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Pin-up Porter - Southern Oregon Brewing Company

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Pin-up PorterPin-up Porter

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BA SCORE
84
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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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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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BrewnZ

Washington

2.15/5  rDev -41.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2008 04:19:01 | More by BrewnZ
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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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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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slimntubbs

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.9%

02-05-2012 14:40:12 | More by slimntubbs
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mactrail

Washington

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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wchasse222

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

09-26-2013 22:12:33 | More by wchasse222
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

06-01-2013 02:55:47 | More by artoolemomo
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yeaprolly

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

03-09-2014 05:09:36 | More by yeaprolly
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bcsbeer

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

01-01-2014 02:53:38 | More by bcsbeer
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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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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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cswhitehorse

Oregon

3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The porter from Southern Oregon poured a dark brown close to black. Tiny foam head with a few snowflakes of lacing.

The aroma was pretty subdued with a hint of coffee smells coming to the nose. The taste was clean crisp and you do get a hint of chocolate and coffee on the tongue. It is well carbonated and definitely a session beer. Good mild bitterness on the finish of the beer. Middle of the road for porters, nothing complex happening here. At 5.5 abv you could probably down quite a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 22:53:02 | More by cswhitehorse
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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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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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Fuzzycuffs

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

07-23-2014 02:13:44 | More by Fuzzycuffs
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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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Kurt92118


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

12-24-2012 01:25:06 | More by Kurt92118
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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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Liondiscs

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

08-20-2013 08:44:19 | More by Liondiscs
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MikeRice1969

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

02-21-2014 03:59:11 | More by MikeRice1969
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elcrawl

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

11-05-2013 04:16:35 | More by elcrawl
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darkest nut brown with generous highlights of crimson and orange. The beer falls short of opacity, although that isn't a negative in a 5.5% porter. The golden khaki colored crown is all kinds of attractive. It's mousse-like, sinks exceptionally slowly, and is beginning to grace the glass with a thick blanket of finely pocked lace.

The nose could be bolder. It strikes me as part porter and part brown ale. To be fair, it's more the former than the latter. There's a whiff of cocoa and a small shot of coffee, alongside an earthy brown maltiness that is the reason for the above comparison.

S.O.B. Porter is decent beer, but it isn't a classic American porter and it isn't impressing me any more as the ounces begin to disappear. The brown ale-porter vibe still applies, thanks to an earthiness that one doesn't often taste in beer of this style. More roasted malt and less medium-dark malt (Carafa, caramel) would have tweaked things in the right direction.

The flavor profile includes light brown bread, weak cocoa, weak coffee, baked nuts and (oddly enough) a small splash of vanilla. Hops add no more than modest bitterness and flavor. I'm not sure why the brewers decided to use so many varities: German Magnum, Northern Brewer, Styrian Goldings, Perle and Mt. Hood.

The mouthfeel is acceptable enough given the style and the ABV. It's on the light side of medium and is gently bubbled. Perhaps too gently. A more expansive creaminess would have been more enjoyable.

Porter is of roughly the same quality as Pale Ale. Neither one was a waste of money, but since the Pacific Northwest is such a hotbed of craft brewing, it will probably be difficult for Southern Oregon to grow beyond the small, local brewery stage. Unless they step up their game, this is.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 14:05:29 | More by BuckeyeNation
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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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RedDiamond

Oregon

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Predominantly sweet with integrated chocolate roast, brown malts, and light bittering. The aroma is roast cacao, the color is opaque brown. No head and irrelevant lace.

Though also brewed with lager yeast at ale temperature, SOB's porter has enough roasted character to surpass the limitations of its warm lager fermentation. It works well enough for drinking though the sullen lack of CO2 is disappointing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2008 02:06:27 | More by RedDiamond
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Pin-up Porter from Southern Oregon Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.