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Certified Organic Porter - Eel River Brewing Co.

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Certified Organic PorterCertified Organic Porter

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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 162
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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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Jordan444, Jan 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

zbooks, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of hayesjw
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.

hayesjw, Dec 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

2GOOFY, Dec 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

lehueve, Nov 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Dicers, Oct 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Omnium, Oct 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Kips, Sep 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

ejimhof, Sep 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13%

elglueckert, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of mactrail
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.

mactrail, Aug 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

mpalestino, Aug 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

JTomczak, Aug 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

harpus, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
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-

kojevergas, Jun 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13%

ChalupaBatman, Jun 12, 2013
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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.

The_Blind_Commissioner, Jun 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

tazzman, May 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

MaddDogg84, May 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

SocalKicks, May 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

SmellsofMahagony, May 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Rlombardi75, Mar 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

bcsbeer, Mar 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Tiernan, Dec 31, 2012
Certified Organic Porter from Eel River Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.