Black Duck Porter - Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
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3.38/5 rDev -16.7%
Reviewed on 9/30/2009. On tap at the brewery. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and sweet sugary malt. Flavor of burnt roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and pretzels. Ok but a little bland. I was hoping for a touch more flavor and a stronger palate from this one.
12-19-2009 02:39:07 | More by LilBeerDoctor
3.5/5 rDev -13.8%
This brew was served from the tap at Rattle N’ Hum in New York, NY. It arrived in a standard pint glass. The brew glowed the deepest brown color, showing a thick haze but no sediment. A one finger tall tan head stood firm, showing average retention. Rings of lacing were left around the glass as it disappeared. Carbonation appeared average. The nose was of adjuncty grain, with barley and a rye-like bite. Thick roasts and char came through on the back, with vinegar sours to cut. A light booze seeped out with warmth. Our first impression upon sipping was of a deep bitterness of malts, with a certain muddy quality about them. The flavoring opened up with an apparent alcohol from the outset, mixing with darker, sour malts, and a hint of smoke. The middle took the sourness to the peak, with light citric hops for the balance, and a crashing follow through of adjuncts and metallic coffee bite. The finish was with soy sauce saltiness, seaweed, more vinegar, char, and surprisingly calming lactics. The aftertaste breathed of herbal darkness, apple sweetness, and of course, more of that souring char. The body was light to medium, and the carbonation was lower. A sour coating was left around the mouth, which became slick and dry to the tongue. The beer was watery at times, but there was still decent slurp and smack. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the pleasant mix of malts, and ultimately how smoothly the beer drank. The grain profile showed many faces, with rye, earthiness, and even that dog food graininess, but in a good way. The nose was found to be mild, and things lightened up too much in the taste at times. The sourness was also getting up there, with a pretty acidic finish, but really it was an appropriate, decent beer for the style.
05-26-2012 02:55:25 | More by TheBrewo
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
3.55/5 rDev -12.6%
Picked up a 32oz growler of this last week at whole foods in downtown nyc (in fliptop growler). Poured into ommegang tulip.
A - Poured a nice dark almost black, deep reddish brown. Had a thin cream colored head that evaporated pretty quickly.
S - Roasted malts with toffee and caramel. Hints of coffee with a soft sweet background. Really nice balance. Not as overpowering in the roasted or coffee direction like a lot of the other Porters you see a lot of these days. Seems like the sweetness in the background mellows it out a bit. Really nice smelling beer.
T - Watered down a bit for my tastes, but all malts in the flavor. Some of the nose can be tasted in the flavor, but more in the background. Malt for days. Pretty bitter too.
M - Little watery. Leaves a really dry after feel. As it opened up and warmed, it felt a lot more even, but had a bit of a sour feeling.
D - Overall pretty easy drinker. Not a bad porter, but a bit on the watery and bitter side for my tastes. Good one for the style and worth a try for Porter fans.
05-01-2010 00:17:48 | More by cosmicevan
District of Columbia
3.63/5 rDev -10.6%
On cask at Barcade in Brooklyn, NY. The beer is near black with a half inch of head. Ample lacing on the pint glass. The aroma offers chocolate, malt, roast. A bit of cocoa in the flavor with a slightly bitter finish. Pretty smooth on the palate. Overall, this was ok. Hard to pass up a cask ale.
08-19-2012 11:25:28 | More by Huhzubendah
3.73/5 rDev -8.1%
A pretty middle-of-the-road, classic American porter that’s very well-made if not totally exceptional. This growler pour was black with a smallish off-white head, some spotty lacing and fair retention. Typical aroma; roasty, a touch of chocolate and coffee; some trace aromatic hops lending a light floral touch.
It’s certainly a tasty porter in the traditional mold; mild chocolate and coffee notes peak out underneath the dominant roasted, slightly charred malt flavor. Again there is a hint of hoppiness giving the taste a bit of shape but remaining unobtrusive. The body and carbonation are both pretty much average for the style. Fairly dry and clean drinking.
Overall the experience wasn’t bad but not quite as enjoyable as the draft version; I may have spoiled myself a bit since that original pour with a wide range of quality porters and perhaps gotten a little more discerning.
04-30-2012 17:05:34 | More by tobelerone
Black Duck Porter from Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.