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Porter - Back East Brewing Company

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87
very good

17 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

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Reviews: 17
Hads: 96
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 27.74%
Wants: 2
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Back East Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Porter | 6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gambrinus1184 on 11-11-2012

Back East Porter is a full-bodied chestnut brown porter with notes of chocolate and caramel. This hearty beer offers a thick light brown head and is hopped just enough to offset the sweet maltiness and roasty undertone. This bold beer is refreshing enough to be enjoyed year round, but is at its best as a satisfying winter warmer or paired with a grilled steak, pork roast, or a burger.
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Reviews: 17 | Hads: 96
Reviews by Durge:
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3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark brown color with a decent tan head and a very nice web of lace. The aroma is giving off some subtle grass with chocolate and charcoal subtleties. Not very strong but pleasant. The flavor offers caramel and pecan with grain mixed with a stout-like blend of charcoal and chocolate ideas. It's medium bodied with a dry, chalky feel, somewhat aqueous in an inviting sort of way. Very drinkable and decent.

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More User Reviews:
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3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Char, Toast, Cacao, Quaffable

The basic Porter is not exactly a common style, although many geeks strive to find examples. Back East has produced a benchmark-level brew that is packed with flavors of unsweetened chocolate, caramel and coffee. A kiss of alcohol and just enough hop bitterness. Lots of balance with a hefty degree of robust roastiness. Finishes semi-sweet and leaves the palate wanting more.

STYLE: American Porter | ABV: 6.0% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #98 (MAR 2015)

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Photo of SuomiHobbit
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of tigg924
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: high carbonation, 1/3 inch head, opaque, dark brown in color

Smell: cocoa and vanilla

Taste: cocoa, vanilla, and coffee towards the end

Mouthfeel: Sweet with a roasty bitterness, medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall: A solid and tasty American porter that I was glad I had the chance to try. The smell of the beer is great. Certainly a great local porter to look for if in Connecticut.

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Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of mbmiche
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of KTCamm
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

3/1...12 oz can. Pours dark black, all lights out, thick heady tan foam. Coffee nose, subdued, light roasted sweetness. Smooth creamy taste, light bitter, just a hint of coffee bean twisted in. Earthy. Some lactose milkiness. Smooth tasty, efficient.

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Photo of ChrisChagnon
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Addy
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a delicious, smooth porter. I like that it's not really bitter. It's very complex and flavorful- I recommend it!

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Uconnelmo
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TWStandley
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured from the can into my Delirium tulip.

Appeared a dark brown color with an off white head. Impossible to see through but very bubbly in appearance.

Smelled of roasted malts and a touch of vanilla cream.

Taste was subtle yet tasty. Nice dark chocolate notes.

Not overly sweet - pretty subtle flavors. Definitely a very drinkable and tasty porter. Was surprised by how much I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of jbhollis1180
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Std73
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of nebula1999
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of dd43
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a particularly strongly flavored porter. Executed well enough, but somewhat lacking in flavor and aroma intensity. Roast qualities are present, some bakers chocolate in the nose. Allowing this to warm up should help improve the expressiveness of the flavors and aromas in it. This would probably pair fairly well with food because it won't dominate or overpower anything. Malt backbone is pretty good, I can definitely taste the grains here. Hop balance is just enough to let the malts still come through, while imparting a modest floral and earthy bite.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of BierRunner
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color is a bit lighter than I expected but a nice tan head and lacing. Nose doesn't foreshadow the actual taste. Taste is strongest aspect, chocolate and Carmel flavors, but a little sweet on the finish for my taste. Nice viscous feel but not quite enough carbonation. This has a lot of potential. Almost ready for the next level.

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Photo of royalflushr
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic porter. Great price and taster. Something I drink regularly.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of MCImes
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

this is an ok porter with a good malty profile, but needs a little more body. to me it needs a little more malt in the mash so the final beer has more body and a little residual sweetness. I won't buy it again.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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Porter from Back East Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.