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Penn Quarter Porter - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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380 Ratings
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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 15
Gots: 30 | FT: 2
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

st9647v3, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

MDDMD, Nov 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

bradfordjohnson, Oct 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Morockm, Oct 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Blaze5445, Oct 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

polopaul20, Oct 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Zimm, Oct 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

apasternak, Oct 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

kasubot, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of delta490
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

delta490, Oct 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

BuckTuckian, Oct 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

TheBeerAlmanac, Oct 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

robwestcott, Oct 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Organic_Sam, Oct 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Dave_Treat, Oct 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Mersh, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of HattedClassic
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

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.

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.

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

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

HattedClassic, Oct 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

MSandahl23, Sep 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

KevinGordon, Sep 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

scottDC, Sep 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

egrace84, Sep 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

hagbergl, Sep 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

ygtbsm94, Sep 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Hanzo, Sep 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

seanchai, Sep 08, 2013
Penn Quarter Porter from DC Brau Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.