Ninja Porter - Asheville Brewing Company
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3.93/5 rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Very fresh and delicious. Roasty chocolate on the nose, smoky on the tongue. Balanced malt. Very drinkable.
Aaaaah... a'las. Sitting at a preferred brew pub with a cold pint and a pen in hand (Asheville Brewing Company). Since I endeavored on the life of a BA drone I've been cloistered in my home with nothing but bottles (not a bad I life I must add). My intermittent visits to said establishments haven't been conducive to dropping a session yet.
Today's selection is the elusive Ninja Porter. Oddly enough my first visit (of several) where the tap wasn't dry on this little gem. And now I have the honor of knowing why.
This beauty poured absolutely opaque. You couldn't see a plasma welding torch through it in a darkroom. Nice 1/2 khaki head that looked thick and chewy as beef jerky. The malty nose was big and roasty with chocolate tones that would make the Godiva Candy Co. brown with envy.
On the palate was a deft roasty chocolaty segue from the smell but was complimented nicely by a smoky richness that brought it all together.
It's a medium bodied beer that drinks easy as a light bodied beer. Mid-glass with a spirited chew I can pull off some alcohol which is refreshing for a porter. I expect nothing less.
These beer is less defined by its taste (which is solid and well above average) as it is by its freshness and lack of flaws. Nothing jumps out and says "this is the best porter ever!". But it tastes really darn good and there's not a single flaw that says "it's pretty good buuuut...". Could be the ridiculous freshness of it that's redlining the rating as well (sitting directly at the source you see). The lace is almost obnoxious. Frothy, clingy, and leaving telltale marks of every drink I've taken.
I'm in a hurry today so have to leave it at one. Can't wait to get back here though.
p.s. Order the Nacho Mama if you stop in here. Off the hook nachos.
Serving type: on-tap
02-22-2008 04:05:04 | More by AshevilleSippin
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
4.18/5 rDev +18.4%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
06-19-2007 17:09:41 | More by TheBierBand
Ninja Porter from Asheville Brewing Company
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