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Certified Organic Porter - Eel River Brewing Co.

Certified Organic PorterCertified Organic Porter

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BA SCORE
81
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218 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.41%


Brewed by:
Eel River Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Reidrover on 07-12-2003)
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eel River Certified Organic Porter has an extremely thin, beige, cola-type, fizzy head, an opaque, dark, red-brown appearance, some visible bubbles, and suspended particulate matter, and no lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, chocolatey, dark-roasted barley malt, with a touch of coffee. Taste is of all that, with a slight vegetable note. Mouthfeel is light to medium and a bit powdery, and Eel River Porter finishes dry, powdery, rich, and mellow. Overall, this is quite good.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 20:12:13 | More by RonaldTheriot
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, cocoa, and cookie dough aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and slight char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid roasty presence all around.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 04:21:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin tan head on a light brown body. Almost no head retention.
The aroma is roasted malt. Mild, but nice.
The taste is well balanced, roasted malt, lemon bitterness and chocolate roll around together.
The texture is pretty smooth with low to moderate carbonation.
Aside from the initial poor appearance, this is a good porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 04:45:29 | More by Fatehunter
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hayesjw

California

3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The season of porters must have began here in San Francisco.

Winter of 2013-2014 appears to have an abundance of porters to select from.
Brewers and serving establishments are embracing this ale and its Baltic origin with robust and spirituos creations. This Eel River Porter is available year round.

A - served draft in a pint glass. Lacing present throughout embibement. Color is a rich opaque brown with flitered clarity.

S - caramel and vanilla.

T - balance of malt and hops with caramalized mocha taste.

M - full sensorary mouth coating experience.

O - easy to consume porter with moderate APV compared to its imperal cousins. Well done Eel River.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2013 17:13:56 | More by hayesjw
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mactrail

California

2.69/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Color is kind of an amberish brown in the wine glass. I can't fault the nice head and fizzy mouthfeel.

Hoping for some malt flavors but this is quite thin and on the harsh side. Watery body. Some roasted malt flavors but more of a dishwater taste. A hint of winey feeling. Bitterish aftertaste without any hoppy pleasures. Odd dirty aftertaste.

This doesn't taste like a Porter to me, and it seems like a low-hop amber with a murky flavor. From the 22 oz bottle bought at the market in Trinidad, California.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 06:06:08 | More by mactrail
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kojevergas

Texas

2.68/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

5.8% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with decent label art and "USDA Organic" branded pry-off cap acquired at a bottle shop in Santa Monica for $1.69 and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I can't remember being blown away by the brewery but I'm in the mood for a porter.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm somewhat over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of light khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Pretty good (~3-4 minute) retention. No bubble show. Little lacing. No "legs."

Body colour is a very dark ruby-brown; it might appear black to some, but look closer. Opaque, but quasitranslucent; it glows somewhat at the right angle of observation. No yeast particles are visible.

A bit off for a porter, but ultimately pretty standard. Not unique or special. No overt flaws. The colour is a bit weird.

Sm: Chocolate malt is dominant. Oats, light cream, dark malts. Buried unevocative roast. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. Maybe some stale coffee? A mild strength aroma for the style. Not very impressive, but passable. It's a biteen suspect, but I'm optimistic.

T: Chocolate malts, oats, stale coffee, dark malts. Light cream. No real roast. No hop profile is noticeable. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Quite simple; lacks complexity and subtlety. Balance is okay, but leaves a lot to be desired. I'm underwhelmed. There's just not much happening here. Why brew this? Subpar flavour intensity and flavour duration. Not much depth of flavour. Meh.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Decent carbonation. Okay presence on the palate. Okay thickness. Doesn't really suit the flavour profile all that well, but it's passable. Not great at facilitating flavour delivery.

Dr: The organic beer gimmick seems to be supporting this brewery. It's quite an underwhelming beer. I certainly wouldn't get it again, though in its defense it isn't that egregiously overpriced. A disappointment from Eel River. Wouldn't recommend it to friends. Meh.

High C-

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 05:43:22 | More by kojevergas
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The_Blind_Commissioner

California

4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A high quality, toasty porter. I taste licorice, which I do not usually like, but when it is combined with the malty, roasted taste, it all comes together very well. I can see why this beer is award winning; it is definitely one of the greater porters I have had.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 03:08:12 | More by The_Blind_Commissioner
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Ford

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a regular pint glass.

This has all the flavors I expect form a porter... because it's a porter.

This is a really easy to drink beer. I don't think of Porter being session type beers, but this one almost seems like it could be. Nothing is overpowering anything else.

I think it's really good and I'm going to be looking to pick up a six pack of this soon.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 01:53:21 | More by Ford
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Lawl3ss

Texas

3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lightly chilled 22 oz. bomber into a 12 oz stemless tulip. No visible bottling date.

Look- Brown-ruby brown, transparent. Three fingers of loose head, dissipates after a minute or so.

Smell- Nougaty, intensely malty, sweet. Smells like malta or similar.

Taste- What do you know, it tastes like malta as well. Not as sweet as expected, maple, toasty, nutty, cola-like. Mild hop bitterness, leafy character comes out towards the end. Light roasty finish, almost charred, aftertaste is mineral but subtle.

Mouthfeel- Prickly carbonation despite a vigorous pour, still comes off as fairly smooth. Body average for the style.

Overall- Well executed but nothing special. I could take it or leave it.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 06:52:31 | More by Lawl3ss
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rickyleepotts

Arizona

2.43/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I had this beer a few months ago… and I don't remember much about it. I had a long day today, and I am sore, so regardless what it tastes like, a beer is needed tonight. When I first tried this, I did know it was organic… but I didn't realize that Eel River was the first certified organic brewery in the United States. Learn something new every day. Now, let's drink.

In the Glass: For a porter, it's not as dark as I expected. It has a tan head, a light tan head, and a weak lace. Now that I think about it… I don't really know what makes a beer organic. Anyway, the beer doesn't look like a porter in the glass.

Nose: It smells like a porter! Man, that smells good. I am getting some dark chocolate notes, and am really digging the aroma. A second sniff, while it still smells like a porter, is changing a little bit in the nose. It is a complex aroma, and while not overpowering, it's nice and malty.

Flavor: The flavor is just OK. Actually, it's not even OK. It's pretty bad. It tastes like rusty copper. Imagine a dirty penny you find on the ground… put that in your mouth. That's what this beer tastes like. I am going to blame that on the fact it's organic… and while that might not have anything to do with it, I haven't had an organic beer that I like. The burp isn't much better. This beer smells a LOT better than it tastes.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is that of a typical porter… thin, and moving quickly across the palate. I just heard Sheryl say, "I kind of like it." Not sure why… because I can't dig anything but the aroma… and that's decent at best. I really don't want to dog a beer like this, especially coming from such a historic brewery.

Aftertaste: There isn't much of an aftertaste. With a porter, I expect that smoky… somewhat chocolatey aftertaste, and why those chocolate notes stick around for a little while… they are quickly gone again.

Hey, it's cool that this is the first certified organic brewery in the United States. But this beer just doesn't do it for me. I have been getting into bigger more malty beers lately, and I expected this to impress me… it didn't. Oh well, they can't all be good!

Eel River Organic Porter - The bottle says: "NA"

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 05:40:40 | More by rickyleepotts
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azorie

Florida

3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: did a hard 45 degree angle pour, got a decent 1.5 inches of dark brown head. the body of the beer is a dark cola color.

s: nice chocolate nose, and some decent malt, no yeast much hit me. about it.

Taste: slightly chalk, bitter after taste. the beer is ok, a tad more hoppy than i like. You get some dark malt and chocolate, maple like favors. it is ok beer.

m: light to medium body, after taste not to my likely. semi flat carbonation on some bottles:

O: well nothing to write home about, at 9 bucks a sixer, its a the high end of my price range. Nothing I would buy again for that price tbh. and certified organic means nothing to me. I brew beer all the time my all grain porter recipes and I can beat this beer in my sleep.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 19:57:45 | More by azorie
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Eel River brewery

A - Nice dark black with a bit of ruby tint with a 2 finger ecru foamy head with good retention and moderate lacing.

S - Faint chocolate and roasted barley.

T - Weak start but big roasted barley, choc and espresso followed by a moderately bitter finish.

M - Medium body, moderate-low carbonation, smooth.

O - Not a bad effort, one of their better organics.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2012 16:30:06 | More by williamjbauer
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cellar temp bottle poured into a pint glass.
The beer pours a cola brown hue with fizzy tan head foaming up .5 cm and fading rapidly to a thin edge layer. There are some deep garnet tints on the glass when held up to the light.
Aroma is mild with some roasted malt and a bit of brown sugar. I dont get any hops or really too much of anything, a little disappointed with the nose.
First sip reveals an average to light body with fine and gentle carbonation that rolls across my palate. Texture is smooth and easy to drink.
Flavor dark roasted malt with some mild coffee and brown sugar. Again I dont get any hops nor alcohol hints on this beer. Pretty straightforward brew without too much umph on nose or flavor.
Decent and no flaws but wish it had a little more going for it.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 03:57:49 | More by sulldaddy
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from undated 12oz bottle into snifter.

A: dark reddish mahogany with a short-lived and thin tan head that fades quickly to a small ring.

S: roasted malts with hints of chocolate, brown sugar, maple syrup, toffee and raisins. Very pleasant!

T: Richly flavored; qualitylargely follows the smell. The downside is that this is a tad sweeter than ideal. But it is well balanced by the finish.

M: good carbonation; light/medium body -- a bit lighter than ideal. Slightly dry and astringent finish.

O: A pleasant surprise, especially the great aroma. Recommended. After I figure out where I bought this, I'll be buying more.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 00:57:35 | More by chinchill
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beergoot

Colorado

3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The body is a dark, mahogany red; very clear. Head is thin but thick and off-white.

Aroma hints at lightly toasted malts and grains. No real hop presence.

The body is light-medium in mouthfeel yet doesn't feel to thin. Taste is of slightly burnt toast and some roasted grains. Noting too predominant. Bitterness is slight. Finishes clean and dry.

A so-so porter. Not robust in character, but acceptable for someone looking for a light-weight porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 23:12:55 | More by beergoot
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tvv375ia

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-dark brown/mahogany with about a finger of tan head that fades quickly to a small ring

S-roasted malts with a hint of chocolate and some sweet brown sugar

T-much like the smell all of those flavors come out with some warm oak on the finish

M-good carbonation light to medium body

O-solid overall beer with some good flavor

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 00:20:32 | More by tvv375ia
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jeranbrews

Oklahoma

3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a delightful burgundy reddish brown. A mix of Dr. Pepper and brandy with just a drop of blood. Head faded quickly but was a khaki brown. Body is dark near opaque but with fairly high clarity... I think. Not too thick or dense. Despite the weak looking head, lacing remained stubbornly after the beer was gone.

S - Fresh chocolate cookies rolled in tobacco and gently dipped in scotch from some small village on the Islay side of Scotland. Complex smells but not for someone faint of heart or low on chest hair.

T - Initial tastes are mellow and mildly hoppy. Aftertaste however, is of oak and or hickory firewood freshly split. That wood comes complete with bark, lichen, and mushrooms.

M - A bit thin and watery as evidenced by the too whispy head. A beer this color and this strongly fragranced seems like it should require chewing. But this one goes down slightly acidic and loose.

D - Overall lots of interesting things to say about this. Comment worthy but not quite worth going out of your way for next time.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 02:29:07 | More by jeranbrews
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried the Eel River Porter tonight. The beer poured an opaque dark with very slim tan head, which left spotty lacing. The smell included chocolate, peat, and some hints of roast. The taste was good, sweet malts (chocolate & caramel) are present along with a touch of coffee/espresso and peat. Mouthfeel was a medium to light body, with low carbonation. Overall it was an ok porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 03:21:21 | More by WoodBrew
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kemoarps

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I hadn't had great experiences with 'organic' beers in the past, so I went in to this one with lowered expectations.
The beer poured a cola-esque black/brown with hints of ruby as it is held up to the light. The light tan head did not maintain, nor did it lace up.

The smell is sweet, with hints of espresso and almost a buttery smoothness.
Sipping here, you get some of that dry cacao intermingled with a black coffee, with a surprising sweetness to the end that I can't quite place.
Drinks relatively smoothly, has a creamy backbone to it that lets it just slide right down. definitely something you could drink several of. As I said, my prior experiences with 'organic' beers seemed to sacrifice some of the taste for the labeling, but this is a quality beer, that happens to also be organically produced. As I saw another reviewer say, it's a good beer, and the organic-ness is just icing on the cake. Check it out. It was actually priced lower than many of the other craft brewed porters at my local store, and is a tasty concoction, so there is really not much of a reason not to try it and judge it for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 00:06:53 | More by kemoarps
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BerkeleyBeerMan

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first truly Organic beer. I know Stone and some other breweries use mainly organic and local ingredients but this one actually has the seal on the cap. I imagine that this beer is very appealing to Berkeley types who lean towards this direction in their food choices but I am just interested in good beer. The organic is the icing on the cake of a fine brew.

It pours a dark brown with ruby undertones. The head is weak. I expected a little more but the tan color is nice. The beer has a medium opacity with some co2.

The malts have a heavy black malt aroma. I smell dark chocolate and sugar. The backing malts are of toast and marshmallow. I let my beer warm slightly out of the fridge and I think that gave it character.

The flavor is dark malts, bitter chocolate, light smokiness and s'mores. It reminds me of camping with children. I want to pull out an acoustic guitar and wail campfire songs around a blazing fire as this warming beer delights my senses. The profile is simple but it pleases. There are no bitter hops. The beer is slightly dry with a quick sweet finish.

Medium bodied and balanced. This Porter is smooth and silky. It is very drinkable. This is highly sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 04:36:01 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 22ox bomber into a pink glass with a half inch cream head and a nice deep amber color. smells like white tictacs, this sort of marshmallowy luster and sweet chocolate malts. taste is awesome, and new for a porter. honestly just like golden toasted marshmallows, with just a touch of woody smoke. real creamy mouthfeel compared to the look, a fluffy but textured medium body that goes down light and has a magnificent aftertaste. the longer this one sits the more i like it. will drink more eel river, what else do they make?

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 05:21:25 | More by StonedTrippin
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BilbosNuts

California

3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown but clear color with amber colored hues. It had a big mocha colored head initially, but it dissipated quickly into a thin film across the top. It appears fairly lively with a decent amount of carbonation.

S: Sweet chocolatey and burnt/smokey malts are the main players here along with a rich coffee aroma. Dark fruits and some grains take a back seat but provide some nice hints.

T: Similar to the aroma with the chocolate and roasted smokey malts. There is also a small hop profile noticeable.

M: This is very clean and smooth to drink. It is light and crisp from the carbonation. Very nice.

O: I haven't tried many organic beers, but this is by far my favorite of those I have tried. Overall, it is a solid porter and one I am sure I will revisit on occasion.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 02:30:04 | More by BilbosNuts
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown colour, with a very pleasantly thick head of jaundiced beige. Body is very light, and there's not a lot of visible carbonation. In some sense, it looks a little insipid, but the colour and the head are wonderful.

Mild roasted characters on the nose, with a hint of thin seltzer character. Minimal sweetness, although the toasty character evokes characters of bittersweet chocolate and mild roasted coffee. A hint of salt, or sea to it as well, which is a little unfortunate. It's mild overall, but not unpleasant.

Taste is very similar. Thin roasty characters, which give the impression of watered down iced coffee. Minimal sweetness, minimal body, and everything piles on at the start, leaving the back very flat and empty. Feel is particularly weak.

Pleasant enough in its way, albeit a rather bland and insipid way. It's drinkable, and relatively light. There are far better out there though.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 01:16:16 | More by lacqueredmouse
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ferrari29

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into a Nonic shaped pint glass

A - Beer pours with a rocky espresso/beige colored head; 2 fingers in height; dark brown, clear colored body; leaves behind a nice layer of thick lacing; appears thin for a porter

S - Roasted malt nose; chocolate; some hops, but very faint; touch of vanilla; coffee; licorice

T - Nice vanilla and chocolate blend; roasted malt flavor; finishes off with a dry roasted coffee bean taste; licorice

M - Kind of thick at the beginning and turns watery; leaves behind a roasted malt/coffee flavor; fades pretty quickly

D - Not a bad drink; kind of thin for a porter, but easy to drink and might be a good starter beer for those interested in drinking more of the dark stuff

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 05:23:11 | More by ferrari29
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Rayek

Colorado

3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Organic Porter pours into my nonic a deep chestnut brown. A soapy tan head quickly vanishes. The beer leaves no lace.

Espresso flavors and aromas dominate. There's a little bit of chocolate too. Bitterness is burnt and highly acidic. The flavors linger after the beer goes down. A light and overly fizzy body masks the flavors a bit too much.

Overall, this beer did very little for me. It's too fizzy and acidic for me to enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 05:17:59 | More by Rayek
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Certified Organic Porter from Eel River Brewing Co.
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