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Penn Quarter Porter - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 101
Hads: 506
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 25.26%
Wants: 13
Gots: 49 | 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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Photo of damngoode
1.94/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

An infected bottle, I'm afraid, as an extra from a great trader, siege06nd. Left a beautiful head lounging in the tulip for a good 5 minutes before creeping back down into the glass. At least I know definitively what an infected beer tastes like. Old penny, sour - but not a good sour, a bad hiccup stomach bile sour. Really tough to even get some of the good notes out of the beer the acid was so intense. Sad to see it go, but down the drain it must.

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Photo of scottfrie
2.24/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

22oz bottle into NB snifter. Thank jbck109.

A: Popped the cap and poured a glass full of foam. Huge reactive, foamy and soft light brown head, filled the glass. Creamy looking. Infected looking… Crazy retention, great sheets of lace.
S: Mild roasted, coffee, licorice, dark roasted grains, and something slightly sour. Uh oh.
T: All kinds of infected. Sour fruits up front with hints of the “normal” roasted porter flavors poking through. Aftertaste is bitter and then sour, almost like a warhead candy mixed with citrus rind. Pretty awful to be honest.
M: Foamy, sour, medium body.
O: Very disappointing that I got a bad bottle as I’ve heard good things about this brewery and was looking forward to try this beer. I can tell by the flavors that do poke through the infection that this would have been a great brew. This infection was worse than 09 Abyss. Undrinkable. Thanks for trying though, Jay. Sad to see I'm not the only one with a bad bottle. Cheers.

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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 JohnGalt1
2.6/5  rDev -33.7%
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.


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Photo of jlindros
2.76/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Split with rudzud as he mentioned. Bottled in 2012

Pours a dark mocha color fizzy head that hits a finger and fades pretty quickly, little lacing, pitch black color.

Nose is bad, probably infected, sour malt, sour fruit, faint roast and dark malt, little caramel, but mostly like a sour cherry.

Taste starts soured, infection soured, some light porter flavors with light roast and caramel, light acrid, creamy dark porter, light cocoa, but mostly sour cherry and soured malts. Fairly acidic too and tart. Finish the sour flavors at least die off, and its bready biscuit caramel with light roast char and cocoa lingering. The finish mostly gives glimpses into what the beer should have been, without the sourness.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, nice carb at least.

Overall it seems like it would be pretty good of not infected. But undrinkable and pretty bad with the sour infection.

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Photo of rudzud
2.81/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Split with JLindros. I got this in a box a while back as a thank you for sending a trading partner a case of heady topper for a wedding peresent.

A - poured a nice black hue with a thin mocha head that fades to leave a thin blanket.

S - Gaahhhh that's infection. Damnit. Sour chocolate cherry....hints at what would have been a decent beer.

T - Taste is burnt malts, acidic sour cherries....ugh. just not good at all. Flashes of chocolate. But really meh.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and not bad.

O - Overall this beer was decent enough but ugh....infected.

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Photo of corby112
3.17/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black and opaque with a two finger mocha head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Good retention, taking a while to settle and leaving streaks of soapy lacing on the way down.

Slightly smokey, deeply roasted dark malt aroma that's countered by sweeter, dessert-like lighter malt notes. Robust with hints of liquid smoke, burnt toast, dark chocolate and gourmet coffee bean followed by baker's chocolate, caramel, toffee and fudge. Well balanced aroma with the sweeter notes standing out a bit more as it warms. Smells good but nothing really stands out or elevates it above slightly better than average.

Lighter body than expected with tight carbonation and a nearly acrid, roasted dark malt flavor that lingers over the sweeter notes into a bone dry finish. Strong burnt malt/overly roasted robust coffee grinds along with some charcoal, oatmeal and bitter dark chocolate. Not overwhelmingly dry/overly roasted, however, with prominent sweet malt backbone. These sweeter notes really stand out as it warms with some toffee, caramel, light chocolate and alcohol. Not nearly as complex as the nose suggests and the sweeter, dessert-like notes are severely muted. Decently drinkable but lacks balance and complexity.

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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 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 flexabull
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of joshdykema, thanks again!

Pours a very dark brown color, almost like a stout with a nice off white head.

Aromas are roasty, with some hints of cream, brown sugar, and grains.

Taste is roasty up front. Almost brunt and charred like. Light hints of cream and sugars, and a fleeting bitterness on the finish. Certainly is full flavored.

Mouthfeel is too thin. Especially for what this claims to be, a robust porter.

Overall, this is a pretty decent porter.

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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 StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a solid B of a porter here from dc brau, who keeps randomly showing up in colorado with no rhyme or reason or consistency. this porter is quite dark in color, bakers chocolate tone, but with excessive carbonation thats unflattering to most porters. huge roasted barley notes to this with very little else. i get some coffee in the smell as well as in the finish, and perhaps a light cocoa appearance, but this is a rather one dimensional brew. this is one of those breweries we get excited about because its new to our market, but one that has really yet to impress me with anything. this is a well made porter on all counts, but is definitely lost in the crowd. nice full body to it, but the carbonation level is way too high, especially or the style, and it feels like a soda. there is a great deal of bitterness from the grain too, maybe more than necessary. this beer is in need of some refinement, a six pack would be a chore for me, but its nice to see some new breweries coming into the colorado market these days, and i welcome them all.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this robust beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was truly black. The beer poured a dark head very rich looking. The beer smelled nice and fresh. Yummy. Fresh cofee that is. The beer was a little sweet but not too bad. I liked the beer very much and would buy it again.

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Photo of Beer_Runner
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2012 (the label does not provide the month or date).

A: A slow pour into a standard pint glass produced a very large, three finger head that a dark mocha color and very dense. After a few minutes the head dissipated to about an eighth of a finger and left some good lacing. The brew was a deep brown and opaque.

S: The aroma was full of rich chocolate, toasted barley and grains, and dark dried fruits.

T: The taste consisted of charred barley, some toasted grains, dark dried fruit, and just a bit of unsweetened chocolate along with just a little earthy hops.

M: The body was full, rich, and heavy, and very smooth, too. It only had a small amount of carbonation, which was just about right for this beer.

O: This was a good porter. Its defining flavor was charred barley. The char went just a little too far for my tastes, and, it did not have any malt sweetness to help balance all the char bitterness. This is a little bit of a different type of porter due to all the char flavor. It is an okay porter, but it is not one that is in the top tier of the very competitive craft brew market. Still, I am glad I had this beer and I will probably have it again.

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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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 Alieniloquium
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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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 MarkIntihar
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the growler into my Half Acre pint glass. Big thanks to Matt for sticking with this one and sending me a second growler after FedEx lost the first one.

A - Pours jet black with a nice half finger of tan head. Looks very thick for a porter, and I like it.

S - Rich roasted coffee with overtones of dark chocolate. Not verry hoppy, which I rather prefer for a porter. Lots of roasted malts and some chocolate.

T - Follows fairly well from the nose, but I think the travel did not treat this one well. A bit of a tart/cherry flavor that would suggest some oxidation in this one. Which is a shame because the base taste of this beer is very nice. Would love to try this on tap at some point (guess I'm in need of a road trip out to DC). However, oxidation did provide a somewhat interesting twist to this one, as my buddy put it: "It tastes like a chocolate covered cherry!" I'm somewhat hesitant to agree, but I can definitely see where he's coming from. Still a nice roasted malt backbone and coffee finish. The chocolate to me is more muted than in the nose, but still present.

M - The mouthfeel on this one is pretty awesome. Coats the mouth nicely with no alcohol burn whatsoever. Also has a thicker, almost syrupy quality to it, which I love.

O - Overall, I think this would be incredible on tap, but unfortunately did not survive travel very well. Still glad to get to try it, and I look forward to making it out to DC sometime to give it another shot!

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Photo of delta490
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- a really deep dark brown. About one finger of fizzy mocha head that hangs out a while a leave nice lacing.

S- roast malt dominates and a little alcohol lives in the background

T- big roast malt flavor. A little but of coffee and some hop bitterness

M- a bit thin and fizzy. Not bad but not the best.

O- a solid but not outstanding porter. Would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Full bodied porter with a lot more carb than I've seen on a porter. Deep rich chocolate color and a big cocoa head. Not a lot on the nose with some roast. Big roast character in the body. A little one note, but certainly a flavorful porter at a very drinkable ABV. A nice offering.

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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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Photo of yourefragile
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On draft at CK.

Dark chocolate color with a quickly dissipating foamy mocha head. Airy, sparse lacing rings the glass. Roast dominated nose, with light cocoa and coffee and faint hops. Flavor is much more dependent on the roast notes and the malt and chocolate are only at trace amounts with a slightly hoppy, dry finish. Mouthfeel is the only real negative, as this is slightly over carbonated with a thinner than appropriate body. Overall, a solid porter, though not as complex as something like Edmund. I enjoyed the Public more than this but will happily enjoy this local again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In commemoration of a dark, mysterious and sinister occurrence, the death place of President Lincoln became the inspiration for an ale that speaks much the same language.

As prescribed, the ale is dark, nearly black but halts with deep brown hue and modest tawny highlights. A cap of mocha-stained mousse builds atop the ale and retains stubbornly and laces with isolated islands along the way. Its a very sturdy looking beer.

Bold aromas of heavy toast, charred wood, malted milk, and cocoa give a robust scent from the perspective of malted barley. A woodish note provide sight hop balance to the malt, along with a mild roasty twang that might hinge on tart berry scent.

Tasting similar, the Robust Porter greets the front of the mouth with burnt toffee sweetness, just ahead of light char, toast, strong coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Roasted walnuts and burnt pine gives the ale balance and intrigue. Heavy whipping cream provides fuller and milkshake taste in the middle taste before slipping into coffee-like bitterness to finish. Mild alcohol flavor extends with a taste of grape and berry in the distance.

Medium-full on the mouth- its carbonated sweetness provides a fully engulfed creaminess. But the sweetness quickly dissolves and the ample carbonation drives the roast and toast into a firm dryness. Mild alcohol warmth and slight roast-derived astringency closes the beer with pleasant spice and bite.

When thinking about what beer would best commemorate the life and tragedy that is Abraham Lincoln, I think that the Robust Porter makes perfect sense. It's tall, confident, and stately from sip 'til finish.

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Penn Quarter Porter from DC Brau Brewing Co.
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