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Lucky 7 Porter - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

255 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 11
Gots: 29 | 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 thain709
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

thain709, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

JayS2629, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of Gushue3
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Gushue3, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of mralphabet
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

mralphabet, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of dtivp
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

dtivp, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

HuskyinPDX, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of mactrail
2.6/5  rDev -29%
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.

mactrail, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Hopfenpeter, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of nukem5
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

nukem5, Jun 13, 2011
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
Lucky 7 Porter from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.