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Porter - Port City Brewing

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359 Ratings

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Ratings: 359
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 18
Gots: 41 | 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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

christopheraknox, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of DaveBlack
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing from notes 2/6/2012

A: Dark brown, almost black, with a finger's width of brown head. After receding to a thin layer on top of the beer the head lasts forever, and leaves a good deal of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Darkly roasted malts, coffee and molasses. Not a whole lot of complexity to the smell, and I wish there was more.

T: Lots of caramel and burnt sugar, and coffee. The dark roasted malts from the aroma bring a lot of malt bitterness. After the initial flavor from the malts the beer just sort of fades away. I wish there were more hops to combat the maltiness, because without them the beer seems disappointing.

M: Heavy body with moderate carbonation.

O: This beer seems to be straddling the line between a stout and a porter. The heavy malts are in the realm of stouts, but the hops and body are a lighter; more like a porter. I wish it would go one way or the other, because it is just slightly out of balance.

DaveBlack, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -0.2%

kjkinsey, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of 2dogbrew
4/5  rDev -0.2%

2dogbrew, Feb 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

williahd, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Guden
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Guden, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Looks like a stout, with a midnight brown colored liquid and a massive head; plenty of stickage and lacing

Smell: Vaguely roasty and fruity, with a bit of a smoky character

Taste: Roasty and toasty, up front, with a growing chocolate character; by mid-palate, there is a subtle hop character that adds a distinctive balance; coffee elements appear after the swallow and lead to a lengthy finish that incorporates all sides of the flavor profile

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: What a really nice porter and easily the best of the beers that Port City brews

Thanks, bobertkuekn, for the opportunity

brentk56, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Loveyourbeer
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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 bcchimp
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

bcchimp, Jan 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

jskennedy, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of LaCoursiere
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to gwillyb for this bottle. No bottled on or best-by date.

A - Poured into a tulip glass. Almost black with a light tan 1/2-finger head. The head dissipates quickly and there is little lacing.

S - Great roasted malt aroma with nice bready malt notes shining through the primary roasted and toasted background. You can really smell the barley in this. Not much aroma from the hops, perhaps a bit of earthiness.

T - Notes of coffee in the roasted malts with mild herbal hop bitterness in the finish. There is little sweetness, but what i there has a molasses hint.

M - Light for a porter with good smoothness and light carbonation. A little bit of alcohol warmth.

O/D - I would recommend seeking some of this out. It is a really nice interpretation of the style, with great malt and hop balance and smoothness. The carbonation is nice and light which makes the flavors shine.

LaCoursiere, Jan 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Cariadmum, Jan 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

jacewg, Jan 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

jamiemottram, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

THECPJ, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Jesstyr
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this on tap at the Chesapeake Room in DC.

Port City is a great up and coming local brewery, and the Porter is clearly their best offering. Pours chestnut and black - pure Porter, almost stout-like. Head is light brown, and hovers at two fingers. Nose was extremely malty, I get a lot of chocolate here, with some clear coffee notes as well.

Taste is pure porter, strong maltyness, coffee, chocolate - a great beer with a good piece of meat in my mind. I love the fullness of this beer - its smooth, and a great drink.

Jesstyr, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Chaney
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Since Port City is local, I almost always like to wait to get their entries on tap before reviewing them. I had this at the Hard Times Cafe in Woodbridge.

A: Poured as black as night, with the thickness being most gooily evident as it sloshed back and forth inside the glass. The head was about a couple of shades lighter than the liquid below it.

S: This was understated, yet effective. It was sort of a roasted pork sirloin and high grade coffee combo rolled into one.

T: On the taste, I got a good bit of a fruit component that when combined with the milk chocolatey goodness, I could have sworn that I just ate a bowl of "Fruity Pebbles" with chocolate milk and a cup of coffee.

M: Pretty thick, but not quite into "Dark Lord" territory, and there was lots of splotchy lacing, a slight bitterness left of the palate afterwards, but with an overall smooth finish.

O: This one is available all over town and never fails to disappoint!

Chaney, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Amyliz4
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Amyliz4, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Oasis
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Oasis, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of avalon07
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick, muddy consistency. There was a small amount of creamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A nice, typically porter-like aroma of malt, coffee, and chocolate.

T: Tasted of coffee, chocolate, grain, malt, and mild hops in the finish. This is a good, well-rounded flavor. It won't knock your socks off, but it is nice.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a super dry, crisp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a solidly made, easy to drink porter. Doesn't deviate from the style, but it is well done.

avalon07, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

claytong, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of vandemonian
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Port City Porter was an unexpected and pleasant surprise. They are a pretty new brewery so I wasn't expecting much. It was delicious with characteristics of coffee and chocolate. The only disappointment was the aroma.

A: Black colour and great 2 cm head that lasts. 5

S: Sour and grainy. Hint of coffee. 3

T: Coffee and chocolate flavour. Yum. 4.5

M: Creamy. 4.5

O: 4

vandemonian, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of lokiikol
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Color: opaque, deep brown.

Head: medium, light brown, light-medium lacing.

Aroma: light roasted coffee and cacao, slightly briny.

Mouthfeel: medium body, light carbonation with slightly creamy consistency.

Taste: bitter, roasted flavors up front with an earthy undertone, giving way to a medium toasty body that dissipates rather quickly on the palate. Aftertaste does not linger heavily, but faint tastes of coffee and chocolate are noticeable.

Overall: a solid porter that tastes better than its aroma might indicate. Not overly roasted and surprisingly subtle with some of its primary flavors. The Port City porter manages to avoid some of the over-roasted flavors that accompany others. A good, if lighter, representation of the style, with nothing too fancy or distinctive.

lokiikol, Nov 24, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

cfinch2, Nov 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Porter from Port City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.