1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Porter - Back East Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Porter
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
BA SCORE
87
very good

48 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of nebula1999
nebula1999

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

11-17-2013 13:11:34 | More by nebula1999
Photo of PicoPapa
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
Photo of jfcaa193
jfcaa193

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

11-09-2013 23:05:48 | More by jfcaa193
Photo of George1005
George1005

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-09-2013 18:06:37 | More by George1005
Photo of AGust82
AGust82

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

10-29-2013 00:11:54 | More by AGust82
Photo of OatmattStout
OatmattStout

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +16%

10-18-2013 23:40:08 | More by OatmattStout
Photo of oriolesfan4
oriolesfan4

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.1%

10-05-2013 18:00:56 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of JTomczak
JTomczak

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

08-25-2013 04:07:42 | More by JTomczak
Photo of DonFrap
DonFrap

Massachusetts

2.25/5  rDev -42%

07-16-2013 02:04:01 | More by DonFrap
Photo of hockeyfighter19
hockeyfighter19

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

06-02-2013 15:48:36 | More by hockeyfighter19
Photo of Auror
Auror

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

06-01-2013 03:14:11 | More by Auror
Photo of Pmorinphidelt
Pmorinphidelt

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +28.9%

04-21-2013 12:42:35 | More by Pmorinphidelt
Photo of dcguitar
dcguitar

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

03-09-2013 19:07:05 | More by dcguitar
Photo of Durge
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
Photo of BeerDude203
BeerDude203

Connecticut

4.83/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2013 05:27:47 | More by BeerDude203
Photo of DrunkinYogi
DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

01-20-2013 01:37:12 | More by DrunkinYogi
Photo of ericlawton007
ericlawton007

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

01-17-2013 01:47:34 | More by ericlawton007
Photo of Conor
Conor

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

01-13-2013 22:38:03 | More by Conor
Photo of Thads324
Thads324

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

01-08-2013 21:15:37 | More by Thads324
Photo of FrankL66
FrankL66

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +28.9%

01-02-2013 11:35:39 | More by FrankL66
Photo of GarthDanielson
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
Photo of davey101
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
Photo of Gambrinus1184
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
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Porter from Back East Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.