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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

125 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2000)
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Photo of dabarton
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

A solid porter, but certainly not world class.

dabarton, Today at 07:09 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Trashcat, Thursday at 03:29 PM
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Mikexw, Nov 10, 2014
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2.68/5  rDev -32.5%

Sphinks, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of thegirlgotsoul
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

thegirlgotsoul, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of ArrogantB
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

ArrogantB, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of Beric
4.05/5  rDev +2%
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.

Beric, Oct 13, 2014
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.

mdfb79, Sep 26, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

WoostaBia, Sep 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

mrebeka, Aug 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Zraly, Jul 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Kmlund, Jul 07, 2014
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.

Stevedore, Jun 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

jpd7374, Jun 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

paulish, Mar 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

stript, Feb 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

kvgomps, Jan 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

WhitmansNiece, Nov 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

PJK, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint at the brewpub, the beer is a dark brown coloring with ruby highlights and a thin, filmy, sparse, light tan head. Nose of coffee roast and bitterness, with hints of bittersweet baker's chocolate. Roast forward, with a chocolate and coffee blend providing bitter and charcoal characteristics. Thin, slightly dry body. The aftertaste is bitter and roasty, with a dry, bitter lingering finish. Robust beer.

GarthDanielson, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of Omnium
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at the brewery
A - Nice black brown, half a finger of khaki head, thick lacing.
S - Nice smokey roasted malt and coffee beans, touch of vanilla and some dark chocolates
T - Nice roasted flavor with a surprising dark hop bite, smokey and chocolatey on the end.
M - More of a medium feel but coats your mouth with a creamy texture, excellent aftertaste.
O - Excellent example of a porter, nice smokey traits and a good hop balance

Omnium, Oct 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

snowmaggedon, Oct 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

GraduatedCashew, Sep 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

scxcrunner, Aug 25, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -37%

Aisha, Aug 06, 2013
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Charles River Porter from Cambridge Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.