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Lucky 7 Porter | Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
24 IBU

Added by lackenhauser on 04-30-2009

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Reviews: 107 | Ratings: 360
Photo of FriedSlug
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark beer with a quickly facing head and no lacing. Big roasty malts and bitter coffee in the nose. The taste is very lightly sweet with bitter roasted malt and a coffee taste as well. Thin mouthfeel but not unusual for a porter. Solid beer.

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Photo of Kubishark
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had at the brewery in Salisbury.

Frankly, this to me was a bit of a letdown. Seeing the scores for it from here, I went in expecting a memorable, top notch porter. What I got ended up being pretty mild and watery.

It looks nice, black and with a thin tan head, but that's the best thing about the beer. It smells like roasted grain and a little bit of coffee, but it's pretty light. The flavor to is pretty plain and lacking. Somewhat metallic. The feel is watery.

Overall underwhelming. Usually porters and stouts are my favorite styles of beer, but at the Evolution brewery I'd stick to their much better IPA and DIPA.

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Photo of Act25
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

based on others' reviews these bottles are variable from frothy to flat. (mine flat... )

a - Pours a dark brown body, near black, with fast fade inch of tan head and no carbonation evident. No retention or lace. Flattish.

s - Scant smells of roasted malts, smoke, chocolate, and light bitter coffee. Very roasty.

t - Better. Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, light caramel and interesting (7?) malts, and light coffee. Sweeter than the nose and more chocolate, which I like a lot. A step up from the nose. Agree with Alstrom - cries out for oysters.

m - Thinnish body. Flattish. carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a fair at best porter. Would not order it again.

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Photo of Owlish1
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look: very dark brown, with a light tan head, two finger head began to dissipate almost immediately
Smell: light scent of yeast, malt and maybe a hint of coffee
Taste: mild flavors of malt, coffee, and dark chocolate; dry finish, with the faintest aftertaste of bitterness (like a very dark chocolate)
Feel: very smooth, almost silky, but not creamy, very light carbonation, light-medium body
Overall: Nice flavor, nice mouth feel. It's nice. I'm not in love, but maybe we can be friends.

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Photo of Beejay
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black in the glass with a deep brown color at the edges, and a medium brown head.

S: Roasted grain and a touch of coffee. Finish is molasses.

T: Nice roasted grain, and molasses, with a touch of coffee in the finish. Simple, but quite delicious.

M: Medium to medium light in body, with fairly high carbonation.

O: Overall pretty tasty, I could jam on this all night.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer has a fizzy, low profile, light tan head that quickly dissipates once the carbonation bubbles out. The beer itself is a dark, deep, molasses coloring, almost black. Aromas of chocolate, subtle roasted notes, hints of coffee bitterness, nutty sweetness, and a subtle toffee rich character. You really have the let the carbonation fizzle out before you can get down in there on the nose. Flavors are rich and roasted forward, with bittersweet baker's cocoa forward, subtle toffee notes, hints of coffee and cream, and earthy tones. The body is extremely light and effervesced by the enormous amount of carbonation. There is a subtle chocolate and toffee aftertaste that lingers through the crisp, clean, effervesced and bubbly finish. Tasty beer.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a tulip glass. the beer pours a dark cocoa brown color with fizzy beige head that fades immediately after completing the pour.
Aroma is sweet chocolate malt with some brown sugar and a bit of toffee. No hops nor any booze is apparent on this malty beer.
First sip reveals a silky smooth texture with a minimal gently rolling carbonation that makes the beer easy to drink.
Flavor is what nose predicts with all malt flavors. Chocolate and brown sugar dominate with a bit of roast in the background. Not any hops to be found on the flavor profile either.
This beer has no booziness and drinks very easy. A decent porter with no flaws. It isnt mindblowing but i am enjoying drinking this tonight.

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a solid black color with 2 finger head. Average head retention.

S - Sweet pleasant aroma coming off the beer. Main scents hitting me are that of coffee and chocolate. Overall sweet malt character.

T - A little less than was expecting, fairly plain initially finishing off with the chocolate and coffee flavorings.

M - Very bold feeling. Medium - thick bodied beer with little carbonation present. Smooth feel and finish.

O - I'm a big fan of porters to start. Very enjoyable beer from a local brewery. Was hoping a little more from the taste but still thoroughly enjoyed. The aromas of chocolate really make the beer in my opinion.

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Photo of Marraybay
1.7/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

From a semi-local brewer: was hoping for a bit more. No real sweetness in this for me; Fairly boozy and bitter: a bit harsh. Will cellar for a bit and revisit, but at this writing, not a fan.

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Photo of hophugger
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark, Dark brown with average head and very minimal lacing. Aroma is very malty with hints of coffee. Taste is nice and smooth, with touches of coffee and caramel. Well balanced beer, feeling great on the palate. A very sessionable porter and a good beer from Evolution Brewing..

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into 16 oz stein. Pours a deep mahogany color, very dark but not black. Thick tan head, which quickly reduces to almost nothing.

A very malty beverage - but then it's brewed with seven different malts, so that makes sense. There are hints of roasted coffee and maybe chocolate, but the maltiness is so dominant that it kind of hides everything else. I thought it tasted a little thin for a porter, but then the carbonation could have had something to do with that. Sweetish finish, with no discernable hops presence.

All in all, a very respectable porter. Not in my top ten, but certainly worth a try.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle in a stout glass....at home
A - extremely dark brown; tan head, which dissipates to a ring, and ultimately disappears
S - not as much as I thought, some coffee, a little malt
T - again, not as much as I was hoping; very light malt, very light coffee, a unique dry bitter
F - a little too fizzy for a porter, otherwise not bad
O - had high expectations, maybe too high, so I guess since it wasn't outstanding, I was let down

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed few wispy clouds that gathered into the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very roasty and malty. Strong Notes of freshly baked dark bread. Slight notes of coffee, chocolate and molasses, but not much. Not much in the way of hops, either.

Taste: Very malty, which makes sense as this beer is made with 7 types of malts. However I don’t get much smoky/roasty flavors in this porter as I expect. There are tons of malt however. The beer finishes with some great caramel-like sweetness. Finally, there is no hops bitterness to speak of, which I overall prefer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy and with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.8%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is quite a good, solid porter. Not as smoky/roasty as other porters I’ve had, but it is a great malt bomb. I’d certainly get it again.

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Photo of thehardwoodsessions
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not bad as far as my palette goes with Porters. Smooth, chcolatey, warm, beautiful beer. I'd like to try it in the proper glass next time to properly assess the appearance, overall a nice beer

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Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar; upon closer inspection there are traces of brownish red in color when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a sort beige head that nearly completely faded away, leaving only a few patches of bubbles on the surface.
S: Light aromas of sweet malts are present in the nose—these somewhat resemble molasses.
T: Like the smell, and he taste is a little sweet and has flavors of dark malts, cola, and molasses.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This porter is easy to drink, but nothing really stands out in the taste as being very interesting.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, notched March 2013. Guess I should have noticed that before I bought it. In the cooler at the bottle shop though.

dark brown color, no head. sweet milk chocolate aroma, a touch roasty. taste is on the sweeter side as well. rich caramel malt flavor. medium body, lower carbonation.

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Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with minimal head. Nice and malty sipper complete with chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, and a touch of hops. Easily a beer I could sit with in the colder months.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am still not 100% sure on how to rate porters, especially with the newer black IPA style. Before getting into the review, in my mind, this tends towards a black IPA.

A: it was a darker bar I tried this in, but pretty black with decent foamy head on the sides, returning in force with a swirl. Slight lack of lacing.
S: sorry for lack of detail here, but... black IPA
T: lack of malt depth, but not so much so to be out of balance with the hops. A roasty, unsweet, coffee-bitter type beer that doesn't offend.
M: just a little light, I think. Carbonation is good, though.
O: I think I produced a comparable beer in feel, maybe close in taste. Granted, I was shooting for a stout.

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Photo of Zachior
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We finally put down the hops and gave the malt a chance, and quite successfully! This complex beer shows it's depths in many aspects. The scent is anywhere from molasses to oats to coffee, and keep you coming back for another sift of this loaded brews nose "palette"? (More sweet than smoking imo.) The flavor follows the same pattern, melding into a very solid and singular flavor which you would never guess to be 7 malts if blindfolded! The complexity of the multi-malt combination is there, but doesn't tend to linger, giving you a full impression of it's well encompassed flavor. Incredibly drinkable and it's finish is gone just as fast as they came unfortunately... Sooo another round?

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Photo of woodychandler
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to local, in-person trader, tone77, tonight is shaping up to be an evening of porters and stouts! As a self-avowed hophead and a CANQuester (TM), these sorts of things help to keep me grounded and well-rounded. Otherwise, I might just sit around and suck down hoppy beers from a CAN all the time and what fun would that be?

From the bottle: "a PORTER brewed with 7 lucky malts".

My aggro pour created a fizzy two fingers of deep-tan head with limited retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown, but in this case, there was zero light penetration. Nose was smoky, but not as intense as my previous porter. This seemed to also be imbued with a grassy hoppiness. Mouthfeel was a bit prickly, slightly overcarbonated and the taste was slightly acidic, more in keeping with the English tradition. I definitely got a lactic acid bite from it. Finish was semi-dry and the tartness lingered well after the swallow. I would classify this as more towards an English Porter and the previous beer as an American Porter. Oh well. One of these was plenty, no matter what the style.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass.

A- Opaque dark brown/black color with a thick mocha colored head that tapers to a film. Not much lacing. A very good looking brew.

S-Roasted dark malts, strong roasted dark coffee, dark chocolate. Can darkness be a smell?!?

T- Lots of dark roasted malt and dark roasted coffee, very strong coffee. Dark bitter choolate flavor, too. The roasting is pushed to the max, just shy of burnt.

M-Crisp, solid feel. Lots of carbonation. Plenty of body and lasting flavors.

O- This beer screams dark roasting and strong coffee working together well.

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Photo of tone77
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of coffee, a touch of cocoa. Taste is big on coffee, a hint of cocoa, bitter, just a little off somehow, dry and a bit metallic at the finish. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Dave1999
2.77/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours pitch black with a small white head.

The smell is a kind of burning smell,roasted malts, seems to fade as the beer warms.

The taste is roasted bitter coffee, with an orange flavour coming through in the after taste.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin with medium carbonation.

Not a fan of this beer at all, I enjoyed evo's ipa but this beer is pretty close to a drain pour. Glad I only bought a single.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown body with no transparency. Foamy tan head that leaves thick lacing on the glass.

S- Roasted malts, coffee, some caramel malts too. Nothing jumps out, but overall pretty appealing.

T- Very similar to the aroma, nothing jumps out, but it is not bad. Somewhat of a bitter taste comes through too with a slight metallic taste.

M- Incredibly dry for a porter. Not really a full bodied as most porters. Crisp bite towards the end.

O- I prefer a more full-bodied porter like Bells or Founders. I found this one to be to be slightly off.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honestly, this strikes me as more of an English porter. Good character throughout, but not overtly boisterous. Nice malty sweet tones. Minimal chocolate and what seems almost like molasses. Smooth feel. A nice pleasant beer to drink. My second beer from this brewery and I like what I am seeing. I look forward to trying others from their lineup.

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Lucky 7 Porter from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.