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Ninja Porter - Asheville Brewing Company

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Ninja PorterNinja Porter

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BA SCORE
81
good

146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.69%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | 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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Photo of Grackos
5/5  rDev +39.7%

One of the best beers I have ever had.

Grackos, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of ssk
4.75/5  rDev +32.7%

ssk, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of lflow
4.53/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ashville Pizza and Brewing Co. is an awesome place to stop. Really cool pub with great pizza, and a porter that is more than worth writing home about. Stopped here on my way back from a vacation, and this meal was better than the actual vacation.

The porter is dark black with a nice tan head, that does last a little while. The smell is mostly roasted malt, a little chocolate. Like the scottish, the smell was a little weak.

Taste is delicious. Roasted malts, without a lot of sweet taste, just roasty. Chocolate. Call me crazy, I think I tasted something like freshly ground malt. Also tastes a bit earthy.

This beer is smooth, thick, absolutely awesome. I could drink it all day long.

I took a bomber home with me. Try this beer, and you will too.

lflow, Aug 19, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Scubaman, Jan 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Wessoms, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

pathman, Jul 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

sendbeer, Oct 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

wrightst, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

TrickkyGangsta, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of patre_tim
4.24/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

patre_tim, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of Grand-Raggedy
4.24/5  rDev +18.4%

Grand-Raggedy, Wednesday at 12:45 AM
Photo of TheBierBand
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer at "Broo-er's Village" at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN. This festival occurs every year in Mid June.... 4 days....100 bands... 11 stages... 80,000 people....GREAT TIME! Each year, they have a tent set up with various microbrews to sample. The 2007 "Broo-er's Village" had offerings from Rogue Brewing, Brooklyn Brewery, Asheville Brewery, Magic Hat, Flying Dog Brewery, and a few others.

The Ninja Porter was served to me in a 12 oz Plastic cup... the head was about 1/2" and creamy tan. The liquid was dark/black... but it was viewed through the semi opaque plastic cup.

The aroma was malty and chocolate.

The taste was very good! The dark chocolate taste was most prevalent and the malty richness came through and lingered. Nice balance with a slight hop bitterness that just balances off the chocolate sweetness. A nice porter!

Mouthfeel was nice as well. The carbonation was adequate.... not too fizzy. The thickness (viscosity) was healthy and meaty.

Drinkability: I could have had a few of these.... I did not inquire as to what the ABV was. But I feel that one could enjoy a few of these in a sitting. I highly recommend this beer.

TheBierBand, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of Immortale25
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Immortale25, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of Axnjxn
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

5.6% abv can canned on 2/5/13 poured into a shaker

pours a pitch black with a big frothy head with massive lacing. smell is typical for a porter. malty and chocolatey. taste remains true. typical porter characteristics here, as it should be. a good feel for a porter , medium bodied with medium carb.

overall a good porter. would definitely have another.

Axnjxn, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of BeerDocT
4.01/5  rDev +12%
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.

BeerDocT, Apr 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

LXIXME, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

tdm168, May 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

trevorpost, Aug 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

AngusOg, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of Onenote81
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another of the offerings I had at the brewpub the other night. Came out a dark black with a bit of light around the edges. Small tan head capped it off. Sip rings and lace present. Scents of coffee, milk chocolate, and dark breads.

Another full-bodied beer here. I like the depth of this. This is definitely a more coffee-forward beer. Flavors of espresso, pumpernickel bread, and graham crackers. This was my favorite offering of the night I think. Well done!

Onenote81, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of therica
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought to me from Asheville by a friend.

A= dark near-black, a nice brown head, some rimming.

S= plenty of chocolate in the nose, with hints of coffee; modest hops florals.

T= nicely chocolate, the coffee becomes more apparent in the taste than in the nose; nicely carbonated, not too much-- I found it rather balanced.

M= chocolate, some hops florals and hints of coffee remain but the chocolate dominates.

O= a very nicely balanced Porter in the traditional style.

therica, Jul 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Beer_Baron, Apr 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

CampusCrew, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of jpro
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC...

A: Pours a dark brown / near black into a dimpled mug, with a nice and tight one-finger cap of khaki foam that leaves some nice sheets of lace throughout consumption; held to light, this beer shows some deep mahogany highlights around the edges.

S: Chocolate and lightly roasted malts; maybe a touch of coffee, but not much; very clean aroma.

T: Nice chocolate malt flavor, followed by some pretty heavily roasted notes - maybe even a touch charry and acrid (in a good way) toward the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; sticks to the palate.

D: A very satisfying porter - glad I gave it a try and would happily have it again.

jpro, Oct 23, 2010
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

xJMFCx, Jun 07, 2014
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Ninja Porter from Asheville Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.