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Bad Moon Porter - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Bad Moon PorterBad Moon Porter

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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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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
Photo of yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

02-06-2012 04:56:15 | More by yourefragile
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

01-26-2012 22:52:37 | More by Rickythejeweler
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-19-2012 01:39:40 | More by lccrunchy
Photo of thain709


3.18/5  rDev -15.9%

Bacon Infused Bad Moon Porter on cask at Bad Decisions.

A - Deep, dark brown body that bordered on being black...the head was a light brown color...it was short lived as all that was left was a bubbly ring...not much lacing...a nice piece of bacon was dipped in the beer

S - The nose was smokey and meaty with notes of roast and chocolate...the bacon stood out especially as the beer warmed

T - Roasted malts catch your taste buds first...they help to coat the palate and leave some dark chocolate flavors behind...the bacon sets in towards the middle and finish...it gives off a decent smoke flavor, but after a while it becomes too much...there is a chewy, meaty flavor that lends itself to the beer

M - Medium bodied...adequate for a porter with a meaty texture

O - I liked the idea behind this one, but I'm not sure how well it went over...the bacon garnish was a nice touch as it was delicious at the end of the beer...the smoke became too much and the meaty texture might scare some away...it was hard finding the base porter

01-17-2012 18:47:29 | More by thain709
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New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-16-2012 02:42:03 | More by grahambo
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-06-2012 02:52:04 | More by Ghizmo
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-04-2012 03:47:13 | More by ohtheguilt
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

12-28-2011 04:38:43 | More by mocktm
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

12-05-2011 19:31:38 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-05-2011 01:32:55 | More by nmann08
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-28-2011 20:52:17 | More by QuickSilver08
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-23-2011 18:26:04 | More by cwps48
Photo of ckollias


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
Photo of Hopfenpeter


3.85/5  rDev +1.9%

poured into a pint glass the beer is black in color with a beige, tan creamy head. Very inviting! The small head sticks around for a couple of minutes.
The smell has o smoked character, like you would expect from a Rauchbier. It has hints of coffee.
Up front you can taste a nicely crafted coffee and dark chocolate flavor, induced with those roasted malts, which give that smoked feel to the beer. In the middle the taste becomes a little bit sweeter. Caramel and brown sugar are noticable. A nice finish at the end with a slight bitterness to round everything up.
A good and drinkable porter!

05-08-2011 03:58:58 | More by Hopfenpeter
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

08-02-2010 23:56:53 | More by Huhzubendah
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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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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

04-13-2008 16:50:52 | More by Kegatron
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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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3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

This American Porter is dark brown with a moderate head. The rich and pleasant aroma is malty sweet with a hints of coffee and chocolate. The taste is lightly sweet, toasted malt with some roasted coffee. Bad Moon Porter has a very creamy, thick mouth feel. The after taste leaves you with expresso and faint hops. This is a very nice Porter.

12-29-2007 17:08:51 | More by davidt
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3.63/5  rDev -4%

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

10-19-2007 13:34:54 | More by Deuane
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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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2.78/5  rDev -26.5%

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?

08-04-2007 19:16:05 | More by cichief
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3.05/5  rDev -19.3%

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.

06-06-2007 01:59:24 | More by claytri
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3.53/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

04-30-2007 17:52:32 | More by
Bad Moon Porter from DuClaw Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.