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PM Porter - BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

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PM Porter
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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 19.43%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 07-04-2005)
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aristeros

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev +8%

On tap at BJ's Brewhouse in El Paso TX, served in a pint glass.

The beer is black, with ruby highlights on the edges. The nitro gives her a nice, two-finger fluffy white head with good retention and some lacing. The nose is strong coffee with sweet cream, and light biscuit.

Super-creamy texture was the first thing I noticed upon taking a sip. There are big roast flavors--chocolate, espresso--and a moderate alcohol back. Heavier body, slightly bitter finish.

This beer is superior to the Tatonka Stout they make, though similar to it. The nitro helps for a nice head and improves the texture.

06-25-2010 22:04:07 | More by aristeros
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.68/5  rDev +5.1%

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).

02-12-2010 04:36:30 | More by BretSikkink
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

02-08-2010 00:56:10 | More by Sammy
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jujubeast6000

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

01-17-2010 23:28:56 | More by jujubeast6000
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smibroncos

New York

3.88/5  rDev +10.9%

A. Perfect pour. Poured a rich dark chocolate, with a light brown 1 finger head, and excellent lacing on the glass.

S. Dark roasted malts, brown sugar, carmel

T. I thought it would have been over powering sweet from the smell but I was pleasantly satisfied with the robust coffee and chocolate dark malt undertones. It leaves a slightly sour aftertase, but dry finish. Some oak or caskwood flavor as well.

M. Heavy and creamy, nice bitterness with a good sweet aroma.

D. Nice dark roasted maltiness not overly sweet, complex, and robust a great brew.

12-05-2009 04:59:11 | More by smibroncos
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merryjoulton

Arkansas

3.45/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

04-10-2009 06:42:21 | More by merryjoulton
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speedracer

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

03-28-2009 03:26:13 | More by speedracer
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tmoneyba

Ohio

4/5  rDev +14.3%

Nitro draft at Brew Kettle.

A - Poured a clear dark brown color with an average creamy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing.

S- Moderate toasted chocolate malt aroma.

T - Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

M - Medium body with a dry smooth texture and soft nitro.

D - Balanced soft brew that met my expectations.

01-09-2009 14:12:42 | More by tmoneyba
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AltBock

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +16.6%

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!

12-24-2008 07:31:07 | More by AltBock
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

10-29-2008 04:45:49 | More by twiggamortis420
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Mauerhan

California

4.47/5  rDev +27.7%

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

09-21-2008 07:07:49 | More by Mauerhan
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changeup45

Florida

2.53/5  rDev -27.7%

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.

08-27-2008 19:58:19 | More by changeup45
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baseballrock

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +20%

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.

06-16-2008 20:47:20 | More by baseballrock
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Overlord

California

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

01-05-2008 08:59:39 | More by Overlord
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%

Sample at the Columbus location. This beer is a dark reddish-brown color with a dense light tan head that has good retention. Spotty lacing on the glass. Roasty aroma with some coffee and nutty notes. Medium-bodied with a toasted malt and coffee flavor, as well as a bit of chocolate. The finish is dry and roasty with a mild hops aftertaste. Decent overall.

10-05-2007 19:33:47 | More by Dogbrick
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TheBierBand

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%

Had this at BJ's in Columbus, OH.

Actually... go to my review for their Tatonka Stout... and for the pint, add about 1oz of water... there you have the PM Porter....

I don't mean to slam this bier.... it's still a nice porter.. but it tastes like dilluted stout...

06-08-2007 04:23:10 | More by TheBierBand
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theopholis

California

4.43/5  rDev +26.6%

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.

05-12-2007 19:10:43 | More by theopholis
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beermolly

California

4.13/5  rDev +18%

Like most Porters the beer has a wonderful dark color and is served on nitro. I do like the way beer looks when it’s being pored on nitro. It’s not too heavy in carbonation but it was just the right amount. The smell of the beer isn’t a very strong one. The first time I taste a beer I never like it. That is why I have a one-pint to try, not just a couple of sips. But, this beer I liked right off. It has a wonderful mouth feel and a lovely coffee and chocolate taste to it. There isn’t any bitterness or a heavy alcohol flavor either. For a porter it’s a little on the light side of flavor but, I could drink this beer all day. I will put this porter in my “day beer” category.

03-27-2007 01:01:10 | More by beermolly
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kuykendall

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

12-31-2005 02:53:09 | More by kuykendall
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4/5  rDev +14.3%

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.

07-04-2005 04:30:26 | More by Gueuzedude
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PM Porter from BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
80 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.