Plain Porter - The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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The Porterhouse Brewing Company visit their website

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 06-06-2003

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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 rastaman
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
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 PhillyStyle
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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 AEK
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
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 marshmarsh
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
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 metter98
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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 foles
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.14/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On nitro-tap at the Porterhouse Central; poured into a tulip pint.

A: Deep ruby with a tight nitro head; looks just like a Guinness.

S: Nothing much here, a bit of coffee and a bit of hops.

T: Again, nothing too defined. You can taste the roast and a bit of hop bitterness, but everything is just too subtle to really pull any flavour from.

D: Although the alcohol is nowhere to be found, at 4.3% ABV, that's hardly a great accomplishment. Too boring to order a second.

Overall: I know they were attempting to make a classic Irish Dry Stout, but that's no excuse to make something boring. This beer is a bit too thin, watery, and close to the macro stuff to praise it. Grab a Wrasslers XXXX; the name in "Plain Porter" speaks for itself.

Photo of MillRat
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

One topic that comes up now again is how to clearly separate a porter from a stout. Until now, my reference beer for porter was Sam Smith's, but this Plain Porter has now become my defining example for the style. I had this on draught at the Parliament Street Porterhouse. It is a deep brown/black with the barest ruby glow. The head is a thick medium brown and quite persistent. The dark malts star in this brew, and keep on the chocolate part of the spectrum without getting the roasted grain edge. It is an easy drink that has the complexity to maintain your interest through several pints.

Photo of digita7693
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Porterhouse (both central and temple bar).
Trying out a few different stouts, trying to find a good replacement for guinness, and I definitely found it.

A wonderful dark stout with a solid creamy head that lasts the entire time

S roasted malts, slight coffee smell

T this is what I want in an Irish Dry Stout. dry, creaminess with a hint of sweetness followed by a nice coffee presence and bitterness

M excellent. dry, creamy mouthfeel

this is what guinness should aspire to be

Photo of LampertLand
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Porterhouse Brewing 'Plain Porter' an Irish Dry Stout @ 5.0% , served from a 330 ml bottle with a pull tab bottle cap purchased for $3

A-pour is a very dark brown with some ruby red highlights when held up to the light , the head starts off as a medium size tan in color and remains thru out , smaller now that more beer is consumed leaving a fine lace film along the pint glass

S-smells of roasted barley , a little hoppyness

T-sweetness , so smooth on the palate

MF-ok carbonation , medium body , a very easy drinking beer

Ov-good beer , plain must mean good to Porterhouse Brewing

sampled alongside 'An BrainBlasta' & 'Oyster Stout'

prost LampertLand

Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from

Poured pretty black with just a hint of brown around the edges when held up to the light. Tan head poured pretty bubbly and frothy then faded quickly to thick wispy covering... some light lacing...

Aroma - Coffee and dark chocolate mix, lots of roasted malts with a slight hints of smoke and leather, sooty traces, tobacco notes, some cola traces, some brown sugar sweetness, very faint dark fruits - some plums and blackcurrents...

Taste - Very nice lightly roasted chocolate malts mixed with cappuccino notes, again some light smoke / peat notes, light dark treacle sweetness, some roasted / burnt nuttiness, earthy some vanilla, plum and date fruitiness, light sourness, faint rosemary herbal notes...

Feel - Smooth with just a hint of sharpness underneath... medium / full bodied... Very drinkable at only 4.3%...

Overall - A very good porter... recommended..

Photo of dbrauneis
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque very dark reddish brown (almost black) in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy beige head that exhibits great retention properties and very slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of small thick patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass.

S: Light aromas of roasted malts with some fainter notes of burnt malts.

T: Moderate flavors of roasted malts, dark malts, and almost burnt malts give this beer a very rich flavor. There are light amounts of bitterness.

M: Lighter than medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth, moderately creamy, and moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable and very easy to drink with the light amount of bitterness and very pleasant roasty flavors and smells. Very enjoyable mouthfeel with the smoothness.

Photo of granger10
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Porterhouse offering came out dark black color with the velvety tan head. Roasted aromas with coffee standing out a bit more. There's also a sweet fruit element with some residual sugar taste in the backdrop. Flavor repeats itself. Coffee flavors are noticeable and somewhat earthy and bitter. The sweetness is chocolate like and maybe even raisiny. A smoky dry finish. Body is not quite as creamy as I was hoping for and on the thinnish side. A solid beer with some flavor to it. But the flavors didn't really do it for me personally. One pint and I was ready to move on.

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Ebenezers.

Pours a fluffy dark Belgian head, sticky lacing, almost pitch black.

Nose has roasty chocolate malts, light dry Irish like stout, some oats, little biscuit malt, chewy dark malts, coffee, hint of creamy nitrous like.

Taste has creamy oats, hint of nitrous creamy dry Irish stout like, some chocolate and hints of baker's chocolate, bit of roast, drinkable porter, some bitterness from charred roasty malts and hint of earthy hops, light spicy hops, hint of nutty and aged malts.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, creamy with dec carb.

Overall not bad, nice creamy flavors, dry finish, nice hops, but roasty, overall pretty good.

Photo of paulytasker
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-Poured from a bottle into a Pint Glass...paired with some finger lickin BBQ

A- Bordering between dark muddy brown and black with a sliver of light barely penetrating. Good inch and a half of tan head that's pretty dense, but doesn't stick around too long. Minimal lacing as I sip away.

S- Doesn't wow the nose, but what's there is o.k. I guess. Roasted malts lie low and are accompanied by a touch of bitterness. After a few whiffs, began picking up a little more sweet chocolate.

T- The roasted malts are more apparent on the palate then to the nose, and I think I may be picking up on some molasses but not positive. A small dose of bitterness does the trick of balancing the malts out.

M- I like the mouthfeel of this brew. Body is light/medium, with a good amount of carbonation going on. A smooth, creamy porter with a fairly dry finish.

O- After first pouring and smelling this brew, I was a little worried that I was in for a disappointment. However, this ended up being a very easy drinker, with some solid taste to it. Would I drink another if it was offered to me, absolutely. Would I make it a point to actively seek this out and purchase, probably not.

Photo of bbarrows
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, dark brown color. Light tan thick head from a nitrogen tap.

Slight roasted malt aroma, thick head would mask most aroma.

Roasted malt dominates, with a crisp and dry hop finish. Light malt finish.

Thick mouthfeel.

Easy drinking, but nothing too special.

Photo of atis
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle from Riga, Latvia, 5% ABV

Pours black with tan head that slowly fades, patchy lacing. Aroma is light roasted malts, some floral notes.

Taste is sweetish and bready dark malts, hints of coffee, roasted bitterness in finish with light spicy hops; light sweet malt in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin, low carbonation, feels a bit watery.

Overall, quite drinkable and reasonably tasty stout, but I would prefer if it would be less sweet.

Photo of kojevergas
1.99/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Poured on tap in the Porterhouse pub in Dublin, Ireland. Pours a one finger head, with a nice bubble show akin to that of Guinness. The usual tripartite cream>tan>black colour that slowly becomes all black. Looks very appealing.

Sm: Light scent of many notes, but the roast note I'm used to in good stouts is missing. What is there is good, but there ain't much.

T: Cream on open turns to an oddly balanced porter without the usual stout roast taste and a strangely empty finish. "Plain" indeed.

MF: Too smooth, too wet.

Dr: A flavourless porter that isn't worth its high price.

Photo of xterra48
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just had this twice on tap at The Porterhouse at Fraunces Tavern in New York City (@ Broad st & pearl st). A dark black porter with a beautiful inch of rich head formed of tiny bubbles (nitro). Smell is slightly acidic and alcoholy. The head is as creamy as it looks and the dark malty notes of the mid-body perfectly balance the richness of the porter. There is classic British hop bittering and tasty minerality to the finish. In short this is the best porter I have ever had. If you are in lower Manhattan you should definitely try this amazing beer.

Photo of bark
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is almost black (90 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head is pale brown and compact. It sinks slowly leaving almost no lacing.

The smell is malty and roasted. It is smooth without any harshness. Malt sourness, dark chocolate and a touch of black coffee. Quite a lot of biscuits, hints of dough, tobacco smoke and flowers.

The taste is dry and bitter with coffee and chocolate. Clean bitterness and a touch of toffee. Medium body. Some alcohol in the aftertaste, as well as floral/herbal flavours, and growing bitterness. Creamy coffee notes in the finish.

The carbonation is mid-strong, the large bubbles fresh. The liquid is dry and quite light.

A nice stout with enough depth too keep it interesting, and not too heavy to drink.

Photo of cypressbob
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro tap at the Porterhouse Central just off Grafton. Served very cold

Pours with a rich dark ruby body, in low light it looks slightly lighter than their Oyster Stout or something like Beamish, up to the light its a rich ruby red. Thick nitro head about half an inch thick.... stays all the way to bottom. Thick tan lacing all up and down the glass

Smell, rich fresh dark malts, some hint of freshly brewed coffee, sticky caramel and toffee. Bourbon biscuits and some wheaten bread. Its served very cold though, if it was say 8-10 degrees I know that the aromas would be much more pronounced

Taste, crunchy bittering roasted malt, black malts, chocolate malt, little bit of espresso. Fresh wort, little bit of almost salty savouriness too floating around in there. Sticky slightly sweet roasted malt with a clinging bitterness.

A very drinkable stout, full of rich roasted malt flavour. That said I'd have preferred if it was served a bit warmer and on a standard tap as opposed to the nitro

Photo of jikvig
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Porterhouse in Temple Street

This guys really like their creamy foam, not a big suprise with all the Guinesse going around in the town...
Not the biggest of porters, and it feels unbalanced, like a coffee mocca with water.
And that is not a compliment

Photo of Murrhey
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a peel pressure-cap 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- One and a half finger khaki head with minute-long retention. Mahogany color with some light permeating. Some slight

S- Roasty dry smell, chocolate, toffee.

T- Dry, roasted flavor. Coffee and mocha.

M- Very dry feel. That's a porter alright.

O- Not much to say about this beer. It's better than average.

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Plain Porter from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
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