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Pier Cove Porter - Saugatuck Brewing Company

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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 19.1%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BierFan on 01-30-2010)
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Photo of Hrodebert
4.75/5  rDev +41.8%

Hrodebert, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%

Looking plenty like a porter, this one's a dark brown, not too thick or heavy but with a slight translucence and red hue at the edges. The head is a small, creamy tan cap that drops down spotting with a few patches.
This one's on the dry and roastier side, lots of it in the malty base with some dark barley-like grains and a bit of coffee grounds, though a mild chocolaty note keeps it from being too dry.
Dryness carries to the flavor, as expected, with notes of charcoal, unsweetened baker's chocolate, and coffee grounds. It lends itself to a mild astringency toward the end of each sip. Something eases it off, though, and it ends a little creamier and with a less harsh chalkiness.
It's a porter, yes, but it's still a little too thin, and the crispness in an otherwise smooth beer a little too zestful.

Brenden, Jun 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Sparky44, Apr 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Mxsluis, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of DCdevyl78
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

DCdevyl78, Jan 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

FirstBrewsoon, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%

Undated 12 oz bottle with some sediment left clinging to the bottom. Poured with a huge, foamy head; so large my way oversized snifter could not initially hold the entire 12 oz bottle. Soon enough, this died down to a denser tan head that produced very good lacing and had a nice feel. The near black body was medium-full, very smooth, but marred by a bit of tongue burn as if the ABV were at least 3X higher.

The aroma is quite nice and true to style, as is the flavor. Both have plenty of dark roasted grains and some dark fruits. The strong finish leaves a robust and lasting aftertaste, with dark roasted malts that have a hint of smoke but virtually no burnt element.

O: well worth trying, but be sure to let this one warm up a bit.

chinchill, Nov 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

DruC4, Nov 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

BlissJunkie, Sep 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

tommy5, Aug 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

mrebeka, Jul 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19.4%

FanofHefe, Jul 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Rohkey, Jun 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

duceswild, Jun 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

shamrock071521, May 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

psmith161, May 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19.4%

RichH55, Feb 14, 2013
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2/5  rDev -40.3%

Nachos4two, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of czfreeman
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%

Pours nice deep roasted blackish-brown porter tone decent lacing
Smells of bitter coffee, roasted barley, chocolate malt, nice touch of bitterness, floral fruity alcoholic touch, more than expected for a 6% porter.
Flavor is much the same. Loads of coffee, chocolate malt, some sweeter notes in the flavor than the aroma though. Touch of brown sugar, molasses in particular with it's sweet-yet-smoky note, finishes with a bitterness I like in my Porters.
Lighter bodied Porter than most, focusing on the bitter-carbonated side of things. It it a trait in porters I find myself liking more and more.
If you want richer, creamier mouthfeels, flavors..etc..drink a stout. Reading about the history of Porters that involve blending old and new beers to create a drinkable beer for worker...I could imagine it was bitter and slightly acidic

czfreeman, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of Mitchster
1.9/5  rDev -43.3%

$1.79 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. Opens with a very brisk PSssht. Foam all over the place. Way to overcarbonated, gusher. Despite a careful pour, I get 3/4 of a glass of foam. ~4.5 carbs or so. The nose has a touch of that metallic kiwi fruit smell of an infection, otherwise some cocoa and that's about it in the nose. Something is wrong here. Mouthfeel explodes like champagne and is a little tart with a medium body. In spite of the infection, I can taste cocoa, some light molasses, some chocolate malt...the backbone of what could be a good beer. Bitterness is mild with some herbal hops in the finish (willamette?). Letting it sit out until the carbonation has mellowed makes for a drinkable beer. It's not a drain pour, but it will be in a few weeks.

Well, obviously this one has problems. The only other brew I've had from these guys was the Neopolitan milk stout which was OK, but also not infected.

Mitchster, Jan 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

enelson, Jan 08, 2013
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2/5  rDev -40.3%

t0rin0, Jan 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

zonker17, Dec 22, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev +6.9%

Bottle from Bob (klipper). Bottled 279 12 B1E 0640 - October 5th? Served in a Half Acre pint glass.

A - A half-finger of tan foam settles to a partial cap, chunky collar, and a few stray thin fingers of lacing. Very dark opaque brown body.

S - Solid mix of chocolate, molasses, nuts, roasted barley, a touch of dark bread. Nothing crazy, but a fairly true to style and well-executed.

T - The taste is a tad chalky at first, but it gives way to sweeter molasses and baker's chocolate flavors. There's a bit of char and coffee bitterness in the finish. Some nice flavors, but the astringent and chalky notes mar things a bit.

M - Active and perhaps a bit too zesty carbonation. Medium body that's a tad watery, with a dry and roasty grain husk finish. Probably my least favorite thing about this beer.

D - Nothing special, but better than some of the reviews suggest. I easily drank my 12oz bottle, but I probably wouldn't purchase this again unless there were really limited options, notably Edmund Fitzgerald and Founders.

MasterSki, Dec 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

runlikeakenyan, Dec 13, 2012
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Pier Cove Porter from Saugatuck Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.