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Pin-up Porter - Southern Oregon Brewing Company

Pin-up PorterPin-up Porter

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BA SCORE
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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%


Brewed by:
Southern Oregon Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 07-17-2008)
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a half finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is mostly burnt malt and wood.
The taste is a smooth burnt and roasted malt with a mild lemon bitter finish.
The texture is smooth with crisper edges and moderate carbonation.
A nice solid drinkable porter. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 03:30:23 | More by Fatehunter
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mactrail

California

3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Reddish cast to the dark brown brew in the St. Bernardus globe. Not much foam. Some carbonation in the mouth but it all flattens out after a while. A little red wine in the nose with the malty smell.

Dark and a little zingy, with lots of the mild roast and caramel. Not very sweet. Some grainy taste and a faint hint of charred barley. A faint bitterness and the dark woody notes for the aftertaste. Watery body.

This has some charms but it's probably better on tap from a fressh keg. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Market of Choice on 29th in Eugene.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 04:41:06 | More by mactrail
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HochFliegen

Oregon

3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a thick creamy tan colored head that dissipated into thin wispy streams floating around my pint glass.

The smell was strong with coffee and chocolate. There are hints of nutty and some hidden dark fruit scents as well.

Taste was slightly off from what I would expect from a porter, maybe there was just more going on in the flavor than I expected. There were definite coffee and chocolate notes and some nice bitter finish but there was also a bit more nuttiness than I would expect from a porter. Also a tad on the sweet side for me. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed it I just don't think it was on-style.

Mouthfeel was nice considering the lower ABV. I enjoyed the level of carbonation and over all thought it was nice.

Great beer, not exactly on style in my opinion but very good overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 05:52:00 | More by HochFliegen
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RJLarse

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bottle of Pin Up Porter in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours and opaque black color, with a thin bubbly off-white head.

Smell is a roasted gran aroma with some coffee notes along side.

The taste is a sweetened black coffee flavor up front, coffee with sugar no cream, followed by a sweet caramel and plum flavor, with a mild bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly cloying.

Over all a good porter, but not a great one.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 23:30:42 | More by RJLarse
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This porter was had in a glass stein.

Appearance- An opaque dark brown body, this is appropriate for the style. I also like the inch wide layer of milk chocolate foam.

Smell- At first, this porter gives off aromas of cocoa powder and some roasted malt. After a little bit of swirlin', the chocolate becomes more pronounced and there is a bready, nutty note too.

Taste- I thought this was a porter? Where did this brown ale come from? The nuttiness and sweet malt are very pronounced. And without any real roasted qualities, or even a little bit of acidity, I guess this is what porters begin to taste like. I also weep for the cocoa that never was on the palate, like it was in the olfactory holes.

Mouth feel- This is a big medium body and REALLY creamy. Sure, this is carbonation that has been crafted to perfection like a samurai sword from Hattori Hanzo. However, the slightly cloying quality of the malt is only enhanced by the heft of this beer.

Overall- Pin-up Porter, you had me enraptured with your fine looks. Looks will only get you so far though, sweet heart. And looks don't amount to a hill of beans in this world if you don't have the flavors to back it up.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 04:36:20 | More by Pintofbrown
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Andrewseher


3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Pints Urban Taproom at 412 NW 5th Ave in Portland, OR.

A: Nice dark color with good head retention and lacing.

S: Not much to speak of. Hints of dark chocolate.

T: Espresso and dark chocolate. Very nice and easily drinkable.

M: Medium-bodied with a dry finish. Combined with the mellow, chocolaty taste, it makes the Pin-up very easy to drink.

O: A nice porter. It's not breaking the mold, but it is one of the better examples of the type.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2012 03:09:13 | More by Andrewseher
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N3rdM3t4l

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from Bomber into a standard pint

A: dark and opaque with two fingers of lovely tan head that took about a minute to recede and left a little lacing. Pretty beer.

S: Chocolaty right off the bat with big toasty malts. A touch of hop to balance the almost sweet smell coming off of it. Smells delicious.

T: Like drinking iced coffee, holy cow. Dark malts up front that has an almost french roast coffee flavor. Finishes with a good hop bitterness that sits on the back of the tongue, not too strong not too mild. A very sweet beer. A little bit of alcohol warmth on the way down too.

M: Thinner than I would expect from something so dark and sweet. Would expect it to be a little syrupy considering how sweet it is. All that said it is still a medium bodied beer. May feel thicker as it warms up some. . . more on that later.

O: Good beer, I had my reservations about it but it pulled through for me. Not the "go to" porter but good if you want something a little sweeter.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 05:55:13 | More by N3rdM3t4l
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 11-28-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Received in a trade

A: Black and opaque, with some brown on the edges when held to light. The tan head is 2 fingers high, with a fair amount of lacing and retention.

S: Strong aroma of toasted malts, along with coffee and dark chocolate.

T: Much like the aroma, the taste features bittersweet chocolates, roasted malts and coffee. Little to no hop flavors. Very pleasant.

M: Smooth, with a medium amount of carbonation. The aftertaste is of bittersweet chocolate.

O: A delightful and easy drinking porter.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 05:55:04 | More by sommersb
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NWer

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a brandy snifter.
Dark brown appearance very little head. Thin layer of foam that clings to the edges, little else. Virtually no lace.
Nice milky coffee-like aroma.
Good taste. Goes down easy. ABV light enough for a session beer but enough body and taste to make it a good sipping beer.
A solid porter. Very much worth the effort to seek it out at least once.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 20:42:48 | More by NWer
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depechemode1983

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark brown almost black in color. Head is tan with moderate retention. Not seeing any lacing.

S - Roasted sweet malts with a bit of smokiness. Smells a little like beer jerky.

T - Lots of roasted grains with faint coffee. Still getting the smokiness as well. In the middle the hops pull through and continue to the finish.

M - A bit light but very soft. Silk and bubbles.

O - Not bad at all. A fine drinking porter. This one is a bit sweeter than most porters Ive had. I dig it.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 18:34:40 | More by depechemode1983
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devilben02

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This one is really impressive out of bottle, with a deep, opaque brown-to-black color topped by a huge, fizzy beige head that settles to a persistent ring. The aroma is pleasantly sweet and earthy, with a predominant vanilla character over a light roasted quality that was reminiscent of white toast. The flavor is sadly more one-dimensional, with the same vanilla character and some dark caramel being only modestly balanced by a dark roasted coffee bitterness. A light, prickly carbonation cuts through a medium-weight body, which combines with a slight astringency to make this one harsher than would be desired. In the end, the sweet yet roasty profile is enjoyable enough, but it doesn't make this beer any more than a nice but unremarkable porter.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 17:01:12 | More by devilben02
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flagmantho

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: dark brown nearly to black; nothing comes through when held up to the light. Head is a thin layer of creamy tan foam. Good stuff.

Smell: nice coffee notes up front backed up by a creamier chocolate aroma at the end. My one complaint is that the aroma is a bit weak.

Taste: bitter roasted malts up front with a little tartness, that then develops into some coffee flavors and maybe some earthy hops, possibly nobles. There are some good flavors in there, but unfortunately it's a bit of a mess -- it just doesn't seem to work quite right.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-light body with a decent carbonation level. The overall effect is creamy for a porter, which is a good thing.

Overall: this beer has some rough edges but overall it's a solid drinker -- a good session porter in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 07:09:37 | More by flagmantho
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loren01

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours into traditional pint glass a dark black color, tan/white head with very slight lacing down the glass
S: Roasted malt, chocolate and slight hint of dark fruits
T: Much the same as smell, nice roasted dark malt flavor along with milk chocolate flavors. Nice earthy hop bitterness in the aftertaste
M: Medium bodied beer, carbonation is slightly on the high side
D: Good easy drinking porter, I would get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 05:38:47 | More by loren01
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jamescain

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a sniffer, thanks to texasclimber for sharing this one.

Appearance: Black with an off white head. The head quickly fades to a ring around the glass with no lacing.

Aroma: The aroma was very nice. Chocolate, burnt sugar, vanilla, roasted grains. The aroma made me really want to try a sip.

Taste: Sadly the taste could not live up to the smell. Bland, not much going on. The taste was not as dynamic a the smell, it was basically roast-y, what you expect from a normal porter.

Mouthfeel: A little underwhelming again. I prefer my porters to have more body to them. Medium carbonation and light body. I wasn't expecting it to be heavier though, because it is not a robust porter, so it is brewed to style. Just not my preference. I would say it was a little watery even for the style.

Overall: I wasn't that impressed with this beer. The aroma gave me high expectations, but sadly the rest of the beer couldn't live up to it.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 21:40:44 | More by jamescain
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chumba526

Oregon

2.63/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appears dark black with a small light brown colored head.

It smells slightly chocolate taste; I get a toffee caramel smell as well. I also get a bit of a roasted malt flavor.

It tastes similar to the smell. I get a bit of a toffee like flavor. A bit of a sweet chocolate flavor and a mild coffee like flavor. I get a bit of a nutty and caramel flavor to the beer. Not bad but it seems a bit clumsy.

Medium high carbonation with a somewhat thin mouthfeel.

Drinkability is ok. But I am not tempted to have more than one glass of this.

Overall an ok beer but it is a bit boring and there is nothing about it.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 01:50:52 | More by chumba526
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Bfarr

Washington

2.05/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bubbly dark brown with foamy head and no retention. Faint off chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Taste follows with light lingering and sweetness. Diluted taste all around. Bubbly and watery mouthfeel.

Much like their IPA, it seems like a very minimalist recipe with the mouthfeel on this one way off for a porter. Not bad tasting but nothing really good to look forward to.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 02:27:57 | More by Bfarr
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vkv822

Oregon

2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle into tulip pint.

Pours a dark brown almost black with great frothy tan head that dissipates to leave a thin film across the beer and some light lacing.

The aroma is of quite roasty, almost astringent coffee. There are some faint chocolate notes. The hops that are present are very subdued.

Something just isn't quite doing it for me in the taste. There are the same basic flavors as in the nose but they seemed more subdued. It just really isn't coming together here.

The mouthfeel is okay, medium to light body and fair carbonation. But there is almost a slightly chalky feel to the finish?

This beer started out good in the appearance and aroma but in my opinion it just fell off where it counted. Oh well, it happens.
And remember, a "3" rating is average and 2.5 only falls between "Not impressed" and "Average" so this is by no means a bad beer . . . I just wasn't very impressed with it!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 01:37:36 | More by vkv822
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jdense

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. from Belmont Station PDX, poured into Piraat tulip, 12.20.10.

3/4 finger tan head, pretty quick dissipation, minimal lacing. Dark brown opaque body, a bit of carbonation rising around the edge of the glass. Pretty big nose, coffee, 50% cacao, roast, some caramel, grassy and floral hops with a bit of bitterness. Taste mirrors nose, I got quite a bit of hot chocolate infused with a shot of expresso, roasty goodness but enough sweetness for balance, hops are pretty grassy, not very bitter. Mouthfeel is on the full side of medium, good effervescence. Didn't take much effort to finish the bomber, pretty tasty. Not as much roast quality as Deschutes Black Butte, but a nice tasty cold weather treat.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 03:11:45 | More by jdense
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Wasatch

Utah

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Pours a pretty nice black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee notes. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, with a nice touch of chocolate/toffee note. Medium body, the finish has a very slight bitterness. Drinkable, a nice brew, glad to have gotten a chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 20:10:50 | More by Wasatch
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Docer

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged a bottle up at The BeerMongers here... glad to start seeing a lot more from this brewer.

- Nice dark coffee/americano black... little light amber/brown at the edges of the glass... minimal head down to a ring of mocha brown mini-bubbles... with scattered floating foam..

- Nice clear, fresh, and light chocolate malt scent... lightly sweetened.. subtle coffee-like bitterness....

- Smooth chocolate malt... light creaminess.... roasted.... little bit of a coffee punch... light bittering.. overall smooth and decent. Kind of like a good English Porter..

- Bitterness leaves a touch dry, and the mouth waters as it finds the left over flavors.. which are good.

- Very drinkable... and a great porter. Doesn't stand out much like many others, but I think it touches on the style very nicely.. and isn't an overcarbonated bomb of a porter that is too creamy at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 02:37:25 | More by Docer
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mjl21

California

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. Comes in at 5.5%. No bottling info is present. Pruchased from Bear Creek Beers in Medofrd, OR.

A-Pours dark brown with a one finger tan head that fairly quickly goes to a thin layer that does not entirely cover the top of the beer. Tiny bubbles are visible going up the side of the glass.

S-As expected, lots of malt. Pick up on roasted malt and coffee that has been left in the pot for a few hours. Also get a tad bit of cocoa.

T-It is sweeter than it smells. Lots of sweet chocolate throughout. There is a tad bit of roast in the finish along with a little bitterness.

M-Medium to full bodied and smooth. There is a little bit of prickly carbonation on the tongue. It finishes dry.

D-An easy drinking porter. It has a low abv and is very sessionable.

I really liked this beer. It had the perfect level of sweetness and was not overly roasty. Both bottles that I received are now gone. Would purchase if it was available in my area.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 21:44:14 | More by mjl21
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flexabull

California

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a decent off white head.

Aromas are of chocolates, light coffee, and creamy light sugary malts.

Light chocolate flavors, dark sugars, creamy malts, dark toasted bread flavors as well. Nice crisp flavors on the finish and a general mineral hop note.

Mouthfeel is nice and full, but not overly heavy.

Drinkability is good. Nice overall solid Porter, I'd happily drink another. Well done S.O.B.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2009 03:16:54 | More by flexabull
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Reidrover

Oregon

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber, Capital Market Salem. Nice looking deep dark brown ale with a huge and lovely frithy/creamy tight tan head. Aromas of roasted coffee type malts,dark 70% Cacoa choclate! Flavour as above but with some really nice peppery and fruity undertones. Palate I rather enjoyed, its not a thick chewy porter but more drinkable even light( not a bad thing) more in the English style than the American porters.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 20:15:20 | More by Reidrover
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Magpie14

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a creamy mocha head sat atop a deep earthy brown body. I noticed the body hid brick red hues with orange shades that were evident during the pour. Just a few blobs of lace, not bad

S: I am convinced this a nut brow type ale by my initial whiff. chocolate toasted malts and grains with a barely noticeable stale coffee sniff

T: the coffee notes stand out a little more on the tongue, but not much and the same holds true for the chocolate as well. The chocolate notes are reminiscent of dry dutch cocoa powder. If anything the main base of the beer is a toasted malty earthiness that lends little room for coffee, nuttiness, and sweet sugars. As far as the label is concerned no real smokiness stands out...nor hops, for that matter

M: I am finding this porter to be rather drinkable. Although the flavor department is somewhat lacking, I find its mouthfeel mildly tingling and quite easy to drink. Nothing to brag about if you use the word "smooth"

D: I was handed this beer on a recommendation and would have, should have, chosen something else. Otherwise I would say an okay porter

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 21:50:36 | More by Magpie14
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Oregon (SOB - get it?) has been popping up more frequently in Portland, both bottles and kegs. Today after work, had my first taste of the Porter, a pint on-tap at Clyde Common.

A: Coffee-brown darkness with an underwhelming head, a fraction of a finger, light tan. Drops quickly to a swirl of film; I watched the bartender pour other pints and noticed he pulled very slowly, aiming to minimize the head it appeared. Can't fault for a 1/2 oz. more of beer, but 'presentation' suffers a little. Only a modest cluster of lacy bits.

S: Fairly strong aroma of cocoa and lightly-roasted coffee. Pretty traditional 'porter' aroma of toasted malt sweetness.

T: More cocoa and slightly bitter chocolate, with a sweeter caramel finish. Balancing spice, not bad at all. Just not terribly exciting either.

M: Remarkably smooth, mellow. One of the easier sipping porters I recall, a 'melted chocolate' mouthfeel that hides a pleasingly tame carbonation.

D: Good. Overall an enjoyable, satisfying porter that I'd order again. Doesn't break the mold, but delivers with flavor and feel that are worthy of a recommendation, albeit not a glowing one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2009 00:56:00 | More by msubulldog25
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Pin-up Porter from Southern Oregon Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.