King's Peak Porter - Uinta Brewing Company

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King's Peak PorterKing's Peak Porter

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BA SCORE
78
okay

125 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 08-22-2002

Roasted chocolate malts influence this full-flavored ale. This sessionable porter is black in color and well balanced.

25 IBU
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Ratings: 125 | Reviews: 74
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue XI:

A hearty pour yields a massive mountain of tan head; there is clarity here, as it shows the deep brown hues. Pleasant aroma of chicory, light brown sugar and toasted bread. Super smooth with a moderate-sized body that holds a fluffy and semi-crisp carbonation. Dry maltiness has suggestions of slightly burned biscuits, unsweetened chocolate, light roasted coffee and chicory mix, nutty toasted husk and a dried grass. Hops are mild and simply help to balance. Yeast throws a small amount of fruitiness and chalkiness into the mix. There's a quick acrid twang in the drying finish, with some light charcoal.

Easy drinking all the way, lots of flavor packed into this small beer. While flavorful, this beer tries to be robust while still holding on to its semi-light character, staying deep within session beer territory. Proof that dark beers are not always heavy and can be very approachable.

Photo of steelerguy
3.37/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark color, some light makes it through around the edges showing a dark brown. Tan head that disappeared quickly.

S - Roasted malts, nice chocolate aroma.

T - Same as the smell but lacks complexity. It almost seems like they took the first runnings to make a good beer and then used the second runnings to make this. Roasted malts are good, but lacks any kind of backbone. They say delicately hopped...I would say barely hopped.

M - Thin and lacking body.

D - Better than drinking crap beer, but certainly not my choice. So weak you could probably drink it all night and barely get a buzz.

Is this a low cal Porter?

Photo of blitz134
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was surprised at how dark this one sits in the glass. When held to the light, dark brown, Coke colored highlights show through. Small light tan head on the pour that reduced to a single-bubble thick layer.

As expected toasted malts fill the nose, this time with some sweet milk chocolate aromas, slightly acidic. Has a bit of a herbal hops to finish it out. Kinda light and simple overall.

Thinnish body washes over the tongue and presents some light toasted flavors again, this time a bit nutty. Finish is slightly acidic again with some herbal bitterness to finish it off. Not the most complicated porter here. Carbonation adds a touch of prickliness.

Overall pretty easy to put back although a bit too sharp from the carbonation and other lactic acid type flavors and not quite enough toasted flavors to balance it out.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz. amber squat bottle with an "enjoy by" date of November notched on the side.

Appearance: Poured a dark, dark brown with a foamy tan-colored head. Sparse lacing.

Smell: Very chocolatey. Caramel sweetness evident as well. Slightly smoky aroma hides in the background.

Taste: Hoppy bitter chcolate flavor. Different...but tasty. A little too much "oomph" from the hops for me in a porter. Noticeably bitter aftertaste seems rather "off" as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and rather thin.

Drinkability: 4% ABV? Session beer? Not a bad beer, but the over-hopped nature was something I really didn't care for.

Props to AKSmokedPorter for this sample.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on 7/23/13.

A: Pours a dark brown appearing black in the glass with a thin lightly tanned head. Leaves some lacing on the sides. Head dissipates fairly quickly. Clear body with a ruby tinge.

S: Roasty malts with dark fermented fruits. Nice cocoa aspect, perhaps a hint of coffee.

T: Mild flavor that is well balanced and sessionable. Has roasted malts but not as in depth as other porters. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Light body that maintains a creamy aspect. Smooth and very easy drinking.

Overall the goal of this beer seems to be a light porter you can drink all night. It hits that niche right on the money. Has tasty flavors that would make me come back again.

Photo of rangerman21
3.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Dark brown with an off white head. Head doesn't stick around long.

Smell: chocolaty

taste: roasty chocolate, hints of coffee. Nice bitter malt finish.

Mouthfeel. Bubbly and light on the tongue. A bit odd for a porter

Overall: Very tasty beer. Only thing unusual is the mouthfeel, otherwise very enjoyable.

Photo of russpowell
3.86/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours chestnut /mahogany with a pinky of toffee colored head. Zero lacing & head retention

S: Coffee, roasty malt & baker's chocolate

T: Roasty malt & coffee up front. More coffee, some dryness, & cocoa as this warms. Finishes roasty with a bit of herbal hops

MF: Light/medium bodied with minimal carbonation & great balance

Drinks really easy, a great example of a session ale that can satisfy despite low ABV, wonder how this tastes on cask?

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark tan head on top of a beer that is dark brown to black in color. Holding it up to the light shows a red-hued brown.
Aroma of roasty malt, cocoa, and earthy hops.

Taste shows roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate flavors. Nicely balanced with earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but that's to be expected when it's only 4.0%ABV.
Very easy-going and drinkable. That and the low ABV would make it a nice session porter.

Overall, a solid porter that could probably be better if not held in check by Utah's alcohol limit on beer.

Photo of PhillyStyle
2.55/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Sampled with in Cedar City, Utah (7/21/10):

A: Poured a nice deep black with a brown head that was too light and fluffy for a porter and it was not retained well at all, as expected from most decent porters.

S: Not much of one at all, maybe some hints of roasted barley, but other than that, nothing else.

T: Light roasted barley flavor, with nothing else to note. Expected a much more robust, full flavored beer.

M/D: The beer felt light, which was unexpected and appeared to be some what over-carbonated. Should have been more thick. Was able to drink the whole bottle, but was not what I expected and I would not buy/drink again.

Photo of jacobseyb
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter a dark black color with a off white head. Smells of chocolate malts and a faint floral hop. Taste is chocolate malts with the floral a little more present. Feel is smooth and very lightly carbonated. Overall a nice smooth porter.

Photo of Amalak
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this off the tap at Boulevard Tavern in Williamsburg Brooklyn. It's a dark, almost completely black and the head dissipates quickly. Very good lace.

It has a slight burnt taste, not enough for my taste, but nice. Sour, bitter aftertaste. Very smooth. But lacks the kick I might usually like out of a porter.

Photo of Fyourface316
2.47/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Despite a nice chocolatey aroma and good color, the beer felt and tasted like the light beer of porters, as if they made a good strong porter and poured water into it. I had one out of a bottle and one out of a glass after it was recommended to me as better than robust porter (the local store was out). Definitely disappointed.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yet another beer picked up outside Bryce Canyon from Ruby's Inn general store (at stupidly high prices). Poured into my plastic toothbrush tumbler after a days hiking in the canyon.

Sadly I didn't really enjoy this beer as much as some from Utah.

The smell was a weak chocolate aroma, mixed with dirty washing water (yes, I'd cleaned the toothbrush tumbler, but thanks for thinking I hadn't).

The body was dark and the head tan coloured, low retension, no lacing.

The taste and body were both thin and boring, I could find no hop content and found the beer poor in almost all aspects, sorry.

Photo of FishMan123
3.37/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from MotMC. Overall, a rather unimpressive beer. I was expecting something with a bit more body and character.

A: Pours a deep chocolate brown. No head.

S: Minimal smell (probably partly due to minimal head).

T: Some chocolate / roasted coffee, but rather weak tasting. Was expecting a robust porter, and this wasn't it. Almost a "porter flavored" ale.

M: Very flat, but clean.

D: A light taste that goes down pretty easy. You might even call this a "light porter".

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a nice black color with a fluffy crown of tan foam. Retention is good and lacing is decent.

Nose is nutty and chocolaty with a touch of toasty caramel. All about the malts here with a little bit of yeast on the side.

I like this beer. The nutty malts are very nice and has just enough chocolaty sweetness to maintain a nice balance. The mouthfeel is a tad on the thin side, but appropriate for a 4%er. Just a touch of light fruit and some roast come out as it warms. I am surprised by the low grade this beer has. I would not hesitate to drink plenty of it on my next ski trip to Snowbird or Alta. A good drinker here.

Photo of plaid75
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a dark black hue with a 3/4 finger off white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured burnt grains, coffee and a touch of smoke.

The taste consisted of similar burnt grain, dry coffee and charcoal.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall an easy drinking porter.

Photo of weeare138
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a dark brown with a slight tan head that fizzles out.
Smell is of roasted malts(crystal malts & black patent jumping out)with a touch of caramel, chocolate and vanilla hidden in there.
Taste is roughly the same as the aromas.
Mouthfeel is light bodied with cheap malts making this slightly less appealing to me.
Drinkability is ok. Nothing knocking my socks off here. I am a fan of the style and was expecting a bit more from this one.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.07/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled on 6/21/2010

Look: Black and totally opaque with a 1/2 inch tan bubbly head and ok retention

Smell: Roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and oak

Taste: The flavor is a bit muted maybe due to the age but the beer carries some roasted malt and oatmeal notes. The oatmeal lingers for a bit

Mouthfeel: Thin body and medium carbonation and a bit prickly

Overall: Not a bad beer and this one would probably be better fresh as it stands the nose is really the only solid component

Photo of Zorro
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Clear brown colored ale with a small tan colored head. Nothing outstanding looking.

Sells sweet and smoky with a mainly coffee and caramel aroma. Scent of roasted pinion nuts.

Initially this is is coffee with caramel syrup. Middle of the pack for sweetness this is like a slightly under-carbonated coffee soda. Mildly bitter, for a Utah law beer this isn't boring.

Overall worth a try but not quite a six pack level of try.

Photo of marc77
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown, with brilliant garnet flashes when held to light. Steadfast, dogged tan head leaves sticky, dense lace. Bitter, burnt malt upfront in aroma tapers to allow a rounded, mellow milk chocolate and citrus rind combination to dominate. Wafts of buttery toffee emerge as it warms and add caramel malt derived depth. Simple and appetizing aromawise. Quick snap of mocha sweetness incipient in flavor is immediately overrun by assertive, pith like hop bitterness. Sharp, smokey black malt bittersweetness along with an understated caramel presence emerge mid palate, and counteract the initially aggressive hop bitterness. Chocolate malt character flows in late, and combines with subdued dark fruitiness to lend a suggestion of cocoa dusted dates. Overly dry and very well attenuated, with a lanky, dilute mouthfeel. Finishes with an odd, transient pilsner like crispness that yields to simply sweet chocolate. King's Peak is a surprisingly assertively hopped porter, unfortunately without a matching malt backbone. Flavorful, but lacking overall balance. It's a fine, hop driven session porter overall.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Once again, great to see some brews coming out of SLC. This is my favorite flavor, dropped right at my door by, BOTMC, let's give it a whirl and see if it pans out. Popping the top i smell some coffee but mostly a deep chaulky semi-sweet chocolate smell. Pours to a nearly opaque iron river color with a foamy pillowtop head with macro bubbles inter-dispersed. Taste continues with the deep chocolate and espresso flavor that almost approaches Cuban coffee but more bittersweet than sweet. Mouthfeel is thinner than I expected, is this 3.2 beer? No but seriously, with the flavor that doesn't play in alot. A good porter lacking some backbone but, tasty none-the-less.

Photo of RichT73
3.24/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a very average, but drinkable porter. The first thing that stood out is the strong smell of coffee. It almost felt like I had ordered a cappuccino with alcohol. The taste was a little light for me, with not much of a bite or aftertaste. When I bought this six-pack I was hoping for something that would knock me on my butt, so needless to say I was a little disappointed. I probably wouldn't buy this again, but it's worth a try. Again, not bad not good. Just average.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark chocolate, hops and a little bit of dark fruit.

T: The taste is malty and very smoky, with flavors of chocolate & dark fruit. There’s a very good hops presence for a beer of this style and it’s just the right amount to be complimentary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, slightly filling, good representation of style, it’s a good beer to stick with for an evening, but despite the low ABV, it’s still more of a sipper than a pounder.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle thanks to BigJTrucker

Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a creamy tan head that thins. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is dark roasted malts with nice coffee and cocoa tones.

Rich roasty flavor upfront leading into a nice bland of coffee and cocoa flavors. Mild bitterness midway through as it finishes roasty and quite dry.

Thin body, well carbonated.

An easy drinking porter that would make for a very nice session. The body could use a little "beefing up", but it only slightly detracts from an otherwise quality brew.

Photo of meechum
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark brown to black with a nice tan head that fell slowly leaving a nice lacing down the entire glass

S - The smell was mostly coffee and a slight hint of smoke, the hops were subdued but there in the back

T/M - The taste was mostly coffee and a little bit of chocolate. The feel was thick and creamy and very good

D - I enmjoyed this one quite a bit and wouldn't mind several more bottles..good sessionability

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King's Peak Porter from Uinta Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.