Pioneer Porter - Fredericksburg Brewing Company, Inc.

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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.85%
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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Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 16
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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of Squelch
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of hiikeeba
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of peterjk
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of jmbranum
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Photo of charlzm
3.57/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of champ103
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of beeragent
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
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?

Photo of Psytocrophic
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured well. Nice chocolate notes. Not a bad beer by any means. Nothing to write home about.

Photo of Ruslanchik
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer arrived at my table a dark black, with brown highlights on the edges. There was about 1 finger of tan head that stuck around for some time. Lacing is evident.

Aroma is of chocolate and coffee with slight burnt notes. There is a touch of alcohol in the there, that I really appreciate. I'm really big of dark beers having a bit of alcohol in the finish. No hop presence.

Taste is also chocolate, coffee, and burnt flavor. Hop bitterness is present throughout. The bitterness is well-balanced and complements the other flavors nicely. There is no real hop spiciness. The flavor is very nice--definitely a porter to try.

Mouthfeel is a little light for what I like.

This is a full-flavored beer, so not one that you want to have more than a few of. But, for the style it is very drinkable.

Photo of kbub6f
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The menu calls Pioneer Porter "English-style" with Willamette and Goldings hops, dark crystal and chocolate malts and roasted barley. It gives up a small, dense, bumpy tan-with-brown-edges head. Lots of spots and tissue-thin sheets of lacing. The beer is dark brown, almost black. Nice chocolate and coffee in the nose with a little smoke. Very pleasant aroma. The beer starts smoky, chocolatey, coffeey.The middle is sweet, fruity, thick and velvety smooth. Great body, but it starts to feel a little oily after a couple of glasses. Nutty finish, quite dry with more coffee and bitter chocolate. Smoky aftertaste. I like this. It's very flavorful, roasty, nutty. The fullness/thickness is great, but makes it more of a finishing beer than a session beer.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 12/6/2008 (Tap @ the brewery):

Pours a dark brown color, almost black. Almost no head, but it is creamy white. Coffee aroma, and dark malts. Has a nice drinkable coffee taste. Not burnt, not chocolate, very carbonated. Coffee aftertaste. Very quaffable.

Photo of loobear
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark, almost opaque amber-brown body with an off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly considering its genre.

S - Sweet: mostly raisins with some dark chocolate, mocha and plum.

T - Nice light mocha aftertaste that doesn't linger too long. Slightly dry on the finish. Plenty of creamy coffee and nutty flavor throughout.

M - Nice. Slightly spritey but with enough creaminess to balance.

O - I'm glad I finally found an enjoyable beer at this joint.

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pioneer is dark brown, almost black with a creamy, light brown head. Aroma is very roasty with notes of coffee and just a hint of chocolate. Taste starts with a strong roasted malt flavor that is soon joined by notes of coffee and chocolate. A nice sweetness joins midsip and lingers into a long finish. This is just how I like my porters and I have to say this is probably the best of the standard beers available during my visit to Fredericksburg Brewing.

Pioneer Porter from Fredericksburg Brewing Company, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.