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Bad Moon Porter - DuClaw Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 08-20-2003

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Ratings: 101 | Reviews: 38
Reviews by Tucquan:
Photo of Tucquan
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2012-11-04 at BWI airport Duclaw pub.

A - Dark brown with 1-finger tan head and very light lacing.

S - moderate aroma of chocolate, expresso and medium roasted malt.

T - medium roasted malt with a bit of char. Light chocolate and coffee. Slightly sweet. Mildly bitter and sour dough finish.

M - Medium body and medium carbonation. Thinish.

O - Good but not remarkable

More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Rich mix of dark chocolate and coffee. Solid beer to sit around and sip. That said, I feel DuClaw produces several more interesting beers than this.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From their website:
Bad Moon Porter
Style: Robust Porter
Color: Black
Hop Variety: Fuggle & Goldings
Grains : Pale Malt, Chocolate Malt, Crystal Malt, Black Malt, Special Roast.
Bitterness Units: 32 IBUs
Gravity: 13.5 plato
Alcohol Content : 5.1% abv

Although its dark tan head and almost opaque black body are quite attractive, it's the deeply-roasted mocha nose that reaches out and grabs you! It's richly roasty like fresh black coffee, with a thread of fruit running through it and a dollop of oily, dark milk chocolate slowly melting in the center. And the flavor follows suit by delivering a rich, almost-burnt-coffee that seems sweetened with a spoonfull of table sugar. There's a dark chocolate character to it as well; and a delicate note of juicy, berry-like fruitiness that helps to enliven its character. A solid bitterness ropes it all in; and it finishes dry with a long lingering bittersweet-chocolate note. It's certainly robust, and some might even consider it aggressive... but it's certainly worth trying!

Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had many pints of this over the years but with it soon being taken off the taps, I figured it was time to finally review this. On tap at the Arundel Mills location.

Pours black with some ruby highlights around the bottom and a 1/2 finger of creamy light tan head that retains nicely around the edges and a thin layer across the middle that leaves good lacing behind. The aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, and a big ole' whiff of coffee.

The taste is an assertive roasty mix of chocolate and caramel sweetness up front, followed by coffee bitterness and a hop bite to finish things off. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creamy and easygoing feel.

I'm sad to see this one go on hiatus as I think it fits the DuClaw staple lineup's need for a dark beer perfectly. Full flavored character and easy drinkibility make this a go to whenever I visit one of their locations.

Photo of hdofu
4.9/5  rDev +30%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the reason I am into porters. I tried this as part of their beer sampler at the Bel Air Location, and it was the most memorable of the beers. The color of this beer was a black like onyx. The smell was of rich dark chocolate, it had a an intense mocha tastes with a creamy feel to the tongue. It paired excellently with the cheesecake for desert. It goes down easy and is very drinkable. The next time I get over there I will be getting a growler of this.

Photo of akorsak
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bad Moon Porter was served on-tap at the Arundel Mills location. The ale was served chilled in a yellow Pint Club tumbler.

Appearance: While the tumbler is not clear, I can see that the ale is a deep black color. The ale has a decent, albeit limited head that is the color of coffee with cream.

Smell: When I sniff the porter, I immediately note the roasted, chocolatey flavors. The write-up at the brewery suggests an IBU count of approximately 32 IBUs. Despite that, I find no hop presence in the nose, only malty aromas.

Taste: The ale has a smooth roasted flavor. The malts conjure up both chocolate and caramel, as well as a nice roasted coffee flavor. Outside of that malt presence, hops do not really stand out beyond mellowing out the malts.

Mouthfeel: The ale sits nicely on the palate with the roasted character providing a nice change of pace.

Drinkability: The ale has a dry finish that enhances the drinkability, making one want another sip.

Photo of Jredner
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a growler. The aroma is strong with roasty notes, coffee, earth, puppy breath and a dose of soapy/detergenty chocolate. The body is flat black and golds a firm two finger thick mocha head that diminishes slowly. Fore is creamy chocolate, light coffee. Very creamy palate. The roastiness isn’t really present the way it was int he aroma. still has a slightly detergenty note in the far finish. Has a great feel to it making it a fantastic session brew, but the flavor range is narrow and isn’t by any means perfectly realized.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown and maroon. Tan head recedes quickly leaving some spotty lace.
Aroma is chocolate, roasted peanuts and some wheat bread.
Flavors of roasted barley and coffee with just a hint of dark chocolate.
Mouthfeel is semi-sweet to start, roasted and charcoally in the middle and finishing with a short bitterness. Overall, beer seems a bit "watery."
Drinkability is slightly above average. Decent effort but not one that sticks out in your memory.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bowie location. Very dark brown to black with no head. Roasty and chocolate aroma is very appealing. A bit of roasty, coffee like flavors, however no very complex or deep, when compared to the aroma. Enough hop flavor and bitterness to balance well. A bit thin. Overall not bad, but from the aroma I was expecting much more. Still, probably one of their more solid brews.

Photo of cubedbee
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at an Orioles game. Pitch black with a cap of beige head and some lacing even in the plastic cup. Smell is very appealing and strong roasted malts with a slight hint of cappuccino. Taste is a nice roasty malt with a coffee/dark chocolate backdrop and a clean hoppy finish. Medium bodied and creamy smooth, this is a pleasure to drink. Definitely the best the ballgame has to offer.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass from tap at duclaw in Bowie. Pours a deep brown with ruby wine color hue. No head at all. Meh
Smell is roasted chocolate malts which dominate. This carries over to the flavor. Dominating sweet roasted chocolate malt. It does have a nice bitter finish though. Its a solid porter. Not amazing but not bad.

Photo of JerseyKirk
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black in color. Nice khaki colored 1 finger head.

S: Smells like coffee, cream, cocoa, dark chocolate and dark roasted malts.

T: Tastes like coffee, cream, cocoa, dark chocolate and dark roasted malts...same as above.

M: Nice and crisp beer that has a long dry coffee finish.

O: Great. However, this beer tastes a lot more like an Irish Dry Stout than a porter. Based on the style though this loses a point here but otherwise it's a great beer.

Photo of meathookjones
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed the growler from the Arundel Mills location. Opaque black body with tall light brown fluffy head that left a nice scattered webbing of lace on the glass. Big roasty and smokiness comes on strong. Some coffee and a mild dark chocolate also peek through the big roastiness. As expected the flavor comes up big in the roasted malt with a light smokiness as well. Some coffee and dark chocolate. Light sweetness helps balance out the smoke character. Lingering smoky aftertaste. About medium body maybe a little light with a very creamy smooth feel to it. Greatly drinkable stuff, plenty of flavor and easy drinking. Definitely the best staple beer for DuClaw.

Photo of jwc215
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From growler purchased the previous day:

Pours black thin a thin tan head that stays. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of roasted coffee and chocolate - very robust.

The taste is of roasted coffee, chocolate, some grainy notes and some caramel. Smoky notes, sweetness and an earthy bitter touch blend for a nice balance.

Medium-bodied with medium carbonation.

A very nice porter - aromatic, nicely balanced and pretty smooth. Very good.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the BelAir location

Pours a rich dark black with a mocha head that fades.

Smells of rich roasted grains and a hint of coffee.

Sweet tasting up front followed by a nice rich chocloatey roasted flavor with a mild coffee aftertaste.

Body is quite thin. Could use more meat on it's bones to match the fairly robust flavor. Unsatisfying.

Fairly easy to drink. With a few minor changes it could be a great beer.

Photo of Hefe
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I get this one all the time at the DuClaw in Arundel Mills.

Appearance: Dark and inky with a thick tan head.

Smell: Roasty, malty, with a hint of coffee in the nose

Taste: Full bodied, with a big whack of fruity maltiness. Coffee, dark chocolate, and tobacco abound. Rounds out with a touch of burnt caramel and a nice hoppy bite.

Mouthfeel: Did I say full bodied? Yes sir, big and lush, with a touch of an oily quality.

Drinkability: For such a big brew it goes down a lot better than you'd think.

Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at the Alchemy Release Party at the Arundel Mills Location on 5/19/05.

Dark brown with a light brown head. Balanced coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt aromas and flavors with just a light touch of sweetness in flavor. No hop character stands out but considering the IBU's noted it would seem that they should. Medium bodied, robust, and smooth.

By far, DuClaw's best year-round beer...

From the DuClaw Website:
Style: Robust Porter
Color: Black
Hop Variety: Fuggle & Goldings
Grains : Pale Malt, Chocolate Malt, Crystal Malt, Black Malt, Special Roast Malt.
Bitterness: 32 BU's
Gravity: 13.5 plato
Alcohol Content : 5.1% abv

Photo of ckollias
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this draft beer out of a pint glass at Duclaw in Bowie, MD.

A: Dark black with a thin light brown ½-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Nice smoky roasted malt flavor – hints of coffee/mocha, chocolate, and cocoa powder.

T: Smooth rich ale with a nice smoky roasted malt bitterness. Has great chocolate and coffee overtones, with a nice malt background.

M: Medium body and carbonation

O: This staple beer from Duclaw has been good every time I have had it. It is smooth, well balanced and very drinkable.

Photo of Gavage
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark black in color with a thick 2" fluffy head that lasts through the drink. Thick lacing coats the glass too.

Smell: mild roasted coffee and hints of bitter chocolate.

Taste: heavy roasted malts, coffee, bitter dark chocolate, and some molasses. Hints of burnt toast flavors float in the background.

Mouthfeel: nicely smooth at the start and finish. Dry throughout. The flavors linger on the tongue for a while too.

Drinkabilty: easy drinking, even though this tends to lean towards being more of a stout than a porter. Very enjoyable.

Photo of Deuane
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A--Dark brown/black with a a thin tan head and no lacing.

S--A lighty roast and maybe a hint of molasses, nothing outstanding.

T--Nice, rich roasted flavor...hints of coffee, cocoa and burnt malt

M--Smooth and easy to drink. Nothing overpowering or outstanding, solid but nothing that wows or disappoints.

D--Solid, but I don't think it is a beer with much character. Some nice roastiness but then it leaves you down. A good beer that has potential to be better

Photo of Terp96
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I purchased two growlers of this for the Super Bowl and only drank one during the game. The second I drank last night and it was just as good.

A nice looking porter, this one pours a very dark brown. Not much light gets through compared with many of the other porters out there.

Smell is malty and a tad bit smokey. The roasted malt is definitely present and lets you know what you are getting up front.

Taste is good. Toasted malt with some smokey undertones. Not overly malty and it even has a nice dry, somewhat hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel is the only mark against this one. It is a little thin. It isn't supposed to be thick but the body does not back up the initial aroma.

Drinkability is very good. Like I said, I put away a growler of this each time and didn't get that sickening sweet malt aftertaste. This one is pretty well balanced and a solid session brew.

Photo of claytri
3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a rich black with a fine tan head. The aroma was of toasted malt with no evidence of hops. The taste was of toasted malt, but not overly sweet a pretty standard stout. The feel was appropriately medium and dry. This was a decent, but not outstanding stout.

Photo of cichief
2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had from the cask at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a deep brown, nearly black, with a thin brown head.

S- Smelled of coffee and roasted barley.

T- Tasted of coffee and chocolate, but finished with a slight wet cardboard flavor, which really disappointed.

M- Smooth from the cask, medium on the tongue.

D- I have had this beer at the DuClaw outlet in Arundel Mills and enjoyed it much more, maybe this was a one-off bad batch?

Photo of
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fells Point Location

Deep, dark mahogany in color. Looks great! Medium sized, light brown head.

Aroma is very sweet. Chocolate and coffee, with the coffee picking up as the beer warms.

Taste is fairly sweet as well. Chocolate and coffee, very light roast notes. Herbal and grassy at the finish. Bit of alcohol. Nicely put together, with the roast notes and hops blending together well at the finish.

Medium + body. Medium carbonation. Slightly dry.

Overall a very nice porter. Easy to drink. Could tone down alcohol flavor and it wouldn't be missed.

Photo of stakem
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Draft offering served in a standard pint glass. The brew appears black in color with a mocha head. A thin film of bubbles maintains across the top and rises with an aggitating swirl.

The smell is dark and roasted grain with an essence of cocoa and unsweetened chocolate. Some citris coffee bean element is present that smells more abundant than hops which i have no complaints about.

The taste is roasty with citrus hops and just like the aroma hinted, a bit of citrus coffee bean element. Some chocolate and coffee lasts into the aftertaste mixed with some mineral and herbal inclusion that is mildly reminescent of melon-like yeast aspect.

This is a medium to light bodied brew. It is easily approachable and light but there is some dirty yeast/herbal inclusion almost vegetative that I just didnt care for. Its not terrible by any stretch but its strange enough that im not interested in paying to have it again.

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Bad Moon Porter from DuClaw Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.