Carolina Winter Porter - Carolina Brewing Company

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Carolina Winter PorterCarolina Winter Porter

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Carolina Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 12-21-2003

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Reviews by silver0rlead:
Photo of silver0rlead
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights and a thick beige head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma has some nice roastiness upfront (notes of espresso and dark chocolate) along with some burnt bread and citrusy hops, blackstrap molasses and dark fruits. The flavor is similar with huge roasted notes initially, along with some coffee and dark chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, citrusy hops and some slight alcohol. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side which is appropriate for the style, and drinkability is good.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 1/09/08,poured into a standard pint glass a cola color with reddish tint thru out after an aggressive pour it yeilded a 1/2 finger toasted almond colored head that left broken lace behind.Aromas were like a chocolate covered raisin lightly sweet chocolate and dark fruit to be precise with a bit of roastiness.A little light but not overly so in the mouthfeel department a bit slick,a generous hopping to this porter for sure making it pretty earthy and leafy in the finish a mildly sweet chocolate and raisin-like quality starts the beer off.A solid porter pretty mild and tasty.

Photo of blitz134
3.01/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty dark beer, but shines bright ruby when held to the light. Very light tan head. Small though, and reduced to a thin layer.

Interesting aroma really, not porter like at all. Has a medicinal, herbal character to it. Actually hints of grapefruit come out. Only the lightest of toasted malts show underneath all of that. I have a hard time giving this an average score when it has no toasted malt aromas at all.

Flavor is a step in the right direction. Toasted malts start come out and a bit of chocolate and coffee, though not too strong. Hops have some pine and grapefruit again. Flavor is alright I guess, but I think the hops clash.

Decent mouthfeel. Low carbonation makes this feel medium bodied. Coats the mouth well and the flavors linger. Average drinkability. I'm not keen on the flavor combo here to be honest.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Muddyfeet for this one...solid trader and all around good guy.
Black in color...some dark brown highlights w/ the help from a dose of natural light. A full finger of off-colored white head that falls a bit short on endurance...leaves some spotty lacing.
Extremely inviting in the nose with a hefty chocolate earthy base and some floral hop.
Taste is a slight letdown, but still quite good. Was hoping for a hint of spice or something w/ the name, but just a solid porter.
The slightest detection of nutty character that is less roasty and more nutella...the thicker than average mouthfeel is appreciated, making it a reason to crave in the colder months. Then again, we are talking NC...I'd still hunt this one down once a year and not hesitate to score a sixer. Actually, quite clean in the finish and goes down easy.
The folks at CBC make some quality brews and this would be one of them...never had a bottling issue with the handful I've tried.

Photo of tdm168
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Sawmill Tap Room 12/17/11

Pours a deep brown with a reddish hue. There's a quarter inch of white, foamy, thin head that sits on top that has great retention. The nose has notes of roasted malts and yeast, maybe a little diacetyl. The taste is roasty with very faint notes of coffee and a little chocolate in the finish. There's a strong yeasty-ness to the flavor. It's definitely an off flavor. There is a mellow hop bitterness to the finish. This is a very smooth, medium bodied beer that is a little thin at times, but it's well carbonated and drinkable.

The yeast notes make me want to shy away from this one. In year's past I've never noticed the off flavors though, so I will give it another chance.

Photo of Imbiber
4.52/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Given to me last weekend from someone who had just returned from NC. Bottled on 4th Feb 04. There's a very dubious quote on the bottle label that reads "Our seasonal beers are now available in bottles (see inside of bottle for details)." Eh???

As for the beer, it's deep red-brown with a small but adequate tan head. Quite big malty, chocolatey nose - nice. Smooth mouthfeel, the taste reflects the aroma, malty, nutty, with distinct chocolate and caramel - the latter two becoming more prominent towards the finish, which is long and turns unexpectedly dry and nutty. A great beer, dangerously drinkable. I just wish I could buy it here.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is dark with good carbonation. The head is close to 2 fingers light tan and leaves a nice lace.

The smell i a light roasty malt, not bad but it does not stand out a lot.

The taste is better good roasty toasty malt, and mild hops.

The mouthfeel is creamy smooth good body and nice carbonation.

The drinkability is good and worth a try. Prosit MK

Photo of ncbrewerbun
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown long neck bottle with the seasonal label and a bottled on date of 11/12/2003. I had this tucked back in my fridge and didn't know it was there.

Poured a clean and clear reddish brown with ruby hues. There was a small tan head that turned into a small ring of lace around the edge of the glass.

Malt the predominant aroma -- the sweetness mixed with a hint of roast.

A rather sweet malty flavor balanced with a heavy dose of bittering hops. I also pick up just a bit of astringency.

A very enjoyable porter.

Photo of wedge
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark chestnut color with a thin creamy head that falls apart quickly to a loose covering. Smells malty - chocolate, substantial grain, and spicy hops combine to make a damp, earthy-like aroma overall. The taste is big on the fresh barley. Smokey black malts and a very slight lingering sweetness. Medium bodied and dry.

Not bad, but it is very fresh. Almost like eating a handfull of barley.

Note: A month later, the super-fresh taste has smoothed out and some coffee flavors have shown up. Tasty.

Photo of blackie
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had many of these on-tap over the past couple winters, reviewed from notes of the 2007 release

a: Deep brown in color, with a tan head that shows average retention.

s: Roasted malts give notes of coffee and a little smoke. Hops are earthy and on the light side. Lightly sweet. Solid, but a little weak for my nose.

m: Carbonation right around medium, and the body just over medium.

t: Follows the lead of the aroma. Medium roasts give some earthy coffee flavors. Some sweetness from a balance of lighter malts. Moderate hop flavor and bitterness with a touch of sour. Finishes dry.

d: sessionable...One thing I can say about CBC is that while all of their biers aren't excellent (some are), all are certainly solid.

Photo of CHickman
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown reddish when held up to light with a small tan head; smells of roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, bourbon and faint caramel.

Tastes very sweet and roasted up front, with roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, faint caramel, light hops, some hints of dark fruit, yeast or grass, and root beer (yes root beer). Medium carbonation with a smooth feel on the tongue and an overall roasted malty coffee taste. A good beer that had a nice mix of flavors and went down easy, it just didn't blow me away as far as the taste went.

Don't know if this brew was aged in any kind of barrel, but it sure tasted that way to me since it got better as it warmed up during dinner (at the Angus Barn). This beer is worth a try.

Photo of hopdog
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade with Ty5592 (Mystery Swap v2.0). Bottle labeled bottled on 11/01/06.

Poured a deeper brown color (with a red tint to it) and a large sized off white head. Aromas of cocoa, roast, caramel, and lightly smokey. Tastes of roast, chocolate, light caramel, and finished with a coffee bitterness. Body on the thinner side. Some lacing left on the glass.

Notes from: 4/14/07

Photo of spense727
2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Light for a porter
Smell - Very light smokey aroma
Taste - Light, slightly roasty, very small bit of chocolate
Mouthfeel - Light, lots of carbonation
Overall - Very light overall, very easy to drink, holiday flavor without being overly spiced

Photo of Deuane
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Dark brown with ruby highlights. A thin tan head with decent lacing.

S-Some coffee and roasted malt. Not as strong as I would have liked. Overall very faint.

T-Roasted malt with some coffee and chocolate notes. A nice little sour twang and a decent hop bitterness in the finish. A nice tasting brew.

M-A little thin but overall it is very nice. Enough body to make you know it has some decent roasted malts and hops.

D-A very pleasant brew. Not the best, blow you away porter, but is solid offering. I could drink more than one of these and be happy about it.

Photo of EPseja
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle in a pint glass at cellar temperature. A note on the label reads, "Our seasonal beers are now available in bottles. See inside of bottle for details." Heh heh... cute.

A - Pours a clear, dark chestnut brown with a light tan head that rises to about a half inch. The head is creamy and dense, but diminishes rapidly. Lacing is good, leaving foamy sheets on the inside of the glass.

S - Crisp dark malts with a very nice hoppy profile that includes a good combination of floral and piney notes. Enticing and very well made, even if it's as simple as it is.

T - Restrained sweetness up front with notes of smoky malt following soon after. The back of the tongue catches the very fresh hoppy bitterness - just enough to make it clean and dry. The aftertaste is organic and dark.

M - Creamy and chewy with tiny bubbles tingling the tongue. Swallows with fortitude without leaving the belly bloated. Very nice!

D - This is a delicious herald of winter, and I was lucky enough to snag a bottle in the Birthday BIF. Easy to drink without giving up any taste points.

Photo of granite
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass. 2006

A---It poured brown with red hues and a thin off-white head.

S---Chocolate malt and citrus hops.

T---Muddled malt bill, cascade or centennial hops with a roasted aftertaste.

M---Thin-medium bodied.

D---Chocolate malt and west coast hops are not my favorite combination but it is a well made porter.

Photo of sinistrsam
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Living in North Carolina for the last few months I've found a lot of little microbreweries, most of which produce fairly decent beer but lack at really creating an excellent beer in any of their styles. I've some to expect that; after all they're microbreweries. However, this beer is slightly different. I think they've made a pretty damn good porter.
It was poured and had huge head and lacing around the glass, above a dark brown hazelnut body. The head was thick and tan and smelled very complex, of toffee and caramel, chocolate and coffee. Even some hints of smokiness.
The taste was extrememly creamy and smoky, but also sweet. It had more of a chocolate stout aftertaste, bittersweet and complex. It was one of the more drinkable porters I've had in a while, finished excellently and all this from a carolina microbrewery. This is a must try, I've gotta say. Definitely a good effort and I think they nailed a great winter seasonal to warm up with as the fall turns to winter.

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revised rating based on beer bottled 1/20/10 and tasted 4/15/10

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with a nice, rocky head that deposits a few sheets of lace around the pint glass

Smell: Dark chocolate and brown bread, with hints of licorice, coffee and dark fruit

Taste: Opens with a chocolate flavor that builds in a fruity direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the chocolate and coffee notes combine in a roasty, but slightly grainy fashion

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very chocolatey take on the style; recommended

Photo of hunteraw
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ipa2xs for shipping this my way in the No Name BIF

Appearance: Garnet in color, actually with almost a purple hue. Clear. One finger head, good lacing and retention.

Smell: Distinctly bitter roastiness, with some smooth chocolate. Hops come through in the same way they did in my dry-hopped homebrew imperial stout, only less so.

Taste: Wow. It really tastes a good bit like that homebrewed stout, excpet watered down into a porter. The resemblance is striking. Coffee and chocolate, with a distinct hops bitterness - more than most porters. Less roast than I expected, MUCH less caramel than I've come to expect in a porter, which I consider to be a very good thing.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Fairly creamy. Well-carbonated for the style.

Drinkability: High! Full of flavor, yet light enough to enjoy a bunch of. I'm wishing I had another bottle.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, bottle on 10/17/07

A: Pours a deep, deep brownish ruby under a smallish slightly off white head. A lot lighter body than I expected and seem to remember from last year. Not much lace and OK retention.

S: Some good coffee character, roasted malt, a hint of smoke, some sweeter malt hints and the slightest sour notes that, although is probably not desirable, fits pretty well.

T: Roasted malt with coffee notes, sourness makes a little bigger appearance on the tongue then in the nose, some good sweetness, finish is a little dry with hints of chocolate. Very well done. I seem to remember that last years version was hoppier.

M/D: Medium body, a little thin however, carbonation is a little high but helps contribute to a nice creaminess. Drinkability is nice on this one as well as it is smooth certainly not that alcoholic. Could easily drink more than one of these. Seems to be slightly different from last years offering and overall I think it is much improved.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed recently at the Village Draft House in Raleigh. typed from notes.

Poured a cocoa brown color. Some glints of light. Brown stringy lace. But thin looking overall. Nose was malty and sulphuric.

That sulphur flavor came through a bit more in the flavor in addition to a wood smokiness. Nicely balanced with the malts. Hops come across as wintergreen. Medium body. Kind of acrid though like licking tin.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured translucent brownish-black with ruby highlights. The head is whispy thin, but hangs on like a mountain climber. The aroma is malt and chocolate with a slight hop aroma. The flavor is coffee and chocolate with a good hop bitterness. The finish is coffee and hops and dries out. The body is medium.

I am very pleased with this beer, other years Winter Porter have not been as good IMO as this years version.

Bottled on 11/12/03. Should be noted that Carolina Brewing Company's Seasonals are only available at the brewery in bottles. They show up elsewhere on draft.

Photo of porterwoobie
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cask ale, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: dark brown color, clear, one finger tan head that dissipates quickly to a dusting, some lacing.

S: chocolate, roasted grains, coffee

T: still has the chocolaty malt characteristic, roasted malts, and some coffee flavors. slightly dry/bitter finish that comes from hops.

MF: medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Drinkability: a sessionable beer. very tasty.

Photo of RWLawman
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark, almost black in color. Can't see through it, and a moderate thickness head that dissipates to almost nothing relatively quickly.

S - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate.

T - Pretty much follows the nose, with malts and chocolate the two most prevalent flavors. There is also the slightest hint of dark fruits.

M - Somewhat on the thin side, but also relatively creamy. Sessionable.

O - I thought this was a pretty solid offering by Carolina Brewing Company. They're a mostly average brewery. I like their pale ale and Octoberfest, but they're not the most memorable. However, the Winter Porter has a pretty good flavor. Something I could definitely see myself drinking again this season. I actually find it pretty competitive with Sam Adams' winter lager.

Photo of yourefragile
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Pours a clear garnett ruby color with a thin light tan head that settles to a thin film. Aroma is roast malt, toffee, cinnamon, bread, dark chocolate, and earth. Milk chocolate flavor with a bready backbone and a dry, earthy bitter finish. Slightly thin, medium thin body with moderate carbonation.

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Carolina Winter Porter from Carolina Brewing Company
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