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Bad Moon Porter - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Bad Moon PorterBad Moon Porter

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86
very good

39 Reviews
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Reviews: 39
Hads: 108
rAvg: 3.86
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

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Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 08-20-2003

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Reviews: 39 | Hads: 108
Photo of Bierguy5
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (385 characters)

Photo of hunteraw
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in a pint glass at the Arundel Mills location. Arrived at the table very dark, almost opaque. No head or lacing to speak of.

Smell was reminiscent of french roast coffee beans - there's a burnt characteristic here. A touch of chocolate in the nose as well.

Taste is much the same: roast/burnt malt, with the distinct bitterness associated with it, underscored by coffee and chocolate notes. Level of hops was appropriate for the style.

Mouthfeel: the promotional material calls this "medium to full body," but honestly it's just medium. Lighter than I expected, but I think I had to remind myself that this was a porter, not a stout.

Drinkability: my girlfriend had two of these, one with dinner and one with a chocolate dessert, so it was worth re-ordering. I just had one with dessert, but I'd say this is a solid porter, but I think I'd prefer more of the coffee and chocolate characteristics and less of the "burnt" ones. (945 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (286 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (969 characters)

Photo of Higravity
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (461 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of Terp96
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (879 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of meathookjones
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
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. (664 characters)

Photo of cubedbee
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (397 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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 (648 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of Hefe
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (513 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
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! (1,035 characters)

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Bad Moon Porter from DuClaw Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.