Ninja Porter - Asheville Brewing Company
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Reviews by CWiggins:
3.23/5 rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Even though I pass through Asheville a couple of times a year, I've never visited Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company. I was surprised to see three of their brews for sale in 22oz bottles at Bruisin' Ales this past week; I picked up the Ninja Porter and Shiva IPA for $4 each.
It's a little lighter than the thick, black liquid I'm used to seeing when pouring a porter, but once it gets in the glass the sheer density renders it opaque. No real head formed on this pour, but a smattering of soda-like bubbles appeared briefly. A deep inhalation reveals a faint whiff of dark fruit, but mostly one notices the normal burnt malt aroma so characteristic of porter beer. The flavor is delightfully dark with a medium richness of burnt malt essence. A bit of hop bitterness arrives toward the finish, but the aftertaste is mainly of dark-roasted coffee. Hmm, hmm. Perhaps I've had too many "imperial" porters to be impressed with this lighter style-the mouthfeel seems lean and bubbly-but I admit it is fun to drink and nice to ponder.
Serving type: bottle
12-31-2008 02:37:07 | More by CWiggins
More User Reviews:
3.83/5 rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight alcohol, slight hops, yeast, hint of chocolate, and a hint of oatmeal. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of oatmeal, slight alcohol, yeast, and a hint of hop. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, and complexity.
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2014 17:48:05 | More by Tone
4.05/5 rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had on-tap at Buffalo Nickel Asheville. Served in a pint glass.
A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing slides slowly down the glass.
S-Good roasty aroma that's slightly sweet with notes of milk chocolate. A bit nutty.
T- Flavor brings more roast but it's moderate as a porter should be. However, unlike other porters, the flavor is not moderate. Plenty of chocolate and vanilla sweetness and a bit of coffee in the aftertaste.
M- Slightly robust with medium carbonation and a full body.
O- While it's not exceptional, I feel like the low BA score of this beer doesn't do it justice. It's one of ABC's best beers IMO and it being available in cans certainly doesn't hurt.
Serving type: on-tap
06-20-2014 20:51:21 | More by Immortale25
Ninja Porter from Asheville Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.