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Pilot Rock Porter - Caldera Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 11-18-2004)
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

zestar, Oct 15, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev +9.6%

khowe22, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours near black with cola brown edging where light can penetrate. The head is light tan in color and peaks at about a finger's width before dying down in fair time to a broken layer of surface suds and a small ring around the edge. Small, spotty lacing with little stick.

Smell - Mild aroma that consists of milk chocolate with lesser notes of coffee grounds, cocao nibs and with a light earthy hop character.

Taste - Follows the nose. Smooth, moderate flavor that's quite chocolate-centric. Milk chocolate is the predominant character, then lesser notes of cocao and coffee hit mid-taste to bring a touch of bitterness and balance. Earthy, leafy notes hit in the finish along with a touch of smoke to give this one a nice, interesting aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with low carbonation. Smooth, silky texture. Falls a tad flat in the finish.

Overall - Despite this porter's flaws, it's got a nice chocolate-driven flavor that's just complex enough to keep it fresh sip after sip. Price dependent, I'd buy a sixer to give it another go.

TheSixthRing, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of Redneckwine
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into tulip (ABV is actually 6%)

Appearance - Black in the glass, but shows signs of dark brown hues with clarity on the edges. One finger head dissipates fast and doesn't retain at all, but somehow manages to leave a bit of lacing.

Smell - Earthy, raw, roasty graininess mostly with some sweet cocoa notes. A bit smoky. Very timid nose overall, probably thanks to near complete lack of head.

Taste - Like nose, an earthy, roasty grain character is most prevalent, some cocoa, slight smoke, damp soil, cola-like sweetness, grassy/herbal hops pop vaguely for balance. Finishes off dry with a mild, roasty, coffee-like flavor and bitterness.

Feel - Smooth and creamy, but almost to a fault: medium body feels a bit heavy and round due to a lack of carbonation.

Overall - Should have been named "Pedestrian Porter", that's just how it feels to me: drinkable, but quite average. The taste is pretty good, but it could use a touch more hopping in my opinion. The body and feel is where this brew falls short for me - there's no snap to it... It's kind of "blah".

Redneckwine, Oct 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Hopyard57, Oct 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Jenebauer, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of mrcraft
4/5  rDev +6.4%

mrcraft, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of Jayhawk
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Purchased a can as part of a mix and match six pack. Poured a nice two finger head, dark brown as expected with the head leaving a minimal amount of lacing. Aroma of chocolate and sweet malts. Taste is nicely sweet, malty, chocolatey - wow, just lovely. Minimal hop taste but with no discernible hop bitterness. My new favorite American Porter.

Jayhawk, Sep 30, 2014
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3.56/5  rDev -5.3%

pknyc, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of hophugger
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Great color, deep chocolate brown. Head is average, disappating fast but leaving very nice lacing. First aroma as I opened the can was a little skunkiness but that quickly left and I had a great aroma of sweet malts and definitely chocolate. Nice creaminess/bitterness blend in the taste. Cocoa leads the way with a touch of milky creaminess following close behind. Also, tastes a little like hot chocolate but not quite as rich. Overall, a decent porter...

hophugger, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Hellpop65, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: The body is black like espresso beans with a well formed mocha head. Light bands of lacing remain on the glass. Good head retention.

Aroma: Roasted grains, chocolate, coffee.

Taste: Roasted malts, coffee, cocoa nibs.

Mouthfeel: Silky and smooth.

Overall: Really impressed by this porter, particularly the creamier, thicker feel. Great taste.

JuicesFlowing, Sep 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

jaydoc, Sep 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Theogre83, Sep 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

paulish, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

A big thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, roasted malts. Taste is the same, chocolate, roasted malts, a touch of coffee, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a satisfying beer.

tone77, Sep 14, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +13.8%

LightnerLiquorKS, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Canned on 12/3/13.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toasted nut, and cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, coffee, and nut flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice roasted malt and toasted nut qualities all around.

Serving type: can.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Sammy, Aug 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

JohnParadee, Aug 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

northstar23, Aug 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

KCFaninPA, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of OldeSchool
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Very dark brown, almost black. A big, frothy, bubbly head sticks around for a bit; no lacing to speak of.

S: Roasted malt and cocoa / bittersweet chocolate. Smells like I expect a porter to smell.

T: Flavor more or less follows the nose, and there's a bit of sweetness there as well. No bitterness; clean finish. Easy to drink, but unremarkable in any characteristic.

M: Seems a bit thin to me; not exactly watery, but I would have preferred a bit more body from a porter.

O: A decent porter; very drinkable, but it didn't impress me enough to seek it the next time I'm in Caldera's distribution area.

OldeSchool, Aug 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

atlbravsrno1, Jul 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

sonofliberty2, Jul 31, 2014
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Pilot Rock Porter from Caldera Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.