Lucky 7 Porter - Evolution Craft Brewing Company
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4.5/5 rDev +23.3%
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.
10-14-2009 03:36:21 | More by JimmyK77
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
4.4/5 rDev +20.5%
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.
01-11-2010 17:41:48 | More by VWRacer
4.33/5 rDev +18.6%
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.
04-27-2010 04:44:15 | More by therica
4.22/5 rDev +15.6%
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.
11-12-2011 20:50:22 | More by corylew
4.2/5 rDev +15.1%
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.
01-12-2011 17:17:12 | More by larryi86
4.18/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
06-13-2011 21:37:40 | More by nukem5
4.13/5 rDev +13.2%
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?
04-17-2014 23:56:48 | More by Zachior
4.1/5 rDev +12.3%
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.
01-28-2010 03:11:14 | More by tugdriver7
4.1/5 rDev +12.3%
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
09-09-2011 01:24:19 | More by mikesgroove
4.1/5 rDev +12.3%
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.
01-15-2010 14:23:53 | More by Zeisloft
4.1/5 rDev +12.3%
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.
09-17-2009 14:36:57 | More by Slatetank
4.04/5 rDev +10.7%
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...
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
sweet dried cocoa, milk chocolate, hints of smoke and licorice, a touch o' molasses, pretty nice for a little ole porter
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
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.
02-17-2013 05:48:03 | More by Ego
4.03/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
05-12-2011 22:22:09 | More by dhartogs
Lucky 7 Porter from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.