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Andrew's St. Nick Porter - Andrew's Brewing Co.

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Andrew's St. Nick PorterAndrew's St. Nick Porter

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BA SCORE
76
okay

42 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 21.17%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Andrew's Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 10-27-2001)
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Reviews by ViveLaChouffe:
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.9/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby bordering on black. Virtually no head but some lace evident. Smells of dark malt, smoky.

Tastes is very malty with a smoky finish. Coffe undertones and a malty sweetness. Full-bodied with a nice smoky aftertaste. I was not impressed with this beer out of the bottle but it is excellent on draft. Very drinkable for winter.

ViveLaChouffe, Nov 09, 2003
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nutty brown color with a light head,aroma is very chocolaty and roasted.Taste has alot of nice flavors from chocolate to roasted malt to earthy-nutty flavors a nice pretty rich beer.Couldnt drink to many I dont think, pretty heavy in the stomach after one I thought that is enough.

oberon, Oct 30, 2003
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.93/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a nice beer. It was a dark brown color with a medium head and some lacing. It had a smoky, roasted grain odor to it. I thought it tasted like bittersweet chocolate, with some hops bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel was a little thin, I was expecting something more robust. Still, a decent beer.

lordofthewiens, May 05, 2006
Photo of Todd
3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice dark brown, ruby edges with a tan creamy foam. Aroma is earthy from black malts, with pleasing chicory notes. The beer is a bit thin-bodied, but has some traditional Porter characters along with some interesting others, like: smokey, roasted astringency, earthy, day old coffee and a hint of sweetness. A slight medicinal flavour emerges as the beer warms -- odd. Finish is dry, with a lot of tannins on the palate.

A decent porter. Well worth a try if you're looking for a porter that is more like a porter than a stout. Not the best, but certainly not the worst.

Todd, Jan 05, 2002
Photo of sponberg
3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aged example, stored cool for 2 years.

Dark nearly opaque brown with some reddish color when held up to light. Toasty, roasty aroma, with some caramel & coffee notes.

Hmmm. A lot of things going on here, but I don't know if they completely fit together. Starts out with a dry, almost charcoally roastiness, then rolls into a coffee and bittersweet toffee middle. The hops are slightly apparent near the finish, which is slightly astringent, a little tip-of-the-tongue numbing. Leaves a burnt coffee (in a good way) aftertaste. Not at all a bad porter, especially if you prefer them on the roasty side.

sponberg, Sep 08, 2003
Photo of Jason
2.6/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with no freshness date, “unfiltered and unpasteurized” stated on the label.

Appearance: Deep dark brown colour with ruby red hues. After a hard pouring there was a quick cascading effect and a thick fluffy light tan head that leaves big sticky clumps on the side of the glass.

Smell: The smell of dark rye bread comes to mind, big brown malt aroma. More roasted than toasted. Hints of coffee and chicory and a mild woody charcoal in the aroma also.

Taste: Up front medium body with a slick smooth mouth feel, carbonation is mild after the hard pouring. Malt sweetness glides across the taste buds, tastes of sweetened black coffee. Acrid roasted malt flavour flood the mouth with charcoal and burnt flavours, oddly it tastes of burnt wood. Hop bitterness has a tough time making its self noticeable thought the roasted bitter flavours balance this brew out any way. The acrid roasted flavour is hard to shake, nutty yeast add to the odd complexity of the beer. Roasted husk makes up the after taste with a light astringency.

Notes: Flavours seem monotone and two dimensional, a cock-eyed porter that is not all bad or unpalatable.

Jason, Oct 27, 2001
Photo of ElGordo
3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up last month on a road trip up north and thought it would be a good companion to the piece of chocolate cake my ladyfriend brought home from work. Pours a deep dark brown (almost black) with a nice one-inch coffee-colored creamy head. Rich aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, lightly sweet molasses. Palate is very roasty - chock full of dark malt, bittersweet chocolate, some bitter hops, and a touch of smoke. Body is full, rich, and smooth. The bitterness got to me after a while, but it's still a decent porter. A good foil for a sweet chocolate dessert.

ElGordo, Oct 28, 2005
Photo of smakawhat
2.7/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A very large foamy tight head off the pour with huge retention. Off tan brown and two fingers sits on top of a brown chestnut body with indian red hues on the edges. Huge cap on this, retention is impressive, giantclumps, foam hanging off the glass, redness unexpected. I call incredibly impressive looking beer but it seems like a porter on steroids, this is almost overkill.

Bouquet is eggs, yellow yolk mixed with a mild grain barley roast some milk chocolate opens up later. Egg thickness and scent is predominant at first, but with no sulfur. This is not a good bouquet at all. It is nothing I expect for a porter and it is not pleasing. With time the beer seems to open up and seems to get better slightly.

Taste is sour. Something is off. Roast like on finish with carbon like char, but a front palate that has a sour bent. Subsequent sips don't seem to bring the sourness back, leaving the better qualities of the brew to actually come to the front.

Overall this is a really strange beer and a weird tasting porter. I would have to give this a just under rating but this is one Jekyll and Hyde personality going on here, and I really could not see myself having this again.

smakawhat, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of donkeyrunner
2.98/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A porter for Santa Clause.

First and foremost this beer has one of those obnoxious, runaway, can only fit half the bottle, I'd like some more beer with my foam head. Leaves great lace though. Dark brown color.

Woody roast malt aroma with wet earth, chocolate and other goodies. There's a chemical something in there too but I can ignore it if I try.

Watery with a chalky char finish. Not much flavor at all other than dried charcoal ashes. Unwanted crisp body.

donkeyrunner, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of ppoitras
4.05/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with keelkemper. Thanks for the opportunity... Interesting to note that this recently obtained bottle is labelled as "St. Nick's Porter", slightly different from the bottle pictured here on BA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a frothy 1" tan head over the dark reddish amber brew. Pillowy head fades quite slowly, with sticky delicate lacing. Aroma is sweet dark malts with a strong smokey character dominant. Taste is sweet medium to dark grains, with the same smokiness throughout, and a light bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit prickly and a bit thin, with drinkability that is somewhat better than average. Overall though, a nice brew.

ppoitras, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.61/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at Bell The Cat in Belfast, the beer was served in a shaker pint. The beer is a dark, ruby highlighted coloring with a filmy, light-tan head that clings to the glass. Nose of roast coffee and chocolate, with hints of smoke. The beer has a bitter lean to it already. Flavors are rich and smoky, with a solid backbone of chocolate, molasses, and caramel, with hints of coffee bitter. Thin, crisp body with a bittersweet, baker's chocolate blend in the aftertaste. Bitter chocolate and coffee linger on a slightly dry finish. Tasty beer.

GarthDanielson, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of ecoboy
3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Unfiltered, opaque offering. Mixed-bubble tan head sits atop a dark chocolate colored porter.

There is very prominent caramel in the nose, flavors of chocolate and caramel maltiness, and a caramel sweet finish. Lest you think it one-dimensional, hops bloom in mid swallow for some balance. There is almost no hops in the aroma, though.

ecoboy, Jun 10, 2003
Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.4/5  rDev +35%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like this, a different tasting porter. Pours a nice deep brown, smells like burnt malts. Taste? A very hoppy porter, very grassy flavored hop flavor with burnt sweet malts thrown in. Nice mouthfeel. Overall I like it. Hops may not be normally dominent in porters and stouts but it is in this one. And I think it works very well for these guys from Lincolnville.

Manosbeeroffate, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of Jonny41
3/5  rDev -8%

Jonny41, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of jscondon
2.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

this is from notes.

the beer pours a dark brown with about 1/2in head that subsides at a reasonable rate. its smell is not prominent, there is a slight hoppiness and a stronger malt, but i really had to work the olfactory senses to get these aromas. the nose really is tough to detect on this one. I was very disappointed in the flavor of this beer, is has no distinction. there is a nice chocolate malt finish with a slight hint of roasted barley but the front and middle are non existent. I like ported to be fuller in the body and this has relatively no mouth feel, the mouth is like an american larger minus the over carbonation.

in all i was disappointed with this one, i was real excited to find something in maine that i hadn't had but this let me down. i am interested in seeing what the other offerings from andrews will bring.

jscondon, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of Doctuh
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured noticeably without a head, but to the nose a distinct sensation on each lift, aromatically masquerading as a stout. The hue belied, dark amber, with the slightest hint of light offered through the glass. The moment, a bitterness, not overbearing as recent regret, but more akin to a hard memory: there if you wish to find it but easy to overlook if so desired.

Unlike its compatriots in style, the moment broke cleanly on each swallow, no long pause of sensation to remind of the taste that proceeded. In this respect would have paired well with a meal, brewed not to take the lead, but rather the consummate professional, made all the better by being secondary. The distinct label: a black cat curled up surrounded by a golden Labrador, not lost on this reviewer.

Slight visual dance of yeast in the fleeting finish.


- Bottle pour, cellar temperature, into a pint glass -

Doctuh, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of Jayli
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from svosie so a big THANK YOU goes out to her!!!
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a ruddy, mahogany brown, with a two finger of foamy, khaki colored head. Head retains nicely leaving sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is nutty, grassy, citrus and a hint of chocolate.

T: Taste has an underlaying metallic flavoring throughout. Mixture of grain and light toasted notes at the forefront. Lighter chocolate and roastiness comes through in the middle though slightly weak. Finish has a grassy, light orange peel hop flavoring to it.

M: Lighter side of medium body, higher carbonation, crisp and clean body.

O: Goes down relatively easy, somewhat tasty, not filling, not much of a kick, average representation of style. I wouldn't seek this out, but would not turn it away, that being said, it's easily one to sit with as an alternative to the general BMC out there.

Jayli, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of HiAIPA
2.95/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear medium brown with aromas of copper, leather boots, rust and metal. Decent head. Tastes somewhat porter like, with metallic flavors mingling with some roasted grains. Strange detergent flavors on the burp. I would call this a light porter or brown ale. Maybe I am getting too used to the extreme thicker interpretations which I like more, but this was so so.

HiAIPA, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of germanbeer1
3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours mostly black with a little brown transparency. This beer also has a very thick head, almost like a pilsener, that leaves a consistent lacing. The smell can be categorized as being like roasted nuts, but there wasn't much of a scent beyond that and barley. The St. Nick Porter was a little more bitter than I had anticipated, but did have some body to it. Not a bad beer, but not great a porter.

germanbeer1, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of beernut7
4.28/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Although this porter could use a bit more body to it, it makes up for its shortcoming in other areas. The lgihtly smoky roasted aroma is very inviting and is followed up nicely by carrying into the flavor along with a bit of sourness. I enjoyed this brew much.

beernut7, Nov 04, 2002
Photo of Dope
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Dope, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of ericj551
3.95/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep brown, lighter than I would expect from a porter. My first thought was that it looked like a really good brown ale. I smell deep caramel malts and raisiny sweetness as wells as a nice hop aroma that I wouldn't expect for the style. The sweetness I smell is not apparent in the taste, although there is plenty of roasted malt flavor that I didn't notice in the aroma. The taste is dry with a nice assertive hop bitterness that lingers. There is a slight waxy flavor that I only notice because I had it in an oatmeal stout I brewed, which I blamed on high fermentation temperatures. Not sure if that was really the case, but its very minor anyway. Nice and creamy, I don't think I'll regret buying a six pack.

ericj551, Jun 22, 2006
Photo of Vancer
3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wickedpete sent this as part of a nice trade, thanks again!

Poured a clear mahogany brown, on top of an absolute ivory foamer! How the hell do these beers turn into such foam monsters anyway??

But thru the foam the classic aroma of sour ale comes through, along with bits of caramel and malt. Quaff turns toward a raspy vineous side, as this is one very hoppy porter. Finishes dry and crisp.

Too much on the hoppy side for me, but still an overall drinkable and tasty brew.

Vancer, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of jmsedgwick
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

jmsedgwick, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of LostHighway
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

LostHighway, Nov 28, 2011
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Andrew's St. Nick Porter from Andrew's Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.