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Porter - Port City Brewing

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127 Reviews
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Reviews: 127
Hads: 420
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 18.81%
Wants: 20
Gots: 74 | 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 SlothB77
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to LarryByrd for this nice extra!

poured into beer stien.

Appearance: black bodied beer with small and thick cap of medium brown head. Drops down to very thin cap.

Smell: chocolate, molasses and dark fruits. Its primary smell is both sweet and malty.

Taste: dark fruits the most promenant flavor here. They start the beer off and continue throughout the beer until the finish when they slowely fade away. The finish fades into a mild sweet roasty char note with molasses. Its interesting flavor profile for a porter.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Its a touch thin for the mouthfeel. The carbonation has a little bit of a prickly bite to it.

Overall: Nice porter. Nothing that wowed me from this beer, but its still tastey and unique in its own way. I would even put this beer into the English Porter category.

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Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a decent tan head and some lacing

S-cocoa, coffee, dark roasted malt, vanilla

T-dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, nice bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and slightly viscous mouthfeel

O-a good solid porter with nice flavor and body

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Photo of spark3148857
4.08/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of KTCamm
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of Beer_Runner
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No bottled on or enjoy by date on the label.

A: A slow pour into a standard pint glass resulted in about one finger of thick, clumpy light mocha colored head that has good retention and lasted almost the entire session. The brew is a deep, rich brown and opaque.

S: The aroma is dark roasted and slightly smoky malt; and, there is also a slight hint of a Belgian-type yeast underneath the rich malts.

T: The taste follows the aroma. It begins with a pleasant, dark roasted malt and a little earthy hops bitterness compliments the dark roasted, coffee-like malt flavor. There is also a touch of bready yeast near the end.

M: It has a medium heavy body and a very soft, smooth, and creamy feel. There is only a little carbonation, which is just right for this beer.

O: This is an outstanding example of a classic porter. It hits all the right porter notes and hits them well. The soft and creamy mouth feel is also a very nice added touch in this porter. The beer does not try to do any wild; rather, it is a solid, straight-down-the-line classic porter. It is a beer everyone should try as an example of an outstanding porter.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: solid black; very nice, thick and creamy head; interesting to see all the bits of floaties
S: roasted malt; sweet aroma; pretty standard for a porter
T: rich, chocolatey flavor; dominated by the roasted malt; pretty sweet; not much in the way of hops; the booze is well masked

One of the best I've had from this genre

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. One finger of frothy tan head. Retention is below average, but a short ring of lacing is left nonetheless.

4.5 S: Wow is this powerful. Unyieldingly grainy with equally potent chocolate. Toasty after that. Mild roastiness. Coffee with cream. I love the nose on this. It's both bold and well integrated.

4.5 T: Taste is just as impressive. Again a HUGE graininess. This is certainly the grainiest porter I've ever had and I love it. Lots of chocolate with coffee with cream underneath. Again just a mild roastiness, but it works so well. Sweet, hearty neutral maltiness. Just so good. Love this.

5.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Both creamy and silky smooth. Awesome here.

5.0 D: This is one of those beers that you need to buy lots of random beers to find a hidden gem. This is a hidden gem. I could drink this all damn night. I think SteveFinny sent me this, which means I'm even more indebted to him than I already am. This is a killer beer. Get it, drink it, love it.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewery tap room in Alexandria, VA.

A: single finger tan head on a very dark brown body with hints of light getting through. Scattered lacing.

S: roasted malts, dark chocolate and subtle fruitless.

T: roasted malts, lots of milk chocolate, hint of vanilla and again a subtle citrus fruitiness. Coffee notes late in thefinish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. Oily and coats the palate.

Overall: a very flavorful porter with a nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some grainy aroma. A nice hint of dark caramel, but more of a dry porter. Nicely malty, fairly full body. Some bitterness rolls in, enough to provide balance with the roasted malt fullness.

Pleasant fizzy mouthfeel, almost creamy. Very pleasant overall. Dark brown, nearly black, in the glass. Attractive touch of foam. Sort of fruity and bitter, with quite a lot of flavor. A little salty on the tongue. Grainy taste to provide a little rustic touch. Carbonation is very nice. Great for sipping, with a little more complexity than you often find in a simple dark beer. Very clean and well made.

A really good example of an American Porter. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Food and Friends in Philadelphia.

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Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown with just a small layer of light tan head. The head goes away after a while.

Smell: Some roast with lots of dark chocolate and some sweet dark fruit. Definitely grain forward.

Taste: A lot like the smell, which is a positive. I'm getting dark chocolate and roasted grain up front. Just a bit of sweetness along with some dark fruit. The finish is roasty and a touch bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A very good porter with nice balance. I enjoyed the dark chocolate notes and found it easy to drink. I would have another.

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Photo of BryanCarey
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown in color, this porter offers a nose of roasted malt, alcohol, chocolate, nuts, sugar, and spice. The tan- colored foam maintains its presence for a while as you consume, leaves some lace, and it helps make for a positive initial impression.

This porter has a complex flavor profile that combines roasted malt, chocolate, some dark fruit, light coffee, alcohol, and spice. Some earthy notes and a slight bitter edge in the finish combine to make the tasting experience complete and memorable.

Port City Porter is a solid, tasty porter that would be good consumed all by itself or with a rich, nutty dessert. Its medium to full body is just about right and the beer is quite filling- a few bottles is like consuming a meal. I tried this at a restaurant while on vacation, so I will have to look for this one again in local stores. I hope I can find it, because I consider it a very good example of its style.

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Photo of Bung
4.04/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Dark black pour. Small mocha head. Nose is of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee. Good body. Decent carbonation; creamy finish. Hefty. Great roasted flavors abound. Mild cocoa finish. Alcohol is not noticeable. Really a good beer that hit the spot. Perfect cure for my roasted-fix.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into tulip.

A: dark opaque brown body with a light brown, tightly bubbled head. retention is decent as in the lacing.

S: chocolate and vanilla. coconut and sweet brown sugar. lots of sugar.

T: similar to the nose, plenty of chocolate on the palate. bitter dark chocolate. coconut. coffee and a little bit of tobacco. the residual sugar is definitely present. maybe a little too much....that may be the only complaint i can formulate from this body. sugar and chocolate into the finish.

M: moderate carbonation, but still smooth. medium bodied.

D: full-flavored without being cloying. definitely my favorite of the year-round lineup from port city. worth trying if you can get it.

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Photo of maximum12
2.42/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Andrewnations for this 12 oz. bottle. Split with my wife.

Pour is black & lively. Smell is a sucker full of bitter coffee & dark chocolate. Rather potent.

Port City Porter kicks hard. The roast stumbles over the line of char & into an ash, which does it no favors. It's accompanied by a severe bitterness lined with a faint counter of chocolate. The aftertaste is hard water, like the well draws from my grandpa's place up near Bemidji, & lends itself to a sharp, metallic aftertaste. Blech.

This beer is all sharp elbows & fingers in the eye. Every component is rough-edged & unfinished, which might work, but they all seem to be shouting at cross-purposes rather than working to get Obama re-elected. Honestly, I'm not going to finish the 6 ounces in my glass. Disappointingly poor.

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Photo of ckollias
4.82/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark brown hue with amber highlights. Huge brown, frothy, 3-finger head that slowly dissipates into a solid lace leaving a nice trial down the glass.

S: Strong toasted malt aroma with a solid coffee background. Hints of chocolate malt and caramel in the background.

T: Smooth coffee flavor with a great toasted malt background and caramel mixed in.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent porter! Really smooth with great flavors and aromas.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A - nice dark black beer with light brown 2 finger head. Really nice porter/stout look to it.

S - Fabulous smell with chocolate, malt, chestnut grove on a fall day roasted scents.

Taste - matches the smell, with wonderful balance of chocolate, and dry roasted notes on the palet. 7.5% ABV is well disguised. Some crisp dryness in the finish with a hint of bitterness but subtle.

Mouthfeel - Moderate body. A little dry on the palet to finish.

Overall - One of the finest porters I've sampled so far. Very enjoyable beer!!!

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Photo of Dave1999
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark brown almost black colour with a small tan colour head.

The smell is chocolate and sweet malts.

The taste is smooth chocolatey and malty with a slightly bitter after taste.

The mouth feel is medium with very light carbonation. Feels creamy and smooth.

Overall a very nice porter not particularly complex but great tasting. Hides it's abv very well, was surprised to see it was 7.5%.

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Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, bordering on black though somewhat muddy looking. Nice cocoa head on top. Decent roasted aroma, faint chocolate and marshmallow notes. Mild roasted flavors with definate chocolate notes. Soft, grainy flavor. Solid hop presence for sure. Very nice, full body. Has a great softness in the mouthfeel. Just a great porter all in for me. Might catch up in a hurry at 7.5% but very rich and enjoyable all around.

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Photo of boralyl
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours an inch of creamy tan head into my oversized tulip. It's got nice retention and leaves some decent lacing as it settles. The beer is a medium-dark brown.

S - Brown sugar, chocolate, and sweet malts make up the aroma.

M - Medium in body, light-medium carbonation. The beer has a nice silky smooth feel with a creamy finish.

T - The beer begins with sweet malts which intertwine with milk chocolate. It's followed up by some roasted notes and more malt sweetness into the finish. There is a very light bitterness with the finish.

This is a great porter. The body is perfect and it's got great flavor and appearance. This beer impressed me, coming from a brewery I hadn't heard of before.

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Porter from Port City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.