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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
THE BROS
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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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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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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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CDAtkinson

Maryland

4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark brown, light brown head, about one finger.
Smell: Dark cherry, woody
Taste: woody, cherry, bitter chocolate
Mouthfeel: heavy bodied, but not syrupy
Overall: Great winter beer. This is a porter I'll return to, preferably with a peppercorn steak.

Serving type: can

01-29-2014 18:19:09 | More by CDAtkinson
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Jet black with 2 fingers of creamy tan head. Excellent retention.

Nose
Dark roast coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and caramel.

Taste
Dark roast coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. Caramel, brown sugar and cocoa nib. Touches of raisin and date.

Mouthfeel
Full bodied, creamy, silky and smooth.

Overall
A flavorful, easy drinking Porter that's quite sessionable at only 5.5%.

Serving type: can

01-13-2014 14:52:41 | More by justintcoons
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jhawth

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured from can into a tulip. Pours a beautiful thick black with a chewy-looking, light tan two finger head. Decent retention, nice lacing.

Aroma: Mild chocolate notes, coffee grounds, roast malt notes.

Taste: Roast malt is more prevalent, followed by smooth and subtle chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, smooth, light carbonation. Excellent.

Overall: Very nice, easy drinking porter. Not amazingly complex, but nicely balanced and well-executed.

Serving type: can

01-09-2014 02:53:37 | More by jhawth
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am becoming jaded in my travels as it now bothers me when I CANnot score singles and am forced into sixers (or more). Such was the case (but not a whole case) for The CANQuest (TM) at Magruder's in DC during my recent visit to my aunt and uncle. I saw a sixer on the shelf and a) knowing their no-breaking-of-sixers policy as well as my own CAN-in-the-hand policy, I pulled the trigger. Shortly thereafter, I was at Connecticut Avenue Liquors and they had several singles in their cooler! Grrr. CAN you say "Trade bait"?

From the CAN: "Limited-Release Robust Porter"; "Serve in a Tulip, Goblet or enjoy from the CAN"; "Please Recycle - Pack In, Pack Out"; "Penn Quarter Facts [:] Penn Quarter is most famous for Ford's Theatre, where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, and his coat and hat CAN still be seen to this day."

I have been to Penn Quarter many times, but to Ford's Theatre only once, back when I was a pre-teen, to see a play with my grandmother and uncle. Ford's Theatre now strikes me as too touristy and I just pass it by on my way to the E Street Cinema, where I CAN have a beer from their snack bar to go with my popcorn as I watch films that will never come to the screens of Lancaster, PA. That's my $ .02.

I got a bit of a spritz across my fingertips on the Crack!, but nothing suggested that I should not CANduct an inverted Glug, especially since I had a shaker glass at the ready. They are optimal vessels for deCANting a beer and so I proceeded. The darkness of the foam allowed me to see a pseudo-cascading action as it transitioned from foam to beer. The end result was two dense fingers of deep-tan head with fantastic retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown (SRM = 44), allowing zero light penetration. Nose was at once smoky and chocolaty, reminding me once more of my late-Pops' favorite - a Hershey's Special Dark bar. I eschewed them as a kid, but today, I get it. Bittersweet is much better than outright sweet, The head was slowly falling as I typed, leaving behind some great lacing, so it was time for my first draught. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, approaching, but not quite achieving, creaminess. The taste was much like the nose - smoky and chocolaty, but I felt like something was missing. Do not misunderstand me. This was a fine porter, but knowing that the style takes so well to barrel aging and/or the addition of adjuncts, it felt like a blank slate waiting to be written upon. I have had one of the one-off versions of this before so I know from whence I speak. Finish was dry with a charcoal flavor that kind of lingered well past the swallow. How did that little bird get in here, anyway? Sorry, I CANnot resist. I know precisely which beer I want to review next as a result of this one! Thanks for the inspiration.

Serving type: can

01-04-2014 09:28:51 | More by woodychandler
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Durge

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thick black brown in color with a sturdy chocolatey tan head that leaves an impressive cascading lace behind. The aroma brings a definite milk chocolate with a hint of orange citrus wheat. Very nice but not too strong. The flavor follows with more bitter coffee blended with the chocolate. There's arguably some lemon edges and touches of malt sweetness. It's very tasty and leaves clear ashy charcoal at the finish. The feel is velvety with some chalky sensation and although it is a medium bodied brew it has a slightly aqueous quality as well. Overall this an easy drinking and very likable porter.

Serving type: can

11-24-2013 03:31:32 | More by Durge
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delta490

Virginia

3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: can

10-16-2013 23:01:24 | More by delta490
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hagbergl

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: can

09-12-2013 19:35:50 | More by hagbergl
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cleve00

Virginia

4.51/5  rDev +16.2%
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!

Serving type: can

08-25-2013 16:00:53 | More by cleve00
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MCain04

Illinois

3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: can

08-19-2013 13:32:51 | More by MCain04
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: can

08-16-2013 04:27:06 | More by BEERchitect
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vandemonian

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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

Serving type: can

08-15-2013 03:47:55 | More by vandemonian
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

4.19/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: can

08-14-2013 01:11:34 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff.

The beer appears dark coffee brown with a quarter inch of oily tan head. The aroma brings dark roast, malt, coffee, chocolate. Smells nice. Great flavor. What a solid beer. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Good stuff.

Serving type: can

08-04-2013 01:54:13 | More by Huhzubendah
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.19/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: can

07-21-2013 00:28:16 | More by KYGunner
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farrago

New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

About a finger plus of dark brown foam, mostly dense and tiny bubbles and quick to dissipate evenly across the surface, the lacing actually has better stickiness than expected, thin but wide splotches. The liquid is just about black or at least the darkest shade of brown, impenetrable like a stout, hard to gauge the bubble activity within the glass. Rich and densely packed nose of dark chocolate, coffee, malt and caramel, black cherry and plum fruit scents, touch of bracing quinine and iron flecks, clean on the whole, sufficient roast that it doesn’t seem overly sweet, again very good fullness and length. In the mouth it is full-bodied as well with an overall dry texture. This accentuates the earthiness which at times has a volcanic soil aspect, metallic. Here too it seems herbaceous but not necessarily in a hoppy manner. The chocolate, mocha, coffee has a good toast to it, not as dominant. Hits you with a burst of something like Cherry Coke. The carbonation is not obtrusive while churning at a steady rate. Vague praline like nuttiness. Presents moderate complexity while taking pains to cover all the basics of the type. Decent drinkability too. Nothing to quibble over.

Serving type: can

07-14-2013 23:36:54 | More by farrago
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Amalak

New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: can

07-13-2013 04:33:33 | More by Amalak
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kegatron for the hookup on this. 12oz can into a standard pint glass. The brew pours black in color with a rich brown froth more than 2 fingers strong that fades leaving a wall of patchy lace.

The aroma is roasted and earthen with suggestions of coffee and slight citrus elements. A trace amount of mineral character is present along with a mild tingle of alcohol. All in all a fine smelling porter.

The flavor is roasted like coffee and bitter cocoa combined. Some earthen elements, minerals and slight citrus hop inclusion brighten things up a bit. A note of fruity alcohol blends into a mild anise and almost a hint of root beer or cola towards the finish. While the later character is strange, it is subtle enough to not distract.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Quite a tight, nearly flawless delivery here of a robust porter. Lots of flavor to enjoy and an abv tame enough that you can throw a few back quite effortlessly. Thank you for this Heath, it was tasty.

Serving type: can

06-27-2013 15:05:08 | More by stakem
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: can

04-18-2013 00:44:25 | More by Alieniloquium
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Penn Quarter Porter from DC Brau Brewing Co.
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