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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
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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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Damian

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at Lord Hobo, Cambridge, MA
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a deep, dark brown/black. A flimsy cap of khaki colored froth topped the liquid. The head quickly faded to a clingy ring of foam.

The aroma was interesting initially and got better as the beer warmed. French roast coffee came through strong. Good amount of dark chocolate. Some distracting, metallic notes were apparent, but they dissipated with time. Sweet cream and vanilla notes were detectible well. Touch of smoke and roast.

Like the nose, the flavor profile was quite robust. Rich, smooth and remarkably well balanced. Strong roasted and caramel malts appeared on the front end. Creamed coffee and semi-sweet chocolate notes competed for dominance. Nice shot of vanilla. The beer finished moderately roasty, smoky and dry. The dryness was just enough to keep the beer balanced but not so much as to shock the palate. To my liking, the hops were kept to a minimum.

The mouthfeel was amazingly lush, creamy and smooth. A fine, moderate effervescence lent the beer an amazing suppleness.

The brewer's note states that Penn Quarter Porter falls somewhere between a standard porter and a stout, and this description is spot-on. Porters rarely get any better than this. Definitely seek it out.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2012 03:28:10 | More by Damian
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2012.

Served in a Delirium Tremens shaped glass.

A: First of all, this sucker is EXTREMELY carbonated and bubby.... sort of like a black champagne. The liquid itself was pretty much abysmally dark as it should be, and boast a whopping 3-4 + finger head that I had to wait a while for the die down.

S: Lots of char, roast, and even maybe a tinge of figs, milk chocolate, and/or molasses. Really nice and unmistakable porter-like.

T: It has a really nice cigar-like roast on the front and back end, along with some fig and cocoa in the middle. There was nothing pork-like or sweet whatsoever here.

M: This and creamy, tempered sweetness, and a nice bit slap on the palate due to the char. The linger left on the palate afterward was just pure flavor, vs. anything sensory that might have made it cloying. That's a true compliment!

O: Man, DC Brau has their shit together, for sure! I've yet to have a bad beer by them... as a matter of fact, I can now name about 2-3 of them that I would call exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 00:34:43 | More by Chaney
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billab914

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into my Devil's Backbone glass. It poured pitch black in color with a thin, frothy, tan colored head to it. Great looking beer of the style. Great head retention as well.

The aroma shows a lot of roasted malts to it with both milk chocolate and dark chocolate coming together nicely. I get a little coffee to it as well in the aroma. Very rich, flavorful and appealing aroma overall.

The taste also really mixes the sweeter, malty flavors with the bitter, roasted ones nicely. Caramel and milk chocolate come out a little more up front, while roasted coffee and dark chocolate linger into the finish. It has some bold flavors, but the balance between them is really well great. The flavors were really good, but I thought they were fantastic relative to the lower alcohol content.

The mouthfeel is very creamy and silky feeling, which I love for the style. Carbonation is moderate. Overall, I absolutely loved it. It was bold, flavorful, balanced, but what really wowed me is it's only 5.5% abv. It definitely has a ll the flavor of much bigger, imperial beers. This was spot on for my tastes, I can't think of many porters I'd choose over this, and probably none under 6%. I really hope they can this and put it in 6 packs.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 21:16:44 | More by billab914
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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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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at ChurchKey. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Nice rocky retention and decent webby lace. Aroma upfront is all fudgesickle moving to more tobacco, spice, burnt cherries, and cinnamon laden dessert. Extremely sweet nose. Taste is ashy, earthy bitter with drying semisweet chocolate and cocoa powder. Medium mouthfeel and good carbonation throughout. One of the few porters I really enjoy!

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2011 19:35:03 | More by CuriousMonk
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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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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2011 19:44:08 | More by mdfb79
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Churchkey.

This beer pours a great black to dark brown with a serious crazy tan head and excellent lacing. The smell is good with a nice roasted nut character with maybe a hint of chocolate as well. Not a huge aroma, but it's right in the pocket and seems robust even if it's not overly aromatic. In the taste, I think the focus of this beer is on getting a nutty porter quality with sweet nuts like walnuts being very prominent. Semi sweet choclate chips and a touch of roasted malt rounds out the flavor. The feel has a nice pub like porter sudsy feel that I enjoyed. Overall a great porter thats very drinkable. This ain't Ed Fitz, but it is very solid.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2011 13:41:43 | More by Dreadnaught33
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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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drabmuh

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2011 16:34:01 | More by drabmuh
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown cola like color with a medium almost muddy color one finger head which gives way to some lace. The aroma has a big roasted malt backbone with a nice coffee aroma and a hint of chocolate. The taste is big and bold nice roasted malt backbone with flavors of coffee and dark chocolate, also a slight bit of smokiness. Mouthfeel was oily and slightly carbonated. Overall a very solid beer, nice big rich flavor and a very easy drink. Very smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2011 19:31:45 | More by goblue3509
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localone703

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now here's a great porter. Tan head is all pillow-y and inviting. Smells and tastes like robust yet smooth roasted malts with dark chocolate first, then maybe some coffee.

At 5.5% it goes down a little softer and lighter in the mouth while still having a full roasted character and just the right weight on the tongue.

This goes on my list of good dark beers to have with hamburgers or steak. Or chili. Or a big waffle with lots of butter and maple syrup and a side of bacon and eggs. That's the brunch for me.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2011 22:23:43 | More by localone703
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Jesstyr

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a glass of this at Churchkey in DC - my first brew from DC Brau, definitely an interesting a different kind of porter. I would suggest calling this a stout, based on its flavor and color characteristics.

First thing you notice is how deep black this beer is, with an exceptionally deep brown head. This definitely appears to be a stout. Nose has strong roastiness, almost overwhelming. Almost like a deep cappuccino.

Taste has a bit of cocoa/chocolate characteristics, very subtle, but a positive addition. Very roasted, and deep in malt with a slight hop aftertaste. Mouthfeel is slightly oily, like it was barrel-aged, something consistent with the flavor, but not part of the brewing process. Overall a good, unique beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2011 00:51:38 | More by Jesstyr
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2011 15:34:20 | More by yourefragile
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2011 13:58:11 | More by Thorpe429
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petacutlasaurus

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Started off my Friday at ChurchKey with a glass of the new DC Brau Porter, even though I usually hate the style. Well, for all you Porter haters, this is your beer. Much closer to a stout than I'm used to, compared with something like Founders Porter which is much thinner. I brought this up with the bartender I was there with and he told me that's exactly what the brewers were going for - what a respectable goal...

Within that creamier-than-usual body, a very roasty batch of malt and some great coffee/cocoa notes. The beer also strikes a great balance between upping the body ante and maintaining some porter-critical carbonation. Sometimes I think those goals can conflict (I'm thinking Exit 13 from Flying Fish). Overall, a very balanced beer and probably the next Porter I have plans to reach for - can't wait for more DC Brau-

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2011 21:28:16 | More by petacutlasaurus
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smakawhat

Maryland

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

Had on tap poured into a shaker pint at Pizza Paradiso DC.

A small cocoa like head is given, kind of foamy and tiny. Lots of carbs from the bottom but they are hard to see against a very big dark classic walnut body bordering on black. Collar stays throughout drinking, minimal lacing, and top of head gets pock marked.

Great bouquet on this brew. Simple quality coffee with a touch of heat and roast. Small milk chocolate sensation almost powdery and dry, getting into Ovaltine. A real mish mash of things going on here.

Taste is almost at first notice borderline silky. Small sweet cola hints in mid palate turn to instant Quick breakfast drink. The finish is all coffee and chared carbon and charcoal that is pleasant. Has a muted soda pop feel and slightly prickly. The carbonation on this is a little bit odd, but not so bad that it ruins everything.

Well what can I say, they pulled off a good classic American porter, very tasty indeed!

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2011 17:13:27 | More by smakawhat
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Pizzeria Paradiso - I really hope this gets brewed again and put into cans!

A: Opaque and very dark brown (nearly black) with a fairly substantial tan head. It's a great looking beer and appears to pretty carbonated.

S: Smells of roasted malts and chocolate. Aroma is not hitting me in the face, but it's nice and somewhat low-key.

T: Alright, I'm impressed! This is incredibly flavorful for a beer so low in ABV. It's got a lot of chocolate with a nice roasted malt finish. It's very smooth and not overly bitter, which makes it extremely drinkable for a porter.

M: I have to say that this was the most impressive aspect of this beer. Oftentimes porters end up a little too thin-bodied, but this one had a very full body, and combined with the very nice carbonation made this a pleasure to drink.

O: Another very impressive effort from DC Brau. I'd say this is a step up from the very tasty Public Pale Ale. Porters are not typically my favorite style, but this one wasn't your typical porter and seemed to be somewhere in between a porter and a stout. It's incredibly flavorful and very easy to drink at the same time, a great combination.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2011 01:59:35 | More by starrdogg
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Penn Quarter Porter from DC Brau Brewing Co.
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