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Certified Organic Porter - Eel River Brewing Co.

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Certified Organic PorterCertified Organic Porter

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229 Ratings
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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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Photo of russpowell


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
Photo of dennarb


3.9/5  rDev +10.2%

I just had my first Eel River Porter tonight and I really enjoyed it. A tan three quarter inch head atop a dark brown body suggested a Storm King with a lower alcohol level. The aroma is not very pronounced but it has a nice fresh nutty quality. The taste is really balanced, not very hoppy, not a trace of esters but really satisfying in its semi-dry, decidedly malty quality with a bit of espresso thrown in for depth. This is a convivial beer that went well with mussels and steak and fries. But there doesn't seem any reason why two or three wouldn't taste fine on their own.

08-03-2009 04:37:51 | More by dennarb
Photo of TexIndy


3.03/5  rDev -14.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info. It was a dark brown with ruby highlights. A few stray carb streams and no lacing. It had an average sized light tan head that quickly settled into a partial barely there collar.

The aroma started out good while being poured with coffee, chocolate and some sweet malt. But within a couple minutes, the aroma was completely gone. Even a good swirl barely brought up any smell. Odd. The taste was muted as well. Starts off weak and stays there while drinking and then several seconds after swallowing you get some flavor in the aftertaste. The base taste was good but you really had to concentrate to taste it. If they could amp it up multiple times it could be really good. With no dating info, I don't know if it's just the way it is or if this one is really old.

Overall, a major disappointment. The initial aroma promised great things but it and the flavor soon departed. Don't recommend. One and done unless I find a free/easy resample.


07-12-2009 22:21:03 | More by TexIndy
Photo of albern


3.98/5  rDev +12.4%

This is a really fine porter. The ABV on the bottle lists this as 5.8% ABV, so the BA number is off. The beer pours a very nice dark, slightly dull brown, touch mahogany colored. The head is tan, not prodigious but good, with minimal lacing. The nose is cocoa powder, some leafy hop presence, some cardboard as well. The nose is okay.

The taste is really creamy and there is a significantly oily residue in the mouth with this beer. The beer is very nicely balanced, there are some drying and slightly bittering oily hop throughout the mid section of the beer. There is a cocoa flavor to the beer, a slightly dry semi sweet chocolateness, some mocha hints in there as well. There is a slight floral sweetness hidden underneath and it interacts very nicely with the oily hop bitterness. The beer is reasonably complex, very nicely put together, well balanced, and nice and creamy. The beer is medium bodied and I appreciated the oily mouthfeel. This is a good find. L'Chaim.

Update Oct. 2009: The latest bottle had significantly more lacing, actually it laces really well. There is a very drying cocoa powder taste to the beer, some balancing hops, but not as much sweetness underneath. I think I'm tasting a fresher bottle this time around. This is a really nice porter, less sweet than I remember it, more of the chalky cocoa powder, with a nice oily mouthfeel. I'm adding points.

06-25-2009 22:56:42 | More by albern
Photo of mdwalsh


2.9/5  rDev -18.1%

A: The dark tan head on this beer got up to about 2 fingers, then quickly subsided to less than one and is holding. The beer is black with a red core when held up to light. It's too dark to tell anything about active carbonation or anything like that.

S: Not much going on here, some hops, some malt, sort of smells like saltwater though, not sure what that is all about. All in all, nothing really to talk about here

T: Black patent malt maybe? Roasted for sure, perhaps roasted unmalted. Sort of acidic, comparable to a watered down RIS than a porter with color achieved through lots of more subtle things.

M: Not to thick, not to thin, the right amount of carbonation as well. Probably the best part of this beer

D: The more I drink it the more it makes me think of old coffee, I will not be getting this beer again.

06-18-2009 19:44:47 | More by mdwalsh
Photo of Risser09


3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet - fridge - 2008

Appearance: A pitch black beer that has no other highlights. The head is tan in color and reaches 2.5" at it's peak. It shows decent retention and leaves lots of lace on the glass.

Smell: Some chocolate, coffee and sweet malt. This aroma isn't very strong.

Taste: Robust with coffee, chocolate and toasted malt. Lots of cereal grain flavor, almost like an oatmeal stout that gives a lot of mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel: Very sweet and smooth. Probably one of the best mouthfeels for a beer that I've had this year. Silky smooth. No noticeable alcohol. Mildly carbonated.

Drinkability: Quite nice. A great porter that you could drink a lot of. I'm glad I got a chance to try this beer. I would session with this lovely brew. Recommended.

06-11-2009 18:00:23 | More by Risser09
Photo of scruffwhor


3.63/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours a dark, dark brown with deep garnet highlights. Not much of a head at all. The aroma Medium roasted malts, light coffee and even lighter cocoa. Taste starts creamy then roasted malts. Creamy coffee in the middle and some powdery feeling chocolate powder in the middle. This beer is easy to drink, but a little watery, and somewhat unbecoming.

06-07-2009 00:20:20 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of webbcreative


3.6/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured Brown with tan head. Aroma is nutty, and of dark coffee.
Taste is the same, nutty and a bit high on the coffee profile, but good. Hops are not noticeable. Mouthfeel is med, and really smooth!

Overall this is a really good porter, not great, but good.

06-05-2009 00:27:06 | More by webbcreative
Photo of anexetastos

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +11.6%

Eel River makes an astonishing number of brews. They are a solid brewery with a good reputation, and for good reason: they make good beers. This porter is no exception. The aroma is very pleasant, with a nuttiness lingering behind the roasted grain that greets you first. The hop aroma is not noticeable. the flavor has a nice roasted and caramel taste. again, hops not noticeable in the flavor. astringent mouthfeel, with high carbonation. i'm glad i poured this one tonight!


05-14-2009 01:23:39 | More by anexetastos
Photo of 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
Photo of smcolw


3.58/5  rDev +1.1%

Moderate head with staying power. Decent sticky lace on the glass. Color is dark brown with the smallest amount of light to pass and still be noticeable.

Mild dried cocoa powder aroma. Some chalk. Notes of (hazel)nuts and vanilla.

A tasty and drinkable porter. The body is thinner than most porters. The nuttiness and cocoa prevail. I don't detect any hop bitterness, so this is a malty porter. Good to style.

05-03-2009 19:13:50 | More by smcolw
Photo of BretSikkink


3.53/5  rDev -0.3%

Dark brown color with a real-deal Holyfield cap of tanned bubbles. Tall and strong. Decent retention and pretty nice lacing.

The nose is overpowered by a sour, funky aroma. Patent and roasted malt also check in. The flavor is similarly laden with chocolate, hints of coffee and even vanilla bean noes. A little bit of hoppy bitterness towards the end keeps it from being one-dimensional.

The mouthfeel is thin and a little astringent. Okay smoothness, carbonation is on point, but that sourness factor is still there. Not too big on Eel River's brews right now, but if organic's a requirement, this gives you a little boost from the dark side.

04-04-2009 04:14:01 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of RblWthACoz


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
Photo of mjl21


4/5  rDev +13%

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. No bottling info is given. Comes in at 5.8%.

A-Pours a dark brown with some red when pressed to the light. A darker version of Coke. Has a nice one finger off white head that sticks around.

S-Lightly roasted malts with some caramale sweetness.

T-Has a surprisingly sweet taste upfront and in the finish. In some ways it reminds me of a milk stout but not as creamy. Definite tastes of chocolate and roast malt.

M-Medium bodied. Sweet and does not dry out the tongue.

D-Very good drinking beer. Won't leave you feeling stuffed.

I always order this at my favorite Indian food place. Works very well with the spicy curries that I tend to order. It's also organic.

03-09-2009 03:14:15 | More by mjl21
Photo of nsmartell


3.63/5  rDev +2.5%

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: A dark brownish/red color with no head at all.

Smell: Roasted malt with a hint of coffee.

Taste: More roasted malt, coffee, and bread.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium-bodied, but went down with a nice coating. Was looking for a bit more body here.

Drinkability: The best organic beer I have tried yet. Would definitely try again.

03-06-2009 14:13:47 | More by nsmartell
Photo of mikereaser


3.43/5  rDev -3.1%

A - Pours a pitch black with ruby hints when held up to the light, with 1/4 inch of foam that quickly left.

S - deep roasted malts and whiffs of alcohol

T - roasted malts, hints of chocolate, almost a burnt flavor to it in the finish

M/D - not as smooth as I was hoping, but not bad tasting. The burnt finish leaves something to be desired.

03-03-2009 04:19:07 | More by mikereaser
Photo of cdkrenz


3.2/5  rDev -9.6%

A - Extremely dark purple body with a medium brown colored head standing about a half inch but fading quick.

S - Mild chocolate from long roasted malt.

T - Dark chocolate and coffee.

M - Bubbly to start offering a subtle coarseness throughout.

~ Not a bad brew but nothing spectacular either. I suppose it being organic is a draw but that's about it.

02-10-2009 00:09:01 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of DoubleJ


3.2/5  rDev -9.6%

Single bottle from Total Wine. This bottle lists the alcohol at 6.3%. On to the beer:

That's a big, tanned white head on top this ruby ebony colored beer. Solid retention. There isn't much firepower in the nose, some backstrap molasses and little roasted notes. The flavor is on the roasty side of things, and quite dry. Astringent ground coffee dominates here. Some vague roasted flavor. Lacks the depth and sweetness I expect from a porter.

In short, a decent porter that lacks the wow component I like from one. But it did help wash down my dinner of burgers, baked beans, and onion rings.

02-05-2009 03:45:27 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours a nice enough one finger head, disappears fairly quickly, lacing pretty but too not there for long. Relaxed, non-showy smokiness to the nose, dark chocolate and coffee ice cream nuances, no full bore roast, some cherry and cranberry fruit, allusion to honey dappled bread and oats, very little hoppy to be had. Medium-bodied, smooth and even throughout, no highs nor lows. The coffee, dark chocolate, mocha has more roast here than in the nose. The mineral water starts to take over during the mid-palate and brings with it some orange peel and metallic notes. The carbonation high enough that it never fully soaks into the tongue. Which, combined with lightish body might make this best served as a summertime porter. Mildly more grainy finish. Sort of dilute finish but does have good lift and inner mouth perfume.

02-05-2009 02:53:42 | More by farrago
Photo of JayQue


3.43/5  rDev -3.1%

12 oz bottle bought at Chip's in Nags Head NC. Pours a black color with plenty of light coming through the glass when held to a light. Ruby color throughout from the light. A hard pour gives a one finger tan head with decent retention and some lacing.

Very little smell, some roasted malts. Mild taste, malt a little coffee and a light bitterness in the finish

Mouthfeel was ok, not watery but not that rich or crisp either.

Drinkability is fairly good. An average porter.

01-25-2009 04:19:44 | More by JayQue
Photo of colts9016


4/5  rDev +13%

Appearance: A dark mahogany color with a nice reddish tint. There is a one finger head that is foamy and bubbly. There is some clarity to the beer. At the bottom of the glass light passes through show the reddish hue.

Nose: Deep roasted malt, burnt sugar, chocolate, coffee. and spicy alcohol. Hints of citrus, esters, resin, sweet bread yeast, and phenols.

Taste: Deep roasted malt, burnt sugar, bitter sweet chocolate, coffee, and sweet bread yeast. There are notes of esters, resin, citrus, and some spices.

Overall: For an organic beer it is really good porter. Has a good mouth coating and it is slightly chalky. The finish is slightly bitter but hard to pick up.

12-23-2008 07:32:34 | More by colts9016
Photo of tavernjef


4.03/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

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


3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

22oz bomber poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-Dark brown beer, rather opaque so that it at times appears black. Even with this opaqueness, the beer shows an abundance of garnet highlights. Off-white head reduced quickly to very little.

S-Subtle, yet substantial, amount of enjoyable roasty/black and chocolate aromas.

T-Thick roasted and blackenned malt flavor, along with some chocolate. Hints of an almost semi-sweet maltiness appear. Some nice bitterness, from both the roast and hops. No hop character to perceive.

M-Moderately high carbonation, perhaps a bit too high. Even with this, the body feels a bit too thin and slippery.

D-A nice hearty porter. Perhaps a bit thinner than desired, but this didn't directly affect the overall enjoyability of this beer. Easily consumed and enjoyed.

12-17-2008 15:22:28 | More by CHSLBrew
Photo of orbitalr0x


2.85/5  rDev -19.5%

22oz bomber pours into my glass a chocolate brown color with quite a bit of clarity letting a lot of light through. A red hue is there along with a quarter inch of off white head. Aromas start with a light roasted grain upfront along with notes of chocolate and a mild coffee and cream aspect as well. Reminiscent of toasted bread and somewhat one dimensional.

First sip brings a toasted grain malt body upfront, seems like a mix between light and dark malts possibly here. Somewhat roasty it leads into hints of chocolate, light coffee and some cream as well as a bit of fruitiness on the back of the palate. Mild hops bring in some bitterness on the end. Not really any depth of flavor here and is quite weak when compared to a standard porter.

Mouthfeel has a certain thin quality that is coupled with fast moving carbonation to give it a bit more oomph and some creaminess. Overall though, I was looking for a little more body here. I applaud this brew for being organic, which is always cool, however as a porter it falls a bit short and ends up being boring and more of a porter "light" than anything else. Thanks to kmpitz2 for grabbing me this bottle to sample.

12-16-2008 03:28:38 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of nickfl


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
Certified Organic Porter from Eel River Brewing Co.
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