1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Porter Porter (471 Series) - Breckenridge Brewery

Not Rated.
Porter Porter (471 Series)Porter Porter (471 Series)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
79
okay

42 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 42
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: youngblood on 07-11-2009)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 42 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of infestaxion
2.35/5  rDev -30.7%

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.

infestaxion, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of Beerislivingproof
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

Beerislivingproof, May 13, 2012
Photo of TexAggie011
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

TexAggie011, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of hopstradamus
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

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.

hopstradamus, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.63/5  rDev -22.4%

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.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of biglite351
2.73/5  rDev -19.5%

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

biglite351, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
2.93/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

Beaver13, May 05, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -11.5%

GRG1313, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of mixed_master7
3/5  rDev -11.5%

mixed_master7, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of stealth
3/5  rDev -11.5%

stealth, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of sml505
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

sml505, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of Vdubb86
3.05/5  rDev -10%

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.

Vdubb86, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

zeff80, May 23, 2010
Photo of TippySelenoid
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

TippySelenoid, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

TMoney2591, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%

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

russpowell, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

jaydoc, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of bigbeers84
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

bigbeers84, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of Iamjeff6
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Iamjeff6, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of demosixt
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

demosixt, May 07, 2014
Photo of hckyfn9999
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

hckyfn9999, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of arizcards
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

arizcards, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

thinwhiteduke, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

imperialking, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of budgood1
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

budgood1, Mar 24, 2010
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Porter Porter (471 Series) from Breckenridge Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.