Pier Cove Porter - Saugatuck Brewing Company
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3.63/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
12-05-2012 00:35:04 | More by emerge077
3.53/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
11-20-2012 19:08:21 | More by TMoney2591
2.93/5 rDev -12.5%
The head on this beer was huge during the pour it took me awhile to get it into the glass. There was nothing that I really loved about this beer and I consider it about average for a Robust Porter. I wish there was some more malt flavors with this beer than what I primarily experienced...the roastiness. Also, this beer was so highly carbonated it made it very dry and probably affected the perceived bitterness. The head on this beer was very long lasting and laced along the glass (in a frosted pattern). OK beer but I won't get it again.
a: Very dark, almost black. Poured a huge head that took awhile to get down. Head is tan and pillowly with waves.
s: Slight roast malt aroma mixed in with more of a pronounced chocolate and nut aroma, with a touch of bread and toffee, as I smell more of it. The hop aroma is spicy in nature. Clean.
t: Roast flavor upfront followed by some sweetness. Slight alcohol notes. Moderately high bitterness. Not detecting much of any hop flavor. Quite a punch of roast and bitterness with this one. Finish is dry. No diacetyl. Slight fruity esters
m: Body is moderate and HIGHLY carbonated. Very slight astringency from the roasted grains.
10-26-2012 22:35:08 | More by tophers
4.35/5 rDev +29.9%
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
09-08-2012 02:44:09 | More by Roboise
3.9/5 rDev +16.4%
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.
08-17-2012 04:19:13 | More by superspak
3.78/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
08-03-2012 23:43:16 | More by VncentLIFE
4.18/5 rDev +24.8%
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!
05-14-2012 02:54:17 | More by GbVDave
3.55/5 rDev +6%
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.
03-31-2012 18:24:18 | More by youngleo
4.18/5 rDev +24.8%
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.
01-06-2012 01:59:33 | More by alexgash
3.45/5 rDev +3%
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.
10-11-2011 02:08:06 | More by oline73
3/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
10-07-2011 03:36:01 | More by divineaudio
3.28/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
10-06-2011 06:45:29 | More by TheStove
Pier Cove Porter from Saugatuck Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.