Porter Porter (471 Series) - Breckenridge Brewery

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

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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: youngblood on 07-11-2009)
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Photo of Hacksaw34
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

Photo of palliko
4.43/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is opaque black, topped by a lovely brown foam, excellent lacing and an aroma of Kahlua mixed with Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup – honest! Everyone at our table, including non-beer drinkers who smelled the empty mug thought it was dessert! Medium carbonation, and an initial taste of dark chocolate, vanilla and hops. Finish is smooth, creamy and clean, surprisingly. We finished off two pitchers of this brew, talked and savored it for several hours – who would have thought it would be a session beer? Several non-beer lovers tasted it and said that although they didn’t like beer or especially something this thick and dark, they liked it! Breckenridge only sells this one to restaurants – they need to get this stuff into bottles!!

Photo of MeisterMayhem
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of endincolorado
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).

Photo of DocDownUnder
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of RickS95
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.

Photo of youngblood
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.

Photo of Rayek
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.

Photo of jrallen34
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.

Photo of drinkinmiles
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of samie85
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.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
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.

Photo of PrivateEquity
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.

Photo of Sammy
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.

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

On tap at the Denver brewpub (limited brewing)...

Dark pour, almost black with cranberry color highlights at the bottom of the glass. Creamy dark tan head, very thick and stylish lacing. A bit of strawberry to the malty nose, no real roastiness. Mouthfeel is a little light and prickly, but the flavor meets style, with more of a smokey roast than the aroma implies and blending with a pale chocolate impression. A touch of acidity from hopping at the finish, thought the aftertaste shows some instant coffee flavors. Not a killer in my mind, pretty solid and sweetens a little as it warms.

Photo of Mebuzzard
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.

Photo of BretSikkink
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.

Photo of budgood1
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.

Photo of Iamjeff6
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of demosixt
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of hckyfn9999
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.

Photo of arizcards
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.

Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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Porter Porter (471 Series) from Breckenridge Brewery
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