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Yuengling Dark Brewed Porter - Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Dark Brewed PorterYuengling Dark Brewed Porter

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386 Reviews

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Reviews: 386
Hads: 1,005
Avg: 3.36
pDev: 26.19%
Wants: 33
Gots: 122 | 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 VncentLIFE
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Now this looks like a porter, except the head is a bit lacking. Light mahogany hues under very little head.

hm the smell. Very odd. Theres a bit of dark fruit going on, but its mostly an acetic alcohol (nail polish remover).

The taste is very sweet, but theres not much going on. I get the sweet Yuengling Base, and exactly where it gits in the Black & Tan they make. Sweet toasted and roasted corn with a hint, just a tiny hint of roasted malt and dark chocolate.

I mean it finishes clean and smooth, and feels almost creamy.

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Photo of charlzm
2.27/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Consumed March 5th, 2012. Poured into a pint glass.

Beer is a clear dark brown, a few shades lighter than any other porter I've seen, and sports a one finger tan head. Minimal sheeting/lacing.

Aroma is restrained. It's actually a lot like a Newcastle: slightly nutty with a vague caramel maltiness.

Flavor is weak, sporting only a vague porter character. More a brown ale due to the malt character (which can be charitably described as caramel and toffee). Sort of adjuncty aftertatse as well, like rice or corn. Weird and totally lacking in smoke, chocolate or coffee flavors. No bitterness.

Slightly thick in the mouth and slightly dry on the finish.

As a porter, this is uninspiring at best.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nearly opaque very dark brown to black with a one and a half finger head of fizzy foam that quickly subsides to a thin sand colored cap. Light aroma, but not nominal, mostly light caramel notes with a background of pale two-row and roast with a hint of cereal adjunct. Roasted notes and deep caramel on the tongue, with a background pale malt backbone and mild roasty bitterness. Aftertaste has a lingering roast note that is quite nice, and a moderate caramel flavor than hangs on through a mildly drying finish. Very mild earthy hops, maybe English or just light on the late additions and heavy on a solid balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium with mild carbonation that leaves the palate slightly dry but allows a good malt presence to be established. High drinkability due to lighter body and a mouthfeel with a cleansing aftertaste that is not overly dry or devoid of residual sweetness from the malt. Great Porter for the price; and best interpreted a mixture of the English and American styles.

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Photo of freystout17
2.53/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I bought a six of this at Walmart, out of curiosity (in Ohio). I was very disappointed, having adopted Great Lakes Edmund Fitz as my "go to" porter. This porter had very little complexity, and tasted simply very watered down. I find it difficult to believe that it can be justified as a true "porter", in the traditional sense. I suppose that many Bud Light drinkers would find it a challenge to drink it, but those used to top rated porters will likely be disappointed. It appears that the motivation for the brewer to place this brew along side their lager is more for marketing (in the larger retail sense) and less a decision based up the promotion of real quality. Perhaps it will fill a need for the masses who are just starting to experiment with..."dark". I will not buy it again, in spite of its relatively inexpensive price (about 7 dollars per six). I will spend the extra 2 bucks and get much better quality. I was able to down 3 of 6, and discarded the rest down the drain.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.3/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"Dark Brewed", eh? What does that even mean? 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with twist-off cap acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California, and served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. I don't recall the cost. I believe this is me first beer from Yuengling.

A: Pours a two finger head of slight tan colour, slight cream, okay thickness, and bad (~40 second) retention. Colour is a solid black littered with an abundance of carbonation bubbles. No yeast particles are visible, though it's nontransparent. No bubble show.

Sm: Dark malts, caramel, chocolate malt, and a light hint of roasted barley. A mild strength aroma. Rather predictable for a porter.

T: Light roast and caramelized malts comprise the weak foundation, which feels empty rather than full-bodied. Dark malts fill it out somewhat, but not much. Sparse chocolate malt is there when I really search for it. Otherwise, there's no complexity or subtlety. One of the most simple flavor profiles I've experienced in a porter. That said, it's not a bad taste. Boring and bland, certainly. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: A touch dry and coarse for the style actually, a feature I quite fancy. No cream. Slight overcarbonation. A touch too thick and heavy on the palate for its lack of flavour.

Dr: A generic porter from Yuengling with little to offer craft beer fans. Almost tastes like more of a schwarzbier to be fair. I certainly wouldn't get this again, but I support Yuengling as a better brewery than Budweiser or Millercoors. This is better than most American macrolagers. It's drinkable but low quality.


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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.45/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Veillantif
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, ~10 degrees C, poured into chilled stange glass.

A: very pretty, with a brown head; bears a likeness to a lot of really good (I'll go ahead and say it: better) porters.

S: rich and earthy, but still fairly mild for a porter.

T: pleasant enough; there's a faint stale aftertaste that's a bit off -putting, but let's face it: I'm not drinking La Vieille Bon Secours.

M: thin as a much lighter brew would be; carbonation just right.

D: I think it's silly to rate this beer average, when a 50th-percentile beer at most drinking establishments or markets is far worse. in fact, I dare say this is the best beer you can get in my town at this price point. that's not saying much—but it's saying something.

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Photo of Rantingfury
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured from a bottle into my favorite beer glass and got about a finger thick tan head of foam. This faded somewhat quick to nice lacing on the sides. The color was black in the glass, but when held up to the light showed a dark ruby red hue. The aroma was light on the nose, starting off with sweet caramel and fading to roasted malt. The taste was a paradox to the smell... It started off with roasted malt then faded to a light sweetness with noticeable hop flavor . The mouthfeel was medium with light carbonation and a medium bready quality. I like this beer overall. It is a solid, but not outstanding drinkable porter with it's nitch being a good after dinner brew. I'll definitely buy it again.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The brew was served a very dark brown color which when held up to the lights show hints of red. The head that is present upon serving is tan and quite light in nature. The head fades fast leaving a thin film on the brew with some light lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The smell is exceedingly light. There is however the slightest amount of roasted coffee and chocolate combined with a tiny bit of sweetness.

Taste – The taste is rather roasted malt in nature with hints of coffee, cocoa, and some nuttiness. There is a very subtle sweeter chocolate that is present in the beginning but fades as the taste advances to leave a rather dry finishing porter.

Mouthfeel – The body is on the moderate side with a lower level of carbonation. It is actually much creamier then I would have originally expected for the abv. and fits the porter style quite nicely.

Overall- While not the most flavorful and robust porter out there, for the price you pay this is one fantastic brew. It’s easy to drink and has some rather nice characteristics. A very good session beer.

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Photo of gerite
3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If you like the Yuengling Lager, you will probably like this beer. I refer to it as Yuengling Heavy. As a macro-brew Porter, it it not too bad. A lot more flavor and mouthfeel than the Lager. This Porter pours a very dark almost black with a solid tan head and leaves plenty of lacing. The taste and smell is somewhat malty, smokey and a hint of hops. Overall it is a pretty good Porter at a reasonable price for the budget conusious drinker. I prefer this over the Lager.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, allowed to warm a little before being poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

Yuengling Porter pours almost solidly black. Just a hint of cherry highlight peaks through when the beer is backlit. About three fingers of light caramel foam forms the head of the beer. Retention and lacing are both solid, if unspectacular. The nose has some characteristics of a porter, but it's definitely a bit dull/muted. Specifically, there's some roast, and a little bit of a mild chocolate aroma. My comments would basically be the same for the flavor, some roasty grains and chocolate, but a whole lot of blandness to go with them. The body is on the light side, which makes the beer quaffable, but it toes the line of being watery at times. The carbonation comes off as a tiny bit too active, but everything in the mouthfeel is close to being really dialed in. Yuengling Porter feels like a halfhearted attempt at a craft porter, but it's a harmless enough glass of beer to drink.

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Photo of Blueribbon666
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Pours a dark brown color with a good quarter inch of head into dimpled mug. Mild smell of malt and a slight smokiness. The flavor and mouthfeel is very good in the front being tasty with malt and a mild smokiness, good flavor with a clean finish. A very good porter for the price and a lower abv that makes for a good sessionable dark beer. Here's hoping they bring it to the buckeye state, I prefer it to their Black & Tan.

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

Poured from the bottle into my shaker pint glass, it was dark yet lighter textured than other porters, and it was smooth and tasty.
But there is something to be said for its lightness and yet rather good taste, that it can be judged on the flavor and smoothness in spite of the fact that it is produced by a macro-brewer.
Plus, I think thanks to its dark color and actually limited availability it has remained constant all the times I have had it, unlike many other beers, including the Yuengling lager, which has taken on so many different tastes depending whether it was a bottle or can or tap.
I would recommend this as one worth repeating.

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Photo of jmarklan
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with red hues around the edges. Nice dark tan head too.

Smells like a porter; Roasty, slight chocolate and caramel, nice sweetness, a bit of charcoal.

Slight chocolate/ coffee with caramel and some notes of charcoal. The flavors are pretty nice, but they completely fall off towards the middle. A light grain comes in and lingers.

Feels pretty thin, almost crisp from the carbonation.

Overall, it tastes decent but the craftsmanship is a bit lacking. All in all if your looking for a porter on a budget this is a decent grab.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from brown 12 oz bottle to pint glass.

A - The beer isn't quite black but a deep mahogany/brown color. A thin tan head with some retention and minor lacing.

S - A mix of roasted malts with a noticeable chocolate presence. Fairly light.

T - The flavor starts just like the nose with a light roast flavor and noticeable chocolate presence. It develops into a stronger more fuller flavor. The middle is mildly bitter with a mediocre roast flavor. The beer finishes fairly dry.

M - Light bodied, for a porter, and rather thin.

D - Drinkable.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of therica
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A= dark mahogany, minimal head, some nice rimming. Slightly watery in appearance.

S= strong candied plum, nice roasted malts, some hops florals, slight astringency.

T= dark wild cherry and other dark fruits, slightly chewy dark malts, slightly too much carbonation, some astringency.

M= astringent, some sweet remnants of the fruits and malts. The dark fruits seem to linger with a slight malt chewyness for a few minutes, nicely.

O= so-so for a decent Porter. The lower 4.7% ABV makes it more sessionable but it also speaks of the more rapid-speed macro-brewing process.

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Photo of CowsCanBark
3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a solid black not unlike Coca-Cola, with a chocolate colored half-finger head. Very little lacing is left on the glass.

Smell: Not much going on here. A very light scent of dark malts, that's about it.

Taste: It's light in flavor, but not horrible. A light taste of roasty malts and extremely light hints of cocoa. It's well-balanced, but light.

Mouthfeel: Can you say carbonation? This is VERY carbonated, but it fits the light taste and moderate body well. Crisp and refreshing.

Overall: A nice session porter that I'd happily slam down with a few friends.

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Photo of thecheapies
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16oz pour in a Pittsburgh Steelers pint (rip 11-12 season).

Deep, dark brown. A finger of beige head. Looks like a porter, alright.

Smells roasty, but thin. Some vegetal aromas, but mostly a semi-sweet malt with some complemented bitter roast and wet bread.

Chocolaty flavor with some melba toast, subdued floral hop, and a little beef char. The malts aren't as bitter as you might expect. I wouldn't say it's fruity, but there is some wort sugar evident.

Pretty thin, but smooth. Interesting off-flavor in the back end. It works, kind of. Very drinkable.

Not a bad beer, by any means. Certainly, not a really good one. An ale for a PA dive bar proper.

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

Poured slightly chilled in flared glass

A: solid black; good head, but drops down pretty quickly; good carb streams
S: nice burst of malt up front, but dies down pretty quickly
T: even-keeled porter flavor; neither sweet nor bitter; complexity comes in the roasted grains; because of the low ABV this is a very drinkable beer (good for sessions);
M: decent, buzzy

Not bad, and perfect for multiples

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Photo of KajII
2.86/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a very dark non-transparent brown with a slight red hue. It had a large (2-3 finger) light brown rocky head that was mostly diminishing leaving behind a decent amount or residue thus producing some really good lacing.

The aroma was of a roasted dark bread malt and funky scented yeast with notes of coffee and molasses.

The taste was pretty basic, very lightly sweet and a bit malty with a note of molasses at first then it became mildly bitter with a nice coffee note at the end. The flavor lasted an average amount of time after the swallow with the taste of coffee being the last thing left on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was just under medium in body and a little watery in texture with a medium carbonation.

Overall a straight up Porter that had decent body and flavor, but nothing specific to make it stand out.

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Photo of Misfit138
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Coffee black with a two inch soapy tan head that dissolved quickly.

S-Roasted chocolate malt with a caramel or vanilla sweetness.

T-Mild roasted chocolate malt with gives way to a sweetness that is similar to the aroma, with hints of hop bitterness.

M-Medium in body with fair carbonation

O-Good, but not great. Fairly inexpensive also, so it is certainly worth the money.

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Photo of jifigz
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

The beer pours a dark, dark brown that appears black unless you hold it up to some light. The head formed under a vigorous pour and lasted an average amount of time. The aroma is relatively non-existent. The only scent I really pick up from this brew is a very mild sweetness. The flavor is very mild with a tiny hint of a smokiness up front followed by a mellow caramel and toasted character. The aftertaste showcases just a touch of bitterness. The mouthfeel is light bodied and smooth. The carbonation isn't too high and offensive which is a great thing.

This i an average American Porter. Nothing spectacular but certainly enjoyable. I live in the land of Yuengling and I would like to see this beer get some more love. Their traditional lager gets lots and lots of love by locals here in central Pa, but this one hardly gets a nod.

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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

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Photo of chilidog
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The porter I got to try at the brewery and I brought home a case from Pa.
It pours dark, almost black, tan head that maintains well and does lace some.
Aroma of roasty malts.
Taste of dark roasted malts with hints of cocoa, coffee and charred wood with a sweet dark chocolate and toffee.
Overall very smooth on the mouth and easy to drink. Also a good brew to cook with.

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Photo of ckollias
3.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz beer out of a pint glass.

A: Pours a pitch black with amber highlights. Has a tan 1-1/2 finger head that lasts awhile and leaves a persistent lace.

S: Not a heavy nose but a sold malt aroma is present.

T: Smooth tastes of malts and hops followed by a crisp mellow sweetness.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Solid Porter. Nothing over the top - just an all around good enjoyable brew.

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Yuengling Dark Brewed Porter from Yuengling Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.