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Certified Organic Porter - Eel River Brewing Co.

Certified Organic PorterCertified Organic Porter

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218 Ratings
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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:
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(Beer added by: Reidrover on 07-12-2003)
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Photo of Fezfreak


4.8/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

All of us love a beer with a good head on it. And granted, Eel River Organic Porter does not give good....well, you know where I'm going. Many folks complain about this beer's authenticity.

But when it comes to beer, sometimes looks CAN fool you. I thought this beer looked, smelled, tasted (including mouthfeel) just terrific. A nice, dark roasted malt backbone against chocolaty flavor notes, balanced by medium hoppiness.

I believe any defects in head retention must have something to do with their bottling process, if not something else entirely unrelated. I dig it, folks.

I am fairly certain that in the past I have had at least one of these retain the head and lace down the glass in "proper" fashion. AND, I have managed a couple of good pours out if this sixer in my fridge. The trick was to "upright the glass" sooner than you normally would. Doing this will serve to illustrate the potential this brew has.

As I write this, I have indeed watched that beautiful head shrivel to nothing. But the carbonation is still there, as are the taste and smell. I keep visualizing what Michael Jackson's perspective would be, and so I'm going with that.

If not the best example of the porter style, it is certainly, another example of what a porter CAN be. And that is what makes this a beer that is worthy of production - as well as enjoyment.

Sorry beer geeks!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 16:37:59 | More by Fezfreak
Photo of clickpush


4.47/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour: 12 oz bottle to wide mouth chalice. A beautiful ruby brown body with a finger of tan head on top. The head's extremely fizzy and the beer is loaded with carbonation bubbles which create an audible fizz sound when they reach the top. The head goes down quickly but leaves nice lacings.

Nose: Very strong caramel, dark chocolate, fruity sweet malts like darker fruits, plumbs.

Mouth: Enters with creamy soft carbonation. Dark roast coffee flavors with an acidic feeling sweetness that's often accompanied by an astringent taste but this one luckily doesn't have. Has a good swallow with a touch of bitterness and TONS of smoky flavors, like a barbeque in my mouth!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 20:08:49 | More by clickpush
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.4/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A clear mahogany body with a tawny cast reveals some brilliant ruby highlights when held to the light. Its short tan head drops readily; but it maintains a solid surface covering and leaves some short-lived lace throughtout most of the glass. Dryish, highly-kilned but not-quite-roasted malts appear in the nose with notes of lightly sweetened cocoa and bittersweet dark chocolate. The body is light/medium and it's exceptionally smooth across the palate with a very fine and moderate carbonation. The flavor delivers the same dryish cocoa and chocolate found in the nose although it is a touch sweeter, and there is a short, but very nice, note of rich German chocolate cake in the finish. It's really nicely balanced with a gently drying bitterness that lays just beneath the surface and accentuates the delicate dark malt character. The aftertaste lingers with a long-lasting mocha character that includes not only chocolate and coffee, but a mild note of dark roasted acidity as well. Very nice! It's very English in that it's light bodied, softly carbonated and full of flavor without becoming overwhelming. Exceptionally drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2003 13:38:08 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to enola for the bottle.
Dark brown with a huge 3 finger creamy tan head. Finally recedes to a 1/2" or so and maintains it's integrity.
Not much in the nose. Coffee and maybe a hint of lactose.
Mmmmm! This is delicious. What a pleasent suprise! Chocolate, Caramel, coffee. Very dry and lasting aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is very rich and creamy.
This is an excellent beer. Now only if I could find me some more.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2006 15:28:54 | More by wcudwight
Photo of drpimento


4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the easiest drinking beers ah eber did hav. Poured with a nice foamy, frothy, off white to light tan head and good lace. Aroma is straightforward and so easy. And good. Great body and carbonation. Not too deep or anything. Jus good beer. And finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 03:49:18 | More by drpimento
Photo of schrist275


4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark and thick into my glass and shares a light tan thick head with me. Head is long lasting and very tight, nice. As I lean into smell I get dark chocolate with a hint of sweet milk. Reminds me of Cocoa powder left in th pouch. First to roll across the tongue is smooth, creamy smooth with a dark chocolate robust flavor that tapers into a coffee aftertaste.. wow..flavor and aftertaste try hard to fill the mouth but was only able to get 3/4's. Overall a very good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2004 06:40:44 | More by schrist275
Photo of mytireisfat


4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Came in a 22 oz bomber. Bottle had no best by date. It also lets you know its Organic about 5 different times on the bottle and cap. in case i guess you have your doubts. Ingredients: Water, Organic malted barley, Organic hops, Yeast.

A: Little head, which was a brown color head. dissipates quick also. little lacing. Brew was a dark brown color.

S: Lots of Coffee and roasted malts there. and i was picking up a bit of a sour smell too.

T: Strong coffee, and roasted malt. didn't get much else out of it.

M: Medium body. High carbonation.

D: Easy to drink, great organic beer. ill buy again!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 16:24:23 | More by mytireisfat
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a black color with a 3" fluffy and merangue-like head that lasted for several minutes. Thick lacing paints the glass.

Smell: nice full aromas of dark chocolates and some malt sweetness.

Taste: roasted malts, dark chocolates, hints of coffee, molasses, and bits of vanilla are most noticeable. A nice floral bitterness brings the sweetness into check. Flavorful and just enough toasted flavors to make this very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Smooth from start to finish. The flavors linger softly on the tongue into the aftertaste.

Drinkability: a tasty porter that is better than most other organic beers on the market. Easy to quaff and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 19:59:21 | More by Gavage
Photo of mountdew1

New Hampshire

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

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a dark coffee/cola color, with a light brown head. Head was foamy, but thin. Aroma was a slightly burnt mocha with a small bit of dark chocolate. Taste was burnt, very slightly oily. Brown sugar and cocoa sweet, with a bit of cola in the back end. A smidgen thin in the mouth, but not bad. Pleasant to drink, we down very well.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 23:23:15 | More by mountdew1
Photo of StonedTrippin


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
Photo of Gusler


4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer after it release from the 12-ounce bottle set in the glass a clear brown as viewed by a soft white bulb, the is portly in size, a winsome light tan in color and the texture somewhat creamy, as it slowly fades away the residual lace forms a surrounding skirt upon the glass. Nose is sweet with a nice hint of lightly toasted grain, caramel, fresh and appealing to both the eye and the nose, start is lightly sweet with a delectable grain profile and the top light to moderate in feel. Finish has a purposeful acidity and the hops delightful in their spiciness, quite dry aftertaste with a nice drinking beer that left me quite satisfied.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2005 19:17:06 | More by Gusler
Photo of QuentinCompson


4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle into pint glass

A - milkshake looking head, down to a finger, brew reddens on a candle

S - dark cranberry, black cherries

T-M - Malty, fruity, grainy, hoppy, thick, good...

D - Tasty brew. Am liking this more than other porters, currently...

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 07:31:01 | More by QuentinCompson
Photo of Inflames


4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So does organic make a difference? Yes and No. Yes because some will appreciate your effort and reward you by drinking your beverage. No because the beer is still the same flavor as non-organic. I like this brew because it is true to it's style with a little variance in the flavor. The color is a deep brown almost black. Aroma is is semi sweet bitter chocolate, coffee. It is light in weight but lingers long enough to get the full flavor. Tasty coffee flavored porter with a slight bitter from the hops. Very enjoyable especailly in this climate.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2009 05:38:11 | More by Inflames
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, clean dark brown with a big rich light brown head, looks very enticing. The aroma is weak but still a very nice roasted chocolaty maltiness to it.

The taste comes through similar to the aroma with a nice roasted chocolaty malt taste, but the taste has more to it than the aroma does, very pleasing, after an initial weak nose I was afraid it was going to be lacking in taste but it redeems itself nicely, even leaves a light chocolaty dry aftertaste.

I think it would be quite easy to knock back a 6'er of these.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 22:36:37 | More by LXIXME
Photo of Reidrover


4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at my local health food style store.
Comes ina 12 oz brown short neck..with two burly guys carrying a big cask on the label.
Very attractive looking porter here..itsa lovelly mahogany dark brown with a massive creamy tan head..that sticks around till the cows come home..very well done.
nice fresh aroma..the chocolate is obvious..very appetizing.
Nice refreshing taste for a porter..a sting of sweet malt followed by long drawn out coffee/mocha taste..then a tinge of bitterness to finish off..very nice.
feels real nice on the palte not too watery.
a most excellent porter..very drinkable good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2003 16:13:16 | More by Reidrover
Photo of charlottebeerguy


4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served from a 12 oz brown bottle
Poured into a tulip glass

Beer appears to pour an even black color, but after looking into the light this beers is deep ruby. A nice light tan 1/2 inch head forms, then settles down.

smells of burnt malts almost like toast, with some slight chocolate undertones.

Taste is much better than expected sweet malts dunked in coffee.
even tastes like they added the cream. No noticable hops on the pallate. Man I could drink this stuff for breakfast.

Smoothe mouthfeel upfront and an even bitterness on the finish.

Like I said you could drink this for breakfast, goes to show you cant judge a book by its cover. -will drink again-

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2005 00:34:46 | More by charlottebeerguy
Photo of BuckeyeSlim


4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter.

A - Two finger head of loose, pillowy khaki foam that falls quickly to a solid layer across the surface that lingers before slowly dissolving to very thin lace. Color is coffee black. Held to a light, it's a really deep mahogany with deep ruby red on the edges and clear.

S - Well-toasted malts, coffee, hint of licorice, molasses, and smokey burnt bacon. Very interesting nose that offers a variety of subtle components to pick out.

T - Almost-burnt caramel, roasted malt, lightly roasted South American coffee with chocolate notes. Dark creamy caramel lingers on the finish along with just enough hops for balance that keeps the palate free from cloying sweetness.

M - Nice carbonation. A bit creamy, but definitely not thick. Decent body that's on the thin side with a respectable structure. Short finish.

O - A solid porter. Leans a tad toward the smokey/well-roasted side vs. dark sugars, but definitely not into stout territory. Would be an excellent beverage with a big plate of bacon & eggs or pancakes and sausage with real maple syrup.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 02:02:13 | More by BuckeyeSlim
Photo of barefootbrewer


4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a brown color with a thin tan head – tight bubbles. The aroma is sweet, malty and roasted. The taste is big of malty and sweetness with a definite roasted flavors noticeable. The mouthfeel is very full and creamy. It holds up well to the bold flavors. Overall, this is an excellent porter with a great mouthfeel – one I would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 01:57:06 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of popery


4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An enjoyable if not memorable porter. This beer pours a brownish mahogany with a nice beige head. The aroma is a bit muted, in my opinion. There are notes of sugar cane, chocolate and some light hops. The flavor is a tad too sweet but quite satisfying. The mouthfeel is creamy and rich. It's a very easy beer to drink. There's quite a bit of flavor for the size of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 08:29:24 | More by popery
Photo of watermelonman


4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a dark brown with hints of red. The head is small and lace is minor.

The smell is has a good mix of roasted malts and chocolate flavors. The taste starts with some dark malts and finishes with chocolate and a mild bitterness. The mouthfeel is somewhat light but still nice. Drinkability is very good.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2006 01:42:00 | More by watermelonman
Photo of 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
Photo of RonTugnutt


4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, poured into a pint glass. sizeable head, looks thin with little lacing. smell is very smooth, balanced roasted malt and barley with pretty much no noticeable hop aroma. tastes damn good, very smooth with a medium body. again, roasted flavors pretty much typical of a good porter. what sets this one apart is the smooth, creamy texture, far more than i am used to of a porter. feels great, lingers well, quite drinkable. overall i would say that this is a very tasty, very drinkable porter.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 07:51:46 | More by RonTugnutt
Photo of tavernjef


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

Deep dark brown with some mahogany tinting to its body. Large fluffy dense foam of tanned sand sits upon the top quickly after a vigorous pour. Resides away to a thick skim always present and laces the glass with a nice sheeting that eventually breaks away to a few strings and spots.

Aroma is sweet and dryish of some roasted malt, chocolate, graham crackers, and notes of dried oats and cereal grains.

Taste is clean, simple, and dryish with some cocoa fluff, graham cracker crusts, slender bitter sweetness of semi roasted malt and has hints to some slight burntness and coffee. There's a nice overall tone to some dried grassy-like hops that add a nice little complexity to its middle and finish.

Feel is boldly medium with a nice fluff and roasty texture that keeps a smooth milky residue and tender bite to it.

A decent drinking porter here thats got a bit of complexity to it and has a wholesome, well made nature about it.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 01:47:54 | More by tavernjef
Photo of BEERchitect


4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Porters just don't get more aromatic than this. A huge burst of cocoa, malted milk, heavy roast coffee, nuttiness, vanilla, and not much else. The quality of the roast make me think more Stout than Porter.

Flavor on the other hand, definately balance better between the roasted and chocolate character. Intensity of flavor also regresses from the aggressive notes found in the nose. While there are no off flavors to note with the beer, the beer takes on a simplified profile that exempts esters or abundance of hops. As the beer warms, a pleasant roundness of sherry comes into play, speaking of the aged character of the beer that helps instead of hurts.

Creamy and full up front but the carbonation disipates soon enough and leaves the beer a bit thinner and lighter than I wanted. Still, a good beer. For an American Porter, I need a more assertive hop character but the beer suits me well with its large aroma and creamy character at least for the first half of the glass.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 16:12:10 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of The_Blind_Commissioner


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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Certified Organic Porter from Eel River Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.