Pier Cove Porter - Saugatuck Brewing Company

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72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 18.69%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BierFan on 01-30-2010

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Ratings: 72 | Reviews: 35
Photo of Roboise
4.33/5  rDev +28.5%
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 BierFan
4.22/5  rDev +25.2%
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 GbVDave
4.18/5  rDev +24%
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!

Photo of alexgash
4.14/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Slightly murky dark cola brown. Small, wispy, light khaki head. Not much lacing. Nose of roasted malts, light coffee, milk chocolate, and winy, dark fruits.

Toasted, slightly nutty malt bite up front. Becomes roastier, with notes of coffee, peat, and dark chocolate. Espresso bitterness builds into the long, bittersweet finish. Plenty of chocolate and dark fruits provide some sweetness. Medium-bodied, with a nice creamy feel. A nice, solid, very roasty porter.

Photo of david131
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A dark, leathery brown with some light getting through at the edges. The mocha head is thick and creamy with decent retention.

S- Coffee with caramel cream in it and some smoke. Rather appealing.

T- Sweet coffee, chocolate, caramel, and some smoke. This is a bit different for the style, but it is very tasty. The sweetness is not as strong as I thought it would be based upon the aroma. Not to say that this is not rich and rewarding.

M- Smooth with a bit of a carbonation bite at the end.

D- A very well made porter. A little sweet and different for the style, but it works.

Photo of EtOHMD
3.91/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into pint glass. Opaque dark chocolate in the center with thin dark chestnut brown at the edges. Nice thick tan head which lasts throughout. Good thick lacing. Roasted toffee caramel tones on the nose and taste is similar. Smoother porter than many I've had (in a good way). Easy drinkin for a porter. PS I think one of the few reviews here must have had a bad beer because nothing in it sounds like this beer.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 1/7/2012. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a very nice 2 finger dense khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some good spotty lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of milk chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, nuttiness, toffee, biscuit, herbal hops, and slight smoke. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of milk chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, biscuit, nuttiness, toffee, light coffee, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, light coffee, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance malt and bitterness; quite robust and no cloying flavors at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and very smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice porter. Robust, balanced, and very drinkable. I really enjoyed this one, I don’t know what the other reviewers are drinking.

Photo of tubacharlie
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A smooth, khaki colored head with good retention and clinging lace covers the dense, dark brown beer poured into a pint glass.

The smell of roasted malts can be detected with a hint of hops.

Well carbonated and creamy in the mouth, the roasted malts predominate, with some vanilla coffee with a hint of sweetness and smoky hop bitters.

Good for a cold winter night with some roasted chestnuts by the open fire and a schnapps back.

Photo of czfreeman
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev +13.4%
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 VncentLIFE
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Scott.

The body is pitch black with a slightly frothy dark off white head. The smell is almost milk stout like. Loads and loads of coffee and dark chocolate really dominate, but thats all just aroma. Its all about the malt here. Definitely dominated by the powdered dark chocolate. The taste is much the same. Its light, but theres tons of flavor. It has an upfront astringent bite that I liken to espresso, but the super bitter dark chocolate and espresso really dominate the taste--definitely to a fault. I feel like it could use a bit of malt backbone to really set it over the top.

Theyve got the bitter coffee and dark chocolate down, but if you add some serious malt to back up the black coffee and espresso bite, you have one hell of a beer.

Photo of Bung
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
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
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
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 MasterSki
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
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 youngleo
3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured very dark brown in color. Head was about 2 inches thick and caramel in color. Had some big bubbles in the middle of the glass. Head settled down a little after about a minute but left some very nice lacing with every swallow. Nice looking. Smelled of caramel, coffee, and burnt malt. Tasted good. Then again, burnt malt, coffee and caramel. Also biscuits. Left a after taste of burnt malt. After taste wasnt overwhelming. Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation was right. Didnt taste to thick. I thought it was a good Porter. Id buy again.

Photo of Brenden
3.54/5  rDev +5%
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 TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Well, is it a pier or a cove? Don't puss out and make it both: take a stand, man! Anyway, this stuff pours a deep garnet-sienna topped by a finger of sandy tan foam. The nose comprises chocolate powder, roasted malts, and a twinge of coffee. The taste brings in more of the same, with the coffee coming to the fore and the roast coming through decidedly darker, roastier. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally fluid feel. Overall, a solid porter, one that leans determinedly in favor of heavy roast, but luckily one that doesn't really overdo it in that category.

Photo of mgbickel
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass. A big 2 fingers of foam swelled up and slowly dissipated, leaving behind a good amount of lace. The body appears dark brown, but when backlit, it is more ruby than brown.

Toasted grains, chocolate and wet coffee make up the nose. Typical smelling...

The taste is right with the nose...good flavors, roasted malts, coffee center and a burnt cocoa finish.

Light to medium bodied...a little watery, moderate carbonation.

Not sure why this has such low scores...there is nothing outstanding about this, but I would hardly rank it as low a BMC. Tasty and easy drinking, lacks complexity and bold flavors.

Photo of oline73
3.44/5  rDev +2.1%
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 JamnesCameron
3.41/5  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 warnerry
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
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 TCgoalie
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes from 6/13/10

Pours pitch black with just a pinch of splotchy white head.

The smell is that of dark malts, molasses, and pine hops.

Chocolate malts with molasses fill the backbone of this beer. Add to it some roasted barley and a touch of anise. I'm a bit dissapointed in this beer after having the IPA.

Standard porter mouthfeel, medium with some hop bite.

Not the best porter I've ever had, but not the worst. Drink once and move on.

Photo of TheStove
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle received from a friend into a 0.3L German beer mug. Pours a nice dark black cola color with a light lingering white head.

Smells rich and malty with a tad bit of smoke in the there somewhere. Sip starts with a rich varying malt flavor that is part sweet and slightly chocolate. Goes down smooth with an interesting bitter finish that is part malt part hops. Bitter and acrid flavor lingers on tongue between sips.

Didn't find it particularly bad but didn't find it much to write home about. Doesn't stand up in complexity to something like a Black Butte or an Anchor Porter. It does the job in terms of getting you your malt fix but not much in terms of adventurous or something different.

Photo of divineaudio
3.01/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a mug.

a - pours dark brown with a huge, 3 finger, tan head. excellent retention and leaves thick chunks of lace.

s - milk chocolate and raisin.

t - roasted malt, cola, some dark fruity notes. light bitterness to balance the malt.

m - thin with too much carbonation.

o - decent, but there are much better examples of the style. probably wouldn't buy this again.

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Pier Cove Porter from Saugatuck Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.