Pin-up Porter - Southern Oregon Brewing Company

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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Southern Oregon Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: RedDiamond on 07-17-2008

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Ratings: 73 | Reviews: 38
Reviews by xmorgan:
Photo of xmorgan
4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very nice porter.

Good smell, taste was very much roasted malt flavor and it was just really, really tasty.

I like porters and this one was picture perfect for an American Porter. The price was right at $4 for a 16 oz pint.

I had it in the tasting room at the brewery, it was a cool little place in Medford. I was there on business and stopped in after work.

Would buy a 6 pack or 22 oz bottle if they had it in there tasting room

More User Reviews:
Photo of NWer
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of i_Trav
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Not being a huge Porter fan myself I find this beer very approachable. It runs laps around Deschutes Black Butte Porter, just the right balance of smokiness with a hint of chocolate and coffee. A perfectly smooth finish with no bitterness it begs to be joined with a nice cigar.

Photo of Magpie14
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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

Photo of Fatehunter
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of Docer
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of Spikester
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with some ruby highlights. One finger tan head with good lacings. Cocoa coffee aroma. Tastes bittersweet chocolate, some coffee, and a perfect malt compliment. Silky on the tongue and the carbonation is just enough. Drinkability is very good at 5.5% abv. Light bitter finish. Great first beer from Southern Oregon Brewing!

Photo of devilben02
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of mattmaples
4.62/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The S.O.B porter now ranks as one of my top three porters of all time. Think of it as a cross between a Baltic porter and the Fullers London Porter. What you get is a rich chocolaty porter with a nice roast, great body and an easy finish. Not as sweet as many Baltics and not near as hoppy as almost all of the Northwest porter. The draft I had was lower in carbonation but that only accentuated the smooth round body.

Photo of Reidrover
3.98/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of vkv822
3/5  rDev -19.4%
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!

Photo of flexabull
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of BrewnZ
2.17/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Tasted at Kaleidoscope Pizzeria & Pub on 10/20/08

A: Opaque deep brown with no head, thus no head retention

Smell: Now hop aroma, a very low chocolate, not quite roasty smell. No real yeast character either.

Taste: This beer started out fine, but then finished way to cloying and sticky. Clean and smooth malt flavor of chocolate, then bitter chocolate with little - no hop flavor and low bitterness that leaves a cloying sweet finish - almost root beer like. Lacks some of the roastiness and hop bitterness I expect from a porter. Just not balanced, unattenuated or other fermentation flaws.

Drinkability: Low, I made it through my pint but did not order another.

Photo of mactrail
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of depechemode1983
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of sommersb
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of Bfarr
2.07/5  rDev -44.4%
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.

Photo of loren01
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of ryannosaurus
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured to tulip

Pours a serious dark brown with a good finder and a half of medium tan head. Head lays over but the bubbles stay active

Aroma is faint, a bit chocolate and vegetal, and not this beer's strong suit

Flavor hits some great roasty and chocolate notes, almost boozy which is odd at 5.5%

Mouthfeel is generally on the light side

As a fan of all things dark, I was pleased to get my hands on one from my old stomping grounds, and it did not disappoint, Solid sweet tasty with just a hint of bitterness to round it out. Perhaps a bit south of world class, but I would not hesitate to grab another one... technically solid..

Photo of Andrewseher
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of ccrida
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my Duvel tulip, Southern Oregon Brewing Company's Porter is a dark, blackish cola color with a khaki head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is like toffee brownies, with a damp earthiness to it.

Taste is really nice, very much in-line with there description, I get a lactose/milk chocolate and iced coffee flavor, semi-sweet, with a light finish of camp fire at the end - it's more obvious from the first sip but quickly intermingles. The subtle integration of the rauch malt here reminds me of my conviction to never use peat malt in my homebrews ever again!!!! The more I drink it, the more I like it. Great porter for sure.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, it's got some viscosity, but definitely isn't too thick.

Drinkability is great, I was really loving this by the end. Exactly what I want in the style, the good price means this is a reasonable choice to session. My first from this brewery, a few years old but the first run of bottles I've seen up here, now I'm anxious to try the rest.

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Pin-up Porter from Southern Oregon Brewing Company
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