Lucky 7 Porter - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

274 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 274
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 11
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
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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5/5  rDev +36.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
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.

Photo of VWRacer
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.

Photo of therica
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer does everything right, and though it's not Edmund Fitzgerald, it is a great porter.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of chwacker
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolaty and very smooth. Better than any porter I've drank since I can remember.

Photo of corylew
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.

Photo of larryi86
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.

Photo of nukem5
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.

Photo of Zachior
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?

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Lucky 7 Porter from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.