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Pisgah Porter - Pisgah Brewing Co.

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42 Reviews
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Reviews: 42
Hads: 63
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pisgah Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-09-2005

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Reviews: 42 | Hads: 63
Photo of yourefragile
2.43/5  rDev -35.2%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of octo
2.46/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle

A- reddish brown, with khaki head that dissipates with no lacing. Seems kind of light for a porter.
S- Doesnt smell like much of anything. I can pick up some faint malts and a little bit of soy sauce?
T- toffee, dark roasted malts, a little bitter. it tastes like its missing something.
M- very light. kind of watery. it feels like soda in my mouth, literally. this is way too carbonated.
D- really easy to drink, as its so light, easiest porter Ive ever drank at least.

Overall, I dont really rate beers, but this was just a let down from pisgah. Maybe it was a bad bottle, or was stored improperly before I got it or something. It really just tastes like malty soda water to me, wont be trying this one again. bummer. I also see that I'm the only one to review this from the bottle, not on tap or growler? made me very gassy.. like my first homebrew did. (879 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
2.85/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, poured into a pint glass. Pours a fairly transparent dark ruby-shaded mahogany. This was an odd color. Not as dark as expected. Small head on top. No lace. The nose was slightly roasted, some vinous scents, and hints of coffee. Nothing really bold though.

The mouth was moderately carbonated. Not as smooth as I'd like. A little slick and wet on the back end. This Porter was not bold in any way. Light roasted flavor, some minor chocolate sweetness, but more overpowering in the fruit flavor. This Porter is off base. Nothing to really stand on. I appreciate that this is organic, but that's about it. I likely won't get this again. Move on to better Porters. (675 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
3.01/5  rDev -19.7%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap in Asheville in a shaker pint. Dark brown with khaki head, wisps of lace left behind. Smell: light roasted coffee and grains, toffee. Taste: roasted grain, caramelized sugar, earthy hopping. Pretty average as a porter, below average as part of the Pisgah lineup. (269 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours chestnut brown body with a thin, fizzy beige head.

Smell: Subtle aroma of earthy bittersweet chocolate with a hint of nuts.

Taste: Light bittersweet chocolate taste rounded out by a soft roastiness. Just a touch of hops in the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A simple, though decent porter. I had this on-tap at Barley's in Asheville and later the Brewgrass Beer Festival. (437 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (657 characters)

Photo of scifan
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle that was bought at City Beverage in Winston-Salem, NC. I really like the art on Pisgah's bottles. Pours kind of light brown that looks like a dark ruby color when held to the light. Had s nice light tan head that fades rather quickly leaving little lacing. Not really much on the nose just hints of chocolate malts with a touch of nuttiness. Also a healthy dose of earthy hops.
Smooth chocolate hits the palate first followed a floral hoppiness. Just a touch too thin for my liking and is a little too carbonated. Not too much goin on here just a nice simple porter that goes down nice and easy. (622 characters)

Photo of bdupree
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Dark, ruby red when held to the light. Not much head, and it doesn't hang around very long.

S - Cocoa aroma, maybe some hints of roasted coffee. Definitely has an earthy hint to it, but not much hops at all.

T - First impression is a little flat, seems like there is something missing when I think of other great Porters. The cocoa comes across, and that hint of roasting. Still, flavor does not bowl me over.

M - Very, very lightweight for a Porter. Somewhat watery.

D - This is actually a very drinkable Porter year-round, but it is not what I would look for in the style.

NOTE: I had this a couple of weeks ago on tap at the brewery, and my impression was much better. We brought home a growler, and that seemed to be really good as well. I'll chalk this down as a little bit of inconsistency from an otherwise great brewer. (839 characters)

Photo of sitarist
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an eggplant color, almost opaque( 80% or so). Hardly any head, the head is tan in color, it falls to a small ring with no lacing.

This does not smell like a normal porter to me. It smells sweet and fruity, musty / earthy, there is also a faint hint of coffee and coco.

I taste maple syrup, walnut, it is malty, and boring.

It has a lighter body, and doesnt have too much carbonation. As it dries I feel a little bite of hops on my tongue.

Though this was unique for its style it was just o.k. (502 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a toasty tan head that pops and cracks its creamy self down slowly. The liquid is a bruised-purple/brown color with some ruby highlights.

Toasty aroma, leaning toward all-out smoke. Gives it a kind of campfire vibe, you know, how your clothes smell after sitting around a bonfire all night. A bit of coffee in the background, and something that hints at the kind of dark sour fruit of the super old-school English porter style.

Yeah, the flavor does deliver a sour dark fruit element as the aroma hinted. Nutty too, like an English brown. Some light-roast coffee char flavor, plenty of smokiness and the slightest hint of bittersweet dark chocolate...but this is anything but sweet, underscored further by how dry it is. It also takes on a pretty acidic character with some warming; and if you think about it, hops and coffee share traits of bitterness and acidity, so the malt variety here (5 different ones) and whole leaf hops seem to be contributing to this.

Smooth as silk going down; just a little bit of stickiness, which keeps the sour/bitter vibe rolling.

I like this, although it's so straightforward that the pizazz factor remains pretty low. Even if I prefer a bigger, juicier porter (Baltic, baby!), this was enjoyable from first sip to last. (1,266 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Barleys Taproom Asheville. Light black pour with some brown around the edges. Some off white head. Aroma has some roast and some sweet, malt, chocolate, molasses. Not the strongest however. Flavor is a bit stronger, roast malt, some molasses, peat, leather. Some dakr chocolate then light coffee finish. Body is maybe medium, definetely could be thicker.

For an organic not bad at all, compared overall, it is a bit average. Pisgah makes some excellent brews, this I don't think is their best. Their website claims this to be their "darkest" brew, really maybe their 4th darkest beer I've had from them. This just needs "more".

Had this along with Catawba King Coconut porter and Foothills Peoples porter. Peoples porter blows them both away. (744 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a dark brown color and a tan head that nicely laces the pint glass

Smell: A bit roasty but not much to it

Taste: Opens with a roasty flavor that has hints of cocoa and coffee; the flavor development after the swallow leaves a bit to be desired

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink but a middle of the road porter; not memorable (418 characters)

Photo of VaterRoss
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
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 (409 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, package of porters from borata

appearance: love the pisgah labels - poured into great dane imperial pint, dark mahogany body, creamy tan lace

smell: dry roasty aroma, cocoa powder, light coffee with a touch of cream

taste: nothing too exciting here - wish there were some deeper more refined flavors. dry, roasty, light cocoa, a touch of wood, cream

mouthfeel: a little thin, not overly creamy

drinkability: fine (430 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one yesterday at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge. There aren't very many places to go in Asheville that don't have taps, if not a bottle selection.

A tan one-finger head sits sturdily on top of this beer for some time, leaving thin sheets of lacing partially down the glass. The brew itself is black, giving way to ruby and brown highlights.
The smell is mostly bittersweet and roasted malts, pretty smoky, but quite light.
This one's a pretty full-flavored beer initially, with roasted, smoky, slightly nutty, acidic coffee and, in the end, hops notes coming through. All of it is right at the beginning of the sip, so it fades out with each swallow.
This is a smooth porter with just enough body and a light carbonation that makes for easy drinking.
it doesn't seem to heady, and it obviously doesn't have a particularly high ABV, giving this one a good drinkability. (884 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken on 6/20/10. Poured from the growler into a pint glass.

A - Pours a dark reddish-brown with a long-lasting creamy tan head. Great lacing and retention.

S - Typical aromas of dark roasted malt, coffee and chocolate with a subtle smokiness.

T - Huge chocolate notes, with more dark roasted malt, roasted nuts, coffee and smoke.

M - Creamy, with a medium body and carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, the growler disappeared quickly. Solid example of a Porter, but perhaps a bit too bland. (513 characters)

Photo of ByTor2112
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Bier Garden this week-end in Asheville. Nice dark brown color. Hard to get a dominant aroma, roated and dark malts, mild hop aroma. Nice bitterness is immediate while the malt comes and goes all the way to the finish. I taste the dark malts and the finish is clean. I can detect a little caramel flavor. A good froth releases some tannin-like flavors. This Porter is smooth but has a nice combination of ingredients that make it complex. Healthy malt bill, a good hop edge to it, clean finish. (507 characters)

Photo of EvilTwin
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I sampled this smooth drinking porter at The Watershed in Black Mountain NC.
I should make a note, I dont drink beer while hot or after a hard days work.
I was working locally and after work went with friends to this bar because they wanted to have a beer before heading home.
Not being a "bud, bud light, corona" drinker I checked the tap offerings and decided to try this porter from a brewery I had not heard of.
It poured nice and dark with a mild 3/8" head.
Nice aroma, not overpowering but not too weak. Smell of coffee and citrus.
Good taste, smooth to drink. Nice use of hops, but not overpowering. I also like a hoppy beer so this is from my viewpoint.
As it warmed up the taste thickened but it is still easy to put away a few at a setting. (757 characters)

Photo of drperm
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Made with a combination of five organic malts, this is a pleasant and easy contribution to the world of porter. A nice chocolatey opening salvo, with pleasant mild hop notes. Some smokiness is present, too, enabling it to match not only raspberries (a great combo) but savory dishes as well, I would think. A thin but smooth finish -- it ended much more abruptly and quickly than I was imagining it to. (402 characters)

Photo of orfeu
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big respect to mikesgroove for sending this growler with the crazy silkscreened Pisgah logo on it (really the most elaborate artwork I've ever seen on a growler) all the way up here to me in Buffalo. Very obviously a porter of the "brown" species rather than "robust" as this is a somewhat murky mahogany brew with russet highlights. Very noisy light tan fizz for about five seconds, then just some surface skim and a thin ring. Lacking much of a head, this doesn't put forth a super strong aroma, but what I pick up is pretty enticing, with medium-roast coffee, damp topsoil, and toasted grain notes. The taste is unobtrusive but self-assured, with the above noted grain and coffee flavors present alongside a semi-sweet caramel character and a somewhat exotic and difficult to describe leafy-grassy hop flavor. Intriguing to say the least, and moreover it keeps me drinking in an effort to pin the flavor down. Easy-going, medium-light body with a smooth yet lively mouthfeel. Super sessionable. I've had other certified organic beers before, but this is my first organic porter. It's really a decent, solidly drinkable beer, but I'm still waiting for an organic beer to really knock my socks off. I have the feeling I shouldn't hold my breath... (1,248 characters)

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler purchased about a week ago.

A very dark brown color, with some ruby highlights in the glass. There's kind of a think off-white head, without much lacing. And the head disappears kind of quickly. There's a kind of faint coffee smell backed by a good bit of sweetness that isn't too pronounced. The roasted smell is the strongest. There isn't much hop presence, but if there's any it's earthy. The taste has a good sweet undertone with great roasted barley presence. I remember having it in the tasting room and thinking it tasted just like coca-cola (though I haven't had Coke in like 8 years). You could call it a coffee taste here, with some good sweetness to balance the bitter roasted flavor. The mouthfeel is sort of watery, but it's alright. The carbonation is great. This drinks very well. Drinkability is probably the best aspect of this. I would love to have more and more. It's a good drink, worth a try for anyone. (947 characters)

Photo of jpro
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
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! (1,014 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Decade's in Asheville, NC.

Pours one shade away from black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer of bubbles on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with a very slight unsweetened chocolate aroma.

Tastes good. Roasted malts up front with smooth unsweetened chocolate hints at the end. Ending is solidly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It could be just a tad thicker, but it's still pretty smooth.

Drinkability is good. I downed one glass pretty quickly and could have had another.

Overall this was a solid porter. There aren't a whole lot of bells and whistles here but it does what it does well. Worth a shot. (669 characters)

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

I had just emptied a growler of Pisgah's Pale Ale when my friend mentioned she was headed to Asheville for a week. I handed her my growler and asked for a refill of "whatever she could find." Lucky for me, the Porter was easily available. This brew pours a near-black, with a tan head that reaches for the third finger but never quite gets there. The aroma is chock full of roasted malts and the sweet smell of bittersweet chocolate. It's a lean porter; there's a mild-but-leasing amount of dark coffee and dark chocolate flavor afoot, while the smooth and rich flavors of dark-roasted malts fill the palate. The finish and aftertaste are awash in a brilliant combination of malts and hops, with the latter certainly being noticed without becoming overwhelming. A mild sweetness pervades the flavor as well, particularly on the front.

This medium-bodied porter is a nice addition to the world of dark beers. My growler is empty; so sad! (937 characters)

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