Yuengling Porter (Dark Brewed) - Yuengling Brewery
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4.95/5 rDev +47.3%
I love this porter. Again not the best porter i have had but very drinkable. Dark and rich in color and little to medium head. Tastes of malts and hints of chocolate. Very irresistable taste that the average drinker will enjoy cant get enough of this porter
11-04-2013 18:25:06 | More by yuenglingfan101
4.88/5 rDev +45.2%
For many years, I thought if I were marooned on a desert island with only one beer to drink, Yuengling Porter would be my beer of choice. Now a few years later in life, Yuengling Porter has been nudged out for this personal choice, by a few European beers such as Salvador Doppelbock & Corsonke Christmas Ale, I still consider Yuengling Porter to be the best American mass produced beer.
I can relate many good times to this Porter and have yet to find any consistently produced American Porter to match it.
01-18-2011 20:35:58 | More by kstokem
4.7/5 rDev +39.9%
Revisiting this beer again after many years. I notice the label has been redesigned.
Pours a dark chocolate color. A beer in a grey flannel suit.
Smell is cool seashells, carob, slate, and a pure mist of carbon dioxide. A hint of iodine peeks through as well -- this is a directed, clean, determined beer.
Taste is wonderfully controlled, with the slight cheese of Hershey's Milk Chocolate, a backboard-straight malt center, and a firm finish from the lager yeast. This is truly minimalist expression in a glass, and beautifully done; it is steady, sedate as a rock garden, and perfectly pleasing. This is a complete package, with no frills, no excesses, no missteps. Not too much, not too little. Exceptional.
Mouthfeel is fairly good -- solid, supportive, and active. There is the sensation of many sliding, tightly-packed bubbles, never too stiff, but certainly with a full presence.
Drinkability is quite good; this beer particularly shines when paired with very spicy food. It puts out the fire, refreshes the palate, and even adds its own savory note. In particular, I can think of no better tipple with numbingly-spicy Sichuan cuisine.
It's funny how time changes our perception of what we imbibe. It doesn't seem that there have been major changes made to Yuengling Porter since 2003, when I last reviewed it, but my appreciation has grown immensely. The austerity of this beer, the flavor profile of this lager porter, one of, if not the, last of its kind, speaks to me. Who needs lots of alcohol, and overwrought flavors, and all those other high-octane tricks?
This is back to basics. This is, in an ideal world, what should capture the imagination of the craft movement. This is a beer to be meditated on. Consider it, and consider yourself.
Original Review, September 2003:
Hints of a chunky, fudge-y, chocolate-y taste to this one, but it never totally follows through on its promise. Major drawbacks are that aroma isn't really there, and the mouthfeel is pretty thin.
As a porter, I think this has great potential, but it's just a bit short. Still doesn't mean I'm not a fan.
I'm a sucker for their lager, having grown up on it, but I have to say, this is Yuengling's best beer -- a journeyman baseball player in the world of brewing. For a solid, consistent, very cheap dark session beer, this is what I'm probably going to pick up
Try this with some dark chocolate at the same time -- not bad.
09-04-2003 23:23:20 | More by ithacabaron
4.65/5 rDev +38.4%
I am new to the beer tasting game but to this point I must say that Yuengling Porter (Dark Brewed) is my favorite. On the palate the flavors consist of chocolate notes, and coffee flavor. Goes down very easy and feels great in my mouth. In a word; SMOOTH!
05-31-2007 01:09:37 | More by DrWho
4.58/5 rDev +36.3%
Pours a deep, dark brown with a mocha head and a decent amount of lacing.
Smells mostly of malts, maybe some coffee or chocolate. Loved the aroma
Taste matches the aroma well. Very good could drink a few in one sitting.
If I could make it over to PA or know someone going that way would definitely buy again.
10-24-2008 11:57:00 | More by TMinton22
4.5/5 rDev +33.9%
Sampled April 2012 from bottles in pint glass.
Appearance: Dark brown color, with light-tan head that lasted for a minute.
Smell: Some coffee aromas, with hints of toasted/burnt aromas. Smell is not over-powering.
Taste: Medium-bodied porter with great balance of malt and hops. Dominated by toasted coffee, but with some chocolate flavors as well.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied for a porter, but very smooth.
Overall: Very good porter, especially for the price. Probably my favorite porter for drinking everyday. This is the only American porter that reminds me of my favorite porter: Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter, and that is a huge compliment.
05-02-2012 19:34:07 | More by JJKBeerLvr
4.43/5 rDev +31.8%
A- Dark dark brown/black. Can't see any light through it when held up. Tan head leaves large amounts of lacing on the side of the glass.
S- Bittersweet chocolate and black coffee.
T- Roasted malts and dark chocolate followed by an aftertaste of black coffee.
M- SMOOTH!!! Not overly carbonated, creamy, with a medium thickness.
D- Goes down sooo smooth. Great flavor and aftertaste. Can easily see myself having several of these in one sitting. One of my favorite beers!
02-22-2010 21:32:45 | More by mozartsonata18
4.43/5 rDev +31.8%
While everyone else is drinking their Yuengling Lagers, you can sit back and enjoy this baby, which is a bit heavier, and a lot tastier than its cousin. Great for times when you want something a little heavier, and still want the Yuengling label.
07-18-2002 19:00:25 | More by stingo
4.38/5 rDev +30.4%
The Yuengling Brewery at Pottsville, Pennsylvania, claims to be the oldest one in the U.S. It was founded in 1829 by David G. Yuengling, a German immigrant. The original spelling of his last name must have been Jüngling, meaning "young man". In fact, the English word youngling comes from jüngling. But, despite what they say at their web site, jüngling is not pronounced "ying-ling". That certainly makes it sound oritental, doesn't it?
08-18-2013 01:25:13 | More by nofunyons
4.38/5 rDev +30.4%
I am not going to go into detail about the characteristics of this beer because so many have already taken care of that. However, I do want to salute this beer and make it known that it is definitely worth a try. This is a faithful porter, although it is not technically a porter, that can be stacked against many of the great porters throughout the United States.
06-24-2002 10:05:23 | More by Maestro
4.35/5 rDev +29.5%
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.
10-10-2009 22:42:01 | More by mempath
Yuengling Porter (Dark Brewed) from Yuengling Brewery
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