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Porter Porter (471 Series) - Breckenridge Brewery

Porter Porter (471 Series)Porter Porter (471 Series)

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.34%


Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: youngblood on 07-11-2009)
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Cloudy orange around the edges with a tall creamy off-white head

S - Yeast, malt and oddly s dill pickle

T - Sour malt and not too much else

M - good coating with tingle on sides of tongue and throat

O - Not really my bag. maybe fore someone that likes sours

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 22:44:46 | More by biglite351
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TippySelenoid

Missouri

3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's almost black with a tan lacing. It's got legs.

It's got a dried fruit smell with a bit of roasted malts.

Very fruity beer. Raisiny and figgy. It's really, REALLY sweet. Not very roasty or hoppy.

It's thick with little to no carbonation.

This doesn't seem at all like porter. It seems more like a seet, fruity stout. Not sure how this is a porter. This beer also doesn't warm well.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 01:12:46 | More by TippySelenoid
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RickS95

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burgundy/brown color. No color coming close to coming through, but nothing near dark brown or black. The head is non-existant.

Malt, toffee, alcohol and dark fruits like plums fill the nose. Doesn't really smell like a porter, but a pleasant enough smell.

The fruits, malt and a caramel flavor shine. Alcohol is there, but in the background.

From the smell, I expected the alcohol to be more of a player, but it's pleasantly gentle. This is a sweet beer with nary a hint of bitter. Only thing that balances the sweetness is a skosh of heat in the finish.

A good beer. Not really what I was expecting and doesn't really resemble a porter, but good nonetheless. I could see this at more of a nut brown type beer, but it's not very porterish.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 04:06:02 | More by RickS95
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PrivateEquity

Kansas

3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Too translucent to be called an Imperial Porter. Good head with limited lacing. Head stays a while.

S - Aroma leaves a little more to ask for. Light, sweet bready maltiness aroma

T - Starts up very nice with upfront caramel malt is smooth and nice. Limited hoppiness really limits the beer. Sweetness in this porter is definitely discernable.

M - Smooth mouthfeel with right amount of carbonation. Medium body for a porter

D - Goes down smooth with creamy maltiness.

Overall - Sweeter porter that feels like it is missing a taste punch. It is very drinkable and could go down quickly. It does a few things very well (caramel maltiness, solid upfront carbonation), but misses on the back end.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 21:38:42 | More by PrivateEquity
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Buffalo Bills shaker pint glass.

Not much like Super Bowl beer, am I right? This bit o' proof pours a ruby-/garnet-tinged brown topped by a finger of sandy foam. The nose smells nearly identical to a generic grain bag for an all-grain homebrew batch. Straight up. Some caramel ends up in there as well, but is overshadowed by the grain bag smell. The taste brings this caramel back in force, along with some light roasted malts and some insanely light (hardly discernible) coffee. A general graininess continues to pervade. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, not much going on in this here porter, definitely not enough to warrant the repetition in the name.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 17:49:24 | More by TMoney2591
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Vdubb86

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for sharing this beer

This beer poured a darker caramel brown with a slight jaundiced finger of white foam above it that didn't last too long. The smell of this beer was the epitome of malts. As a homebrewer I can describe this aroma best as smelling the raw grist of a beer. To non-hombrewers, it's really malty in aroma. There wasn't much more to the beer. The flavor was almost 100% caramel flavor. I'm not sure how this was ever considered a porter when it tastes more along the lines of a bock without hops, but there you go. It's not bad in taste, but it's not good either. The mouthfeel is extraordinarily watery. It's bad to the point where it literally tastes like caramel flavored water. This is drinkable, but I won't be drinking this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 06:10:14 | More by Vdubb86
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from a store. More of a portr than an imperial porter as advertised, I was getting too much sweetness from the first third of the bomber and then OK bitterness from the remainder. Mouthfeel average, this poured balck with a fine head. Aromas were malty, with a bit of licorice. Drinkability was fine.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 00:43:14 | More by Sammy
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cola-colored with a similarly frothy head. Jumps up an inch but recedes too quickly. Decent lacing, but no more than that. Doesn't quite look the brawny part just yet.

The nose is full of malty aromas, including some chocolate, caramel, and toffee sweetness and some mild coffee roasted bitterness. Somewhat faint.

Pretty full-flavored, with the caramel-sweetness of coke and a somewhat thin black coffee note of roasted malt. Lots of sweetness here, with dark fruit, overripe estery fruits, and some cocoa. Slight touch of bitterness in the middle, but the finish is all malt.

Bubbly, and a little light for style. This is definitely a malt bomb (this recipe, anyhow - other reviews seem to be of a different beer almost). More like a sac fly than a home run, but a serviceable cold weather libation.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 03:36:50 | More by BretSikkink
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a bit of an oddity for me. It looks good all dark brown and stuff. The head could use more life, but that's fine.

Aroma is alcohol forward riding on top of molasses and tobacco. It kind of seems the roasted malt is a bit stale. Just doesn't have that...oh, that's good...attitude. I dunno.

Still, it tastes pretty good. A bit of smoke comes into play atop the molasses, which rides the dark bread malt. Alcohol isn't as pronounced here. As it gets going the tobacco turns more into coffee and toffee.

Thin mouthfeel. Didn't quite make itself known. Easy drinking...big bottle though. Small batch/big bottle. I'll try it on tap sometime.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 18:43:22 | More by Mebuzzard
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hopstradamus

Kansas

2.5/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A. Mahogany, with slight reddish tones. It was maybe a little over-carbonated with average head that settled quickly.

S. Malty, with an acid-like sour smell; it was dull and also smelled slightly metallic. Very faint hop aroma, and some hints of chocolate.

T. Still dull and slightly metallic in the finish. It is malt dominated as you would expect from an Imperial Porter, and had little evidence of any hops. It doesn't taste like a bad bottle but something is definitely off. Some hints of artificial cherry flavor that seem out of place.

M. It is smooth but not as heavy as you would think it should be.

D. This beer was not insulting, but it wasn't much more. I'm still trying to figure out what was "Imperial" about it. Almost no lace remained on the glass when it was half empty. Decent at best, but disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 15:52:01 | More by hopstradamus
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zeff80

Missouri

3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a two-finger, off-white head of soapy foam. Not much lacing is left behind when it recedes.

S - It smelled of sweet roasted malts. There was an alcohol/booze aroma.

T - This is very sweet and malty - too sweet for a porter. It had a very boozy flavor. Very little hop bitterness that one expects and needs in a porter.

M - It was crisp and sharp but finished a little sticky. A medium bodied beer with a warm alcohol presence.

D - Not the best. Kind of a boozy, sweet mess. Thankfully I only paid $2.99 for this bomber.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 12:52:14 | More by zeff80
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours a medium to dark brown with a smallish frothy off white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is grains with some roasted chocolate and some caramel and dark fruit with a slight sour twang. Vinous notes come out as it warms.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malts with some lactose and some roast. It's pretty nice cold, but as it warms some odd notes come out - leather and plastic. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, an OK porter - it's a bit muddled with the grainy sweetness and off-notes.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 05:29:57 | More by Beaver13
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

imperial porter. small batch series.

pours out of the 22oz. bomber a nearly opaque chocolate colour with mahogany hues. thin concentrated head reduces quickly to some foamy lace. unsweetened chocolate in the nose, otherwise nondescript. wispy flowery hopinness. taste is more of the straightforward dark roasted malts, primarily cocoa in nature with hints of caramel and toffee....maybe some lightly roasted coffee. there is a hint of herbal hopping, but it's aromatic flower like notes quickly are buried beneath the slight almond joy like characteristics. slight alcohol notes are welcome and add to the subtle profile. porter mouthfeels can be difficult, and this one is no different...supple and empty at the same time. about right for me. ample body for an imperial porter. average drinkability...not killing me.

a nice stab at a higher ABV porter style. definitely recommended but in IMHO not as good as the esb or brown.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 00:51:20 | More by budgood1
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hckyfn9999

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with ruby hues. About two fingers of light brown colored head that leaves some thick lace on the glass as it disappears. Aroma of toasted malt and caramel.

Taste is of bittersweet chocolate, toffee, and a hint of cherry and herbal hops in the background. This is not very big for an Imperial Porter as they claim it to be. Nothing outstanding here, nothing terrible either.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 03:31:54 | More by hckyfn9999
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arizcards

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber at Total Wine in late September for $6.79.

Beer poured brown with a minimal tan head. Nose has hints of chocolate and coffee. Taste is sweet, hints of chocolate and coffee, malts and hops blend well together. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, somewhat smooth on the palate with a light carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. Not a bad beer, not a great beer. It was nice to try and would have if offered.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 22:43:48 | More by arizcards
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samie85

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Originally consumed 12/22.

A- Pours a deep brown/black with a one finger head.

S- I'm getting caramel malt, nutmeg, and chocolate malt.

T- I tasted chocolate and roasted malt, caramel malt, and spicy nutmeg with a bitter finish.

M-Medium bodied with medium carbonation. I wanted this to be just a bit thicker.

D-This was pretty easy drinking considering ABV, but I'm not sure I'd revisit this one considering the "bang for the buck" factor. I'm glad I got to try it though.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 04:50:23 | More by samie85
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Rayek

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Deep chestnut with pretty good clarity and minimal carbonation. A soapy cream cap takes awhile to build, but has decent retention. Leaves a patchwork of lace.

S: Chocolate covered Maraschino cherries pretty much sums up the nose. There's a touch of alcohol at work too.

T: Unsweetened baking chocolate and a bit of caramel hit first. Bitterness is mild and somewhat grassy. Toward the finish is a slightly medicinal cherry flavor that grows as the beer warms. Alcohol adds a touch of warmth going down.

M: The medium-heavy body is syrupy and sticky. Carbonation feels just about right.

D: This is a pretty decent Imperial Porter. It was a nice complement to the warm night on which I drank it.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 02:11:06 | More by Rayek
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.63/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ruddy caramel brown with generous burnt orange edges. Morning sunshine is easily seen on the opposite side of the glass. No Imperial porter worth its salt should be this color and this lucent. A thick slice of golden beige colored suds sits atop the liquid and keeps things from looking too bad. Minimal lace doesn't help.

The aroma is on the weak side as well: weak chocolate and weak coffee. Let me check... no, it says Imperial right there on the silk-screened bottle. With a malt bill that includes caramel, chocolate, roasted and black, is it too much to ask that the aroma be dark and rich and inviting? Apparently so.

There are no surprises on the taste buds. When a porter looks like this and smells like this, flavor is a foregone conclusion. Breckenridge doesn't usually brew sub-standard beer (or maybe they do, their lineup isn't memorable), but this offering just does not get it done.

Flavors are slanted more toward dark caramel than roasted or chocolate malt. Let's say equal parts Hershey bar and English toffee, with a small splash of Sanka. Trust me, that description sounds better than the beer tastes. The hops (Chinook, Palisade, Goldings, Perle) add more than 21 IBUs worth of bitterness thanks to a woeful lack of malt sugars. Chinook's citric spiciness is easily appreciated.

The mouthfeel is average... for a 5.0% porter. It's nowhere near Imperial anything. Laid back bubbles do an okay job, but there's simply a shortage of ballast.

Breckenridge is usually a pretty solid, if unspectacular, craft brewery. That said, Imperial Porter is disappointing. I hate to say this, but I'm not sure the brewer truly understands the style. Ain't no way it's worth $9.99.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 14:08:07 | More by BuckeyeNation
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sml505

Colorado

3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown to black. Mocha brown head. Disappears quickly.

S - Light aroma of alcohol, coffee, roast malt, vanilla.

T - Coffee, bread, fig, alcohol, some chocolate and light vanilla. Dry.

M/D - Light mf for style with alcohol notes. Coffee and alcohol are strong. A bit watery and boozy for ABV. Okay, but certainly not great.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 04:47:09 | More by sml505
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endincolorado

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Deep, chestnut brown with ruby highlights. Decent, tan head with big and small bubbles. Good head retention. Nice lace.

Smell- Inviting, roasty malt aroma, mixed with some faint, crisp hops and some vanilla in the background.

Taste- Vanilla is more noticeable, along with some wood. Roasty malt and some alcohol. Lingering sweetness on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium body- satisfying, with good carbonation.

Drinkability- Pretty solid for an imperial porter (but then the ABV isn't too high).

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 23:22:21 | More by endincolorado
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

The beer pours a dark brown almost black with a decent dark tan head that upon settling is lighter. It looks a little oily. Poor lacing that is very runny.

The aroma is very light, nothing stands out strongly. There are notes of coffee, carmel, banana, and alcohol.

The tatse is very light and smooth. It smarts off soft you don't get much on the palate but as it finishes you get a strong taste of coffee.

It feels light on the tongue, doesn't last like it should but its very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 01:02:02 | More by jrallen34
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infestaxion

Florida

2.35/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Pours thin, brown and fizzy. Some reddish hues when held up to the light. Tan head that doesn't immediately disappear but doesn't hang around too long.

S - Nothing very strong here. A bit nutty. That distinctive porter smell that I call pool water.

T - The flavor is also very thin. Not very complex. Some roastiness. Slight vanilla.

M - Very, very thin.

D - I'm not enjoying drinking this beer. But it presents no challenge.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 03:37:46 | More by infestaxion
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at macadoodles in Joplin, MO

Pours an effervescent brown tinged chestnut with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Above average lacing & no head retention

S: Coffee, boozey figs, that just fade out as this warms

T: Coffee, breadyness, toasty malt & a touuch of boozeyness up front, plus a bit of licorice & dryness. Coffee, dryness, leafy hops & a bit of cocoa as this warms, plus a bit of boozey figs. Finishes dry, with coffee grounds, some vanilla, a touch of figs. Could've pulled a 3.5, but just a touch to disjointed, flavors aren't blending well at all

Medium bodied, dry with moderate carbonation, a touch too boozey, plus a bit of wateryness

Drinks okay, starts a bit disjointed & doesn't hide abv well at all. I think they were trying for a version of old London Porter, so since no one really knows what that was I will cut them a little slack. If this was judge as an IMP Porter I'd be be at least .5 lower across the board for the most part. Still, not one I'll buy again. Overpriced at $6.50

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 02:20:16 | More by russpowell
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown body. Aroma of brown sugar, maybe a touch of caramel. Aroma is not particularly complex or assertive. Nor is the flavor. Again it is mostly brown sugar with caramel, some hints of vanilla. Not much going on. Like your standard American porter, but with more booze. The feel is creamy and smooth and it is fairly easy drinking. Not all that different from the recently released Mighty Brown, actually reminds me more of a brown than a porter. I was excited to hear of this release and believed Breck may start kicking it up a notch. I have been disappointed. Nothing too special here. Also, $6.99/22oz may be a bit much for this.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 23:31:56 | More by BradLikesBrew
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youngblood

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark, nice and creamy head. Has some staying power, diminished after about fifteen minutes.

Has strong roasted flavors coming out. Some nuttiness also. Slight sweetness on the tail end. Probably the weakest aspect of the beer.

There is a predominant vanilla and coffee flavor coming from this although there is a nice caramel smoothness to it. Small touches of roasted nut and bread also.

Feels very smooth, but not slick. Nice carbonation to it. Not very chewy at all.

Has great drinkability as it is not that heavy and the flavors are very smooth. No alcohol bite at all. I was actually pleasantly surprised by this.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 13:54:49 | More by youngblood
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Porter Porter (471 Series) from Breckenridge Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.