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Yuengling Dark Brewed Porter - Yuengling Brewery

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383 Reviews
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Reviews: 383
Hads: 991
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 29
Gots: 108 | 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 skar
2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

Appearance/Head: Dark, although not pitch black like some other porters/stouts. Pours with a fairly weak, light brown head.

Aroma: Not much here. A faint nutty aroma.

Flavor: Medium body. Some roasted malts. A bit sour in the aftertaste. Again, I wish there was more to report on.

Bottom line: Quite poor for a porter. There are many better examples of the style. (388 characters)

Photo of Ianhockey91
3.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An average run of the mill porter in my mind. Nice head wich stays for a bit very little lacing though, tastes of choclolat and fudge, no op flavor, and it isnt very complex, also it was a little thin on the palate but ok none the less from a pricepoint stance pretty decent. (275 characters)

Photo of ithacabaron
4.67/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (2,424 characters)

Photo of shirfan
3.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an extremely dark clear brown-garnet, with a long lasting but soapy tan head.

A mild confectionary/chocolate aroma, with a hint of grassiness.

Taste is extremely average, but definitely palatable when compared with other beers in its price range. A bit thin, and it has very lager-ish characteristics other than a mildly roasty, chocolate finish. Hops are subdued; this could pass for an under-hopped schwarzbier.

Again I have to class this with Saranac; decent but not great beer at a good price. It's nice to see Yuengling finally making inroads to the Buffalo market. (585 characters)

Photo of beergeek279
3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color was dark brown/black, with little head. The smell was somewhat the typical porter coffee. The taste was slightly coffee-ish, with a bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel was slightly heavy. Drinkability-wise, could have a couple more.

Though I've had plenty of better porters, the Yuengling porter is quite good for what it is. I wouldn't actively seek it out, but if it was there, I'd possibly have another. (441 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +9%
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. (337 characters)

Photo of fattyre
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear dark red/brown color with a moderate rocky tan head. The mouthfeel was moderate and effervescent-not bad but out of place for the style. The smell is faintly smoky and coffee. The taste is mild coffee and toasty with a mild bitterness. This is an enjoyable, drinkable, very mild porter that actually seems a porter in name alone (352 characters)

Photo of mzwolinski
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Black in color with a thin, dark tan head. Roasted malt aroma, though it's a bit thin. Flavor starts off with a bit of sweet, caramel and chocolate malt and ends with what is actually a quite nice bitter and roasty finish. A bit thin bodied, and the flavor is lacking in a certain robustness. Still, not a bad porter. (317 characters)

Photo of Beastdog75
3.66/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Right now, this is my favorite Yuengling product, and in my opinion it is far more superior to Yuengling's Black & Tan in almost every aspect. This is one beer that satisfies without really knocking you off your feet. Great taste makes this beer good, and its affordability is an added bonus.

Yuengling Porter pours a nice dark brown color that lets only a little bit of light through. A nice tan/light brown head forms and sticks around for awhile, but leaves a minimal amount of lace. The smell is nothing too outstanding, as it isn't very strong but it does contain some hints of roasted malts with coffee and nuttiness. The mouthfeel is smooth, but a little thin for the style. Not heavily carbonated (which is a plus here). A coffee flavor is the most dominant taste, carrying a hint of sweetness. Slight nutty, chocolate, and buttery notes. Nice roasted malt flavor altogether. Hops lend some bitterness to the finish, but don't really play a big role here. The slight bitterness and coffee flavor carry on into the aftertaste with some grassiness making itself known. Unfortunately, I think I detected a hint of the corn/DMS off-flavor, but it was only a hint. And although I'm sure the alcohol isn't very high in this beer, there is a slight warming effect, making this a good winter brew and finishing off the beer effectively.

The Porter lacks the astringency of the Black & Tan, making this much easier to drink, and for a Porter this goes down almost too smoothly. The flavor is fuller and much more well-rounded as well, although not entirely robust (some would say that this is a mellow porter). In conclusion, a very nice American porter. Nothing earth-shattering here, just wholesome beer goodness. (1,721 characters)

Photo of beernbbq
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably the best offering from the folks in Pottsville and the favorite of the folks who live there. Nice body, good choice of malts and proper hopping for the style. Easily drinkable with a decent head. Available all over PA and I was perplexed during my recent trip to Philly that no Stoudt's or Victory were available in the places I ate. Not an outstanding beer, but a good fallback. (388 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
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. (837 characters)

Photo of pezoids
4.28/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It's been a while since I have had this beer. This is a "working class" beer. Dark chocolate aroma with roasted hazlenuts blending beautifully with the hops. It poured a very deep ruby color, almost black. The head was huge and tan colored. I remember not liking this beer when I was younger, but I would definitely recommend this beer today. An easy drinking porter and and overall tasty beer. (394 characters)

Photo of pio
3.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

hi. this is my staple beer. i drink this when i can't decide what to have or if i'm planning on over doing it a bit. the appearance is dark ruby or amber with almost no head that dies fast and is sandy in color. there is very little odor to this beer, suprising for a porter. what odor there is slightly floral and autumnal. the taste is not so complex but it has a front of light coffee, caramel and wet leaves, this develops to a dry and bitter post-taste, a bit of smokiness develops over time. the mouthfeel is a weird thing for me to think about, i suppose this is creamy and not as bubbly. burps well for a dark beer, probably because it's not so heavy. this beer is a bit watery up against other porters but that may be why i can drink about 12 of these in a few hours. don't buy this for a date or a special occasion, get this beer for a regular occasion if you like dark beer. this is an old fashioned american porter from the oldest brewery in the u.s. a family business, this brewery deserves my respect and support. shit, thanks for reading my first review. (1,069 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm a big fan of Yuenglings Porter and I find it to be one of the best cheap-ish american porters on the market. Sure, Anchor Porter is fuller than this which gives it a slightly higher drinkability factor, but it is also twice as much a case, and not really available to me around here, in singles or sixers. Porter, however, can be had almost anywhere...sometimes on tap, and usually it is very easy to find it in singles or six packs, this is a good thing, my friend.:-) This beer pours a dark brown-ish/black colour with a minimal head on it. This smells of coffee, darkened chocolate malts, and some smoked roasty flavors. The taste is more of the same. Roasty and chocolaty, nice! This has a good mouthfeel to it but it is a little watery and thin, which does take away from this beers drinkability factor a bit. Still all in all you can't beat any of Yuenglings products for the price. @13-16 a case this is a damn good dark brewed porter beer!
Cheers, Yuengling!
F. (975 characters)

Photo of SchmichaelJ
4.07/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yuengling's Porter has slowly become my preference out of the brewery's line of beers. A fresh draught is much better than a bottle, but for this review I was restricted to the latter. It poured a dark, slightly reddish color with a thin head that retained well. The aroma was of a subtle chocolate or coffee element, with a slight spicy aspect. The roasted malt was balanced very well with the hops in this brew, and an aftertaste of coffee or weak cocoa finishes rather nicely. A fuller, stronger taste would have made this beer even better, but I was not disappointed when comparing it to other porters. A creamy mouthfeel and a medium- to full-body made this beer very enjoyable. It is also one of the most drinkable porters I have had. Where it may lack in strength of taste, it compensates nicely in drinkability and price. A fine brew overall...this sixer (which I bought for $5.30, by the way) will go down very quickly. (928 characters)

Photo of MTMugs
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this on-tap today at lunch. Little to no head, not very dark. Very thin tasting - where's the fullness I expect in a porter? As it warmed up, it got a little better but since I look for "in your face" porter taste, I won't have this one again soon. (252 characters)

Photo of allboutbierge
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew is light for a Porter. Blackish brown color with a light brown-ruby tinted head. Head is light as is lace. Flavor is chocolaty with a slight bite of coffee. Mellow roasted malts in the back ground. Steigmaeir is much better of a Porter from PA. The body feels watered down; the taste does slightly too, just not to such an extent. Mouthfeel is weaker aspect in this brew, as taste is to a lesser extent. But, drinkable for a Porter...could finish 2 sixers of this in a night with little trouble and in little time. (524 characters)

Photo of TAMU99
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer looks very nice. Dark walnut brown with good foam. It has a woody, smoky smell and tastes pretty good. A heavy chocolate/caramel flavor with just a hint of bitters. Remined me of my favorite, ZeigenBock, but much stronger. Strong malty aftertaste with a solid mouthfeel. I enjoyed it quite a bit and recommend if you want a "Shiner-type" taste, but heavier.
Unfortunately just a bit strong to call truly "drinkable" Very nice however for a single tasty change. (481 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.15/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A Porter made with Lager yeast making me think it leans more toward a European Dark Lager (Schwartzbier?). Black with ruby highlights and a light brown head. Good carbonation. Light roasty malty aroma and flavor and a light-medium mouthfeel make this a good session beer in almost every way. (294 characters)

Photo of jmatthew
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Once again, another Yuengling staple. Though not the flagship beer that the Traditional Lager is, the porter is perhaps slightly more refined. Still rather light and easy-drinking, but the quality to price ratio is good. Good color, smooth drinking with muted but agreeable flavor. Though neither terribly unique nor complex, you still need a tasty and cheap every-day drinking beer alternative... (397 characters)

Photo of yen157
3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown beer that had a light brown head that quickly faded to nearly nothing. It just smelled sweet at first, but the beer came out of my fridge way too cold. As it warmed up, that sweetness turned into notes of chocolate and bread crust. This beer was rich in the flavor department, with flavors including coffee, bread, and roasty, malted barely. The hops were there enough to keep it from being a sweet beer. I've had this beer a ton of times in the past, but this was the first time I really took it seriously. Not bad. A seriously mellow porter. Nothing overly roasty (or moderately roasty) with only the slightest charcoal astringency. (650 characters)

Photo of mophie
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Probably one of the better Yuengling products. Dark, dark brown, with hints if red if held up to the light. Tan head that fades to wispy trails along the surface. Smell is like toast with some butter and brown sugar. Taste is somewhat thin, malty, toasty, hints of chocolate. Somewhere between a porter and a brown ale. Slight metallic taste. Mouthfeel is also a bit thin. Still, I'd consider this one of Yuengling's better offerings, if not the best. (451 characters)

Photo of ElGuapo
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a great dark pour with a flavorful coffee aroma turned me on to this beer. it has a very smooth coffee flavor with a hint of chocolate. this is simply a great porter. i did not expect anything out of this beer, and it ended up being a perfect example of a porter (262 characters)

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.3/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Porter pours a dark brown color with a reddish tint and a small tan head. On the nose there is a slight aroma of toasted malts. On the palate the flavors consist of roasted malts, chocolate notes, coffee flavor, and a small hint of caramel. In the finish hops kick in a bit, ends slightly bitter and dry. Yuengling makes a great porter. (340 characters)

Photo of IrishRedRock
3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thick, dark, and delicious. Not as much of a bitter flavor as other porters, which I found to be quite pleasant. Richer flavor of coffee than others as well. As of now this is my favorite of the Yuengling line. An excellent offering! (233 characters)

Yuengling Dark Brewed Porter from Yuengling Brewery
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