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Penn Quarter Porter - DC Brau Brewing Co.

Penn Quarter PorterPenn Quarter Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

279 Ratings
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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.14%


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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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown color with a decent tan head and some lacing

S-dark chocolate, dark malt, coffee, burnt sugar

T-dark roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, mild bitterness in the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-tasty and enjoyable porter, this one surprised me

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2013 18:39:12 | More by MDDMD
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blackie

Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +9%
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

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2013 02:19:51 | More by blackie
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McHiggins


4.9/5  rDev +26.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2012 22:03:52 | More by McHiggins
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark, dark brown color where light only shines through the edge. Beige head that leaves a blanket of slippery lace.

Lots of coffee to the nose with absolutely no sugar or cream. Very bitter but no notable hop aroma.

Creamy texture with nearly no carbonation. Strong dark berry flavor behind the powerful mocha Mildly sour swallow. Short bitter dark chocolate aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2012 16:25:25 | More by smcolw
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at Lord Hobo, Cambridge, MA
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a deep, dark brown/black. A flimsy cap of khaki colored froth topped the liquid. The head quickly faded to a clingy ring of foam.

The aroma was interesting initially and got better as the beer warmed. French roast coffee came through strong. Good amount of dark chocolate. Some distracting, metallic notes were apparent, but they dissipated with time. Sweet cream and vanilla notes were detectible well. Touch of smoke and roast.

Like the nose, the flavor profile was quite robust. Rich, smooth and remarkably well balanced. Strong roasted and caramel malts appeared on the front end. Creamed coffee and semi-sweet chocolate notes competed for dominance. Nice shot of vanilla. The beer finished moderately roasty, smoky and dry. The dryness was just enough to keep the beer balanced but not so much as to shock the palate. To my liking, the hops were kept to a minimum.

The mouthfeel was amazingly lush, creamy and smooth. A fine, moderate effervescence lent the beer an amazing suppleness.

The brewer's note states that Penn Quarter Porter falls somewhere between a standard porter and a stout, and this description is spot-on. Porters rarely get any better than this. Definitely seek it out.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2012 03:28:10 | More by Damian
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at ChurchKey. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Nice rocky retention and decent webby lace. Aroma upfront is all fudgesickle moving to more tobacco, spice, burnt cherries, and cinnamon laden dessert. Extremely sweet nose. Taste is ashy, earthy bitter with drying semisweet chocolate and cocoa powder. Medium mouthfeel and good carbonation throughout. One of the few porters I really enjoy!

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2011 19:35:03 | More by CuriousMonk
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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 08/20/11 notes. Had on tap at RFD in Washington, DC. Poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, light chocolate, light bitter coffee, and toasted notes. Pretty ncie for a porter.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, cream/vanilla. Really nice, and a step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy, pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice porter and the best beer I've had from DC Brau so far. I'll be really excited if they move onto stouts after this one, and would certainly order it again. Worth checking out.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2011 19:44:08 | More by mdfb79
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Churchkey.

This beer pours a great black to dark brown with a serious crazy tan head and excellent lacing. The smell is good with a nice roasted nut character with maybe a hint of chocolate as well. Not a huge aroma, but it's right in the pocket and seems robust even if it's not overly aromatic. In the taste, I think the focus of this beer is on getting a nutty porter quality with sweet nuts like walnuts being very prominent. Semi sweet choclate chips and a touch of roasted malt rounds out the flavor. The feel has a nice pub like porter sudsy feel that I enjoyed. Overall a great porter thats very drinkable. This ain't Ed Fitz, but it is very solid.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2011 13:41:43 | More by Dreadnaught33
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had a cold and still managed to enjoy this beer on draft at the brewery. Nice. Served in a plastic cup (seriously guys, make some glasses, I'll be the first to purchase one - a tulip too).

Beer is dark brown / black with a tan head, nice, one finger, medium and large bubbles, some lacing moderate carbonation.

Aroma is roasty and mildly sweet.

Beer is medium to light in body with a mild sweet leadoff and some roasty notes to the entire thing. The finish is moderately bitter, a mild coffeeness and some darker ashen notes. Interesting, a nice porter. I'd have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2011 16:34:01 | More by drabmuh
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown cola like color with a medium almost muddy color one finger head which gives way to some lace. The aroma has a big roasted malt backbone with a nice coffee aroma and a hint of chocolate. The taste is big and bold nice roasted malt backbone with flavors of coffee and dark chocolate, also a slight bit of smokiness. Mouthfeel was oily and slightly carbonated. Overall a very solid beer, nice big rich flavor and a very easy drink. Very smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2011 19:31:45 | More by goblue3509
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localone703

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +16%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2011 22:23:43 | More by localone703
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Jesstyr

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a glass of this at Churchkey in DC - my first brew from DC Brau, definitely an interesting a different kind of porter. I would suggest calling this a stout, based on its flavor and color characteristics.

First thing you notice is how deep black this beer is, with an exceptionally deep brown head. This definitely appears to be a stout. Nose has strong roastiness, almost overwhelming. Almost like a deep cappuccino.

Taste has a bit of cocoa/chocolate characteristics, very subtle, but a positive addition. Very roasted, and deep in malt with a slight hop aftertaste. Mouthfeel is slightly oily, like it was barrel-aged, something consistent with the flavor, but not part of the brewing process. Overall a good, unique beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2011 00:51:38 | More by Jesstyr
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2011 15:34:20 | More by yourefragile
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Paradiso Dupont. Served in a pint glass.

Pours near black with a small mocha colored head that diminishes pretty quickly and leaves some sparse, spotty lacing. The nose is heavy on the malt with some chocolate, coffee, and roast dominating. Light toasted bread in the background. Light hop character there as well. The flavor is mostly roast with a bit of chocolate and espresso. Mild hoppy character in the finish, which is slightly bitter and dry with strong roast. Medium body with average carbonation. A bit thin-bodied for the flavor. Nice and well-rounded.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2011 13:58:11 | More by Thorpe429
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petacutlasaurus

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Started off my Friday at ChurchKey with a glass of the new DC Brau Porter, even though I usually hate the style. Well, for all you Porter haters, this is your beer. Much closer to a stout than I'm used to, compared with something like Founders Porter which is much thinner. I brought this up with the bartender I was there with and he told me that's exactly what the brewers were going for - what a respectable goal...

Within that creamier-than-usual body, a very roasty batch of malt and some great coffee/cocoa notes. The beer also strikes a great balance between upping the body ante and maintaining some porter-critical carbonation. Sometimes I think those goals can conflict (I'm thinking Exit 13 from Flying Fish). Overall, a very balanced beer and probably the next Porter I have plans to reach for - can't wait for more DC Brau-

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2011 21:28:16 | More by petacutlasaurus
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2011 17:13:27 | More by smakawhat
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Pizzeria Paradiso - I really hope this gets brewed again and put into cans!

A: Opaque and very dark brown (nearly black) with a fairly substantial tan head. It's a great looking beer and appears to pretty carbonated.

S: Smells of roasted malts and chocolate. Aroma is not hitting me in the face, but it's nice and somewhat low-key.

T: Alright, I'm impressed! This is incredibly flavorful for a beer so low in ABV. It's got a lot of chocolate with a nice roasted malt finish. It's very smooth and not overly bitter, which makes it extremely drinkable for a porter.

M: I have to say that this was the most impressive aspect of this beer. Oftentimes porters end up a little too thin-bodied, but this one had a very full body, and combined with the very nice carbonation made this a pleasure to drink.

O: Another very impressive effort from DC Brau. I'd say this is a step up from the very tasty Public Pale Ale. Porters are not typically my favorite style, but this one wasn't your typical porter and seemed to be somewhere in between a porter and a stout. It's incredibly flavorful and very easy to drink at the same time, a great combination.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2011 01:59:35 | More by starrdogg
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57md

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with ruby edges. There was a full finger of fluffy beige head that dissipated rather steadily. The nose was roasty but there was also an acidic note. This offering is full-bodied and the flavor is bold. The finish is nothing but dry roasted bitter goodness. This is an excellent example of a standard porter.

Serving type: can

04-15-2014 04:09:39 | More by 57md
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JayQue

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very good and surprisingly robust for a 5% abv stout. Pours a dense dark brown color with absolutely no light coming through. Big frothy light brown head with good retention and thick lacing.

Smell is roasted malt and bitter chocolate. Fairly pronounced.

Flavor is strong. A good malty beer with the bitterness coming from the chocolate. A little coffee flavor as well.

The look, aroma and taste rival some Double Stouts. The mouthfeel is a bit of a disappointment, not because the beer is thin or watery, just that it is more like what it should be, rather than super rich like a 10% abv Double Stout.

This beer is definitely worth a try.

Serving type: can

04-10-2014 01:49:57 | More by JayQue
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can > Pint Glass

A - Ruby dark brown with one finger of tan head with spotty lacing
S - Lots of roasted malt and nut aroma, chocolate notes as well.
T - Awesome flavor, big roasted malt, some coffee, lots of nutty flavor, almost a roasted peanut quality, big dark chocolates.
M - Creamy silky smooth texture, rich but not overly so.
O - Really good porter, solid stuff goin on here, if you love your porters roasty, this is the one for you. One of the most pronounced roasted flavors I've ever come across.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 04:12:47 | More by Omnium
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PHBoiler

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: can

04-04-2014 15:03:31 | More by PHBoiler
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: can

03-15-2014 01:23:43 | More by tone77
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out almost pitch black with a frothy tan head that leaves a very streaky pattern of lace

Smell: Surprisingly ashy, with chocolate and coffee tones

Taste: Ash, chocolate and coffee, up front, with the hops building into the finish with a leafy, resinous character

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A surprising hop bite for this style, but I rather enjoyed it

Thanks, Dave_Treat, for the opportunity

Serving type: can

03-03-2014 02:09:02 | More by brentk56
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Pours a brownish black with an inch of brown head. Good amount of lacing. The aroma is roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate and earth. The taste is more of those roasty malts followed by some coffee and dark bitter chocolate. Hints of smoke. Roasted malts and earth at the finish with some more bitter dark chocolate. Velvety, slick mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Overall, this is a solid Porter I'll be buying again.

Serving type: can

02-27-2014 19:04:27 | More by PicoPapa
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: can

02-12-2014 23:49:34 | More by DrDemento456
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Penn Quarter Porter from DC Brau Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.