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Lucky 7 Porter - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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246 Ratings

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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 10
Gots: 26 | 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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Photo of DefenCorps
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

DefenCorps, May 30, 2011
Photo of jmfc8237
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

jmfc8237, May 20, 2011
Photo of Spider889
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mdaschaf for this one. My third Evolution beer to date.

Live review.

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.

Spider889, May 20, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

jlindros, May 16, 2011
Photo of dhartogs
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

dhartogs, May 12, 2011
Photo of alleykatking
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

alleykatking, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of OakedCanuck
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

OakedCanuck, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of garuda
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, no freshness dating

A - Pours a clear deep ruby with a thin tan head that recedes to a thin layer of bubbles, but leaves good lacing down the glass.

S - Roasted malts, creamy coffee, some tobacco and a touch of dark chocolate.

T - Follows the nose with balancing green, leafy hop bitterness and tobacco smokiness in the finish.

M - Velvety smooth, full bodied with low carbonation. Feels geat.

O - Nicely done porter. This would go great with a steak or some bbq. I would definitely buy this again.

garuda, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

mdaschaf, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of jsanford
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
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?

jsanford, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of robwestcott
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to thecpj and the Noob bif round 3 for this one.

poured cold and aggressively from the bottle an opaque near black to a surly darkness 10oz goblet with an extremely thin and very short lasting off white head.

subtle aroma of black coffee and perhaps a bit of dark chocolate (?) and not much else.

malty, sweet, hints of coffee and semi sweet baking chocolate. hey wait - graham crackers (?).

medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet, no bitter, big malts, no hops.

drinkable - yep.

robwestcott, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
2.28/5  rDev -37.7%
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.

Rhettroactive, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

smakawhat, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of victory4me
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard shaker.

Pours jet black, almost opaque. Held to the light and there is glimmer of light passing through. Big three finger head, which I like for a porter and leaves behind gobs of lacing. Huge roasty aroma, burnt coffee and a bit of bitter chocolate.

Taste is nice, lots of bold roasted flavors with hints of smoke and char. Finishes sweet with borderline vanilla notes. The taste is above average, but I cannot help feeling that the taste is effected by the lack of body. Very thin mouthfeel for the style leaves a lot to be desired.

The thin mouthfeel is the difference between this being an upper-echelon porter and a decent one. This is a good beer and one that I intend to purchase and drink again. First beer from Evolution and it certainly was not a disappointment. Solid.

victory4me, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of akorsak
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

akorsak, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

womencantsail, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of argock
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into Duvel tulip. Enjoy by Mar 2011 notched on label. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.80.

A: Very dark brown with beige highlights and tan 1-2 finger head with good retention and very nice lattice of lace.

S: Mostly roasted malt, light chocolate and coffee notes, tobacco hops finish the aroma

T: Not overly sweet, heavy on the roasted malt flavor, light caramel is knocked down by black cold coffee and bittersweet chocolate. A bit of cigar ash tobacco hops in the finish which grows a bit with the chocolate with warming.

M: Good body for the style, no more than medium with low carbonation and slick overall feel.

D: A pretty good porter that hits the style solidly on target. No big flourishes except for the tobacco ash hops bit, which I didn't care for much. Otherwise, a very solid brew.

argock, Jan 18, 2011
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.

larryi86, Jan 12, 2011
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.

NeroFiddled, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of chodinheaven
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, but for some reason it was nearly impossible to pour due to an excess of head. Let it sit after buying for a couple days? I don't know but after I got through that, I enjoyed the smooth, almost milky? mouthfeel. Carbonation level was perfect. Could've used some more hops I think. Pretty easy to drink, and always something impressive about a straight up black beer.

chodinheaven, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Evolution Lucky 7 Porter on tap at The Cat's Eye Pub in Baltimore, MD. Served in a pint. I have also had this beer at the Southern Boys Beer Festival in Salisbury, MD.

Appearance: Incredibly black, big white fluffy head. Low carbonation, good lacing. Nice decent appearing, typical of a porter, nothing outstanding.

Smell: Comes through as roasty, a little watery. Some hoppy bitterness, mild. Aromas of coffee poured into the filter and let to sit there until the next morning. A bit of a stale bathroom whiff, sticky piss and crusted dingleberries.

Taste: Thin outright, followed by a smooth touch of roasty bitterness and a tad of vanilla-like sweetness. Could use more body and flavor, a bit of this and a tad of that.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, medium-to-low body, chewy finish. Nice roastiness all around.

Drinkability: Great, chuggable, sessionable. A bit boring, though, and thin. Not too enjoyable, a bit disappointing but super drinkable.

I think Evolution brews great beers, but this one is just average-to-good.

DoubleSimcoe, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of jampics2
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A generous extra from a trader. 12oz bottle into a snifter.

Black with a touch of red around the edges. Little head recedes to a film. The beer is relatively opaque with just a touch of light passing through. The color is nice but the lack of head makes me think twice before diving in.

The beer smells of roasted malt with a touch of smoke and chocolate. Some coffee notes are also observed along withs some sweet caramelized malt. Very pleasant and inviting nose.

The taste has a nice smoked edge. There's some great chocolate and coffee notes from the roasted malt, and, thankfully the acidity is kept low and this doesn't become acrid. The sweetness and bitter/earthy flavors live together in perfect harmony. This isn't super-complex but has some depth that sets it apart from some simpler takes on the style.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation that is just a touch more sparkling than I like. That being said, I enjoyed this and would drink it again. It's certainly more enjoyable than some porters I've had recently.

jampics2, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #37 (Feb 2010):

Big, frothy tan head is tempted to overflow but holds strong; dark leather-brown color sheds no glow for the eyes. Dry cocoa powder, hint of charcoal and used coffee grounds infiltrate the nostrils. Smoothness is nearly silky with a creamy backdrop. Roasty to the hilt but does not pass the point of being too much. Burnt sugar, smoky charcoal, Sumatra-roast coffee and unsweetened dark chocolate all come to mind as the malt drops a bomb on the palate. Hint of alcohol and dark fruit in the middle. Hops are a forethought, yet enough is thrown into the mix to help keep any sweetness in check. Pleasant roasty finish.

Top-notch Porter here: If you put your ear up to this beer, you would swear is quietly cries to be with oysters.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of yuriruley
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark with a little bit of white/tan head, and decent amount of lacing.

Smell - smells sweet and grainy, with robust maltiness.

taste - A lot sweeter than I was expecting, has a good toasted malt background and graininess. Small hints of coffee flavors leaving a slightly bitter after taste.

Mouthfeel - Good amount of carbonation, creaminess, drinks pretty well.

Drink - Easy to drink, and pretty enjoyable.

Pretty good beer, would drink it again. Not my favorite porter, but not bad at all.

yuriruley, Nov 01, 2010
Lucky 7 Porter from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.