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Penn Quarter Porter - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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87
very good

398 Ratings
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Ratings: 398
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 15
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
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:
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.

(Beer added by: starrdogg on 05-12-2011)
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

Oasis, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

JoeMans, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of McHiggins
4.9/5  rDev +26.9%
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.

McHiggins, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of CapitolCrusher
4.85/5  rDev +25.6%
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

CapitolCrusher, Sep 22, 2011
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!

Jeffreysan, Aug 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

psychotia, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of Windigo
4.64/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the can and into the rather large snifter.
Lighter weight pour than expected, effervescent, faint carbonation present - thick, mocha head over an inch plus - Almost sugary, hickory, slight almandine aroma.

My first taste was cocoa, small amount of sea salt, creamy mouth feel and taste, not too heavy or syrupy. The middle of the palette is typical caramel hops and that gives way to the expected coffee bitterness, still cafe au lait, the slight bubbling carries the butteriness through to cut hard acidic earthy bitter taste short.Lacing is a little chunky, but I drank it so quickly, not entirely certain it had tie to set up.
*The light carbonation was different but I really enjoyed the effect it had on the brew overall.

Lacing is a little chunky, but I drank it so quickly, not entirely certain it had tie to set up.

My best friend had been crowing about this local brew for weeks and I have to admit I'm excited about it as well. Beautifully made beer that I plan on sharing with other beer geeks.

Windigo, May 15, 2014
Photo of cleve00
4.51/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Porter? Stout?

Appearance: Poured Dark Brown/Black with a creamy 3 finger beige head that lingered for a few minutes.

Smell: Heavy odor of long roasted coffee with some maltiness. Nothing offensive at all.

(I am a RIS lover and the taste is great for me.) Taste is just like the smell nuff said, so I loved the smell. Medium body and carbonation, I did not find this thin but rather hearty for what it was. Bitterness was appropriate and pleasant. Dry finish

Solid! I wish this was not limited. Thanks DC Brau!

cleve00, Aug 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

socon67, Mar 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

whitecluster69, Aug 04, 2012
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.

bum732, Jul 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

pathman, Mar 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

bigfnjoe, Feb 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

KevMo84, May 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

johnnnniee, Jun 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

JJOVa, Jan 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

christopheraknox, Jan 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

circus_cat, Nov 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

MA08, Jun 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

duceswild, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of localone703
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now here's a great porter. Tan head is all pillow-y and inviting. Smells and tastes like robust yet smooth roasted malts with dark chocolate first, then maybe some coffee.

At 5.5% it goes down a little softer and lighter in the mouth while still having a full roasted character and just the right weight on the tongue.

This goes on my list of good dark beers to have with hamburgers or steak. Or chili. Or a big waffle with lots of butter and maple syrup and a side of bacon and eggs. That's the brunch for me.

localone703, May 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

PEIhop, Jun 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

FTowne, Apr 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

masonkessinger, Aug 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Gatordaddy, May 19, 2012
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Penn Quarter Porter from DC Brau Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.