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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

365 Ratings
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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 15
Gots: 28 | 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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Mersh

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

10-04-2013 01:19:38 | More by Mersh
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HattedClassic

Virginia

3.86/5  rDev 0%
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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MSandahl23

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.6%

09-28-2013 22:48:01 | More by MSandahl23
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

09-22-2013 07:07:24 | More by KevinGordon
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scottDC

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

09-20-2013 19:34:44 | More by scottDC
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egrace84

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

09-19-2013 01:59:44 | More by egrace84
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hagbergl

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.6%
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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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

09-11-2013 01:25:47 | More by ygtbsm94
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Hanzo

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

09-09-2013 23:01:46 | More by Hanzo
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seanchai

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

09-08-2013 17:32:50 | More by seanchai
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Sonofalime

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

09-08-2013 01:52:41 | More by Sonofalime
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

09-04-2013 14:26:08 | More by dfhhead25
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BMart

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

09-04-2013 12:50:24 | More by BMart
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Jeffreysan

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
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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cleve00

Virginia

4.51/5  rDev +16.8%
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 +0.8%
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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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

08-18-2013 23:33:55 | More by Cynic-ale
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: can

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

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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 +8.5%
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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Swift989

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

08-12-2013 04:42:47 | More by Swift989
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NickyBox

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

08-11-2013 23:56:40 | More by NickyBox
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jryanj927

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

08-11-2013 03:11:45 | More by jryanj927
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avisong

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-11-2013 02:55:15 | More by avisong
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Buster

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-05-2013 03:45:45 | More by Buster
Penn Quarter Porter from DC Brau Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.