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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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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very big thanks to pmsawyer for sharing this with me. Poured from a growler into a pub glass, this brew appears a dark brown color with a tan cap across the top. The head dissolves fairly fast leaving some small strings of lace sticking to the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a thin layering across the top of the brew. When held to the light, it shows lighter brown clarity around the edges and a deep ruby coloration through the body.

The aroma of this brew is roasty and enjoyable. A pleasant balance of fresh grains, almost oat-like mixes with roasted character smelling like coffee and chocolate. A faint hint of citrus hops is noted that makes for a pleasant contrast to the grainy quality. Almost no inclusion of alcohol here in the nose. As it warms up, the focus of the aroma is mainly centered around chocolate. Well done.

The taste is all inclusive regarding the character picked up on in the aroma. A fresh grainy and roasted presence brings forth flavoring of oats, chocolate and coffee. A faint hint of raisins and some citrus hops keep everything in check. A mild fruity alcohol is included that warms the back of the throat. Overall this is a fine take on the style, it leaves a pleasant aftertaste of roasted grain quality lingering on the tongue.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. About the only gripe I have with this example is the feel is a bit light. Other than that, this is a very approachable and easy drinking porter. It is without any bells, whistles or exaggeration. Overall just a well put together porter with a nice focus on fresh grain, chocolate and coffee. I would drink this again.

Serving type: growler

12-04-2011 19:21:38 | More by stakem
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confer

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up the growler fresh from the brewery.
C- Dark brown with a tan head that fades but leaves traces on the glass and on top. I can see some light through the glass but it's dark enough to most light out.
S- All I smell is faint coffee..
T- Taste is like coffee that is watered down.
M- Even thought the taste seems watered down the feel is nice and slick and creamy.
O- Okay beer. I'd drink it again.

Serving type: growler

11-23-2011 22:28:34 | More by confer
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, deep chestnut/mahogany color, bordering on black but not quite there. Good sized head-this is my 2nd growler of this and both have retained some great carbonation in 24 hours. Plenty of lacing on down the glass. Moderate aroma-mild scent of cocoa and roasted malt. Nice solid, rich flavor of roasted malt, with some chocolate and a mild coffee note. A mild, somewhat fruity complexity that seems to come out half way thru the glass and as it warms. Decent mouthfeel-the rich flavor makes for a very full feel to it but not overly so. A great all round porter in my book.

Serving type: growler

04-30-2009 21:06:15 | More by lackenhauser
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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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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 00:39:52 | More by woodychandler
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass.

A- Opaque dark brown/black color with a thick mocha colored head that tapers to a film. Not much lacing. A very good looking brew.

S-Roasted dark malts, strong roasted dark coffee, dark chocolate. Can darkness be a smell?!?

T- Lots of dark roasted malt and dark roasted coffee, very strong coffee. Dark bitter choolate flavor, too. The roasting is pushed to the max, just shy of burnt.

M-Crisp, solid feel. Lots of carbonation. Plenty of body and lasting flavors.

O- This beer screams dark roasting and strong coffee working together well.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2013 23:54:19 | More by NiceTaps
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 23:57:51 | More by tone77
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Dave1999

North Carolina

2.73/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 00:08:12 | More by Dave1999
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown body with no transparency. Foamy tan head that leaves thick lacing on the glass.

S- Roasted malts, coffee, some caramel malts too. Nothing jumps out, but overall pretty appealing.

T- Very similar to the aroma, nothing jumps out, but it is not bad. Somewhat of a bitter taste comes through too with a slight metallic taste.

M- Incredibly dry for a porter. Not really a full bodied as most porters. Crisp bite towards the end.

O- I prefer a more full-bodied porter like Bells or Founders. I found this one to be to be slightly off.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 01:16:19 | More by stephenjmoore
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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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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 18:51:21 | More by ThisWangsChung
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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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Billolick

New York

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 20:45:20 | More by Billolick
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vandemonian

Maryland

3.23/5  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

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 01:18:24 | More by vandemonian
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to mdaschaf. Poured into Founders snifter. Best by Oct. 2012.

A- Pours a mostly opaque almost black dark brown with a very thin mocha brown head that quickly recedes to pretty much no head. Decent carbonation. Lacing recedes fairly fast.

S- Espresso, malts, bitter dark chocolate, hint of smokiness. About average aroma strength.

T- Smoked malts, a little bit of espresso, chocolate, finishes fairly bitter for a porter. A lot smokier then I was expecting. As it warms up there are some light dark fruit flavors that come out and a little bit more espresso on the aftertaste.

M- A little bit light for a porter, the bitterness tingles the tongue, decent carbonation.

O- This was a decent porter that was a little bit different then I was expecting. There was a lot more smokiness then I was expecting that overpowered the chocolate in the taste. There was also more bitterness on the finish then I typically expect from a porter. Overall it wasn't bad to drink, but not exactly what I look for in porters.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 02:14:53 | More by jaasen64
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dontpanic5


3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours pitch black with a huge tan head. In the nose it's vanilla beans and toasty malts. It tastes very toasty and dark. The aftertaste is especially tasty. The mouthfeel is lacking I think, sort of watery on the aftertaste. Overall, pretty good and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 03:14:29 | More by dontpanic5
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Sully

Delaware

3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 17:23:03 | More by Sully
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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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brystmar

Texas

3.33/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 01:25:40 | More by brystmar
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark brown pour with just a hint of red in it. Extremely large and fluffy very light brown head. Smattering of lacing.

S: Creamy roasted malt with a touch of chocolate and coffee maybe.

T: Pretty much follows the nose. Creamy with mild roasted malt char mainly. Touch of coffee and chocolate. Smoke comes out and lingers a bit in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and creamy.

O: Pretty decent porter, nothing amazing but nothing offensive about it either. Notably creamy and smooth mouthfeel makes it feel bigger than it is. Otherwise a simple porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 03:49:01 | More by Dope
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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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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 12:17:12 | More by papat444
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 00:48:20 | More by johnnnniee
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter.

A: Dark brown with a one-finger, tan, creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Malt, chocolate, and coffee.

T: Light sweetness and moderate bitterness. Smokey with an oak-like flavor. Roasted coffee finish.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Kind of thin.

O: Both of these porters were just above average. Nothing special about either one. I think they were pretty comparable - no winner here.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 03:47:46 | More by SolipsismalCat
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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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Lucky 7 Porter from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.