Lucky 7 Porter - Evolution Craft Brewing Company
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Reviews by tone77:
3.56/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
04-15-2013 23:57:51 | More by tone77
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4/5 rDev +9.6%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #37 (Feb 2010):
Big, frothy tan head is tempted to overflow but holds strong; dark leather-brown color sheds no glow for the eyes. Dry cocoa powder, hint of charcoal and used coffee grounds infiltrate the nostrils. Smoothness is nearly silky with a creamy backdrop. Roasty to the hilt but does not pass the point of being too much. Burnt sugar, smoky charcoal, Sumatra-roast coffee and unsweetened dark chocolate all come to mind as the malt drops a bomb on the palate. Hint of alcohol and dark fruit in the middle. Hops are a forethought, yet enough is thrown into the mix to help keep any sweetness in check. Pleasant roasty finish.
Top-notch Porter here: If you put your ear up to this beer, you would swear is quietly cries to be with oysters.
11-12-2010 19:45:30 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.78/5 rDev +3.6%
Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle. Best by May 2013 notched onto the side of the label. Picked up by a friend at Stateline on the MD/DE border
A: Dark brown and murky. Dark khaki head, departs pretty quickly, leaving a minor film, slight collar and equally minor lace.
S: Some smoke, some milk chocolate/coffee and dark malts.
T: Milk chocolate, light coffee and again dark malts, enough of a hop presence to keep the sweetness from taking over.
M: Pleasant enough on the tongue and coating the mouth. The body is a bit more then medium and the carbonation is fine for the style.
O: Chocolate and coffee infused porter, not overly sweet. Decent porter, but doubt I'd go for more then one of these.
01-01-2013 20:45:20 | More by Billolick
3.85/5 rDev +5.5%
A: The beer is a shade before black, an extremely dark brown with tight one finger brown head. Nice lacing down the glass.
S: Roasted malt, some coffee, a little bit of chocolate. There is also a nice smoky aroma as well.
T: Nice roasty flavor which melds nicely to some coffee and chocolate. A little caramel near the end and a smoky taste on the finish. The chocolate flavor kicks in again on the finish.
M: Medium bodied, very smooth, low carbonation.
O: Very drinkable, another good beer from Evo!
04-01-2011 01:25:36 | More by mdaschaf
3.75/5 rDev +2.7%
Pours out a dark, almost black beer with a light tan 2 finger head. Smells sweet, some licorice , a light scent not too powerful. Taste has sweet element, slightly tart, some roasted tastes mixed in. Mouthfeel is basic nothing special. Overall a decent porter.
12-01-2011 01:53:20 | More by tweeder263
4.45/5 rDev +21.9%
Evolution's Lucky 7 is quite roasty for a porter. In my mind it's almost a stout. It's got an almost smokey note in the nose; and there's lots of coffee in the flavor. Not that that's a bad thing, it's actually quite good, but I was expecting something a little different given the porter designation. Perhaps the smokiness is throwing me off.
The appearance is quite good as well, leaving thick, broken and craggy rings of tan lace about the glass with each sip. The body is almost black although you can make out a thin sliver of crimson-accented dark mahogany when held to the light.
The aroma, as noted, is a touch smokey over its roastiness. There's a bit of ash as well, but beyond that there's also some very nice yeasty fruitiness.
That carries through into the flavor, but I also pick up a nice dollop of sweet golden caramel within the maltiness. The more it warms the richer it becomes with the flavors opening up and appearing more readily. The chocolate and cocoa widen, and some grassy/floral hop flavors appear. A firm bitterness balances it, and I'm quite pleased that they've kept the acidity in check and it doesn't offer that dark malt 'bite' that's so often found.
It's medium bodied, and smooth across the palate with little zest; leaving it to finish a bit more softly than it might otherwise.
Quite drinkable! This is the first beer I've had from Evolution Brewing and I'm inspired to sample their entire lineup.
01-09-2011 18:50:31 | More by NeroFiddled
3.93/5 rDev +7.7%
I received this in a BIF from lackenhauser. Thanks, steve!
Pours black with a thin tan head that leaves nice lacing.
Smells of chocolate, caramel, and some mroe sweetness. A little light on the nose, but still very nice.
The taste is full of chocolate, caramel, and a sweet bitterness to finish.
Mouthfeel is a tad light, unfortunately, but still nice. Could be more creamy.
Overall this was a good beer. Nothing too intense, but still a well crafted porter.
07-13-2010 17:52:25 | More by RomaniIteDomum
4/5 rDev +9.6%
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours black, maybe more of dark ruddy brown if you hold it up to the light, with several fingers of mocha head. This retains with a rich ½ finger, which just drenches the sides of the glass with thick and soapy swathes of lace that sticks. The aroma is VERY roasty, with a deep smokiness to it that is softened somewhat by sweeter malty notes of chocolate and caramel. There is also some green citrus present here that blends in with the smokiness of the malts.
The taste is smooth chocolate malts with a touch of sweeter caramel mixed in. Hoppy citrus character adds some green flavor to this but it’s mostly the roast in the backend of this that adds the bulk of the bitterness to the overall profile. This finishes dry and pithy on the tongue, with a touch of lingering smoke that hangs on the breath a bit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sharp on the tongue, but things do get a bit smoother along the back as you swallow. This is crisp and easy in the mouth, with a generally pretty nice feel to it.
It’s no wonder that this beer is big seller for Evolution, as it really brings an assertively roasted attitude and hop presence to the table, yet still stays solidly balanced and accessible for those looking for a fairly easy drinking dark beer experience. This was darn tasty and might just become a go-to Porter for me.
11-07-2011 19:43:35 | More by Kegatron
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
Black color with two fingers of tan head that lasted a long time before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Good looking beer. There seems to be a lot of smoke coming through in the aroma. Slight hint of chocolate but that is about it. Interesting flavor with alternating smoke and chocolate malt battling for dominance. I wish the body was a little fuller but it has wonderful carbonation. Very good texture. Reading other reviews it seems this brewery has some consistancy issues. But my bottle was a good example of a porter with some smokiness.
10-06-2010 22:06:10 | More by morimech
3.5/5 rDev -4.1%
Poured from 12oz bottle.
A- Pours a nice deep dark brown color almost black but not quite. One finger deep tan head shows medium retention. Good streaking lacing on the sides of the glass.
S- Nice smoked aroma to this right off the bat. Nice surprise I suppose. Roasted malts come through next with a coffee like roast in the backing. Hints of chocolate all throughout the aroma gives a nice balance to the bitterness.
T- Roasted malts come through on the front of the beer. This leads to like in the aroma a nice coffee roast with hints of chocolate. Middle of the beer shows a little more of chocolate coming through with a little alcohol flavor. Ending of the beer is a lot of smoke and chocolate not always blending together making for some interesting flavor with each sip. The alcohol does come through a little more each time as the beer warms up.
M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is low for the style I thought. A bigger roast and hints of chocolate and smoke left on the palate. Aftertaste is some warming alcohol, smoke, chocolate, and light coffee roast. Flavors were not always blended well but I think the smoke was making it hard to blend well. No aftertaste in this beer at all. Light alcohol drying on the palate.
O- This beer was above average for the style just with the interesting smokey aroma and flavor to it. The ABV never really stood out and for this a couple pints of this would be no problem. Well as long as you like the smoke aroma and flavor. A nice shot at the style from Evolution...would buy this one again.
04-28-2011 03:26:24 | More by alleykatking
3.73/5 rDev +2.2%
On tap at John Steven. Ltd. in a tumbler.
A: A dark black, maybe more coffe brown than not. Up close, that is borne out. A thin off-white head came with the glass.
S: Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee, stand out. The chocolate is bitter, a semi-sweet version.
T: The darker beer delivers all that I expected, semi-sweet baker's chocolate and coffee. The chocolate is bitterly acrid, dark with little sweetness. Coffee is richer, adding the sweetness that the chocolate can't deliver. A citrus hoppiness follows but the dark malts highlight the porter.
M: The mouthfeel is moderate. A little thin at times, the porter needs the bitterness throughout.
D: The moderate strength and rich porter flavors remind me of why I loved Evolution from the get-go.
02-20-2011 02:22:22 | More by akorsak
Lucky 7 Porter from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.