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Ninja Porter - Asheville Brewing Company

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 208
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 22.56%
Wants: 9
Gots: 35 | FT: 2
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 HamdenHector
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: deep brown - virtually black; 1 finger dark tan head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: roasted grains; chocolate;

T: follows the nose - a little less chocolate until the finish; mild bitterness, but not until well into the aftertaste;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: enjoyable, but not especially complex;

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Photo of hophugger
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Deep chocolate-brown color with average head and minimal lacing. Aromas of alcohol hit first with hints of coffee. Taste is good with touches of coffee, chocolate and some alcohol(weird since this is only 5.6abv. Overall, balance is decent, a little burn and finishes fairly clean with leftover hints of coffee and chocolate..

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Photo of JimKal
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a Stout glass.
Look: Nice dark brown with a one finger head. The head dissipated fairly quickly. Some lacing to begin with but this disappeared on the drink down.
Smell: Nice roast odor.
Taste: For me, this was the best part of this beer. Nice coffee, roast flavor. Very approachable.
Feel: The mouth feel was on the light side but this is a lower ABV porter and I think the mouth feel matched this lower ABV style.
Overall: I could easily see myself buying this one again. I enjoyed the fast, it is an NC beer, and it comes in a can.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours fudge brown with garnet highlights; the tan head builds to a finger or two and leaves just a few dots here and there

Smell: Roasty, with some chocolate and a hint of coffee

Taste: Roast, chocolate and walnuts, up front, with a bit of coffee and earthy hop tones developing, in the middle; the flavor fades a bit in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice, workable porter; enjoyable and easy to drink

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Photo of drpimento
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Excellent appearance with a huge tan billowy head that lasts with lace. Otherwise a bit sweet and shallow. Not bad and drinkable, but not a lot of character.

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Photo of barczar
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I didn't expect much, going in, but big chocolate notes, fairly sweet, with a dry and fairly bitter finish. There's a lingering aftertaste I can't quite place, but otherwise, very nice.

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Photo of Harvest06
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with tan head.
S: Subtle malts dominates the aroma.
T: Front slight malty, middle carbonation, end bitterness hint.
M: Very thin, light body, medium carbonation.
O: lite, drinkable, not distinct, balanced in British style

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Photo of Omnium
4.37/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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.

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Photo of mntlover
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

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Photo of SFNC
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, deep, hazelnut-brown coloring, almost black in the middle, with a thin, sparse, clingy, light tan head. Aromas of roasted mocha, bittersweet chocolate, cocoa nib, and a subtle crème highlight. Flavors are rich and roasted forward, with a blast of bitter coffee on the palate, followed by subtle chocolate and cream notes, and an earthy undertone. Smooth and light bodied, with a semisweet and heavily roasted mocha and chocolate aftertaste. The finish is smooth, with a bitter coffee linger, and slightly dry. Solid porter.

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Photo of Tone
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight alcohol, slight hops, yeast, hint of chocolate, and a hint of oatmeal. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of oatmeal, slight alcohol, yeast, and a hint of hop. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  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.

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Photo of AaronDz
2.72/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.84/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.06/5  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.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of SerialHiker
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
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)


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Photo of dbrauneis
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerDocT
4/5  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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Photo of woodychandler
3.59/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Ninja Porter from Asheville Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.