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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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mwbrady12

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -15.3%

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

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

07-07-2013 23:51:13 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
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
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carrollmel7

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

06-26-2013 09:06:18 | More by carrollmel7
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Dave1999

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
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
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SerialHiker

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
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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Serving type: can

06-22-2013 02:32:39 | More by SerialHiker
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Ljoreilly

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

05-26-2013 16:15:41 | More by Ljoreilly
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mralbertson

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

05-15-2013 01:44:53 | More by mralbertson
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
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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metter98

New York

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
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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juliusseizure

New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

04-30-2013 21:55:17 | More by juliusseizure
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BeerDocT

Georgia

4.01/5  rDev +13.3%
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
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +9%
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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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

03-01-2013 14:10:42 | More by RedneckBeerz
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +13%

02-14-2013 16:24:59 | More by LXIXME
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +13%

02-11-2013 00:51:38 | More by BigTrubble
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patre_tim

China

4.24/5  rDev +19.8%
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
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Scubaman

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

01-10-2013 16:09:59 | More by Scubaman
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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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Falcone

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -15.3%

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

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

12-01-2012 02:17:02 | More by FUwolfpacker
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ZinFanDave

Georgia

4/5  rDev +13%

11-20-2012 00:37:12 | More by ZinFanDave
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jonB

New York

3.4/5  rDev -4%
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
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sendbeer

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

10-22-2012 20:52:44 | More by sendbeer
Ninja Porter from Asheville Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.