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Pilot Rock Porter - Caldera Brewing Company

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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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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Photo of RedDiamond
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pilot Rock is brown with ruby highlights and sports a thin head with no lace. It started with a nice roasted aroma and flavor. But these initial selling points lacked sustain. Most dimensions are otherwise customary with a slightly thin body.

Served on tap at the Siskiyou Pub, Ashland, OR.

RedDiamond, Nov 18, 2004
Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -20.2%

dertyd, Jul 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

kylemckinnis, Feb 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

avaldivia, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of Mphis
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Mphis, Feb 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Theogre83, Sep 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

civicm87, Jun 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

chugamugofsud, Feb 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Texasfan549, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of Thrasher
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
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 hophugger
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
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...

hophugger, Saturday at 09:36 PM
Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Sammy, Aug 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Kegatron, Jun 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

atlbravsrno1, Jul 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

sonofliberty2, Jul 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

OregonGrown7, Jul 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

KCFaninPA, Aug 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

bigred89, Jun 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

jrohrbacher, Apr 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

CoryR, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of slaintemhor
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

slaintemhor, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of pknyc
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%

pknyc, Saturday at 10:02 PM
Photo of avalon07
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.

avalon07, Jun 01, 2014
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3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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
Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

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
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Pilot Rock Porter from Caldera Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.