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Porter - Port City Brewing

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89
very good

384 Ratings
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very good

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Ratings: 384
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 18
Gots: 51 | 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:
Beer added by: AndrewNations on 02-12-2011

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Ratings: 384 | Reviews: 126
Photo of Bigtimmy
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of bubseymour
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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!!!

Photo of Dave1999
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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%.

Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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 lackenhauser
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of boralyl
4.28/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of Bike2work
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of ptshrdn
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of whitecluster69
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug.

A: Pours a very dark, almost black color. The head is a mocha shade, a little under 3 fingers, with average retention and lacing.

S: Has the usual roast, coffee, and chocolate, but this one seems to have an additional earthy/mineral note. Nice smell.

T: About the worst I can say is that it's really not that different than a lot of other porters I've had. Still, this one's executed impressively. It does feature a vaguely salty character to it (similar to soy sauce) that meshes well with the roasty base. Otherwise, the usual roast, coffee, and chocolate are the main basis of the flavors here. It's nature is easygoing rather than explosive.

M: Not the heaviest porter in the world, which is good. Drinks and finishes like a porter should, which means its medium bodied with a dry, bittersweet, slightly vegetal finish and lowish carbonation.

O: I enjoyed this. It measures up nicely to some of the better porters I've had (even if it doesn't quite outdo them), and it's well worth a purchase. Pair it with pulled pork/chicken BBQ.

Photo of WMEugene
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown/almost black color with a thin, fluffy tan head that dissipates to almost nothing and minimal lacing.

S - Dark roasted malts; coffee, chocolate, rich earthy notes.

T - A nice blend of coffee and chocolate malts; a very rich and rewarding taste. Nothing complex, but very enjoyable.

M - Slightly heavier than medium bodied, pretty smooth and drinkable. A little creamy.

O - Port City's Porter is an extremely well-done and solid brew. It's a fantastic example of the porter style and Port City's best year-round beer.

Photo of alexrich82
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Beejay
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
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 Reagan1984
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Thorpe429 for providing this in a recent trade.

Nice looking pint. Thin finger+ head, but with a lot of staying power and structure. Really dark color for a standard porter. No light getting through anywhere. A touch of tan lace left behind.

Aroma is of chocolate with a hint of anise or licorice. Thick in your nostril.

Oohh, nice little Porter. Dark chocolate, deep chewy dark malt flavor and a touch of molasses and black licorice. The aftertaste is a little charcoal like, but rounded.

Smooth and thick bodied with just a touch of carbonation to bring some brightness to the taste.

I really like this beer.

Photo of TechTriumph
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes on 03/04/12:
Bottling code on the bottom of the bottle: 2061 B2 1835; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - One inch of light tan creamy head with pretty good retention; Almost black with very little light managing to come through; Some partial rings of lacing left behind

S - Smell is a bit faint overall, but pleasant; Notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa, floral aromas, tobacco, and just a bit of coffee and anise

T - There's quite a bit more roasted coffee in the flavor, accompanied by a small wave of bitterness and a bit of underlying sugary sweetness; Lots of earthy/woody flavors come after the coffee with just a bit of chocolate and anise lurking behind

M - Low to medium carbonation; Just under full bodied; Very rich and creamy mouthfeel that isn't too thick and leaves the mouth fairly dry

O - I thought this was a pretty solid porter, with its strengths being its flavor and creamy mouthfeel. The aroma seemed to be a bit weak, but that certainly doesn't take away from the superb drinkability and tasty flavor profile. After getting to try all of Port City's year-round offerings, this one is my favorite for sure.

Photo of Arborescence
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jak
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of dbmernin83
4.73/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Union St.
A perfect black with a dark khaki head that just hangs out. Lacing normally found in awesome west coast IPAs
Dark coffee, chocolate on the nose. Potent.
Huge dark chocolate and coffee evenly. A touch of hop to balance and perfect carbonation. Medium full to full bodied.
This is what I want in a porter. I thought I'd had some awesome porters, but this sets a new bar. A must try.

Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dyan for this one. Can't say I've heard of this brewery before.

Appearance: Black as pitch with a lasting brown head that leaves some lacing behind as it descends.

Smell: Pretty strong hard water character here, quite mineral. I'd guess English yeast, too. It's got a fruity, toasted bread quality that reminds me of fruitcake, along with molasses-like sweetness. Takes a while to open up, but it's pretty decent once it does.

Taste & mouthfeel: Very mineral again, with a nicely balanced malt character that's an even mix of toasted, bready flavors and rich roastiness. It's a sweeter porter, but fitting of the strength. There's some plum and date fruitiness in here too. The finish is solid, displaying some pleasant roasted bitterness along with more semi-metallic mineral flavor, and faint acidity from the dark malts.

Overall: Pretty solid stuff. The water profile is a bit too metallic for my liking, but otherwise it's a good beer.

Photo of pauljunk
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of slugfresh
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of CarpalTunnell
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice Porter! Port City has some really nice beers, and their Porter is a great example. Even better because the brewery is in Alexandria, and that's where I live right now, so it is easy to find in bottles and on tap! I had this beer on tap a few times at Hank's Oyster Bar in Old Town and bottles a few times as well.

Enjoying a bottle 18 Feb 12. Tasting notes:
A: Nice dark brown and carbonation
S: Malty chocolates...
T: A really smooth easy drinking Porter
M: Again, smooth and silky
O: A really nice Porter with a great flavor

The tap beer is really similar and extra smooth.

Photo of dugly2ugly
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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