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Ninja Porter - Asheville Brewing Company

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Ninja PorterNinja Porter

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131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.84%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | 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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lisomiso

California

1.83/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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...

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 05:04:32 | More by lisomiso
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zeledonia

Minnesota

1.9/5  rDev -46.3%
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
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dfpratt09

North Carolina

2/5  rDev -43.5%

12-25-2011 06:08:29 | More by dfpratt09
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Khazadum

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

01-28-2012 22:46:09 | More by Khazadum
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Lukafer

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

12-08-2012 01:10:03 | More by Lukafer
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AaronDz

Ohio

2.73/5  rDev -22.9%
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
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Jovian00

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

05-30-2012 22:17:24 | More by Jovian00
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

09-24-2013 13:16:46 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

2.8/5  rDev -20.9%
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
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shivtim

Georgia

2.85/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I tried this on-tap at the brew pub / pizza house. It came in a pint glass. A little too cold. Dark brown with no head, just a couple of tiny suds at the surface. Smell was slightly sweet, with hints of smoky malts. Taste was molasses and grains, but overall was very faint. Malts were nondescript. Mouthfeel was exceptionally watery, as if there was no carbonation whatsoever.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2008 02:42:45 | More by shivtim
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dc55110

Minnesota

2.95/5  rDev -16.7%
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
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

2.95/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

served into a pint glass at the brewery. kind of a very dark ruby with cranberry highlights. small white head. some lacing but not much. aroma was pretty much nonexistent. a touch of chocolate but mostly just light grains. pretty blah. taste was more of the same. a small amount of chocolate and a good dose of fruity sweetness but mostly bland. light bodied and watery. just an average house beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2008 22:23:18 | More by SaCkErZ9
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wcudwight

North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
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
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seavercm

Georgia

3/5  rDev -15.3%

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

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15.3%

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

Florida

3/5  rDev -15.3%

07-22-2012 12:34:09 | More by sendsilk
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mwbrady12

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -15.3%

07-16-2013 23:04:01 | More by mwbrady12
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RBorsato

Virginia

3/5  rDev -15.3%

05-30-2014 19:50:44 | More by RBorsato
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jaidenjb

Ohio

3/5  rDev -15.3%

08-12-2012 02:39:59 | More by jaidenjb
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Falcone

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -15.3%

12-04-2012 05:37:31 | More by Falcone
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stoppertb18

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -15.3%

04-16-2012 23:47:33 | More by stoppertb18
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Duke3nc

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -15.3%

03-24-2012 14:24:11 | More by Duke3nc
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15.3%

10-07-2013 03:52:42 | More by hollywood_15063
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Nolen12

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -15.3%

11-13-2013 23:00:49 | More by Nolen12
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
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
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Ninja Porter from Asheville Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.