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Yuengling Porter (Dark Brewed) - Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Porter (Dark Brewed)Yuengling Porter (Dark Brewed)

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BA SCORE
77
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905 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 905
Reviews: 376
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.37%
Wants: 23
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yuengling Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-03-2001)
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Photo of Sammy
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Sammy, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and some dark fruit aromas. There is also a vanilla and molasses aroma that comes out as the beer warms. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness and a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -10.7%

djrn2, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Thorpe429, May 29, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

zestar, May 31, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +19%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -10.7%

acurtis, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin creamy tan head that quickly died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are light aromas of chocolate and roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the flavors are a bit stronger. There are some hints of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and somewhat thin and watery on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: Drinking this beer is a breeze and the low alcohol content makes it very sessionable. It's a good selection if you are looking for a beer that's not filling yet is quite flavorful.

metter98, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate color with ruby highlights capped by a thick mocha head; some lace

Smell: A hint of roast, but rather neutral

Taste: Dark bread moving in an almost sour charred direction by mid-palate; roasty and charred after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Rather easy to drink if you don't mind the extreme char element, but lacks the flavor profile of the better porters

brentk56, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.33/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Deep, dark brown with dark cherry highlights. I can't quite see light all the way through the glass even when I hold it up to my front window. Of course it's nighttime (just kidding). The head is light chocolate brown and looks insubstantial. It fizzed pretty aggressively and dropped to a thin film within minutes. Lace? Nope.

The first question that comes to mind as I smell the beer is: 'this is a porter?' There's very little oomph behind the nose and what's there isn't making me think porter. Weak dark lager at best. The flavor isn't much better. This may be the worst porter that I've had yet. For starters, it has almost no chocolate or coffee notes whatsoever. Mildly roasted dark malt with a sour 'bite' is about it. It's also way too thin and fizzy.

I'm not impressed by Yuengling Porter. No sir, not at all. This brewery seems to have somewhat of a loyal, cult following, but after sampling two of their offerings, I fail to see the attraction.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 09, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
2.45/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed as part of a professional tasting. Thanks Gary.

The beer begins with a thinly colored and textured pour. Solid brown but with good clarity and carbonation- think colas. A timid head forms on the beer and disappears quite quickly. Doesn't show a lot of maltiness.

Sharp aromas of toast, cocoa, and acidity that burns the nose a bit. Lightly sulfery and smells of wet grains and cereal. Low on hop character and allows graininess to dominate the nose.

Flavors fare much the same. Caught somewhere between grainy and malty, the beer doesn't show the rich malt flavor that the style demands. Grain astringency takes the place of hops for bitterness and bite. Still, a persistant acidity puts the nail in the coffin. Very distracting taste and feel.

A pretty weak Porter in the end. Too much grain character and not enough malt. Could use better yeast character for fruitiness or smoothness. Ooh, and don't forget the needed hops.

BEERchitect, May 15, 2009
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

kylehay2004, May 17, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

jaydoc, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a frothy, though quickly diminishing beige head.

Smell: Simple, sweetish aroma of chocolate and caramel cubes.

Taste: Caramel and chocolate-flavored candy with a sugary sweetness. Hops, along with any corresponding flavors and bitterness seem entirely absent. Overall, there's a displeasing artificiality to the taste that leaves you looking around for a glass of water to rinse your mouth out.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Starts off with a moderate carbonation, but it soon settles. A tad watery.

Drinkability: A beer that's forever stuck on the thin bridge between Craftsville and Swill Town.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There isn't really too much of a difference between this and the Black & Tan. Personally I'd pick the Black & Tan, I'm not really sure why but I would. This beer pours out as a fairly rich looking porter. The color is a very dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is also roasted and tasty for the most part. The mouthfeel isn't bad either, It's got a medium body to it and not overly thick for a porter style.

Knapp85, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

oberon, May 07, 2003
Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark black color with a two finger, light brown color with a thick, foamy head. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled roasty with notes of chocolate, caramel, toffee and coffee.

T - This porter has a strong roasted malt flavor with a good dose of dark chocolate and sweet caramel. There is a very mild coffee taste, too.

M - It was fairly crisp and smooth. A medium bodied porter that is very sessionable.

D - So far this is the best Yuengling product that I have had. It is a good porter at a great price.

zeff80, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Jason, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark reddish brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark roasted malts, coffee, caramel and maple with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty with flavors of black coffee, dark fruit, caramel and maple, but for all of the robustness you get in the smell, the taste seems kind of bland. There's a mild hops presence that brings little balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not too bad but there are definitely several other porters that I would choose over this one.

TheManiacalOne, May 05, 2009
Photo of nickfl
3/5  rDev -10.7%

nickfl, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +19%
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.

WVbeergeek, Mar 18, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep brown color, invaded by streaks of reddish tints peeking through, slight, nop, non-existent head...I look away for a second and it's gone...
Aroma is port wine, plus cherry brandy, mix with rubbing alcohol... a little syrupy, some maple, sugar, huge dark rum character..soy sauce...not what I look for in a porter, but interesting...
Taste: spritzy, carbonated, Big Time, cola-ish, cocoa-tinged, but largely painted by a brush that never really met the true porter style. Flat, dry, and rigorously ordinary... this is a porter of the lowest rung. Too sweet, too coy, not enough spark...and too much so for the style, indeed.
A dud. Just a little bit tasty, but doesn't compare to even what we expect from even the most average of porters.

feloniousmonk, Jul 20, 2004
Photo of Slatetank
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had a bottle of this at Elephant & Castle in New Cumberland. Served cold in a pint.
A - Poured vigorously into the pint about 3 fingers worth of sandstone colored head w/ a tight bead atop a black walnut shade of liquid w/ hints of cherry cola pokin' through. The lace attempts to hold the pints sides.

S - Strong fruity esters w/ toffee, fig and anise notes. Slightly dry fruit and spice odors.

M - A light medium w/ a very light roast and grainy feel w/ subtle carbonation and a bit of yeast essence.

T - Fruity dry and crisp flavored w/ a slight dark malt taste and a slightly licorice note w/ nutty and yeasty moments. The gentle stone fruit touch makes it have a taste that reaches above average and brings the crisp malt and roasted taste gets overtaken by carbonation quickly.The carbonation works to the detriment of the flavor IMO here, adding a gassy element.

D - A drink that is traditionally a Pennsylvania style and has been served for centuries. I just couldn't see this as a "go to" for me. The sugary malt might get to me after 2 or 3. I do find this to be one of Yuengling's best in the lineup, but still wish there could be some updating or reworking for newer styles. I could probably handle a black & tan easier, but still remember a time when I found this to be better than average.

Slatetank, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

surprisingly good, i think this and the black and tan must be the best yuengling products. pours dark chocolate brown/black with an average head. smells a little sweet for a porter and simple. taste is satisfying to say the least, dark but not heavy, and light on the alcohol. a great session porter. leaves a slightly burnt aftertaste on the tongue, and its mellow carbonation soothes. impressive for a large scale brew

StonedTrippin, Dec 12, 2011
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Yuengling Porter (Dark Brewed) from Yuengling Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 905 ratings.