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Bad Moon Porter - DuClaw Brewing Company

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85
very good

89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
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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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

09-23-2012 14:45:20 | More by t0rin0
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-05-2011 01:32:55 | More by nmann08
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

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

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A poured with a small head of tan foam on a black body, good retention and lace.

S roast malt, light coffee and some smoke.

T sweet malt up front with a bit of coffee. Some toffee in the middle and a toasty, dry finish.

M medium light body, moderate carbonation, and a bone dry finish.

D not bad, it is definitely a porter rather than a stout,but not overly complex.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2012 02:20:25 | More by nickfl
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2008 16:50:52 | More by Kegatron
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

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

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

02-06-2012 04:56:15 | More by yourefragile
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2006 01:58:00 | More by akorsak
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

03-01-2014 21:33:46 | More by oriolesfan4
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2012 13:05:51 | More by stakem
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

09-25-2013 23:23:05 | More by BillRoth
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap at DuClaw.

A: This beer appears a near black shade with a creamy, white one inch head.

S: The aromas are quite subtle, with some roasted malt and chocolate.

T: The beer is pretty tasty, but again, the flavors are a bit subdued. I would prefer more roasted malt flavors and a creamier, denser beer. The nitro-tap creates a pretty velvety smooth feel, but I wish this beer had a fuller body.

M: The feel has a slightly watery feel, but makes up for it with a silky smoothness, mostly due to the nitro-tap, I'm assuming.

D: Overall, a pretty good beer. It wasn't amazing or special, but I'll probably order it again at some point in the future.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-02-2010 23:56:53 | More by Huhzubendah
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harpus

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-15-2013 18:21:29 | More by harpus
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

11-14-2012 13:30:49 | More by xnicknj
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-23-2013 23:04:47 | More by rolltide8425
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
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

Serving type: on-tap

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

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

05-03-2014 01:09:44 | More by Cynic-ale
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wrightst

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

06-27-2014 03:36:47 | More by wrightst
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Boone757

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-02-2012 20:28:38 | More by Boone757
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AngusOg

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

06-15-2013 16:28:05 | More by AngusOg
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as deep brown color with modest tannish head. Smell is a good combination of roasted malt and coffee. Taste matches the smell and adds some chocolate notes along with a dark fruitiness. Finishes slightly bitter with presents itself as a nice ending for this beer. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2006 01:37:38 | More by tgbljb
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2007 13:34:54 | More by Deuane
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +5.5%

06-21-2014 17:12:55 | More by Chaney
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Bad Moon Porter from DuClaw Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.