Lucky 7 Porter - Evolution Craft Brewing Company
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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
4/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
11-07-2011 19:43:35 | More by Kegatron
3.98/5 rDev +9%
Quite nice! Got this one from a friend when she visited Delmar. The smell was great! Smokiness, chocolate, and overpowering coffee that makes a great porter. The taste was exactly what the aroma led on, amazing. The mouthfeel left me with more to be desired. Minimal carbonation (usual with a porter), but lacking in the back of the throat. Definitely sessionable, i would order this beer again
11-03-2011 02:17:15 | More by chefdaddy18042
4/5 rDev +9.6%
12 oz bottle generously provided as an extra in trade.
A - Dark brown, allowing just a bit of light to pass through. Perfect color for a porter. Little head and poor lacing.
S - Excellent aroma of chocolate and coffee, with loads of roasted malt. Really impressive without being too aggressive.
T - Follows the nose fairly well -- you get coffee, roasted malts up the wazoo, and a chocolate-y finish. Has both dark and milk chocolate flavors. Slightly sour taste is present in the finish, but only a little.
M - Medium body with just-right carbonation for a porter. Finishes neutral, with no dryness.
O - Overall this beer was a great surprise! I enjoyed it immensely and will certainly seek it out if I have the opportunity in the future.
10-29-2011 17:14:04 | More by greenmonstah
3.8/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
10-20-2011 16:49:34 | More by mdfb79
3.53/5 rDev -3.3%
If this were any darker you'd think it were a stout. The head is thick, constructed of tiny bubbles and beige with decent retention. The smell is toasted bread, red wine and a hint of tobacco with those flavors coming through in the taste as well. But it dries out in the mouth and the aftertaste is reminiscent of malt aspect of malt vinegar...no sour.
The beginning is semi-sweet, but finished dry but not cleanly. A grainy mineral feel sits in the corners of the mouth, blocking off the salivary glands. It's on the thinner side of medium which is perfect for a brown porter. It's pretty and all, but it needs the flavor elements to come together a little better.
10-08-2011 00:14:41 | More by Naugros
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
3.35/5 rDev -8.2%
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
09-07-2011 01:54:51 | More by brentk56
3.85/5 rDev +5.5%
A - Poured with a dark brown body that showcased some ruby highlights...a tan, two finger head appeared and slowly fell to a full cap...there was some light lacing left behind
S - The nose is very roasty...chocolate can be picked up right away...a trace of vanilla is lingering in the background...I felt the nose was just pretty one dimensional
T - Again, the roasted flavors stand strong...this time the are bringing more to the table...the chocolate flavor again stands out the most...it has a slightly bitter quality to it but the caramel from the malts tames that...the vanilla comes back to sweeten things up...the finish provides some underlying coffee and actually some bright hops...a very nice surprise there
M - Medium bodied...it provides a lot of roast with a nice hoppy backbone...my only complaint is that it comes up a little thin sometimes
O - I'm glad I picked up this bottle...a nice porter...I tried it after their ESB and I was much happier with this...I still enjoy Lot 3 better
09-02-2011 12:22:34 | More by thain709
3.93/5 rDev +7.7%
Pours a dark black with a thick tan head that fades fast and leaves ok lacing.
The aroma is a nice balance of coffee, roasted malts, caramel, cocoa, and earthy notes.
The taste follows. Nothing complex, but nice balance. Coffee, roasted malst, rich caramel sweetness, dark chocolate and earthy hops.
A bit thin and watery for the style.
Overall, a nice, drinkable dark beer.
08-21-2011 02:29:37 | More by JayS2629
3.53/5 rDev -3.3%
I goofed up on this one and put it in the freezer for a little too long. A good amount ice sludge was in the bottle but was able to salvage enough while the rest thawed.
A- Black in the glass, ecen when held up to the light. Nice 1+ finger mocha head thay stays around for a little while. Some decent lacing left after a few swirls. Nice lookong porter.
S- not a ton going on but getting some roasty and smoke scents ive let it warm up and still the same scent. Not bad but not too much to take in.
T- Big malt upfront followed by a ton of smoke. Its like eating a campfire in a good way. Smoke turns sweet toward the end. Nice but the smoke totally takes over.
M- thinner mouthfeel with not too much carbonation.
O- started off nice woth some nice smokeand good look. The smokw too over a little too mich and offered not too much else.
08-19-2011 01:24:51 | More by Gushue3
3.53/5 rDev -3.3%
12 oz bottle poured into pint glass
A: Poured a very dark brown color with about a finger & a 1/2 or tan colored head that settled to a nice ring with good lacing.
S: I'm getting a smokey aroma, mixed with dark chocolate, cherries and sweet malt.
T: Definitely sweet, a little astringent upfront ... then the smoke and chocolate kicks in mid pallet .... finish is mainly bitter chocolate.... 7 malts and they are all here.
M: Medium bodied... with a little creamy feeling. Moderate carbonation throughout.. leaves the mouth a little on the dry side.
D: Pretty good porter... I like the smokiness, it adds a nice level to the bitter chocolate... Plus the low ABV makes it a pretty good session beer.... worth looking for...
My first Evolution brew and it was a good one.
08-07-2011 23:12:06 | More by mralphabet
3.58/5 rDev -1.9%
Pours a deep dark brown with a one finger tan head that faded quickly into thin ring, very little lacing.
Aroma of coffee, roasted malt and hints of chocolate.
Taste followed the nose with toasty malt, dark coffee and a slight caramel sweetness.
Mouth Feel was very thin body, watery with moderate carbonation and a dry after taste.
Overall this would have been a nice porter if it had some thickness ad creaminess.
08-02-2011 14:49:54 | More by dtivp
3.53/5 rDev -3.3%
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A - Pours a dark brown a huge tan to dark tan head that is very fizzy. Streaks of lacing left on the glass.
S - Coffee and nutty.
T - Smokey, coffee, and nuts.
D - Lots of carbonation, but a touch bitter.
O - What a porter is expected to taste like
08-02-2011 05:16:28 | More by HuskyinPDX
2.6/5 rDev -28.8%
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.
07-20-2011 04:42:39 | More by mactrail
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
I poured the porter into a crystal mug. The color is a deep brown, almost black, when held into the light, a deep red shining through. The head is a tan color, about a finger thick, but dissipates fast leaving only a little lacing around the glass.
Smelling the beer I detect the roasted notes of coffee, dark chocolate, sweetness of caramel.
The taste up front gives you the roasted flavors of coffee and dark chocolate, being met in the middle by sweeter caramel, honey notes. The finish is a bittersweet lingering of malt.
This porter is a worthy candidate it's kind. It is medium bodied and very drinkable. Good job!
06-15-2011 02:32:52 | More by Hopfenpeter
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
3.53/5 rDev -3.3%
Bottle from Chevy Chase.
Pours a dark brown with reddish brown highlights. There's a creamy, light brown head that recedes to a disk, leaving some lace. The nose is solid. Roast, chocolate, coffee and caramel are all present, though the balance leans towards the chocolate and caramel. A mild hop character is present, a little leafy. The palate opens with a blend of roasty bitterness and some caramel sweetness. Some chocolate liqueur is also present. Coffee appears mid-palate, this beer dries out on the finish, with a mild smoky, roasty malt character lingering. A little thin in body, this beer is light, feeling a little watery, and is moderately carbonated. A decent, above-average porter.
05-30-2011 01:10:01 | More by DefenCorps
3.58/5 rDev -1.9%
Review from notes. Poured into a 22 oz. chalace at Bethany Blues in Lewes DE. Opaque black color with a chocolate head that loomed a thin lace without much staying power. Head retention seemed a little drab but that is probably due to a very lazy pour. What head is visible leans toward a very expresso like foam. Warming up the nose gives off some dark chocolate and slightly smoked coffee. I rather like this combination of dark roasted malt and sweet choc aroma. Tasted a bit thin as I have read about in previous reviews and I must agree. I am a fan of all things EVO but this one left me a bit unsatisfied. The body could have been improved and for such a handle on aroma I was surprised to find it lacking in that department. The flavors are of intense charred grist and coffee. Midway down a slurry of dark choc and raspberry play with a very bitter hop profile that nums the palate and has almost a chilling effect on your tongue. I love it!! Overall its a big beer witha
05-20-2011 18:19:53 | More by jmfc8237
3.55/5 rDev -2.7%
Thanks to mdaschaf for this one. My third Evolution beer to date.
Poured with little vigor, yet this beer produced a fast rising, rocky head of sandy color. It quickly subsided however. The beer itself is near black, with dark cola brown hues around the edges. Pretty thin looking, and left no lace.
Smells very rich and roasty. Dark burnt malt and char, and lots of coffee, with just a hint of that roasted peanut aroma that I love in darker beers.
As in the nose, the taste is full of dark coffee flavors. Dry ash provides bitterness. There's a bit of sweetness mid palate, and then the finish is very bitter, I assume a combination of the roasted barley and hops.
Feels very thin and watery. A little body and this beer could really shine imo.
Overall a very solid porter, but nothing amazing. Once again, I must say that I feel blessed to have Edmund Fitzgerald in my backyard.
05-20-2011 07:25:19 | More by Spider889
3.38/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
05-16-2011 01:20:20 | More by jlindros
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
3.5/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
04-28-2011 03:26:24 | More by alleykatking
3.3/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
04-15-2011 16:43:32 | More by OakedCanuck
Lucky 7 Porter from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.