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Lucky 7 Porter - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

Lucky 7 PorterLucky 7 Porter

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BA SCORE
83
good

209 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.57%


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

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
24 IBU

(Beer added by: lackenhauser on 04-30-2009)
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JimmyK77

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought this was the best beer Evolution had on draft the day I visited (also had the pale ale, ESB, and IPA). A very good porter with appropriate hop bitterness and pleasing aroma and flavor. Rather unscientific, but I was there on a Friday afternoon for about an hour and this was what most people coming in to fill growlers were getting.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2009 03:36:21 | More by JimmyK77
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 18:50:31 | More by NeroFiddled
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VWRacer

Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the brewery in Delmar. Dark color with a tan foamy head. Stuck around pretty good on my glass at the tasting room. Smell was smokey. The taste delivers strong malts, coffee, chocolate and smoke. Good mouthfeel when the head is still on the glass. Drinkability is good.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2010 17:41:48 | More by VWRacer
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therica

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let this stuff settle for at least 1-2 days before opening. Otherwise it tends to be out of balance.

A= dark black, more so than most Schwarz biers, fair head, some modest rimming.

S= huge smoky oak filled the room when I poured, before I could even get my nose near the stein, fabulous. Chocolate, caramel and molasses notes.

T= surprisingly hoppy for a porter, great balance, very full-flavored, adequate carbonation, amazing. Dry dark chocolate, light notes of burnt coffee bitters, burnt caramel and molasses.

M= light syrup with dry dark chocolate and molasses.

D= session if you're in the mood.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 04:44:15 | More by therica
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corylew

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a little tan head that thins down then leaves a small film of foam until the glass is gone.

Smells amazing. One of the only times I'd rate something 5.0, this stuff packs a huge punch of roasted toffee, chocolate, malt, and overall roasty goodness. It's like biting into a s'more.

Taste follows suit, all malt and all roasty goodness. No hops to be found, but hey, I don't even care. This is delicious.

Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is on the lower side, allowing the pallet to not be muddled by CO2. The sweet malt flavor lingers after it goes down, giving you a flavor reminding you that you want to take another sip.

Overall, without sounding like an Evolution Craft Brewing Company commercial, I'll tell you to just get one and try it yourself. It's one thing to follow the guidelines for a style. Beers that taste like exactly what you expect are in my opinion, mediocre. These guys take a well established baseline, the porter, and packs more roasted flavor than you expect, which is something to be commended.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 20:50:22 | More by corylew
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larryi86

Delaware

4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Dark brown, almost black, with a one finger tan head.

S- Nice roasted malt, coffee, and hints of dark chocolate.

T- Not as rich as the noise, but still very good. Nice roasted coffee, dark chocolate, nice bitter finish.

M- Nice medium body, a little creamy.

D- Easy to drink, and a solid porter. This is my third beer from Evo and I have been impressed by what I have had from them.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 17:17:12 | More by larryi86
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nukem5

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours nearly black with a tall foamy cap which ride the whole way down.

S: Malty sweetness and a licorice maybe something like a anise in there somewhere but not sure what it is I smell.

T: Like a tall malt shop with alchohol and foam very sweet and theres is a licorice and something else sweet but bitter it there as well. Could be and probably is in that huge malt bill of 7 Malts.

M: Medium to light bodied I do prefer this style on the medium to full side but a good brew none the less.

O: Overall a very easily to drink porter but again a bit thin.Would drink it again and hope to have some on draft soon.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 21:37:40 | More by nukem5
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Zachior

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
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?

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 23:56:48 | More by Zachior
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the brewery, served in small tasters I enjoyed some of my wife's in addition to mine.

A - Deep Brown, translucent bronze at the base w/ dark red highlight. Thick tan head tops w/ fine bead.

S - The smell is smoked malts at first and pretty strong w/ caramel and toffee as it warms w/ buttery roasted nuts and dark roasted coffee w/ the smoke continuing on

M - Rich full body almost thick w/ med carbonation mild roasted leads to strong roast/smoke synergy. moderate bitterness keeping it balanced w/ a subtle sweet finish

T - Roasted malts cover the taste w/ subtle beefy smoky taste which leads to a toffee nutty note. There's a mild pine hop accent to the flavor w/ a lingering smoke taste in the finish

D - A great porter w/ definite smoked malt influence. The 7 malts give this complexity enough to be considered a robust porter and still highly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2009 14:36:57 | More by Slatetank
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Zeisloft

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

McGovens (Baltimore) currently has it on tap (1/15/2010). I was hesitant to order, due to a typical dislike of porters (I don't like overly roasted/burnt or smokey porters).

This beer came dark in color, with a half inch tan head. The smell had some chocolate and a little smoke, then as caramel and toffee as it warmed a little. The tasted had a great blend of all the smells, as the chocolate, smoke, toffee and caramel all combined into a very pleasant swill. The beer is smooth and thin in the mouth, which leads to a very drinkable beer, and at 5.8%, a beer that I look forward to drinking in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2010 14:23:53 | More by Zeisloft
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tugdriver7

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle or not, this one was good. Very unique flavor profile for the type. Dark cola in the glass, moderate body with subtle carbonation. Dunkel-like roasted malt in the nose. Initial taste is surprisingly balanced. The familiar porter "smoke" is pleasantly absent and replaced instead with a nice roasted flavor of malt, coffee and nuts. All balanced with a fruity to bitter hops presence that renders the whole thing very drinkable. Somewhat complex--to the point that you're intrigued enough to want to keep drinking. I can't wait to order this on tap.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 03:11:14 | More by tugdriver7
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazelnut brown color with a very nice and somewhat hazy consistency to it. Enough light was coming through though so as not to give it the impression of being too dark and you could definitely make out the carbonation chains reaching up toward the surface.

strong smoky aroma going on here, which I was not expecting, but blended in very nicely with the rich malty profile on this one. Very nice deep earthy smells, caramel, and sugar with some grain making it very nice.There was definitely that smoked flavor that translated over to it and gave it a good little bit extra that made it a bit different then normal. The base was a rich mixture of earthy malts, lots of grains and chocolate like flavors mingling around and mixed in very well with a touch of caramel sugar

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 01:24:19 | More by mikesgroove
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Ego

New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't quite recall where I picked this up, I suppose in Maryland in my biannual trips to the cliffs of Calvert County, this has been in my cellar for some months, I have a big boy ABV wise to taste after this so I thought this would be a good warmer upper...

eyes....
Jagmanimous head on this, absolutely 4 fingers tall and holding... and holding...
the head does not explode but is more like the blob, it just grows and keeps grumbling along with its bad self, nice and dark, still on the lighter side of completely opaque, lots of bubbles rising up from the dark depths feeding the blob head endlessly it seems

nose...
sweet dried cocoa, milk chocolate, hints of smoke and licorice, a touch o' molasses, pretty nice for a little ole porter

taste etc...
medium body and boy does the sip improve feel wise when you incorporate some of the fizz, almost creamy, the taste follows the nose here, nice chocolate tones, a bit of dryish flavor, a bit of ash/smoke in the aftertaste, nothing dominant and then a nice subtle bitterness to finish off, nothing is over whelming, toward the end I am getting a touch more molasses before the bitter twang

verdict?
a really nice porter, why the hell was I hiding this in the cellar ? next time out in MD I will seek this out on tap, very nice beer, worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 05:48:03 | More by Ego
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garuda

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, no freshness dating

A - Pours a clear deep ruby with a thin tan head that recedes to a thin layer of bubbles, but leaves good lacing down the glass.

S - Roasted malts, creamy coffee, some tobacco and a touch of dark chocolate.

T - Follows the nose with balancing green, leafy hop bitterness and tobacco smokiness in the finish.

M - Velvety smooth, full bodied with low carbonation. Feels geat.

O - Nicely done porter. This would go great with a steak or some bbq. I would definitely buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 00:01:30 | More by garuda
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dhartogs

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark and thick pour, with a nice aroma, defintly pick up the roasted malts in the nose. Nothing remarkable or standout about the taste other than it's a very well made porter, and I do love porters. Mouth feel was a little chewey but nice. A nice sipping beer, anotehr excellent brewery from DE. DFH, 16 Mile, and now Evo. All in Sussex Co.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 22:22:09 | More by dhartogs
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 19:45:30 | More by BeerAdvocate
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greenmonstah

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle generously provided as an extra in trade.

A - Dark brown, allowing just a bit of light to pass through. Perfect color for a porter. Little head and poor lacing.

S - Excellent aroma of chocolate and coffee, with loads of roasted malt. Really impressive without being too aggressive.

T - Follows the nose fairly well -- you get coffee, roasted malts up the wazoo, and a chocolate-y finish. Has both dark and milk chocolate flavors. Slightly sour taste is present in the finish, but only a little.

M - Medium body with just-right carbonation for a porter. Finishes neutral, with no dryness.

O - Overall this beer was a great surprise! I enjoyed it immensely and will certainly seek it out if I have the opportunity in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 17:14:04 | More by greenmonstah
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 19:43:35 | More by Kegatron
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pour into a pint glass at the Cantwell's Tavern EVO beer dinner on 2/27/12.

A: Pours a dark brown color. Light tan head. About quarter finger that sticks around for a good while.

S: Roast and toasted malts. Some mild roast coffee notes for sure.

T: There is some coffee bitterness in the tip of the tongue. Then you get chocolate and toffee and more coffee. It's a nice mild roasted coffee flavor, which doesn't kill you with bitterness. Nice easy drinking porter.

M: Medium bodied.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2012 22:30:16 | More by inlimbo77
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chefdaddy18042

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Quite nice! Got this one from a friend when she visited Delmar. The smell was great! Smokiness, chocolate, and overpowering coffee that makes a great porter. The taste was exactly what the aroma led on, amazing. The mouthfeel left me with more to be desired. Minimal carbonation (usual with a porter), but lacking in the back of the throat. Definitely sessionable, i would order this beer again

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 02:17:15 | More by chefdaddy18042
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matzah

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a May 2012 best-by date into a pint glass.

A: Clear, dark brown pour with 1.5 finger head. Dissipates moderately rapidly. Good lacing.

S: Strong roasted smell with chocolate and a hint of coffee.

T: Standard porter flavors. Nicely roasted malt is strong, but there is an off-flavor. This bottle may have oxidized.

M: Thinner than I would like in a porter.

O: A good porter and worth a try, but it's not life-changing.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 23:25:53 | More by matzah
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Porter pours a healthy light tan head into my Captain Lawrence tulip with some lacing. Dark black in all areas of the glass.

S: Sweet malt , hints of bittersweet chocolate, and coffee. A bit of smoke.

T: Plenty of sweet malt flavors, a bit of smokey wood flavor mixing with a decent sweet malt presence. There is more than I expected in terms of flavor. It is a nice well rounded American porter, appropriately bittered without being overdone.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation.

O: This is a well made American Porter. Up there in my sessionable porters with Sierra Nevada Porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 22:07:24 | More by alpinebryant
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 04:27:38 | More by RblWthACoz
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BeerThursdays

Delaware

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this both on tap and in the bottle, but this will be a bottle review. Tap was just as good.

Poured from bottle into standard pint glass. Had a dark brown/black color with a two finger tan head. Looks very nice, but nothing extraordinary. Good in the nose. Smells of malts and caramel, with hints of coffee and toffee.

Taste is very good. One of the few Porters I've liked. I usually get the taste of cigarettes, but that did not come through with this one. Taste is of toffee, roasted malts and nuts, along with a nice fruity hop character you normally don't see in a porter. Finishes very smooth with a sweetness that leaves you wanting more.

Very nice beer from a smaller company. Proud to say they are from Delaware, and will be sure to support in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 21:25:08 | More by BeerThursdays
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RomaniIteDomum

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 17:52:25 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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Lucky 7 Porter from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.