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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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Photo of ryan1788a5
2.35/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

16oz Tall boy can poured into a pint glass.

A: Very dark brown with a big, thick, mocha colored head. Good retention and lots of sticky lacing.

S: Burnt grain, semi-sweet baker's chocolate, roasted coffee, an unidentified sweet, sugary smell, some hay, and very faint grassy hops.

T: Opens with some chocolatey roastiness and a cola-like sugary sweetness. Slightly astringent burnt grain follows, along with some roasted coffee. A flash of wood dashes across the tongue, and is closely followed by what tastes like some corn. Grassy, herbal hops are just barely noticeable. Stays sweet into the finish with cola and chocolate.

M: Prickly carbonation cuts through a moderately thick and almost syrupy body.

D: Low. I really didn't even care to finish the glass I had, though I trudged through it.

Notes: Just too sweet. It tastes more like a soda than a beer. Spend $2 more and get yourself a sixer of some Mayflower Porter or Smuttynose Robust Porter.

ryan1788a5, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of foureyedgeek
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bonus points for the can and double bonus points for the tallboy.

16oz can into imperial pint, thanks so much to my sister for bringi g this home to me from Providence, happy new year!

Very nice looking pour out of the can, fluffy tan head, dark blackish reddish brown body, some nice lacing and a cap of foam.

Smell is primarily sweet roasty - toasty malt.

Taste is a well balanced maltiness, dominated by coffee and graham cracker and a nice, subtle earthy hop finish.

Mouthfeel may be a tad thinner than most porters

Drinkability here is huge, if this beer is 7% it hides it very well, this is damn near session-able and tasty enough to run through quite a few without feeling the need to mix it up.

:Love the beer in cans, really like this porter.

foureyedgeek, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +6%
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

russpowell, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of Doomcifer
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Doomcifer, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tallboy can served in a tulip nonic. Pours a little darker than cola with a similar clarity and a brownish-red hue around the base. Head eventually settles into a thin, consistent cap with some thick swaths of lacing and residual spotting. Head is one inch, tan-colored, creamy/frothy in consistency and embedded with tiny pinpricks and ringlets. Nose starts off with a slightly metallic character, followed by roasted notes and chocolate malt. There's also perhaps a trace of char in the mix. Taste follows nose - metallic character disappears; however, roast is a bit more forward and a trace of lactose appears. Some light, pleasant bittering comes out at the finish and lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with an even, lively carbonation. Glad to see this one out in tallboys - serves up better in this format than in the bottle in my humble opinion. A solid porter that can't be beat at $7.69 a sixer. Lots of flavor with a well-hidden abv. Spot on for the style.

Jwale73, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of rudzud
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been meaning to grab a 6er of this for a while now. Finally pulled the trigger at my last beer haul.

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip as that was the only clean beerglass at the time. A rich dark chocolate pour with a thick deep tan two finger head that left nice side lacing and faded into a thick swirling cloud atop the porter.

S - Rich malts. Nothing too crazy here.

T - More rich, chocolatey malts. Little chocolate and even some hops on the tail end. Not too complex but delicious.

M - Nice and creamy with just a slight crispness at the end. Really great considering who makes this.

D - Wow, so this is what all the fuss was about? Incredibly shocked, just like I was with Narragansett Fest. Really cant go wrong for the price. Paid $7.99 for a 6 pack of tallboys. Shockingly delicious!

rudzud, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of rjplumer
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has a very rich malty aroma from the start. Has a rich and smoky colored foamy head which last for quite some time. Has a hint of chocolate and smokiness that gets your attention at the start. It almost reminds me of a liqueur of sort as you can almost taste the alcohol in it. I enjoyed it very much.

rjplumer, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of PicoPapa
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16oz tall boy. Pours a black color with a thin head. Lots of lacing throughout. Aroma is sweet with roasted malts, and some molasses. Taste is mostly of the roasted malts along with a dark chocolate aftertaste. A small amount of hops to it and an overall sweet taste. A bit thin and mild but pretty good. I was happy to see 'Gansett put out an Oktoberfest and this Porter is further proof that they can put out some solid beers for cheap. Hope there are more styles of 'Gansett to come.

PicoPapa, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of johnnnniee
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I walked by and saw these 16oz cans of porter sitting on the display I just couldn't resist taking them home with me. Like my daughters at the pet store, only I had the money in my pocket to make the purchase.
Pours a pretty solid dark brown/black color with a big fluffy tan head that slowly dissipates to a cap on top. Oh my god there is actually roast in the aroma. Lots of coffee and hint of chocolate on the nose with a slightly tart fruitiness in there as well. Taste is sweet up front with that acridic dark roasted malt flavor. Coffee roast dominates the taste with some distant tart fruit and wet dog in there. Finishes like a coffee coolada from Dunkins, sweet with a lingering coffee bitterness. Creamy bordering on bitter in the mouth, medium level of carbonation and body. I really wasn't expecting much from this, but I was pleasantly surprised. Reminds me a bit of a dry Irish stout. This certainly isn't going to rock your world but is a nice drinker. I might just have to put this in the rotation every now and again.

johnnnniee, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of coachdonovan
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1.5 inches of sandstone sit atop a 99% black beer. The head isn't the Guinness tight high-top fade; it's much more the Einstein look- fluffy and airy with great lacing. Aroma isn't as smoky as expected. Lots of toasted grain but also some citrusy hops hiding in that darkness. The smoke comes through in the taste, but it's nice and roasty without any char.

You know that dry/burned taste that you can't shake after drinking Irish stouts all night? Here there is a surprisingly noticeable hops presence that balances out that dryness. That helps build to a clean finish and cranks up the drinkability, as evidenced by the five tallboys I crushed last Saturday night. I certainly would have pegged the ABV at lower than 7%. This is a great session beer for the winter months. Well done.

1/17/11 edit: after enjoying this for the last few months, I have to downgrade the drinkability from my original score of 5. It has nothing to do with the beer itself, but my goodness the hangovers from this are BRUTAL. Not sure what the deal is, but it's not good. One night, all I had to drink were two tallboys of Gansett Porter, and the next morning I was not feeling 100%. The occasions where I've had more than that have been rough. Otherwise, still a great beer but just watch yo' self.

coachdonovan, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of ppoitras
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can purchased as part of a six-pack from WineNation, Millbury, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1" dark tan head above the barely translucent dark brown brew. Pillowy head recedes slowly, with plentiful frothy lacing. Aroma is rich dark malts.

Taste is sweet upfront, dark wortiness in the middle, with a lightly chalky sedately bitter close. Chocolate flavors linger. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is good. Worth a try.

ppoitras, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of Fieldzy27
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into pint glass

A-pours picth black with a tan head that holds a ton of rockiness. Leaves thick sheets of sticky lace. This looks far better than expected.

S-little bit of chocolate with a lot of roasted dark malts. Mild hop bite somewhere in the middle with an overall sweet smelling character. Impressed yet again.

T-this guys really blows me away. For a porter that comes from a can this guys is an ass kicker. Sweet chocolate is first in the line up followed closely by a little hop zest and finishes with roasty toasty malt. Not too complicated or complex but for sure has a lot of simple flavors.

M- Very full in all honesty. I have for sure had porters with lesser body than this and I have never had anything this amazing in a can that didnt come from Oskar Blues. Very impressive.

D-If this beer was rated on price,quality,taste and availability to me it would be 5's across the board. But since thats not the case...ill just have to say this is by far the best cheapest beer I have ever had.

Fieldzy27, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of Kinsman
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Kinsman, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of Brad007
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow, I had no idea that Narragansett produced a porter until now.

Pours a pitch black color with a thick, brown head that recedes a bit after a minute or two. Good job here.

Aroma is full of cocoa. It does have a somewhat "metallic" smell that thankfully seems to disappear after a minute or so.

Taste is slightly creamy with a good hint of cocoa on the tongue. There is an odd "burnt" feel to it. It's not too bad but it does take away from the overall taste.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering cocoa/cream. Carbonation seems a bit too high though and it should be dialed down a bit to make this porter more enjoyable.

It's not bad at all. Drinkable but for some reason, priced higher than 'Gansett lager. I'm not sure that it's worth $8.69 for a sixer. Otherwise, you should look for a local brewed example if you really want a decent porter.

Brad007, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of depechemode1983
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

got in a trade from johnnnniee

A - pours black with a thick brown rocky head. It stays around a long time, leaving patchy lacing around the pint glass.

S - Light roasted malts and very little hops. Smells a little sour in the middle. Not too impressed with the smell. The aroma is rather bland.

T - Taste pretty much like it smells. Little bit of toasted malts that transition into sweet bitter flavors and then into a toasty sour finish. Not bad just not enough.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, soft, good carbonation.

D- Very simple easy to drink beer. If the alcohol was a bit lower i would be able to session this beer with no problems.

depechemode1983, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of Jason
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Jason, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of Kudashov
2.15/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a sixer for the Bruins game this evening. This brew is as dull as the Bruins power play. I enjoy porters during the cold months but this will not be in the fridge as the winter months approach . No aroma , mouthfeel , and flavor for that matter will make me pass on this brew . Brown fizzy water is all I can say . Pricepoint wise it is great , $9.00 for a 6 pack of pounders but the ol' line " you get what you pay for " , rings true . The body of this brew is just too thin .

Kudashov, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, says brewed by Narragansett Brewing Company, Rochester NY....High Falls now known as Genesee.

Here's some info I found on their website:

"The porter is brewed at Cottrell Brewery in Pawcatuck, Trinity Brewhouse in Providence, R.I. and High Falls Brewery in Rochester, N.Y., with Chinook hops for bitterness, Simcoe hops for aroma, black malt, pale malt, chocolate malt, Munich malt, crystal malt, roasted barley and ale yeast. The American-style porter is 7 percent Alcohol by Volume and 28 IBUs."

A nice near pitch black colour with a 2 finger head of tannish foam and a bit of lacing.

The smell is kind of weak with just a bit of roasted malt, maybe some dark chocolate, and a light sweet note.

The taste trumps the smell. Bitter and milk chocolate is what I'm tasting the most. Some roasted malt but not a whole lot. I *do* like how the bitterness has the slight edge bringing a nice dry finish. Not too shabby of an American Porter and heck, I just noticed the 7%abv. Still a pretty drinkable son of a gun.

Bitterbill, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of taez555
2.8/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a brownish/black translucent Coca-Cola colored body with a small off-white head.

Nose is very faint with only some subtle dark malt smells. There's a very clean malt smell, but it definitely has that roasted sort aroma as well.

Taste is medium to light bodied which is actually very surprising since it's 7% abv. Very deceptive. Very simple porter flavors with a surprisingly big dark malt burnt bitterness and/or hop flavor. There's a firm undertone of a basic macro lager type malt in this beer but then masked by the bigger dark burnt, citric and sour flavor, which really dominates this beer and almost hides any other flavors. It honestly tastes like an amped up version of the Narragansett Lager with some caramel coloring and dark malts thrown in. There's a firm bitterness in this beer, and there's definitely a bitter flavor, but it's hard to discern if it's the malt or hops. It ends with a mild lingering sour, and almost minty, sort of taste.

An interesting beer. I absolutely love Narragansett Light and think in the world Miller Lites and others BMC light beers it is hands down the best beer in it's category on the planet. However I tend to find Narragansett's other beers very lacking compared to other beers in the same category. They taste more like amped up versions, or variations of their lager rather than pushing the envelope in the style like the light seems to. That being said, it's still a very decent porter and at less than $1 a 16oz can one of the best deals out there.

taez555, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of BMasi
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

BMasi, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of albern
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is by far the best that Narragansett brews. The beer looks very good with a nice dark brown, almost black appearance with hardly any ruby tinges or light passing through. The head is very luscious quite creamy, a little foamy. Some lacing, decent retention. The nose is a bit weaker, there are dark malts, chocolates, and roasted notes. Good but not substantial enough.

The taste is a bit thin but quite good. There is a bit of a bittering acidic quality in the finish to this beer. It isn't a sweetish stout at all, there are lots of dark roasted notes, some slightly burnt flavors, some very bittering chocolate hints, some drying qualities in the finish as well. There is a touch of metallic in the beer and maybe a slight processed feel to it. The beer is a bit thin on the flavor, but overall this is a good stout and a nice surprise from this brewery. I would go back again.

albern, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of Bendurgin
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tall boy can into a pint glass. The beer pours dark brown with shimmering tan hues. The beer has about a two finger head that has big bubbles and eventually settles to soapy runny lace. The aroma mostly give me dark fruit with a bit of roast in there. Real solid stuff, but I would really like to smell a bit more than fruit. Light flavors on this. Light presence of dark fruit a bit or roasted malts but overall it just seems to be a watered down version of some of the better porters I've had. Still, a sound offering. The beer has a medium body and good carbonation and the drinkability is solid. Definitely a good choice if you want to cheap out.

Bendurgin, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - deep, dark brown...almost black in appearance with an ultra-rich and thick looking off-white head on top. This ebony treat really looks great!

Aroma - malted milk balls, caramel, Nestle Quik, bitter coffee with whiffs of dark fruit.

Taste - creamy smooth, full-bodied with plenty of rich, malty flavor. Plenty of dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roast coffee and caramel malt as well. I do taste a little of that smokiness they mention in the brewery's description and feel it adds a very nice touch to the finish of this beer. Along with that bit of smokiness comes a nice amount of hop bitterness that comes with the American-style porters. I am impressed by this beer. Another well-done seasonal offering from the folks at Narragansett.

Overall - I love porters, especially when they're well-rounded. This one embodies all the flavor profiles I like and also has a creamy mouthfeel, a bitter/smoky finish and is full-bodied and not light on the tongue whatsoever. Lots of rich, heart flavors and perfect for anyone who loves the style or dark beers in general.

Would I buy more of it? - I would. Like their "Fest", a six-pack of 16 oz. cans is going for about $8 here in New England. Very affordable for a quality brew.

indiapaleale, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of dirkchivers
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy into an beer-clean glass.
I had yesterday when i originally bought the 6pk and was thoroughly unimpressed. the carbonation was too high, the nose to subtle, the favor unbalanced and dominated by roast with no chocolate or coffee notes. Today is a new day, and a different story...

A. Nice one finger tan head, with tenacious lacing! Pretty cascade of bubbles running up the side of the glass. Deep, opaque brown color.
S. Its smells exactly like roasted barley right before it goes in the mash. There's also this creaminess to the smell, like a hint of milk stout character.
T. Toast, cereal, hint of wortiness, heavy roast, hint of creaminess, very bitter chocolate.
M. pretty highly carbonated, more than i would like. lower carb. would allow a creamier mouthfeel, which i look for in porters.
D. Despite the mouthfeel issues and the heavy roastiness, i will definitely have more than one given the chance, and will buy often. Porter, in a can, for this price point, how could i resist?

dirkchivers, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dark brown with a decent tan head that receds and leaves some lacing.

S-Malty. Chocolatey. Not excessive in any area.

T-A bit watery but not bad. Not a porter expect but it tastes decent. Roasty, light chocolate. Bitter. I get cherry. The more I drink it the more I can taste artificial cherries. Strange but kinda good.

M-Medium and smooth. Well carbonated. Slightly watery.

D-I can drink a 6er of pounders... its drinkable.

I like Narragansett. I was a bit nervous of this porter however, but I am a fan. A nice change of pace. Good deal too especially when bought in RI.

VelvetExtract, Nov 29, 2010
Narragansett Porter from Narragansett Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.