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Penn Quarter Porter - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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Penn Quarter PorterPenn Quarter Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

395 Ratings
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Ratings: 395
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 15
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
DC Brau Brewing Co. visit their website
District of Columbia, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Penn Quarter Porter is our first in a line of draft-only limited-release beer, and it's a robust porter! In the way that The Public is on the line between a pale ale and an IPA, this is on the line between a porter and a stout - with chocolate notes and a dry, roasted finish.

(Beer added by: starrdogg on 05-12-2011)
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

djrn2, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Thorpe429, May 14, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +3.6%

metter98, May 26, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Texasfan549, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
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

brentk56, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

BEERchitect, Aug 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

kjkinsey, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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

mikesgroove, Oct 22, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

ygtbsm94, Sep 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Knapp85, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

JAHMUR, Thursday at 03:41 PM
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

StonedTrippin, May 18, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black, with a couple fingers of rich milk chocolate colored head. This maintains a smooth ½ finger, which coats the sides of the glass with creamy foam that slowly drips down the sides. The aroma is a nice flavorful blend of chocolate, toffee, coffee and ripe green citrus. The roast in particular here has a nice flavorful smokiness that stands out.

The taste is very similar, with a SMOOTH blend of chocolate, caramel, bitter leafy citric hops and then that same smoky roasted character on the back end which leaves this a bit charred and bitter on the finish. That finish never gets out of hand though, which I think stresses just how balanced and accessible the flavor profile is overall. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some initial crispness on the tongue before this spreads out into more of a bubbly creaminess that gives this a very drinkable feel.

Man, this was a TASTY take on an American Porter with a rich mix of delicious flavor and a smooth feel that had me gulping this much faster than I had anticipated. I’d be down for a glass of this anytime.

Kegatron, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I don't know if this is past its prime, but it seems a little thin. It says it ages well, but at 5.5% I would have to doubt that. Nice character on it. Almost seems English in its interpretation. Fairly smooth feel. Easy drinker. Nice enough. Glad to try something from DC Brau, but will look forward to trying their cans more so than this.

RblWthACoz, Jun 24, 2013
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2.76/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

jlindros, May 03, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

drabmuh, Jul 31, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

oline73, May 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

mendvicdog, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

mdfb79, Aug 23, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

DrunkinYogi, May 31, 2014
Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

smcolw, Jul 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

oriolesfan4, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

woodychandler, Jan 04, 2014
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3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

yourefragile, May 14, 2011
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Penn Quarter Porter from DC Brau Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 395 ratings.