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Plain Porter - The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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Plain PorterPlain Porter

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104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Porterhouse Brewing Company visit their website

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 06-06-2003)
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Reviews by cypressbob:
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%

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

07-05-2007 05:11:35 | More by cypressbob
More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

08-11-2013 17:47:45 | More by innominat
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

06-03-2012 20:45:51 | More by fionn13
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West Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

02-24-2012 22:03:03 | More by WVbeergeek
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United Kingdom (England)

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

06-06-2003 02:26:52 | More by rastaman
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

04-13-2014 17:04:11 | More by Ciocanelu
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-26-2014 01:04:47 | More by let8it8grow
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

03-15-2014 18:38:53 | More by aztraz
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

03-19-2013 09:10:28 | More by ohiobeer29
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-17-2014 01:30:06 | More by TheSleepyMonkey
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4.35/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

04-30-2009 20:24:59 | More by PhillyStyle
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

10-17-2013 23:19:22 | More by Luweezy
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

04-03-2011 12:45:41 | More by AEK
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

05-20-2013 19:00:58 | More by gtermi
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North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -17.2%

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.

06-12-2014 02:16:57 | More by marshmarsh
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New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%

08-22-2013 02:55:32 | More by JohnQVD
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-24-2013 22:52:13 | More by Chugs13
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

03-18-2014 00:17:31 | More by eddsan
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

09-29-2012 02:37:50 | More by metter98
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

10-28-2013 22:05:41 | More by MacarthurParker
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

12-23-2013 20:08:51 | More by Jose9e
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3.58/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

01-10-2008 09:41:56 | More by foles
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New York

2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

04-30-2014 11:44:13 | More by Noelito76


3.13/5  rDev -17.2%

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.

03-15-2012 20:34:29 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

10-07-2012 13:10:10 | More by Arborescence
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Plain Porter from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
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