PM Porter - BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.

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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc. visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mickeymac on 10-13-2002

This award-winning dark ale is surprisingly smooth and drinkable. Caramel, molasses and chocolate flavors fill the palate. Its sweet start is perfectly balanced by a roasted dry finish. Nitrogen-conditioned.

30 IBU
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Ratings: 73 | Reviews: 31
Reviews by baos:
Photo of baos
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From brief notes:

Pint in a pint glass.

A: Nice opaque darkness with a very small head. Decent lacing.

S: Deep and dark although very faint chocolate-coffee-malt.

T: My favorite of the bj brews. Had this one second. Light malt with bits of coffee and chocolate.

M: Pretty weak, but not terrible.

D: Pretty good.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Dmann
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good Porter. This one looked great off the nitro tap with a nice fluffy off white head that left great lace on the glass. The smellw was quite roasted with roasted malts and coffee scents abound. The taste was very good with a sweet malt beginning and a slight hop and coffee flavoured bitter finnish. Another winner from B.J's.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second visit to BJ's. I had enjoyed their beers my first go-round, and liked this one quite a bit also. It was a very dark brown with a medium head that retained well. A sweet chocolate aroma, a little coffee. Ditto on the taste, but there was some malt also apparent in the taste. It almost tasted a little nut-like. Very comfortable and drinkable.
I plan to keep working my way through BJ's beers on my next trip to Houston.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mild brown appearance, slight beige head to it about 1" in range, good retention. Aroma was faint, really just smelled like a beer from afar, slight whiff of roasted black malt.

Taste, smooth, but a tradeoff as the roasty or chocolate notes aren't all that easy to pick out. No bitterness though, that's for sure. Left with the impression of a thin body, although its probably just the tradeoff of using nitro.

A decent porter, could see ordering one of these when you order the hot wings.

Photo of watermelonman
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This arrived as a mostly black version of brown, with a nice looking head. It's leaving a great lace.

The smell was weak at best, showing just a touch of coffee and malt. The taste was definitely affected by the nitrogen, but not completely taken over. There's a pinch of chocolate in the taste too.

The mouthfeel and drinkability both rate fairly well, with smoothness being high overall.

Photo of DESTRO
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

dumped out off nitro. black and thick, no head. faint aroma of dark malts, light coffee...hoorah. even though this was a nitro pull it seemed a bit thin, watery even. taste wise its a bit sweet, some chocolate and dark malt is there, finishes with a slightly off twang. liked it the first time, wasnt to excited the second time. maybe a third visit will sum things up better.

Photo of aepb1
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark, deep brown with an almost nitro creamy brown head

S- Metallic iron? Not much else... maybe a little sweet malts

T- Malty chocolate, caramel, sweet. Such a muted taste a clean finish

M- Best part of the beer by far. Creamy full-bodied beer

D- Goes down easy wtih the mouthfeel but nothing stands out other than that but nothing offensive in there either

Photo of Samp01
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampler at BJs Brewhouse in Sugar Land TX. Brewed at Saint Arnolds brewery according to the manager. Pours dark brown with nice brown head. Aroma of sweet malt some coffee fill the senses. Taste is sweet caramel malt, some coffee and dark fruit. Palate is med to full body, moderate carbonation, nice smooth texture. Finish is sweet malt, molasses, some coffee. Overall a good drinkable brew.

Photo of isualum12
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

SO lets start with saying I am not a huge porter fan...

We got the sampler at the Stockton Bj's and we were really excited for the brown...turns out we ordered the pitcher of the Porter after the sampler....

Pours thick and heavy with Med to large head.

Taste has some Cocoa and liquoraous.

smooth through the aftertaste.

Loved it and will be back for more....

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 oz tap pour in a mini pilsner glass. 6.4% ABV, On tap at BJ's in Huntington Beach, CA.

A - It's pour is dark like the early reaches of the night and clear brown with a tan head topping it. Super-thick lace and foam are left to the last drop.

S - Unfortunately the nose of the P.M. Porter is a little low. The toasted brown malts and dusty cocoa aroma has a solid maltiness that could have been a winner if it weren't so stinkin' faint.

T - The flavor thankfully picks it up a little bit. Toasty amber malts with caramel and light coffee on the finish give this porter a nice flavor profile.

M - In typical porter style, P.M. has a medium body with a dry roasted finish.

D - The coffee flavor helps this otherwise slight-above-average porter out a bit. The nose could use some bringing out but otherwise it's a valiant effort.

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I went to the BJ's closest to home last night, I immediately checked to see what was on cask. The waitress immediately told me they had their Piranha Pale Ale so I ordered one. What she brought looked nothing like the Piranha and she proceeded to tell me they opened a new cask the night before and it was the PM Porter. Did I want it? Sure, I said.
My friends were all asking "what is that?" and making comparisons to motor oil. Well, PM Porter is definitely not motor oil, although the deep ruby color comes out only when held up to light. Otherwise, it has an inky blackness with a creamy mocha head that lasted to the bottom of the glass. The smell was of chocolate malt and coffee notes with a pleasant aroma of dark fruits wafting up. The taste was initially quite sweet, of plums and prunes before a more bittersweet flavor asserted itself, that of baker's chocolate, dark roasted coffee, and roasted malts. The finish was modestly hopped and lightly bittered. The feel was medium-bodied, creamy, and smooth though lacking that of the nitro-tapped version.
Overall, the PM Porter is one of my favorites from the BJ's line-up and one I ordered again.

Photo of baiser
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown body, with ruby highlights and a lasting tan head. Some roasted chocolate and coffee in the nose. Also some sweet malt. Taste was ok, but nothing outstanding. Real thin mouthfeel that leaves you wanting more. A tad watery IMO. Finishes dry and a tad astringent. I'd pass on this the next time.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nitro tap at the Palmdale location

Look: Almost black and totally opaque with a brown ring on the bottom of the glass with a 1/2 inch tan head and exceptional retention and some spotty lacing

Smell: Coffee notes upfront with hints of chocolate but the nose is fairly muted

Taste: Roasted malts with hints of ash coffee and chocolate. Not very complex

Mouthfeel: Creamy butteriness from the nitro with a medium body and low carbonation

Overall: Good beer and goes great with BJ's pizza

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at BJ's, Westminster, CO

Poured a dark brown with a generous puff of tan head that receded after a moment, leaving some thick lacing as it went. A bit light in the aroma; roasty malts, and notes of cocoa. Nice flavors of dark roasty malts, cocoa, and a touch of coffee. No hops to speak of, as would be imagined. Medium-bodied, finished dry, with a little coffee bitterness. Overall, nicely drinkable.

Photo of Gavage
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep brown / black color with a thin head. No lacing develops. Carbonation levels were low.

Smell: there was no discernable aroma.

Taste: the flavor was of roasted malts, mild bitterness and some weak chocolate.

Mouthfeel: very thin. The start was smooth and creamy, and finish was short with some mild roastiness.

Drinkability: not a bad drinking brew, but again flavor is a little weak as with most BJ brews.

Photo of Spineypanda
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great porter.

Has a nice head that lasted until I finished my beer, and a great porter scent to it. Smelled a bit of dark chocolates and coffee.

Tasted a bit like them too and a little smoky, but I definitely enjoyed this more than some of the other porters I have had recently.

I would drink again.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Columbus Ohio BJ's Restaurant and Brewery.

This beer fits the bill of a Robust Poter with a big molassas and caramel flavor and aroma up front with backup notes of chocolate and then coffee. Bold and delicious behind the dark toasted malts, giving a deep brown opaque appearance. Head formation was great as is with all nitro-infused beers. Deeply rich and creamy textured. This one hides its alcohol well. The nitro-tap seems to take a bit off of the flavor but makes the beer creamier than it actually is- not sure if this beer needed it. Laces well and leaves a molassas and cocoa note well into the finish. Hopped for bitterness but a hint of herbal grassiness does show in the flavor. Again, a nicely brewed beer from BJ's.

Photo of elmocoso
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I ordered a pint of this at BJ's and when it came it had a nice thick and sticky head on it. It looked black and opaque until it was held up to the light, then just a little light shone throuhg, and gave it a dark, dark ruby color.

The smell was average. Nothing distinct, but the taste and mouthfeel more than made up for it.

It had a rich and malty textere with a good amount of bitterness to accompany it. The mouthfeel was rich and thick.

Overall, this is quite a drinkable beer. I would definatly order it again.

Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Nitro pour at BJ's Escondido.

A: Very dark brown with some transparency near the edges when held to light. The head lingers for a very long time.

S: Lightly roasted malt blends with dark chocolate and a whisper of dark fruit. I detect faint nutty notes and an earthy presence.

T: Lightly sweet with notes of dark and milk chocolate. I get a little molasses and restrained roasted notes. There's a pervasive nuttiness.

M: Medium body with a silky, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: An enjoyable porter that's pretty nice on Nitro.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A murky dark brown body with a decent chocolate malt head and hints of ruby 'round the edges. The nose is light and mostly malty with little sense of roasted grains. The flavor is light and fairly non-descript. There is a bit of malt with little sweetness and not real roasted nuttiness or smoked grain development. Thin feel with little snap anywhere in the start or finish. This might have been a atypical glass at the Brea location, but it really failed in comparison to some of their other beers.

Photo of beerguy101
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark black color. A light to medium bodied porter. Roasted malts, Chocolate and caramel flavors. Very smooth taste (nitro conditioned). Milder flavor. Mouthfeel is full, but perhaps a little thin for a porter. Finish is smooth and rather dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.66/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On nitro tap in Westwood (Los Angeles, CA).

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1/2 inch dense bone colored head that lasts. A foamy curtain of lace grows on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, slight coffee, and a subtle sour note. Taste is of roasted malt with a slight coffee aftertaste. There is an off sour flavor that comes out with each sip along with a mild roasty bitterness. This beer has a thick and creamy mouthfeel from the nitrogen. Overall, this is not a very good beer with the sour note in the smell and taste.

Photo of lawman834
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Wow. I'm not a porter fan, but this is the best one I have had. I have tried most of the bj's stuff and its usually just ok. awsome cascading carbonation. thick creamy head with great retention. smooth nutty and cocoa taste. no aftertaste. very very good.

Photo of Rumrunner
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint glass. Sampled at the Woodland Hills BJ's.

Pours a dark brown with ruby red hues. Not much of a head. A small off white head but it is gone quickly. Very little lace. What lace there is is barely hanging on. Scents are burnt and grassy. A bit of sweet malt and that is about it.

Flavors are okay. Some what weak. There is a solid coffee flavor. A bit of carob and some dry wheat with some dark fruit that is in the back ground. A very organic and grassy porter. Some minor licorace and alcohol peak through but they are very minor sadly. Flavors are good they are just minimal.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery and weak. This drinks smooth and unassuming. It does not hit one way or the other. A bit tame. I wish the brewer would take a chance. It has the potential to be great. A good porter that could be phenomenal.

Photo of mothman
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saint Arnold brews this for the BJ's in Houston

Pours ½ finger of fizzy tan head. No retention. Color is a dark caramel brown.

Aroma: Caramel, chocolate, coffee roast, and vanilla. Kind of sweet.

Taste: Has a molasses flavor with roasted malts and vanilla. It also has some caramel, chocolate, and light coffee flavors. Again, it is kind of sweet for a porter.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, smooth, and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends fairly clean. A nice feel to this one.

Overall, a decent porter that is easy drinking. Not over-roasted which I enjoyed. Not bad.

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PM Porter from BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.