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Certified Organic Porter - Eel River Brewing Co.

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Certified Organic PorterCertified Organic Porter

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BA SCORE
81
good

229 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours black with initial white head that dissipitates quickly. Smells like roasted barley and tastes like organic oats or flax. Drinks with some thickness to it.OK but certainly light on malting and the like. Was not greatly drinkable.Above average carbonation

10-26-2008 01:06:36 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

11-19-2012 01:28:24 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

03-05-2014 04:21:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
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metter98

New York

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%

A: The beer is very dark amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two-finger high beige colored head that died down leaving a thick ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of malted milk in the nose along with notes of chocolate syrup.
T: The overall taste has flavors of malted milk and chocolate syrup.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, slightly creamy and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink but doesn't quite match up with other beers in the style.

03-25-2011 02:06:26 | More by metter98
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.38/5  rDev -4.5%

Darkest tawny that becomes dark cherry when backlit with sunshine. It's amazing how much the color changes when going from indirect to direct lighting. The pale caramel cap is densely creamy and looks like it belongs on a double stout. It's a pretty capable lace generator as well.

I caught a whiff of something semi-troubling when I cracked the crown. Now that I've turned my attention to the nose, I can appreciate that same sour funkiness that I've smelled in other organic beer. Thankfully, it doesn't completely overwhelm the chocolate maltiness that identifies this as a porter.

While the sour intruder is still present on the palate, it's even more in the background. It does, however, effectively keep me from loving what's happening to my taste buds. Since this is my first Eel River beer, I have no way of knowing if what I'm tasting is a brewery trait (due to the yeast perhaps?) or if I got a bad bottle. I'm guessing it's the former.

Bittersweet chocolate, black coffee and vanilla do their best to carry the load. The moderately bitter char from the malt, or maybe it's the bitterness from the hops, helps to cut through the tartness and neutralize it to some extent. I'd love to see what Certified Organic Porter would taste like without the sourness.

The mouthfeel is par for the American porter course. It's reasonably smooth and acceptably carbonated; pretty tepid praise, I know. I keep waiting for it to give me a little chewiness as I get into the bottom portion of the bottle. I'm still waiting and I only have a few swallows to go.

The words 'certified organic' might carry a lot of weight with some beer drinkers. Not with me. I'd much prefer a beer that tastes good, as long as no baby seals were harmed in the brewing process (I'm as environmentally conscious as the next guy). Eel River Porter is a decent version that never came close to wowing me. Maybe the rest of their lineup will be more exciting.

02-27-2007 14:42:08 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +11.6%

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a creamy tan head that leaves some shards of lacing

Smell: Earthy aroma blended with coffee and a touch of chocolate

Taste: Starts out with a milk chocolate flavor that builds nicely in the middle; after the swallow, the roasty coffee flavors jump to the forefront and join the sweeter chocolate elements

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slightly creamy; moderate carbonation but a little thin

Drinkability: A fine porter and one of the better organic beers out there

02-10-2007 18:45:34 | More by brentk56
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

12-01-2009 16:12:10 | More by BEERchitect
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

09-28-2012 23:05:48 | More by kjkinsey
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

08-08-2014 04:33:58 | More by zestar
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

09-04-2012 03:17:20 | More by Texasfan549
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%

Appearance: Pours a dark chestnut brown body with a fizzy, khaki-colored head.

Smell: Predominately roasted malt aroma with hints of roasted nuts, light coffee, and toffee with a dusting of cocoa.

Taste: Again, more roasted malts with a mild sweetness and, again, flavors of roasted nuts, coffee, and just a little bit of toffee and bittersweet chocolate. There's a crisp, refreshing toasty quality to it. The finish provides a nice amount of espresso-like roast. Some hops at the tailend, but they're faint at best.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Soft carbonation. Slightly chalky.

Drinkability: A fine little porter that's enjoyable all the way through to the end.

06-20-2007 03:55:24 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured into a standard pint glass a deep cola color with a thinner almond colored head,it held well but there wasnt much to it.Aromas are quited roasted with some earth and bitter chocolate,the roast is well defined.Somewhat prickly and a little thin in the feel department,flavors are dominated by roast,not much sweetness just a light molasses note in the finish.Eh,its pretty ho hum,not much complity but with good roast,not something to search out but not bad.

09-23-2010 21:38:47 | More by oberon
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +24.3%

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!

07-25-2003 13:38:08 | More by NeroFiddled
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SocalKicks

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

05-10-2013 01:30:43 | More by SocalKicks
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +7.3%

Pours a clear but quite dark brown. Thin tan head. Nose is malty sweet. Kind of a caramel tone on there too. Flavor is interesting. I like it. Nice caramel tones. Minimal roasted qualities. Also minimal chocolate tones as well. Feel is good. The carbonation bites a bit, but who cares. I like this porter. Could go for more than one of these.

Edit: And just like the IPA, really gets nicer as it warms. The chocolate tones really start to show more and more.

04-03-2009 02:10:55 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +13%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted coffee beans, dark malts, chocolate and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and creamy up front with flavors of black coffee, milk chocolate and a touch of dark fruit. There's a mild hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, I was expecting a lot from this beer but was nicely surprised to find it to be a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

05-13-2009 04:20:48 | More by TheManiacalOne
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nickfl

Florida

3.45/5  rDev -2.5%

A - Small, off white head with decent lace. Dark brown body with good clarity.

S - Light chocolate aroma, very mild hops, not much else.

T - Light and malty with a touch of chocolate. The finish is a bit bitter, mostly from malt instead of hops.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - A nice, mild porter. Nothing is exceptional here, it is well balanced and drinkable, but it lacks any spark that would make it worth coming back to. An unusually average porter.

12-14-2008 21:52:16 | More by nickfl
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

1.95/5  rDev -44.9%

Appears a deep ruby when held to the light very dark porter with a large tan head forming thick and dropping quick. Left behind I note evenly clung thin speckled lacing on my chalice. Aromatics on this one mild roasted dark chocolate and stale coffee bitterness along with some astringent metallic qualities. Not much in the way of hop aromatics gotta love those limited organic hops. Flavor is a mess of dirty burnt roasted malt off with raw coffee roasted bitterness over percolated under sweetened this one makes me cringe a bit. After seeing reviews of the Imperial stout and Baltic Porter I figured they had a way with the darks, but this porter definitely lacks in more than one way. Mouthfeel is thin and carbonation is light giving the brew a watery thin texture compared to most full porters, finishing bitterness clings to the palate and won't let go. Scrape your tongue or get a chaser after this one. Drinkability is pretty weak I can't say it's good just because it's organic, I want some cohesive flavors this is one dimensionally burnt flavor doesn't do anything for me.

03-22-2008 18:14:16 | More by WVbeergeek
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.9/5  rDev +10.2%

Pours mahogany with 1 finger of tan head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Coffee, toasted malt & not much else

T: Cocoa, roasted grains, coffee & bit of herbal hops up front. Roasted grain, coffee & dryness are there as this warms, plus a hint of vanilla. Finishes dry, toasty & with more coffee

MF: Pretty creamy, medium bodied & smooth

Pretty easy drinking porter, not great but solid & sessionable enough

08-05-2009 03:23:37 | More by russpowell
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Eel River Organic Porter

Be Natural, reads the pint glass, Drink Naked. Sorry, I'm keeping all my clothes on for this one.

Clear, reddish brown...not quite dark enough when up to the light, for the porter lover.

Cocoa/tan head, slim to none, goes down to a thin ring in no time.

Aroma: light cocoa, hints of coffee, not bad, of course, but nothing much to talk about...

Taste: medium-bodied, with a thin finish. Small bitterness, intangible sweetness, just a bit of cocoa in the malt, tiniest hop presence. Strange mineral-y, metallic flavor hangs on the palate, and won't be shook.

This actually feels better in the mouth the more I drink. Gets rounder, a little fuller, and tastier, too. Odd mineral-y, metallic flavor gets more minor, but remains. Feels almost too clean, seems to be the case with many organic beers, they're just missing something.

Not a bad beer, definitely drinkable, but doesn't deliver all that I desire or demand in a porter. Passable, but I wouldn't pick this up again.

06-16-2010 23:09:15 | More by feloniousmonk
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +4%

Presentation - poured from a 12oz brown bottle lacking freshness dating
A - Deep brown with a cream colored head that produces a copious amount of lace

S - Nice roasty Mocha notes and sweet cream. A goodly amount brown malt scents

M - Medium roasted texture and slightly dry and spicy

T - Brown malt dryness and sweet coffee-like flavors w/ light pine hop tinges.
A basic american porter -good malts, sweet finish and easy to quaff with niced dark malt sweetness.

D - A middle of the road ale with organic as a selling point, extra points added for mother nature. Nice woody hops- I'd try it a second time around.

06-19-2007 16:09:14 | More by Slatetank
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +18.6%

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?

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

New York

3.48/5  rDev -1.7%

The beer pours a dark brown color with a 1/2" tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a stiff roasted malt scent along with a nice chocolate malt aroma. The taste is decent. It has a thin roasted malt flavor that almost tastes burnt. There is a nice caramel sweetness as well as a bone dry finish. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium/full bodied beer with way too much carbonation. This is an above average porter. The mouthfeel is horrible and it's a bit thinner than I prefer.

12-14-2009 21:35:41 | More by WesWes
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mactrail

Washington

2.69/5  rDev -24%

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.

08-30-2013 06:06:08 | More by mactrail
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev +4.5%

Pours pitch black with a frothy, espresso-like head that stays. Frothy lines stick somewhat unevenly at first, but become thick, even rings as it progresses.

The smell is of sweet toffee with an underlying smokiness. Some metallic tinges give it a bitter balance. Subtle smokiness and late raisins give it some dimension. Semi-sweet finish.

Medium-bodied, close to full with some creaminess.

Far from perfect, but nice and drinkable.

04-27-2008 00:13:26 | More by jwc215
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Certified Organic Porter from Eel River Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.