Man Full Of Trouble Porter - Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant
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3.88/5 rDev +6%
had on tap at the 50th and Baltimore Dock Street Brewery
nice head retention and lacing....kinda looked like a flat cola
chocolate aroma...some roastiness
medium body and carbonation...creamy....coffee and caramel
a simple beer that was very drinkable
06-02-2009 01:28:43 | More by SPRichard
3.98/5 rDev +8.7%
I enjoyed this one night on tap at the brewpub in West Philly while Jeff was making pies and Rosemarie flittered about. Good service from the bartender, BTW, who's name I didn't get but was from another country (I'm thinking perhaps Croatia?). Anyway, I'm pretty sure this beer is named for the Man Full of Trouble Tavern (the only surviving tavern of colonial Philadelphia, built 1759) located at 125 Spruce St. near Little Dock Creek, and later on, Dock Street - inspiration for the original Dock Street Brewing Company (and although no breweries were ever actually located there, there were several in the vicinity). The story behind the name of the beer, however, is probably more interesting than the beer itself which was simply a basic porter: Typical appearance. Average head retention and lacing. Chocolatey aroma with some limited roastiness. Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Creamy smooth and chocolatey and nutty/caramelish with just a hint of black coffee. Restrained bitterness. No real hop flavors to speak of, as it really should be in an English-style porter. It was very drinkable, but also quite simplistic, although I can't exactly fault it for that. A decent pint to be sure!!!
05-14-2009 21:37:14 | More by NeroFiddled
4/5 rDev +9.3%
Appears a opaque black with a tan cap that quickly fades into a tiny head. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, herbs, cut wood, toffee, and roasted malts.
Taste is of the aromas with a flavorful punch of ripe fruit and vanilla smoothness.
Mouthfeel is of the aromas with a chewy full roastines thy screams brown sugar in espresso from a mile away.
05-01-2010 18:13:20 | More by weeare138
4/5 rDev +9.3%
On-tap at the brewpub. Poured a dark brown with a nice thick coffee colored heading. Left some decent lacing and the heading held up for a while.The nose is mostly cocoa with a somewhat herbal medicinal aroma,roasted malts as well.Taste however is slightly different the roasted malts,and cocoa are there but with a darker fruit's and touch of oak perhaps. Medium bodied with a subtle sweeter linger left on the palate. A solid porter and was very impressed.
11-28-2010 18:52:50 | More by TheFightfan1
3.83/5 rDev +4.6%
Pint glass on tap at the Dock Street Brew Pub.
Poured a deeper brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, some roastiness, and caramel. Tastes of chocolate, caramel, lighter roast, and nutty. On the sweeter side (I would have liked some bitterness in the finish).
02-06-2009 21:22:55 | More by hopdog
2.9/5 rDev -20.8%
On tap at the brewpub. Black with a subtle brownish hue. Tan head that sinks quickly; lacing is spotty at best.
Typical porter aromas of roastiness, coffee, and bitter chocolate. Taste seems a little out of whack to me and there's an odd sour note that doesn't seem like it should be there. The coffee and roastiness are pretty subtle and the overall flavor falls a bit short. There's a faint bitter hoppiness in the aftertaste and only a hint of sweetness. Dry finish.
Somewhat thin mouthfeel with spritzy carbonation that felt a touch too prickly for me.
Something seemed off with this one; the odd sourness I encountered wasn't mentioned by any other reviewer. Will have to try this again sometime and perhaps, re-review.
02-29-2012 05:22:43 | More by tobelerone
4/5 rDev +9.3%
Poured into a pint glass from a growler straight from the brewery tap, picked up last night. Color is dark brown to black, had is light tan with some nice lacing.
Smell is lightly toasted, some wheat notes and maybe some light oatmeal, biscuits, light roasted malt touch of chocolate.
Taste is pretty well balanced, solid flavor, great blend of oat/wheat/biscuit flavors quickly matched by solid malt sweetness and dryed up by some very good roast/black malts and hint of chocolate. Bitterness is solid, but hop flavors blend into the background with notes of grass/freshness.
Mouthfeel is well balanced on the verge of being a touch sweet, but a good hop and light roast bitterness balances nicely.
Overall, great porter from Dock Street. Also tried the imperial porter and fresh hop rye which were very good as well.
09-30-2012 23:30:04 | More by mvanaskie13
3.69/5 rDev +0.8%
Had at Pizza Uno last night.
Came out kinda flat looking. Not nuch of a head over a cola brown color.
Looks thin too like a black ale.
The smell was light with just a hint of roasted malts.
The taste was equally bland with not much going for it .Some roasted malts.
Easy drinking but not really all that good.
11-24-2013 12:06:25 | More by micromaniac129
3.7/5 rDev +1.1%
Draft offering at the source. The brew appears dark brown in color with an off-white cap. Some string lace to spotty patches stick to the glass as the cap fades. When held to the light, the brew looks a lighter brown with red highlights.
The aroma includes some mild roasty grain coming across like chocolate with some fruity alcohol esters. More sniffs dont really reveal any more depth beyond that. No hop inclusion to be found but I assume that character is blended into the fruity esters of the alcohol.
The flavor upfront is like dark fruit akin to raisin, plum, fig, more fruity alcohol esters that faintly blend into chocolate grainy roast character and the faintest amount of coffee. While not a bad flavor and nothing is out of place, id rather have more focus on roast here instead of all dark fruits.
This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. Pretty easy drinking without flaw. Just not the flavor profile i look for in a porter that I would want to drink again. However, for what it is, I would not turn this down if offered to me either.
12-06-2012 15:28:40 | More by stakem
3.73/5 rDev +1.9%
Gotta growler of this at whole foods, served in a Saint Helena Catholic Church (Blue Bell, PA) glass.
Full Man, A brown porter, kinda like liquid shoeshine polish brown, dirty looking, a porter. A nice amount of full volume bubbles in a tan shade with soapy sticking power. Smell is on the roasty side with nice amounts of chocolate, nuts and earthy hops. Taste is nice and smooth with roast, coffe, nuts, faint vanilla/cream, crystal malts, and with all that, a bit of old world character. Feel is a step below medium, muddled, faint carbed upped, comes and goes. I drank it quick, i liked it, Dock Street should do a Imperial version soon.
12-18-2010 05:50:50 | More by BARFLYB
4.15/5 rDev +13.4%
On-tap at the brewpub, served in a pint
An opaque, dark black body with a foamy greyish two finger head that left a good amount of lacing in its wake.
The nose is pretty straightforward, bittersweet chocolate, roast and toffee. I almost get a nuttiness as well, walnuts?
On the palate, the same flavors come forward as the nose except there is an added vanilla sweetness that is more then welcome. The sweetness from the vanilla cuts through the roast/bitterness nicely and raises the quaffability considerably.
Medium to full body with a nice light finish. Mild lingering lactose sugar sweetness, cocoa and roast.
This was an enjoyable brew. Very simple and straightforward and done well.
11-22-2010 22:13:48 | More by ColForbinBC
Man Full Of Trouble Porter from Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant
83 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.