Yuengling Dark Brewed Porter - Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Dark Brewed PorterYuengling Dark Brewed Porter

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Ratings: 981
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.37%
Wants: 28
Gots: 100 | FT: 0
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Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-03-2001

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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poures a dark brown color with some redness showing thru with a almond colored head that dissapates quickly.Smell was roasty and of coffee with some chocaltey notes,taste was pretty comples with roasted malt being prominent but I also go some butteriness and marshmello sweetness.A little thin in body,but I really like this offering YB.

Photo of RoyalT
2.13/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance – Very dark brown in color with a little carbonation and a smallish head.

Smell – The nicely roasted malt aroma is offset by some rather cheap smelling grain.

Taste – I really enjoyed the roasted malt flavors, but there was a slight sour tange that made this one disappointing.

Mouthfeel – The cheap carbonation and thin body earned this one low marks.

Drinkability – I was barely able to finish this rather lame attempt at the style.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Yuengling Brewery Porter (Dark Brewed), American Porter 4.70% alcohol by volume. First time having this brew poured into a pint glass with a little vigor.

A- Vigorous pour lands a one inch tan-brown head that eventually falls to a ring of froth that sticks to the glass with some passion in a star-like method.

S- Scent is slightly disappointing with a small amount of caramel and oak hinting in the forefront and maybe a little brown sugar and maple syrup in the back end of the nose.

T-M- Taste is noted with mild smokiness and hints of caramel chocolate. A light watery mouthfeel pushes the flavors to the back of the tongue and doesn't allow for the body to fully evolve but all and all the flavor is smooth and tolerable and a session at that.

Overall I like this beer and it would pair up to many dishes without breaking the bank when chosing a beer to do so. Cheers!

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue I:

Not only is Yuengling Porter one of the originals in the US, they are one of the largest brewers of the style as well. Very dark and inviting, a few shades away from pitch black. Modest tan head crackles down to a short lace that does cling to the glass a bit. Sweet aroma of dark caramel, slightly charred wood and toasted cocoa beans. Creamy medium body has just enough crispness and smoothness to get by. Dry cocoa powder in the palate to start, mellow, but flavorful. Hint of caramel and a very mild burnt grain tone. Hop bitterness keeps the sweetness in check but never becomes a trait to notice, quick kiss of citric flavor middle to end. Tasty semi-dry choco-goodness in the finish.

Yeah, go ahead and call it middle of the road, but this is one of the most drinkable porters around, with a good dose of flavor to boot.

Photo of sponberg
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle sampled: brewed in 1999, cellared in the deepest darkest corner of my beer cellar, at cellar temperature, poured into a pint glass.

Aroma: Slightly sweeter than a fresh bottle, but still plenty of roasty malty notes. Deep, deep garnet color. OK head.

The brew starts out with a touch more malty sweetness that in a fresh bottle, with less of the immediate roastiness on the tongue. The flavors seem to have muted, but no cardboard or off flavors were apparent. Finishes with that great, great bitter chocolate & roasted barley flavor that hooked me on this brew in the first place.

Note: Unintentional cellaring. Somehow, four of these ended up in the back of a case of homebrew bottles and were entirely forgotten about for three years. Good to know it ages well, as I have one bottle left from Christmas 1994 - the last bottle of the last six my dad ever bought me. Maybe someday I'll crack it open.

Photo of grynder33
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark pour with a very small head, very faint aroma of maybe coffee, just a touch of chocolate in the first taste and also something grapey, like a wine, overall somewhat thin for a porter, looked hard for other flavors, but they just weren't there. Needs to be bolder.

Photo of generallee
3.61/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from tap into a pint glass.

Appearance: It had a very dark brown almost black colored body that is nearly opaque. It formed a thin, light tan head with excellent retention and very good lacing.

Smell: The aroma is full of dark roasted malts with a smoky character and hints of burnt coffee and a touch of hops.

Taste/Mouth feel: the roasted malt has a slight sweetness that mostly covered up by the roasted smoky/burnt notes. There is a nice bitterness from the hops that comes out more towards the finish, which is dry and slowly fades off the tongue. The body is about medium with a smooth texture and carbonation is about average.

Notes: Overall it's a decent porter but not as balanced or refined as others of the style.

Photo of merlin48
3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark mahogany body with a medium sized tan head. Some minor patch lacing.

Aroma is about the weakest for a porter I have ever encountered. Just a hint of dark roasty malt in the form of cocoa.

Medium body and carbonation. Very lager like.

Taste is nicely balanced but not overly impressive. Hints of dark chocolate and roast coffee are joined by a vague hop bitterness. Finishes with a dark roasty bitterness.

Nothing bad here. It's just overly simplistic.

Photo of Byeast
2.82/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This porter pours a dark brown color , with a small and quickly fading tan cola head. The aroma is a thin blend of chocolate , some coffee , a bit of sweet malt and some adjunct aroma. The taste is dissapointingly thin as well. Some light , sweet dark maltyness , hint of chocolate and coffee , slight metallic taste , and mild astringency. The mouthfeel is thin. Its a drinkable beer , but for a porter , or any beer really , the flavor is just to thin / watery. Go with their Black and tan- much better , somehow.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown, with a beige thin head.

Smell: Nutty and fruity, maybe some toasted malts.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of malts and nuts, some fruits as well but mild, sweeter than bitter.

Overall: Not really a porter drinker, but I am a fan of Yuengling so had to try this one out. It was ok.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

found this in my sisters fridge on easter. 12oz. bottle poured into a yuengling pint glass.

pours out nearly opaque black, some rubiness is evident. big 2 fingers of creamy tan head, good retention and some nice sticky lace.

in the aroma, toasted grains, very little roast. some fruits, dark fruits, slightly metallic. nothing too apealing.

again, nothing really stands out. very little roast, more of a toasted grain, some fruits, dark fruits as well, a touch raisony. a nice bitter finish. slightly sweet.

a little too thin of a body. carbonation feels decent.

good drinkability, definatly easily sessionable. overall, its not bad, but there are much better porters out there. needs a little more roast and a little more body. but id drink it again if offered just because i have a lot of respect for the brewery and their history.

Photo of far333
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark chestnut color with a brownish beige foamy head that sinks quickly but leaves a thin layer of foam atop. Smell is very understated cocoa with resinous hops coming through, almost overpowering the aroma. Mouthfeel is a little watery for a porter, but a tingle is felt in the finish. Subtle flavors of cocoa, a bit of coffee and caramel, but a surprising amount of hops bursting through as well. Some hops in the aftertaste as well. Not too close to my take on porters, but definitely drinkable, and very inexpensive.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To be perfect honest, I never thought this beer would be as good as it was a year ago when I first really started drinking different beers. However, the Yuengling porter comes through as one of the best overall basic good drinkable porters I have come by. It pours a very dark ruby amber with a beige moccha colored foaming head with little or no lace. Contains a deep roasted barley aroma with hints of chocolate and some rather mild coffe-esque fragances. The flavors are a great combination of smoothy creamy dark roasted barley wrapped with chocolate and strong coffe tones, very nicely balanced overall crisp drinkable taste. A fuller creamy mouthfeel that I enjoyed fully, and this beer is so smooth and drinkable and maybe just a tad lighter in body than the typical porter. Still, I am glad Yuengling is upkeeping this fine brew.

Photo of chinchill
3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle.
Pours dark brown, nearly opaque. With a very good tan head.
Revising an old standard here and I'm not disappointed. Then again, I remember a fairlly poor beer and this is decent.
It does lack flavor, seeming made with minimal malts for style.

Photo of Kingdom4aPint
2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Standard Pint Glass applied...

Pours dark ruby with 1 finger brownish cream head with aggressive pour. Quickly reduces to thin film leaving minimal lacing. Really doesn't smell like much of anything. I detect chocolate in the first few swigs involving the head...I really thought I was on to something surprisingly decent for the price but after that there really isn't much of a taste, maybe some mild smoke, I'm not sure. Slightly harsh finish, oddly enough the aftertaste is almost better than the real thing. Medium to light body with thinnish mouthfeel. Drinkable in its own right as it isn't overtly offensive, however recommend looking elsewhere if you are looking for a true Porter...pay the extra few bucks and get a whole different experience.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has an opaque dark brown body with a light beige heat that last for a good bit. The body is too dense to see any carbonation and I am pleasantly surprised at the opaqueness of the body.

S- This beer has a soft aroma of dark roasted malt with a slight nougat note. The dark malt smells more like a little black roasted malt than lots of toasted malt.

T- This beer has a very tangy dark malt note with a light pt caramel hint and a very faint almost alder smoke to it. There was some soft coffee bitterness in the finishi

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a fizzy finish that lightens it up even more.

D-This beer has some pretty light flavors for as dark as the body is when I first poured it. It taste like this beer has been lagered a bit because I don't get the depth of flavor that a porter typically has although it did have a few dark malt hints.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.08/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a full finger of caramel/chocolate-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that almost, but not quite, covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Rich and malty, imparting notes of freshly toasted pumpernickel bread, dark molasses, a touch of dark chocolate, some subtle aromas of roasted coffee beans and smoke and lots of brown sugar.

Taste: Rich, earthy and malty. Lots of roasted malt up front, imparting notes of freshly toasted pumpernickel bread, dark molasses, a touch of dark chocolate, some subtle coffee and smoke and lots of brown sugar-like sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium and slightly effervescent as there is some, but not much carbonation. With an ABV of 4.7%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: I like this porter. I like the big malty back bone and the large amounts of brown sugar. This is my favorite beer from Yuengling, and a great session porter.

Photo of dacrza1
3.79/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: December 19, 2013... GLASSWARE: Guinness pint...OCCASION: prep for The Desolation of Smaug with a review of another old favorite... APPEARANCE: as expected dark black with a dragon's red eye when held to the light; head is two-fingered at the start; brown slush settles quickly; zero lacing.. AROMA: caramel, chocolate, and vanilla with some peaty notes--a rugged and ready mix of winter scents... PALATE: slick, medium-bodied; drinkable and soda-esque...TASTE: sugary slightly chocolaty and smoky, with some lactic presence too--a balanced, pleasant experience...OVERALL: like The Hobbit\, this beer doesn't disappoint, despite repeated viewings--er, tastings--and though the critic in me knows bigger, bolder, more unique porters exist, I find Yuengling's version more sessionable, less demanding and in line with the spirit of the genre--fortified ale for the working man...

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was the best tap at the Seven Stone steps in Cazanovia New York.

A very dark brown color, not much light getting through here, although it is a darkly lit pub! A very healthy 1" head looms over the dark liquid with decent strength.

The aroma is actually very bold with roasty malts, smokey and slightly sweet with molasses. The herbal hop aroma is evident even through the malt. Very good balance here.

O.k, very nice! The malty flavor's are pretty deep with classic oats, nuts and smoke effects with a gentle, vanilla-like sweetness to even it out. The slightly, herbal earthy bitter hops give it a righteous balance of flavor's.

The feel is medium to full, smooth but with a thinner, crisper middle and not ever "heavy'.

This is simply a very nice Porter.

Photo of asabreed
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Decided to get a 6-pack because the weather's getting cold, the price was right, and it's been a long time since I've had it.

Appearance: Huge frothy lacing and nice retention with the mocha-colored head. Body is Guinness-colored, as it looks opaque but is more of a dark amber overall.

Smell: Mild roasted malts and and chocolate and charred darkness. Not a lot going on, but it's evident that a Porter is what you're drinking.

Taste: Mildly roasted malts, a bit of bitterness and charred earth, and mild mild coffee roastness also. Finishes semi-dry and is actually highly sessionable for a Porter. Is it as flavorful as one-state-away Edmund Fitzgerald? Not even close. But I can drink a few of these and have more of a roasted and charred experience than I could with any Lager.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin for a porter, yet it still has a creaminess with the good carbonation levels so things aren't out of control.

Drinkability: The workin' man's Porter? The dark brew for folks who can't yet handle bigger Porters or Stouts? Decent. Sessionable. Right for the price. Start the folks who want to try the dark beers but haven't yet on this.

Photo of Sammy
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A rather marginal porter. Mouthfeel thinish, black with a little sizzling carbonation led head. Neutral aroma. A little coffee in there and burnt taste, akin to tabacco ash, slightly bitter, underscored by corn sweetness. More shwartzbier than porter. Not very drinkable.

Photo of Zebus0
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pretty good porter, a welcome reprieve since Yuengling Black and Tan isn't too great.

A- Poured pretty dark. Nice tan head on it, foamy. Nice color to it. Not much else to say.

S- Good, Roasted. Just a hint of chocolate, maybe some grains in there. Nice welcoming aroma to it though.

T- Really strong taste to it. Bit ot bite to it but not really compared to other Porters I've had. Actually reminds me a bit of the Bully! Porter I can get back home, very similar. Roasted flavor, no chocolate like the smell, but if grain to it as well. Coffee hints.

M- Medium/Light body, not too shabby. Kind of smooth.

D- I would certainly drink it again. can't seem to find this stuff back home so next time I'm in the Tennessee, Eastern regions again.

Photo of tweeder263
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark brew with nice full tan head. Smells like a weak porter slight coffee hints.Taste is good but mild nothing really dominating or showing through.Slight bitterness that is welcome.All in all id definitely buy this beer again, seems very sessionable,may become a standby brew for me.

Photo of tdm168
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark brown with 1/4" of dense, foamy brown head. Good retention. The smell is faint roasted malt, faint coffee, and a hint of caramel. The taste is roasted malts, faint coffee, very faint chocolate, and some grassy, earthy hops for balance. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly carbonated, but at times thin.

Overall a decent beer from a macro brewery, but for a porter it leaves something to be desired.

Photo of mempath
4.33/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very dark (held to light, it's infrared...), super thick head remains a good while leaving nice lacing. yep, there's a roasted malty smell with the sharpness of coffee. perhaps a bit metallic, but that may be something else. over the palate, it's reveals all those dark malty roast notes with a minimal sense of sweetness luckily further minimized by the slight hop bitterness (which, again, balances things perfectly). a great fall and winter brew and--not thick, thus--quite the session brew. definitely my go-to value brew in the fall just as Lord Chesterfield is in the summer.

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Yuengling Dark Brewed Porter from Yuengling Brewery
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