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Lucky 7 Porter - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Lucky 7 PorterLucky 7 Porter

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Reviews: 102
Hads: 326
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 22.07%
Wants: 12
Gots: 51 | 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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Reviews: 102 | Hads: 326
Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar; upon closer inspection there are traces of brownish red in color when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a sort beige head that nearly completely faded away, leaving only a few patches of bubbles on the surface.
S: Light aromas of sweet malts are present in the nose—these somewhat resemble molasses.
T: Like the smell, and he taste is a little sweet and has flavors of dark malts, cola, and molasses.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This porter is easy to drink, but nothing really stands out in the taste as being very interesting.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to joecaddie for the bottle.

Pours dark brown with a light tan head and a bit of lace. Good retention. Nose brings some chocolate a good deal of darker malt. Taste is a bit more plain with some slight chocolate and a bit of semi-roasted malt. Good body and carbonation. Drinks pretty well and is a nice introduction to the brewery.

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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

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
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

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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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 10/18/11 notes. Had on tap at the Evolution event at FireWorks in Arlington, VA.

a - Pours a very dark brown color, almost black, with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and light bitter coffee. Pretty good porter, very roasty.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, light caramel and bready malts, and light coffee. Sweeter than the nose and mroe chocolate, which I like a lot. A step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty good porter. I was disappointed the label for their Morning Woods stout did not get approved in time for the event (damn you VA laws), but this was a nice substitution. Would order it again.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is a shade before black, an extremely dark brown with tight one finger brown head. Nice lacing down the glass.

S: Roasted malt, some coffee, a little bit of chocolate. There is also a nice smoky aroma as well.

T: Nice roasty flavor which melds nicely to some coffee and chocolate. A little caramel near the end and a smoky taste on the finish. The chocolate flavor kicks in again on the finish.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth, low carbonation.

O: Very drinkable, another good beer from Evo!

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Photo of stakem
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Joecaddie for this extra.

A: very dark brown, medium head, no lace

S: various malts, brown sugar

T: Tastes more like a brown ale than a porter, in many ways. That being said, it's a nice brew. Malty, with a touch of sweet brown sugar. There is a subtle smokiness and toffee flavor. Not as complex as I had hoped, after reading seven malts were used, but again, a nice brew.

M: moderate carbonation, decent aftertaste

D: I'd have this again, but I wouldn't actively seek it out.

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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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Ray's the Classics Steak house, good bartender! Poured into a shaker pint on tap.

With a quarter inch head on the pour of a nice cream looking light tan brown and tiny bubbles. The body is a nice dark brown with gorgeous red hues. This beer also has BIG great lacing on the drink. Great looking beer.

A real simple and just good nose. Nice pleasant malts and hints of roastyness, even a hint of just fresh brewed coffee.

Taste though at first is strangely very fizzy. This is very soda pop like in feel and nature at first, but once you get past that which you can, there are some small malt tastes and some chewy textures. The finish on the beer is VERY good though with a nice malt aromatics.

I've had better tasting porters but this one was still satisfying and good to me.

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Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer has a fizzy, low profile, light tan head that quickly dissipates once the carbonation bubbles out. The beer itself is a dark, deep, molasses coloring, almost black. Aromas of chocolate, subtle roasted notes, hints of coffee bitterness, nutty sweetness, and a subtle toffee rich character. You really have the let the carbonation fizzle out before you can get down in there on the nose. Flavors are rich and roasted forward, with bittersweet baker's cocoa forward, subtle toffee notes, hints of coffee and cream, and earthy tones. The body is extremely light and effervesced by the enormous amount of carbonation. There is a subtle chocolate and toffee aftertaste that lingers through the crisp, clean, effervesced and bubbly finish. Tasty beer.

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Photo of akorsak
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at John Steven. Ltd. in a tumbler.

A: A dark black, maybe more coffe brown than not. Up close, that is borne out. A thin off-white head came with the glass.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee, stand out. The chocolate is bitter, a semi-sweet version.

T: The darker beer delivers all that I expected, semi-sweet baker's chocolate and coffee. The chocolate is bitterly acrid, dark with little sweetness. Coffee is richer, adding the sweetness that the chocolate can't deliver. A citrus hoppiness follows but the dark malts highlight the porter.

M: The mouthfeel is moderate. A little thin at times, the porter needs the bitterness throughout.

D: The moderate strength and rich porter flavors remind me of why I loved Evolution from the get-go.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of tone77
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Lucky 7 Porter from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
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