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Ninja Porter - Asheville Brewing Company

Ninja PorterNinja Porter

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BA SCORE
80
good

114 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate brown with generous ferric oxide edges. An overcast morning prevents me from determining opacity versus lucency. The golden sand colored lid is barely two fingers in size, but it looks good enough and is beginning to deposit attractive sheets of finely dotted lace.

The nose indicates that Ninja Porter isn't messing around and should be pretty good beer. It's boldly dark malty, with coffee beans leading the way. No appreciable hoppiness isn't a problem at all.

Keeping the ABV in mind (5.6%), this ABC ale is a well-crafted porter that checks each and every one of the style boxes with a big red 'X'. More barley would make it even better, but that's just my big beer bias talking. On the other hand, its relative lightness ensures that this bomber is well on its way to disappearing posthaste.

Despite a twinge of tightening on the finish, this is a malt-dominant beer when it comes to flavor. Bittersweet chocolate and black coffee are well out in front. Actually, there aren't many other flavors present. Then again, complexity isn't a necessary characteristic in an easy drinking porter.

I'm willing to cut it a great deal of slack, but the body/mouthfeel doesn't quite earn the bigger score. It's a fraction too light and doesn't have enough volumizing bubbles. Not bad, just not as deserving of praise.

(Teenage Mutant) Ninja Porter is good beer if you're in the mood for a 'no bells or whistles' version that does almost everything right and almost nothing wrong. Along with their Old School Pale Ale, this is my favorite Asheville beer so far.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 12:19:17 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last one for the night, seriously, been a long day at the festival, with a ton of good beer around to enjoy, typing up this review and hitting the sack. Poured a deep hazelnut brown with a an off white head. Decent retention and a good amount of lace went along, some fizzy carboantion. Smell was sweet, I think this would fit better as an oatmeal porter to be honest. Roasted caramel and malts and a touch of sugar in the aroma. Nice creamy feel, really very smooth. The taste was full of roasted malt, burned coffee and some nuttiness as well. A bit of sugar rouned it out nicely. Nice dry finish. Very very drinkable, this was easily a session beer for sure. Overall a very nice porter, I would definatly try this one again. A little thin, but overall worth a shot

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2007 04:01:39 | More by mikesgroove
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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
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oberon

North Carolina

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

Poured a deep dark brown with a thinner off white head that left a single ring of lace as it faded quickly.Mainly roast in the nose with a tinge of bitter chocolate,pretty basic but not bad.Flavors are roasty with a bit of molasses-like sweetness,the roast and sweetness go well together,I did pick up some faint smoke as I drank more in the finish.Not a bad porter,it has some sweetness to it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2010 17:26:02 | More by oberon
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of my NC beer haul:

Pours a chestnut tinged mahogany with a finger of mocha colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Coffee & dark fruit

T: Roasty grain, coffee, a touch of oakyness & vanilla up front. Dryness & coffee tastes pick up as this warms, along with some leafy hops & some fruityness as well (plummyness). Finishes dry & roasty with a touch of brown sugar & persimmons

MF: Medium bodied, over carbonated up front, smooths out a bit as this warms, plus a touch of oilyness. Balances out well once warm

Drinks pretty easy, a respectable American Porter. The two beers from this brewery have measured up nicely

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 01:40:41 | More by russpowell
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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It left soapy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of cocoa, roasted malt and floral notes. Really a great porter aroma.

T - It tasted of chocolate/cocoa, roasted malts, caramel and toffee.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a really good porter. Great aroma and a really good taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 13:20:04 | More by zeff80
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

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
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glid02

Georgia

3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this courtesy of Ding - much obliged!

Pours a very dark brown color with a thin off-white head. The head recedes quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, with hints of unsweetened chocolate and coffee.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the unsweetened chocolate comes out a bit more. The ending is bitter, with equal parts coffee and roasted malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is good, though a bit on the thin side. Still, it manages to go down pretty smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I enjoyed the little bit that I had, but I'm not terribly excited about drinking a whole lot more.

Overall this was a good porter, but there are many others out there I'd choose before this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 23:55:21 | More by glid02
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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
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dirtylou

Washington

3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, carefully shipped by blackie

appearance: ninja label, poured into an ale asylum pint, dark mahogany body, creamy tan foam, light retention

smell: roasty, dry cocoa, pretty tame

taste: dry and roasty porter, milk chocolate, dark fruits, roasted oats, roasted malts. pretty good porter - but i like them richer and creamier

mouthfeel: dry, on the lighter end of the spectrum

drinkability: fine

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 04:07:25 | More by dirtylou
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at the brewpub while visiting Asheville for the day. Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured a deep dark brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, dark chocolate, slight cream, and subtle hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and slight bitter hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Awe-inspiring? Hell no... All of the flavors seemed watered down/diluted. The aroma was good though. I would give this one a shot at least once, but that's it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2011 18:31:15 | More by thagr81us
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

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
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer that I grabbed when I was down in NC.

Pouring a dark, woody brown with brown highlights, there's a dense, beige-colored head that recedes to a thin disk, leaving patchy foam. The nose is decent. A big hop character is present, rather pine-like, along with a moderate chocolate and caramel sweetness. Heavily roasted grain character is low. The hops also add a mild floral touch to the nose. And I also seem to be the only one to pick out the rather big pine hop character, so either this is a reformulated recipe, or this is just incredibly fresh.

On the palate, there's no mistaking the hops for anything else. Definitely present as a flavor addition, there's a rather noticeable pine hop flavor. Hop bitterness is low, though there is a definite grainy bitterness with some chocolate and coffee grounds. Despite the relatively low ABV, the mouthfeel is quite excellent. Medium in body with soft carbonation, this feels fuller than I expected. However, the flavors just aren't there. The roast isn't prominent enough, and the pine hop flavors don't work as well with the caramel and coffee. The flavors don't linger like they do with better porters (see Ed Fitz) Also, there isn't enough flavor to ride the wonderful body, it seems a little lacking. All told, a solid effort.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 18:23:47 | More by DefenCorps
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gford217

Georgia

3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Ding at the Brick Store.

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a small, fleeting off-white head that leaves no lacing.

The aroma is subdued and mostly dominated by dark roasted malts with only hints of chocolate and coffee in the background.

The taste has a slightly more pronounced chocolate sweetness that balances the smoked malts more than the aroma would suggest. The finish is dry and slightly smoky, possibly with some coffee bitterness though very faint.

The mouthfeel is very light for the style with less carbonation than I expected.

This is an average porter that doesn't stand out in any way and is very light for the style. Not bad but nothing memorable.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 04:31:08 | More by gford217
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tone77

Pennsylvania

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
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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
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Brenden

Ohio

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

I had this on tap at the source last night.

This beer pours out a dark brown color. A small tan head forms on tap and fades after a time to a fairly thick foam, leaving light spots of lacing behind it.
The aroma is roasted malts, a touch nutty with a bittersweet chocolate note. It's just a touch light, but I'm not expecting a stout.
The flavor is pretty full, perhaps like a Guinness with more flavor and less of the astringency. Roasted malts with a light bitter sweetness, dry with just a touch of dark fruits and definite coffee notes. A light hops finish offers balance without taking away the malt-forward nature.
This has a standard mouthfeel for a porter: a medium-full body, low carbonation, and a bit creamy.
This is a nice brew from the APBC.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2010 19:01:01 | More by Brenden
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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
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

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
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Dope

Massachusetts

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
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Onenote81

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +13.3%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2010 16:12:38 | More by Onenote81
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
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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beer2day

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black pour with 1/2 finger of medium cream head. No retention. Very nice strands of lace run horizontal down the glass.

Faint dark chocolate nose. The aroma is very nice, just not strong enough.

Thin hit and feel up front, then an intense chocolate burst. Creamy vanilla finish.

Good amount of fizz in the feel. Could be creamier.

Very nice sessionable porter.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2010 23:48:56 | More by beer2day
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

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
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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
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Ninja Porter from Asheville Brewing Company
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