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Lucky 7 Porter - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

102 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 102
Hads: 320
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 12
Gots: 48 | 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:
Beer added by: lackenhauser on 04-30-2009

24 IBU
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Photo of Marraybay
1.7/5  rDev -53.7%
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. (194 characters)

Photo of vacax
2.29/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours fairly black with a moderate tan head with good retention and unspectacular lace. Smells of fruit (apples, peaches), smoke, phenols, and adhesives. Tastes smokey, phenolic, with a bit of fruit esters and an ashy cookielike finish. Major DMS and phenolic off flavors. Body is medium, a bit high on the carbonation to pick up any thickness which would be nice on a porter. Not too drinkable considering the harsh nose and off-flavors. (438 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
2.31/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/3/11

A: 2.5 finger head on a good pour. Dark brown to lighter black in color. No substantial lacing to speak of.

S: Pork fat and soy sauce. It's coming off like a rauchbier, and not in a good way. Funky - no hints of malt or hops. This one may be infected.

T: It's like drinking a nickel dipped BBQ smoker. Hints of metal and large quantities of liquid smoke overload the palate. As it warms a bit, I do get a little bit of chocolate malt, but we're talking minor traces.

M: Lighter then what I was looking for out of this one. It's average, but nothing special.

O: I had this one on tap back in October and though I didn't take any notes (and was rather inebriated), I'm 110% positive it was an entirely different (and signifigantly better) experience.

I'm under the belief that this bottle is infected - I questioned writing this review. After deliberation, I felt it was the right thing to do. I can vouch that it had been stored properly in both my own cellar and the shop where I purchased it. If in fact I'm correct and this is infected, I'm sure Evo wants to know.

I will certainly give this one another try, as Evolution Craft is one of my favorite up and comers. It's just too bad there might be others out there trying this for the first time and judging Evo soley on an infected batch. (1,348 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.61/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very anemic dark swill. Quite foamy in the glass, coarse mouthful of bubbles. Seems like the flavor has been wrung out, like making coffee with yesterday's grounds. Dry, sourish taste dominates. Aftertaste is the best thing about it, a dark roasted malt with just a hint of bitterness. Doesn't smell like much, but then the nose has some kind of dishwater to it. Where the flavor hits the back of the throat it's leftover burnt oatmeal.

I haven't tasted anything else from this brewery so I don't know if it's a representative sample or not. Bought at a quite upscale beer and wine store in Fredericksburg, VA. (611 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
2.77/5  rDev -24.5%
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. (402 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (1,073 characters)

Photo of Sully
3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a solid beer. However, there really aren't any outstanding characteristics. It is an easy drinking porter but it's a little watered down. I like my porters with more body and a fuller head. Great starter porter. And It does have a decent nose. (251 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of a haul of beer my parents bought me on their way back from Florida.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle with 2012 notched but no month notched.

Appearance: Pours a cola brown with an average head and some lacing.

Smell: Charcoal, roasted coffee, toasted malt and a sweet nose.

Taste: Cold coffee, some sweet toffee but not much else.

Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation, smooth and not bad though certainly no porter robustness.

Overall: Doesn't stand out. A weak porter IMO. (474 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass. Another wonderful gift from THECPJ. Cheers, Shane!

A - Pours a jet black with a decent khaki-colored head that eventually recedes to a thick haze. Really nice retention, leaves some soapy lacing.
S - Very smoky, with a generous dose of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Surprised by the smokiness in this, more like a Rauchbier.
T - More dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate, coffee, and...ham. Yep, really smokey and sweet, tastes like a glazed smoked ham. Not a bad thing, this would be great for a Rauchbier-beginner, but not at all what I was expecting.
M - Medium-bodied with fairly crisp carbonation. Nice and smooth.
O - Not bad, I finished the bottle without problem, despite not being in the mood for "smoke". Not sure what to make of this, reading other reviews there seems to be some mention of a smoky beer, whereas others make no mention of it. What is this beer supposed to taste like? (940 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Evolution Lucky 7 Porter isn't so great. It's not unpleasant but is a bit watery and flavourless

A: Black colour and a huge 3 cm head that lasts really well. 4.5

S: I smell yeast, but the maltiness is not that evident here. 3

T: Malty with some acidic qualities and a little bit of sweetness. The maltiness is subdued and a little disappointing. 3

M: A bit thin. 3.5

O: 3.5 (378 characters)

Photo of deereless
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Serious issues with the carbonation - upon opening the bottle it overflowed and even a gentle pour down the side of the glass gave me a half inch of beer to 5 inches of head, the resulting head is mildly brown and looks reminds me of ocean froth, dark brown to black in color with a faint crimson hue - 2.25, S: Lots of dark roasts and faint raisin on the nose, quite a bit of charring, there is a muffled alcohol burn - 3.00, T: Like the nose there is quite a bit of charring as well as a burnt brown sugar taste, significant chocolate and some pine tar, mildly sweet - 3.50, M: Body is a little on the side of thin, slight grittiness - 3.00, D: The issues with the carbonation really take away from the beer experience, otherwise the palate profile is nice and quite drinkable - 3.50 (788 characters)

Photo of brystmar
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled Dec 2011.

A nice looking beer with pretty good head retention. Malty and bready aroma with a bunch of oxidization too.

Taste begins with plenty of malty sweetness. Can definitely taste the 7 malts they used. Finishes less sweet but not dry like most porters. An ok brew, but there are plenty of better choices out there. (330 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle obtained via Veterans BIF from mday. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint, dark brown foam from top to bottom to start. After waiting forever for settling, we've got a cloudy brown brew. Frothy head continues to last, with plentiful chunky lace. Aroma is chocolatey, but dominated by soapiness. Taste is sweet to start, root beer in the middle, with a lightly bitter close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is pretty good. Wish the wait to start enjoying this brew wasn't so long. (519 characters)

Photo of OakedCanuck
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into shaker

A - Pours a dark brown with lighter brownish edging against the light. Tan head, retained well.

S - Roast coffee, chocolate, smoke, leaves.

T - Typical porter with some smoke. Chocolate intermingled with the slightly sweet caramel malts. Is a grassy hop bitterness to it and a touch of pepper

M - Medium, drying, no distinguishable ABV as it is low and well integrated

O - An okay porter. Easy to drink as the ABV is low and not noticeable however it just isn't that much fun or interesting. (521 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The first pour was all foam but the liquid slowly rose to provide a rather translucent chocolate base; over time, the head stiffened into a set of alpine peaks and just sat there, without dissipating

Smell: Very roasty, with a burnt toast and coffee character

Taste: Burnt bread, up front, with coffee tones developing by mid-palate; very roasty on the finish

Mouthfeel: Way overcarbonated and rather fizzy on the tongue - so much so that it was hard to detect the thickness of the body

Overall: Based on the other reviews, my bottle may not be representative, particularly in the carbonation issues; still, I think I got the same flavor profile - decent, but not top notch

Thanks, smokeypeat, for the opportunity (730 characters)

Photo of 8ense1
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've had this a number of times, both in growlers filled at the Delmar brewery and more recently in bottles at local distributors. My impressions have been uneven, and I can related to other reviewers who rate it down for "watery" or "metallic" taste qualities. I've had batches that could be described as either or both.

I think that it is a radically unstable recipe that does best in bottles, which allow the brew to settle down a bit before opening. It is very highly carbonated, however, and I think it is a serious mistake to pour it into a glass, then wait (as one reviewer said) for the foam to settle down. The foam is, in my experience, absolutely essential to the taste.

So, as barbaric as it seems, I recommend getting this in bottles, letting them get good and cold in the fridge, then popping the cap and drinking them straight out of the neck of the bottle, ideally naked and sweaty from the waist up like Marlon Brando in "A Streetcar Named Desire." That way it bursts into foam in your mouth, allowing you to appreciate the complex flavor.

The taste is earthy/smoky, with a "funky" quality that I puzzled over for a long time before deciding that it was most like the quality of fermented oolong tea. It is very bold and lingers in the mouth, so while the alcohol content is modest, I find that one bottle, while enjoyable, is enough for the night.

One caution: if you do drink it from the bottle, don't hold onto it between sips, as the heat from your hand will cause it to foam up without warning and bubble out of the top into your lap.

For all its problems, I continue to keep a few bottles around the house in case Blanche duBois comes by for a visit. (1,681 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
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.. (279 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to THECPJ for another Evo Beer.

Pours a fluffy and big bubbled 1 finger head over very dark brown with touches of maroon light coming through, some fluffy lacing.

Nose has some reddish and brown malts, a bit syrupy as well, light toasty, brown sugar and molasses, some light herbal hops.

Taste starts a bit lighter than expected, toasty brown malts, some light brown sugar and molasses, light in overall malts, some light herbal hops, semi sweet, but no real dark heavy malts. Finishes still slightly sweet, just a hint of herbal malts and almost no bitterness, lingering syrups.

Mouth is med to slightly lighter bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall kinda meh, the body was too light, no real darker malt flavors to give it the porter flavors, more like a brown ale, not only are the hops way to light but they're the wrong kind IMO, using the herbal variety, it IS drinkable, so I'll give it that. (910 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Victorias.

In every regard this is an average, acceptable Anerican porter that does very little to distinguish itself. Appearance is a rich, dark brown with a quickly fading light tan head that leaves pretty webs of lacing. Aroma is mild, malty and roadty with a faint dark chocolate note. Flavor is robust and malty rich with minimal hop, roast or astringent flavors. Mouthfeel is slightly over carbonated and a thin watery finish. My favorite of the Evilution beers I've tried so far, but still nothing worth seeking out and miles behind Edmund, founders, black butte, etc. (587 characters)

Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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 (437 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks for this one, Bobby.

A: Pours a dark brown color with a sturdy khaki colored head and mild lacing.

S: A very strong smoke aroma to this beer. Some good roasted malt notes and maybe a bit of dark, bitter chocolate. Maybe a little bit of a soap in there. The smoke really dominates the nose, though.

T: Kind of harsh and slightly astringent. The smoke is again at the forefront and really makes up most of the flavor. A decent roasted malt flavor and just a bit of bitter dark chocolate.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation and a drying feeling on the tongue.

D: An alright beer, even with its strong smokiness. Don't know if I'd want to drink a bottle, though. (685 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from mdaschaf, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a solid dark brown bordering on black with a good sized off white head that displays moderate retention and lace. Smells of light chocolate and brown sugar mostly. Has hints of earth and a slight mineral edge to it. Taste is mostly caramel and brown sugar with only a tease of chocolate in it. There's a hint of oxidation mixed in here with a hint of tart fruitiness and bits of earth and mineral water. Beautiful creamy silky smooth mouthfeel, moderate level of carbonation with a medium body. Decent porter but nothing earth shattering here. Oxidation and tartness seem quite out of place here. (664 characters)

Photo of mjw2808
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

wow, only 12 reviews? Wheres all the Delmarva BA's at?
Poured a dark brownish black with almost no head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. The nose is of roasted malt and brown sugar. The taste also has the roasted malt and brown sugar but also with a slight metalicy taste. Far from a watery beer, but it is more watery than many other porters ive had. Nice mouthfeel and drinkability. (395 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,548 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark burnt sienna color. It's not completely opaque at all, like many porters tend to be. The head is a one finger offwhite shade that fades into a thin film with some collaring around the edge of the glass.

S: A fairly chocolaty porter; it's more dry than milky sweet, though. Some nuts, dark unroasted malts, and hazelnut coffee tie these qualities together. Not particularly grabbing or expressive, but good.

T: Even drier than the nose suggested. There are some roasted nuts to start, some lactose cream flavors in the midtaste, and a finish of coffee with just a hint of dry chocolate. I also notice a twinge of finishing hops; not just in the light bitterness, but with the mildly acidic and mineral-esque kick in the aftertaste, as well.

M: Light bodied, with good carbonation, and a crisp, dry finishing kick. About what I expect from a porter.

O: For better or worse, it's a standard porter. Granted, it's a standard porter that's executed quite well; however this lacks many qualities that would enable it to stand out from its brethren. It's one to consider purchasing, but perhaps not one to seek out. (1,172 characters)

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