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Bad Moon Porter - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Bad Moon PorterBad Moon Porter

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85
very good

91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 08-20-2003)
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hdofu

Maryland

4.9/5  rDev +29.6%

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.

02-11-2008 20:01:20 | More by hdofu
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Savarese85

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

07-24-2012 12:42:14 | More by Savarese85
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mikerems

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +19%

03-07-2012 06:16:22 | More by mikerems
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +19%

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

06-02-2005 19:47:20 | More by RBorsato
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Rickythejeweler

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +19%

01-26-2012 22:52:37 | More by Rickythejeweler
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Heathbrook

Hawaii

4.5/5  rDev +19%

01-26-2013 13:45:45 | More by Heathbrook
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meathookjones

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +17.2%

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.

08-01-2005 16:11:31 | More by meathookjones
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sideshowrob

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +17.2%

This was a special version of the Bad-Moon Porter, it was cask-conditioned and flavored with vanilla. Yum.

Appearance is identical to other BMPs. Dark color, nice head

Smell was fantastic. The vanillia (bean or extract?) really adds to the nose, and shines above the background. Likewise, the vanillia really adds a layer of complexity to the taste not present in the regular version of this beer. Mouthfeel remains unchanged, which is a good thing.

BMP is normally one of my favorite beers at Duclaw, but if this version was on, I'd order it over Venom any day.

08-13-2007 23:33:35 | More by sideshowrob
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JerseyKirk

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

03-02-2012 00:26:49 | More by JerseyKirk
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Hefe

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

09-01-2003 00:30:15 | More by Hefe
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Higravity

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +15.1%

An absolutely brutal porter. This is possible my favorite beer from these guys. Dark dark beer with a off white head that hangs out for a bit. I was really enjoying the roasted toffee, coffee, nutty cocoa smell of this as it was light but present and not over powering. The taste is spot on, light caramlized sugar that is surrounded by the bigger flavors of chocolate, toffee and nutty finish. Solid body firm but poundable. Good stuff give me a growler to go.

03-12-2006 20:26:38 | More by Higravity
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +13.8%

Half finger dark tan head on a clear but dark brown body. Excellent lacing. Aroma is full of coffee and espresso with a subtle dark fruit sweetness. Flavor follows nicely with Coffee, roasted malts and like dark chocolate moving to a light cherry and toffee sweet finish. Semi dry finish with light to moderate carbonation and typical thin porter body. Very flavorful compared to do many porters out there. A must try IMO.

07-26-2012 02:13:32 | More by kylehay2004
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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!

08-20-2003 03:14:08 | More by NeroFiddled
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wrightst

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

06-27-2014 03:36:47 | More by wrightst
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Oneironautalis

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

04-18-2013 21:25:34 | More by Oneironautalis
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

09-23-2012 14:45:20 | More by t0rin0
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cubedbee

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

06-14-2005 12:44:32 | More by cubedbee
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ckollias

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

06-18-2011 02:41:38 | More by ckollias
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

07-27-2008 13:56:23 | More by jwc215
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

02-22-2006 13:19:28 | More by Gavage
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Whelanjh

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%

We first encountered this beer at Arundel Mills Mall DuClaw brewery store. Wife and I ate lunch there and had a glass of Bad Moon Porter... Delicious. Another couple of exposures to this brew and we bought two growlers to take home. Each time it was a thoroughly enjoyable, rich, dark beer with a firm head, mild hopping and bold flavor.

I will admit to being an unsophisticated beer consumer, but we really enjoyed this beer. The problem is, despite DuClaw characterizing this as a "year-round-availability" beer, we have found it out-of-stock for quite some time now ( as of October 2013 ).

DuClaw e-mail promises that a batch is being brewed right now ( October 2013 ) but my recent run to Arundel Mills Mall DuClaw store yielded only some Dark_Side_of_Oz... Enjoyable, but only 50% content of "Bad Moon Porter".

So, Does anyone in the DC area have success in buying "Bad Moon Porter" ?

Jerry

10-21-2013 03:02:29 | More by Whelanjh
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cwps48

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-23-2011 18:26:04 | More by cwps48
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Ghizmo

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-06-2012 02:52:04 | More by Ghizmo
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-18-2013 02:24:34 | More by bigfnjoe
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grahambo

New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-16-2012 02:42:03 | More by grahambo
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Bad Moon Porter from DuClaw Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.