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Pisgah Porter - Pisgah Brewing Co.

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Pisgah PorterPisgah Porter

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-09-2005)
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Photo of babaracas
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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 Onenote81
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

Photo of jsanford
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

Photo of Metalmonk
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of sitarist
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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 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 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.

Photo of bdupree
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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

Photo of scifan
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of octo
2.45/5  rDev -35.5%
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.

Photo of ffejherb
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Bung
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of Deuane
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of farrago
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid two finger head of light brown, dense froth, slow to evaporate and with very strong lacing. Very dark brown color, a shade short of black, you get a splash of orange at the outermost rims, impressive looking. Malty nose of carob, milk chocolate, cocoa without making a fuss over it, cappuccino notes as well, nice little burst of black raisin, cherry fruit and mixed white nuts, never too sugary so doesn't really need hoppiness for counter-weight, could see more lactose notes coming out with aging. Medium-bodied, perky carbonation keeps the bubbles perpetually in the mix, at the same time much clarity in the malt, milk chocolate, cocoa and then cafe con leche, caramel flavors. Through the mid-palate takes on both more florality and a light bitter streak, the hops are indeed in there. Typical organic mineral water component as well. Leaves a strong impression of roast and oils behind at the end.

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 glid02
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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.

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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.

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.

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