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Pisgah Porter - Pisgah Brewing Co.

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Pisgah PorterPisgah Porter

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BA SCORE
85
very good

61 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | 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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brentk56

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -6%

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

03-19-2008 02:27:08 | More by brentk56
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-13-2014 09:27:34 | More by zestar
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

12-08-2007 00:11:39 | More by mikesgroove
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

04-24-2012 05:17:26 | More by ygtbsm94
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev +5%

12-28-2013 22:41:38 | More by kylehay2004
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.2/5  rDev -16%

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.

09-24-2007 00:26:48 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

04-06-2010 17:12:26 | More by Kegatron
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

2.38/5  rDev -37.5%

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.

09-08-2013 17:35:48 | More by yourefragile
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +18.9%

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!

03-10-2012 22:00:32 | More by ppoitras
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glid02

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

03-03-2009 02:01:56 | More by glid02
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dirtylou

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

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

03-10-2010 02:27:42 | More by dirtylou
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -10%

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.

05-04-2011 12:20:04 | More by thagr81us
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4.09/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

07-29-2013 15:29:10 | More by mrfrancis
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Brenden

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

07-08-2010 12:39:41 | More by Brenden
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blackie

California

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

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)

10-15-2007 04:29:15 | More by blackie
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

On tap at Pisgah on 11/28/09.

A - Medium to dark brown body with reddish hues and half a finger of creamy tan head that settled into a patchy, wispy veil, leaving swatches of lace around the rim of the glass.

S - Roasty aroma with a complementary chocolate presence and a hint of coffee. Lots of nutty character as well. Hints of vanilla and woody, earthy notes open up a bit as the liquid reached room temperature.

T - Flavor combines roasted malt and coffee up front, then segues into a dominant nutty character with a hint of astringency. Subtle chocolate and vanilla offer some sweetness, while there is enough earthy hop bitterness in the finish to provide a nice contrast.

M - Medium bodied and fairly robust, with a light syrupy texture, though perhaps a tad thin and watery overall. Mild hop bitterness with a hint of astringency on the palate.

D - Very good representation of the style with all of the requisite characteristics that make for a great American porter.

12-17-2009 00:01:03 | More by ffejherb
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

A-Deep, dark brown body with ruby highlights and a thick light tan head that reduces slightly but hangs on strong and leaves copious lace. This is a MIGHTY fine looking brew.

S-Rich toasted malt with a fair amount of roast and a touch of smoke. Subtle hints of bitter chocolate and espresso.

T-A big dose of roasted/toasted malt and bitter chocolate. Nice backing bitterness from earthy hops and a dose of espresso. Not over the top here but solid for sure.

M-Medium bodied and you would think with all of the flavour this one would be more robust than it is. Certainly not watery but seems to be missing the mark here just a little. Smooth with good lingering earthy bitterness.

D-Solid, tasty, flavourful and easy to drink. I would happily choose this as my everyday drinking porter.

09-23-2009 15:33:01 | More by Deuane
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

A dreary night, full of chilly rain and gloom here in Portland... could summer have left us already? Or, a better question: did it ever arrive? Regardless, a perfect night for a Porter; this 22 oz bottle, from the epic NC-themed sampling sent by Metalmonk, has been tucked away in the fridge for several weeks. And into the Adnams pint glass...

Label calls this simply 'Porter' (no need for the 'Organic' as ALL of Pisgah's beers are certified as such per their website). An idyllic/psychedelic illustration of babbling brooks, arcing rainbows, colorful florae, plump 'shrooms...and gnarled old trees with faces on them...

"We all drink downstream."

A: Notable ruby-ish tint to this deep brown porter; held to light it's pretty easy to peer through - lovely color, just a little light. Gorgeous tan topping: nearly two-fingers of sandy-tinged froth that winnows over 5 minutes or so to a 1/4" dense lid, then a freckled film. Slick lace bands break apart gradually.

S: A little milk chocolate, even corn syrup, in the nose, then a slight lactic/sour twinge (not off-putting in particular, but it's there). A mustier, drier grain to follow. Decent strength.

T: I'm thankful that cocoa and sweetened latte are the predominant flavors. There's still a dry, earthy grunge - accentuated by something akin to ripe blackberries - and a gritty ash/char. Good balance and lingering flavor that volleys between bitterness and sweetness.

M: Lighter in body, but velvety-smooth. Carbonation is there, but it's so fine one hardly notices. As mentioned above, a fine coating grit; also, a stickiness on the lips.

D: A maltier porter that never states its weight, but probably doesn't need to ~ seems in the 5.5% range, and that makes it a good drinker, one easy to consume in its entirety. For my first beer from Pisgah, I'm plenty happy.

Thanks, Jeff!

09-08-2010 04:07:08 | More by msubulldog25
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

04-13-2006 01:26:49 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -6%

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.

07-21-2010 23:06:11 | More by Metalmonk
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Bung

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -6%

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.

11-08-2009 19:07:21 | More by Bung
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jsanford

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

09-22-2010 15:33:30 | More by jsanford
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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -21.3%

08-15-2014 13:36:33 | More by ncstateplaya
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%

12-03-2011 23:41:02 | More by tclapper
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Falcone

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

04-24-2012 05:24:46 | More by Falcone
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Pisgah Porter from Pisgah Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.