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Old Fort Porter - Mad Anthony Brewing Company

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Old Fort PorterOld Fort Porter

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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mad Anthony Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TheDM on 07-08-2003)
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Photo of jpkoch1962
2.23/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bought in 12 oz bottle. Noticed that the bottle was short 2 oz, minor irritation. I chilled to 55 degrees, and poured in pub glass.

Poured a very deep, almost translucent brown, with shades of deep maroon. Decent brown head consisted of very tiny bubbles, which disappeared within a minute. No lacing. I think this porter is undercarbonated. Very little aroma outside a toffe like roast malt aroma. If aroma hops were used I cannot tell.

Nice upfront maltiness. Can discern a nice coffee, rich roasted taste. The middle and finish are overwhelmed by the roasted and caramel tastes. Finishes thick, sweet, and is somewhat astringent.

This porter underwhelms. It is a very one dimensional beer that lacks complexity on many levels.

jpkoch1962, Jun 17, 2006
Photo of billab914
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter. Poured nearly black in color with a thin tan head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma has a sweet chocolaty flavor to it at first, but also has a tart fruitiness to it that didn't seem to belong. A little roasted and bitter coffee flavor almost covers up the tartness, but it's still evident.

The taste has a roasted, chocolaty bitterness to it but the tartness that was found in the nose also comes through in the taste. It finishes with a slightly acidic tartness that doesn't really seem to fit. It doesn't really taste infected at all, just more of a tart and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel seems to be a little light for a porter and it had moderate carbonation. Drinkability isn't very good, the tartness just wasn't a flavor I enjoyed in it. I really don't think it's infected but I guess it's possible it's showing some early signs of it.

billab914, May 21, 2010
Photo of Oxymoron
2.8/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Where is the new fort? Pours a mostly black color with noticeable brown highlights and good clarity. A big ample head that took a long time to come back to normal. Pretty much stayed super carbonated through the tasting and left lots of lacing.

The nose is mostly sweeter malt with limited astringency on the back end. Some roast blended with a touch of coffee. A sweeter caramel in the backend. Minor DMS but nothing over the top.

The taste is similar. Some sweeter malt with a blended roast flavor. More one dimensional with limited texture and flavor. Some light blended chocolate and patent notes but really subtle. Some limited hop flavor with a earthy floral finish that just doesn't fit in right. Limited yeasty notes as well.

The body is bit tricky but I would say its closer to a mid palate than light. A bit over carbonated with some CO2 bite. Overall this beer to me is not bad but is just missing that depth and complexity I'm looking for in a porter.

Oxymoron, May 08, 2008
Photo of aforbes10
2.85/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

my second mad anthony, both of which we've had during our friday afternoon work beer time. this one is closer to the style and less abrasive than the other (their old woody pale ale). appearance is dark and fine for a porter. smells a bit metallic and dry, with small hops odors. taste is mildly chocolatey, mildly malty, and mildly like tin. ok. Mouthfeel is quite thin and watery for the style. drinkable, but not eminently so. probably wouldnt buy this but i'd drinkit for free again if offered.

aforbes10, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark black color with a small head of brown foam. No lacing. Looks like weak, watered down old motor oil.

S: Light notes of cocoa and roasted nuts, with grape-nuts and dry malts. Nice.

T: A strong soury note similar to a baltic porter. Flavors of malts and hops are overshadowed by a vinegar like-permeation on the palate.

M: Light, thin. Somewhat watery. Little carbonation makes it's way to the tongue.

D: Fair. I've had better American Porters.

Frozensoul327, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of emerge077
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tan foam billows up to fill the entire glass. It settles but maintains an inch or so on top, after the rest is slowly poured in. No lace, the surface has a shiny, soapy sheen. Yeast is poured in, giving it a 2" head.

Aromas of dusty roast malt, coffee grounds. It's sweet and nutty, mildly lactic, but with a metallic note.

Astringent twang, carbonic mineral bite. Some earthy roast peeks out in the finish, but overall it's not too gentle. Ample carbonation, but the sourish bite takes away from any nuance. Seems like this has gone south.

This single came from a store cooler, transported in a cooler, straight to my fridge. Not sure how old the bottle was, but the product wasn't of high quality.

emerge077, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of flexabull
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice deep flat black color, with a decent head.

Aromas are dusty, bitter, and a bit coffee like.

Taste is flat. There is sweetness, a bit of coffee, and an overall creamy maltiness to this one.

Mouthfeel seems too thin to me. A bit watered down.

An ok porter, not bad, and easy to drink. But it just seems lean. I like others in this style more.

Thanks for the bottle Indybeer!

flexabull, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of Beejay
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark Brown/Black, nice cloudy tan head on top.

S: Creamy dark chocolate, roasted barley, something slightly tart.

T: Roasted Barley, not as much chocolate as was in the smell. A bit of tart/sourness that I associate with milk stouts. I dislike it in Porters.

M: Carbonation is a bit on the fizzy side for me.

D: Not a big fan. Average for a lot of the porters that are out right now, and has a tartness that I just don't like in Porters. Would not try again.

Beejay, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of kegger22
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a gi-normous head that slowly fades to a still pretty impressive head. The aroma was coffee. The taste also coffee, not overpowering. The feel was watery but with plenty of carbonation left over from the head. Drinkability was good. Will not be confused with a stout, but doesn't claim to be. Not bad for a porter.

kegger22, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of hero27
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. 5% abv.

Pours a very dark brown with a fizzy tan head that explodes with even a slow pour. Obvious carbonation issues.
The smell is dark roasted malts and a touch of smoke. The coffee character comes out a bit more in the taste, but it's mostly roasted malts and even some light chocolate flavors.
Way too much carbonation..and the mouthfeel is too bubbly. I'm hoping this was just a bad batch. Maybe I'll get the chance to try this again sometime. Even if the carbonation was done well, I don't think this would be anything better than an "above-average" porter.

hero27, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of mtstatebeer
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a frothy brown head, nice lacing. Aroma was nutty, caramel, a bit of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor is about the same, with a little bit of hops. Medium bodied, well-made porter, very easy to drink.

mtstatebeer, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of tr4nc3d
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12fl oz bottle poured into my pint glass

Pours an opaque black color with a two inch mocha colored head. Average head retention with no lacing left behind.

Smell is of roasted malts. Some chocolate, espresso, vanilla.

Taste is of light coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla(?) and roasted malts.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Ok, but nothing worth trying again.

tr4nc3d, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of Cresant
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. undated brown bottle into a nonic. Body was clear, not cloudy and dark brown in color with cola highlights. Moderate tan head faded to a collar that remained throughout the drink.

Smell was chocolate malts (?). Roasted grain. Leafy. Hints of dry hardwood. Very aromatic.

Taste was coffee-like in it's light bitterness. Tangy porter flavor. Rather rich with a slightly dry finish. Not especially complex but very drinkable.

Mouthfeel was appropriately thin/medium in body and smooth in texture.

Cresant, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of spike882
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown/almost black with about two fingers of light tan head that diminishes at a regular pace and leaves adequate lacing behind.

Smells slightly sweet and smokey with a hint of toffee notes.

Taste is slightly smokey with some dark chocolate and roasted malt character.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated but somewhat watery in my opinion. Could be a benefit if you were going to have several in one sitting because it doesn't seem very filling.

I feel it would be pretty easy to put down quite a few of these on a cold night but the sweet and smokey combination could become a little too much after a while.

spike882, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of baos
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into Barilla spaghetti sauce jar.

A: Huge dark tan head my jar runneth over and this was even after I dumped 1/4 of the bottle into my chili. Head goes down to a decent film. Okay lacing. This beer is really bubbly.

S: Very nice coffee and burnt caramel notes with a nice hoppy presence.

T: Pretty nice. Very dark and kind of bitter chocolate. Starts out very nice but towards the end of the cup I start to get kind of an Elmer's glue type of finish. There's something that is fouling up the finish as it warms.

M: Light to Medium with incredible bubbliness.

D: I thought this was gonna be grade A, but as it warms I detect some funkiness. I bought a sixer so if my taster is off, I'll update this with some good news, cause I love my Indiana brewers!

baos, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a very frothy light tan head. Nose is a roasted thing with minor molasses and a good load of coffee. Flavor is earthy and a fair portion of coffee. The flavor is a bit difficult to decipher as the carbonation is so intense and extremely full that it hinders the delivery of flavor. Still though, it's nice. Overall a pretty decent porter, except the issue of the carbonation.

Thanks to tburkhart for this one.

Edit: After warming up, the intense carbonation subdues and the flavor more clearly shows.

RblWthACoz, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of CRJMellor
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color on the pour was a vey dark brown with ruby highlights. Produced a nice small tight, tan head. Aroma was very roasty with a touch of caramel and hops. Initial taste had the average Porter profile with a nice roasted coffee flavor at the back end. Mouthfeel was a little thin though and lack some of the more complex roasted flavors of the great porters.
This was the best of all the beers I sampled from Mad Anthony.

CRJMellor, Dec 08, 2003
Photo of karengarys
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours transparent dark brownish-black, leaving a few thin foam-ring bubbles.

It tastes malty, hoppy and clean. The hops are somewhat strong, giving it that clean zing, but they overpower the malts a bit. It is a somewhat roasty flavor otherwise I can't quite figure out.

Mouthfeel is not bad, beer like.

It is somewhat thin, but it's a porter not a stout. Not a chewing beer.

Finish is fairly clean.

This is not a bad beer. If you see it, and want a refreshing porter, give this a whirl.

karengarys, May 13, 2007
Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. It smells like toffee, chocolate, coffee, caramel and roasted malt. The aroma is mostly sweet smelling. I can taste roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and some bitter hops in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with good carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it's not hard to drink at all. I think this is a decent porter, it's not something I'd make a point to seek out but I would drink this again in the future.

bluejacket74, May 10, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to tburkhart for this one.

Pours a dark brown color, nice carbonation, huge three-finger foamy head, with tons of sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee. The taste is sweet, malty, with some chocolate/toffee. Medium body, the finish is dry and slightly bitter. Drinkable, not a bad brew at all.

Wasatch, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of TheDM
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew formed very little head, smoky aroma and had a opaque dark brown body. It's head left a good lacing as it receded. It has a very smooth taste with a hint of coffee and a strong finish. This is one of their better brews. I can get this anytime here in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

TheDM, Jul 08, 2003
Photo of BDLbrewster
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanx Spaulding....
Pours a a nice opaque dark chocolate color with a firm mud colored head that dissipates slowly. Smells like coffee beans with a small chocolate undertone. Tons of carbonation, maybe too much? Tastes like coffee beans, subtle raspberry and bitter chocolate. A little thin in the mouth, but that helps make it pretty drinkable. Solid brew.

BDLbrewster, May 01, 2009
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a dark black body with a hint of brown but still opaque. The head is a big rocky light brown color with a good carbonation.

S- The smell of fresh grain and lightly toasted malt is blended with an aroma of slightly sweet brown malt and some notes of crystal malt. Notes of deep roasted malt come through as it warms.

T- The beer has a nice complex fresh malt taste with some notes of molasses. The taste is similar to the smell with more of the darker malts coming through like brown malt, some of the higher roasted crystal malts and some black malt. The finish has a nice dry graham cracker or Munich malt taste with a faint hop note in there aswell.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel that is a bit lighter due to the carbonation. It is a slight bit watery in the texture.

D- This is a nice porter with good strong malt complexity. It would be nice to see a bit more hops to support the malt and a bit more fullness in the mouthfeel. This is a good solid porter and well worth a stop in Fort Wayne.

rhoadsrage, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of Amberluvsbeer
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Amberluvsbeer, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of hotstuff
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not one for porters that have an overwhelming or an overpowering coffee taste to them; however, this porter had a very pleasant and smooth coffee taste to it.I liked this porter to the point that I definitely would enjoy drinking this one again.So much so that I went ahead and ordered this porter with a pizza!

hotstuff, Jul 24, 2003
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Old Fort Porter from Mad Anthony Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.