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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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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 18.62%
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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mrebeka

Michigan

3/5  rDev -9.9%

07-29-2013 23:42:14 | More by mrebeka
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Kerrie

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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

Michigan

3/5  rDev -9.9%

09-17-2013 23:21:16 | More by BlissJunkie
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BierFan

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +26.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 04:21:58 | More by BierFan
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RichH55

Illinois

4/5  rDev +20.1%

02-14-2013 23:17:56 | More by RichH55
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beveritt

Ohio

2.35/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 03:15:15 | More by beveritt
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 23:43:16 | More by VncentLIFE
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DSlim71

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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

Illinois

4/5  rDev +20.1%

07-06-2013 22:51:06 | More by FanofHefe
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TCgoalie

Michigan

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2010 01:48:40 | More by TCgoalie
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Gtg642

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
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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psmith161

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

05-05-2013 23:50:36 | More by psmith161
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czfreeman

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 01:27:51 | More by czfreeman
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DruC4

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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

Ohio

1.53/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a nonic. Thanks to beveritt's for procuring this.

A- Dark brown and essentially opaque. Pours with a massive explosion of light brown, slow to fade head, necessitating a prolonged, multi-stage pour....not a good start here.

S- Heavily metallic. Hints of a funky, sourness sneak past the metal. A feint wisp of malty sweetness is detected....not getting too excited about that first sip.

T- Disgusting, metallic, tongue coating bitterness is my reward for drawing from my glass. Some roasty notes...

M- Very high carbonation.

D- Terrible. Unable to finish even one...

Future outlook: An extremely poor effort here. Ranks alongside of the worst beers I've sampled to date in my many years on this earth. Not impressed with the other Saugatuck brew I tried either....probably a pass on anything of their's in the future, let alone this disgraceful metal-bomb.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 05:42:55 | More by DoctorDog
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mgbickel

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
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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divineaudio

Michigan

3/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 03:36:01 | More by divineaudio
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dlello2

Illinois

3/5  rDev -9.9%

03-11-2012 16:31:39 | More by dlello2
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FirstBrewsoon

Ohio

3/5  rDev -9.9%

11-27-2013 20:46:23 | More by FirstBrewsoon
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DCdevyl78

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

01-30-2014 02:24:59 | More by DCdevyl78
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jduprey007

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

06-18-2013 20:52:14 | More by Rohkey
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Nachos4two

Illinois

2/5  rDev -39.9%

02-05-2013 22:14:37 | More by Nachos4two
Pier Cove Porter from Saugatuck Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.