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Pier Cove Porter - Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Pier Cove PorterPier Cove Porter

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BA SCORE
77
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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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Brenden

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2014 20:08:05 | More by Brenden
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 19:08:21 | More by TMoney2591
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enelson

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

01-08-2013 12:51:08 | More by enelson
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tommy5

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

08-30-2013 13:30:45 | More by tommy5
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Rohkey

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

06-18-2013 20:52:14 | More by Rohkey
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GR_Rick

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

07-25-2012 02:54:59 | More by GR_Rick
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DSlim71

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

09-10-2012 19:06:07 | More by DSlim71
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duceswild

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

06-12-2013 03:16:27 | More by duceswild
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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

12-01-2012 04:25:01 | More by thinwhiteduke
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LondonGE

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

12-21-2011 03:14:23 | More by LondonGE
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Mxsluis

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

03-25-2014 23:30:11 | More by Mxsluis
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Kerrie

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

10-19-2012 02:48:30 | More by Kerrie
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mgbickel

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 04:07:55 | More by mgbickel
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oline73

Maryland

3.45/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 02:08:06 | More by oline73
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warnerry

Michigan

3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 01:26:17 | More by warnerry
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 02:01:15 | More by JamnesCameron
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TCgoalie

Michigan

3.35/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2010 01:48:40 | More by TCgoalie
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TheStove

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 06:45:29 | More by TheStove
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DruC4

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -3%

11-05-2013 03:56:06 | More by DruC4
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jduprey007

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -3%

09-08-2012 19:51:23 | More by jduprey007
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Gtg642

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -3%

10-20-2012 02:20:32 | More by Gtg642
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Sparky44

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -3%

04-06-2014 21:38:51 | More by Sparky44
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Rostie

Michigan

3/5  rDev -10.4%

12-04-2011 12:25:40 | More by Rostie
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Zaphog

Michigan

3/5  rDev -10.4%

09-03-2012 16:31:45 | More by Zaphog
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IlPostino

Michigan

3/5  rDev -10.4%

12-10-2011 18:11:17 | More by IlPostino
Pier Cove Porter from Saugatuck Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.