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Pilot Rock Porter - Caldera Brewing Company

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Pilot Rock Porter
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
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:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 11-18-2004)
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Reviews by slaintemhor:
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3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap last in August of 2009 at Bailey's Taproom in Portland, Oregon. The colour was a very dark brown with a garnet base and a thin tan head. The aroma was full of coffee, roasted malt and chocolate. On the palate, there was light CO2, day old coffee, some dark chocolate and more roasted malt.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2010 04:12:46 | More by slaintemhor
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3/5  rDev -20%

07-08-2014 05:41:26 | More by dertyd
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

07-07-2014 17:21:16 | More by SamuelR
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

07-07-2014 04:26:29 | More by ShortStack316
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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

3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
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 +6.7%

06-25-2014 21:28:10 | More by sharpski
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-19-2014 12:20:13 | More by Kegatron
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4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
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 +13.3%

06-16-2014 00:26:18 | More by Sir_Goatman
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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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4/5  rDev +6.7%

06-14-2014 14:18:49 | More by JMScowcroft
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

06-13-2014 22:09:25 | More by thatoneguymike
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4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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 -6.7%

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

3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
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 +6.7%

04-29-2014 17:11:11 | More by smb71481
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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

Serving type: can

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

3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
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%

04-23-2014 01:24:16 | More by bump8628
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

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 :)

Serving type: can

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

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

04-08-2014 03:37:16 | More by jrohrbacher
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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.

Serving type: can

04-06-2014 00:18:11 | More by Zraly
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

04-05-2014 23:22:12 | More by Jonker1
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Pilot Rock Porter from Caldera Brewing Company
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