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Penn Quarter Porter - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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87
very good

354 Ratings
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Ratings: 354
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 14
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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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: can

05-18-2014 15:20:21 | More by StonedTrippin
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musicman7070

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-17-2014 03:35:04 | More by musicman7070
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Windigo

Virginia

4.64/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the can and into the rather large snifter.
Lighter weight pour than expected, effervescent, faint carbonation present - thick, mocha head over an inch plus - Almost sugary, hickory, slight almandine aroma.

My first taste was cocoa, small amount of sea salt, creamy mouth feel and taste, not too heavy or syrupy. The middle of the palette is typical caramel hops and that gives way to the expected coffee bitterness, still cafe au lait, the slight bubbling carries the butteriness through to cut hard acidic earthy bitter taste short.Lacing is a little chunky, but I drank it so quickly, not entirely certain it had tie to set up.
*The light carbonation was different but I really enjoyed the effect it had on the brew overall.

Lacing is a little chunky, but I drank it so quickly, not entirely certain it had tie to set up.

My best friend had been crowing about this local brew for weeks and I have to admit I'm excited about it as well. Beautifully made beer that I plan on sharing with other beer geeks.

Serving type: can

05-15-2014 19:45:22 | More by Windigo
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Tom_Gilman

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

05-15-2014 08:20:02 | More by Tom_Gilman
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WesMantooth

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-14-2014 01:51:28 | More by WesMantooth
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Phelps

Arizona

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Pours thick and dark -- black coffee in color with the consistency of creamer. The head is a dense khaki foam that recedes very slowly.

Beautiful aroma. Graham cracker, toast, earthy hops, tangy bittersweet cocoa. A splash of coffee grounds, malted milk, custard.

More bitter in the flavor. A light dusting of coffee grounds over dark chocolate truffles. Earthy hops. Dusty chocolate crumbles blow through the mouth after the swallow. A splash of heavy cream adds balance and tons of body -- rich, big but not heavy, creamy yet airy like whipped cream.

A pretty incredible porter here. Great roasty flavor, superb balance, nice creaminess. As the brewery says, it toes the line between porter and stout.

Serving type: can

05-13-2014 04:55:47 | More by Phelps
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ShepardCommander

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-10-2014 17:00:18 | More by ShepardCommander
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.14/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black and opaque with a two finger mocha head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Good retention, taking a while to settle and leaving streaks of soapy lacing on the way down.

Slightly smokey, deeply roasted dark malt aroma that's countered by sweeter, dessert-like lighter malt notes. Robust with hints of liquid smoke, burnt toast, dark chocolate and gourmet coffee bean followed by baker's chocolate, caramel, toffee and fudge. Well balanced aroma with the sweeter notes standing out a bit more as it warms. Smells good but nothing really stands out or elevates it above slightly better than average.

Lighter body than expected with tight carbonation and a nearly acrid, roasted dark malt flavor that lingers over the sweeter notes into a bone dry finish. Strong burnt malt/overly roasted robust coffee grinds along with some charcoal, oatmeal and bitter dark chocolate. Not overwhelmingly dry/overly roasted, however, with prominent sweet malt backbone. These sweeter notes really stand out as it warms with some toffee, caramel, light chocolate and alcohol. Not nearly as complex as the nose suggests and the sweeter, dessert-like notes are severely muted. Decently drinkable but lacks balance and complexity.

Serving type: can

05-10-2014 05:07:31 | More by corby112
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

05-09-2014 00:50:35 | More by jbaker67
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Adkins1203

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

05-07-2014 04:03:43 | More by Adkins1203
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JWalterWeatherman

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

05-05-2014 03:46:56 | More by JWalterWeatherman
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Minkybut

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this robust beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was truly black. The beer poured a dark head very rich looking. The beer smelled nice and fresh. Yummy. Fresh cofee that is. The beer was a little sweet but not too bad. I liked the beer very much and would buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2014 21:11:37 | More by Minkybut
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-03-2014 18:55:16 | More by stephenjmoore
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Hopfenpeter

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-03-2014 02:43:59 | More by Hopfenpeter
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jadler16

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

05-02-2014 17:54:29 | More by jadler16
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Walkerjgt

Ohio

2.25/5  rDev -41.9%

05-02-2014 03:34:11 | More by Walkerjgt
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baybum

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

04-29-2014 01:57:29 | More by baybum
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PretzelCity

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

04-28-2014 19:45:42 | More by PretzelCity
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tclipse

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

04-28-2014 04:56:58 | More by tclipse
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neurobot01

California

3/5  rDev -22.5%

04-28-2014 02:42:18 | More by neurobot01
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StoutItOutLoud

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

04-27-2014 20:55:54 | More by StoutItOutLoud
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Geech

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.4%

04-26-2014 18:57:28 | More by Geech
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atrocity

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

04-25-2014 18:25:36 | More by atrocity
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KornWallace

New York

3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Date: 4/23/14
Location: Total Wine Norwalk
Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: The appearance is black with browned carbonation. There is both an opaque ring and some carbonation. The beer has minimal cling and resets quickly. Pours with little head.
Aromatics: Strong bitter and sweet chocolates and roasted coffee beans introduce themselves immediately when smelling this beer. Marshmallows, fudge, toffee also play a nice part in the aroma.
Flavor: The beer clearly falls in the Porter category for me as stronger flavors of bitter coffee, chocolate, a little bit of ash remind me of a nice pub. Not as sweet as I was expecting from aroma but the beer has good flavoring.
Mouthfeel: The body is medium to light with a little bit of chew due to chocolate and malt. The middle is watery and cleansing but the beer finishes ashy and bitter.

Serving type: can

04-24-2014 03:37:01 | More by KornWallace
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tsp247

New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%

04-24-2014 01:44:40 | More by tsp247
Penn Quarter Porter from DC Brau Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.