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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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41 Ratings

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Ratings: 41
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:
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2003 03:29:25 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

10-18-2013 00:27:50 | More by RIKIM
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2013 03:06:36 | More by GarthDanielson
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New Hampshire

1.35/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured into a pint glass. The head is very large. The color is very dark amber; when I hold it up to the light I can see through it.

The aroma is hoppier than I expected, with some mint like hop aroma. This is dominant; most of the malt aroma is hidden.

The taste is really really bad. Just awful. metallic tartness in the finish dominates the bland malt flavor. This doesn't just miss the mark, it tastes bad.

The mouthfeel does nothing to enhance. This is just sharply carbonated that enhances the metallic flavor.

Not good. DO NOT DRINK!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 05:08:05 | More by andrewinski1
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2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

11-28-2011 12:21:13 | More by LostHighway
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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -8%

11-22-2011 18:50:34 | More by Rochefort10nh
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1.5/5  rDev -54%

11-22-2011 03:09:09 | More by rab53
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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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 04:21:11 | More by Jayli
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 23:43:29 | More by smakawhat
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2.13/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours with a sudsy light beige head that collapses fairly quickly. The beer is a dark brown shoe leather color. A touch of light enters at the bottom of the glass. Lots of clumps of lacing.

Aroma is pretty assertive and certainly not surprising that it's malty and sweet. Lots of prune and molasses notes along with the roasted malt. There is a sharp sweetness in the end of the aroma.

Initial malty flavor gives way to a slight moment of roasty bitterness then falls off the table. Where is the end to the flavor? There is also a slight medicinal flavor here as well. Sadly, this is not getting better as I work through the glass.

Body is way too thin and the mouth feel doesn't match the style in my mind. Just too watery.

Not a very good porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 19:49:32 | More by Reagan1984
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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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 23:31:55 | More by donkeyrunner
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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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 00:15:15 | More by HiAIPA
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2.6/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Out of a bottle this beer was a nearly opaque, wood-stain brown. The two-finger head was tan, retained decently and left good lacing. The aroma was toasted and roasted malt, chocolate and a touch of hop bitterness. The flavors were strange, starting on a sharply acidic note that then became more rounded by the roasted malt character. Chocolate and hop bitterness finish the palate but it never really felt balanced. The mouthfeel was average, the carbonation the same and the body medium.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 02:52:12 | More by thekevlarkid
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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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 05:32:31 | More by germanbeer1
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3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to deltatauhobit for this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a cola brown with a two finger light tan big bubbled head that dies down to a frothy layer of foam. Pretty good lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell consists of toasted malts, coffee grinds, and some oak. A touch of sweet sugars as well. A bit watered down for the style for my liking, could use more umph in the nose for sure. Taste begins with bitter smoked earthy hops and charcoal. Metallic flavors and charred oak midway with a weak caramel sweetness. Aftertaste is pretty bland with dry hops and pale malts. Light to medium body with a lively carbonation and stinging feel in the mouth. Nothing special going on here, a run of the mill porter. Thanks to Bryan for the extra!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 05:46:46 | More by BeerTruth
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3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a dark brown color with a big fluffy head.

The familiar smell of dark, roasted malt is very present along with coffee grounds and a whiff of hops. Altogether it smells like a very nice porter.

Tastes a bit less rich than I was expecting, but nonetheless malty and roasty. This beer has a little more carbonation than some porters, its not a bad thing. No big deal, it still goes down smooth. You get some hints of hops, some pepper and more of the coffee grounds as this warms up a bit.

An all around decent porter from a great little brewery in Maine.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2008 23:58:17 | More by indiapaleale
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 02:05:09 | More by jscondon
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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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 14:20:56 | More by Vancer
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3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazelnut brown with a considerable amount of dull red and a lesser amount of dull orange. The large, creamy, golden ecru colored head is the best part of the appearance. It has a mega-bubbly upper surface and deposits thick sheets of sticky lace in its wake.

The nose ain't too shabby either and improves with time and warming. The roastiness of the malt seems just about right for an American porter. There aren't too many accessory aromas (hops for instance), but then they aren't really needed in beer of this style.

St. Nick is a 'no frills' porter that does most things right and very few things wrong. More malt would be nice, but then that's a pretty common request from me. I have to keep reminding myself that porters aren't stouts.

The flavor spotlight is shared by moderately charred roasted barley, ground coffee beans and chocolate that is more bitter than sweet. Either the roasted grain or the hops (or both)are responsible for the bitterness that appears at mid-mouthful and ushers in the finish.

Even though it's a fraction lighter than I'd prefer, the mouthfeel hangs on acceptably well and allows an above average score to be given. A faint tongue sizzle doesn't hurt a thing since it's brief and since the overall amount of carbonation is on the low end.

Andrew's St. Nick is a pretty good effort from a Maine brewery that was unknown to me prior to today. It's fairly simple and straightforward, but then who needs fancy bells and whistles when the beer is this well-crafted? Thanks to fo5s for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 14:43:12 | More by BuckeyeNation
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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 -

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 04:02:07 | More by Doctuh
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Andrew's St. Nick Porter from Andrew's Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.