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Generation Porter - Sprecher Brewing Company

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78
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123 Ratings
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 18.53%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.73% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Skidz on 01-08-2005)
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Reviews by TheDTrain:
Photo of TheDTrain
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm very much on the fence about Generation Porter. I've had this many times & I remember enjoying it much more than I did tonight. Pour is thin to medium. The nose has faint coco and strong tartness from the raspberry with a malt/hop backbone. I like raspberries, but it's too overpowering. The sweetness gets fatiguing. I wish the fruit would be more subtle & the other flavors could shine.

TheDTrain, Apr 28, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Generation Porter, celebrating 20 years of brewing at Sprecher, pours from the 16oz bottle a nice black bordering on dark brown with a half inch of bubbly tan head atop the brew. Ruby highlights streak out when the light hits the glass. Aromas of chocolate roasted grains meld with a sweet caramel. A bit burnt with a raspberry syrup undertone. Smells sweet but is overall a little underwhelming.

First sip brings a dark, roasted maltiness that has a nice cocoa flavor along with some sweet caramel tones as well. A really mellow, light raspberry flows underneath. It finishes fairly dry with a hint of sourness and a bit of a burnt flavor as well. Ultimately this brew just fails to really grab my attention.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with fast paced carbonation. It's a bit on the thinner side and does go down smooth. Unfortunately, the flavor just seems a bit weak and nothing really stands out here. Not one I'd personally seek out again.

orbitalr0x, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of mrquartetman
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

mrquartetman, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of dwvarner77
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, deep brown, almost black color with a thin mocha-colored head that has a sparse pinkish hue. Very slight retention and lacing around the rim.
Aroma is modest, of coffee bean and and chocolate roasted malt. A little raspberry is in there as well.
There's a certain raspberry flavor that starts bitter at the beginning, then is overtaken by a peak of coffee and roasted malt, that finishes with a lingering raspberry flavor. The raspberry taste portrays their use of extract, it doesn't have that true berry character.
Mouthfeel is appropriate, drinkability is pleasant and sufficient. A good, easygoing porter.
The brew may have benefitted from the use of real raspberries.
It's all right, but not great.

dwvarner77, Jul 13, 2005
Photo of tyleeis
4.75/5  rDev +39.7%

tyleeis, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of Dinkel
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Dinkel, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of wo87810
4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks OK, but nothing special. Good aroma, just a small amount of raspberry, and a burnt caramel smell.

Taste was quite good. You get a bitter dryness which is reminiscent of very dark chocolate, with just little raspberry flavor.

Mouthfeel was fine, not to thin for the style.

Overall a good beer, and one that I would buy again for the price.

wo87810, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a dense black body with a thick creamy head that is tan with a slight red hue.

S- It smells pretty clean with a slight raspberry/ spicy hop aroma. A faint hint of chocolate malt also.

T- A nice combination of roasted and toasted malt with a hint of graham. This is a slight tang from the raspberries but it doesn't taste like fresh raspberries. It is a bit too chemical or perfumy. The cocoa is faint but taste a bit powdery.

M-Full mouthfeel with a bit of fizzy from the carbonation.

D- It taste like a decent porter under there but it is overpowered by the faux-raspberry taste. There are faint hints of cocoa but they too are overpowered. It will be interesting to hear how it does with age, but I don't suspect that the raspberry will tame down.

rhoadsrage, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of BamfBacon
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

BamfBacon, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of cokes
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black from far away, dusky auburn closer up. A thick tan head from any vantage.
Raspberry yogurt nose, and nothing else....at least while chilled. Some burnt qualities arise when it warms.
Raspberry syrup is predominant. Food Service, squirt from canister, sugary, Sno-Cone Blue Razzberri essense. Some of that same lacto, yogurt sour hues back it up. Minor waves of cocoa and burnt vanilla. But for each additional unit of bunrt or roast characteristic it gains, along comes an equally offputting tart vinagrette hue.
Raspberry is king here, and don't you forget it..
Hops? Nah.
Light bodied and amply carbonated, but has some tacky linger from the syrupy suggestions.
This is more drinkable than it should be. Perhaps because I like raspberry and I like yogurt. Porter, though? Just barely.

cokes, Feb 05, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark like a porter should, moderate white head. Good aroma of roast, coffee and chocolate, and something else in the background. Above average carbonation. Medium or less mouthfeel with coffee, mollasses and chocolate, raspberry hint.
500 ml bottle.

Sammy, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of Golden2wenty1
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a single at Badger Liquor on State here in Madison. Figured this was my last chance to try this much maligned brew. A raspberry porter? Sounds tasty. Verdict?: Shame on you, Sprecher. False advertisement on all fronts. For shame....

Pour is beautiful, thick and black as night with a tall creamy coffee-colored head with decent retention. Sadly, it's all downhill from here. Nose is limp with artificial tart berry flavor, some malt, maybe a hint of cocoa powder - not much else. Flavor slaps you upside the head with lambic-tart/medicinal raspberry which completely masks any porter like features this beer may have, no raosted malt or coffee to be found. Only the faintest hint of cocoa powder in the aftertaste gives any validation of the beer's darkness. Mouthfeel is deceptively thin and moderately carbonated. The overpowering artificial tartness really does this beer in. Real raspberry puree and more chocolate and a hell of a lot more roasted malt would have gone a long way towards making this a respectable 20th Anniversary brew. Sadly, they skimped and a promising beer went sour...literally.

Golden2wenty1, Oct 26, 2005
Photo of eliz108
4.75/5  rDev +39.7%

eliz108, May 17, 2013
Photo of UncleFlip
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark ruby colour to this one. The bit that struck me was that there's no real smell to it, hence the low number. I sniffed and sniffed, and nothing.

The flavour had some fruity overtones, but also seemed a bit watery for a porter. The body also was a bit watery, and a bit lighter than expected.

Drinkability takes a hit int he numbers because this one just doesn't have the OOMPH it needs. Just kind of sits there.

Be well
-UF

UncleFlip, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of safhundos
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

safhundos, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of jdkitchi
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

jdkitchi, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of Franchise
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark almost black with a clear body leaving a thick tan head. The aroma is raspberry and alcohal the cocoa comes in right behind with a faint hop presence and sweet milky essence. The taste is strong raspberry with a def chocolate background followed by a cordial cherry creamy finish. The hops in this beer are minimal but the brew is still not overly sweet. I think this beer is different creative and the combination of the flavors blend nicely. I just think that the alcohal is too present, and the flavors are on the weak side.

Franchise, May 27, 2006
Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Starts out strong, puffy mocha foam, lacing all around the sides in thick sheets. Black body with a long lasting head. Mild raspberry syrup aroma, mixed with roasty sweet cocoa.

Bitter char blends with tart raspberry in a nontraditional way, but it's not bad. Not as discordant as I expected from the reviews. traces of tobacco and coffee. Mellow feel, definite raspberry flavor amidst the roastiness of the porter, and not artificial thankfully. Slight lactose sweetness, lingering dry roast in the aftertaste. Supple feel, the light tartness of the raspberry compliments rather than detracts. Overall this was an interesting porter to try.

Thanks Andy for tossing me this extra!

emerge077, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of CRJMellor
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours ink-toner black with some red and purple traces. Fluffy, tan head maintains some character and leaves a little vbit of lace.
Aromas of chocolate, brown sugar, burnt nuts, roasted coffee and some caramel tones. Just a hint as the beverage warms of the
Flavor of a solid porter are here but are just simply too overwhelmed by a strong sour and tart raspberry note. (was it extract I wonder ?) Really powerful and drowns out some solid chocolate and nuttiness.
Mouthfeel was again all about the sour fruit rather than the roasted profile that a good porter should have. Well made just off-flavored in my opinion.
Drinkability was average at best. Just not that desirable a beer to me.

CRJMellor, Jun 16, 2005
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz twist-off bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic.
5.73% ABV,

A - Clear on the pour, it's almost totally black in the glass with light showing ruby amber highlights under the massive mocha head. The loose bubbles give way slowly, letting the foam settle to a nice drinkable layer while leaving spots of thick lacing on the glass.

S - Bursting with fresh tart raspberries dusted with a hefty layer of cocoa, the roasted malts introduce the raspberry nose to dark chocolate and toasted wheat bread for a combination worthy of dessert.

T - Roasted malts really give this fruited porter a kick of chocolaty and toasted bread flavor that works wonderfully with the flavor of fresh raspberries rolled in cocoa!

M - Crisp and highly carbonated, this medium-full bodied beer has a really dry finish from both the cocoa and the roasted malts that balances perfectly on the finish with just a touch of tart fruit coming forward.

O - A completely unique porter and a stand out beer from Sprecher, Generation Porter marries fresh raspberries rolled in cocoa with notes of chocolate drizzled over the top for a nicely fruited, dark beer that drinks like a beautiful dessert in a pint!

BeerFMAndy, May 11, 2014
Photo of PEBKAC
2.1/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

One liter bottle purchased for way too much money up in Boston about a year ago. Decided to maybe open it alongside some birthday cake, but the initial taste was disappointing, so I flipped it shut for later. I eventually lurched back to my desk & finished it off once everyone left for the night. Never leave witnesses.

Pours out black & brown, with minimal cocoa-colored head, & not much to look at besides the intimidating bottle it came from.

Smell was of cocoa powder, spent grease, & a light hint of spoiled fruit. Uh oh.

Taste was better, with a sure tartness & raspberry/tomato-ish sweetness running through it. The porter aspects of it were very sub-standard though. Mildly roasted malt, slight coffee, something like creamer(but a little off-putting with the sour fruit flavor), very very little chocolate, & with just a small tickle on the top of my tongue, I'm not sure if there's anything left from the hops at all. It might just be the carbonation.

Actually, the weakest point here is that the beer has absolutely no body to it. It feels almost like a dry stout that someone poured some cocktail mix into. Carbonation is a little too soft too, just a little tingle. Alcohol is negligible.

I'm just angry with myself for buying the bottle(I think it was like $14.xx). That's an extra case of Yuengling I missed out on right there! I force myself to drink down the bottle as punishment(Does the beer get another half point here because it wasn't really that difficult to do?).

PEBKAC, May 31, 2008
Photo of Big_Dave
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Big_Dave, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of tvv375ia
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12oz bottle into imperial pint glass

A-nice dark brown with a 3 finger head that leaves a nice cap and lacing as it fades

S-chocolate and cocoa and some raspberry fruitiness

T-rasperries & cocoa that are fairly well balanced

M-nice carbonation but overall it is kind of thin

O-thin body but does have some nice flavors that work well together while not being too sweet

tvv375ia, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of bubrewer
2.3/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tasted from a 12oz twist-top bottle.

Color is correct mahogany red-brown; tan head fades quickly but leaves lace.

Aroma is, well, mostly absent; maybe a little dry, and sharp. Perhaps this bottle has some age and has not done so elegantly.

Flavor is, HOLY MOLY raspberries. The sharp aroma shows up as astringency in my mouth, and the raspberries conceal any dark malt character that might be there.

This might make a good dessert beer, but that's about it. Cut the raspberry extract in about half and I'd love to try it again.

bubrewer, Aug 25, 2005
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Generation Porter from Sprecher Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.