Renewale - 2012 Porter - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Renewale - 2012 PorterRenewale - 2012 Porter

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Reviews: 21
Hads: 60
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 5.9%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Docer on 12-25-2011

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Reviews: 21 | Hads: 60
Reviews by N3rdM3t4l:
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3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brown bomber purchased in January and stashed away until tonight. Poured into standard pint.

A: Completely opaque black with about a finger of khaki colored head that fell into a thick foam cap with a few bigger bubbles in the middle. Leaving good lacing.

S: Coffee and bittersweet chocolate notes right away. Well roasted is a phrase i would use to describe this one. A little digging and I can just pick out the hops. Smells like a tasty porter to me.

T: The coffee notes are more pronounced in the taste, the chocolate from the nose falls into the background. A bit more of the malt comes through as malted barley in when you taste it. The hops are very present but not super aggressive. They make the coffee taste a little bitter like it is really dark and they linger for a while. The taste never really leaves your mouth on from this one the roasty malt sticks to the back of the tongue even after the hop bitter fades. Before the bitter ends and after the chocolate dies off you get a little alcohol warming which is surprising considering the fairly strong flavor and average ABV of this one. I am a porter guy so I am bias but I would say this tastes quite good.

M: A little thin for a porter, it lacks the chew I look for in something pitch black but the taste makes up for it. Definitely not watery but more medium than full bodied.

O: Good porter when young better porter when 6 months old. Glad I squirreled away two bottles of this when I could. May come back for a second round in another couple months to see how it does then.

Edit: opened my last bottle tonight 9/28/12 to see how it tastes aged about 10 months.
a: minimal khaki head now and a more sparse cap, leaving less lacing than before.
s: smells about the same
t: the hops seem a bit more pronounced than I remember still good coffee notes.
m: still a bit thin but good as before
o: a little hoppier but too much more age and this would fade too and be bland. 9months seems about right. (1,969 characters)

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Photo of RickS95
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I do love me some dark porters. Pours black with the thinnest of dark brown around the edges, even when held up to a light. Head is minimal, tan, and sits up top for a minute, and then is gone before you know it.

Lots of roasty notes. Some coffee and bittersweet chocolate, even some smoke.

Tastes more like a stout. It's got the roasted thing down. Very malty, mostly malty; smoke, hops and coffee in the finish.

Creamy. A bit more bitter than I want in a porter. Full-bodied.

I had high expectations for this beer, so I was slightly disappointed that it was only slightly above average. I think this would be better categorized as a stout and I'd have probably given higher marks. Not a bad beer, just not great for the style. (733 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Dark cola with a small tan head.

Smell. Roasty toasty dark malts, some bitter chocolate.

Taste. Really dark roasted malts, dark roasty coffee. Slight sweetness. Really nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Nice roasty porter here. Just how I like 'em. (292 characters)

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (4.0)
- Rich solid colored dark brown porter. Couple fingers of fluffy light light mocha tan head.. settles to a thin spotty creamy blanket, and leaves some lacing all about the glass.

Smell: (3.5)
- Very roasty in smell, lots of biscuity and sharp grain, light chocolate, and light bitter coffee notes. Surprisingly quite hoppy with very earthy, grassy, and herbal notes. Smells like this may be quite bitter.

Taste: (4.0)
- Indeed it is a very bitter porter, and it is also very good. I love the bitter grassy hops and how zesty bitter it is. Not a very sweet chocolatey malt bill, but more a zesty, crisp, and refreshing porter. I really dig the flavors here. Husky grains with only some light cocoa and coffee. Big resinous hops and earthy flare.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Light to medium bodied, and very well carbonated. Bitter dry and a slight bit cloying. Leaves the tongue quite dry for sure. Not an overly creamy porter or sweet porter at all, but more so thinner like an IPA.

Overall: (3.5)
- This is a very interesting porter. It is almost more like a CDA. Very bitter and hoppy.. but not on the aroma and finishing end. Light sweetness, but more like a dark lager. Overall it is very crisp and refreshing, and is the kind of beer that would snap you out of a non-drinking kind of mood. (1,325 characters)

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2.96/5  rDev -16.9%
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Full disclaimer ahead of time. I have a special place in my heart for ninkasi.. Their support of mnt. Bike Or won me over.

Look- black as can be. Very little head and it was gone within seconds. No activity. I mean like not one bubble.

Smell not there. No activity so that didn't bring any smell to the top.

Taste- slight bitter with a little sour and coffee. Burnt coffee. Little chile bite on it as well which I didn't expect.

Feel. Odd feeling of spice.

Overall. Not for me. I won't finish this 12 oz bottle. (521 characters)

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22oz bomber
A) Pours with a finger thick head that settles to a thin lacing on top and at the edge of the glass. Dark brown and reddish hued body. Thin sticky lacing on the glass on the drink down.
S) Smoky notes. Earthy. Yeasty.
T) Dark chocolate notes. Smoky. Some good doughy / bready flavors. Mild hop bite toward the finish.
M) Creamy. Smooth. Full body. Gritty feel throughout.
O). A decent porter. I'd definitely drink more. (433 characters)

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Making marmalade tonight with the wife and needed a new beer to keep me occupied outside the regimental stirring... poured into my little CC goblet... short lasting tan head... the brew is pretty much black.. at least in the light in the office.

Nose is mild.. decent roastiness .. grainy maltiness makes me think lower abv porter for sure.. slight hints of what think is a spicy hoppiness.

flavor has a nice coffee punch.. but again, it is pretty mild and mixes into the porter qualities ... I am surprised that this doesn't lean to a heavier dark malt push... but I do like the drinkability.. and I never really like porters too much... but this one is well done and certainly very enjoyable.

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Renewale - 2012 Porter from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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