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Michelob Porter - Anheuser-Busch

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309 Ratings
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Ratings: 309
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: karst on 07-16-2006)
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Reviews by mmmbeer:
Photo of mmmbeer
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My 400th review... I wanted it to be Stone's 10th, but I haven't had the time necessary to dissect such a beer... perhaps it could wait to be my 500th. I saw the Michelob mixed 20-pack in the store and had to try it. Upon looking up the beers, I saw that only one BA had reviewed the porter, so I had to drink that one first, making it my 400th. The beer was "born on" 8/18/06 and the label describes it as being all-malt (chocolate, caramel, and pale). Anyway, it pours a deep brown (dark maroon when held to the light) with medium carbonation and a finger of light brown head that tries to lace the glass. It smells like a porter, with roasted, chocolate, caramel, and a hint of pale malt, just as the label implies, but there is also a peaty/earthy character. It tastes essentially the same with maybe some green hops that impart a mild bitterness. The body is light and quite smooth with medium carbonation and it leaves a medium finish. A pleasant surprise from the brewing behemoth - it seems to be a bona fide American porter and drinks very easily. Now let's hope that the rest from the mixed 20-pack are even close to this.

More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
2.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reddish-brown with a pillowy, tan head.

Rather grainy aroma with raisin and watery coffee notes, and a slight earthiness.

Bland, dirty chocolate malt. The body is full enough to be a porter but in the end it's kind of hard to taste. Reminds me of a porter you would find at a really small brewpub you've never heard of in the middle of nowhere.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Born on date" of Aug 18, 2006. Mocha colored head that stays put. On the sweet side (taste & scent). Kind of watery for a porter. Makes me think more of a black lager. I wouldn't really agree with the bottle label's assertation of this beer being "robust," but if you're used to drinking regular Michelob, then I'm sure that this certainly is robust.

Michelob porter seems to me to be on the same level as Samuel Adams Holiday Porter. Not mind blowing, not bad, and it probably achives its goal of trying to appeal to a wide audience. Its tasty, flavorful, and an all-around good average porter.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a little bit better than average beer. It was a dark brown with some red highlights, and had a small tan head. A faint chocolate and coffee aroma. Taste followed form, mild chocolate and coffee. A bit of piney hops came in late. The beer was a bit thin in the mouth, but wasn't bad by any means.

Photo of generallee
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a thick, dark brown color with deep crimson highlights. On top sits a creamy light tan head that builds up tall before fading down to a thin covering that just hangs on till the last sip. The lacing is slick and slides down the glass just behind the head.

Smell: The aroma is very sweet. There is a lot of sweet roasted malt with hint of caramel and chocolate. Also there is a very slight non-descript hop presence coming though as well.

Taste/Mouth feel: There is a big roasted malt sweetness with notes of honey, dark caramel and toffee. In it there are some light coffee and dark chocolate tones as well. Hop flavor is very modest but adds some bitterness and mild piney notes. The roasted flavor and light bitterness quickly fades off the tongue in the finish. The body is about medium with a very creamy and slick on the tongue. Its carbonation is soft but still in good balance.

Notes: This was a very enjoyable Porter and a solid offering from the Michelob craft line of beers.

Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew came as a box of 20 variety pack, (only $14.99 @ BJs, not a bad deal) Comes with "born on dating" (nice) and says its
"all malt", which I guess means no adjuncts, another good thing. This brew pours very dark amber, with some bubbles rising, dark tan head of moderate proportions and just a smidge of loose lacing. Nose is of soft chocolate and dark malts. Easy drinking, chocolaty brew, nice intro beer to the wonderful world of dark beer.

Photo of jefftuck47
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears with a thick tan head leaves fine evenly dispersed lacing around my glass the body appears a very dark ruby brown almost black only see the other pigments when held near the light. Aroma has a mild dark chocolate note with caramel mild vanilla and a milky cream note with mild coffee bursts and an herbal hop presence. Not bad at all it puts it all together yet it's a bit reserved. Flavors collide with dark chocolate, cocoa powder, caramel malt, and herbal hops with mild bitterness definitely a flavorful AB product and nowhere near off the style just a bit mild. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with somewhat silky texture and moderate carbonation doesn't feel to unnatural and ashamed of it's style. Drinkability is refreshing lighter porter not over the top of course but definitely tasty and easy drinking a good combonation especially around the holidays when we all know how filling those times can get.

Photo of Brenden
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color is a dark brown that gives off a reddish gleam in the light. The head pours nicely but dissipates quickly and lacing is light.

A just noticeable astringency mars the smell and the smokiness come off a little bit too hard so that it's more of a burnt smell. Right there is the mildly sweet malt smell with toasty, nutty grains and some leathery tannins come out as well. Faint hops make an appearance behind the malt as well.
The same astringency and burnt smokiness is in the taste. I don't mind a smoky flavor, but this is abit marred. Malt up from with some toasty grains and a hops aftertaste. Coffee and dark chocolate notes come off respectably enough with some vanilla. It still seems like a macro trying to be something it's not.
There is an issue with mouthfeel as this one is a bit thin for a porter and the finish is tinged with a mild burnt smokiness. Carbonation hit's a little but isn't too much.
Overall a better offering than I expected from Michelob and could be a B+ or so if the astringency, balance and burn taste/smell issues could be dealt with.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.25/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black mahogany with a decent half finger of a medium tan head that melts to a solid ring of only slightly sticky lace.

Aroma is richly toasted malt, cocoa, coffee and just a touch of fruity hops. A little smokey-ness comes through as well.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a nice balance of tingly carbonation making this feel like a very substantial porter. I disagree with the reviewers who said this tasted thin and watery. I can't help but think they are trying to compare it to a stout.

Taste is not disappointing at all.
Moderately toasty dark malt with nice flavors of cocoa, very dark chocolate, coffee, some smoke and some dark wine notes. Overall a very balanced flavor and very decent Porter.

Aftertaste is mostly the toasted to burnt dark malt with a touch of sweetness.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle > 16 oz. SA glass.
Born on 11/16/07 consumed on 2/15/08

Dark brown color with some crimson red hues when in direct light. Appears active and fizzy, especially for this style. The dark brown head forms a large two-finger deep head that is sooo bubbly it dissipates really fast. The carbonation is hyper and a bit too crazy.

The aroma starts off strange with wet carboard, then it's chocolate and honey scented malt. Irish cream, musty, herbal hops. Overall, the aroma is subdued.

The malt flavor is really good, big and robust dark chocolate malt, oak chips and a very herbal effect for balance. There's also a light wheat 'n grains in the malt, and herbal all-over. The aftertaste is a sour-yeastie effect and bit musty.

This is a rather thin but lively feel for a Porter, I like my Porter's thick and smooth, this is only mildly smooth at best, a bit too much carbonation for me in this style. Not a bad feel, but strange, finishes dry.

I think for $5.99 per six 'er this still a good bargian with decent flavor, the feel is weird but it's not hard to drink due to it's thinness. I'm sure this was "the shit" in 1896.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby-hued dark brown color is lovely, and the tan head isn't enormous but it takes awhile to thin to a skim.

Aroma offers equal amounts chocolate, toffee and coffee. Very roasty-toasty, but fairly subdued given such usually bold characteristics.

Very good flavor, probably the best I've ever tasted from this brewery. Plenty of roasted coffee tones, they're dominant but not dominating, with a little bit of chocolate peeking through, and the rounded texture helps bring berry or dark fruit to mind. Hops are present but only in a supporting role, with the super-toasty maltiness doing its thing. Coffee rides out long into the finish.

Texturally this has a good bit of creaminess, although even more of that and less carbonation prickliness would've really done the trick.

Maybe the best A-B beer ever? Best one I've had so far, although I can't say I've tried them all. Still not mindblowing, but certainly one to re-consider if you ever turned it down before.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This woody brown brew can look almost black or at least dark brown when in a darkened room. The tan head is small, but quite persistent. This one damn near sets the standard for head retention! That little sucker will not go away! A little bit of wet looking lace is left on the glass.

S - Peanut shells and toffee. This has a very light hint of roasted flavors, and smells pretty much spot on for the style. Could be a bit more assertive... smells like a baby porter.

T - Mellow toffee, mild chocolate, and mixed nuts. There is a nice woody hint too, and it reminds me of a campfire after being doused with water.

M - Medium bodied with some lush carbonation and a seriously dry finish. The taste lingers on after swallowing, with bitter baker's chocolate, salty peanut shells, barky-woody flavors, and a very, very dry feel.... especially for the style.

D - By far the best of Michelob's stabs at brewing real beer. This could stand to be kicked up a notch, especially in the nose, but as it is this is a very drinkable and very tasty porter. Would go great with a burger.... with mushrooms. Oh man, now I'm hungry!

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Michelob Porter pours an almost-black mahogany brown body with just a rim of glowing chestnut at the base of the glass. The frothy tan head slowly dies down, leaving behind some very nice craggy and spotty lace. The retention is quite good, and it continually maintains a full, creamy surface covering.

Cocoa; some dusty mineralish character from the dark malts (it's just subtly roasty); and a light touch of berry-like yeasty fruitiness greet you in the nose.

The body is medium, and the carbonation is soft and gently tingly on the tongue, leaving it silky smooth across the palate.

The flavor is rich without straying too far from its basis of grainy malt, scorched caramel, subtle roast, and soft baker's chocolate with a thread of yeasty fruitiness floating throughout. There are, however, also some notes of darker bittersweet chocolate, a subtle touch of more acrid black malt roastiness, and a drop oor two of red wine to lend it complexity. In the finish it seems to simply fade away from the palate without notice, leaving behind a reminder of the subtle, dull roastiness and yeasty fruitiness that were once there.

Overall it's a solid porter, offering a beautiful balance of roasted & chocolatey flavors, yeasty fruitiness, and underlying bitterness. Very drinkable. Quite enjoyable.

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of cjgator3
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brownish black color wtih a nice creamy light tan head.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts with hints of coffee and chocolate with a slight metallic twang.

T- The taste like the aroma is dark and roasty, with a slight roasted bitterness in the finish. Not bad, not bad at all.

M- The mouthfeel is light-med bodied and on the smooth side.

D- I am pretty impressed with this offering from A-B. It is a pretty solid porter that I wouldn't mind having again.

Photo of tempest
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Abe's and drank while grilling.

Not a bad beer, just a bit bland. It's light and smooth with discernable chocolate flavor and a hint of roasted malt. The problem is really that there isn't much going on in terms of flavor. It's almost watery with the lack of taste throughout much of the tasting and swallow. Not really worth trying, but notable for being a decent AB beer.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark, dark, amber with an enormous head that dies down to a respectable head with some surprisingly nice lacing. Very nice looking beer.

The smell is nice with some chocolate, caramel, and a little hint of something's not quite right. Ah, Freezer burn and alcohol. That's the smell. Before that smell arose it was great.

The taste is surprisingly good for a macro. Chocolate, carabel, and coffee meander on the tongue with little purpose. Not bad, but it feels like the beer is stoned. There are some great ideas going on, but there isn't much along the lines of coherence or orgganization. Still pretty good, though.

In the mouth it is significantly thicker than any other macro, but still a little weak for the style. Nice carbonation.

The drinkability is high. It's accessable and pretty damn good. It's a good into to porters for the novice and interesting enough to drink a few of. My new favorite MBC.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a semi dark brown with a light tan head. Little lacing.

Aroma is not much. Just kinda roasted. Almost brown ale-ish.

Taste is not very porter ish. Its not bad. But it almost has a lager sort of taste. Almost sort of bock-ish. Little bit of roast.

Mouthfeel is good. Smooth and good carb.

Overall I probably will never buy this. My buddy brought over a 6 pack so it was an opportunity to review it. Plenty of porters avaliable that are much better

Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Born on 23 August 07

Pours mahogany with 2 fingers of mocha-colored head. Below average lacing & head retention

S: Nice coffee & chocolate notes that fall off as this warms

T: Licorice, coffee & roasted grains up front. Iron & bitter chocolate accentuate as this warms. Finishes dry, with slight herbal hops & chocolate/roasty grains

MF: Medium-bodied with low carbonation & bit of slickness as this warms

Quaffs very nice, a good stab at the style from AB, hats off to them!

Photo of Backer2004
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I cannot deny this is a good porter, Anheiser Busch or not. Got this as a Christmas gift as part of a winter mix pack (nice). Pours tan tow finger head with a clear deep brown color and garnet highlights. Head lasts the whole session. Smell of roatsed malts, nice chocolate, hazelnuts, pretty complex. Easy to consume and enjoy on a colder night.

Photo of beveritt
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Bottle has a ring of glass just at the base of the neck and the word "Michelob" in raised script lettering around the shoulder. Label is predominantly brown, with a lighter tan border and includes a description on the front label and the neck label. There is an ink stamp on the neck, 09021. Maybe this was bottled on the 21st day of 2009?

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of tan head. This settles to a thin layer of foam, leaving behind nearly complete lacing. The beer itself is a very dark brown with the slightest hints of mahogany around the edges. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Honey and chocolate upfront, with slight hints of a cidery off aroma.

Taste: Significant carbonation bite upfront followed by chocolate and bitter coffee. Mild yet lingering bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is high, too high for an English ale. Body is decent.

Drinkability: A little less flavorful than I would want from a porter, but all in all, an enjoyable pint.

Photo of bashiba
2.88/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cola like fizzy clear brown with a light head.

Smell has a light burnt malt odor along with a bit of funkyness.

Taste is light with a burnt smoky flavor dominating. A bit of portery coffee and chocalate flavors as well.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, but still creamy.

Overall its drinkable and ok, but nothing special.

Photo of MMAJYK
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown, almost black, with red hues when held to light. This pour left me with 1 finger of tan head. No lacing to speak of.

S- Roasty, sweet and chocolatey malts.

T- Nothing but the same roasty and smoky chocolate malts. Not complex or deep, but decent.

M- Thin to medium in the mouth and carbonation is mid to high.

D- Nice for a BMC offering, but nothing to seek out.

Overall- Best offering I have had yet from AB. It is good that they are trying to appeal to the craft beer drinkers, but their offering falls a little short of a quality craft brew. There is no complexity or richness in this beer that would appeal to me like a nice porter from a true craftbrewery.

Photo of Gmann
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a near black color with an average tan head that dissipated into a broken cap. The smell is rather faint, some light roasted aroma. The taste is of light smoke, roasted malt and a touch of burnt toast. The feel is moderate and fizzy, finishes pretty balanced, slightly on the bitter side. A good solid porter. Some nice flavors with a crisp feel and pretty easy drinking.

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Michelob Porter from Anheuser-Busch
77 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.