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Pin-up Porter - Southern Oregon Brewing Company

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Pin-up PorterPin-up Porter

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 79
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 18.48%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 38 | Hads: 79
Photo of Magpie14
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  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.

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Photo of bkilpatr
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 03/15/09.

Pours a deep brownish black color with ruby highlights around the edges. About a finger of light tan head slowly receded to a thin layer, decent retention. Aroma is sweet and chocolaty and slightly nutty with roasted malt.

Taste is sweet up front with chocolate and slight caramel and nutty flavors. Nice roasted malt character with an every so slightly bitter finish and a hint of smokiness. Not very complex, but it works very well and is very tasty. Feel is medium bodied with low-ish carbonation. Pretty smooth with a dry finish. Drinkability is very good. It goes down very smoothly, fairly sessionable. Each sip makes me want another.

Overall, quite tasty and easy to drink without being very complex. I enjoyed this and would recommend it to others.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of Spikester
4.2/5  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!

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Photo of bitterthebetter
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep murky yet not quite opaque black with subtle dark brown hues and a light tan head

rich, malty, slighty smoky, slight mocha and light coffee

slight dry malt upfront followed by caramel, slight chocolate, faint chocolate, and a faint coffee finish with a touch of smoked malt at the end. slight bitter hops too, faint

medium to full bodied with a great malty profile with a lot of flavors transitioning to each other very nicely, not too dry or heavy, or sweet or bitter, just right

a delicious porter for 3.99. probably one of the best I've had in recent memory, and I just want to keep drinking more. It's got all the good flavors I like in a porter, but balanced extremely well with a very nice finish, slightly bitter to round it all off. I know I'll be buying another soon

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Photo of mattmaples
4.62/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

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Photo of BrewnZ
2.17/5  rDev -41%
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.

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Photo of xmorgan
4.6/5  rDev +25%
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

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Pin-up Porter from Southern Oregon Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.