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Porter - Port City Brewing

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very good

328 Ratings
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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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Rustico in Alexandria.

A: near opaque, jet black, with a head that lasted nearly all the way to the bottom of th glass
S: traditional nose, roasted malt
T: well-made and tasty, good roasted malt and more in the tradition of a British porter with malt forwardness
M: full and creamy
O: surprisingly easy drinking for ABV, definitely doesn't taste like a 7.5% beer

wisrarebeer, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of KajII
3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a very dark brown with a light ruby hue and an average (1-2 finger) cocoa brown creamy head that slowly receded, down to a semi-thick film and medium collar which allowed for some good streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a roasted stale bread malt, resin hops and an earthy yeast with notes of bitter dark chocolate, roasted coffee, dark fruit (prunes), a bit of smoke and a woody alcohol tinge.

The taste was very malty and extremely roasty with a touch of chocolate from the start, becoming rather bitter with a hint of overripe fruit and a bold alcohol presence at the end. The flavor lasted for what seemed like forever, with the roastiness fading away as a harsh alcohol bite hit you in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and dry in texture with a bold lively carbonation.

Overall this was a very bitter and roasty brew with a big alcohol presence and a decent drinkability, although the overripe fruity taste it possessed was just a bit too much…


KajII, Mar 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

speedvagen, Mar 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

dctriman, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of JoeD15
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

JoeD15, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of bsuedekum
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

bsuedekum, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of themantis13
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

themantis13, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of Anker13
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2/10/13 Port City Brewing Company | Porter | Growler

Appearance- Deep deep brown, not quite black, tan lacy head, completely opaque

Aroma- Chocolate is most pronounced, roasted coffee, toasty, slight hazlenut, nutty, earthy

Mouthfeel- moderate-high CO2, pretty smooth, well balanced, warming alcohol

Taste- Very tasty! Chocolate upfront that turns into a malty / roasted barley center. Finish is bittersweet chocolate, maybe a little burnt coffee?

Residual- bittersweet chocolate lingers, not coating or drying, pleasant aftertaste

Overall- I’m a fan of this beer. It’s a malty and robust porter, really enjoyable during the winter months. Easily my favorite offering from Port City

Anker13, Feb 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

circus_cat, Feb 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

dokupe, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of vtn
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

vtn, Jan 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25%

OriolesFan1008, Jan 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

FTowne, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of SlothB77
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Chocolate black with very light tan foamy top. Thumb and a half of foam.

S: Smell of raisins, honey, tea, currants, grapes.

T: Raisins, tea, toasted bonfire, milk chocolate and very dry finish of chocolate chip cookies/white bread/crackers.

M: Full- bodied, medium carbonated, slightly bitter and slightly acidic. Slick with no heat.

O: At first I thought the flavor was too subtle and the bite too dry. After a second bottle I no longer find the flavor lacking or without distinction. Definitely a good drinking man's porter with a flavor that one can adapt to without being overpowered.

SlothB77, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of BeerAdvocate
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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4/5  rDev 0%

ChrisKayler, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a blackish brown body with one-finger tan head that dies quick with lace on top of a classic porter aroma of roasted, burnt caramel malt along with chocolate and some breadiness, and possbily molasses, toffee and touch of hops. The taste and mouthfeel are textbook as well; light to medium body that goes down smooth that is a mix of sturdy, roasted malts for a backbone, very minor crisp hops to give a snap of a finish rather than let it be murky, and there is a good chunk of sweetness thanks to caramel and chocolate notes. Just a great porter that is easily sessionable.

clayrock81, Jan 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

tdamron, Jan 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

MCDub, Jan 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

Boone757, Jan 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

sptopeka, Dec 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

akap, Dec 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

TubaManJack, Dec 28, 2012
Porter from Port City Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.