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Porter | Back East Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good
18 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
102
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
28.79%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
21
For Trade:
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Back East Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Gambrinus1184 on 11-11-2012

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 102
Photo of Ozzylizard
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$ 9.99 (Including tax)/six pack ($ 0.139/oz) at Max Wine & Spirits, Danbury, CT
Undated can at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – chocolate malt
Head average (Maximum 4.3 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to a creamy four mm ring and heaped layer
Lacing - none
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor slightly bitter roasted malt, chocolate; no hop flavor, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation

An average porter, nothing special here. I’d buy it again but wouldn’t seek it out.

Appearance 3, Aroma 3, Flavor 3, Palate 3, Overall 3

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Photo of MCImes
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
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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Photo of PicoPapa
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Pours a dark brownish black color with an inch and a half of head. Almost looks like a glass of coke with a ton of carbonation. Minimal lacing. The aroma is roasty, smokey and malty. Earth, chocolate and some spicy hops. The taste is earthy with some chocolate and roasted malts. Smoke and some charred wood. Lots of carbonation. Happy to see a Porter in a can. Back East has made some good brews so far, glad they are here in CT. Overall, worth having again.

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Photo of tigg924
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
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 dd43
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of BierRunner
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
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 WhaleHopper
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really nice porter from BE. Nice Malty flavors without much roast. A subtle nuttiness and nice light mouthfeel. A style that can sometime go too heavy, this one stays in check and suits multi rounds and as they describe can pair well with many pub style meals. My favorite from BE, hands down!

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Photo of Durge
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of Dopen993
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into tulip. No date that I could find. Drank at cellar temp.

L. Pitch black in color with off white head and 2 finger head. Moderate lacing.
S. Chocolate malts and a touch of nut and coffee. Not much going on.
T. More than made up for the lack of smell. Lots of chocolate and nuts with a little bit of smokeyness to it. Finishes pretty dry.
F. Nice mouthfeel with above average carbonation. Light alcohol made it very easily drinkable.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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 KTCamm
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
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 TWStandley
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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 GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, ruby-highlighted brown coloring with a frothy, dense, foamy, light brown head that started around an inch, but settled into a thin, clingy film coating the surface. Aromas of mocha, with a heavy, dark roasted coffee backbone supporting a bittersweet chocolate highlight. Smells sweet, but balanced. Flavors are roasty initially, with the sweet and rich chocolate sweeping in behind it. The flavors become entrenched with sweet, fudgy chocolate characteristics. Light, smooth bodied, the beer remains drinkable because the body helps to carry the rich flavors without overpowering. Roasted and bittersweet aftertaste with a clean, smooth finish. Very solid, tasty brew.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pouring a cellar temp can into a snifter. THe beer pours a rich deep brown color with frothy beige head of 3 cm foaming up on a gentle pour.
The head recedes slowly during the sampling with tightly packed lattice and some wispy islands by midway point.
Aroma is roasted malt and some brown sugar sweetness. I also get a little earthy hop note mixed in on the nose, but this is a malt driven brew I think.
First sip reveals an average body and fine fizzy carbonation. The texture is smooth and coating on my palate. Nice physical beer.
Flavor is sweet chocolate malt with just a bit of roasted notes and again a little earthy hop. The finish is all roast and lingers after each sip. My tongue tingles from the carbonation too.
Overall a nice drinking beer that feels good and is tasty too. I like this porter and will pick it up again to take out to folks and introduce them to a nice CT made beer.

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Photo of davey101
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64 oz growler into a pint glass. Had no idea this took gold at GIBF, congrats Back East!

A - Pours a dark brown/black body. Lets a bit of light shine through. Nice and foamy two fingers worth of a tan head forms and settles into a thin cap with plenty of large bubbles. Lacing and retention is moderate.

S - Milk chocolate, lightly roasted malt, coffee, and some vanilla. A touch of floral hops. Very inviting and pleasant. Great balance between sweet and roast with neither really outshining the other.

T - Milk chocolate, sweet vanilla, bitter coffee beans and some metallic notes. Very solid porter. Mouth feel is medium bodied with average carbonation making for a highly drinkable beer.

O - Just a well rounded porter here. Very tasty and highly drinkable without coming off as too sweet or too roasty as some porters tend to. Back East is doing some great things.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a plain, tumbler pint glass.

A: Poured a very dark, rich brown color with a tan head of foam which left a solid ring of lace and nice sheets down the walls of the glass.

S: Sweet, herbal and aromatic, this porter has elements of roasted caramel, bittersweet chocolate, hints of espresso and an earthy, hop undertone.

T: Bold, roasted malts add hints of chocolate and caramel to a almost smoky flavor with a mildly aggressive, herbal hop bitterness to keep the sweetness from cloying up. A nice, roasted bittersweet finish accentuates the solid malt backbone of this dark, satisfying ale.

M: Rich, robust and sweet, this beer has enough hop bitterness to balance things out. Very nice on its own, I can only imagine what this would to do for a smoked brisket, grilled steak or chocolate torte.

O: A very flavorful, satisfying porter at a modest 6% ABV, I can see why this was a GIBF gold-medal winner for American porter. Not astonishing in any one category, its built as a solid, all-around dark ale that can be enjoyed just as well on its own as I;m sure it would be with dinner or dessert. More bars and restaurants should be converting a wasted tap handle into Back East Porter with haste.

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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Thick opaque black ale w/ 3 fingers of creamy golden brown head. Leaves thick fluffy lacing w/ a thick pillow of head retention. Great looking brew.

S: Dark chocolate and smokey flavors hit you at first. A little bit of anise in there. Smell reminds me of chocolate croissants fresh out of the oven. Roasted bittersweet chocolate with a hint of nuts also.

T: Smooth roasted chocolate croissant flavor with a hint of coffee and roasted macadamia nuts. A bit of tanginess in the middle that finishes slightly bittersweet and chocolatey.

M: Full bodied creamy beer. w/ lots of roasted flavors. No real fizz more creamy.

O: Solid porter that is sweet but not to sweet or overly bittersweet. Nice balance of chocolate and roasted notes.

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Photo of BeerDude203
4.81/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've had this beer from a growler and draft. Both are excellent, especially on draft. To me this porter is nearly flawless, it's the way I imagine a porter was intended to taste when the style was created. Nice and roasty toasty with a nice full body and a chewy mouthfeel. It's definitely a porter though, not too thick and syrupy like some that cross the line into stout territory. Great job by back east, all the beers I've had from them are great representations of their particular styles.

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Porter from Back East Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.