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961 Porter - 961 Beer

961 Porter961 Porter

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BA SCORE
82
good

22 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 22
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 10.28%


Brewed by:
961 Beer visit their website
Lebanon

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: FrankieW on 02-14-2012)
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark cola color. A one-finger head of light mocha shading is formed, fading to a thin film rapidly. Not much lacing is left on the glass.

S: There's a bit of dry chocolate on the nose, backed by very mild hopping, some fruity esters (even a hint of tartness), and some toffee. The aroma is a bit plain, but far from bad.

T: The start is quite fruity, before developing a chocolaty middle and vaguely mineral-esque finish. It's easy drinking nature offsets its simplicity somewhat.

M: It's a bit thin, and perhaps even watery. The empty finish is very disappointing, though it has a positive effect of creating fantastic drinkability.

O: Not a bad attempt at a porter - however, it still needs some work. Making it a bit more flavorful would be a great start, but I at least enjoy how drinkable it is.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 20:50:38 | More by ThisWangsChung
More User Reviews:
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle received in trade from RobertDale, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a solid black with a decent sized creamy tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Wow that is a bit of smoke and burnt sugar in the nose. Chocolate and caramel provide support in the aroma with hints of earth as well. The flavor is a bit less remarkable than the aroma. Mild caramel and chocolate notes with hints of smoke and earth. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a watery somewhat oily mouthfeel. Not a bad porter if not a bit on the smoky burnt end of the style. I would have loved a bit more body, and some creaminess in the mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 02:08:44 | More by johnnnniee
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Bandi

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

11-13-2013 04:03:31 | More by Bandi
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metter98

New York

3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is near black when viewed from afar but the edges are very dark brownish red upon closer inspection when held up to the light. It poured with a short tan head that quickly died down, leaving only delicate lacing covering the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of dark and smoked malts are present in the nose.
T: The overall taste is dominated by flavors of smoke and iodine, but these aren't that strong or overpowering. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be quite interesting as it's like a lighter version of a German Rauchbier and is still easy to drink like an English Porter.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 03:58:21 | More by metter98
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours black with a large lasting tan head.
Nose shows roasted malt, oatmeal, lightly burnt bread. Quite moreish.
More light roast as a flavour but with little to support it. Some toasty malt again.
Carbonation could be a little higher.
Quite mild.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 02:50:11 | More by CrazyDavros
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Chugs13

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

10-30-2013 03:57:18 | More by Chugs13
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jxb345

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

09-17-2013 02:18:01 | More by jxb345
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FUwolfpacker

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

08-05-2013 03:07:22 | More by FUwolfpacker
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Scary_Version

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.1%

08-02-2013 02:32:28 | More by Scary_Version
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TheMrFarnham

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +11.1%

07-07-2013 20:30:05 | More by TheMrFarnham
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JRod6242

Ohio

3/5  rDev -16.7%

07-03-2013 00:55:00 | More by JRod6242
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ChrisCutler

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

07-01-2013 02:31:08 | More by ChrisCutler
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JackRB

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

06-27-2013 01:56:36 | More by JackRB
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enelson

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

05-24-2013 01:16:45 | More by enelson
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this beer at Top Hops a few weeks back, having never heard of 961 before or even having any beers from the Middle East. While this wasn't anything impressive, it was a good take on the style that was easy to enjoy and true to form. It could have been more full and complex but at the same time, I could tell this was a Porter without having to look at the bottle and there was enough to like in the midst of the thin mouthfeel.

The pour was relatively typical for a Porter - it looked like flat soda with just a bit more head than a cola would have. There wasn't any lacing to be seen either and the carbonation was light, but present from start to finish. This was roasted in the nose but that was more present in the taste, along with a Scotch Ale-like feel of peat with a hint of caramel stickiness underneath that. No oat, chocolate, or vanilla to be found here and this resembled a weak espresso more than anything else, even down to the alcoholic content.

Yes, I could feel the booze in this but only after I finished everything off. Some more body and bubbles would have been welcome here but by itself, this was fine as is. Had this been a bit more sticky, it would have been a strong Brown Ale but the hint of smoke in the aftertaste reminded me what this was, even though this could have been so much more.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 08:44:04 | More by JerzDevl2000
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced quickly to nothing. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: roasted coffee, chocolate, molasses, and smoke.

Taste: roastiness and smoke up front. Chocolate and bitterness in there too. Sweetness in the end.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, low to medium carbonation, smooth

Overall: Pretty nice porter from the middle east. They need to send more across the Atlantic to Boston again. I would pick up another six pack.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 02:52:25 | More by Flounder57
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Cola brown to dark brown in color, red highlights when held up to the light. Light tan colored head that goes away really quickly. Pretty much no lacing.

Smell is ok, pretty good. Aromas of coffee left in the pot, raisons and some belgian yeast, nothing very strong though.

Taste is pretty good, sort of like a dehydrated fruit covered in chocolate as well as a slight coffee flavor, raisons, belgian yeast and a slight tartness I can't quite put my finger on. Not bad, not great, but ok overall.

Mouthfeel is really thin, almost watery. Ok start has some sweetness with a somewhat earthy feel and a charred finish. Tartness that I can't put my finger on here again. With all that's going on it sounds like I'm bashing this beer, but all in all it's ok. Super Drinkable, I might try it again at some time given the chance.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 04:04:58 | More by AndyAvalanche
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dpage27

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

03-22-2013 22:15:52 | More by dpage27
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DruRho

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

03-19-2013 00:29:22 | More by DruRho
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Undated 330ml bottle poured into a snifter.
Dark brown color has a nice reddish tone and is topped by a moderate tan head. The head quickly to reduces to a lasting ring. Surprisingly clear hop note in the nose, along with the expected dark roasted malts. Suggestions of old coffee, toasted bread, booze and nuts in the aroma. Both the nose and the initial taste suggest a significant sourness that never materializes. Good sweet/bitter balance. Hints of caramel, raisins, dark toasted bread and coffee, with a clearer coffee note in the mildly bitter aftertaste.

The body is a medium-full with a light-moderate carbonation and a smooth, nearly creamy feel.

Overall, a decent porter but the particular combination of English hops and malts was not great.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 22:51:46 | More by chinchill
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Workin' my way through this new-to-my-area Lebanese brewery, makin' a stop at the porter. It pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises cocoa powder, mild roasted malts, and a hint of light cola in the background. The taste really embraces the cocoa element and adds that roasty, mineral-y quality you find in Baltic porters (I blame the lager yeast). Nice. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth, nearly creamy feel. Overall, a pretty tasty and enjoyable porter, one that I find to be dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 05:51:03 | More by TMoney2591
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FrankieW

Lebanon

4.73/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great dark chocolate colour when poured into a glass from a 330ml bottle. Hints of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and nuts in the aroma. Is filled with flavours, such as caramel and coffee. Is a full-bodied brew, with medium carbonation. Is great to drink up on the slopes in Faraya, Lebanon, or on any other ski slopes for that matter!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 11:53:44 | More by FrankieW
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