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Porter - Port City Brewing

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BA SCORE
89
very good

328 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 16
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Port City Brewing visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: AndrewNations on 02-12-2011)
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Reviews by droomyster:
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As one who lives just outside of Alexandria, it has taken me too long to finally taste this beer but the wait was worth it. This is high quality stuff.

Pours and impenetrable black with a rich and almost creamy tan head with excellent retention. Aromas are sweet and dark: an initial blast of India ink followed by chocolatey notes that range from ultra dark to milky sweet, with roasted coffee beans playing a fainter but noticeable roll. Taste is sweet and chocolatey from beginning to end, but sweeter up front before entering a roastier middle. The interplay of cocoa and coffee is intriguing and enjoyable down to the last sip. Body is full but smooth, without corners or snags requiring negotiation as it swishes around and goes down the hatch. The high abv and super rich, ink-like aromas make this a slow sipper. Extremely enjoyable.

droomyster, Nov 02, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first try of this NOVA brewery.Poured into a standard pint nearly black except for a tinge of ruby when held to the light,a 1/2 finger deep beige head atop,quite a dark pour.Molasses sticks out most in the nose along with some chocolate and faint coffee roast.Coffee is much more prominent on the palate with milk chocolate and molasses-like sweetness.A nice creamy feel to the beer makes it glide down easily,it's a nicely balanced porter it's got some real sweetness but the coffee/roast balances it out nicely,a solid porter.

oberon, Apr 25, 2012
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3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #62 (Mar 2012):

LOOK: Charcoal black

SMELL: Roasted grain, chocolate, burnt sugar, black currants, woody hops, mild spicy alcohol

TASTE: Brown malt, bready, dried grass, creamy, malted milk balls, herbal hop, warming alcohol, burnt raisins, mildly charred finish

This one sort of sneaks up on you: a sleeper beer, in a way. First comes off as a no-frills Porter, but then slowly unfolds into a complex ale. Very robust, but still gentle on the palate.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

dieBlume, Sep 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

TimoP, Dec 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

JoeD15, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of Guden
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Fully opaque black with a nice two finger light tan head.

S- Not very strong but whats there is awesome: roasted malts giving off chocolate, coffee, smoke and to smaller amounts raisins and figs.

T- Not quite as complex or interesting as the nose. Solid roasted malt profile that hits the back of the tongue with a little bit of roasty bitterness. Tasty but nothing amazing.

M- Medium body and medium carb lets this one hit the tongue in the right places and go down nicely.

D- This is a good beer all around but something keeps it from being great that I can't quite put my finger on. Still a solid choice of local porter.

Guden, Feb 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

petewheeler, Aug 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

xdefeatsy, Jan 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Bike2work, Apr 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +25%

cmdQ, Mar 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

Mantooth, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated, recently purchased 12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Consumed immediately after, and compared to, a Mad River Steelhead Porter.

Pours a very dark reddish brown that is nearly black. Small tan head has very poor retention but some decent lacing is left behind.

Nose has chocolate and roasted malt with a significant bit of somewhat fruity and somewhat disagreeable alcohol esters. The alcohol is much less noticeable in the flavor, which hits the tongue too sweet and stays that way until the lightly smoky aftertaste. Hints of brown sugar and over-ripe plums. Tastes way better than it smells.

Medium-full bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Smooth.

O: Darker, sweeter, softer, less smoky and less hoppy than the Mad River it is worth trying but certainly not as good as the Mad River.

chinchill, May 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

HopAttack3, Apr 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Zonian1, Jun 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

jamiemottram, Jan 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

acurtis, Aug 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

SMKilp, Jun 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

weonfire, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of lnashsig
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#BOTG 79!

Poured from bottle into JK Farmhouse glass. Wrong glassware I assume, but I had something farmhouse worthy earlier and I don't feel like dirtying up another glass. Pours a nice espresso brown color, a little head at the top of the glass. Smell- light cocoa, coffee beans. Not much more here. Taste- wow. Really nice. Smooth milk chocolate, toffee, caramel, espresso, and cocoa. I was not expecting this to be a stand out brew, and it is. Super yummy, complex, and well integrated. For 7% ABV, there is no apparent booze, and the mouthfeel is just right. This is a real winner, and I had never heard of it. Hopefully my Astros quit getting their asses kicked and I can enjoy this brew with a win tonight.

lnashsig, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of willPS21
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my kind of porter! Served on tap at Galaxy Hut. The appearance is something like a very dark milk stout with the lean wispy head and dark watery consistency, which gave me initial reservations, for that style is not my favorite. However, the smell was perfectly dark malty without going to bitter, roasty, and a bit of sweet caramel to match for a very nice nose. The texture in the mouth is nice and mellow with only subtle carbonation which fits the flavor profile well. The flavors are a fulfilling complement to the nose, and this has to be one of the best porters I've had. In fact it is so smooth I actually don't believe the ABV is what's stated (I thought I heard 6.5%) but if it's even that, it's so well contained in the flavors and texture, it's very impressive. The most drinkable porter I've had.

Session beer or nightcap to a whole series of excellent beer, this Porter can do both and I'm eager to try it again.

willPS21, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of Loveyourbeer
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Fireflies in Del Ray.
A: poured very dark, minimal head, decent lacing
S: strong, "meaty", some chocolate in there.
T: I enjoyed this thoroughly, both by itself and with a meal. Lots of flavors going on here but it really works. Some bitterness at the end. Didn't really taste the alcohol here.
M: very smooth but also substantial
O: this is the best of the Port City beers. I will be drinking this again and again.

Loveyourbeer, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of BennyL1
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thorpe429 for the bottle. Into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This brew pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a slim tan head. Not a whole lot of lacing but it is there.

Aroma has a very nice roast aspect to it. Hints of chocolate and some espresso in there too. The wonderful roastiness of this beer really hits you after the first taste. That is followed up with some coffee and chocolate to finish it off.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth with a medium body. Nice carbonation in there as well.

Overall a very solid and robust porter and a very nice take on the style.

BennyL1, Jul 12, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Growler from Whole Foods in Charlottesville.

Pours with a finger of tan head on an opaque brown body. Solid lacing.

Roasty, slightly meaty nose with some nutty coffee.

Taste is oddly tart, there's citrus in here somehow, but a lot of dark, roasty malt as well. The citrus is really curious, but not objectionable. Not sure what to make of this, but it's a solid porter.

Mouthfeel is a bit foamy, but pretty standard.

It's a decent porter with some unexpected citrus. Not much more to say!

zaphodchak, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into a Voodoo snifter.

Pours a 1 finger creamy, mocha head with good retention. Beer is pitch black. Lacing is thick and layered with great cling. Thin, oily legs too. A great looking beer.

Nose is chocolate, cocoa, and roasted malt. Some mild tartness from the nose nicely complements the sweetness. Mildly aromatic.

Opens roast, liquorice, chocolate and cocoa. Some roasted malt tartness in the middle balanced by chocolate sweetness. End is rich and robust with a hint of fudge and molasses. Finishes sweet with a roasty, chocolatey aftertaste. I like it.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with some bubbles in the mouth and bubbly and prickly going down. Messy finish with a lingering, prickly aftertaste. Solid.

A pleasant surprise. This beer has a nice simplicity of flavors that complement each other very well. The body is a bit carbonated for my taste but definitely heavy enough. Worth trying.

SpeedwayJim, Mar 30, 2013
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Porter from Port City Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.