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Black Rabbit Porter - McMenamins

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26 Ratings
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Ratings: 26
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Porter |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-11-2003

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Ratings: 26 | Reviews: 12
Reviews by katybee:
Photo of katybee
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opaque dark brown with minimal quarter inch tan head.

Very little smell. If anything balanced between hops and maltiness.

This had the impression of maltiness but not any flavoring notes such as nuttiness or toastiness; if anything I thought it slightly hoppy, with the dry sourness of a Guinness. No real residual aftertaste although mildly malty.

Overall, on the thin side, with little creaminess. Too light-bodied for me compared to others.

A drinkable beer, but only average. The flavor was mild enough to be forgettable.

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Photo of Docer
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As far as I know, this is the porter I just had at their Vancouver, WA 164th and 18th brewpub... but the bartender seemed clueless and called it 'Black Dog' which doesn't show, and I know this must be their popular and flagship Porter.

- Nice super dark porter... half a finger of fine mocha colored cream blanket.. the nitro-tap certainly helped there. Clear rich cola brown where light could be seen.

- Light sweet grains, cocoa, super light bitter hop.. herbal.. light coffee notes.

- What a smooth balanced drinker of a Porter. This is what a Porter should be. Light, chocolate, grain, oats... bitter zing.... balanced and great.

- Light bodied with a slight creaminess to it. Lightly dry.

- Overall I am very impressed with this Porter. Like Fullers London porter... a flagship brew... and on Nitro which I like... and only a few blocks down the street from me. Win.

Photo of Anino531
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was one of six beers I tasted at McMenamin's Edgefield Brewery in Portland Oregon.

I am not big on Porter's but enjoyed the dark chocolate and nuttiness flavor of this beer. My buddy that was with me loved the beer and would most likely give it a higher rating then I.

Photo of jmbranum
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown liquid with a whte head

Lots roasted malt. Lingering richness matched with some brown sugar and dark chocolate. Just a hint of chocolate. Definitely some mollases.

Mouthfeel is just a tinge less heavy that the Terminator (from the same brewery).

Overall very drinkable. Will have another soon I hope.

(enjoyed at McMenamins Six Arms in Seattle)

Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at the brewpub in Mill Creek, WA. Like a lot of other reviewers have noticed, this was billed as simply "Porter" on their menu.

Appearance: rich dark brown hue with no haze. Head is thin with basically no lace and poor retention. A pretty traditional-looking porter, overall.

Smell: light, smooth, caramelly aroma. There's a hint of sourness; overall, it is a bit light, but quite authentic smelling.

Taste: a touch of rastiness and a hint of caramel. Just a little bit of sourness like a traditional porter. Some light, earthy hops and a nice balanced bitterness round out this porter. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: medium body with OK carbonation. It's serviceable.

Drinkability: a solidly tasty archetypal porter. I could quaff this stuff almost all night.

Photo of beerguy101
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby black color. Small white foamy head. Aroma is coffee and chocolate. A lighter bodied porter. Malts are roasted with hints of chocolate and coffee. Hops are slightly spicy. Nice flavor, but a little light for a porter. Very smooth. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and crisp. aftertaste is slightly bitter

Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color was nearly black, with ruby accents at the edges of the glass, and a moderate tannish head. The smell was good, but a little shy on strength...mostly sweetish chocolate notes. I enjoyed the taste...roastly sweet chocolate malt with cola and suggestions of licorice, with a lightly sweet finish...a very enjoyable set of flavors. The mouthfeel was appropriate for the style. A well done basic porter with satisfying flavors.

Photo of ccrida
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught pint at one of the generic strip mall pubs, on Allen Road in Beaverton. Appearance is dark blackish brown with a tight tan head that leaves heavy lace.

Smell is light toast.

Taste is clean, a bit ashy, well balanced.

Mouthfeel has a nice viscosity without being heavy.

Drinkability is pretty high. It was a strait forward porter, but well made and satisfying, not to heavy or robust.

Photo of chumba526
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears dark brown with a small tan head.

It smells of toffee, caramel, chocolate and coffee.

It tastes creamy: there is a nice subdued coffee and caramel flavor. The flavor of this beer is not complex but it is quite tasty. This is pretty much a stereotypical porter.

There is a low carbonation to this. The texture of this beer is creamy.

The drinkability is pretty good I could drink a couple of these.

Overall this is not a groundbreaking porter but it is nicely done. It is slightly above average. This is most likely the best beer McMenamins makes.

Photo of Tucquan
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2015-05-03 in Troutdale, OR at the Edgefield brewery on tap.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed a pint of this fine dark porter while savoring the afterglow of a Labor Day weekend sunset from the Rooftop Bar in McMinnville. The menu said “porter” and didn’t specify “Black Rabbit Porter” but I’ll allow for the daring assumption that the two are one and the same.

Black Rabbit has a rich portery aroma – absolutely what you’d expect a porter to smell like. The smell is of roast coffee and is well sustained throughout the pint. The taste is also defined by plentiful notes of coffee though with so much roast in the mix, it tastes nearly burnt. A progressive aftertaste also speaks of heavy, black roasted grains. There’s not much head, but plenty of lace.

This is very much a porter’s porter and may well be a little too bold for some tastes. Not mine of course, but the flavor does border on being harsh and the mouthfeel can turn slightly astringent towards the bottom of the pint.

A brief note on the Rooftop Bar at the Hotel Oregon: Great place to have a beer with a view. But being roofless and walless, they are obliged to uphold public safety by serving beer in plastic pints – a small price to pay for a good beer served with great ambiance.

Photo of Offa
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the "porter" at the McMenamins' Ram's Head and, since I also just checked the list of beers on their website, this appears to be it although it was not given a specific name. This is a simple, but good, solid, well-made, very drinkable porter.

Black, it has a medium tan, creamy head slowly shrinking to a thin top and leaving a little bit of lace.

Aroma is roasty, prunes, fruity sweet brown bread.

Taste is clean and light but flavourful, fairly balanced and very smooth. It has light roastiness, hints of caramel, prune and faint hint of coffee with a light peppery finish with a faint hint of toasty coffee grounds. It is perhaps slightly on the sweeter side but not much. Sweetness and bitterness are both noticeable but both restrained and light. It is not complex or outstanding, but its a solid, well-rounded, consistent, very drinkable porter.

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Black Rabbit Porter from McMenamins
84 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.