Porter Porter (471 Series) - Breckenridge Brewery

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

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Reviews: 27
Hads: 43
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 2
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 zeff80
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
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. (583 characters)

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. (929 characters)

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. (394 characters)

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. (430 characters)

Photo of samie85
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of Rayek
3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (735 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.65/5  rDev -21.8%
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. (1,691 characters)

Photo of sml505
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. (333 characters)

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). (507 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (536 characters)

Photo of infestaxion
2.38/5  rDev -29.8%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.24/5  rDev -4.4%
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 (1,023 characters)

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. (639 characters)

Photo of youngblood
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (641 characters)

Photo of palliko
4.42/5  rDev +30.4%
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!! (747 characters)

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. (593 characters)

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Porter Porter (471 Series) from Breckenridge Brewery
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