Pier Cove Porter - Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Pier Cove PorterPier Cove Porter

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78
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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 19.05%
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:
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(Beer added by: BierFan on 01-30-2010)
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Reviews by dlello2:
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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Photo of warnerry
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from summer 2010

Pours pitch black with one finger of quickly dissipating head that leaves no lacing behind.

Smell is of roasted malt with a slight smokiness. Overall, smell is pretty subtle.

Taste is similar to smell, primarily deep roasted malts, with some earthiness and slight smokiness as well. Not great, but okay.

Mouthfeel is medium w a nice carbonation level.

Drinkability is decent. Earthiness doesn't get overwhelming. Not a porter I'll be coming back to, but not bad.

Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Brenden
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of DruC4
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Pier Cove Porter was brought by my Bro-in_law for the 4th of July gathering! LUV U BRO!!!

The appearance is deep dark opaque amber with ecru head that laces nicely. The smell has earthy tones like peat and smoke with maltiness. The taste starts roasty with a smokiness then finishes like a coffee sort of acidic. The mouthfeel was fine and could be sessioned without issue.

Photo of beveritt
2.35/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Picked this up on a trip to Michigan. Label is dark in overall appearance and has a drawing if a pier extending out into Lake Michigan. No freshness date.

Appearance: After only a split second of pouring, the head on this extends to the top of glass, forcing me to stop pouring. This finally settles, allowing me to restart the pour, but this is definitely a sneak it down the side of the glass type beer. When all is said and down, I cam still left with a huge, pillowy light tan head. The beer itself is an extremely dark mahogany; dark enough to be opaque in the middle of the glass.

Smell: Slightly tangy, soured aroma upfront with undertones of roasted barley and chocolate malt. Slight metallic bite.

Taste: Mild roasted barley bitterness upfront, but fairly watered down. Overly roasted astringency lingers throughout. Slight hint of baker's cocoa.

Mouthfeel: Extremely overcarbonated, not just for this style , but for just about any beer. Their remains way too much dissolved CO2, such that as soon as you take a drink, it comes out of solution and ruins the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Well, this one was a hot mess. About the only factors it got right were the color and some barley. Pass.

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Bung
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. Picked up at Internationa Bev in GR.
Sturdy enough brown pour with a frothy finger of light tan head. Foam stuck around the entirety of the beer.

Roast malt, peat, dark chocolate, the usual suspects.

Taste has the roast malt and peat, but there was some strange banana going on, what yeast did they use? Molasses also keeping it a little sweet. Chocolate and roast finish up, but there is the banana lingering also.

Mouthfeel is good medium, not quite creamy with the carbonation. Coats the mouth well, and is not hard to put down really. Other than some off sweet notes and that banana, not bad for my first from this Brewer. I bet this is better on draft.

Photo of emerge077
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 282 12 on the bottom, guessing it was bottled in September.

Pours a reddish brown color into a mug, lots of creamy tan foam billows up to just under the rim of the glass. Sticky halo of lacing forms, and a generous unbroken skim remains on the surface after a few sips.

Coarse roasted barley aroma, little bit of dry coffee and chocolate happening.

A mild astringency at first, but it mellows out becoming creamy and roasty later on. Firmly bitter black malt, bakers chocolate and coffee are the signature flavor notes here. Dry and lingering bitter finish, with a touch of burnt grain husks. Overall it's not bad, though it doesn't really hold a candle to Founders Porter.

Photo of BierFan
4.22/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date.

Appearance: Tan head on a dark brown/black body. A little bit of lacing.

Smell: Roasty, toffee, caramel, and some faint hop spice. Smells very sweet and desert-like.

Taste: Roasty and chocolatey. More bitter than perhaps any other porter I've had before, but I really like this beer's bitterness. Finishes drier than the sweet smell made me believe it would be.

Photo of DCdevyl78
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Roboise
4.35/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great lace. Wonderful porter. Flows well. Starts well and ends well. Great chocolate overtones. Some say best porter ever. Put this up against any other porter. No t quite in the stout group but great for its category. Drink it, live it, love it. more the merrier

Photo of centurian62
1.65/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

During a typical tilted glass pour into a pint glass, I noticed that this beer didn't just have a head, it had massive amounts of foam. So much so, in fact, that only about 4 oz. were in the glass before the head overflowed the glass on a very slow pour. This beer would be overly carbonated if it were soda pop.

T - Metallic and impalatable.

A - Once the foam disipated (20 minutes later) the color was a dark chocolate and looked good for a porter.

S - Malty and carbonated (that's the best way I can describe it)

D - Avoid at all costs. This beer is not even worth a try to see what it's like. I am dead set against dumping beer but this six pack will become drain fodder, unfortunately.

I was dissapointed in this beer as I never want to see an unsatisfactory beer from a microbrewery. I will try other beers from Saugatuck brewing even though I wouldn't recommend the Pier Cove Porter to anyone.

Photo of Rohkey
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Le Cheval Blanc pint glass.

Pours like a gusher. Four+ finger of foam on a very deep ruby beer. Very meringue-like head.

Aromas of yeast, slight roast character.

First sip is of light roast with some malt. No hops perceived. A little carbonic bite. A little too carbonated.

Mouthfeel is thin, not watery. Bite from carbonation. Only bitterness perceived is from roasted grains. The carbonic bite dominate. Carbonation is a little filling.

Drinkability is good, but I could do with less carbonation. This is a gassy beer.

Photo of oline73
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with light only coming through at the edges of the glass. There are two fingers of tan head with good retention and not much lacing.

Smell: Mild smell with some sweet roasted malt and a mild dark chocolate note.

Taste: Strong roasted malt presence with a very mild sweetness accompanying it. There are some very mild dark fruit notes in the background. The finish is smooth and roasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a high amount of smooth carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: I'm not sure why this beer is rated so low. It may not be spectacular, but my bottle was solid. Decent example of the style.

Photo of StoutHunter
2.78/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I got a bottle of Pier Cove Porter last week for $1.49 at The Lager Mill. I had a couple of different beers from Saugatuck at The World Expo of Beer in Frankenmuth. All the beers I had from them were pretty impressive but I didn't get to try any of their flagship beers so when I saw a single on the shelf I figured I would give it a try. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label doesn't look too bad, it's got a cool picture of a boathouse on the bottom half of the label. It poured a very deep dark brown color that was pretty close to being black and it had some nice ruby highlights when held to the light. It had three fingers worth of fluffy tan head that died down to a thick layer that stayed the rest of the time and it left some nice spotty lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with some roasted malts that smell a little sweet. There is a slight chocolate aroma along with a very slight smoked peat smell. There was also a slight metallic aroma that I could have done without. The aroma is a little lighter then I would like.

T- The taste has all the roasted malts that I picked up in the aroma along with a light smokey peat flavors that was very subtle but added a nice complexity to this beer. The yeast in this beer seems a little weird, its adds a really slight fruit tartness to this beer that seemed out of place. The finish was chocolaty and roasty with hardly any bitterness and it had that unnecessary metallic taste at the end that I could have gone without.

M- Smooth and medium bodied, I would have liked it to a be a little thicker, it seemed a little watery to me. The carbonation was a little heavy but wasn't too bad.

Overall I thought this was a pretty average porter that seemed to stick out from all the other porters, but for all the wrong reasons. As far as aroma and taste went, I felt the roast was were it should be, but as a whole the aroma and flavor seemed to be much more subdued then most porters, and the metallic aspect and the weird flavor from the yeast just didn't seem right for this style. It went down smooth but the flaws prevent me from wanting another. I wouldn't buy this beer again when there are so many other good porter readily available to me. I don't think I would recommend this beer to people, the off flavors don't represent the style that well. I was really impressed with Saugatuck's more daring beers but so far their year round offerings have been disappointing, but I am still willing to try some more from this brewery. This beer would need a lot of work to be able to hang with the better porters.

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of GbVDave
4.18/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottles into multiple pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn, Leslie, and the Killer for the assist!

A: Pours a deep black that shows slight lightening only when held to the light. 1 1/2 fingers of sticky and creamy light brown foam plaster themselves to the inside of the glass, making a sticky mess.

S: Aromas of toasted chocolate malt, dark fruit, light coffee, and roasty grains.

T: Exactly as above with even more chocolate. Cocoa, fudge, and milk chocolate.

M: Oatmeal stout-like in its' creaminess. Spicy, coating, and with a touch of cream sweetness.

O: Not sure about the average scores with this one. Supremely enjoyable!

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Pier Cove Porter from Saugatuck Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.