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Ninja Porter - Asheville Brewing Company

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Ninja PorterNinja Porter

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136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheBierBand on 06-19-2007)
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Reviews by callisbeers:
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North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -9.9%

Poured from bottle into a stien. Huge frothy head, nice lacing. Dark brown, deep red color. Not great at describing tastes but this one kind of has a burnt flavor to it. The malty flavor wants to come out but just can't overcome the burnt taste. Lots of carbonation which also affects the taste and mouthfeel. Overall an average porter, would probably try again if served on tap.

12-04-2009 11:47:56 | More by callisbeers
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

04-22-2010 17:26:02 | More by oberon
Photo of jeffwein

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

10-12-2013 20:33:25 | More by jeffwein
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.44/5  rDev -3.1%

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)

07-31-2011 22:06:08 | More by chinchill
Photo of glid02


3.4/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

02-22-2009 23:55:21 | More by glid02
Photo of dc55110


2.95/5  rDev -16.9%

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.

01-06-2012 05:28:27 | More by dc55110
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New Mexico

4/5  rDev +12.7%

02-14-2013 16:24:59 | More by LXIXME
Photo of Brenden


3.88/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

07-10-2010 19:01:01 | More by Brenden
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

06-02-2014 13:59:16 | More by seavercm
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

05-28-2012 21:37:09 | More by tdm168
Photo of dirtylou


3.85/5  rDev +8.5%

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

02-03-2010 04:07:25 | More by dirtylou
Photo of prototypic


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

05-05-2014 13:02:44 | More by prototypic
Photo of dailyminefield

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

04-19-2014 19:44:42 | More by dailyminefield
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

07-24-2014 01:00:14 | More by aleckpa
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3.83/5  rDev +7.9%

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

07-09-2009 01:40:41 | More by russpowell
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

10-29-2013 21:09:55 | More by Kegatron
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South Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

03-22-2011 18:31:15 | More by thagr81us
Photo of rnd6510

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

07-21-2009 16:40:36 | More by rnd6510
Photo of tone77


3.86/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

03-23-2013 22:37:57 | More by tone77
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1.83/5  rDev -48.5%

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...

06-07-2011 05:04:32 | More by lisomiso
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.05/5  rDev -14.1%

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.

11-27-2011 16:46:01 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of jonB

New York

3.4/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

11-12-2012 01:38:51 | More by jonB
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%

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

07-29-2007 04:01:39 | More by mikesgroove
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North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -16.1%

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.

11-24-2011 04:58:50 | More by wcudwight
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +14.1%

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.

06-20-2014 20:51:21 | More by Immortale25
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Ninja Porter from Asheville Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.