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Ninja Porter - Asheville Brewing Company

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Ninja PorterNinja Porter

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BA SCORE
82
good

168 Ratings
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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheBierBand on 06-19-2007)
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Photo of Grackos
5/5  rDev +38.9%

One of the best beers I have ever had.

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4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of Nakedyeti
4.6/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of lflow
4.53/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

Photo of Scubaman
4.5/5  rDev +25%

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Omnium
4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can > Tulip

A - Black brown with a two finger tan foamy head, thick lacing. Looks great.
S - Aroma isnt super strong here, but its what you'd want, big roasts, dark baking chocolate, slight nuttiness.
T - OUTSTANDING. This is EXACTLY what you want your porter to taste like. The roasted malts in here are big and complex, going from sweet to almost a light savor flavor, toasted oats, bready, rich, some nuttiness, chocolate.
M - very balanced, not dry, not sweet, very medium.
O - Was blow away by this beer, just solid all the way around. I cant believe its rated so low. Just stoked on such a solid example of this porter.

Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of sendbeer
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of humuloner22
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

This is a solid porter, I have had it on draft, I have had it in cans. Thank you ABC! This porter is standard for the style. It is dark, maybe darker than others, by a slight bit. It has a darkness to it that borders on stout. Its head is really intense. I attribute that to the carbonation. Which some people have complained about. I tend to agree that that may be the only downside of this beer, too much on the carbonation.

Its chocolate, some mild coffee aromas, maybe a bit of caramel.

Taste is chocolate, malts, sweet, but not overly cloying a bit burned in the flavor profile which makes this a near stout but still a porter. Very enjoyable though. If you are in the area do yourself a favor and check this one out and take some sixers home with you. Most of the local stores have this beer in stock and always very fresh.

Overall: Its not blindingly brilliant in respect to the style but its as good or better than most.

Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of patre_tim
4.24/5  rDev +17.8%
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 Grand-Raggedy
4.24/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of TheBierBand
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Photo of Immortale25
4.05/5  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 Axnjxn
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of BeerDocT
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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Ninja Porter from Asheville Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.