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Penn Quarter Porter - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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Penn Quarter PorterPenn Quarter Porter

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very good

103 Reviews
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Reviews: 103
Hads: 517
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 25%
Wants: 14
Gots: 53 | 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:
Beer added by: starrdogg on 05-12-2011

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.
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Reviews: 103 | Hads: 517
Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark brown, opaque, with tan head, moderate and rocky, with significant lacing.

S - Roasty notes, a touch of sugar, cocoa, a bit of burnt toast.

T - Primarily roasted grains, a bit of bitter coffee, a touch of minerality, and a strong bitter hit in the close.

M - A touch thin, significant drying in the close.

O - A porter focused on the roasted notes, char and coffee. A bit more bitter than I prefer - I like some sweeter malt notes that are not a focus of this porter - but a decent porter nevertheless.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at brewery. Taster served in plastic cup. Dark brown with tan head. Hard to get a sense of lacing or retention. Aroma is of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee. Flavors are similar with light up-front sweetness and a bitter coffee finish from the hops. A little thin.

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Photo of MDHopster
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

At first it seemed a good brew but then towards the end of a glass it seemed gritty, like coffee grounds were settling to the bottom. Indeed a residue was Left behind

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Photo of tigg924
3.44/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

An above average chocolaty and roasty porter. Very true to style. The dark chocolate and milk chocolate flavors mix well. That said, I have others in the style that I prefer.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from singles can into stout glass. The can must have been shaken up because even an easy pour caused the head to explode up the glass. I poured the rest into another glass and it was dark like oil. Two finger head. Smell is dark malt subtle black coffee medium hoppyness Medium feel decent carbonation. The best porter I have had so far. Would buy again if I could find it.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured into a standard pint glass: color dark, near black, not even any brown or amber edges; head is tan, almost dark tan, fine and medium sized bubbles that present 1/2 inch thick then dissipate to a solid top with some nice lacing on the glass.

aroma is exceptional, very nice and aromatic, coffee, chocolate flavors dominate, some subtle grassy and earthy hop aromas are present.

taste is also very good, very forward in the sweeter flavors but also dry in the finish; sweeter flavors follow the aroma with chocolate and coffee forward; hops are earthy and grasy

mouthfeel is very pleasant, nice lingering flavors on the tongue and cheeks with the drying quality on the tongue

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Photo of malprep
2.59/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I am not a big fan of the can beer. It was a little rough of the edges. I am porter fan but this had a little bit of a coating on the mouth. We were doing a tour of the east coast and this was kinda of a road block on the tour. DC beer that was to be the best of the batch, it was a little rough.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a mug. Pours pitch black with a nice brown head. Smells of coffee, chocolate, and very slight fruitiness. Tastes of slight berries with a very strong coffee. Beer is full bodied lighter carbonated but very drinkable. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Updated 9/2015 from brewery pour:
A: dark, dark brown to black, medium-to-dark tan head. Nice foamy head congregates at edge head with significant lacing.

S: roasted grain notes and weak coffee, coming through more with warmth. There's also a bit of roasted nuttiness in the background.
Update: nuttiness definitely present, creating like a light hazelnut coffee nose.

T: dark roasted grains, some medium body coffee, just on the bitter side of a balance against sweetness. The middle taste I get a little oat flavor. The end taste is a bit of generic green (shrub-like) hops taste that lightly dries the mouth.
Update: definitely opens with roasted grain notes, unsweetened coffee in nature. I'm beginning to think it actually leans a little nutty, like a hazelnut coffee. Roasted astringency adds to bitterness that is somewhat woody in nature, maybe even a tad smoky in the end taste.

M: besides the light drying, which I like better than a hop-bomb ending in porters, the overall feel is just a tad weak. The taste does hit all parts of the mouth, though, so I'm between a notch higher and what I gave it.

O: I think to me it's one of the best porters I've had as far as enjoyment. Roasted malt characters backed by a light, dry bittering effect in the back, that's what I enjoy. This one is also right I the edge of being a stout, maybe that helps.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: deep, rich brown hue, which lets no light through. Head is a thick finger of creamy tan foam with OK retention and not much in the way of lace.

Smell: slightly sweet malty aroma with a good chocolate character. It's got a nice roastiness, but not a big astringency, which I like. I'm a fan!

Taste: much roastier than the aroma with a little bit of burnt malt right up front. This subsides into a more balanced, but still quite roasty, porter profile. Bitterness is a little high, with hop character a little bit vegetal. Not bad; definitely robust.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a decent creaminess.

Overall: I find this beer quite drinkable indeed. I wouldn't mind if it were available here on the West coast.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Classic dark chocolate color with mocha tan head. Poured into snifter, 2 finger head. Poor head retention/lacing qualities.

S: Light caramel, baker's chocolate, light cherry smoke. Weaker than expected even for such a light ABV, and it takes some time for it to warm and develop.

M: Good amount of bite immediately, medium carbonation, less bodied, but balanced with flavor. Semi-dry finish.

T/O: T: cinnamon macchiato, coffee ice cream finish, roasted grains, hazelnuts, orange bitter, white chocolate accents, balanced b/t sweet and roast. It makes a very good morning/breakfast beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head. The taste is big and malty, nicely roasted and smokey. In the taste, big coffee flavor with vanilla and char rounding it out. Mild bitter, piney hop character with mild citrus, but the big roasted malts work here hinting at cocoa and vanilla. Medium to full bodied, well carbonated and smooth. Overall, this is a winner. A great porter.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer pours jet black, with a tall, foamy, dense, dark tan head that slowly settles into a solid surface coating. Aromas of heavily roasted coffee, bittersweet dark chocolate, hints of smoke, and earthy highlights. Flavors are robust and smooth, with a blast of mocha flavors, a solid chocolate backbone, and some bitter coffee highlights. The chocolate lingers through to the aftertaste, with roasted notes to highlight. The body is smooth and bold throughout, with a slick, smooth, slightly linger finish. Easy drinker and damn flavorful. Good porter.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pitch black color - no "very dark brown" nonsense, I mean pitch friggen' black. The head is three fingers high, and tan in shade. Retention is okay and lacing is spotty. The texture is a bit less creamy than I truly like, as well - but otherwise, it looks good in a glass.

S: This is positively loaded with roasted malt. Chocolaty and smoky touches abound as well, along with some piny hops. I love how roasted this is - one whiff and I can tell it's trying to say to me "Porter? FUCK YOU I'M AN IMPERIAL STOUT!"

T: The taste is closer to a porter, albeit a roasty, dry one. An initial flavor of piny hops lead to a smoky, roasty, and chocolaty everything else - midtaste, finish, aftertaste, you name it. The duality between the roast and the dark chocolate sweetness is very well balanced, leading to a porter that's very enjoyable.

M: It's actually not as dry as I thought from the first sip. The sides and the tip of the tongue get parched, sure, but a chocolaty wetness lingers right smack dab in the middle of the palate. This feature gives it a very long finish. In general, though, I wish the texture was fuller and creamier - maybe even a touch less carbonated.

O: I'm really loving the roasty flavors coming out of this. Even though the mouthfeel could be beefed up a tad, it's really hard to complain about this otherwise. This needs to be a year round beer, stat!

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An interesting take on the porter. The appearance was a nice dark brown with a coffee colored head that stuck around for a bit. The smell was very nutty with some citrus in the nose. The taste was a very earthy with hints of walnuts and peanuts, but also some interesting sweetness, almost banana flavors. I thought the complex flavors paired very nicely with one another. The only thing I didn't care for was how thin the beer was. Overall I liked it and would recommend to porter lovers.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of Windigo
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of Phelps
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.17/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of KornWallace
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of 57md
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with ruby edges. There was a full finger of fluffy beige head that dissipated rather steadily. The nose was roasty but there was also an acidic note. This offering is full-bodied and the flavor is bold. The finish is nothing but dry roasted bitter goodness. This is an excellent example of a standard porter.

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Photo of JayQue
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very good and surprisingly robust for a 5% abv stout. Pours a dense dark brown color with absolutely no light coming through. Big frothy light brown head with good retention and thick lacing.

Smell is roasted malt and bitter chocolate. Fairly pronounced.

Flavor is strong. A good malty beer with the bitterness coming from the chocolate. A little coffee flavor as well.

The look, aroma and taste rival some Double Stouts. The mouthfeel is a bit of a disappointment, not because the beer is thin or watery, just that it is more like what it should be, rather than super rich like a 10% abv Double Stout.

This beer is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Omnium
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can > Pint Glass

A - Ruby dark brown with one finger of tan head with spotty lacing
S - Lots of roasted malt and nut aroma, chocolate notes as well.
T - Awesome flavor, big roasted malt, some coffee, lots of nutty flavor, almost a roasted peanut quality, big dark chocolates.
M - Creamy silky smooth texture, rich but not overly so.
O - Really good porter, solid stuff goin on here, if you love your porters roasty, this is the one for you. One of the most pronounced roasted flavors I've ever come across.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Full bodied porter with a lot more carb than I've seen on a porter. Deep rich chocolate color and a big cocoa head. Not a lot on the nose with some roast. Big roast character in the body. A little one note, but certainly a flavorful porter at a very drinkable ABV. A nice offering.

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Penn Quarter Porter from DC Brau Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.