Polka King Porter - Door County Brewing Co.

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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 0
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Door County Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: emerge077 on 07-27-2013

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Ratings: 58 | Reviews: 8
Photo of berkeleymaw
4.26/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Solid porter, not too heavy. Great feel.

Photo of jscuric
4.23/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pairs lovely with beef roast

Photo of martyl1000
3.59/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wow, how disappointing, especially having enjoyed their Silurian Stout and Biere de Seigle so much.

What pleasing porter flavor exists here gets upended by a hint (might be more than a hint) of leather and Bandaid.

Photo of vishneda
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice balanced porter that is easy drinking enough to quaff on a summer evening but hearty enough to work on a winter night. I like the balanced taste that walks centerline through sweet, chocolate, caramel, bitter, and even slightly hoppy notes. It has a nice dark look, perhaps a little headless but that's not critical here, I do feel a porter should have a little more body. Give this a shot if you like solid porters.

Photo of KFBR392
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a head of about two fingers of bubbly off-white head. Almost no active carbonation is surprising. Frothy lacing left behind from the remains of the head.

Smell: Medium bodied chocolate provides balanced notes of sweet and bitter on the front. Light roasted coffee and lingering chocolate sweetness carry into the body with accents of caramel. Notes of vanilla and molasses carry on the theme of a brighter porter overall.

Taste: Pale chocolate malts really shine on the front. A touch of roasted malts open up on the body with that earthy twang of english hops on the body. Robust rich chocolate picks up again on the back end. Earthy bitter finish is surprisingly easy on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Very drinkable. Nothing too much of note but goes down very easily. Carbonation is light which fits the brew overall.

Overall: Feels like a summer sessionable porter. Potent chocolate notes with a rich creamy drinkability. Not up to the elite levels of their saisons, but I continue to be impressed by what Door County Brewing is doing.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic.

A - Clear through the pour this dark chocolate brown beer is crowned by a fleeting ivory head that leaves little lace on the glass.

S - Incredibly toasty, Polka King has a forward malty nose of chocolate notes, light roast coffee, and dry cocoa with toffee slivers and subtle English earthy hops in the background. Simple but welcome!

T - The roasted malts in this beer impart plenty of nice chocolate and coffee notes but also give the beer a dry metallic flavor on the finish that could use some sweetness for balance.

M - Medium-light bodied, Polka King isn't quite as intimidating as it's dark color, lingering with heavily roasted bitterness and dryness on the tongue, though the beer isn't as full bodied as it might appear or smell like.

O - Polka King drinks incredibly easy for it's color, meaning that you might expect something thick and heavy from it but, it's roasted malt is used in such a way that the body remains lighter while the flavor is there. The king could use a little more sweetness to balance the roast character though, as it finishes bitter and astringent.

Photo of Dave412
3.86/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked up some bottles while up in Wisconsin. Poured into a Guinness pint glass. Very dark brown, barely see-through with some lacing and a small head sticks around. Smell is terrific and similar to other great porters I've enjoyed in the past. To me, the mouthfeel is ideal for this style and taste is above-average. I went into this beer with no expectations, having never heard of it before, and was pleasantly surprised. Overall a great porter. Great job.

Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Peninsula Golf Club, 2-for-1 special from 2-6pm. Eagle Trail FTW.
Fun Fact: Ephraim, WI is the last dry town in Wisconsin, and only this year has the Peninsula Golf Club been granted a license to sell beer & wine.
Fun fact #2: this beer is named after Freddie Kodanko, a local character who drove a tractor to the bar and in parades, where he played polka music.

Two drafts served in a stadium cup, quick review from written notes.

Mahogany brown with spotty tan lace and a thin ring around the edges of the glass, initially a finger of foam on top.

Dry roasty aroma, molasses and cocoa in the periphery.

Light dry bitterness, toast and roast malt flavors, lending traces of unsweetened bakers chocolate and light coffee. Light bodied with a mild astringency. Dry and not sweet. The little bit of astringency keeps it from being great, though it was a good porter.

Polka King Porter from Door County Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.