Pilot Rock Porter - Caldera Brewing Company

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Pilot Rock PorterPilot Rock Porter

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BA SCORE
85
very good

83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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 Zraly:
Photo of Zraly
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opaque dark brown with a shortly lived, two-finger, light tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and char.

Front loaded with roasted and slightly charred malts. Cocoa and a hint of coffee compliments a licorice note. Molasses-like flavors poke through with a faint hint of smoke and char. A slight chew. Carbonation is a bit more than I'd like for style; it takes away from the overall body and potential. Finish is dry. Medium bodied.

A decent porter that finishes clean. The taste is very good but the body is lacking a touch. Still a good "tried and true" porter that should satisfy. I could go either way in pairing this with something smoky off of the grill to bring out the roasted malts or something sweet and simple, like a white chocolate truffle, to subdue but compliment the overall taste. The creaminess of white chocolate would round out the mouthfeel, too.

More User Reviews:
Photo of avitallo
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of chossboss
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Thrasher
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 :)

Photo of tappangordo
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of SamuelR
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of russpowell
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of hophugger
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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...

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of sonofliberty2
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

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

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.

Photo of mrcraft
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of anchordrinker
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of OregonGrown7
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of kylemckinnis
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of civicm87
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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Pilot Rock Porter from Caldera Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.