Ninja Porter - Asheville Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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195 Ratings
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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 10
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Asheville Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TheBierBand on 06-19-2007

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Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
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)

Photo of glid02
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of dc55110
2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
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

Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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

Photo of thagr81us
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of SFNC
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

Photo of rnd6510
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Asheville Brew Non-View.
Served in pint glass with a half-finger head and left hardly any lacing on the glass.
Smell was pleasant. Roasted chocolate and mild oak.
The taste was not bad. The chocolate was light and it was pretty refreshing for a porter.
Very smooth and drinkable beer.
Not a beer that requires a lot of thought.
Will have it again. I think it would be better on a 50 degree day however.
Solid beer.

Photo of tone77
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, coffee, a touch of licorice. Taste is a good balance of coffee and chocolate, a touch of licorice at the finish, pretty tasty. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Photo of lisomiso
1.87/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Got this from Urbancaver. Uh, thanks for the thought? You're a dear?

Smells like green apple and grape bubble yum. Sour, plastic-y, awful on the palate. It's not stomach-turning, but I'm having trouble drinking enough of it to write a review.

I like the label. Walows hates it. To each their own I guess. I only mention it because we kind of fought about it as we drank.

ETA: I see my review is drastically low? Maybe we got a bad bottle? I hope so...

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle split and poured into a New Belgium globe.
No date or info.

Thanks to my #1 ninja, Beerwolf77 for sharing!

A - Dark brown with good clarity, Ninja Porter creeps out of the bottle stealthily. The quiet-forming tan head lowers slowly while leaving a thin arc of lace behind.

S - Homebrew-y, it's got a faint yeast aroma that reminds of an old wood-paneled liquor store. Roasty notes and hints of brown sugar with coffee remain in the background.

T - Roasty chocolate malts have coffee tones and a mildly hoppy balance. Boring and average.

M - The carbonation cuts through the beer like a katana; acrid, dry, bitter finishing, it's medium-light in body.

O - An average brew overall, at least it wasn't an infected mess like the bottle we tried at one of the Central Waters anniversary parties.

Photo of jonB
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bomber after visiting the brew pub. It was my favorite of the places I visited in Asheville. The porter is everything you expect/hope it will be. It pours a dark black with a good amount of head. The smell is very sweet with a little bit of alcohol, but the taste comes back to roasted malts with a slightly light mouthfeel. Overall it is a good sipping porter that falls toward the sweet side.

*I also used it to make a beef stew and it added a great flavor.

Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

Classic walnut brown body with a hint of red like chestnut brown. Some clarity to this just slightly, and a real nice cascading light tan head. Four fingers tall off the pour, with swiss cheese big bubbles. Some minimal retention and falls to a good clumpy collar.

Nice charing simple roast malts. A little bit of sweetness some slight coffee like aromas. Some cookie and peanut butter like qualities come as well with a real nice tolerable sweetness. Pretty solid.

Palate washes a little wet, but manages to be ok. Some simple grain and roasted malts but also a bit of steely medicinal qualities in the finish. Nice contrast of mild hop bitterness that lingers on the finish, but also metallic senses seem to linger slightly. Mouthfeel also comes off a little flattened, but at least not like watery dead cola. Mellow sensing roast and with some time some of the nutty peanut butter like qualities manage to poke out.

Overall ok porter but nothing mindblowing.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last one for the night, seriously, been a long day at the festival, with a ton of good beer around to enjoy, typing up this review and hitting the sack. Poured a deep hazelnut brown with a an off white head. Decent retention and a good amount of lace went along, some fizzy carboantion. Smell was sweet, I think this would fit better as an oatmeal porter to be honest. Roasted caramel and malts and a touch of sugar in the aroma. Nice creamy feel, really very smooth. The taste was full of roasted malt, burned coffee and some nuttiness as well. A bit of sugar rouned it out nicely. Nice dry finish. Very very drinkable, this was easily a session beer for sure. Overall a very nice porter, I would definatly try this one again. A little thin, but overall worth a shot

Photo of wcudwight
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown in color with a finger height mocha colored head. Good retention with sudsy lacing. Roasted cocoa aroma. Taste like a browny. Thin mouthfeel. Feels a bit watery. Decent porter that's good to session but won't blow your mind away. I've had it on-tap and it's much better.

Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very dark red in color (black when viewed from afar). It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of ground coffee beans and chocolate malts are present in the nose. The coffee becomes more dominant as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of chocolate malts and dark roasted coffee beans that are well balanced and provide an interesting contrast between sweetness and bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely easy to drink and has nice flavors of coffee, particularly as the beer warms up. I wouldn't have a problem drinking a few of these in one sitting.

Photo of BeerDocT
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Such an honor to follow the great Woody in a review... . Bought a six-pack of these in Asheville, last time I was there and am finally getting around to reviewing one.

-Appearance 4: Every one of these has just gone nuts after I poured it. HUGE fizz up that eventually settles down into a normal inch high head. Jet black in color with a cream colored head. Very attractive.

-Smell 4: Lovely bouquet. Big smells of toasted grains, caramelized sugars and hops.

-Taste 4.25: Front is sweet with a certain hoppiness. Middle is somewhat neutral, but a very pleasant smoothness and hop flavor seeps in with a strange hint of butter flavor. Finish is alkaline with a pleasantly smooth level of hops which is accentuated by smoky grains. Everything is balanced and nuanced. Aftertaste is dry, very nuanced and features the smoky grains and a slight coffee flavor. Nice.

-Mouthfeel 3: This is the flaw of this beer. Mouthfeel is nice and deep, but there is far too much carbonation in this beer. CO2 should be tuned down a bit. Don't get me wrong, I think this style is helped out by a greater than normal level of carbonation, but its current level is over the top.

-Overall 4: Excellent porter. I really enjoy the flavor profiles in this beer and the hops chosen. My only complaint is the carbonation level. I would love to have this one on tap some day. I highly recommend this beer.

Photo of patre_tim
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown almost opaque with some transparency, slight red tinge. Cannot see carbonation, head is 2 fingers, beige and fluffy.

S: Dark malt, coffee, earthy, a slight fishy smell but almost not present, chocolate, a bit of smoke.

T: Creamy, malty roasty, coffee, chocolate, smooth and balanced, little to no bitterness, a little metallic.

M: Smooth, medium body, medium carbonation.

O: Smooth and delicious for a porter, any negative scents or smells are only slight. Its well balanced and malty. Very good beer. Would go well with roast game.

Photo of mntlover
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Looks like a porter. Aroma is good roasted malts light coffee and coco nibs some light licorice notes. Flavor is the same nice roasted malts hints of coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is a little on the fizzy side. Overall a descent porter nothing spectacular but nice enough and easy drinking.

Photo of Grackos
5/5  rDev +38.5%

One of the best beers I have ever had.

Photo of CWiggins
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Ninja Porter from Asheville Brewing Company
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