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Lighthouse Porter - Pensacola Bay Brewery

Lighthouse Porter
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.13%

Brewed by:
Pensacola Bay Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The Pensacola Lighthouse is an icon for our hometown, and so is our Porter. For centuries, a light high above a tower has served as a beacon to sailors at sea. Even though we don’t keep the Lighthouse Porter on our roof, you’d be surprised at how many sailors seem to think it’s a sign!

The Gulf’s shallow waters can be treacherous. Without the Pensacola Lighthouse, who knows how many ships would have succumbed to a dark and foggy night? Find your way out of the dreary rat race and relax with the Lighthouse Porter

The Lighthouse Porter is flavorful, without being heavy. An enjoyable sipping beer, you’ll definitely find your way to shore with our Lighthouse Porter.

45 IBU

(Beer added by: cjgator3 on 12-29-2010)
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Photo of Stinkypuss


2.2/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Pours a dark brown color with an off white bubbly top. The aroma is quite mineral like, somewhat metallic, and has a faint bit of roast and chocolate. In the flavor, roasted malt, charcoal, dried fruit, minerals, and a mild but growing off flavor of tartness. A bit of piney hops and citrus, too acidic, slightly infected, not so great. Light, thin, watery feel with prickly carbonation. Like a roasted gueze, or sour porter, but unintentional. Rough, and a pretty weak porter in many ways.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 02:03:35 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of rangerred


2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap in a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown, nearly pitch black, with a thick dark tan head. Good head retention and lacing.

Aroma of dark roast coffee and roasted malt along with some dark fruit such as plums and raisins. Pretty nice but a little on the weak side.

There is a touch of smoke in the flavor along with roasted malt and some coffee. The roast seems to go a little overboad, though, and the mouthfeel is quite chalky and watery. Just isn't put together very well.

Overall, I was really looking forward to this based on the appearance and aroma but the taste and mouthfeel kind of let me down. Just an ok beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2013 01:42:07 | More by rangerred
Photo of azorie


3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Notes.

a: dark brown ale with about 1/2 head from the tap at 41F

s: coffee, smokey malt. some chocolate. no hops detected

t: Nice balance of coffee, burn candy, burnt milk, malt and chocolate, not much smoke, hops balanced it out OK. Was not as good as many other porters i had. Some bitter aftertaste.

m: medium to thin body, decent carb, smooth. easy to drink

o: overall its decent nothing earthshaking. sure does not even compare to Sn porter on a bad day, heck SA porter is better.

on tap for 5 plus I drank a few wrote some notes and I am done.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2013 17:38:43 | More by azorie
Photo of PorterLambic


3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Arrives very dark brown with a small light tan head. Scattered lace remains after the head drops to a ring.
Smell is malt, baking chocolate, wet cardboard and a hint of hops.
Taste is dark/baking chocolate, malt, cardboard and a smoke note. Pretty good balance.
Medium-full body, lightish effervescence, nice smoky/chocolate aftertaste. Drying but only faintly warming. A solid brew drunk in Pensacola.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2012 00:58:12 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of charlzm


3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Consumed March 10th, 2012 at the brewery.

Clear, deep brown with dark amber highlights. An exceptionally fine head of light tan bubbles provides fantastic amounts of sticky sheeting.

A little juicy melanoidin aroma with roasted dark malt accents. Anise? Unusual and subtle.

Flavor is not as expected; very clean and slightly smokey. A little more like a brown ale than a traditional porter. Not much in the way of porter flavors: not getting much coffee, chocolate or even the smoke from the nose. Oddly light on the palate.

Mouthfeel is kept interesting between the modestly thick texture and the carbonation.

Drinkable, particularly in light of the ABV, but not especially flavorful. The bourbon barrel aged version of this is outstanding, but this standard production version is a bit of a miss for me.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2012 00:34:35 | More by charlzm
Photo of kylehay2004


3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very dark brown body with a half finger head.

S: full nose with mostly smokey aromas with mild chocolate and burnt toast notes.

T: very smokey with a sweetness provided by the toffee and chocolate notes.

M: fuller bodied than I expected, moderate carbonation. Moist finish.

Overall: I like when porters have this mouthfeel and don't seem watered down. The best of the 4 beers I tried from this brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2012 23:26:12 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of GPHarris


4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a three-fingers thick fluffy tan head into a pint glass that settled into a thick ring with nice lacing throughout. the body was dark brown with red tints.
s - dark roasted malts with a big chocolate sweetness.
t - bitter chocolate and roasted malts.
m - very slick and smooth mouthfeel.
o - very impressive, big porter.

Serving type: growler

09-19-2011 19:37:07 | More by GPHarris
Photo of JayS2629


4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/almost black with reddish tints when held to the light. Nice creamy head, slow fade and nice lacing.

The aroma is a good balance of dark chocolate, some rosted coffee, and sweet toffee.

The flavor follows the nose with good coffee notes, chocolate and toffee. Nice coffee bitter finish. Great balance.

A little thin, but pretty close to what a porter should be.

Nice, easy drinking porter.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2011 21:34:06 | More by JayS2629
Photo of Mosstrooper


4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark coffee color with no real head (because of the pour) and a ring of foam around the top edge of the beer.

Smell: Sweet chocolate and coffee- rather enticing.

Taste: begins with a slight hop spice and finishing with sweet chocolate and bitter coffee- everything a porter should be.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a sticky finish.

Overall: An excellent porter- this has everything a great porter should blended masterfully.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2011 19:53:08 | More by Mosstrooper
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