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Pilot Rock Porter - Caldera Brewing Company

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Pilot Rock PorterPilot Rock Porter

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BA SCORE
85
very good

92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 11-18-2004

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Photo of pep
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tbryan5
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 22Blue
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djrn2
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stakem
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

A great classic look in the glass. Creamy capped light mocha head, big and three to four fingers tall with a flat top and thin bubbled complexion. Excellent red hued mahogany body, dark but with some clarity held up to the light with these gorgeous red edges and hues. Pretty much a great looking porter.

Great hints of chocolate milk on the nose at first. Some good grain and milky sweetness, a bit toned down on the charring but really impressive, with a hint of simplicity on the aroma, perhaps a little clove in there too. Excellent.

Palate comes out a little minor acrid in flavor, but plenty of classic chocolate notes. Body is more milky and lactose like sweet. This really reminds and tastes more like a milk stout. Slightly big sour acidic and very wet palate but not a total loss. Excellent aftertaste that really opens up slowly after awhile though.

Not really what I expecting in a porter. An ok beer, but not what I had in mind.

Photo of andyjeigh
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wattersmike90
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmbranum
4.41/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought in a 12 Oz can in okc. Enjoyed in an Amtrak sleeper car en route to Chicago.

Pours a lovely dark black with a small light tan head.

Subtle cocoa aroma.

Flavor is very smooth. Picking up notes of cocoa, cream, almost like a cold cappuccino. Slight toastyness. Just a little bit of hops in the background. Lingering balanced bittersweet notes.

Very, very smooth mouthfeel.

Photo of mitch3114
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.44/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Kaiyotee
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Dark brown/black; foamy; large head
Smell: Roasty; hints of sweet cocoa
Taste: Strong roasted flavor with coffee and chocolate
Feel: Foamy; medium carbonation

Photo of Intelbeerlord
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.6/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Beerasaurus
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of nmann08
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a can, pours a dark cola brown with a light tan head.

The nose is roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, just a faint hint of coffee. The flavor is mostly dark malt, chocolate, a little burnt coffee. The finish has a hop bitterness to it, a bit thin. Overall, this is very basic and non-offensive. A good beer.

Photo of Hohnbaum
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Falcone
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of gdholmes
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of khowe22
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.75/5  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.

Photo of Redneckwine
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
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".

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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Pilot Rock Porter from Caldera Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.