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Porter - Port City Brewing

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322 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 322
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 16
Gots: 23 | 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:
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(Beer added by: AndrewNations on 02-12-2011)
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Photo of Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 8/16/11
*From notes

A: Great presentation. Rich chocolatey blackish-brown. A 1.25 finger head on a good pour fades quickly, and leaves minimal lacing.

S: Grainy grass. Touch of sweet malt is present, as is a pretty heavy dose of earth.

T: Not too charry here, it's actually somewhat smoky yet quite quaffable. I don't detect any of the 7.5% ABV, as it finishes dry and toasty.

M: Could be a bit thicker, yet it remains easy to put back. This beer is better on tap, though the bottled version is certainly no slouch.

O: Port City's Porter represents what Bill and his team are trying to accomplish: high quality ingredients = high quality drinking. I'll be the first to say there's nothing extreme about it, yet it's just a damn nice porter. Well done, guys. I'll continue to proudly ship this around the country as an extra with my trades.

08-22-2011 22:41:10 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of Pencible


4.08/5  rDev +2%

A: This poured a black mahogany with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like dry dark chocolate and roasted coffee, with a little citrus hops and molasses.
T: It tasted like dry dark chocolate and roasted coffee with cream, and a bit of molasses. It had a mellow bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Light body.
D: This was a very nice porter. The smell and body were only good, but the taste was great. The alcohol was well hidden too, so it was easy to drink. Recommended.

08-12-2011 01:16:34 | More by Pencible
Photo of billab914


3.95/5  rDev -1.3%

12oz bottle into my Otter Creek pint glass. Dark brown in color with a thick and frothy tan head to it. Decent head retention and a little lacing.

The aroma has a milk chocolaty character to it mixing with a little roasty, bitter flavor. Just a hint of a tart fruit presence to it. Pretty nice aroma for the style.

The taste has a bitter-sweet chocolate flavor to it throughout it. I get a little more of a sweetness up front while a bitter, rpasty flavor comes out in the finish. It finishes on the dry side with a little bit of a roasty, coffee like flavor coming through as well.

The mouthfeel is about average for the style and carbonation is moderate. Overall it's a solid version of the style and probably my favorite from Port City so far. It has a nice range of chocolaty and roasty flavors to it and is pretty drinkable overall. It rivals Williamsburg's Washington Porter as my favorite local porter, but may not surpass it.

07-30-2011 23:22:26 | More by billab914
Photo of Godot


4.7/5  rDev +17.5%

I just realized that I live within a mile of this brewery (I'm new to the area) and figured I would give it a try. Picked up a six pack of the porter at Rick's. Pours an opaque black with a thick brown head that slowwwwly drops and leaves plenty of lacing. The smell is roasted coffee and graham cracker with a little bit of vanilla. Definitely has me excited for my first sip. The taste is everything I want out of a porter. Its complex but balanced with a toasted darkness that is warm and welcoming. Finishes slightly bitter. Alcohol is mostly masked except for a little hint at the end that seems to say "aren't I sly." I could easily drink a six pack of this on a cool fall night and promptly fall asleep in my chair. That being said it is currently 99 degrees outside and I am still enjoying this beer. Highly recommended.

07-12-2011 23:27:11 | More by Godot
Photo of BennyL1


4.2/5  rDev +5%

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.

07-12-2011 04:15:29 | More by BennyL1
Photo of engagechad


4.58/5  rDev +14.5%

Purchased as a single from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen, VA - poured into dfh snifter

This beer is damn near perfect. Pours a deep dark brown with minimal light edges, dense head with perfect lacing. Smells of brown sugar and molasses with toasty chocolate. Tastes beautifully bitter for an am porter with a dry finish.

This is a beer that you should trade for if you can't get it wherever you are.. I intend on visiting this brewery.. soon!

07-08-2011 01:03:43 | More by engagechad
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +10.8%

very deep dark brown, small tan colored head, not a lot of lace, pretty clear

SCaramel and chocolate predomintaly, with a touch of roasted coffe and an ever so slight hoppy back. Very nice, lots of caramel and roasted malts, with a nice hoppy back. Dry finish. Lots of sugar, very good. Uber smooth, a very good feeling porter. Not too thick, just about right to be totally sessionable. I thought the decent carbonation played a good roll here

Great, a very sessionable porter. Not heavy enough to distract you or bog you down, I could put down six of these with some ease.

07-03-2011 21:26:24 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of zaphodchak


3.78/5  rDev -5.5%

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!

07-03-2011 03:18:15 | More by zaphodchak
Photo of argock


4.2/5  rDev +5%

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.80.

A: Black with the lightest amount of ruby-brown at the edges with a 1-finger beige head with average retention and pretty spotty lacing.

S: The aroma is not quite as substantial as it needs to be but does exhibit dark chocolate/cocoa, roasted grains, light caramel. and earthy tobacco hoppiness.

T: The flavor, on the other hand, delivers a punch and then some. The dark maltiness provides a lot of raisiny, fig flavors which falls away to cocoa, espresso, and some hazelnut. The roast character is subtle and not at all acrid, and the hoppiness settles in at the finish with a tobacco earthiness without being ashy. There is a hint of fusel alcohol as you work your way through the portion.

M: A rounded, medium-full body with light carbonation lends a smooth overall quality to this brew. There is a light chalkiness in the finish that is a bit due to the rough edge of alcohol.

O: A really nice porter from Port City. I have only tried two of their brews, and they were pretty far off the mark with their IPA, but this porter is really a nice beer. I think they could idle back on the ABV and dark maltiness to a 6.7% type of beer and not lose anything except this light booze nature to this brew. I liked this beer quite a bit and will be looking to it when I want a robust porter with a more tobacco, nutty edge to it.

07-02-2011 03:05:51 | More by argock
Photo of localone703


4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

This is a fantastic robust porter - it drinks a bit like an imperial stout without being as rich or strong, but being rather close to that.

I like the seamless chocolate/coffee aromas and flavors - great to braise beef in, pour in a pot of chili, sip with a sweater and book by a winter fire, or have with a grilled hamburger.

It's amazing they could get this so right and yet get the IPA and Pale Ale so wrong. Let's hope the wit beer keeps their books balanced because I don't see the other three doing it.

06-27-2011 05:51:37 | More by localone703
Photo of womencantsail


3.48/5  rDev -13%

Think it was Andrew that sent this to me. Thanks.

A: The pour is almost black with a couple fingers of off-white/khaki head.

S: There is a surprising amount of smoke and wood aroma to this beer. Quite a bit of ash to it with a little bit of chocolate and plenty of roasted malts.

T: Dark chocolate and nut shells open up the flavor on this beer. Plenty of roasted malts with a light ash and a substantial oak flavor. A bit of a sawdust sort of flavor to it.

M: Medium in body and carbonation.

O: Really a weird flavor. If you like the smokier and heavily roasted beers, than perhaps you would enjoy this one.

06-22-2011 07:22:45 | More by womencantsail
Photo of MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +2%

Bottle courtesy of the ever-generous Michael Thorpe. Served in a Jester King snifter.

A - Thin tan foam that settles to a thin ring, leaving a few spots of lace. Dark brown/near-black solid body that doesn't get any lighter at the fringes.

S - Roasty, milk chocolate, some sugar and buttery notes, as well as some dark fruits. Quite sweet and fairly English in character.

T - Taste is also heavy on milk chocolate, nuts, dark fruits, and light coffee bitterness in the finish.

M - Zesty moderate carbonation, medium body, and somewhat dry finish. Alcohol isn't apparent at all.

D - A very enjoyable porter that is more English than American thanks to the fruity yeast. It was easy to put down my 4oz and I'd gladly take a six-pack of this for an after-dinner beer.

06-20-2011 16:29:55 | More by MasterSki
Photo of AgentZero


4.03/5  rDev +0.8%

A - Black beer with a small hrad that fades to a tight ring.

S - Dark fruit and roasted notes.

T - This one has some nice roasted notes and a bit of sweet dark fruit. It's a pretty full beer for the ABV on this. Lots of malt and chocolate.

M - Decently full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Actually a pretty good beer that I enjoyed a lot.

06-20-2011 00:31:38 | More by AgentZero
Photo of SummitVA


4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

A - Opaque black pour with moderate carbonation.

S - Chocolate, maple syrup, stone fruit, faint alcohol heat.

T - Huge chocolate, brown sugar, sweet malt, stone fruits, roast, and a bit of coffee. Rougher graininess. More bitter than I was expecting; this lingers in the aftertaste, along with the syrupy sweetness.

M - Medium bodied.

O - Very nice surprise from Port City. Solid Porter that I will seek out around town. Cheers,

06-18-2011 02:10:41 | More by SummitVA
Photo of MrOH


4.53/5  rDev +13.3%

Any darker brown and you'd have black. Thick finger of tan head with little retention. Spotty lace.

Dark chocolate, freshly ground coffee. Dark fruits: cherries and overripe plum. Excellent.

Lots of dark chocolate and the aforementioned fruits. Smooth but with a nice tang at the end. Just enough hop bitterness to keep everything from being sweet, but there is no real bite.

Full bodied and super smooth. Low carbonation to keep it that way.

Damn fine robust porter. I may have a new homer favorite.

06-15-2011 23:54:23 | More by MrOH
Photo of BurpingtonDC


4.65/5  rDev +16.3%

Tried this at The Chesapeake House on 8th street in Capitol Hill.

A - Black as oil and twice as nice.

S - The smell was an intense melange of raisins, coffee, chocolate and a touch of alcohol. Maybe a little orange peel.

T - An absolutely delicious Porter, though on the sweet end of the scale. Again, raisins, coffee, chocolate, orange and toffee infuse the mouth with rich flavor.

M -Slightly syrupiness, and mild carbonation conspire to create a substantive brew.

O - When I think Porter I think of the dryer varieties, and this is my preference, but Port City's Porter is so rich and complex that it's hard not to come away impressed. A very enjoyable drink.

06-14-2011 00:16:26 | More by BurpingtonDC
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4/5  rDev 0%

Reviewed on 5-21-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A – Poured one finger of foam, dark brew with a decent lacing ring with carbonation present

S – Malts, brown sugar, coffee aroma

T/M – Medium bodied with sweet coffee and brown sugar taste

D – Good tasting brew, easy to have more than a couple. I would have this brew again. I recommend it

06-07-2011 19:37:18 | More by FreshmanPour77
Photo of metter98

New York

4.08/5  rDev +2%

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color (some faint traces of amber are visible near the corner of the glass when it is held up to the light). It poured with a finger high tan head that faded away but left rings of bubbles around the edge of the glass and down the sides.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts and raisins in the nose. The smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of dark malts and raisins; there are some hints of malty sweetness, but this is balanced off with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The bee is very easy to drink because of the good balance between the flavors.

06-07-2011 01:30:25 | More by metter98
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%

A: Pours a nearly opaque dark brown. Very little light shines through, even when held up. A fairly tall, light brown head bubbles up with a dense, frothy consistency. Retention is sturdy, and some decent lace is deposited as the head recedes.

S: Some roastiness, along with a firm chocolate note. A bit of light coffee. Some alcohol is noticeable, along with some background brown sugary sweetness.

T: Moderately roasty/toasty flavors up front. Slight burnt notes. On the sweet side for a porter, with a definite molasses/brown sugar flavor. Chocolate flavor is firm, with slight complementary notes of coffee. Bitterness is mild - definitely a malt-forward porter. Alcohol doesn't dominate, but it is present in the finish.

M: Medium body overall. Carbonation is a bit lighter than medium. A slightly burnt/roasty feel, along with the aforementioned alcoholic presence.

D: An enjoyable, chocolaty robust porter from Port City. It borders on boozy for the style, but manages a well-integrated malty profile. There are better American porters out there, but this is a very worthwhile beer nonetheless.

06-06-2011 00:25:14 | More by Clydesdale
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District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +2%

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.

06-03-2011 23:23:46 | More by goldbot
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4.3/5  rDev +7.5%

On tap at Ella's Pizza in Washington DC. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Grand entrance into the glass with a symphony of CO2 bubbles harmoniously yet chaotically rising to where the beer meets the sky soon forming a friendship of evenly distributed off-white cream.

Smell: Chocolate and coffee greet the nostrils on the initial sniff not leaving much to the imagination.

Taste: Pleasant blend of sweet malt succulence and slight hop presence that will tickle your innards.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and a bit of pleasant alcohol soothes the days strifes.

One of the best porters I've had to date. I enjoyed that this beer was on the upper end of the sweetness meter and hops weren't allowed to drop their trench and go streaking across my palate. Definitely wasn't expecting enjoying the beer this much and would absolutely recommend. Will be visiting the brewery soon.

06-01-2011 01:47:18 | More by dyoung3
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3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

Bottle from Chevy Chase.

Pouring a very dark brown with an impressively dark brown head that recedes rapidly to a ring, this beer looks pretty decent. The nose has a nice, thick, chocolate character with some roast present. Hop character is moderate, there's some pine present. A mild fusel character is present as well, along with a prominent English yeast character, which is surprising.

The palate opens with a sharp roasty bite which is very pleasant. Chocolate, cocoa and toasted bread with some burnt toast as well are all present. Again, a mild fusel character is present, faint but noticeable, accentuated by the roast character. Nice chocolate flavors especially on the mid-palate. Roasty and chocolatey on the finish, this beer is medium in body and is nicely carbonated. The ABV is about 2.0% higher than it needs to be, but otherwise, this is a great porter.

05-30-2011 01:50:41 | More by DefenCorps
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3.8/5  rDev -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.

05-25-2011 23:50:52 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of tlazaroff


3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

A: First thing I noticed was the perfect mocha head, soft and fluffy. The beer itself is quite dark to the point you can't really see through it except around the edges where a little brown can be seen.

S: Bittersweet like a dark chocolate bar for baking. The 70% cacao type. It exhibits some earthy qualities too.

T: The dark chocolate is strong on the palate. The finish is as if taking a handful of espresso beans and munching on them. Better yet, its like chocolate covered coffee beans, and the finish tastes like the substance left on your tongue after chewing them up.

M: Lightly carbonated and a heavy-moderate leaning to lightly-heavy bodied beer. Pretty smooth.

D: Nicely drinkable, though at 7.5% I'd stick with one at a time.

05-25-2011 22:38:04 | More by tlazaroff
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3.43/5  rDev -14.3%

Pours a thick black with a touch of chestnut at the edges along with a thin head that dissipates quickly leaving decent lacing. Nose has coffee berries, smoky roasted malts and a touch of charred bbq, along with semi sweet chocolate as it warms. It is very drinkable with nice carbonationation. The flavor brings smooth roasted malts, a touch of dark slightly sour red fruit and a touch of very dry chocolate. Solid porter at a higher abv that is barely noticeable.

05-20-2011 04:46:31 | More by Trilogy31
Porter from Port City Brewing
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