Michelob Porter - Anheuser-Busch
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3.58/5 rDev +6.9%
Dark chocolate brown that becomes darkest crimson with backlighting. The golden sand colored head has a nicely creamy texture, is barely deflating as I type, and is beginning to deposit shredded sheets of lace on the upper reaches of the glass. This is a good looking porter.
There isn't much to the nose, either in terms of strength or character. I can appreciate a modest amount of roasted grain, maybe a whiff of hops, but that's about it. Porter is more reminiscent of a garden-variety dark lager than it is a porter. Hopefully, things will improve on the palate.
This is okay beer I guess. I'm not blown away by gobs of flavor and would put this offering on one of the lower (read: lighter) rungs of the style ladder. It tastes like a beer that uses pale, caramel and chocolate malt (as indicated on the neck label), but doesn't use quite enough of any of them. More chocolate malt 'guts' would be great.
I'm happy to report that the brewery got the sweet-bitter balance just right. This is neither a sugar bomb, nor is it astringently bitter, as some lighter, roasted malty porters tend to be. Actually, I'm feeling better about things as the beer warms. Bittersweet chocolate and black coffee notes are becoming much louder and more melodious. I don't know if the next highest flavor score is appropriate (it's a near thing), but I'm definitely kicking the mouthfeel score up a notch.
I wasn't thrilled with the mouthfeel during the first several ounces, which is why I called it a lighter than usual porter. Now, I'm not so sure. A few more degrees have resulted in a semi-expansive creaminess that I'm enjoying thoroughly. This might be the best mouthfeel that I've ever experienced on an A-B beer.
Along with Anheuser World Lager, Michelob Porter is the best beer from America's largest brewery that I've ever had. The question is, why can't they do something similar with the rest of their line? I doubt that any of my next twenty beers will be more of a pleasant surprise.
02-01-2007 14:19:22 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.23/5 rDev -33.4%
Every once in a while I get excited about the Michelob brand, encouraged by the all-malt ingredients. This is what us beer enthusiests want isn't it? After a few sips, I am painfully aware of so many all-malt beers that simply don't cut it whether it's malt source is flawed, oversparged, under-malted, or other short cuts are made elsewhere. This is where this Porter stands. The beer shows some promising Porter characteristics up front. A soft hint of roasted malts display a bit of coffee and chocolate albeit timid. The malt sweetness follows up, but soon diminished by a grainy astringency that won't let go. This harsh graininess comes through in the flavor and texture of the beer and make you forget about all of that Porter charcter you just witnessed (by the way, turns very Amber Bock-ish quickly). Any hop character only balances sweetness and contributes to the bite-ey flavors and textures. No real hop flavor or boldness throughout. Finishes a bit cola-like, and with that bite that I just cannot overlook.
12-24-2007 05:17:10 | More by BEERchitect
3.98/5 rDev +18.8%
I got to consume one of each of this lineup during my sister in laws wedding, and this one was the first that I turned to. Served out of the cooler, I poured this one into a pilsner glass, as it was the only glass around and let it warm up a touch before going near IT. Consumed on 10/09/2008.
The pour was rather nice. A good, dark chocolate brown color emerged almost immediately and was then quickly followed up on by a nice touch of wispy tan head. This was rather short-lived though and quickly subdued under a layer of black with little in the way of side glass lacing to speak of.
The aroma was a bit surprising I have to admit. Rich notes of light chocolate, roasted malts, almost a smoky nature and a decent bit of sweet caramel. Awfully damn complex for the brewer I have to admit. This carried over very well into the flavor, which was again a hit for me if I am being honest. Started with some rich roasted malts, a hint of chocolate and some nice light grains. Hints of dark fruits in the back as well as an overall pleasing aftertaste of semisweet, burnt malts. The feel was rich, medium to full bodied and more then adequately carbonated. I would have no issue in having another of these as they went down very easily I have to admit.
Overall this was a very solid beer. I would have no trouble with enjoying this consistently. I was just shocked that it came out of A-B. Maybe they are really starting to change direction, or maybe they got lucky.
10-19-2008 03:22:00 | More by mikesgroove
2.58/5 rDev -23%
Appearance: Pours a clear, dark chestnut brown body with a small, light beige head.
Smell: Slight malt scent with light notes of chocolate and watered down caramel.
Taste: Half-hearted caramel and cocoa flavors with an earthy, dull sweetness. Faint, weak spicy hops and bitterness. Vaguely malty finish with a slight, displeasing metallic hint.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Pass! Vapid, watery, and wholly uninspired.
12-15-2008 03:56:53 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.3/5 rDev -1.5%
This brew competes pretty well with their AmberBock. I find that the color and pour look a lot alike. The brownish color had a nice tan head on it that lasts for a little while. The smell is roasted but subtle enough for a Michelob drinker to enjoy. The taste has some typical dry roasted malts going on and a hint of cardboard for me. The mouthfeel is decent, it's just a bit too light for a porter I think.
05-14-2011 02:02:58 | More by Knapp85
3.43/5 rDev +2.4%
Born on 21 Sept. 07
A - Poured out a dark brown, almost black color with a small, bubbly, caramel-colored head. No lace.
S - It smelled of chocolate, caramel and very malty.
T - It had a nice roasted malt taste. There were hints of caramel and chocolate, as well.
M - It was fairly crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.
D - This isn't a bad porter. I was impressed for an A-B product.
01-15-2008 03:22:49 | More by zeff80
4.1/5 rDev +22.4%
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.
11-23-2006 13:45:50 | More by NeroFiddled
3.23/5 rDev -3.6%
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a dark brown color with a very thin off-white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is faint but contains some coffee, roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.
T: The taste is a little smoky with flavors of toasted coffee beans and dark chocolate. The malt character is heart but a little thin for the style. There's a very mild hops presence that is on-target for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly smoky.
M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.
D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's a mediocre beer for the most part but for those that covet the smokiness, this beer would hold a bit more value.
10-19-2009 02:51:11 | More by TheManiacalOne
4/5 rDev +19.4%
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.
12-04-2006 23:52:20 | More by WVbeergeek
3.83/5 rDev +14.3%
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!
10-19-2007 03:36:29 | More by russpowell
3.35/5 rDev 0%
The beer pours a translucent, dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry roasted scent with some light chocolate notes. The taste is average. It has a thin, dry roasted flavor with limited chocolate taste and a watery finish. This is a highly drinkable brew, but it's way too thin and devoid of any real "porter" character. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. Again, it's quite drinkable, but it's way too thin and watery for the style.
01-07-2009 17:15:35 | More by WesWes
3.48/5 rDev +3.9%
12 oz. twist-off capped bottle, "born on 18 Oct 08":
Pours dark brown with a thin tan head that doesn't stay around very long. Some trailing lace slides down glass without sticking.
The smell is very mild - some vague chocolate and caramel with grainy/pale malt background - smells more like a mediocre black and tan.
The taste is light - not much at first. However as it progresses it has a roasted chocolate and caramel taste with balancing (though fairly non-descript) hops. The roasted chocolatey notes are pleasant, just wish they were a little more forward.
It's medium-bodied and pretty smooth/fairly creamy. Would be nice if flavors lasted on palate a bit more.
Easy enough to drink with enough pleasant, malty suggestions to make it worth-while. A bit more fullness all around, esp. in aroma, would bring this potential beer up a notch.
12-29-2007 18:00:43 | More by jwc215
3.9/5 rDev +16.4%
Bottle Code 09051 VC13; Sampled April 2009
A hard pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-finger thick, lightly browned, full tan colored head that leaves lots of lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. This has a dark-chocolate born color to it that shows a brilliantly clear, brown-ruby hue to it when held up to the light. The aroma smells of roasted malt up front, with sweet dark caramel sugars, fruity raisin notes and a nutty, toasted whole grain character. The roast notes are actually pretty soft here in the nose, and actually the whole nose is a bit more muted than I might prefer, though it is quite nice.
The beer tastes dry up front through to the finish. Roast flavors are pretty noticeable in the long finish where they contribute notes of roast-acidity, coffee like roast notes, toasted grain flavors and a spicy brown malt character. Up front the toasted grain notes play a bit role with nicely browned, whole-grain bread like flavors as well as perhaps a touch of grain sweetness. This has a nice hop bitterness to it, but also has some pine like flavors to it. This is amply quaffable with a medium'ish body that has just a bit of a velvety texture to it.
This Porter has a great texture to it (though it isn't quite lush). It is perhaps a touch bland in the nose, but the flavor makes up for that. This is a well balanced beer and I could see myself quaffing a few pints of this tasty tipple.
05-16-2009 17:28:19 | More by Gueuzedude
3.23/5 rDev -3.6%
12 oz. bottle, born on date of 5/16/08, so about a month and a half old, found a single of it a Hi-Times so let's try it out,
A: Pours a dark brown when held up to the light with mahogany highlights, long-lasting off-white head, light lacing.
S: Roasted malts, light espresso coffee and chocolate.
T: Light mocha coffee, a bit of burnt sugar. Not really complex, just a straight up porter.
M: On the light side, kind of watery, creamy.
D: Probably the best beer I have had from AB. A good porter beer with plenty of flavour, could see myself buying a sixer, the price is right at about $5.99.
06-28-2008 23:07:42 | More by Halcyondays
2.75/5 rDev -17.9%
Bought a Michelob mixed sampler 12 pack for $9.99
Usually I like most porters but this tasted like an AB interpretation of one. Nice aromas and taste but had such little body for a porter and almost no CO2. That made it a little tough to drink but the flavorness of it saves it.
09-15-2008 01:14:06 | More by oriolesfan4
3.73/5 rDev +11.3%
Appears a dark brown, nearing black with a chestnut & crimson highlight when held up in front of the light. A large, dark tan head slowly fades into a mild head. Plenty of scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of toasted nuts, molasses, caramel, espresso, and a touch of fruit.
Taste is of the aromas with sweet molasses, chewy dough, espresso, cocoa, and roasted chestnuts.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, with sweet cocoa up front, followed by mild hints of earthy bitterness, and light astringency.
02-07-2010 01:08:48 | More by weeare138
3.28/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
06-06-2008 16:15:10 | More by tempest
3.98/5 rDev +18.8%
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.
10-18-2006 22:06:26 | More by Billolick
3.43/5 rDev +2.4%
Pours a five-finger light tan head that slowly fades to a ring leaving some lace. Nearly black, faint mahogany highlights. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose. Flavor is sweet caramel, with a roasted coffee finish. Big improvement over Michelob's Light. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Barb's Beer Emporium Concord, NH.
11-07-2008 23:23:41 | More by jdhilt
3.43/5 rDev +2.4%
Deep brown colored beer with a small light brown head. Held up to strong light this has a nice ruby red color.
Smell is a little sweet with a clear scent of patent malt and char. Little bit of chocolate and coffee and a little sour. Slight fruity aroma from the yeast.
The taste starts out light and a little sweet (Michelob) and then slides in to the patent malt flavors. Chocolate fruitiness and char, not a bad tasting porter but one of the milder ones.
Mouthfeel is decent.
Well far better than feared considering the source. Decent porter and more tasty than Michelob by a lot.
01-18-2008 04:29:40 | More by Zorro
3.53/5 rDev +5.4%
I'm a big fan of porters, and although this is a macro at heart, I've been waiting to see what AB can do with this style. On to the beer:
Opaque in color with some brown hues. Creamy dense head on top with solid retention and leaves some creamy lacing on the glass. The smell was subtle at first, but as the beer warms becomes better. Chocoalte and coffee grounds were dominant in the aroma. The taste was more of the same as the smell. Coffee grounds, chocolate malt, add it a hint of banana. A pinch of hops hit in the back of the palate, and it has a lingering chocolate note in the finsih.
Hey, this is a nice surprise. It's not the best, but it's certainly better than some porters I've had. I got a single bottle of this for $0.79, one of the best bang for the buck beers around.
11-30-2008 04:38:34 | More by DoubleJ
Michelob Porter from Anheuser-Busch
77 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.