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Pilot Rock Porter - Caldera Brewing Company

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Pilot Rock Porter
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 11-18-2004)
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Reviews by BVukelich:
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

03-30-2014 22:33:14 | More by BVukelich
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

01-12-2014 04:08:58 | More by chossboss
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3.28/5  rDev -12.5%

Pilot Rock Porter was served on tap at the Night Light Lounge in Southeast Portland. This is a great neighborhood bar, with a fine, if not huge selection of beer, and deserves some spillover beer geek traffic once the Clinton Street Theater's brewpub opens down the street. Anyway, the porter is lighter than your typical porter black, more of a transparent ginger brown. The head is small but the lacing is determined. The aroma is mild rainy day, and the flavor profile contains deep caramel, light smokiness, cured meat, cola, and a tart herbal quality that masks the malt sweetness. It is not an exceptional beer but it satisfies and provides a lighter counterpoint to Caldera's rich coffee/Cauldron stouts.

04-18-2005 06:28:09 | More by Thrasher
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South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +4%

12 oz can.

Aroma: Exceptionally rich and strong dark roasted malts; lightly spicy.

Flavor: l;ess intense than the aroma. Leaves a mild, lingering, dark roast aftertaste.

Feel: near creamy smooth; medium body.and carbonation that may be a touch too high.

Flavor: touch of coffee after some dark chocolate. Negligible burnt toast.

O: a very fine porter ... and in a can :)

04-17-2014 00:56:02 | More by chinchill
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3/5  rDev -20%

07-08-2014 05:41:26 | More by dertyd
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3.76/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a thin head on a black body.
The aroma is excellent. Roasted malt and vanilla.
The taste is also roasted malt with some mild coffee notes and a little bitterness to round it out.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation.
A "go-to" porter.

04-21-2014 01:49:08 | More by Fatehunter
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

07-07-2014 17:21:16 | More by SamuelR
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4.3/5  rDev +14.7%

Pours an effervescent chestnut/mahogany with a thumb of tan head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Coffee, roastyness in copious amounts

T: Coffee, roastyness, a little bit cocoa up front. Coffee, roastyness, woody hops & just a little mocha as this warms. Finishes dry, roasty, a little sweet

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, nicely balanced

A well put together porter with some serious coffee undertones to it. Not sure why it's so flipping expensive though. Over $ 12 a sixer. A very pleasant surprise

04-28-2014 03:49:44 | More by russpowell
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-19-2014 12:20:13 | More by Kegatron
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

07-31-2014 17:08:03 | More by atlbravsrno1
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

07-30-2014 23:04:29 | More by sonofliberty2
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

First time I have seen this Porter in my area. Pours dark brown wih a large tan head dense bubbles and leaves a few splatters of lace. The head lasts at least 5 minutes.
Smell is rich coffee dark chocolate with a bit of brown sugar or molasses.
Taste is similar with some bitter hops that are well balanced by all the malty goodness as it should be.
Mouthfeel is quite full for a Porter. Carbonation is just right and the finish is bitter sweet.
Very nice beer.

12-20-2013 07:21:15 | More by Spikester
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

04-01-2014 05:16:58 | More by IdrinkGas
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4.28/5  rDev +14.1%

A- black with thin tan head. Good lace

S- sweet, slight hint of esters/fruit, roasted malt...typical porter nose

T- similar to nose. Initial slight estery/fruitiness transitions smoothly to roasty-sweet, coffee/chocolate finish. One of the best balances of hops-malt I've had in a porter.

M- full bodied, silky and slightly creamy. Perfect for the style.

D- very sessionable....very close to perfect for the style

03-10-2011 05:24:24 | More by anchordrinker
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

07-29-2013 00:49:25 | More by OregonGrown7
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3/5  rDev -20%

02-27-2012 01:43:42 | More by kylemckinnis
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

06-15-2014 20:17:21 | More by civicm87
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

01-29-2014 03:47:53 | More by Jameswoody
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4.22/5  rDev +12.5%

Wonderful fluffy full headed porter. Great esspresso aromas, roasted coffee. Salty under taste..this is minor yet sets the theme for the porter..the saltiness makes you gulp more of the chocolaty ,.coffee goodness. Great drinking beer..with great backing.

10-08-2009 04:58:46 | More by Reidrover
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

06-13-2014 22:09:25 | More by thatoneguymike
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

07-13-2014 00:55:52 | More by AngusOg
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New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%

Appearance: deep black with a 3"+ tan colored head that lasts. Thick lacing coats the glass.

Smell: nice roasted malts and coffee are easy to pick up.

Taste: this was like eating a loaf of pumpernickel bread. Roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolates, molasses, and a hint of nuttiness rounded it out.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. Medium bodied like a porter should be, not some stout-like meal. Bread and roasted tones linger briefly on tongue.

Drinkability: very easy drinking as this is flavorful without the heavy body. Definitely a nice brew.

07-23-2006 18:50:39 | More by Gavage
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

04-29-2014 17:11:11 | More by smb71481
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

08-14-2014 22:10:14 | More by KCFaninPA
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4.03/5  rDev +7.5%

12 ounce can -> snifter

A - obsidian black with a two inch khaki colored head, not much retention and not much lacing.

S - fairly weak nose with some coffee and bread notes

T - very sweet with some black strap molasses, caramel, and toffee flavors and a finish that is composed of equal parts coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted nuts.

M - a bit thinner than expected, but the carbonation is decent. A mild aftertaste is present as well.

O - pretty good offering. Love it.

06-08-2014 18:45:46 | More by Mojo
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Pilot Rock Porter from Caldera Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.