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Porter - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

69 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-04-2001)
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Reviews by GCBrewingCo:
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured translucent blackish brown. The head was off white and fell quickly, but laced the glass.

The aroma was coffee and chocolate. Slight fruitiness, but no real hop aroma.

The flavor was smooth with chocolate and coffee, but no bitterness. The smoothness in the flavor is well done.

The finish was off dry with chocolate that fades into an off dry and smooth chocolate aftertaste. The body was medium full.

12 ounce bottle. No freshness dating. Well done Porter, almost too smooth.

GCBrewingCo, Apr 09, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This one pours a deep brown with some definant red hues with a light to medium head that was gone in a flash.First thing I noticed was how thin it looked,the aroma was sweet and a little nutty.The taste had a sourness to it that I have never encountered in a porter there was a definant sweetness in the background as well.I didnt pick up any good qualities in a porter with this one very dissapointed in this one.

oberon, Aug 05, 2003
Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not much of a head coming out of the bottle. Actually almost non-existant.
The rest of the appearance is decent - a richly dark color. Smell is just okay - the alcohol scent is pretty up-front & present. The taste is the best part of this beer. Good solid porter flavor. Mouthfeel = okay. Not great. A little too much carbonation. A little too thin-bodied, as well. The drinkability gets a decent rating, because if you want a porter, or just a dark beer in general, you can probably drink several of these without feeling too full or bloated. Overall, Flying Fish Porter is pretty much average. If you can get it for a cheap price, go ahead, but dont go out of your way for it.

chOAKbarrell, May 23, 2005
Photo of Billolick
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brownish, near black, minimal tan head, minimal lacing. Light chocolate and cocoa in the nose. Medium bodied and light carbonation. moderate chocolate, roasted malt, raisins. Not super flavorful or complex. All the FF beers seem a bit thin on flavor and character. Good newbie beer. Decent session brew. Middle of the road porter.

Billolick, Jun 06, 2004
Photo of jakester
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is from a sampler case from FF. Expiration date clearly marked on the case!! YEA!!

Pours a deep mahogany/brown with a beige head which quickly falls to small islands and a ring. Carbonation evident. No lacing observed.

Aroma is faint but perceptable nutty/chocolatey malts, very faint spicy hops. Pleasant, but not much there. As this beer warms, the aromas get better.

Flavor is nutty/chocolatey, kind of sweet, with bittering hops trying to balance the malt. This could be a little more robust, IMO. It is clean, no off flavors. I have to admit, this kind of grows on you as you drink. Not a bad beer. Aftertaste is chocolate.

Mouthfeel is sweet and creamy, slight tingle from carbonation. Nice. Finish is long and smooth.

This beer definitely improves as it warms. My beer fridge is 45 degrees F, and that's a little too cold for this beer. (Any warmer, and the mold just grows and grows)

jakester, Jul 22, 2005
Photo of ADR
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Liked it a lot...full-bodied for a porter, enhanced by lack of carbonation, good "glass stick" (amber ring), finish is roasty/chocolatey...not a lot of complex sweet malt tastes in competition with each other...

ADR, Feb 27, 2002
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark with ruby highlights thick two inch tan head not bad leaves little or no lacing but it's ok. Aroma: Wild grain not subdued to the chocolate at all much adorned with chocolate amd coffee with wild accents leaves me slightly satsfied not bad. Taste: Mild chocolate woody barrier between balance and perfection lacks so much for my tastes wow. Mouthfeel: Not much to note here other than medocrity wow I'm almost apalled and that takes alot. Drinkability: Please I'm good no more for me please it's not a real porter accept it for what it is.

WVbeergeek, Nov 23, 2004
Photo of NJpadreFan
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Flying Fish- Porter

Appearance- Dark dark brownish black (actually blood red if you hold it up to a light) with a thick creamy tan head.
Smell- barely there, but it is of roasted nut and coffee.
Taste- ashy with a slight roast nut to it. It quickly becomes sweet and watery!
Mouthfeel- watery, smooth not much else.

Overall- once again, sorry Flying Fish but this is another that disappoints. I'll stick to your good ole ESB!

NJpadreFan, Jan 20, 2004
Photo of Varkias41
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Varkias41, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of QXSTER1
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Average porter with a nice roasty finish. Tastes better than it smells. Not as full bodied as some, nor as complex.

QXSTER1, Oct 04, 2001
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black robe with a foamy light tan head that holds fairly well before dropping; and keeps a decent collar - lacing about the glass, however, is limited. The aroma is chocolatey and somewhat roasty. The body is medium with a fine, moderate carbonation that leaves it creamy in the mouth. The flavor is one-sided and straightforward: a grainy, bittersweet chocolate & cocoa maltiness with a mild bitterness and a light roastiness. It finishes dry with a lingering bitterness and a mild roasty note. Quite enjoyable except that it's range of flavors is limited, however, what is there is very nice, very clean, and very well done. A decent session ale!

NeroFiddled, Nov 03, 2002
Photo of bonbini26
3/5  rDev -16.7%

bonbini26, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of buzzy
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

buzzy, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -16.7%

IdrinkGas, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after its departing the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a deep brown to almost black and the head prosperous and creamy, the color a toothsome light tan, the lace a firm blanket to snuggle the glass. Nose has a bittersweet chocolate aroma with light toasted grains, fresh and crisp, clean to the senses with the start sweet and nice grain profile, top is medium in feel. Finish is mildly acidic and the hops delectable in their spiciness, quite dry aftertaste, a very nice representative to the style.

Gusler, Oct 04, 2004
Photo of frank4sail
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very big brown head with lots of carbonation (over bottle conditioned). Had to wait forever (to settle) to drink the stuff. Scent of caramel, roasted malt, and hints of coco. Dark brown in color. the taste has malt sweetness but lacks adaquate hop bitterness. You are left with a slight cocolate finish. The brew's taste did improve the warmer the beer got.

frank4sail, May 08, 2002
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer came a clear, dark brown with some burgundy highlights and a very little head at all. Smelled slightly of candy sugar with a sour sweetness and some nuts. Tasted initially like a cola that quickly faded into a woody sour. Finished with almost a candy apple sourness. The mouth feel was light to medium bodied and sticky with a light carbonation. Over all, the candy sweetness was just a little too much to enjoy.

DarkerTheBetter, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of meathookjones
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured out a semi opaque brownish black with a decent sized tan head. Ok lacing was left around the glass as it was consumed. Aroma was of chocolate and a roasted malt with a hint of earthy bitterness. Taste was more of the same with chocolate malt dominating over weaker notes of coffee, roasted malt and a light hoppiness. Slightly bitter bite on the finish as well. Mouthfeel is about your average porter. Drinkability was ok. Solid beer that has no real flaws but is a bit light on the flavor and aroma.

meathookjones, Dec 03, 2004
Photo of jwc215
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This porter poured a very dark brown, almost black. The head was somewhat disappointing - it almost immediately became a thin lace.
The smell was of aromas of a mingling of coffee and chocolate to create a very inviting smell.
The taste was slightly thinner than the smell, but was a well-balanced mix of tastes - coffee with a chocolate texture with a slight, warming, alcohol finish.
It is a delicious beer. The good, well-balanced aftertaste makes this highly drinkable.
This is a good example of a session American Porter. (By the way, it's available year round - though I heard that it might be retired soon.)

jwc215, May 07, 2006
Photo of Loki
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle with no dating of any kind. Actually very little information of any kind on the label.

Appearance: Completely envoloping head from jump. Took three pour and waits to get the 12oz pour complete in an Imperial Pint glass. Quite overzealous in my opinion. Once the huge, light tan head recents, it reveals an incredibly dark ruby color porter. The head has decent retention and nice lacing. However, if the head retention was as it should be you'd never get this beer in your glass or you'd have to use a 32oz mug to sample a 12oz beer.

Smell: Grainy with malt and fruity ester undertones. Way to grainy. Should be more malty with more fruity esters and smoke/grease undertones. There are some nice wiffs of malt and fruit, just not quite what they should be.

Taste: More grain with a little more malt and smoke than the nose suggests. A little light on the malt and very light on the body. Not as thick and chewy as a porter should be. But very drinkable and enjoyable, but nothing to get excited about.

Loki, Nov 23, 2003
Photo of scottbrew4u
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

scottbrew4u, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of aracauna
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one’s the color of a dark color. Head booms out of control, but eventually fades to a comfortable drinking size. When cold, this one’s a little bland, but it picks up steam as it warms. Dark chocolate and brown sugar make up the malt part of the flavor, but the esters are surprisingly strong, being bananas one sip, artificial grape the next and fig after that. Definitely does not need to be served cold.

aracauna, Jun 22, 2004
Photo of sulldaddy
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 12 oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.
The brew poured very dark brown with tints of ruby red. Barely any light gets through the glass.
A creamy tan head foams up nicely and dissipates very slowy, in fact there is a thin layer on the surface throughout the sampling.
The aroma is all malt with some caramel and roasty scents as well.
First sip reveals mild carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Similar to a watered down kahlua perhaps. Malty and caramel flavors abound with no hop presence at all. The finish is mild and leaves faint toffee flavors in my mouth.
Overall the brew is pretty mild and very drinkable. I could definitely have a few of these but I only bought one.

sulldaddy, Dec 29, 2003
Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark ruby brown color with a 2+" thick creamy tan head. Nice thick lacing develops through the drink. The aroma is of chocolate and malt. The flavor has a very pronounced chocolate tone, followed by a mild roasted nut tone. Some mild bitterness and a hint of black plum round this out.

The mouthfeel is slightly thinner than expected, and is smooth at the start. The finish is mildly crisp and the chocolate tones last long on the tongue. Nicely drinkable.

Gavage, Oct 15, 2004
Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +11.1%

ROGUE16, Dec 01, 2011
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Porter from Flying Fish Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.