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Pilot Rock Porter - Caldera Brewing Company

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Pilot Rock Porter
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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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 flagmantho:
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3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, dark amber-brown with ruby highlights. Body is haze-free with a pretty strong effervescence and a thick finger of creamy tan foam. I think it's quite attractive.

Smell: nice and malty with a sweet chocolate element and a light roastiness. Not especially complex, but well-crafted I think.

Taste: toffee, caramel and chocolate start out the flavor, which is followed up by a roastier, ashier element. I actually quite like it -- I could find myself drinking a lot of this.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a pretty good creaminess. I can dig it!

Overall: this is a pretty great porter. It's quite different from its Oregon cousin, Black Butte, but it shines almost as bright in its own way. Good stuff.

Serving type: can

03-28-2014 16:07:54 | More by flagmantho
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-15-2014 00:06:11 | More by CaptDavyJones
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +13%

07-13-2014 00:55:52 | More by AngusOg
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

07-08-2014 05:41:26 | More by dertyd
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-07-2014 17:21:16 | More by SamuelR
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

07-07-2014 04:26:29 | More by ShortStack316
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

07-06-2014 19:12:03 | More by Texasfan549
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New York

3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a dark brown color.

The aroma has roasted malt, a light sweetness of coconut, toasted bread, and cocoa.

The flavor follows with that light "sweetness" with cocoa, lightly roasted coffee. There's milk stout qualities onto a bitterness of roasted malt.

The beer has a great balance between brown ale and a medium roasted malt. A well made beer for the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2014 06:53:09 | More by dar482
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

06-25-2014 21:28:10 | More by sharpski
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

06-19-2014 12:20:13 | More by Kegatron
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4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a fluffy mocha head.

S: Chocolate and roasty coffee dominate the nose, maybe a tiny little bit of citric hop character.

T: Chocolate, medium roast coffee, some earthy notes, some sweetness, some orange, a touch of citrus rind.

M: Medium-full bodied and creamy smooth.

O: Really nice to drink, really tasty. Definitely recommended for fans of robust, yet not too bitter, porters.

Serving type: can

06-19-2014 03:33:48 | More by BierJager89
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

06-16-2014 00:26:18 | More by Sir_Goatman
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

06-15-2014 20:17:21 | More by civicm87
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

06-14-2014 14:18:49 | More by JMScowcroft
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

06-13-2014 22:09:25 | More by thatoneguymike
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4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

06-08-2014 18:45:46 | More by Mojo
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

06-03-2014 03:14:13 | More by bigred89
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South Carolina

3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a quarter inch of creamy, off white head that quickly dissipated. Almost no lacing to speak of.

S: A very underplayed aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee.

T: Tasted of chocolate, roasted malt, light hops, and some coffee. The overall flavor is a bit on the thin side, with none of the ingredients really shining through.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a very thin, watery finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This feels like a half finished beer. It's not necessarily bad, but could have been better.

Serving type: can

05-31-2014 23:38:12 | More by avalon07
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

04-29-2014 17:11:11 | More by smb71481
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4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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

Serving type: can

04-28-2014 03:49:44 | More by russpowell
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New York

3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottom of the can says it was canned on 2/10/14; consumed on 4/26/14.

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is very dark brown, bordering on black, but when backlit it's clearly brown with ruby-ish hues on the edges. A half-finger of tan head sits on top and leaves behind a little bit of lace.

S: Mainly roasty but with some underlying sweetness as well. Roasted coffee beans and molasses comes to mind. Some chocolate malt as well. Good porter nose.

T: Unfortunately, the thin, watery body doesn't live up to the nose. Tastes of roasted barley, coffee and some modest chocolate malt, but the overall impression is one of weakness/thinness. Finishes with a modest roasted char taste lingering in the aftertaste.

M: Thin, even for a porter. Gives the impression of being watered-down.

O: I bought this to bring to an outdoor, multi-day music festival, wanting some variety in cans. This will fit the bill for that, as I expect to be drinking all day and the lighter heft of this won't slow me down. But the overall impression is hurt by the watery/thin feel.

Serving type: can

04-26-2014 23:56:59 | More by Kendo
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-23-2014 01:24:16 | More by bump8628
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3.76/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2014 01:49:08 | More by Fatehunter
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South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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 :)

Serving type: can

04-17-2014 00:56:02 | More by chinchill
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

04-08-2014 03:37:16 | More by jrohrbacher
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Pilot Rock Porter from Caldera Brewing Company
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