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Pilot Rock Porter - Caldera Brewing Company

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45 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 11-18-2004)
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.72/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap an opaque deep sable with a minimal head, but the latter may be an artifact of te pour. Smoky aroma has tones of molasses and high-quality coffee. Absolutely delicious flavor has roast coffee, chocolate and molasses components and is just slightly sweet - and superb! Smooth, fizzy texture is extremely pleasing. If you visit the Pacific Northwest, look for this one!

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2011 00:57:20 | More by Cyberkedi
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spointon

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Horse Brass Pub in Portland.

A= This ale poured a deep brown/black with a 1" slightly creamy tan head. The head lasted a good long while and left some sticky residue down my glass.

S= Slight coffee roastiness mixed with treacle-like sweetness combine to make a rich aroma.

T= Extremely tasty porter here. Started off as a battle between slightly bitter roasted malts and the sweetness of the caramel malts. Some earthiness and dark fruit esters creep in to add complexity midway. Finish was medium dry - sort of an extension of the same taste battle.

MF= Medium bodied with just the right "medium" carbonation for the style. Refreshing without being sharp on the tongue.

D= Very sessionable despite the ABV. I really enjoyed this porter and would consider it in among the top 10 examples I have ever had of this style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2010 20:09:02 | More by spointon
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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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anchordrinker

California

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

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2011 05:24:24 | More by anchordrinker
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chossboss

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

01-12-2014 04:08:58 | More by chossboss
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Sir_Goatman

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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

Oregon

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2009 04:58:46 | More by Reidrover
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BierJager89

California

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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Gavage

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2006 18:50:39 | More by Gavage
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CaptainIPA

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap @ Red Star Tavern & Roast House in downtown Portland. Cheers to Zach and James for a successful video shoot.

Pours a dark chestnut brown -- bordering on black -- with a frothy one-finger head with good retention and lacing. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee.

Opens mighty tasty with big notes of licorice, malted milk balls and chocolate. Suggestions of chocolate milk and espresso enter the equation. A hint of oatmeal surfaces. Creamy mouthfeel throughout. Exquisite balance between roasted and caramel malts. Moderately dry finish.

Very drinkable and quite delicious. Spot-on for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2011 21:45:50 | More by CaptainIPA
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Mojo

Alabama

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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Spikester

Oregon

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.

Serving type: can

12-20-2013 07:21:15 | More by Spikester
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thatoneguymike

Georgia

4/5  rDev +6.7%

06-13-2014 22:09:25 | More by thatoneguymike
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smb71481

Vermont

4/5  rDev +6.7%

04-29-2014 17:11:11 | More by smb71481
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Jonker1

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.7%

04-05-2014 23:22:12 | More by Jonker1
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

4/5  rDev +6.7%

06-14-2014 14:18:49 | More by JMScowcroft
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ShortStack316

California

4/5  rDev +6.7%

07-07-2014 04:26:29 | More by ShortStack316
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sharpski

Oregon

4/5  rDev +6.7%

06-25-2014 21:28:10 | More by sharpski
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dar482

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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chinchill

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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flagmantho

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Kendo

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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Fatehunter

Oregon

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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SamuelR

California

3.75/5  rDev 0%

07-07-2014 17:21:16 | More by SamuelR
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev 0%

04-01-2014 05:16:58 | More by IdrinkGas
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Pilot Rock Porter from Caldera Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.