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Pennypacker Porter - Appalachian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Appalachian Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SchmichaelJ on 01-08-2003)
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Reviews by beergeek279:
Photo of beergeek279
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served as a 6 oz. sample at ABC. The color was black, with a wispy head. The smell was a nice hoppiness. The taste was a strong coffee roastiness, with a dry hop presence. Mouthfeel was average. As for drinkability, could have a few of these.

A nice porter offering here. Nice roastiness and a good dry porter. Quite good, and certainly one that I would hope to have in the future.

beergeek279, Jun 30, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of Shovelbum
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a creamy mocha head over black with garnet edged body. Decent head retention and lace. Aromas of roasted malt and a mild floral hop background. Mild sweetness with flavors of chocolate, nuts and roasted malt. Slightly burnt around the edges. Mild hop bitterness. Full-bodied. Low carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel with a drying finish.

Nothing int this brew really jumps out as especially extraordinary, but I don't have any complaints either. An all-around solid porter.

Shovelbum, Dec 22, 2005
Photo of glid02
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Harrisburg location.

Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with good amounts of dark chocolate with leafy hops lingering in the background.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. The roasted malt flavors are a bit stronger than the smell intimates and kick things off. Dark chocolate flavors join in shortly and carry through to a mildly bitter ending. Hops serve to keep the beer from being overly sweet but don't have much greater influence than that.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's a bit on the thin side with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was a nice-tasting porter however if I could pick between the two I'd certainly go for the stout. Still, worth a shot.

glid02, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +4.4%

LXIXME, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of ChickenBugg
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

ChickenBugg, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The body is an opaque black with the exception of some clear, mahogany colored edges at the rim and base. The head is a short, creamy mass of light tan foam that holds well at first and leaves some nice rings of lace before dropping to an average collar. The nose delivers a dull roastiness with a touch of chocolate that alternates between being enticing and just take-it-or-leave-it. The light body slides across the tongue with a very fine and gently crisp carbonation that does just enough to awaken the taste buds. The flavor is rich with caramel maltiness, a burnt-bordering-on-acidic roastiness, a touch of floral hops, and some bittersweet chocolate that's backed by a solid bitterness. It finishes bone dry with some residual caramel and roastiness as well as some ghostly hops. Enjoyable, with a good level of drinkability.

NeroFiddled, Oct 20, 2003
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the ABC on 11/14/08. Served in an oversized Mug Club mug.

Pours a deep, dark brown with a finger of creamy tan head. Thin, 1/4 finger of solid creamy retention that leaves big swathes of lacing behind. The aroma starts with some pretty prominant coffee (with a touch of astringency), caramel, chocolate, and a nice bouquet of floral hops in the back.

The taste is silky caramel and roasted chocolate malts with some coffee character coming out towards the finish. A splash of citrus and a floral feeling hop profile round things out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly creamy carbonation that possesses an occasional prickle in there as well.

This is a solid Porter from the ABC and is actually probably one of the better seasonals that they put on during the year. Good stuff that I was happy to fill my mug with.

Kegatron, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of DavidGross
4/5  rDev +4.4%

DavidGross, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A growler from the Harrisburg brewpub.

A: The porter is a thick black color with dirty brown edges. The head is small to non-existent.

S: The aroma is a roasted chocolate malt.

T: The porter has a clear malt profile of roasted chocolate and toffee. That malt flavor dominates the ale, as there is no hop presence. The big letdown is the lack of sour staleness that I like in porters.

M: The malts are tasty, nice and full of chocolate and toffee notes, but I'd like to see some more hops there.

D: Very drinkable, in fact I cleared out most of the growler on my own.

akorsak, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ba Review #96
Served On: 12/28/2011
Glassware: Tumbler Pint
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: -

Another offering I enjoyed while at the ABC Harrisburg location on my birthday.

Look: Very dark color with minimal light showing through. Head was a 1 finger of dark mocha colored foam. Carbonation was barely noticeable due to the dense black darkness of the beer.

Smell: Roasted marshmallow and toffee notes with semisweet chocolate and a hint of charred oak. Aroma was very nice.

Taste: The taste brought this one home for me. A candy sugar sweetness hit for a split second and then was quickly washed away by roasted earthy malts. The finish was a slightly bitter hop bite with the roasted character returning long into the aftertaste.

This was a fantastic porter. Aside from the mouth feel being on the thinner side, I couldn’t come up with a single bad thing about this beer.

CraftBeerTastic, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of RJBeverage
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at ABC in Harrisburg, poured into a glass and consumed in Pittsburgh.

This is a pleasant Porter, which I'd be happy to try again if anyone had it around here.

It pours a nice dark nearly opaque with a brownish tan head. The head is persistent enough to require two attempts to fill the glass. The smell is not strong, with a slight roasty odor. The taste is where this one succeeds nicely for me. A cool refreshing coffee taste, like a chilled expresso. The mouthfeel is not as thick as the taste suggests it would be, but it isn't thin. A very drinkable beer without being overwhelming and without growing boring after the first glass.

RJBeverage, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of Kilroy1701
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Kilroy1701, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

DrBier, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +4.4%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Bill69
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Bill69, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of Braddeforest
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Braddeforest, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of BeerCon5
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black color. Relatively think dark tan fluffy head.

Roasty scent, coffee and caramel mostly.

The taste was of roasty caramel malts, some chocolate notes, also a bit of coffee at the end.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy, good carbonation.

This was one of the better offerings I've had from ABC. It seemed to go down quite easily for a porter.

BeerCon5, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This arrived with a foamy, tan/brown head over a glass containing a deep black colored liquid. I took in notes of chocolate and charcoal on the nose. The beer, itself, had lots of interesting flavors, although muted, going on. I noted chocolate, caramel, and coffee, but none in any great abundance, nor in any up front way. Not bad, but I wish that the flavors had been more pronounced.

woodychandler, Jul 27, 2004
Photo of hopdog
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap.

Poured a dark reddish, brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, and some coffee. Tastes of chocolate, roasty, and some coffee. Smooth body. Very light bitterness.

Notes from 10/23/04

hopdog, Nov 20, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

EinFesteBurg, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of Gavage
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear dark brown in color with a 1/2" head. Thick lacing develops through the session. Carbonation levels seemed a bit low.

Smell: very soft roasted coffee tones.

Taste: roasted malts and coffee with a hint of dark chocolate and molasses. Average bitterness. This porter has a nice malty level even though it is average in body.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smooth at the finish. Short aftertaste of coffee and roasted malts.

Drinkability: nicely drinkable. Worth a try if on tap.

Gavage, Apr 15, 2006
Photo of Dodt
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

decide to finally fill the growler i bought a while back from appalachian.
pours from the growler into a pint glass.
appearance : pours dark brown with a malty colored head.
smell : roasted malts with some coffee notes
taste medium body smooth taste
a very enjoyable beer on a cold winters day.

Dodt, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of SchmichaelJ
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Pennypacker Porter is ABC's October specialty beer. For this review, it poured a beautiful dark and dense chocolate color with a hint of red. It had a small but sufficient head, and retained very well. The smell was a bit too subtle, with hints of hops and roasted nut, but hardly noticeable. It had a full taste, hints of roasted malt, and good addition of hops to balance. Creamy and smooth, I really enjoyed the taste. The Porter also felt wonderful in my mouth, having a medium body and very creamy feel. Overall, this is a good porter. Full texture, and just the right suggestion of a roasted quality made this a nice drink. I'd recommend it to anyone who's able to stop by ABC during the fall/winter months.

SchmichaelJ, Jan 08, 2003
Photo of jmdrpi
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

served from the cask at the Collegeville brewpub location. in a pint glass.

appears almost black, brown around the edges where the light gets through. thin off-white head. mild aroma of roasty malt. flavor is similar, with some notes of milk chocolate and coffee. body is medium, with mild smooth carbonation from the cask serving.

overall - a decent porter. in my opinion, they could bring out the chocolate and coffee flavors more to improve it.

jmdrpi, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of abcramer
4/5  rDev +4.4%

abcramer, Feb 05, 2013
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Pennypacker Porter from Appalachian Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.