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Narragansett Porter - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Narragansett PorterNarragansett Porter

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263 Ratings

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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 16
Gots: 9 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: TheManiacalOne on 01-01-2007)
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5/5  rDev +35.9%

roywilliams, Jan 12, 2013
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5/5  rDev +35.9%

BelgianDip, Nov 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

Stagga_Lee, Jul 22, 2014
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4.65/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours Black as coal with a 2 inch head that is mocha brown colored.
Smells of Chocolate and coffee. Taste notes of Chocolate,caramell and Toffee, it is very creamy and flavorful. It is smooth with just a touch of bitterness it rolls down very nice.
It is a very drinkable Porter and with just having two 16 oz cans tonight it has become a new favorite a Very Good Porter in the tradition of the American Porters I drank when I was young. Give this Porter a try You will grow to love it. Glad that it has finally come to Pa!

It is a winner!

Schmidts, Feb 16, 2011
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4.54/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pint can poured into a nonic.

Appearance: Pours a solid black with a one-inch tan head that recedes to film fairly quickly. Lacing is moderate. Carbonation hard to gauge because it's so dark.

Aroma: Coffee and dark, bitter chocolate dominate the nose. Fairly well hopped, too. Some booze is noticeable.

Taste: Follows the nose, and it's pretty terrific. It's a deep, rich, somewhat burnt-tasting porter full of bitter black coffee and chocolate. Pretty excellent porter - not fancy, but an excellent representation of the style.

Mouthfeel: Thick, solid body. Not watery at all. Has the ideal level of richness and fullness for a good porter.

Overall: One of my favorite porters. It's off the seasonal market right now, and I'm hopeful it comes back, because it really hits all the notes for a strong, flavor-packed porter. It has nearly 100 years of history behind it, and deserves a more heralded place in brewing history.

illpass78, Feb 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

tjeppaint, Mar 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

jjcote, Dec 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

dcs1548, Dec 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

smithmd4, Dec 31, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

hopley, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can purchased at McKinnon's in Salem, NH. Pours an opaque black body with well over an inch of light tan head that persists nicely and eventually subsides leaving some decent lacing. Dark chocolate, caramel, and coffee notes rule the aroma with just the slightest hint of alcohol. Roasty at first, with the taste of dark chocolate covered espresso beans, nut, caramel notes, and a hint of butterscotch toward the finish. Medium to full in body with moderate carbonation. Wow. This was a lot better than I was expecting (even though I love the lager). Definitely making this a regular - especially for the price!

MrHurmateeowish, May 31, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For those, like myself, that really enjoy a microbrew style porter that also is easy to drink, Narragansett Brewing Co. has truly delivered a strong result. Pouring a dark brown color, there is a strong aroma of roasted malt dominating this porter. The mouthful is also very satisfying. The bitter, roasted character is wonderfully balanced by subtle flavors of caramel, hops, and even coffee. The porter is not overly thick, making it a prime choice for those who are expanding their tastes into the microbrew/dark beer categories or those who simply love to savor a satisfying, flavorful porter on a cold winter day. Overall, I find this to be a very successful American Porter that I highly recommend to both new and experienced beer aficionados.

Dopplebock, Dec 27, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Shakerman, Dec 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

BierBliss, Dec 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Mikecap, Nov 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

garfscores, Apr 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

GFD400, Apr 17, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm very up on this beer. It has the right color and the normal thin head of a porter. What more can you expect? It smells, hardly at all like anything but what do you expect of a porter? It tastes smooth and mainly of roast chocolate and ends on a mild bitter note - not fancy, but because of the alcohol content (7%) there is an added warmth that just it up a notch. The mouthfeel is thick but not too thick and complements the flavor really well.

Overall, it gets added points because its $9 for 6 pint cans. You CAN'T beat that price for a beer this simple and good. Naragansett beers are often like this: excellent representations of the style, not fancy, and at a great price. This one may be my favorite, but their Bock is also and outstanding value.

snilsen13, Feb 13, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark near black. Nice medium head lingers a while. Aroma is there, but not strong. Some hop aroma is present with notes of chocolate. The highlight of this beer is its taste. It resembles a chocolate stout -- malty, sweet, big cocoa with some bitter roasty coffee, medium body/mouthfeel. A very enjoyable and drinkable beer. A great beer for the price ($8+ for a six of pounders). Narragansett continues to impress. They also make one of the better summer ales around.

spwalshesq, May 24, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very excited to see this was contract brewed at Cottrell Brewery which makes excellent beers in IMHO. Don't particularly get the warm fuzzys about contract brewing.

Pours black as coal with a slight ruby background in bright light.

The head is deep tan and substantial with average lacing.

The nose is really nice with sweet biscuity grains and roasted malts.

The taste has a very appealing roasted malt backbone with a substantial sweetness. Not as dry as some porters but does have a somewhat dry hop finish to balance out sweetness.

For me a very nice porter with a medium mouthfeel making this a perfect session brew. I was not suprised to see a this coming out of cottrell.

CAN UPDATE: grabbed a six of 16oz cans and these are brewed in genesse brewery in rochester. I noticed a bit of flattening in flavor profile overall. It to me seems to have lost some of its complexity and have to attribute to new brewing location (or maybe i am just loosing it).

OatmattStout, Nov 16, 2009
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4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is Narragansett's best product. I'll say this. It is one of the best porter's I've had.
A: Pitch with nice caramel head
S: Coffee
T: Coffee notes with slight hop finish
MF: Easy, finish is not long but clean
OA: I like this one a lot. Had it tap first and buy the cans when I can. Hard to find on tap though.

Fernans, Apr 01, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Never realized that Narragansett made anything besides their lager and cream ale, but obviously I was mistaken. When I saw this, I knew I had to try it. This is being reviewed from a 16oz can.

A: Pours a very deep, roast color with a thick, 1-in nutty, caramel colored head that leaves a lot of sticky lacing.

S: Aroma consists of roasted malts, creamy chocolate, espresso, and molasses.

T: I get some deep roasted malts in the initial flavor with some plum or other dark fruit like raisin or prune. Through the middle of the taste, I get some espresso, nuts and a surprising dose of hops. This beer finishes with some chocolate notes and a bready, dry finish.

M: Really thick, sticks to the palate quite a bit. Alcohol is not hidden that much but is blended with the flavors well. This is a slow sipper for sure.

O: A surprisingly good porter, very strong character and uses an abundance of hops that you normally wouldn't find in a typical porter. Narragansett is pretty much know for their lager, but this beer proves their versatility in crafting. Big thumbs up for this beer!

SouljaSaia17, Dec 14, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours jet black with a dense tan head.

first thing I notice is lots of roasted malts followed by a subtle sweetness.

taste follows the nose. roasted character upfront followed by caramel sweetness. ends on a chocolaty note. no trace of alcohol.

medium mouthfeel with a low amount of carbonation that's about standard for porters.

I really enjoyed this beer. while there wasn't any one thing that really jumped out at me it was still a very solid porter and much better than many I've tried. i also have to mention that I really liked the graphics on the can, very old school. glad I got the chance to try it and am sorry this is my last one.

CrookedStill, Sep 15, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this in the cans many times. And once on tap. Very drinkable porter. Doesn't overpower.

This doesnt poor well from the can as it is not very carbonated. Outta the tap it pours better.

Light in the mouth for a porter. Matly and very sweet chocolate tasting. Mild coffee notes. Slightly bitter finish. Very very smooth.

Outta the tap the taste seemed magnified greatly. The chocolate taste was almost overpowering and you could feel the ABV but not taste it. It seemed alot fuller in body as well. Almost like drinking chocolate liquer.

I could drink this year round if it stayed cold out but in the winter its a home run.

mterrence5, Apr 20, 2011
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Narragansett Porter from Narragansett Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.