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Brown Porter - Mash House Restaurant & Brewery, The

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Brown Porter
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BA SCORE
87
very good

24 Ratings
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Ratings: 24
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mash House Restaurant & Brewery, The visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-14-2003)
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Reviews by EricMichael:
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

EricMichael, Mar 05, 2012
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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

1/2 gallon growler, courtesy of AKSmokedPorter.

Poured a deep and dark brown in color, allowing light to pass only at the edges. Frothy dark tan head that laced and lasted nicely. Aromas are all freshly-roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Much the same for the flavor. Coffee and chocolate. Definite hoppy bitterness at the end. My only complaint with this beer is what I felt to be over-carbonation. It really detracted from the mouthfeel, as there was this "fizzy" feeling I kept getting.

OldFrothingSlosh, Jul 29, 2004
Photo of tdm168
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tribeca Tavern in Raleigh

A - dark brown bordering on black with a big cap of soft, dense, off white head that has great retention

S - roasted malt, faint coffee

T - roasty, faint coffee, faint bitter finish

M - med bodied, crisp

This beer has decent flavor akin to an Irish Dry Stout though not as creamy. It's easily drinkable but a bit over carbonated. I wouldn't turn this down.

tdm168, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of ewright
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Tribeca Tavern in Cary, NC.

Clear, dark brown... mahogany even. No head, no lacing. Aroma is nice, but too faint. Bitter chocolate is about all that's there.

Taste is a bit more prominent, a touch of roasted grain, bakers chocolate. Very dry finish, but a bit over-carbonated. It's an easy drinker, but a bit lackluster.

ewright, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: When I brought this beer home in the growler, it seemed to have alot of yeast or something in suspension, which cleared after a few days in the fridge. The pour creates a low khaki head that soon recedes. The beer is a hazy dark brown in color.

smell: A nice smelling porter. Aromas of toasted malt, a nuttiness, burnt grain, and used coffee grounds fill the nostrils...big earthy aromas. Hop presence is light.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is just towards the lower side of medium. The body is a light medium.

taste: Similar to the aroma, though slightly muted. Hints of toast, toasted grain, wood smoke, earth, and coffee grounds on the tongue. Hop flavors not discernible, and the bitterness is moderate.

drinkability: Easy to drink and a good porter all around.

One of two growlers I brought from home last weekend to split with one of my roommates.

blackie, Feb 26, 2006
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

LooseMoose1978, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of DrMaturin
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

very dark brown with tan fluffy head

smells of chocolate and roasted malt

nice dark roasted coffee flavor and just enough hop bitterness to balance; I would guess less than 30 ibu's

mouthfeel was a little thin

this porter seems true to style and goes down easy

DrMaturin, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of jokelahoma
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one came to me a completely opaque, dark, dark, brown. it was too dark in the brerwpub to tell if it was cloudy, or just that dark a beer. Either way, not one trace of light was showing through the pint glass. No head at all. Just remnants of what may have once been a tall, proud, mighty head reduced to a thin layer of foam, like you get after an hour in a bubble bath. Or, uh, I assume that's what it would be like in a bubble bath. After an hour, If I actually took hour long bubble baths. Uh... moving on.

Lovely aroma! Smell is reminiscent of a Hershey's Special Dark candy bar, crossed with a Rolo, with just a touch of hoppiness thrown in to keep the malt honest. Very appealing.

The taste is chocolate. Not sweet, more like baking chocolate. There's not as much caramel in the taste as in the nose. Perhaps just a little bit of some higher Lovibond crystal malts. There's not a hint of roastiness, which is *exactly* as it should be for a beer labeled as a "brown" porter rather than a "robust". The mouthfeel is creamy without being too milky, if that makes sense. It may be a tad thicker than you'd want in a porter, perhaps bordering on what you'd expect from a stout. But not so much as to call it into question. Easily within acceptable ranges. In fact, I'd think a beer this chocolately actually benefits from a fuller body, so it doesn't end up resembling somme chocolate soda. The aftertaste is again dark chocolate, and again with just enough bitterness to prevent it becoming cloying. Very, very well put together.

I'm not usually a fan of "brown" porters. Not because of any bias against the style, but rather because most any time I've had a beer labeled as such, it's merely been a lower gravity, lower body version of that brewery's robust porter. This one, however, is a true brown porter, in all it's chocolately goodness. And well made, to boot. More, please! And not just here, but at other breweries as well. If other brewers can make a brown porter as good as this one, I'll be one happy beer geek. Great job, Mash House!

jokelahoma, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap at The Mash House and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a dark brown to black coloring with a halo of white head. Nose of milk chocolate, roasted notes, and coffee highlights. Flavors are a caramel and milk chocolate blend, with hints of roasted notes. Smooth and light bodied, with a tangy, sweet aftertaste. Like a Caramello candy bar. Smooth, clean finish, with a sweet linger. Very tasty.

GarthDanielson, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of Gavage
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear brown color with a 1/2" head that falls slowly to a thick surface foam. Some big bubbles remain late. Spotty lace paints the glass.

Smell: slight malt sweetness is all that can be detected.

Taste: caramel, brown sugar, raisin, mild chocolate, and mild bitterness are the main flavor componenets.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Smooth throughout. Chocolate and brown sugar flavors ride the tongue briefly into the aftertaste.

Drinkability: decent overall but the flavor profile was a bit weak IMHO. Worth a try.

Gavage, Aug 08, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of jmdrpi
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in pint glass at the brewpub. Appears a dark brown, almost black with thin head that fades. Aroma of toasty malt and a touch of hops.
Taste is similar, with chocolate notes. Average body and carbonation. Solid brew but nothing special.

jmdrpi, May 22, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a small head which dissipates to a ringlet; not much lacing

Smell: Mostly chocolate aromas on the nose

Taste: Chocolate flavors predominate, with a slightly bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, but a bit over-carbonated and fizzy on the finish

Drinkability: Nice flavor but the carbonation detracts

brentk56, Jul 04, 2005
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

FilumDee, Oct 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

harpus, Oct 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

JHendu, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer arrived on the table clear amber brown with a well lasting tan head which stuck around to lace the glass.

The aroma was light caramel with a low fruitiness and light chocolate followed by slight coffee.

The flavor was very nicely done with chocolate and coffee with a light caramel presence. Not much more to say, but the flavor was great!

The finish was dry with fleeting coffee flavors. The body was medium light and just a bit on the thin side. The flavor was well done but the aroma and body were lacking.

On tap at Brewpub. 5.4% ABV, 15 IBU.

GCBrewingCo, Jul 20, 2005
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3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft pint at the brewpub; the nice poofy head settled relatively quickly. Tight roasty aroma. Well rounded roasty flavors, too ... bit of smoke and a bit of sweet-bitter clash of the titans going on. Very good and best I had today. (#2807, 4/21/2007)

Braudog, Apr 24, 2007
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Eriehle, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of bkilpatr
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Stopped at the Mash House on my way through North Carolina. Tried the sampler and walked away with a growler of the porter. 06/09/08.

Pours very dark brown, almost black. Two fingers of tan head popped up and slowly dropped back down. Aromas of toasted malts and milk chocolate.

Taste is pretty darn good. Toasted malt, slight coffee, milk chocolate. Faint bitter hop presence on the back end.

Mouthfeel is also very nice. Kind of light, watery, and carbonated, but that's good for this one. Drinkability is great. Very clean finish and smooth going down.

A pretty good porter, definitely glad I grabbed a growler of it.

bkilpatr, Jun 10, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

brewdude1982, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of wagenvolks
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

EDIT: Summer 2008. A-4.0 S-4.0 T-4.0 M-4.5 D-4.0

Original review:
Poured from tap at Bogart's in Raleigh, NC. A dark brown (dur!), nearly opaque pour with a small amount of tan head that dissipated quickly and left little/no lacing. Aroma was big on the chocolate and nut notes, but wasn't spectacular in its robustness.

Taste was also chocolately, and had some other sweetnesses to it, caramel maybe. Carbonation levels were near perfect, and this brew left a nice bitterness on the finish to remember it by. I'd have it again, but there are other Mash House brews which I'd take first.

wagenvolks, Feb 10, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

GTB, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight-up brown hue, light, letting in reddish tinges, creating a caramelly tone, and it sits 'neath a lush, creamy, cocoa head of foam.
Aroma is nice and nutty, some chocolate notes, and espresso hits, though a bit too cola-ish, too, for my preference.
Smooth on the palate, very slick and easy, but that's no fault, if I wouldn't like it a little thicker and richer. As it is...a more potent Brown Ale, perhaps...but need a bit more to the kind of Porter I like...well, it just occured to me what "Brown Porter" may mean to suggest...yeah, it's sweet, and nutty...all in all, like a smoother porter, or a thicker brown ale...I got no problem with that.
Gots Newcastle all beat, at least...frankly, I like it, for what it is.

Much thanks to AKSP!

feloniousmonk, Oct 22, 2004
Brown Porter from Mash House Restaurant & Brewery, The
87 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.