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PM Porter - BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

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93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 19.77%
Wants: 1
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 07-04-2005

This award-winning dark ale is surprisingly smooth and drinkable. Caramel, molasses and chocolate flavors fill the palate. Its sweet start is perfectly balanced by a roasted dry finish. Nitrogen-conditioned.

30 IBU
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Ratings: 93 | Reviews: 33
Reviews by AdamBear:
Photo of AdamBear
2.42/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A-dark brown, a lot of tan head, waterfall effect

S-very sweet smelling. molasses is noticeable but not strong, fairly disappointing for a porter.

T-very watery with some chocolate hints in the after-taste. more of a stout than porter. this is one disappointing beer

M-just watery all the way through, very low carbonation

D-as bad as it is, the drinkability for some reason could be worse. its not completely disgusting and once you get past the fact its a sad beer, it can go down easily

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Plano, Texas location.

The beer pour a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma has some chocolate and roasted malt notes, as well as some light smoke. The smoke is more intense in the flavor, where there is also some chocolate and roasted malt notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Glendale location. Opaque black with a white head, thick, lacey. Subtle roast aroma.Creamy coffee makes this a good mouthfeel, and brings out the coffee an the graininess. Mollasses and chocolate as well. This batch rated 6.4% abv.

Photo of theopholis
4.35/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Consumed at the Canoga Park BJ's.

Appearance- Body is deep, dark, opaque dark brown or black. Looks blacker than Bill Gate's heart. The head is afrothy, long lasting light brown that leaves behind a very nice lacing.

Aroma- The aroma is predominately roasted coffee with a bit of astringent roast malt and just a hint of dark chocolate. Of course, no hoppy aroma.

Taste- Lots of roasted malt with coffee over-tones. Some malt sweetness hiding in the back, but you really have to look for it. It also has a light taste of dark chocolate. The taste really is quite good.

Mouthfeel- Body is rather heavy. the carbonation is very tight. This combiniation gives you a very nice creaminess that makes it very smooth to drink. The mouthfeel alone makes this beer worth trying.

Drinkability- This is really well done and again is a very impressive beer. It's not the best porter I've had, but it's likely the best porter you're likely to find on tap outside of the UK.

Photo of Geoffq
4.63/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice complex texture good notes

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a dark brown color with ruby highlights around the edges. Has a nitro-creamy light beige head with excellent lacing and retention.

I smell dried moss, peat, unsweetened chocolate and cocoa powder. Nose is pretty sparse, but fresh.

Earthy, peaty and chocolate flavors abound! Somewhat watery and thin. Was not too sure of this one after a sip or two, but it seems to be growing on me quite a bit. A decent beer, worth trying when making a visit to BJ's.

Photo of kuykendall
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is first thought to be so dark its black, but on further inspection it is actully a very deep amber. The head is white and frothy, and the mouth feel is smooth. I like this beer mainly because it's after taste is much more mild than most porter's I have tried. As far as drinkability, this is will be on my list to continue to enjoy.

Photo of Mauerhan
4.46/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this is a beer that made me start to love beer. it is nice to now come back after I have developed my taste.

poured a dark brow with intense ruby highlights. amazing creamy one finger tan head. lacing is unbelievable. the lacing hangs on like a damn titanic survivor.

smell is rich and malty. full of coffee goodness and hints of chocolate.

taste is awesome. a very full flavored beer. rich roasted coffee and malts. rich, creamy.

mouthfeel=sexy. very smooth. to the point of being silky. medium carbonation. awesome beer.

as an experement I just pounded back one, there was a thick lacing from top to bottom of the glass that reminded me of a milkshake. great beer

Photo of baseballrock
4.22/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This might be my favorite of the B.J's brews. very dark brown with a reddish tint. A very dense head that retained well and left loads of lace around my pint glass. it had a sweet roasted smell. The taste was of sweet coffee and roasted malts along with the usual chocolate flavors. the finish was dry with hint of bitterness.

Photo of Jasonboerner
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Smooth. Light carbonation. Good beer

Photo of soju6
3.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the BJ's in El Paso, TX.

A: Served avertually black with a good two finger head that lasted quite a while and lots of lacing throughout.

S; Has a mild roasted malt aroma with a good bit of sweetness mixed in.

T: Taste is a mixture of coffee, toffee and a hint of chocolate. Fairly clean finish.

F: Full body, very cream and smooth. Very well balanced.Goes down very easy.

O: Excellent porter. At first I thought they had served me the Stout by mistake. This is a lot more enjoyable than than most of the beers they serve. Well worth a try.

Photo of merryjoulton
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brought to the table with a nice 1/2 inch head to go with a dark, creamy looking body. Smells of roasted or chocolate malt with just the slightest hop aroma. Tastes mostly of dark malts. Mouthfeel is a little lighter than I expected, perhaps due to the nitro tap. Drinkability was fair.

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the San Bernardino location...

A - Brown with reddish hues and a one finger tan head that follows you all the way to the finish. Lots of sticky lacing to be had here. Very nice...

S - Scent is pretty docile. Sweet malts, brown sugar, and a little roast...

T - Sweet malts, toffee, brown sugar, and a little chocolate. Ends with a little roast. Taste pretty much follows the nose in that it is pretty muted. Super smooth, but not alot going on...

M - Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation...

O - Wish the abv was a little higher, but I will most likely be getting this again next time i'm at BJ's. Really drinkable. Would be pretty easy to put a few of these back in a sitting...

Cheers...

Photo of changeup45
2.53/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled 4/23/08. I was disappointed with this one. Dark brown body with a thin head and not really much lacing. Roasted malt flavor with some smoked caramel but it is a bit watery and thin. Goes down easy enough but leaves me wanting quite a bit more.

Photo of MtOrion
2.41/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

a little thin for a porter, but not terrible.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the taps at BJ's in Mesa.

Served in a shaker pint, darkest brown, with a solid lightly tanned nitro-style head of about one finger's height. Nose is roasted and lightly sweet, with a mild metallic hint.

The flavor is so wrapped up in the creaminess of the beer as to seem lighter than it is. Some coffee and roasted barley, with hints of cream and molasses. Not too thin with the carbonation, but a solid mouthfeel and drinkability. Better than the stout (and everything else I've had at BJ's).

Photo of velkyal
2.8/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Part of the sample flight at BJ's Daytona

Sight - ruby red with a light tan head
Smell - nothing much of anything
Taste - traced of cocoa and toffee, lacking a back bite
Sweet - 3/5
Bitter 2/5

A very light porter, almost like a souped up version of the Jeremiah Red. I felt it needed more in the hop department as it was overly sweet.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 12/18/2009 (Tap @ BJs Clear Lake, Houston, TX):

Pours a very very dark brown color body, almost black. Smallish creamy tan colored head, lastingish. Roasted aroma, some nuttiness. A little coffee. Some milky, creamy sweetness. Not very strong. Creamy mouthfeel, smooth. Some roastiness, coffee and sweetness. Pretty clean, a little watery, like a porter. Tasty. Very good lasting lacing.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a frothy, long lasting light brown head that sits atop a deep brown, approaching black, colored beer. There is a hint of ruby highlights when the beer is held up to the light. The aroma has a full, bright nose of roasted coffee, with a bit of astringent roast malt and a finish of bright fruit (raisin, cherry and fig being most noticeable). The taste is soft and creamy with a full malty sweetness to it. This beer is fruity up front with notes of raisin and fig, but then finishes with a solid, yet in no way overwhelming, roast malt character reminiscent of dark chocolate and lightly roasted coffee. This beer is fairly light on the palate even though it has a certain milk chocolate like creaminess to it. I am really impressed with the balance this beer strikes between the soft fruitiness, the full caramel maltiness and the light roast character. This is really well done and again is a very impressive beer. This is a really nice Porter all around.

Photo of holder1422
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic beer. Smell is very nice, and it has an awesome feel and taste

Photo of Overlord
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

By far their best beer. In fact, it's so much better than their other offerings, I wouldn't think it was from the same brewery.

Pours a dark, dark brown with some deep red highlights. Light tan head. Some roasty malt, a bit of coffee and a bit of chocolate to add balance, and a nice complexity of flavors. Perhaps a bit thin (characteristic of all their beers).

Not a masterpiece, but surprisingly flavorful and balanced. I wouldn't get anything else at BJs.

Photo of BierJager89
4.32/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a creamy mocha head.

S: Nose is all milk chocolate.

T: Tastes like chocolate milk, but less milky, less sweet and more bitter. Basically what I'm saying is that this is a chocolatey stout. Very tasty, not watery, but not the strongest or most robust of porters.

M: Full bodied and velvety smooth.

O: One of my favorites from BJ's, originally one of my favorites overall.

Photo of AltBock
4.06/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was able to try BJ's PM Porter on nitro tap at the Brew Kettle on 12/23/2008. They served it to me in a standard pint glass.

The top of this beer was a solid pitch black color, but halfway down, the beer turned into a dark crimson red color. Let's just say that it didn't have a solid black color appearance. I'm fine with that. Sitting on top of this multi colored beer was a thick and creamy light tan colored 3/4 of an inch head of foam. This creamy head of foam lasted the entire time the beer was in the glass. The head of foam only receded when I took a sip of the beer. When it did recede, it left behind milky tan streaks of lace around the glass. I should probably thank the nitro tap for the beautiful appearance.

This Porter wasn't roasted, but more chocolate based. The aroma was chocolately with milk chocolate, a subtle hint of roasted coffee beans, and a touch of roasted malts. No hops, no sweetness in the aroma. It was just those 3 aromas. Even when it warmed up quite a bit, nothing new emerged.

The taste was super smooth and creamy with milk chocolate, a splash of dark roasted malts, and a hint of roasted coffee beans. The taste had the same 3 flavors that appeared in the aroma, but what separated the two was that smooth and creamy aspect that the aroma could never have.

This beer had a smooth and creamy mouthfeel that contained a dry coffee based aftertaste of roasted coffee beans, a hint of milk chocolate, and a subtle touch of dark roasted malts. Unlike in the aroma and taste, the roasted coffee shot pass the milk chocolate to make it the star of the show. Take that milk chocolate!

Wow! What a nice smooth and creamy chocolately Porter. Thanks to the nitro tap for making this beer so smooth and creamy. Would I drink this beer again? If it was on nitro tap, Hell Yeah!

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Actually had this at the BJ's La Mesa.

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at BJ’s Brewery in La Mesa, Calif. Color was very dark brown, just a tad bit lighter than the Tatonka Stout. About an inch of head. Tan lacing on the top. Smooth film on the sides.

Smelled of sweet chocolate malts. A tad whiff of coffee and toffee on the other side.

Taste was very similar to the nose. Tasted the chocolate malts up front, followed by caramel and toffee. Some coffee beans came in late.

Full body. Smooth and creamy texture. Average carbonation. Smooth and long finish.

Not a bad beer. I thought this was better than the Tatonka Stout. I’d probably give it another try.

Photo of speedracer
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a pint of this beer at Greenwood, IN location (lifesytle portion shopping center)

Almost solid black in color. Nice beige/ creamy head. Beer had great undertones of coffee and chocolate. Taste was low on carbonation, however full bodied. Overall, wonderful beer. Food pairing on my behalf was only negative- tried the buffalo chicken pizza and the bacon cheeseburger pizza.

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PM Porter from BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
80 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.