple of the area and rightfully so, you really just cannot go wrong hear. It seems everything they brew is gold, and this is one of the old standbys. If you try it you literally cannot go wrong. If you need a really good sessionable dark ale, this is it, accept no substitute.

Photo of Falcone
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of dmbdusty41
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love porters. I love this porter. My father-in-law and I each had a glass on our way from Pisgah to Green Man in the party bus. It's rich in color, nice aroma, the mouth-feel was not as good as I would like over the period of a pint, not bad, just not as good as I would expect. However, an exception porter and would love a glass right now.

Photo of javincik
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle, USDA certified organic poured into a nonic pint glass

A-Rigorous pour yields 1.5 inches of frothy tan head. Quickly fades to a few scattered wisps of bubbles. No lacing to speak of. Color is a deep, deep brown with reddish tints at the edges.

S-Coffee, subtle chocolate, and earthiness and fruitiness from the hops. Not a whole lot going on here. Very restrained.

T-Some nuttiness and caramel are present along with the coffee and chocolate mentioned above. Hope bitterness is very subdued. Just enough to balance all the sweetness. To me, this really is more of an English style Porter. Very restrained and refine, hops are for balancing and not in your face, and it even has some of the earthiness that comes from the water across the pond.

M-Very creamy. Carbonation is perfect for the style, at least to me. On the lighter side of medium bodied. A little watery, but given the ABV, this is not a detriment.

D-Could easily make a session of this beer. Absolutely fantastic drinking porter. Nothing earth shattering or challenging, but a very solid effort that is a joy to drink. Wish I had ready access to more.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pisgah Porter, on tap at the Pisgah Tasting Room, Black Mountain, NC, 12/30/08. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A nice one-finger, light tan head atop a dark, slightly-reddish brown body - surprisingly light looking, actually, though I suppose that's in line with a Porter - with tons of ruby hues. Lacing is the real story though, fantastic-looking, sticky, delicate, with fine patterns splattered all over the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Intensely roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate notes - perhaps in a 2:1 ratio? It's a little one-dimensional in that this is all I'm getting out of it, but it's still absolutely fantastic smelling, so I can't knock it too much. Who says you can have too much of a good thing?

Taste: Heavily earthy with roasted coffee, fainter chocolate than in the nose, plenty of toast, and mild and faint toasted astringencies. Wisps of smoke peek through, too.

Mouthfeel: A medium bodied brew with lots of large efferevescence, leading to a big big, even mouth.

Drinkability: Is this one brewed with coffee?! Sure tastes like it. I've had the Valdez before and loved it, and Pisgah continues to impress with their darker brews. Love that it's organic too. A very sessionable and tasty porter.

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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.

Photo of blackie
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: The beer is practically black, with good retention of a healthy beige head. Moderate lacing.

smell/taste: A very smooth and quite enjoyable blend of roasted malts give a mix of woody/earthy and chocolate flavors and aromas. Very well rounded in terms of malt and hop balance. Cleans up well with an earthy hop flavor and moderate bitterness.

m: Full-medium body and low-medium carbonation. Smooth.

d: easy...went down great with coconut curry

enjoyed on tap at both Barley's and Rosetta's Kitchen (a killer vegetarian restaurant, highly recommended)

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4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer arrived on the table lightly hazy brownish black with an off-white low and persistent head which lasted very well to lace the glass.

The aroma was smoky with a nice and light chocolate character and a nice roasty coffee aromatic.

The flavor was chocolate and caramel most notable with a nice caramel presence and an earthy character which contained a grassy bittering.

The finish was dry with lasting chocolate and coffee into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a creamy contribution from the carbonation. A great beer with a nice chocolat and bit of roast.

The finish was The body was


This should be Pisgah Organic Porter. Pint at Ed Boudreaux's in Asheville.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with deep ruby highlights when held up to light. Thick, foamy brown head with good retention. SLowly fades to a 1/2" cap and leaves sheets of foam behind on the glass.

S - Big aroma of roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate. Sweetness becomes a touch stronger as the beer warms but is never overly strong. Just a faint hint of fruity hops linger underneath.

T - Roasted malts with a nice bitternes. Light fruitiness. Hints of bitter chocolate and a touch of coffee. Sweetness lies underneath but is not the least bit overwhelming. Excellent balance of tastes.

M/D - Medium bodied and a touch too much carbonation. Very easy drinking. Another excellent beer from the folks at Pisgah.

Photo of GJ40
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Camino's in Black Mountain, NC.

A - Brown with a moderate beige head. Loads of well formed lacing as the glass empties!

S - Mild aromas of chocolate malt and brown sugar.

T - A very smooth and well balanced beer with semi sweet malt and hop flavor. A very nice porter.

M - Good carbonation and consistency.

D - Very smooth and easy to drink. A great session beer.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours deep amber/near brown, being topped with about a finger of light colored mocha head. A thin, yet frothy, retention yields a solid smattering of spotty lacing behind. The aroma is full of smooth toasted grains, sticky burnt molasses, and tangy earthy hops. Nice full richness here to the nose, with this definitely veering towards the roastier side of things.

Hops control the taste up front, with a sharp bitterness to it that spreads spice and earth out into the profile. Malts are roasty and smokey overall but mix in nicely with some tangier notes of toffee and cocoa. The finish is quite roasty, along with a deep lingering spiciness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp creaminess to it that fills the palate up with flavor. There's a chewy slickness underneath that seems to come from a combo of malty sweetness and hops.

Nice. I was pleasantly surprised by this offering, which featured robust flavors and a firm, yet creamy, body. Good take on an American Porter here from the boys at Pisgah.

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