Penn Quarter Porter - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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Penn Quarter PorterPenn Quarter Porter

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483 Ratings
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Ratings: 483
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 15
Gots: 45 | 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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Ratings: 483 | Reviews: 105
Reviews by MCain04:
Photo of MCain04
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks for the extra, dave_treat. Can poured into my perfect pint sam adams glass.

looks dark brown/black with a mocha head, good retention and great lacing

smells of chocolate, coffee, toasted bread, roasted nuts, raisins

Taste is kind of thin, but bitter coffee and roasted malts dominate, a little dark chocolate, bitter hops.

Mouth is thin for a robust porter, and carbonation is a bit high, medium body. Faily dry finish.

Overall, a decent porter that I enjoyed, but there are a several better options in my back yard that I'd turn to first.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of hagbergl
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance (4/5): A tightly bubbled head of two fingers sits atop a jet black body. Good retention. I particularly like the dark tan color of the head. Just an outstanding looking porter.

Smell (4.25/5): Roasted malt, dark chocolate and black coffee notes really dominate. This is quite a rich and intense-smelling porter, especially one that is fairly low in ABV. Perhaps the richest one I've ever smelled. I'm impressed, for sure.

Taste (4/5): Wow! Dark chocolate and light espresso flavors dominate. The roasted note doesn't stand out quite as much in the taste. Nice and rich and robust. A hoppier porter than most–the hop bite comes on late. You get a nice herbal/piney hit of moderate bitterness at the very end that combines really well with the roasted malts and bitter coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel (3.5/5): The mouthfeel unfortunately does not quite live up to the higher standards set by the aroma and flavor. It has a nice dry and roasty finish, but the body on the beer is thin. I would have liked a creamier feel than I'm getting here. I understand that it's a Robust Porter and not an Imperial Porter or Stout, so I cannot dock too many points. But placed side by side with Great Lakes' Edmund Fitzgerald, it's clear that the mouthfeel could be better.

Overall (4/5): DC Brau Penn Quarter Porter is a solid beer and a good example of the American Porter style. It features intense chocolate and black coffee notes in the aroma and taste and a more aggressive hop profile than most Porters I've had. The only drawback here is the mouthfeel, which I thought was too thin, unfortunately. Still, it's a good beer worth a try.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz can poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours pitch black, completely opaque, with 3 full fingers of chocolate/caramel colored head that lasted for quite a while before dissolving into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Massive aromas of dark chocolate and coffee. Some subtle notes of freshly baked dark bread, but it’s almost completely overpowered by the coffee and dark chocolate. Slight caramel and burnt sugar notes too.

Taste: Like the aroma, the predominate flavors of this beer are dark chocolate and coffee. Actually there’s a lot of coffee flavor in this beer, bur surprisingly, and thankfully, none of the coffee bitterness. The beer finishes with the dark chocolate and some mild sweetness. Some slight tobacco flavors too. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-thick and creamy. Chewy. Coats the mouth well!

Overall: Goddamn, this is an AWESOME Porter!! I really enjoy the roastiness that this beer has, and the wonderful balance between the coffee and the chocolate. One of the best porters I’ve ever had!

Photo of SomethingClever
4.68/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours pitch black with a 1.5 finger frothy, mocha head with great retention. Lacing is web-like and thin with great cling. Thin, oily legs. One of the better looking porters out there.

Nose is liquorice, toasted malt, and some coffee. A very mild sweetness lingers in the background. Decent but not the most aromatic.

Opens toasted malt, liquorice, smoke, and ash. Some chocolate and coffee notes in the middle with a slightly tart roasted note at the end. Finishes more liquorice and coffee with a lingering, roasty aftertaste. Solid but nothing memorable.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with some bubbles in the mouth and goes down mellow with some warmth. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Very appropriate feel for a ROBUST porter.

A solid interpretation of the style overall but nothing really makes this beer stand out. Look is amazing and the feel is very good but the flavor is just average and leans a bit towards the roasty end. If you like that type of porter, this is more than solid, otherwise, its worth a try but not great.

Photo of CapitolCrusher
4.83/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i think DC Brau was the first real experience that made me knew i was hooked on the good craft beers

this beer is no exception, i love it

nearly jet black beer with a little bit of head on it, poured out of my growler at home :-)

roasted malt aroma and some chocolate too, even there is some spice and nutmeg in there, kind of weird but i like it! :-)

oh wow what a nice taste, especially in the end there its real smooth nice dark character without the annoying ashtray flavor so clean

overall this is one of the best if not the best local beers right now in DC I salivate when I think of it

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very dark, but transparent at the edges. Nice khaki head. Retains a thick collar and nice surface wisps.

Smell - Very roasty. Almost smokey. Some vanilla. Nice.

Taste - Still very roasty. Bitter chocolate and some smoke. Carbonation takes over and masks a lot of the flavors. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated. Lingering chocolate finish.

Overall - Pretty good and very flavorful for its size.

Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black, with a couple fingers of rich milk chocolate colored head. This maintains a smooth ½ finger, which coats the sides of the glass with creamy foam that slowly drips down the sides. The aroma is a nice flavorful blend of chocolate, toffee, coffee and ripe green citrus. The roast in particular here has a nice flavorful smokiness that stands out.

The taste is very similar, with a SMOOTH blend of chocolate, caramel, bitter leafy citric hops and then that same smoky roasted character on the back end which leaves this a bit charred and bitter on the finish. That finish never gets out of hand though, which I think stresses just how balanced and accessible the flavor profile is overall. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some initial crispness on the tongue before this spreads out into more of a bubbly creaminess that gives this a very drinkable feel.

Man, this was a TASTY take on an American Porter with a rich mix of delicious flavor and a smooth feel that had me gulping this much faster than I had anticipated. I’d be down for a glass of this anytime.

Photo of bum732
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Bold, roasty maltiness, some liquorice, milk chocolate, vanilla.

L: Very dark black, fairly thick. Tan creamy head that dissipates to a dusting.

T: Dark chocolate and cocoa, very cream like tasting. Medium herbal bitterness leading to a ore creamy maltiness with some dry coca and roastiness. Finishes semi-dry with a touch of chalk. Some dark fruits and vanilla as it warms.

M: Medium full creamy body, almost has a texture of a milk stout.

Very bold and creamy for 5.5%. Just fantastic, my favorite from this brewery.

Photo of drone
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On nitro; certainly looks and feels like a nitro porter.

Photo of KYGunner
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

For a Porter around 5 pct ABV this brew looks viscously thick and pours a radiant opal hue. The head is thick and rose a centimeter above the edge of the snifter with a brown cohesive crown.

Malty dry chocolate and Graham cracker fill the nose with a marshmallow finish. Perhaps a little coffee char sits near the end.

The taste has strong roasted coffee notes coupled with dry chocolate malt. Touches of Graham cracker and bits of char round out a very nice flavor.

I had read that this was very watery but instead find it nicely smooth, not particularly viscous, but so easy to drink for a porter with such strong tastes.

Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of strong coffee, eye opening. Taste is coffee, some bitterness, a bit smokey, enjoyable flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer, and if you are a fan of coffee, worth a try.

Photo of MDHopster
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
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

Photo of McHiggins
4.88/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finest porter I've ever had. "Chocolate" always sounded fake in descriptions of beer before I tried this one today. There is a sizzle at the end, the kind of zest that reminds me of peppered chocolate. Not bitter, not sweet, not so dark you can't taste the light inside. Absolutely superb. My new all time favorite porter. You should move to DC just to be close to a fresh keg of this stuff.

Photo of Beejay
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of vandemonian
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

DC Brau Penn Quarter Porter is a tasty and very strong-flavoured porter. It's loaded with roasty, bitter, coffee flavour.

A: Black colour and a 3 mm head that fades to nothing much. 4

S: Malty with a hint of coffee. 4

T: Malty with the strong flavour of roasty, bitter coffee. The finish is dry and clean. 4

M: Big and foamy. 4.5

O: 4

Photo of smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap poured into a shaker pint at Pizza Paradiso DC.

A small cocoa like head is given, kind of foamy and tiny. Lots of carbs from the bottom but they are hard to see against a very big dark classic walnut body bordering on black. Collar stays throughout drinking, minimal lacing, and top of head gets pock marked.

Great bouquet on this brew. Simple quality coffee with a touch of heat and roast. Small milk chocolate sensation almost powdery and dry, getting into Ovaltine. A real mish mash of things going on here.

Taste is almost at first notice borderline silky. Small sweet cola hints in mid palate turn to instant Quick breakfast drink. The finish is all coffee and chared carbon and charcoal that is pleasant. Has a muted soda pop feel and slightly prickly. The carbonation on this is a little bit odd, but not so bad that it ruins everything.

Well what can I say, they pulled off a good classic American porter, very tasty indeed!

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.6/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My first DC Brau Bottle... Big thanks to Kmccabe33 for a great trade!!... Thanks Korey!!

Poured into my standard slim tulip... good brown head.. little lacing and cap.. the brew is BLACK.

Nose shows dark malt.. hints of chocolate and lesser coffee.... some weird dark fruit phenols with warmth...

Ahhhh... tart... sour cherry... chocolate covered tart cherries... initial signs of infection... Wow.. sorry to be the bad-news guy... but this bottle is probably infected... dark malt is there.. and I already "know" that dark malt can sometime impart some tart properties, but this is too much by a long shot.

Very prickly carbonation... reminds me of the Laughing Dog Dogzilla infection a long time ago...

Things are mild right now... but the bugs are on the run.. I would suspect a mobile bottling line with problems that carried over to this batch. It is only going to get worse.

Don't delete this review... I want to see how things work out.... DC Brau is a good brewery and I expect that this SHOULD be a pretty damn good porter... but right now, find the culprit and take care of business.

3.5/3.5/2/2.5/2.5

Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

brown in color and nearly completely opaque. A huge brown head then rose up over the top of it and took forever to settle down, only actually fading depositing large amounts of side glass lacing.

Lots of wonderful coffee notes, fresh brewed coffee with that delicate sweetness added in that just made the whole thing really come together wonderfully. Smooth mellow taste here. Coffee right up in your face, smooth notes of sugar mixed in along with hints of light vanilla. Wonderful feel here with deleicate carbonation that avoided the too filling side of it

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent porter with lots of coffee and chocolate. Nice robust taste, yet a very easy drinking and smooth beer. Not thin at all. Almost stout-like in its feel. My favorite beer so far from DC Brau, although I haven't yet had Armageddon. This is a fine, go-to session beer. Very solid.

Photo of blackie
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pqp is a deep, opaque mahogany brown in color, floating a thick, crema colored head with great retention and lacing

s: a complex roast-centric nose featuring earthy, deeply roasted barley, dark cocoa, charred wood, and coffee; earthy and deep, really like this

m: carbonation just under moderate, body medium-full, creamy and smooth mouthfeel

t: a bold, richly flavored porter - big roasts, cocoa, and dark coffee all make an appearance, some caramelized sugars underneath dark chocolate and roasted barley to start give way to drier, more charred flavors midway, finishing with a burnt earthiness and clean bitter

o: a top notch porter - lots of varied roasted characters that come together to form a creamy and well-balanced beer; huge flavor for a low-moderate abv porter, and drinks well as a result

Photo of Amalak
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A. It is basically black with a solid tan head and a bit of lacing that it leaves behind.

S. There's a sweetness there, a bit of malt, some metallic scent.

T/M. It has something of a burnt ash tray taste, but I mean that in a loving way. Nice and burnt. It is hoppy. It is full bodied.

O. There's a pleasant burnt taste, almost a pumpkin undertone. A hint of grass, but mostly a metallic taste.

Photo of HattedClassic
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance:
The beer ours a dark tan head that is not very vigorous and appears to diminish very quickly. The beer itself is a dark black with hints of dark brown and obscure.

Smell:
The beer smells different from other porters and resembles how a root beer smells like. Dark chocoalte with hints of roasted malts and coffee dominate the smell. The dark chocolate definitely dominates the smell with very little if any hop smell.

Taste:
The taste is not as rich as the smell. The coffee notes come out very strong and dominate the malts as well as the dark chocolate. The hop taste at the end is fairly bitter.

Mouthfeel:
Biting carbonation and a bit thin for a porter. The finish is fairly dry but not surprising given the use of coffee.

Overall:
A decent porter and one that I might get again in the future.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found a can for 3 dollars at the House of 1,000 beers. Into a pint glass.

A - For such a low ABV this beer sure is rich and thick. Very pitch black with no hue at the base and the head is excellent well of a 1/2 inch that settles to a thick lace ring. Very sticky.
S - Very rich porter with some chocolate malts, ashy roasts, herbal hops, and some dry yeasts.
T - Somewhat herbal, very smooth dry finish like woody. Taste of balanced chocolate malts and ashy roasty. Tasty.
M - Simple, sticky, slick and creamy. Medium bodied goes down smooth.

Overall a very well crafted porter. I would pick it up again.

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Penn Quarter Porter from DC Brau Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.