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Pilot Rock Porter - Caldera Brewing Company

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Pilot Rock PorterPilot Rock Porter

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84
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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Sammy, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Canned on 12/3/13.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toasted nut, and cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, coffee, and nut flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice roasted malt and toasted nut qualities all around.

Serving type: can.

UCLABrewN84, Friday at 03:49 AM
Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Texasfan549, Jul 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Kegatron, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of russpowell
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%

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

russpowell, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of Gavage
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

Gavage, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev +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 :)

chinchill, Apr 17, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

flagmantho, Mar 28, 2014
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3.61/5  rDev -3.7%

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, May 31, 2014
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3.65/5  rDev -2.7%

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, Sunday at 05:56 AM
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.72/5  rDev +25.9%

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!

Cyberkedi, Jul 10, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

AngusOg, Jul 13, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

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
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4.22/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

Reidrover, Oct 08, 2009
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

thatoneguymike, Jun 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

bigred89, Jun 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

IdrinkGas, Apr 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

atlbravsrno1, Jul 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

buckyp, Jul 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

CoryR, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of dar482
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

dar482, Jul 04, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

Fatehunter, Apr 21, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

Kendo, Apr 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

CaptDavyJones, Jul 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

jrohrbacher, Apr 08, 2014
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Pilot Rock Porter from Caldera Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.