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Ninja Porter - Asheville Brewing Company

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Ninja PorterNinja Porter

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68 Reviews
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Reviews: 68
Hads: 206
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 10
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Asheville Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheBierBand on 06-19-2007

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Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 68 | Hads: 206
Reviews by JoninVT:
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown with a thinner off white head that left a single ring of lace as it faded quickly.Mainly roast in the nose with a tinge of bitter chocolate,pretty basic but not bad.Flavors are roasty with a bit of molasses-like sweetness,the roast and sweetness go well together,I did pick up some faint smoke as I drank more in the finish.Not a bad porter,it has some sweetness to it. (394 characters)

Photo of jeffwein
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of juicebox
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at brewery.

A - Near black with a lasting but small tan head. Some mahogany highlights.

Aroma: malty with some hops in the background.

T - Richer and more bitter than your average porter. Slightly smokey, especially in the finish which is also tinted with coffee and bitter chocolate. ABC beers tend to be earthy, which works well in most cases, but this one is too earthy.

M - medium-full body with rather light carbonation.

O - after really enjoying some other beers at ABC, I was disappointed with this dark brew. Certainly not exceptional, but solid and now available in cans.

(revised with 12 oz can served in August 2013) (652 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this courtesy of Ding - much obliged!

Pours a very dark brown color with a thin off-white head. The head recedes quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, with hints of unsweetened chocolate and coffee.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the unsweetened chocolate comes out a bit more. The ending is bitter, with equal parts coffee and roasted malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is good, though a bit on the thin side. Still, it manages to go down pretty smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I enjoyed the little bit that I had, but I'm not terribly excited about drinking a whole lot more.

Overall this was a good porter, but there are many others out there I'd choose before this one. (726 characters)

Photo of dc55110
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received as an extra from Uwftke26.

Pours cola color, small head quickly vanishes. Not much to look at.

Roasted malts, a bit of smoke, yeast and a hint of sweetness.

Slightly watery smokey/roasty malt, with hints of caramel. There is lots of bready yeast on the finish.

Very thin, some what drying finish, leaves a little behind and not in a good way.

Very underwhelmed, just not very much going on here. (409 characters)

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Brenden
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the source last night.

This beer pours out a dark brown color. A small tan head forms on tap and fades after a time to a fairly thick foam, leaving light spots of lacing behind it.
The aroma is roasted malts, a touch nutty with a bittersweet chocolate note. It's just a touch light, but I'm not expecting a stout.
The flavor is pretty full, perhaps like a Guinness with more flavor and less of the astringency. Roasted malts with a light bitter sweetness, dry with just a touch of dark fruits and definite coffee notes. A light hops finish offers balance without taking away the malt-forward nature.
This has a standard mouthfeel for a porter: a medium-full body, low carbonation, and a bit creamy.
This is a nice brew from the APBC. (755 characters)

Photo of seavercm
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle with dinner at Salsas in Asheville.

A - pitch black with a thin lacing of brown head

S - roasty, creamy, faint coffee

T - roasty, chocolate, creamy, faint bitter finish

M - medium to full bodied, smooth, light carbonation

This is a very smooth, rich, roasty beer. It paired nicely with the mexican food I was enjoying. This is definitely worth trying. (369 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, carefully shipped by blackie

appearance: ninja label, poured into an ale asylum pint, dark mahogany body, creamy tan foam, light retention

smell: roasty, dry cocoa, pretty tame

taste: dry and roasty porter, milk chocolate, dark fruits, roasted oats, roasted malts. pretty good porter - but i like them richer and creamier

mouthfeel: dry, on the lighter end of the spectrum

drinkability: fine (409 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of prototypic
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of dailyminefield
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of mlockman
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aleckpa
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of my NC beer haul:

Pours a chestnut tinged mahogany with a finger of mocha colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Coffee & dark fruit

T: Roasty grain, coffee, a touch of oakyness & vanilla up front. Dryness & coffee tastes pick up as this warms, along with some leafy hops & some fruityness as well (plummyness). Finishes dry & roasty with a touch of brown sugar & persimmons

MF: Medium bodied, over carbonated up front, smooths out a bit as this warms, plus a touch of oilyness. Balances out well once warm

Drinks pretty easy, a respectable American Porter. The two beers from this brewery have measured up nicely (640 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Renegawam
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of hophugger
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Deep chocolate-brown color with average head and minimal lacing. Aromas of alcohol hit first with hints of coffee. Taste is good with touches of coffee, chocolate and some alcohol(weird since this is only 5.6abv. Overall, balance is decent, a little burn and finishes fairly clean with leftover hints of coffee and chocolate.. (326 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at the brewpub while visiting Asheville for the day. Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured a deep dark brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, dark chocolate, slight cream, and subtle hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and slight bitter hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Awe-inspiring? Hell no... All of the flavors seemed watered down/diluted. The aroma was good though. I would give this one a shot at least once, but that's it. (663 characters)

Photo of Will_The_Thrill
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SFNC
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Overall a pretty solid Porter. It looks good, smells decent and tastes fine. It's a little thin and fizzy, but overall it has the right flavor profiles that you would expect from a good Porter, roasty malts, coffee and chocolate notes and a good balance between sweetness nd bitterness. While it lacked the complexities of a great Porter, it went well with my burger and I'd get it again in a pinch. (402 characters)

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3.92/5  rDev +9.2%

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Ninja Porter from Asheville Brewing Company
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