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Pin-up Porter - Southern Oregon Brewing Company

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Pin-up PorterPin-up Porter

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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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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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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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a bubbly, khaki-colored head.

Smell: Humble roasted malt nose with notes of unsweetened chocolate and coffee dosed with whole milk.

Taste: Ah, the sweet taste of roasted barley underscored by tastes of chocolate and café au lait. Fairly faint fruitiness. Earthy hop profile with a light bitterness. Minor puff of smoke. Roasty, bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fairly enjoyable, certainly easy drinking porter. Recommended, provided you're looking for an easy going porter.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 00:27:01 | More by ChainGangGuy
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zeff80

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

02-23-2014 03:48:58 | More by zeff80
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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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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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dmorgan310

Panama

4/5  rDev +8.1%

06-20-2013 04:19:25 | More by dmorgan310
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ccrida

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 05:55:38 | More by ccrida
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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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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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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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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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twelveinches

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

04-01-2012 05:41:22 | More by twelveinches
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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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shelby415

Oregon

4/5  rDev +8.1%

02-29-2012 08:16:41 | More by shelby415
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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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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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bcsbeer

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

07-28-2012 22:06:07 | More by avaldivia
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OregonGrown7

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

07-14-2013 01:18:57 | More by OregonGrown7
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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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Spikester

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 06:17:40 | More by Spikester
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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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Pin-up Porter from Southern Oregon Brewing Company
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