Plain Porter - The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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85
very good

112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Porterhouse Brewing Company visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 06-06-2003)
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Reviews by Northsider:
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4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fountainhead Chicago. I think I've found a new replacement for my Guinness taste.

A - Thickest, foamiest head I've ever seen! Dark brown body, almost black...red at the bottom of the glass. Probably one of the prettiest beers I've seen in a glass.

S - Smelled of roasted coffee

T - Taste of slight hoppiness. Coffee comes out strong in the aftertaste

M - smooth smooth smooth

O - A new frontrunner for Dry Irish Stout. Too bad I can't get this everywhere.

More User Reviews:
Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of fionn13
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Showed up last year for the first time ever, I think their pull tab caps are pretty interesting I've never seen anything else like them. I had the Wrasslers XXXX Stout and Porterhosue Red last year, neither were stellar but both solid in their own regards. Here's the Plain Porter, forms a dark cola coloa nearly opaque let's reddish ruby highlights shine through around the edges. Billowing tan khaki head forms nicely with big chunky layered lacing. Aroma almost dirty earthiness with dark dry roasted nearly burnt malts coming through, maybe a hint of lingering butterscotch well hidden in the matrix. Nice cereal grains entrenched within the malts going on feeling very natural and well developed within the true Irish brewing tradition. As it warms up a nice cocoa powder tone arises along with some layered complexities that weren't initially there as it warmed up. Flavor is dry throughout, alcohol flavor more evident than it should be in a beer that's literally 5.0% abv. I'm not sold on the flavor the hops used in the bittering additions are over the top it doesn't let the malts and semi sourdough bread tones shine well enough. Dark roasted mint/herbal tones hidden in the earthy complex dark chocolate tones. Mouthfeel is fuller bodied with enough balls to stand up to any American stout or porter. Overall a classic drinking Irish beer that should be more widespread than it currently is, these guys aren't extreme for the sake of being extreme, their just trying to be flavorful with all of their styles in a mass market Guiness/Murphy's/Beamish driven culture.

Photo of jmrybak
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of rastaman
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

similiar to the other two dark beers that the Porter House makes, but just slightly better than the Oyster Stout, creamy, which i didn't like (nitrofied). Nice balance between) the lightly bitter roastyness, and caramelly flavours, some hops in the finish. Pretty tasty.

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of let8it8grow
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of ohiobeer29
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on April 21, 2009 at the Porterhouse Brewing Company, Dublin (Temple Bar):

A: The beer appeared a dark, opaque black with a thick, dense, creamy, dark tan head that lasted the entire beer.

S: The smell was of dark roasted malts, a hint of coffee and a little sweetness, but very well balanced.

T: The flavor of the beer was really well done; it had a very well done roasted malt flavor with a hint of coffee and a hint of sweetness, just like the nose. The beer left a very slight bitter and smoky aftertaste, but it certainly was not a put off.

M/D: This is a very drinkable stout, rich, creamy and full of flavor. A very nice example of the style that dominates Dublin and one of the better ones at that.

Photo of Luweezy
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of AEK
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml brown bottle poured into a Hobgoblin pint pot.

A. A clear brown beer with a deep red tinge, topped by a slightly tanned, foamy head.

S. Wet cardboard and sadly not a lot more.

T. Chocolatey and slightly woody. Some light fruit notes and a dry, bitter finish with a little liquorice too.

M. Medium.

D. A below average porter that really disappointed me. I was hoping for much more.

Photo of gtermi
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of marshmarsh
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Compared to the two other beers I tried at The Porterhouse (the Oyster Stout and Hop Head), this beer was very bland and just didn't have any character. I guess that's why they call it "plain". I'm a dark ale fan, but this Porter just wasn't cutting it for me. Thankfully the other two beers I tried were incredible.

Photo of JohnQVD
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of eddsan
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear but very dark reddish brown in color (black when viewed from afar) and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high creamy light beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: From start to finish, the taste has flavors of roasted malts with notes of dark malts and is accompanied by a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, quite smooth and a little creamy on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. The roasted malts lend some dryness to the finish.
O: While this beer is light-bodied, airy and easy to drink, it doesn’t shy away from packing in a good amount of roasted malt flavors. I also found the smoothness and creaminess of the mouthfeel to be rather enjoyable.

Photo of MacarthurParker
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Jose9e
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of foles
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed at the Porterhouse Covent Garden in London. Nice pour, looks like your typical stout (not sure why they are calling it porter), with a cocoa like colour blended into the head. The taste is relatively smooth, with a kick of roasted bitterness on the follow through - this seems to be the charactertic flavour of this brewery. The same charactertic is present only slightly in the taste and mouthfeel.

A good stout that scores extra points with me for uniqueness.

Photo of Noelito76
2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle.Pint glass.Enjoyed on may´11.Pours brown in color.Close & dense beige froth creates a lasting crown.Roasted malt & cocoa aromas. Coffee at first sip.Dry bitter mouthfeel. Quite flat flavors.Medium body,correct carbonation.Black chocolate notes on the aftertaste.Ok as a session beer.

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Plain Porter from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.