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Pier Cove Porter - Saugatuck Brewing Company

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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

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Beer added by: BierFan on 01-30-2010

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Photo of tophers
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Gtg642
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Kerrie
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of DSlim71
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jduprey007
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Roboise
4.33/5  rDev +28.9%
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 Zaphog
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
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 VncentLIFE
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
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 GR_Rick
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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!

Photo of youngleo
3.56/5  rDev +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 dlello2
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of imperialking
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of alexgash
4.14/5  rDev +23.2%
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 LondonGE
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of IlPostino
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Rostie
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of oline73
3.44/5  rDev +2.4%
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 divineaudio
3.01/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of TheStove
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
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 womencantsail
2.01/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks for sharing this excellent tick, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a dark brown with some reddish highlights. On top sits a massive khaki head, filling much of the glass.

S: Things are not off to a good start. There is a weird fruitiness, I would say blueberry. Quite acidic with a mild red wine vinegar note to it. Still plenty of roasted malt, though.

T: The flavor is harsh. Very acidic with quite a bit of vinegar. There are also some cherries and blueberries to it. Lots of roasted malt along with seltzer water and green apple.

M: Light to medium in body with a very high carbonation.

O: Obviously some rogue microbes have made a home in this beer. Not enjoyable.

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 StoutHunter
2.81/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Photo of mgbickel
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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