Black Duck Porter - Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
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Reviews by Durge:
3.53/5 rDev -13.1%
Found at The Beer Bar in Manhattan and served in a large chalice this porter has a solid black brown appearance with a respectable light chocolate colored thin layer of foam and excellent lacing. The aroma suggests a boozy chocolate malt with a hint of grassy hop. The flavor brings much more of a charcoal grass blend and very little chocolate. It seems to have an odd swampiness to it, a bit like stagnant water, that isn't wowing me but it generally overcomes this to provide an overall okay taste. The grassy hop slides into a sort of herbal idea in conjunction with the alligator water element. The booziness from the aroma also dissipates as you adjust to the flavor of this medium bodied brew with a midland, slightly resinous feel. As porters go I can't help but wish this had a bit more malt centric flavors and the tainted water thing does it no favors. If the off flavor is intended, then I'd have to say, don't waste your time. But if it was just a bad line or something, this might have potential. It may be an overhopped outcome but as one who worships hop indulgence, I have to doubt that. I'm going to assume something was a bit off in this first sample but it makes it hard to judge.
12-30-2012 07:39:55 | More by Durge
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3.9/5 rDev -3.9%
Growler filled at Steinmann Deli in Yorktown, NY ($11.99)
Near black, dark tan head, that stays nicely.
More then a hint of chalky chocolate in the nose.
Robust and flavorful porter. More chocolate, dark malts, smoke and some vanilla to add to the complexity. Would do well with some BBQ, or a chocolate desert.
Enjoyable, clearly a quality creation in brewing. More good beer from Long Island NY
03-31-2012 20:42:00 | More by Billolick
4/5 rDev -1.5%
Had on tap at Whole Foods on Columbus Circle in NYC. Review from notes.
A: Served in a pint glass, Black Duck was dark brown with one finger tan head on top. Good retention, lasting for at least half of the glass, before slowly reducing to a thin cap on top. Foamy lacing left behind.
S: Lightly roasted malt, a little bit of chocolate and cocoa, and a hint of smoke actually.
T: Similar to the aroma, lightly roasted malt and chocolate. There is a surprising bitterness at the end.
M: Medium bodied with active carbonation. Has a bitter and slightly dry finish.
O: Great flavor for a low abv beer. Another surprising gem from a brewery I had never heard of.
01-06-2012 19:26:39 | More by mdaschaf
4/5 rDev -1.5%
A - Pours dark brown, with a brown foam. Plenty of lacing.
S - Smells of cocoa and roasted malt.
T - Pretty tasty. Some sweetness that is kinda like belgian chocolate. There is a roasted malty flavor that continues throughout. Gives off a little smoky heat at the end.
M - Feels a bit heavier than it is. Really hits the tongue with both sweet, smoky, and bitter notes.
O - May be my favorite Greenport Beer. Really a solid porter that anyone who enjoys the style would like.
01-14-2012 22:27:08 | More by socon67
3.9/5 rDev -3.9%
Had a pint at Astoria Bier and Cheese on a Sunday afternoon. Overall, this was just a nice smooth, yet roasty porter. There was a mild, underlying creaminess that should come with an English porter. There's no hops presence, but the barley brings a great mix of light espresso, blackened toast, and touch of dry, dark chocolate. Order a pint if you find this on tap.
11-12-2012 03:26:08 | More by tempest
4.1/5 rDev +1%
Pours a near black color with a nice creamy tan head that settles into a light ring.
The aroma is of roasted malt/barley, some tea notes, and a light touch of smoke/wood.
The taste has a nice wet wood and smoke flavor to go along with a mild roasted malt flavor. There is a tea like sourness towards the end. Some hints of bittersweet chocolate pop through.
Moderate to full feel, definitely a heavier porter. Tingly carbonation helps breakup the heavy body. Finishes with a roasty bitterness.
This is a dang flavorful porter and at a low ABV so it gets bonus points. I really like the woody/light smoke flavor. Best that I have had from this brewery.
12-12-2010 04:06:38 | More by Gmann
3.9/5 rDev -3.9%
A huge head as I pour from my 64 oz ( Best Yet Market in Harlem $9.99, what a deal!) Finally able to fill the glass and the settles to two plus fingers, Slow fade leave a light covering and decent lace here and there. Fluid is dark brown with garnet highlights. Almost opaque but some light does get through when it is bright enough. Smell has lots of roasted grains and some char/smoke. A very nice blend of molasses and a dark English style yeast fruitiness. A bit of dark chocolate infused espresso. Some earthy hops. Taste has a great blend of dark roasted flavors. Coffee, chocolate malt, cocoa nibs. A bit of molasses sweetened brown dinner rolls. Yeast esters give a fruity glue to the overall character. Hops are dry and earthy giving a clean finish that leaves a light note of fresh hop leafiness. Feel is medium weight with a crisp refreshing dryness. Carbonation is just on the lower side but still enough to make my mouth happy. A great session ale. I went through the growler as I cleaned up my yard preparing for hurricane Sandy, eating dinner and watching football. Refreshing, quenching, and satisfying. Yum.
10-29-2012 04:16:28 | More by scootny
3.8/5 rDev -6.4%
Growler from Bierkraft into .3l tulip
Pours deep brown, flat brown with a very full, milky head of tan/almond that leaves full lacing.
Not much to the smell, faint malts and not much else.
Very full malt with a nice hop presence midmouth. The mouthfeel falls nicely in line with the flavor, and the milder notes are extended as this is not so heavy as to sit on the palate and force the dominant flavor.
Easy drinking darker beer. A decent, as I remember it, interpretation of the style. I would have liked to have this casked but this will have to do. The 4.7abv is a nice change of pace and accentuates the ability to make a full flavored brew with needing crushing abv/booze presence.
03-12-2011 22:48:45 | More by CooperEllis
4.15/5 rDev +2.2%
I had out of a growler that was purchased off the tap at the brewery.
A. Extremely dark brown, basically black. Beautiful, thick foamy tan head and a ton of lace.
S. Thick, nutty chocolate scent.
T. Has a good sour chocolate taste. Basically like chocolate milk with a hint of alcohol.
M. Burt. Muddy. Thick.
O. It's your prototype porter.
11-21-2011 02:21:46 | More by Amalak
Black Duck Porter from Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.