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Ninja Porter - Asheville Brewing Company

Ninja PorterNinja Porter

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114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.45%

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 AaronDz


2.73/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from can. Appearance is dark brown with a thin tan head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, and a bit of toast. Taste follows suit but a bit metallic and has notes of coffee and a slight hop bitterness. Medium body with moderate low carbonation. Overall a mediocre porter.

Serving type: can

01-08-2014 23:48:17 | More by AaronDz
Photo of ElCommodoro


3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is my first new porter in a while. It's pretty good. Worth a try. It's very light in body for a porter, but I'm finding that enjoyable in this particular brew. It's got a nice chocolate and malt character that leads it away from tasting too much like cold coffee, which it would otherwise be in danger of doing because it is low in carbonation in addition to being light in body. So, if you want a nice, relaxing, light-bodied porter that is a little interesting without being in-your-face with flavour, give this a try. If that sounds awful to you, stay away.

Serving type: can

08-27-2013 05:50:05 | More by ElCommodoro
Photo of BlackBelt5112203

South Carolina

3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a snifter at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Deep brown color with a 1.5-finger frothy, foamy, tan head. Decent retention with some patches of lacing.

S – Mostly coffee and chocolate with maybe some additional vanilla aromas coming in. Pretty one-dimensional but pleasant nonetheless.

T – Much like the aroma, the taste starts off sweet with mostly milk chocolate and some vanilla and is followed by a rush of mildly bitter roasted coffee. Again, one-dimensional but tasty.

S – Medium-bodied, good carbonation, a creamy and smooth mouthfeel, and a bittersweet and slightly dry finish.

O – This is a pretty good porter. There’s nothing groundbreaking here or really even much to say, but it is a very tasty and drinkable beer. If I was looking for a porter that I could drink all day, this would be on the list.

Serving type: can

07-23-2013 02:45:11 | More by BlackBelt5112203
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: can

07-05-2013 23:24:10 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black with a foamy white head.

The smell is roasted malts and coffee.

The taste is much the same as the smell, very roasty, pretty tasty.

The mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side with medium carbonation.

Overall this was a decent porter but not any better than that.

Serving type: can

06-26-2013 01:29:39 | More by Dave1999
Photo of SerialHiker


3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark brown…dark and dense…head is a mocha color and thin…at first pour, it was thick and luscious, but has settled to a thin to wispy layer…(3/5)

Smell: Roasted malts up front…it’s certainly not overly pungent, I really have to stick my nose in there to catch more complexity…I do pick up some mild dry chocolate and oatmeal…no real hops presence…as it warms, it loses aroma…eh…(3/5)

Taste: Once again, roasted malts up front…it’s got a creamy, richness to it without tasting milky…oatmeal, faint coffee bitterness and a hint of airy citrus hops…hops are very faint, but do round out the overall flavor…this is for sure a malt driven vehicle and unfortunately, there’s little exotic happening here…a good nice flavor, but it’s basic…(3.5/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body…carbonation is also very light, with little fluff happening here…I’m not sure if I had a badly shaken can or something, but this brew initially exploded with carbonation and now is a faint shell of that…a nice roasted malt with a light oatmeal flavor lingers into the after taste…(3.25/5)

Overall: Hmmm, this beer was underwhelming when I really broke it’s parts down…I’ve had it before and have always enjoyed it, but my individual scores don’t necessarily reflect that…it’s got an easy drinkability which in the end is the most important factor, but I have to say I find the flavor a bit boring…while it’s good, it doesn’t stray far from the safety net of roasted malts…worthy of mixing in a six pack, it’s good, not great…(3.5/5)


Serving type: can

06-22-2013 02:32:39 | More by SerialHiker
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear very dark amber (almost black) in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some dark garnet red highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a creamy thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with notes of freshly ground coffee and some dark chocolate. The coffee flavors become more pronounced as the beer warms up.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of dark roasted malts with some chocolate malts. There are light to moderate flavors of freshly ground coffee that intensifies as the beer warms. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish that fades quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This beer is very well balanced between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the roasted malts and coffee. Extremely easy to drink and enjoyable, easily sessionable.

Serving type: can

05-02-2013 23:53:35 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of metter98

New York

3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: can

05-01-2013 01:10:29 | More by metter98
Photo of BeerDocT


4.01/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: can

04-25-2013 05:45:44 | More by BeerDocT
Photo of woodychandler


3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My local, in-person trader, tone77, keeps referring to me as a master of The CANQuest (TM), but his latest drop-off has left my jaw hanging open and my tongue lolling in my head!

From the CAN: "Open a CAN of Whoop Ass!"

I keep thinking of Ninja Kitty, the terroristic stray in the comic strip, "One Big Happy" as I CANtemplate opening it. Am I going to be blindly opening a CAN of whoop ass and being surprised by its CANtents? Is this to be the end of The CANQuest (TM)? Stay tuned for answers to these and other burning questions, like "Will the sun rise in the east tomorrow?" and "Does anybody remember the PIN to my ATM card?"

The Crack was less jugular-attacking than I imagined it would be, so I decided to see if an inverted Glug would shake things up. Did it not?!? I had a cascading action that forced me to ramp back and ease up on the gas. It created two fingers of dense, deep-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep-brown with just enough light penetration to allow me to take in its ruby highlights. Nose was coffee, dark chocolate, spearmint. I was suddenly thinking of Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was initially more milk chocolate and I was not getting much in the way of hops on the tongue. Finish was smokier and mintier than it had been in the mouth. Not bad, but not enough to really trip my trigger, either.

Serving type: can

04-12-2013 00:15:26 | More by woodychandler
Photo of tone77


3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: can

03-23-2013 22:37:57 | More by tone77
Photo of patre_tim


4.24/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Serving type: can

02-09-2013 03:39:34 | More by patre_tim
Photo of jonB

New York

3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 03:20:18 | More by therica
Photo of Dope


3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hmmmm, a ridiculously foamy pour. I'm talking 1" of liquid and then 4" of foam. Dark brown pour with a fluffy light brown head. Bottle starts foaming over shortly afterwards. Annoying. Head fades very very slowly, leaving very light and fluffy tendrils of lacing. Big island of foam in the center remains perpetually.

S: Light chocolate and char from the roasted malt. A little metallic twang but nothing big.

T: Nice light chocolate and char flavors. Touch of cocoa powder and a little bitterness. Hints of bitter coffee on the back end along with more char. Pretty subtle, this is a pretty low ABV beer.

M: Light, creamy, smooth. Carbonation is just a touch high but not bad given the gushing bottle.

O: Given the extreme carbonation and gushing I expected it to be overcarbed or infected. It was neither oddly enough. In fact it's a lower ABV tasty porter. Fairly light but well balanced and not watery. Simple.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 03:29:55 | More by Dope
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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


1.9/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

One of the coolest label designs I've seen. Let's see if the beer lives up to it. Cap looks like it was put on with a hand capper.

Pours a dark coffee brown, opaque in the glass. Big fluffy two-finger medium-tan head. Decent retention, and foamy lacing reaching up the sides of the glass. A nice looking beer.

Smell is pretty faint. I get a bit of chocolate from the malts, and some smoke, but a light, slightly vinegary white-grape smell is the second thing I pick up. Comes in very high in the nose, with more of the notes I'd expect from a white wine than a porter.

Taste is... blech. If I weren't reviewing it, I'd stop now. I feel like I'm getting all of the bad sides of a porter, without the good. It's just foul. There's a touch of smoke. But mainly it's sour, acidic, and pungent, with the character of rotten fruit.

Mouthfeel is slick and smooth. Moderate carbonation. Finish is quite dry. Not bad, but I just want it to go away.

I think this is the worst porter I've ever had. Infected bottle, maybe? Hard for me to say without trying it again. But the rest of this is going down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 04:27:57 | More by zeledonia
Photo of dc55110


2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 05:28:27 | More by dc55110
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh from a trade with jerryfreaks. Thanks man!

Poured at room temp into a snifter the beer pours a rich cola brown with fluffy tan head of 2.5 cm even with a gentle pour. The head fades gradually to a sturdy edge layer and thin wispy surface bubbles.
Aroma is roasted malt and some brown sugar. Not a huge nose but appealing none the less.
First sip reveals an average to light body and fine tingly carbonation. The texture is silky smooth and the beer drinks very easily on each sip.
The beer features a roasted malt and again some brown sugar. There are hits of dry cocoa powder mixed in as well.
A fairly straight forward beer that isnt overly complex, but I do enjoy what it does possess. A nice easy drinking porter can be hard to find in a world of extreme everything. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 04:29:02 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of beerwolf77


2.8/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks goes to gehenherzog for this bottle. Split into tulips.

A: Dark chocolate brown with a modest mocha hued head. Soapy lace left behind.

S: Chocolate roast malt. Coffee and a hint of peanut butter. Maybe even a touch vanilla in there.

T: Flavors are rather light. Modest chocolate and coffee. Seems rather thin and almost watered down.

M: Medium to light body. Mild carbonation.

O: Meh. Nothing really special here.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 00:25:42 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
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)

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2011 22:06:08 | More by chinchill
Photo of aubuc1


3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle

pours dark brown with a thick tan head.

smell is roasty. very coffeeish. i dont like coffee.

taste is much like it smells. coffeeish with a sweet finish.

sort of thin mouthfeel.

This is a flavorful beer, but not one that suits my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 21:41:09 | More by aubuc1
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Very dark with some auburn hues. It has a small tan head that doesn't really leave any lacing but does keep a thin layer throughout the pint.

S-Sweet, roasted malt, caramel.

T-Very sweet with lots of caramel coming through and some hints of roasted malts. The sweetest American Porter I've tried.

M-About right for the style not too thick or to thin and not overly carbonated.

D-I think after a couple of pints the sweetness would cut into my drinkability of this beer. I did enjoy my single pint and would drink it again.

Overall, this was just a little to sweet for me. It wasn't as robust as others of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2011 13:28:10 | More by thegodfather2701
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Ninja Porter from Asheville Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.