Penn Quarter Porter - DC Brau Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
09-12-2013 19:35:50 | More by hagbergl
4.75/5 rDev +23.1%
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!
08-29-2013 21:44:16 | More by Jeffreysan
3.6/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
01-07-2013 03:25:34 | More by SpeedwayJim
District of Columbia
4.85/5 rDev +25.6%
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
09-22-2011 03:33:55 | More by CapitolCrusher
3.58/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
04-18-2013 00:44:25 | More by Alieniloquium
4.15/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
09-19-2012 14:37:06 | More by Kegatron
Penn Quarter Porter from DC Brau Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.