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Porter - Port City Brewing

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372 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 372
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 19
Gots: 44 | FT: 1
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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Photo of Beejay
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
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 +6.5%
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 -2%
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 -0.2%

Photo of jak
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of dbmernin83
4.73/5  rDev +18%
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 -12%
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 -12.7%

Photo of slugfresh
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of CarpalTunnell
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
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 CB2maltygoodness
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of dugly2ugly
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of christopheraknox
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of 2dogbrew
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of williahd
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Guden
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +5%
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

Photo of Loveyourbeer
4.33/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of bcchimp
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of jskennedy
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of LaCoursiere
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of Cariadmum
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Porter from Port City Brewing
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