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Pilot Rock Porter - Caldera Brewing Company

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Pilot Rock PorterPilot Rock Porter

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.4%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 11-18-2004)
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Reviews by Zraly:
Photo of Zraly
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Zraly, Apr 06, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of chossboss
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

chossboss, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of Thrasher
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Thrasher, Apr 18, 2005
Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev +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 :)

chinchill, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Sammy, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -20%

dertyd, Jul 08, 2014
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.

Fatehunter, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of SamuelR
3.75/5  rDev 0%

SamuelR, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of russpowell
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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

russpowell, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Kegatron, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

atlbravsrno1, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of sonofliberty2
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

sonofliberty2, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%

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
Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Spikester, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +6.7%

jaydoc, Saturday at 03:22 AM
Photo of IdrinkGas
3.75/5  rDev 0%

IdrinkGas, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of anchordrinker
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
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

anchordrinker, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of OregonGrown7
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

OregonGrown7, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of kylemckinnis
3/5  rDev -20%

kylemckinnis, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of civicm87
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

civicm87, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of Jameswoody
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Jameswoody, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of Reidrover
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Reidrover, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
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, Yesterday at 02:22 PM
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

thatoneguymike, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

AngusOg, Jul 13, 2014
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Pilot Rock Porter from Caldera Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.