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Black Duck Porter - Greenport Harbor Brewing Company

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36 Reviews
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Reviews: 36
Hads: 169
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 8.73%
Wants: 13
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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Greenport Harbor Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bonbright7 on 08-24-2009

A black ale that puts the flavor of the malt front and center. It has a mild hop character that balances strong notes of cocoa and hints of coffee. A full-bodied roasty treat that finishes dry. Pairs well with chocolate, BBQ, as well as fresh shellfish.
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Photo of BF1977
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite porters of all time.

Black in color with a 1/4 inch brown head.

Full malty flavor with hints of chocolate and coffee. Solid mouth feel, not thin, but not overly thick either.

Finshes smooth with little after taste.

I could drink this all day long. It's a great example of this style. (318 characters)

Photo of KWolf
4.66/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Exceptionally clean and drinkable session Porter. Nice and malty in all the right places. Super fine and thick Lacey tan head yields to a smoother than silk coffee and dark chocolate finish.
Very well done. (206 characters)

Photo of bgold86
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't usually rate porters this high, but this example is well deserving. Really nice, hints of coffee and chocolate and finishes really nicely, not too bitter. (162 characters)

Photo of david18
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a sixteen ounce glass of this at Rattle n Hum in New York City. Greenport has been making quite a splash in New York as of late and has given the other Long Island Breweries a run for their money. This porter is, in my opinion, their best and one of the better English Porters I've had.

Pours a dark, reddish brown with alight amount of carbonation and good lacing along the side of the glass.

Aroma is smokey and very good. You can detect wood as well as dark malts and hops.

Flavor is quite intense, especially considering the low alcohol content. Very complex with alot going on.

Overall, as very good beer and one that I'll have as often as I can find it. (669 characters)

Photo of cavedave
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to doomXsaloon for sharing this delicious beer!

Dark as night with a light brown two fingers of foam atop. Nice lace clings with oily tenacity to the tulip.

Full strength aroma that is all the roasty goodness you could ask for, bitter chocolate, coffee, burnt caramel, and even a touch of herbal bitter too, with a merest hint of neutral sweet to balance it to a superb bouquet.

The taste is all the flavors of the nose balanced excellently, that merest hint of sweet going a long way to bring out the impact of the roasty notes, which never get acrid. The sip ends with the bitter notes rising in victory. Very delicious

Considering how clean the flavor profile is, how perfect the carb is, and how dry and lovely the finish is, I hate to ding this for being just the slightest bit thin for style, especially as it is so refreshing.

Delicious beer, highly recommended, all you could want in t a porter, and more. (935 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery.

Poured an oily black hue with a one finger foamy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a robust roasted malt with the accompanying coffee and charcoal notes.

The taste consisted of an upfront roasted grain with a residual smokiness.

The mouthfeel was clean and finished dry. Good carbonation.

Overall a superior porter. Enjoyed fresh from the source. (411 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +6%

04/16/14 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Had this two drinks ago so my impression lags real-time but I can say this is an enjoyable brew. Not TOO much of anything including the ABV but worthy nonetheless.

03/28/12 Solid flavors. Cold weather brew. Save it for last as it's not a quaffer. (285 characters)

Photo of albern
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First a word about the brewery. This is a very interesting, no frills, compact, easily accessible brewery that offers sample tasters of its four ales. You literally walk into the wide open front doors and you belly up to the small bar. There are four taps at present, which also seconds as a growler station. The owner was pouring the day I went there. There is one brewer, no assistants, so the quality rests with him. The Harbor Ale is their flagship beer, but I find the Black Duck Porter the most interesting.

According to the brewer, he's aiming at a cocoa powder like chocolatey flavored porter with no adjunct beyond the malt variety. Through roasted malts, chocolate malts, brown malts, and others, I believe he has succeeded admirably. There is a teeny bit of hop in the finish, just to tighten things up, but this beer is really a simple enough porter that has a nice sweetish base, some drying elements underneath, a nice hop kiss in the finish, and just lots of chocolatey, mocha, cocoa powder substance.

The beer has a very nice thick frothy head with some caramel aroma in the nose. The lacing and billowing is quite evident. It's an enticing beer, the best that this small, new, compact brewery has to offer, and a real seeker-outer. The distribution isn't much beyond Greenport, but they will be on their way if they keep making beers like the Black Duck. There is a pumpkin ale coming out in a couple of weeks. (1,431 characters)

Photo of bonbright7
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this Porter at the brewery's opening party, so I knew I had to buy the growler to share with friends. The black and brown ale with the tan head appeared to have a medium body as it rolled around the pint glass with a shake of my wrist. The aroma of cream in strong coffee and butter on toasted bread came to mind with each taste.

The impressive dark malt character of the ale reminded me of an English Porter from a cask, which was highlighted by chocolate and roasted coffee bitterness. It was remarkably easy to drink in the hot weather of an August afternoon in Greenport, NY. It seemed to mild in the abv area and it tasted great for a new entry to LI. (663 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF from beerloserLI. 12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, dark bread, light coffee, herbal, light dark fruit, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity/earthy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, dark bread, light coffee, herbal, light dark fruit, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, dark bread, light coffee, herbal, light dark fruit, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and slightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is an awesome English porter style. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity/earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,617 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Village Tavern in Geneseo, NY.

This one pours a glossy dark black, with a quarter inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells great, nice mix of chocolate and coffee in unison, with some roasted malt as well.

This is definite a simple classic porter- nothing you won't see elsewhere, but the balance is what the key is here. All of the flavors are bold, especially for the ABV, and in harmony with each other- chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Nice stuff.

This one is medium bodied, pretty thick considering the ABV and whatnot, with a fairly creamy mouthfeel.

A really nice porter, and a good introduction to this brewery. (647 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - dark reddish brown with a good head.
Smell - toasty sweet smell
Taste -very toasty with some sweetness.
Feel - crisp with a bite
Overall - love it (154 characters)

Photo of Amalak
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (340 characters)

Photo of Gmann
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (655 characters)

Photo of greybeardloon
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bierkraft growler

A: Dark brown with a light brown head.

S: Roasted malt and smoke. Some hops.

T: Roasted malt with some smoke or char. There's a very faint vanilla sweetness, but this beer is considerably less sweet than many porters. In the middle, there's a fruitiness that brings "sour" to mind, but I don't actually taste any sourness. It finishes with char and hop bitterness. This is a robust porter, but no one note overwhelms everything else.

M: About what I expect from a porter.

O: Flavorful, drinkable porter with a commendably modest abv. (556 characters)

Photo of SkunkWorks
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery. Was a very dark brown with a cream colored head that went away quickly and left behind good lacing. The aroma is malty with caramel and hints of coffee. The taste is malty and a little bitter (which I liked). Kinda thin mouthfeel but highly drinkable.

Its a very solid porter and definitely worth a try. (332 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark amber in color. A thin layer of beige bubbles consistently covered the surface.
S: There is a light aroma of bitter and dark roasted malts in the nose.
T: There are flavors of dark roasted malts and notes of bitter coffee in the taste. These are incredibly well balanced and seem to be in harmony. There is a moderate amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and there is a little bit of dryness in the finish.
D: This is a solid drinking porter that I would definitely have again. (541 characters)

Photo of Tschnab
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark almoost black but deep ruby when held to the light. Tight bubbles make up a a dark tan head and some sticky lace.

S- hint of vanilla with milk chocolate and burnt toast and espresso.

T- classic porter taste here, although it leans on the sweeter side. Not as roasty as I would like, but it is incredibly smooth and goes down the hatch with ease.

O- A local treat that has me thinking that Greenport is a place I should be keeping an eye on. (451 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (667 characters)

Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (482 characters)

Photo of JonAdams
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Here at Paulie Gee's in Brooklyn. Served in a standard pint glass from on tap. Very small head, dissipates quickly, nothing sticks to the sides of the glass.
Very deep color, but very clear. Just a little lighter in color than something like cola, but not much.
Low alcohol, scent is a bit of coffee, roasted malt.
Taste is a bit complex, coffee and honey, maybe. Pleasant to drink.
Low carbonation, was going to say flat but them I let it sit on my tongue for a moment an there was plenty of sharpness from the carbonation, just can't see it.
There's also a creaminess or maybe a vanilla taste/nose that is there, but it's not cloying.
Would recommend this to those who like a Guinness type stout but looking for a little more adventure. (741 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -0.2%

an outstanding glass of porter here, looking dark as pavement from the tap, with a mocha cream head on top and a deep dark complexion that flashes milk chocolate brown to obsidian black. the nose and taste are in line with one another, loaded with coffee notes and bitter roasted barley. it could be called a stout and not be off, its got the body and the roast levels for it, but it maintains its drinkability with a very clean finish from a robust yeast strain and a minimal hop profile. i think its very authentic, but also very rich and perfect for the new england autumn, which is fast approaching. so smooth in mouthfeel, just puffy like a marshmallow on the palate, but loaded with the dark malt character. one of the better homegrown porters ive had this year, and a great first impression was made here on me by the greenport harbor folks. looks from their listing like they do some cool stuff too. (907 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (401 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (366 characters)

Photo of scootny
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,124 characters)

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Black Duck Porter from Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
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