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Porter - Back East Brewing Company

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87
very good

48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Back East Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: Gambrinus1184 on 11-11-2012)
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -22.7%

01-08-2014 18:44:14 | More by JAHMUR
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SocalKicks

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

07-17-2014 11:44:12 | More by SocalKicks
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.1%

10-05-2013 18:00:56 | More by oriolesfan4
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

01-20-2013 01:37:12 | More by DrunkinYogi
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-25-2012 01:16:40 | More by GarthDanielson
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Durge

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2013 23:26:21 | More by Durge
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: can

12-26-2013 15:22:35 | More by tigg924
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

03-25-2014 13:53:56 | More by Griffith
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

11-09-2013 23:05:48 | More by jfcaa193
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petermethot

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

06-01-2014 11:57:36 | More by petermethot
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: can

03-05-2014 03:28:52 | More by sulldaddy
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

2.25/5  rDev -42%

07-16-2013 02:04:01 | More by DonFrap
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-11-2012 21:58:34 | More by Gambrinus1184
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shigg85

Japan

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

02-24-2014 00:49:47 | More by shigg85
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Auror

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

06-01-2013 03:14:11 | More by Auror
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JTomczak

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

08-25-2013 04:07:42 | More by JTomczak
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.78/5  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.

Serving type: can

11-11-2013 01:35:01 | More by PicoPapa
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hockeyfighter19

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

06-02-2013 15:48:36 | More by hockeyfighter19
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Sweffin

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

06-26-2014 02:34:21 | More by Sweffin
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braican

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-22-2014 01:47:20 | More by braican
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qcbrewer

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

03-18-2014 22:39:06 | More by qcbrewer
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davey101

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 03:21:03 | More by davey101
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nebula1999

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

11-17-2013 13:11:34 | More by nebula1999
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Stum-pub

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-25-2013 00:50:51 | More by Stum-pub
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bccrosley

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-15-2014 12:56:51 | More by bccrosley
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Porter from Back East Brewing Company
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