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Pioneer Porter - Fredericksburg Brewing Company, Inc.

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Pioneer Porter
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15 Reviews
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Reviews: 15
Hads: 44
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fredericksburg Brewing Company, Inc. visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-25-2004

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Reviews: 15 | Hads: 44
Reviews by lokieman:
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate with some lightly roasted malt and some cream notes. There is also a little bit of hazelnut character in the aroma. The flavor is a strong mix of cocoa and milk chocolate, with some roasted malt. Once again there are some hazelnut notes. There is also a little bit of earthyness from the hops in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (430 characters)

Photo of jamesmk48
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Jacobus79
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Magery
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Squelch
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Going by memory on this one as I didn't have internet while in Fredericksburg. I have had better porters than this one but none so smooth. There was very little in the way of roasted flavors but the beer did look like a porter. It was a very dark beer with an off white head. (275 characters)

Photo of hiikeeba
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For the first time in a while they had Not So Dumb Blonde Ale and Enchanted Rock Red Ale on tap at the same time. Usually they only have one or the other. Naturally, I got the porter because I couldn't decide between the other two. I'm glad I couldn't decide.

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black with ruby highlights. Thin offwhite head.

Smell: Roasted malt with coffee notes

Taste: Roasted malts fill the background with just a hint of coffee flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Silky and smooth. Almost creamy.

I've recently rediscovered porters, and this is a nice porter! Simple but elegant, it makes me wonder why I stopped drinking them in the first place. (676 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep, almost opaque amber color, with a moderate off-white head, and small, broken lace.

Aroma: Rich chocolate and coffee notes dominate the aroma, with an undercurrent of earthy notes as well.

Taste: Opens with a mildly sweet note, soon followed by roasted malts, rich chocolate flavors and lingering earthy notes, and mildly sweet, with very little hop presence.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and quite full.

Drinkability/notes: A wonderful example of a familiar style, well-made and very drinkable. An excellent choice for a cool fall evening. (566 characters)

Photo of peterjk
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks to light in the glass brown / dark red highlights. Light brown fades quickly.

S: Mild roasted coffee, toffee sweetness.

T: Good flavor but a little thin. Light roast coffee, toasted nuts, sweet dark bread. Notable hops bitterness kicks in just before finish. Toasted flavor lingers.

M: Smooth up front. Carbonation and dryness on finish.

D: Not as much flavor intensity as I like from a porter but nothing off putting either. I'd go back for this one. (468 characters)

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmbranum
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding! One of my favorites on my last trip to F-burg.

Rich and roasty and quite possibly the perfect porter, as it maintained a good balance of the roasted notes with a smooth drinkability that made it very discernibly a porter (instead of a weak stout)

The menu says it is 5.3 ABV. (294 characters)

Photo of whispernmyghost
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fisherbray
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of charlzm
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed May 14th, 2012 at the brewery.

Appearance: clear dark brown. A very fine off-white head.

Roasted, chocolate aroma.

Strong malt flavor: toffee and coffee. Low bitterness on finish. Pretty clean: almost no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth but a little flat.

I see this won some awards; it's certainly not a bad beer. (327 characters)

Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of champ103
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown color, nearly black. A one finger beige head forms at first, but quickly recedes to nothing.
S: Big roasted malt and acrid coffee. Not much else.
T: Follows the nose. Tons of burnt and acrid coffee that detracts for me. Some light chocolate flavors as well.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Fairly easy to drink. Tone down the acrid flavors and this is great.

Just a bit to much burnt acrid coffee for me. Not bad, but I will grab for something else next time I am at the brewery. (506 characters)

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark brown body. Small cream colored lacing with plenty of stick.

Smell - Roasted coffee malt. Slightly sweet and nutty.

Taste - Definite creamed, sweetened coffee. Very slight hoppy end gives a touch of bitterness. For the most part is indistinguishable with an iced coffee with a bit of carbonation.

Mouthfeel - Feels a little flat and dead in the mouth. Not bad, but could be better.

Overall Drinkability - Decent porter. No off flavors whatsoever. Just a little safe and bland. No kick or edge to it. Then again, not ever beer needs in your face character, so it works out alright. Works as a light refreshing porter. (638 characters)

Photo of Lukebell15
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ranger7
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of kew
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of beeragent
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a growler:

A - Dark brown, almost black, with very minimal tan head, and no lacing.

S - Light coffee and roasted malt aroma.

T - Roasted malts dominate, followed by a decent amount of coffee flavor with a hint of chocolate in the finish. Very light flavor throughout.

M - Very thin bodied for a porter. Light carbonation if any. Smooth finish.

D - Although this brew is very light in taste and mouthfeel, this is still a very enjoyable porter. Considering the location, I found this to be very worthwhile in trying. Recommended.

Updated review 07/20/11 (original score not edited):

Had this on tap at the brewery. The beer still has a light roasted malt/coffee aroma with the flavor resembling the same. The appearance and the body, like the rest of their beers, is where this one if lacking. The appearance is a dark brown but with a thin soda pop head which quickly fades. The body is completely lacking. No medium to heavy body here, only a thin watery light lager mouthfeel. Come on guys, if you got all those awards on the wall for this beer, what happened? (1,099 characters)

Photo of brett606
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Pioneer Porter from Fredericksburg Brewing Company, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.