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Charles River Porter - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Charles River Porter
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BA SCORE
89
very good

131 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2000

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Ratings: 131 | Reviews: 75
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3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of richj1970
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dannymo24
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.05/5  rDev +2%

Photo of dabarton
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

A solid porter, but certainly not world class.

Photo of Mikexw
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Sphinks
2.68/5  rDev -32.5%

Photo of thegirlgotsoul
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of ArrogantB
3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark black, smells like chocolate malts. Tastes like burnt espresso, tastes really bitter and strong, talk about a robust porter.

Photo of Beric
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: On tap, pint
Served: Oct 2014

Appearance: Pours a deep dark color, which was hard to truly make out in the dim light of the CBC brewpub. Nice white head that eventually dissipates and leaves some slight lacing.

Smell: Muted roasted coffee or espresso notes.

Taste: Nice assertion of roasted malts lending notes of espresso, French brewed coffee, and dark bitter chocolate. The beer has a nice edge, which I find more common in porters than stouts, where the flavors are a little rounder. There is the slightest ever smokiness here too, which really rounds out the flavors.

Feel: Excellent body on the tongue.

Overall: An excellent porter, and one of CBC's best regular offerings. Will probably pick up a growler of this next time I'm near Kendall Square.

Photo of mdfb79
3.81/5  rDev -4%

From 09/16/14 notes. Had at the brewpub in Cambridge, MA.

Pours a deep mahogany brown with a reddish tint, one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Smells of sweet chocolate, roasted malts, milk choclate, cream, vanilla...nose is really great, some caramel as well. Taste more chalk and bitter chocolate. Medium to light body and low to moderate carbonation.

Overall great nose but taste is lacking and a bit weak.

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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Cambridge Brewing Company in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

A- Dark cola brown body. Looks substantial, with a one finger nitro-like off-white head. Great retention. Lots of lacing.

S- Chocolates galore. Earthier dark chocolate, milk chocolates mixed in with a slight bit of roast malt and hints of smoke. Actually a somewhat decadent smelling porter.

F- As in the nose, lots of chocolate malts are present with roast character. Sweet but tempered quite a bit by the earthy hops and yeast.

M- Medium bodied, slightly thin but well carbonated and creamy. Very drinkable porter.

O- Excellent local year-round porter. Can't argue with this choice on most days.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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Charles River Porter from Cambridge Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.