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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

277 Ratings
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Ratings: 277
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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DapperGrowler

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell: Smokey; roasted; coffee

Appearance: Dark brown with a brown head; nice lacing.

Taste: Bitter on the front and back with bits of chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel: this beer has a nice feeling on the pallet.

Overall: This is a good beer, I would drink it again but it is not the best porter I have tasted.

Serving type: growler

02-04-2012 02:09:41 | More by DapperGrowler
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich and quaffable take on a porter. Regional competition to offer a quality porter went up a few notches…

Presentation: Growler from DC Brau's NE headquarters. Small dry board with general growler offering notes. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Black pour with dark brown edges, rich towering creamy ecru head, nice retention, rich surface memory and lacing. Overflowing as the growlers were served but this justifies all the overflow. Quite the perfect looker...

S - Roasted nose, chocolate, dash of coffee, bitter hint...

T - Very nice roasted range, rather flavorful sense, plenty of chocolate malt, roasted notes, nice touches of coffee, small vanilla lingering in the finish.

M - Medium with medium/full hints in the body, soft carbonation with a nice smooth feel, nice soft bitter finish with a long lingering finish.

O - Full of flavor over a rather approachable and quaffable profile. Quite the a nice go-to regional porter. I just wish I could go to it more often...

Notes: What a nice little surprise! Very glad to try this one, which felt left behind in my few visits to the growler fills and taps in the region. Plenty of flavor and quality in what is a rather nice malty companion to the hoppy Public as an early flagship for the brewery. Thanks!

Serving type: growler

11-16-2011 18:27:51 | More by Daniellobo
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MarkIntihar

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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!

Serving type: growler

11-07-2011 13:45:51 | More by MarkIntihar
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

brown in color and nearly completely opaque. A huge brown head then rose up over the top of it and took forever to settle down, only actually fading depositing large amounts of side glass lacing.

Lots of wonderful coffee notes, fresh brewed coffee with that delicate sweetness added in that just made the whole thing really come together wonderfully. Smooth mellow taste here. Coffee right up in your face, smooth notes of sugar mixed in along with hints of light vanilla. Wonderful feel here with deleicate carbonation that avoided the too filling side of it

Serving type: growler

10-22-2011 01:17:45 | More by mikesgroove
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CapitolCrusher

District of Columbia

4.85/5  rDev +25%
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

Serving type: growler

09-22-2011 03:33:55 | More by CapitolCrusher
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

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

From growler to shaker pint glass on 8/21/11
*From notes

A: Rich, blackout brown. A careful pour yields a massive 2.25 finger head. The lacing here is jaw droppingly epic. Literally, you've got gobs of the thick, sticky stuff rimming the glass.

S: Robust, charry black coffee, with a hint of bitter hop oil.

T: Black, pitted cherries up front, that give way to the brew's dark and malty backbone. Hints of cigar tobacco, dark leather, diced garden mint and freshly ground coffee all play a part in this complex yet utterly approachable, low ABV porter.

M: Incredibly rich and voluptuous. It's creamy beyond demand. The weight and carbonation are on point. Textured and inviting.

O: DC Brau's Penn Quarter Porter is one of the top two or three low ABV porters I've ever encountered. I can't say enough good things about this insanely drinkable brew. It's very clear that DC Brau is a brewery to watch, and I feel so lucky to in from the ground up.

Yet another stunner from Brandon & Jeff.

Serving type: growler

08-30-2011 21:32:43 | More by Rhettroactive
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siege06nd

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler fill from the brewery poured into a standard pint:

A: Deep, dark, impenetrable brown. The pour yields a thick, creamy two and a half finger dark brown head. As the head settles to a half finger, it lightens to a tan, light brown color. Neat trick. Thinly beaded lacing completely coats the inside of my glass. Very impressive.

S: Coffee roast and biscuit malt with a chocolatey sweetness to balance things out. Assertive roast character without ever losing its mellowness. Very nice.

T: Wow is that smooth. Creamy chocolate and coffee roast coat the mid. Just as the hops make their presence known on the back, sweet biscuit malt takes hold and ties things up in a nice, neat package. It's light and flavorful at the same time, with all of the flavors very well integrated. Excellent job guys!

M: Very well-balanced. As mentioned earlier, it incorporates the chocolate, coffee roast, biscuit malt, and hop flavors well. Each gets a turn to shine, but never dominates, which makes this beer a fun one to sip. Carbonation is right. Maybe just a touch on the light and sweet side, but it is a session beer after all.

O: Grading to style, this is one of the best porters I have had, and something the guys at DC Brau should be very proud of. Would love to see some version of this get a barrel treatment down the road. It's not quite Edmund Fitzgerald, but it is damn close. Flavorful without being overwhelming, sessionable without being bland, I can only compare it to Rise Up Stout (a great beer in its own right) as a dark, relatively complex sessionable ale. If you're in DC, do yourself a favor and find this on tap.

Serving type: growler

08-08-2011 21:27:52 | More by siege06nd
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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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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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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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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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HattedClassic

Virginia

3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance:
The beer ours a dark tan head that is not very vigorous and appears to diminish very quickly. The beer itself is a dark black with hints of dark brown and obscure.

Smell:
The beer smells different from other porters and resembles how a root beer smells like. Dark chocoalte with hints of roasted malts and coffee dominate the smell. The dark chocolate definitely dominates the smell with very little if any hop smell.

Taste:
The taste is not as rich as the smell. The coffee notes come out very strong and dominate the malts as well as the dark chocolate. The hop taste at the end is fairly bitter.

Mouthfeel:
Biting carbonation and a bit thin for a porter. The finish is fairly dry but not surprising given the use of coffee.

Overall:
A decent porter and one that I might get again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 23:47:51 | More by HattedClassic
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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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Jeffreysan

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 21:44:16 | More by Jeffreysan
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Penn Quarter Porter from DC Brau Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.