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Pilot Rock Porter - Caldera Brewing Company

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Pilot Rock Porter
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BA SCORE
85
very good

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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RedDiamond

Oregon

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2004 02:10:45 | More by RedDiamond
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dertyd

California

3/5  rDev -20.2%

07-08-2014 05:41:26 | More by dertyd
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kylemckinnis

Oregon

3/5  rDev -20.2%

02-27-2012 01:43:42 | More by kylemckinnis
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avaldivia

California

3/5  rDev -20.2%

07-28-2012 22:05:07 | More by avaldivia
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Mphis

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -20.2%

02-02-2014 18:35:57 | More by Mphis
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civicm87

New York

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

06-15-2014 20:17:21 | More by civicm87
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chugamugofsud

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

02-20-2013 21:37:28 | More by chugamugofsud
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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

Oregon

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2005 06:28:09 | More by Thrasher
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

06-19-2014 12:20:13 | More by Kegatron
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OregonGrown7

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-29-2013 00:49:25 | More by OregonGrown7
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bigred89

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

06-03-2014 03:14:13 | More by bigred89
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

12-10-2012 19:06:33 | More by CoryR
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slaintemhor

Oregon

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2010 04:12:46 | More by slaintemhor
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avalon07

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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Zraly

Virginia

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.

Serving type: can

04-06-2014 00:18:11 | More by Zraly
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SamuelR

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-01-2014 05:16:58 | More by IdrinkGas
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Jameswoody

Montana

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

01-29-2014 03:47:53 | More by Jameswoody
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BVukelich

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-30-2014 22:33:14 | More by BVukelich
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bump8628

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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

Oregon

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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Kendo

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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Pilot Rock Porter from Caldera Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.