Narragansett Porter - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Narragansett PorterNarragansett Porter

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267 Ratings

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Ratings: 267
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 18
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Narragansett Brewing Co. visit their website
Rhode Island, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheManiacalOne on 01-01-2007

It is brewed with chinook hops for bitterness, simcoe hops for aroma, black malt, pale malt, chocolate malt, munich malt, crystal malt, roasted barley, and ale yeast, giving it an imperial taste.

28 IBU
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Photo of oberon
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a deep chocolate color with a nice pillowey tannish colored head atop,a nice froth held thru to the finish.Smoke and roast in the nose along with molasses notes coming into play more as it warms.Overly sweet flavors in my opinion with brown sugar being the most prevelent along with alcohol induced sweetness and cocoa,some roast tries to hinder the sweetnes but falls short.It's not bad but the sweetness becomes to much to enjoy it alot.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a big, creamy light brown head. Good retention. Smells nutty, soft roasty notes, figs. Tastes of sweet malts up front, a bit too sweet....followed by slight roastiness and a good spicy hop bitterness to balance it out a bit. A little alcohol is present as well. Mouthfeel is kinda light with a very slightly dry finish. Pretty drinkable. Although I'd reach for a lot of other porters before this one, you absolutely cannot beat the price tag for the quality.

Photo of Jason
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz tall-boy w/ no freshness date.

A whole lot of sticky lacing here after the towering head slowly subsides. Pitch black liquid. Highly toasted grain aroma leads to slightly burnt biscuit and yeasty undertones. Light to medium body, good level of crispness. Kiss of roastiness lends light coffee and highly toasted bread. A bit of hoppiness helps to balance. Some yeast and vague fruit in the middle with some warmth from the alcohol as well. More light roastiness in the drying finish.

Easy drinking, a no frills porter. Worth a go and being canned is plus for accessibility.

Photo of Billolick
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 16 oz can purchased at DeCicco's in Ardlsey, NY.

Dark mahogony, dark mocha head...stays and stays, frothy and luxorious, and leaving thick bands of sheeting and high stickage.

Lite nose of milk chocolate bars and cocoa.

Easy drinking, moderate carbonation, more milk chocolate, chocolate milk, light cocoa, lite cafe au lait. Enjoyable and smooth...a plus to get more quality beer in cans..worth a try if Porter is your thing..

Photo of tigg924
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: 1 inch head, high carbonation, black in color, opaque

Smell: roasted malt and chocolate

Taste: roasted malt at the start, chocolate and cocoa that comes in the middle and a medicinal bitterness at the end

Mouthfeel: slightly sweet with a bitter end/aftertaste, moderate-high carbonation, medium bodied

Overall: I was liking this beer until the very end. The aftertaste is just a bit too medicinal and odd. I could have this again, but there are better porters out there.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured cold from the can.

This beer poured a very dark brown colour with a foamy, tan head that lasted the duration. It doesn't have much of a smell; Nuts, hops, malt. The taste was right along with the smell. There was a hop taste upfront, chased by a mellow nut flavour and a malty finish.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Narragansett Porter opens with a malty, yeasty nose, smelling of rising whole wheat bread, toast crust, cocoa powder, chocolate malt, and molasses, with touches of coffee and ash to add earthiness and depth. There’s also a smattering of citrusy grapefruit notes, giving the beer just enough effervescent sparkle to help offset the darker tones. As a whole, the nose is good, bearing many of the aromas familiar to the porter style, and the decent strength and nuance of the aromas speaks of well-tended ingredients and expertise in brewing.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a mix of darker sugars and malts. Especially present here are molasses and brown sugar, chocolate malt, cocoa powder, ash, tobacco, and thick layers of cream and caramel. The beer is very nicely balanced here, the darker ashy notes blending well with the sugars, much like heavy cream and artisan black coffee. A thin layer of citrusy pink grapefruit spritzer from the hops hangs just above, providing an interesting counterpoint, but seeming slightly out of focus with the rest of the brew—a heavier pine resin presence would have perhaps been better. The aftertaste is mainly the cream and ash flavors, with lingering touches of grapefruit, and lingers on the tongue for a good while. The 7% ABV also comes out slightly in the aftertaste in the form of an alcoholic vapor, though this is not noticeable during the main mouthful. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is quite good porter, especially on the lower end, where the darker malty notes blend excellently with the creams and sugars. The hops could have perhaps been better selected to play off of these notes, but are by no means intrusive in their current state. Regardless, the price point of this beer—less than $8 for a six-pack of 16 oz. tallboys—means you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more delicious beer at similar value.

Photo of skivtjerry
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a big wine glass from the can.

A beautiful glass of beer, opaque with a big sticky tan head. Smells nice, roast, caramel and a little alcohol. Taste is a letdown compared to smell. The flavors are there but muted. Very smooth though; with the alcohol presence this is almost a Baltic porter. Mouthfeel is smooth and comforting. Certainly not a world class beer, but pretty good and a real bargain.

Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Narragansett Porter is clear but nearly black and nearly opaque, with a long lasting tan head. Excellent lacing.

Aroma: light fruity with the expected medium and dark malts.

Taste: wow! this has a lot of flavor, and very good flavor. Lightly sweet, with plenty of medium and dark roasted malts.

O: While not a 'big' beer, I was pleasantly surpised at the quality and 'size' of this beer. Very nice porter; recommended.

Photo of Aberration
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Saw a few cases in my local store last night, very excited to see the porter tallboys again!

Appearance is good, nice foamy head with the usual generally robust looking dark porter body.

Not too much nose on this beer, slight coffee and malty bitterness. Slight slight smoke.

Taste is fantastic. Very smooth, slight hops in the background, slight smoke in the background, good chocolate notes...very well hidden ABV. Highly drinkable.

Mouthfeel was creamy and smooth. Good carbonation.

I could down these porters all day with no problem. A bonus is the fact that they come in Tallboy 16oz cans and are extremely affordable to boot! One of my favorite porters.

Photo of ixnay21
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A:Dark,opaque,almost black

S:alcohol tinge,yeasty,roasted malt

T:nice roasted forefront,slight hop,slight alcohol in the backend

M:On the lighter side for something this dark,little more carbanation then desired.

O:A good american porter. the drinkabilty is great and the quality is worth every dollar

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love those 16 0z. cans! Pours out righteously dark, practically opaque with a beefy, smooth and thick heady cap, slowly dissipation, sticky lace continues.

The aroma is very nice, dark wheat and dark roasty malts, candy chocolate, creamy with a syrup sweetness. Very well rounded and inviting.

The flavor is just spot on Porter style, a hefty, smooth body of malt, dark charred wheat and grains, layers of syruppy chocolate, vanilla. Not a heavy, slick body, rather light in the middle which gives it a very easy to enjoy effect. A dry-earth and mild hop flavor adds just the right balance with gentle bitterness and dry mouthfeel.

I really dig this one, and you cannot beat the price of this stuff.

Photo of brother_rebus
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first porter love. Dark, mrliw, with a fizzy finish. No boozy afterbreath. Miss it terribly.

Photo of greenmtn1111
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a standard pub glass.

Pitch black with a very large tan head. Faint chocolate on the nose with sweet malted barley and some floral hops. There’s not much aroma to this one. Taste is sweet up front, of hard candy, licorice, mild coffee and it finishes much drier. The body is very thin for a porter, but the alcohol is decently hidden for 7%. The flavors in this aren’t all that outstanding and I would expect more body and substance for a 7% beer. I wouldn’t go out of my way to purchase this.

Photo of augustgarage
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A lovely local courtesy of ShogoKawada (thanks!). Poured from a pint can into my Samuel Smith nonik.

India ink brown liquid, exceedingly dark but clear with a very faint orb of ruby (like an eye) visible when held to strong light. A thin creamy cap recedes slowly to a buff collar and a few tiny islands of microbubbles. Average lacing, and thin oily legs.

Smells like a pile of autumn leaves, weak coffee, and light roast malt.

Toasty brown bread, and a low slightly vegetal bitterness from hops on the palate, along with a hint of cheap coffee, tea, and, bittersweet chocolate. Mildly astringent finish, with a touch of sourness, char, and a hint of metallic off notes. Reminds me of a dry, alcoholic, weak-flavored root beer at times.

Low but sufficient carbonation; medium-light bodied; lightly warming.

A unique but not entirely successful rendition of the style.

Photo of tdm168
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - black with a huge, thick, dense, brown head that has great retention

S - big chocolaty aroma, roasted malts, toffee

T - chocolate, roasted malts, grainy, earthy hoppy bitter finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This beer is a bit disappointing. Upon first glance, it looks great in the glass and smells promising. The flavor however does not follow suit. An adjunct graininess comes through that does not mesh well at all with the roasted malts. This mismatch takes away from the drinkability as well. In the end, this is a beer with promise, but in its current formula does not deliver. I probably won't be picking this up again.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Being a 'price brand', I was quite surprised at just how good Narragansett's porter was. I was expecting what basically amounted to a "colored" lager (thinking somewhere along the lines of Yuengling Black & Tan), but this was the real deal.

It looked great in the glass with a dark mahogany body beneath a full head of frothy tan. The head retention and lacing were both very good.

It smelled of chocolate and soft fruit, and that carried over into the flavor which delivered a surprisingly rich maltiness. It offered milk chocolate, a darker chocolate with a bit of roastiness, and some very nice apple/strawberry fruitiness. There were some hops as well, grassy and a touch minty, although they tend to stay in the background. The bitterness was firm, and along with the light roastiness it finished dry with some residual lingering chocolate notes, a hint of yeasty fruitiness, and a smear of leafy hops.

I can't knock this beer, and given the price I'd be hard pressed not to recommend it over several of the better known brands on the market. Worth trying.

Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a tallboy at Euromart in Astoria. Poured near-black with a tall light brown head. IIt opens with a sharp chocolate taste and bit of hop bitterness to match the dark roast. Hint of corn in the aroma cocoa aroma. Reminds me of a Baltic porter, but I suppose there's a good chance this is a lager. The body is reasonable for the strength and I wouldn't mind sharing a 6-pack with a friend.

Photo of mikey711
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint glass
A: pours black with some brown around the edges. big fluffy mocha colored head with great webbing

S: Some chocolate notes but overall it isnt very aromatic

T: really nice chocolate notes with some bitter roasted notes as well. some toffee and caramel as well

M: Creamy and very smooth. no hint of alcohol or harshness

D: overall a very solid porter that is great for the price point

Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from Bitterbill, cheers Bill!

Pours an uber-effervescent mahogany with 3+ fingers of mocha colored head. Fantastic lacing & average head retention

S: Chocolate, dark cherries & roastyness

T: Much roastyness, carob, dryness & hints of coffee up front. Dryness, some leafy hops, a touch of dark fruit & chocolate as this warms, plus much roastyness. Finishes roasty & dry with a touch of mineral crispness

MF: Fairly smooth, medium bodied, nice balance

Drinks pretty darn easy, especially for the ABV. A nice East Coast take on the American Porter style

Photo of Kegatron
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a deep brown, with some ruby edging, topped with several fingers of foamy mocha colored head. This retains with a thick ½ finger, just drenching the sides of the glass with heavy lacing that hangs in sticky swathes. The roasted malts here in the aroma have a smoky feel to them, which mixes in with notes of citrus and sweeter feeling cocoa and caramel character to impart a deep smelling green acrid twang in the nostrils.

The taste is burnt coffee flavors, backed by tangier notes of chocolate and caramel. An earthy and gritty feeling hop profile of green citric bitterness rides through the middle of this, leading into a dry and roasty finish that leaves a bit of an astringent presence hanging on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth feeling crispness to the carbonation and silky textures that run along the back of the throat. This is pretty darn easy feeling, with absolutely no alcohol being picked up here at all, and helps the overall drinkability of this tremendously.

While certainly not the best example of an American Porter, there is no denying that this was flavorful enough and a VERY easy drinking dark beer experience. You honestly can’t beat the price for a six pack of tall boys from this brewery.

Photo of BMasi
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

After the success of Fest and the quick sell-out I bought a case of Narragansett Porter without having tried it first. Luckily I had some trusted opinion on it before I committed, but it was well worth it.

The Porter comes out of the can with a silky slick pour. The liquid has a syrupy appearance and a dark brown hue. The head is a frothy brown with great retention and produces nice lacing even as it recedes. The nose is heavy on espresso and chocolate. The roasty malts provide a nicely balanced sweet toffee aroma.

The flavor is full-bodied and carries a biting smokiness. The roasted malts are delicious and provide for tons of flavor. Brown sugar and molasses sweeten up the beer a bit, but the hop profile and smoke keep it in check. The mouthfeel is light overall. Its certainly not as robust as many other porters, but that makes for excellent drinkability.

Photo of roopy40
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle.

A - Dark brown to black in some spots. Decent two finger head that lasted a few minutes and minimal lace.
S - Dark roasted malt and caramel notes.
T - Medium roast coffee, a tad bitter hops coming through, roasted malty flavors.
M - Good carbonation, thinner than most in body, but a nice dry finish.
D - I could drink this a whole night by a fire on a cold night.

Overall, I enjoyed the beer. I would try this if you like stouts or porters. Worth it. Another good beer by Narragansett.

Photo of Gmann
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The porter pours a pitch black color with a huge light brown head that slowly slowly disipates. Looks awesome.

The aroma is mild. There is some milk chocolate notes and a light brown bread. An un-assuming porter. Some chocolate notes with a bit of a grain characteristic.

The taste has an overall grain flavor to it but there is more to it. There are some milk chocolate notes as well as a watered down coffee flavor. The flavors are very mild, nothing stands out but they all work together. No off-putting flavors.

Moderate feel with soft carbonation. Very smooth and silky feel. ABV well well hidden, drinks extremly smooth.

The flavors aren't great but they don't suck. The body is very smooth and goes down great. This is a very solid beer. Could use a touch of flavor but quite good.

Photo of Kinsman
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 16oz can into a pint glass, this fills the glass nicely with a dark shade of brown with little room for lighter mahogany highlights. The head presents you with a very attractive creamy and sticky tan colored foam, about two fingers thick to start.

Aroma is full of sweet caramel maltiness and some hints of chocolate. Also, a bit of a grainy with the malt aroma and almost no detection of hops.

Initially the taste was dominated by a toasted grain flavor that was reminiscent of a slightly burnt piece of bread. However with time, a creamy sweet malt flavor came out with hints of chocolate and caramel. Finish was a bit weak though, with a slightly metallic flavor putting a slight damper on the beer.

Mouthfeel consisted of a moderate carbonation that provided a very crisp feeling on the tongue. Overall, Narragansett Porter doesn't really come close to the best American Porters, but at $8 for a 6 pack of 16oz cans, it certainly is a good value for a cheap easy-to-drink winter time beer.

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Narragansett Porter from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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