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Penn Quarter Porter - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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Penn Quarter PorterPenn Quarter Porter

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very good

103 Reviews
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Reviews: 103
Hads: 517
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 25%
Wants: 14
Gots: 53 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
DC Brau Brewing Co. visit their website
District of Columbia, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: starrdogg on 05-12-2011

Penn Quarter Porter is our first in a line of draft-only limited-release beer, and it's a robust porter! In the way that The Public is on the line between a pale ale and an IPA, this is on the line between a porter and a stout - with chocolate notes and a dry, roasted finish.
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Reviews: 103 | Hads: 517
Photo of cmf
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 ounce can into pint glass. Jet black, solid, opaque. Very little odor. Hard to detect any scent at all. Faint malt odor... As I drink it, I detect a slight toast odor... Smooth, heavy porter like molasses. Sweet, creamy, heavy porter taste with some hops balancing. Overall very tasty and creamy with a bit of bitter bite. More flavorful than its English cousins.

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Photo of Kubishark
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the DC Brau brewery. Very very black. So black that you couldn't see a flashlight on the opposite side of the glass. Smells like roasted malts and coffee. Tastes like more roasted malts and coffee. Feels fairly creamy and satisfying. Will be coming back to this one.

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Photo of irrevjim
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look; black chestnut, 1/4 inch head, leaves nice lacing
smell; sweet nutty coffee tire fire, minor notes of sugars and esters
taste; imperial porter light, very nice roasted coffee and toffee notes, nicely balanced bitter and sweet malts, hop kiss, really yummy and drinkable
overall; a delicious full flavored accessible american porter, wish they made more

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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Robust coffee, ashy, chocolate, earthiness, pale, and toasted oats.

Taste: Ashy charcoal, milk chocolate, caramel, toasted, pale, and roasted malts followed by chewiness and bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Ashy bitterness, light to medium bodied, a little chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: This beer got better as it warmed up. Wish I had more of these kicking around in my fridge.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can with a born on date of 3/2/15, picked this up at Julio's a month ago or so. My first from DC Brau.

A - Pour to a pint is jet black with a couple fingers of brown head. A thick ring and bits of lace remain by the end.

S - Roast first and foremost with some cocoa and dark berry hiding in there.

T - Roast and general dark malts continue to dominate, a bit of a weird metallic thing going on here though, not completely off-putting but a slight deterrent. Even less chocolate than the nose, coffee grounds finish, pretty hoppy for the style with some punchy pine and earthy tones.

M - Carbonation on the higher side, pretty bitter and dry, lightish body suitable for the ABV but also a bit harsh.

O - A porter that's 'robust' and also on the lighter-end of the ABV spectrum for the style is a strange combo, not sure it comes together all that well here. It's a decent enough porter though.

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Photo of cbutova
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely doesn't seem to be draft only any longer.

A- 12oz can is released into a tulip revealing an almost pitch black brew with a very tall, thick creamy mocha tan head. Good retention and lacing is plentiful with thick blankets around the glass.

S- Towards the roaster side of things but distinctly a Porter and some of those Brown malty notes come out as well. Charred barley, milk chocolate, slight coffee beans, toasted nuts and a bit of caramel but mostly dark things here.

T- Chocolate malts seem like the focus because at times it really tastes like milk chocolate and sort of like a chocolate milk shake. This is joined by notes of blackened barley, nuttiness, earthy hops, coffee, slight caramel and a hint of dark fruits. Some citrus hops come out with time.

MF- Moderately thick considering the 5.5%ABV but the big body is appropriate with the rich cocoa tones. Medium-high carbonation level and a dry, roasty finish as advertised.

Rides the line on the roasty side of the style but for me it still feels plenty like a Porter. Heavy notes of chocolate and roast complimented well with other toasty malt tones. Drinks more decadently than (not more alcoholic) 5.5% ABV.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz can poured into nonic pint

A: Dark and rich looking nice slightly mocha head

S: Nice roast smell with some chocolate and licorice very rich aromas

T: nice roast flavor some licorice and slight bitter chocolate

M: very lush and thick creamy very nice feel

O: This is a winner a great porter very thick and it comes in a can that is awesome.

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Photo of horshack7
4.66/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: On top is two fingers worth of dark beige head. Underneath is very dark.

Aroma: Heavy dark roasted coffee, roasted walnut, twinges of smokiness, very faint chocolate, dark roasted malts.

Taste: Roasted coffee, traces of vanilla bean, nuttiness, smokiness, dark roasted malts with a few charred hop notes. It starts with a crisp bite and finishes silky smooth much like a chocolate malt.

Notes: Well what we have here is a bit of a dark horse in the world of American Porters. I was not sure what I was in for but dam this is something tasty. Not only would I pick this one up again but It's one of the best American Porters I have ever had what a treat. Cheers to D.C Brau for this gem of a beer.

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Photo of Beejay
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown as it pours, and a dark black in the glass. A rich tan head sits on top.

S: Roasted malts, and rich chocolate, with a hint at espresso. Choco-tastic.

T: Lovely. Rich with burnt caramel, rich chocolate, roasted grain, and a touch of coffee. This is one mean porter.

M: Medium in body, with moderate carbonation. Very creamy mouthfeel.

O: Really impressed by this. Solid beer, tasty, rich and delicious.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can. Pours very dark with a thin, dark head. Mild lacing. Aroma is a spot on Porter suggestion. Bitter chocolate, chalky Porter yeast, burnt and dark malt, slight soapy hops. Flavor has an element of lactose. Cream and milk with chocolate with bitter chocolate. Dark roast and slight char. Bitter dark malt. Lingering bitterness. Medium bodied with a creamy feel but a finish that is bitter. A very robust Porter that doesn't slam you with high alcohol. I would like more offerings like this. A good ol' Porter-sign me up!

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark brown, opaque, with tan head, moderate and rocky, with significant lacing.

S - Roasty notes, a touch of sugar, cocoa, a bit of burnt toast.

T - Primarily roasted grains, a bit of bitter coffee, a touch of minerality, and a strong bitter hit in the close.

M - A touch thin, significant drying in the close.

O - A porter focused on the roasted notes, char and coffee. A bit more bitter than I prefer - I like some sweeter malt notes that are not a focus of this porter - but a decent porter nevertheless.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at brewery. Taster served in plastic cup. Dark brown with tan head. Hard to get a sense of lacing or retention. Aroma is of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee. Flavors are similar with light up-front sweetness and a bitter coffee finish from the hops. A little thin.

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Photo of MDHopster
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

At first it seemed a good brew but then towards the end of a glass it seemed gritty, like coffee grounds were settling to the bottom. Indeed a residue was Left behind

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Photo of tigg924
3.44/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

An above average chocolaty and roasty porter. Very true to style. The dark chocolate and milk chocolate flavors mix well. That said, I have others in the style that I prefer.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from singles can into stout glass. The can must have been shaken up because even an easy pour caused the head to explode up the glass. I poured the rest into another glass and it was dark like oil. Two finger head. Smell is dark malt subtle black coffee medium hoppyness Medium feel decent carbonation. The best porter I have had so far. Would buy again if I could find it.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured into a standard pint glass: color dark, near black, not even any brown or amber edges; head is tan, almost dark tan, fine and medium sized bubbles that present 1/2 inch thick then dissipate to a solid top with some nice lacing on the glass.

aroma is exceptional, very nice and aromatic, coffee, chocolate flavors dominate, some subtle grassy and earthy hop aromas are present.

taste is also very good, very forward in the sweeter flavors but also dry in the finish; sweeter flavors follow the aroma with chocolate and coffee forward; hops are earthy and grasy

mouthfeel is very pleasant, nice lingering flavors on the tongue and cheeks with the drying quality on the tongue

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Photo of malprep
2.59/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I am not a big fan of the can beer. It was a little rough of the edges. I am porter fan but this had a little bit of a coating on the mouth. We were doing a tour of the east coast and this was kinda of a road block on the tour. DC beer that was to be the best of the batch, it was a little rough.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a mug. Pours pitch black with a nice brown head. Smells of coffee, chocolate, and very slight fruitiness. Tastes of slight berries with a very strong coffee. Beer is full bodied lighter carbonated but very drinkable. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Updated 9/2015 from brewery pour:
A: dark, dark brown to black, medium-to-dark tan head. Nice foamy head congregates at edge head with significant lacing.

S: roasted grain notes and weak coffee, coming through more with warmth. There's also a bit of roasted nuttiness in the background.
Update: nuttiness definitely present, creating like a light hazelnut coffee nose.

T: dark roasted grains, some medium body coffee, just on the bitter side of a balance against sweetness. The middle taste I get a little oat flavor. The end taste is a bit of generic green (shrub-like) hops taste that lightly dries the mouth.
Update: definitely opens with roasted grain notes, unsweetened coffee in nature. I'm beginning to think it actually leans a little nutty, like a hazelnut coffee. Roasted astringency adds to bitterness that is somewhat woody in nature, maybe even a tad smoky in the end taste.

M: besides the light drying, which I like better than a hop-bomb ending in porters, the overall feel is just a tad weak. The taste does hit all parts of the mouth, though, so I'm between a notch higher and what I gave it.

O: I think to me it's one of the best porters I've had as far as enjoyment. Roasted malt characters backed by a light, dry bittering effect in the back, that's what I enjoy. This one is also right I the edge of being a stout, maybe that helps.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: deep, rich brown hue, which lets no light through. Head is a thick finger of creamy tan foam with OK retention and not much in the way of lace.

Smell: slightly sweet malty aroma with a good chocolate character. It's got a nice roastiness, but not a big astringency, which I like. I'm a fan!

Taste: much roastier than the aroma with a little bit of burnt malt right up front. This subsides into a more balanced, but still quite roasty, porter profile. Bitterness is a little high, with hop character a little bit vegetal. Not bad; definitely robust.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a decent creaminess.

Overall: I find this beer quite drinkable indeed. I wouldn't mind if it were available here on the West coast.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Classic dark chocolate color with mocha tan head. Poured into snifter, 2 finger head. Poor head retention/lacing qualities.

S: Light caramel, baker's chocolate, light cherry smoke. Weaker than expected even for such a light ABV, and it takes some time for it to warm and develop.

M: Good amount of bite immediately, medium carbonation, less bodied, but balanced with flavor. Semi-dry finish.

T/O: T: cinnamon macchiato, coffee ice cream finish, roasted grains, hazelnuts, orange bitter, white chocolate accents, balanced b/t sweet and roast. It makes a very good morning/breakfast beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head. The taste is big and malty, nicely roasted and smokey. In the taste, big coffee flavor with vanilla and char rounding it out. Mild bitter, piney hop character with mild citrus, but the big roasted malts work here hinting at cocoa and vanilla. Medium to full bodied, well carbonated and smooth. Overall, this is a winner. A great porter.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer pours jet black, with a tall, foamy, dense, dark tan head that slowly settles into a solid surface coating. Aromas of heavily roasted coffee, bittersweet dark chocolate, hints of smoke, and earthy highlights. Flavors are robust and smooth, with a blast of mocha flavors, a solid chocolate backbone, and some bitter coffee highlights. The chocolate lingers through to the aftertaste, with roasted notes to highlight. The body is smooth and bold throughout, with a slick, smooth, slightly linger finish. Easy drinker and damn flavorful. Good porter.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pitch black color - no "very dark brown" nonsense, I mean pitch friggen' black. The head is three fingers high, and tan in shade. Retention is okay and lacing is spotty. The texture is a bit less creamy than I truly like, as well - but otherwise, it looks good in a glass.

S: This is positively loaded with roasted malt. Chocolaty and smoky touches abound as well, along with some piny hops. I love how roasted this is - one whiff and I can tell it's trying to say to me "Porter? FUCK YOU I'M AN IMPERIAL STOUT!"

T: The taste is closer to a porter, albeit a roasty, dry one. An initial flavor of piny hops lead to a smoky, roasty, and chocolaty everything else - midtaste, finish, aftertaste, you name it. The duality between the roast and the dark chocolate sweetness is very well balanced, leading to a porter that's very enjoyable.

M: It's actually not as dry as I thought from the first sip. The sides and the tip of the tongue get parched, sure, but a chocolaty wetness lingers right smack dab in the middle of the palate. This feature gives it a very long finish. In general, though, I wish the texture was fuller and creamier - maybe even a touch less carbonated.

O: I'm really loving the roasty flavors coming out of this. Even though the mouthfeel could be beefed up a tad, it's really hard to complain about this otherwise. This needs to be a year round beer, stat!

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An interesting take on the porter. The appearance was a nice dark brown with a coffee colored head that stuck around for a bit. The smell was very nutty with some citrus in the nose. The taste was a very earthy with hints of walnuts and peanuts, but also some interesting sweetness, almost banana flavors. I thought the complex flavors paired very nicely with one another. The only thing I didn't care for was how thin the beer was. Overall I liked it and would recommend to porter lovers.

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Penn Quarter Porter from DC Brau Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.