Porter - Port City Brewing

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

396 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 396
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 18
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Port City Brewing visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: AndrewNations on 02-12-2011

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Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of Guden
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of ChadwickHines
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Unstoppable porter. Fresh and hints of chocolate and coffee I believe

Photo of chinchill
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | 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. [Revisited and revised with a bottle in Washington D.C. in June 2015.]

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. {not noticed at 2nd rating] 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.

Photo of BostonBrewRu
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light body, dry, bitter, tastes like dark roast coffee.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with an eighth of a finger of oatmeal-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very roasty and malty. Tons of roasted malt, black pepper, brown sugar and notes of freshly baked pumpernickel bread.

Taste: Delicious! Tons of roasted malt, imparting a slight smokiness, some notes of coffee, brown sugar, and some subtle hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy, and very smooth, as there is hardly any carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 7.2%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a damn good porter. Nice roasty flavors, balanced with some good sweetness. If you’re a porter fan, you should definitely try it. I’ll certainly keep it as one of my house porters!

Photo of lnashsig
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of willPS21
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of Loveyourbeer
4.33/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of BennyL1
4.17/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.77/5  rDev -6%
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!

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of AndrewNations
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is quite dark even for a porter. It pours with a nice nice fluffy tan head and decent amount of lacing

Mouthfeel is dead on for a porter, not big and viscous like a RIS but nice and clean.


An all around great porter that is nice and roasty but still quite sessionable. Nice dark malt with a bit of chocolate and coffee.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to Rhettroactive

pours a deep cola with a light creamy cocoa head that quickly disappears. very light retention.

a bit of booze, dark chocolate, sweet roasted malt

quite sweet with a very sweet roasted malt. bit of chocolate milk. hints of dark chocolate and coffee but very subtle.

medium body, drinks more like a 4.5-5% ABV which i like and dont like. drinks easy and is a bit light. i dig it.

this is a good porter, does not seem like a 7.5% ABV.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown, almost black. Small head and not much else.

Smell - Chocolatey. Very nice. Bit of licorice.

Taste - Chocolatey again, but less rich. Some caramel. A little cola. Slight toasty malt and a kick of coffee in the back.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - This is solid. Nothing over the top. Really high quality.

Photo of thagr81us
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to billab914 for sending me this one as an extra in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured basically black with a four finger fluffy tan head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and subtle cream. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Really nice flavor and aroma going on here. None of the flavors on this one were really robust. However, this did allow them to all be a part of the brew and none of them to overpower the other. Really glad I got the try this one as it is a pretty solid Porter.

Photo of Mises85
4.81/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer was pitch black/motor oil color. Nose reminds me of a good cup of espresso, some dark chocolate, and dark malts. The best thing was the hop character being pronounced. The malt didn't take everything over and leaving the hops as an afterthought. Not too sweet either which is good because I am sensitive to things being advertised as sweet as it would be probably too sweet for me.

some cocoa aftertaste. medium bodied. Good carbonation.

An excellent porter and will definitely have again.

Photo of KTCamm
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce botte into a pint glass.

Pours dark black, very little brown, light brown foam. Some bubbles. Milk chocolate / caramel nose. Full rich taste, here the coffee comestrough. Smooth and creamy. Chocolate too. Rich mouthfeel. Quite good.

Photo of Bung
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. pretty much black, just a thin wisp of cream colored head.

Aroma, quite a bit of chocolates. Some toasted malt, peat.

Taste, fairly equal parts roast malt, chocolate, earthy cocoa. A mellowing roast malt and light coffee finish. Pretty solid standard.

Medium body, a good amount of carbonation keeps it going down pretty easy. Abv is not noticeable, though I would prefer it to be a tick lower so I could enjoy more of this.
A rock solid representation.

Photo of TWStandley
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an excellent porter from a brewery I know little about. This one is packed with flavor - some nice sweet vanilla, bitter chocolate, and some roasted malts. It's about time a porter had some balls!

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours dark, rich brown almost black with tan head that resolves quickly to fine lacing
Smell: warm it up a little and roasted malts, coffee, molasses
Taste: Malt, sweet with coffee and caramel notes, end notes of hops balance the profile and nice clean finish
Mouthfeel: medium bodied with minimal carbonation (think 2%milk texture)
Overall a very enjoyable porter, despite its ABV its well masked by the complex flavors. Thoroughly enjoyable and I’ll be happily stocking up on this one!

Photo of goldbot
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick and pitch black. Small brown head that dissipates fairly quickly. Nice aroma of dark chocolate, well-roasted coffee beans, perhaps a hint of caramel maltiness. The flavor matches nicely - more chocolate and coffee and roasted malt. Rich and full mouthfeel. This beer has a great, assertive flavor but it is never overwhelming - very well-balanced and easy-drinking.

Photo of Beejay
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark black in the glass, the head is light and fluffy and a nice tan color.

S: Deep chocolate aroma. Like cocoa powder, with a hint of floury bread dough. Perhaps a hint of black licorice, or some roasted grain.

T: Yum, pretty good. Malty and roasty, with some nice coffee and chocolate notes.

M: Medium thick in body, the carbonation is fine in size and lends a bit to the creamy mouthfeel.

O: Overall a pretty nice brew. It's hitting the spot for a dark beer, although may be a touch on the cloying side.

Photo of spark3148857
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown verging on black, but with some ruby edges. Two finger tan head. Nose is average with slight hints of chocolate and coffee. I also pick up a little dark fruityness, very subtle. Taste is great...dark bitter chocolate, some coffee bitterness and a good roasted backbone. A solid porter. Definitely worth a try.

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Porter from Port City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 396 ratings.