Generation Porter - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Generation PorterGeneration Porter

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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.73% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Skidz on 01-08-2005

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Reviews by bubrewer:
Photo of bubrewer
2.32/5  rDev -32%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of dwvarner77
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of wo87810
4.17/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of cokes
2.96/5  rDev -13.2%
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 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.

Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
2.79/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Photo of UncleFlip
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
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

Photo of Franchise
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.66/5  rDev +7.3%
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!

Photo of CRJMellor
2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of TheDTrain
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +32%
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!

Photo of PEBKAC
2.09/5  rDev -38.7%
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?).

Photo of tvv375ia
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Photo of SteveS1
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle to a pint glass:

Look- Pours black with the slightest bit of muddy red around the edges. Tan head, mild retention, great lacing.

Smell- Glorious cherry cordial nose, slight hint of chocolate chips.

Taste - Tart fruits on the tongue, bitter cherry and cranberry, fruit juice flavor on the palate. Bitter cherry/raspberry going down, which recedes into a bitter dark chocolate.

Feel - A lot thinner than some of the porters I'm used to, a bit watery, fair carbonation, but not so much that it's like a fruit soda.

Drink - The odd combination of tartness that dies into mellow bitter malts is a little off-putting. Best as a dessert with cheese and bread, or alone. I don't recommend it with fruits and dark chocolate, which complicates the flavors rather than compliments them.

Photo of mwilbur
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Reviewed on 12/18/08]
I finally cracked open my 1 L bottle and poured it into a shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a very, very dark garnet. Only with backlighting do you see the red around the edges. 1/2 inch medium tan head forms.
S: Definite raspberry and soft cocoa too.
T: Initially the taste follows the aroma, but after a few sips the cocoa and dark chocolate notes start to come through. Decent, but wish there was better balance.
M: Smooth with slight fruit acidity.
D: Very drinkable...especially with the low ABV. A nice offering for their 20th anniversary. I remember having this back in 2005 and honestly this has held up quite well...perhaps some fading of the cocoa.

Photo of stumac
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to my buddy Onslow for bustin this outta his cellar. This beer was brewed in 2005 so this is a four year aged beer.

It starts out with a gentle pour into my pint glass and it comes out solid black with a nice tan colored crown. In the aroma, it is dominated by raspberries. But you can smell the subtle chocolate creeping in from the rear. The label doesn't lie when it says "Raspberries & Cocoa". A very smooth flow over my palate of nice, sour raspberries quickly followed by traditional cocoa. Medium bodied, medium carbo. A smooth, subtle sour brew...

Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours very dark brown. A thin head thins and leaves lacing.

The smell is of cocoa, tart raspberry and caramel.

The chocolate is like cocoa powder with caramel sweetness mixed with sweettart raspberry juice. Any roast in the finish is vague.

It is medium-bodied, relatively smooth.

The raspberry, which is done relatively well, almost overpowers the porter aspect, which is less than robust.. The cocoa aspect is decent, though rather powdery. Overall, not a bad brew, but far from especially impressive.

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was an interesting brown color with ruby red highlights, and a two finger tan head that left a lot of lacing.

Aroma was of dark malts with a hint of roastiness. Raspberries were potent, and notes of chocolate hid in the background. It definitely has a sweetish aspect.

Taste was of mild dark malt overlaid with berries. There were hints of chocolate.

Mouthfeel was rather thin for a porter, I wasn't that thrilled with it. I would have liked a lot more body.

Drinkability... sorry, guys, I understand this is a special brew, but it's just so-so. Nothing special to write home about.

Photo of fretlessman71
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sprecher Generation Porter
Sprecher Brewing Company, Glendale, WI

BOTTLE: 16 oz.

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: This is the 20th anniversary brew from Sprecher – got cocoa and raspberry in it. Never heard of them before I got one in a trade (can’t remember who sent this right off – please take credit when you read this, okay?). Guess I waited too long the first time, and it didn’t survive well – it had turned by the time I got to it. So brewcrew76 sent me a replacement. Ought to be good! Let’s hope so…

APPEARANCE: Black with faint hints of ruby around the edges. Good solid tan head with color a little closer to the leather brown head of a stout. Decent lacing.

AROMA: Tart-sweet dark fruit (raspberry) dominates, cocoa follows. Surprise! Malt comes through a little later. Little to no hop aroma.

FLAVOR: Strong tart raspberry flavor right off the bat. Good flavor to it – not sour or spoiled but honest, clear, unadulterated berry. Cocoa follows a ways back in the mix. Chocolate malt rears its not-so-ugly head a swallow or two later. Not much in the way of hops here – the raspberry provides plenty of bitterness in that regard. Slightly acidic flavor as the beer warms – no doubt from the fruit. Dry finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium weight; high carbonation. A bit much for this much raspberry – makes it seem even more acidic, which it doesn’t seem to need much help with.

DRINKABILITY: This is definitely a one-per-night kind of beer.

OVERALL COMMENTS: A porter with raspberries and cocoa – it’s exactly what it says it is, and tastes like it too (which isn’t always the case). Not sure the combination works so well for me, but all the flavors are distinct and recognizable. Very well done! Thanks for the re-up, brewcrew!

Photo of ppoitras
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1L swing-top bottle purchased from Julio's, Westboro, MA. Special "Sprecher" tape for sealing, and anniversary hangtag completes the picture.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" brown head above the barely translucent brownish burgundy brew. Head holds on nicely, with lots of delicate lacing. Aroma is dark malts, cocoa and coffee, with a tinge of raspberry, I think, but I could be imagining it because I know it should be in there. Taste is short-lived light roastiness up-front, over-powered by a somewhat sour raspberry flavor, and finishes dry with lingering flavors of both. Mouthfeel is is just too thin, even for the style, and the raspberry just isn't as full as one would hope. Drinkability suffers from same. Was let down with this one.

Photo of battlekow
2.34/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I had this once before, a 16 oz bottle that I drank while in a movie and enjoyed. Thought I'd give it another shot.

It's a dark brown with a really good head and lacing for a porter. There's some roastedness and chocolate in the nose, but it's definitely not the dominant scent; that honor goes to raspberry. Raspberry? In a porter? From fucking Sprecher? Okay. Well, maybe a little less next time, guys.

The tartness puckers your mouth just from smelling the beer, and reminds me of the scene from Anchorman where Paul Rudd puts on the Sex Panther cologne and gets the following reaction from Will Ferrell: "It's a formidable scent. It stings the nostrils." On second thought, I rather like the smell of gasoline; I at least prefer it to assault by raspberry. And we haven't even gotten to the taste yet.

As you might expect from the above, Generation Porter tastes like raspberries. Tart, sour, sweet, unpleasant...raspberries. There's a little bit of what the bottle claims is "Dutch cocoa" going on, but whatever. This isn't a porter, it's a fruit beer. Interesting idea, I have to admit, but fuck this.

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.07/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

BA says "retired" but readily available in my area. Poured from 16 oz. bottle into sniffer. Pours black with some red hints when held to the light, tan head. Thick and creamy head with good retention and some lace. Smell is of extract fruit, mostly raspberry but some cherry as well, a touch of chocolate but very light, not very pleasant overall. Taste was much better. Pretty tart at first and the raspberries (although extract) are present. It ends with a nice dark chocolate finish. Creamy smooth mouthfeel. Overall a drinkable beer. One of the first beers I've had where the smell was a disappointment but the taste was ok. My biggest problem was the "extract" was too obvious in both the smell and taste. Adding real fruit would have scored this much higher.

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Generation Porter from Sprecher Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.