Coal Porter - Atlantic Brewing Company

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Ratings: 415
Reviews: 280
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 8
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Atlantic Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UnionMade on 11-04-2001

A superb porter, hearty & dark. This one is a staff favorite, made with pale, crystal, Munich, chocolate, and black malts. The darker malts give Coal its color and rich flavor. We use Target and Willamette hops to yield a very subtle hop flavor in this porter.

We cellar this beer for close to six months before releasing it on the thirsty throngs of fans.
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Reviews by beermanbrian:
Photo of beermanbrian
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown almost black with the lightest amber tints when held up to the light. Very thin tan head with a little bit of lacing. Smell is typical porter all the way. Burnt malt with a roasted coffee overtone. Taste has a similar roasted/burnt malt taste that is balanced by a nice level of bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little bit grainy and a little on the thin side. Overall a nice porter. Thanks to maltygoodness for another nice beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a deep dark brown with a thin wispy off white head that was gone in a flash,first thing I noticed aroma wise was a hefty bit of bitter chocolate with undertones of earth and dark roast coffee nice and full in the nose.A little thin in the mouthfeel department but not to the watery stage it just added to the drinkability a little really,quite dry flavors some bitter unsweetened chocolate and earthy tones dominate underlying dark roast coffee comes in to play in a decent finish.A solid Maine porter no frills really just solid.

Photo of JMD71
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Warriorsoul. Thanks, bro! Sampled & reviewed 1/7/07:

Ap: Deep ruby red to dark brown hue with very little head when poured. Almost reminiscent of a imp stout in apearance from little head. Carbonation seems a bit low for a porter.

Ar: Earthy fruit, roasted barley & chocolate notes. Toast & a slight roastiness prevades.

Ta: Wonderful rich roasted malt with bitter chocolate malt noted. Very well balanced between sweet, roasted malt & hop bitterness.

Mo: Medium bodied. Smooth & clean. Carbonation was well suited to style after it seemed low in appearance.

Dr: Very easy drinkning porter. Flavors well balanced to make this go down smooth.

Comments: Good example of a well balanced porter that exhibits nice roastiness with a slight offsetting hop profile. Recommended...

Photo of blitz134
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finger and a half light brown head over a nearly opaque, coal black body. Head slowly reduced to a nice layer on top.

Aroma is slightly sweet almost with a slight bit of citrus hops smell to it. Fruity wine-like aroma coming out as well. Not the typical toasted aroma profile I’m used to with a porter.

Taste is totally different from the aroma. Initially there is a burnt taste hitting the palate first followed by a roasted base. The finish is slightly chocolaty. The taste hits nearly all of the typical porter flavors but with some lackluster power.

Medium mouthfeel with this one which coats well but only lets the flavors linger for a bit. Drinkability is pretty good as well since the flavor profile isn’t overwhelming and doesn’t hang around for too long. This is a slightly above average easy drinking porter for me.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours to a dark brown color with a good creamy head. It has a chocolate/sweet smell to it, which I found very pleasant. I enjoyed the taste of chocolate and malt, but the beer felt light-weight in my mouth. I enjoyed this beer, but would drink other porters first.

Photo of muffguy4beer
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into tulip glass.

Appearance: dark brown in color with decently thick brown head.

Smell: coffee, smokey, hops. hints of chocolate.

Taste: coffee, chocolate and nice hop bitterness to finish it up.

Mouthfeel: light body, noticeably carbonated.

Drinkability: Fairly drinkable but I would probably only have this once and a while. Solid porter, I have had better.... but not many.

Photo of Doomcifer
1.45/5  rDev -61.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Ah, Bar Harbor, Maine....One of my favorite places ever. I make a point to go to Acadia National Park at least once per year. Anyway...

...this Porter is hand crafted in Bar Harbor, ME by Atlantic Brewing Company and it pours a nice very dark brown with an immense frothy head. I actually had to wait for the head to go down a bit to finish my pour, making me think this beer may be a tad too carbonated. The chunky, light brown head hung around making the brew resemble a root beer float. Gorgeoud looking beer but unfortunately when I put my nose to the mouth of the glass, I couldn't pick up any typical Porter characteristics. All I could pick up was a smidgeon of malt and faint alcohol.

The taste was rather unimpressive as well. Tastes of alcohol, offensive sharpness, a smidgeon of nutty roastiness, finishing with more offensive sharp metallic and alcohol taste. Whoa, what the hell happened?

As I poured the final quarter of my 12oz. bottle into the glass, it foamed up like wildfire again, almost spilling over.

Mouthfeel is way too carbonated. Once it enters your mouth, it foams right up. So basically you're drinking a foamed porter. I dont know what is going on here but maybe this is a bad bottle? I can't imagine my beloved Baah Haahbah creating such an awful beer.

Oh well...It's too bad because this beer is actually very attractive looking. It's like that super hot chick who you have been dying to hook up with, and once you finally do, she turns out to be a dead lay and a psycho to boot! A true wolf in sheep's clothing.

Photo of merlin48
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the "Maine in Tennessee" brews picked up at Knoxville's Leaf and Ale, that I missed when in New England, in July. This porter pours a dark brown, close to opaque, body with a small and shortlived tan head that leaves some spotty lace.
Aroma is very pleasant, with cocoa, hazelnut, and some hops bitterness.
Mouthfeel is excellent, with a moderate carbonation holding together a medium body that blends a dark malt presence with a hops bite.
This feels really good in the mouth, with roasted dark maltiness in spades. Hazelnut coffee, Hersheys chocolate, burnt ashes, and some bitter hops all come together well here. Lots of dark roasty maltiness here. Very nice.
This is one of the best American porters I've encountered. Very tasty, and highly recommended.

Photo of fdrich29
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was the other 6-pack mom and dad bought for me while on vacation in Bar Harbor. Many thanks!

I can't decyher the "Best Enjoyed Before" date. Doesn't appear to have been marked on the label.

This is a fine example of a porter. Dark malt, just enough of that smokiness, plenty of body. This is a substantial brew and possibly the epitome of a good porter.

I've always overlooked Attantic Brewing for the more enticing and exotic brews out there, but I've been nothing but impressed with the brews my parents brought back from the brewery while on their vacation. This may be the finest porter I've ever tasted.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a brilliantly dark brown...almost black.
Less than a finger of head (which remains throughout the pint), but significant, cascading lace.
Smell is very inviting...a hint of hop sweetness w/ a touch of raisins and coffee tossed in.
Taste is slightly dry and bitter with a roasted aftertaste. This one has a bit too much carbonation for my preference, but it is a well-rounded brew with alot to offer anyone who likes porters.
Downtown Wine and Spirits have these for $20/case...well worth the investment.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Apperance: Very dark brown. Beige head that was thin, no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Alcohol, malts, maybe some berry like notes as well.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium to full bodied. Taste of alcohol and has a raw coffee bean like taste.

Overall: Personally I don't really like Porters myself, but I believe this was a well crafted beer.

Photo of jcdiflorio
2.56/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic glass,a light tan dense head about an 1" diminishing to a little more than a coating of foam.the color was very dark brown and opaque.
The aroma was very faint,really had to put the nose to it.Got a bit of a roasty,smokey aroma,very clean though.
The taste was roasty,smokey,burnt,a little caramelly,with a bit of a woody edge. A very sharp and bitter finish fades quickley.
A nice balance to all this though.
The mouthfeel was medium,a bit thin for the style I thought.
Drinkability was ok,but the flavor left a bit to be desired,a little light for a porter,a bit on the rough side as far as drinkability goes.

Photo of Osiris9588
2.33/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. Pours a dark mahogany, not quite opaque. The beige head is two-fingers and fluffy, good retention and ample lacing.

The smell is dominated by bitter coffee, roasted malts, some vanilla, and licorice.The taste somewhat follows the aroma, but it seems lacking flavor, lightweight--there is the coffee, and kind of a choclolately/alcohol finish, but it seems dead and devoid of malt and muscle in the middle.

The mouth is light and bland, somewhat astringent and oily. This porter is tolerable, but I won't be having another.

Photo of far333
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany color with a light brown head full of frothy bumps. The head lingers a long time. Aroma is so light that I can't really pick up any notes. Mouthfeel is excellent; full and smooth and creamy. Flavor is roasted malt, with hints of molasses and brown sugar. No hop flavors. Flavor is odd in how it presents itself - it's very light upfront, but comes through in the finish. Most of the flavor comes out after the swallow. Very strange, and detracts from the beer overall.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a dense brown body with a good carbonation of tiny bubbles that can be seen when held to the light. There is a creamy thick dark tan head that last for a good bit.

S- This beer has a soft black roasted malt aroma with a slight earthy note.

T- This beer has a nice dark roasted malt flavor with a slight black grain bitterness in the finish that takes the place of hops. There is a soft dry cola note to the malt and a hint of tar in there. There is a chalky taste in the background of the malt but it is pleasant.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a slight slippery note in the finish.

D- This beer fits the name very well and has a taste with good depth. There are no real hop qualities but the bitterness of the malts helps the finish.

Photo of BetterDarker
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce poured into pint glass

A- Very dark brown, almost black with decent head, some lacing.

S- Nice roasted malt aroma, some coffee, maybe chocolate. I can not detect much of a hop aroma.

T- Much like the aroma, there's a coffee flavor balanced very well with the roasted malt. Not very bitter, very well balanced beer.

M- Good, clean mouthfeel, not heavy, good carbonation.

D- Very drinkable, could easily have a few more of these.

Photo of Melchizedek
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours deep dark brown, murky except about the edges, with a modest but persistent enough head.

Aroma is pleasant, with just the coffee-and-cocoa texture you want from a solid porter. A little light berry underlies, along with a touch of liqueur and burnt toast. Toasted flavor hits instantly and is prominent throughout, though moderated by surprising hop in the middle and a mild yeastiness. Mouthfeel is medium to light, soft from carbonation with a dry but slightly sticky finish. A touch of cola character from the carbonation as it finishes.

This is nice - a good, drinkable, easy American porter. Performs well slightly colder than cellar temp and stays pleasant as it warms.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Atlantic- Coal Porter

A- Deep dark brown with a small filmy head.
S- Light dusty chocolate with ash.
T- Sweet burnt vanilla, brown sugar, and chocolate powder. Good malty body.
M- Dry cocoa throughout with thick sweet sugar. Mild and smooth.

Overall- A good solid Porter. This is a go to beer for an Autumn/ winter weekend in Bar Harbor.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AP: Black-ish brown color totally opaque and very thick looking. 1" thick chocolate milk-shake colored head, nice thick sticky legs follow.

Nose: Chocolate/roasted and wheaty malt scent with a hearty and mild hop scent that is very aromatic...this is a very hop scented porter.

Taste: A robust oaty and oaky chocolate malted flavor with a big roasty taste coupled with a sweet caramel like flavor, much like a big stout. The heady malted flavors segues nicely into a leafy, earthy hop finish.

MF: Thick, full bodied, very dense and could easily pass for a big stout.

DA: basically....yummy. A very heady Porter. I like it.

Photo of jmz62565
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice ink black color,but head was a little small.The smell is a light,but there are hints of chocolate and coffee,maybe a little hicory.This is a very fine tasting beer.Lots of coffee and chocolate and some sweetness.This is a medium feel that works and I can't wait to have another.

Photo of cokes
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, dark, walnut brown and apparently clear. The head is a quick yellow-tan rise, then fades to a outer rimming.
The predominant aroma is of blueberries, which comes as a bit of shock, but I dig it. The more standard porter scents of burnt toast and coffee are here too, along with caramel, cream, and pine bark.
It enters the mouth with a sweetened coffee bean essence, and yes blueberry is here too, but not nearly as strongly as the nose would have it. To that point, it's a near analog to one of those flavored coffees, where the roast is mild, and the flavoring is sweet, but somewhat non-specific. From here, it turns ashier and earthier, with smoke and tree bark. Some minor grumblings from burnt milk in the diacetyl realm, but they are fleeting and don't disagree with the flavor profile. Hopping has a vague evergreen persona, then seems to coat the mouth in chewed aspirin post-shallow. This late astringency dampens what is otherwise a delicious and somewhat unique porter. I'm still giving it props, but this last flaw is a significant detractor.
Medium bodied, teetering thinner. Lowly carbonated, and seemingly built for sessioning, which is actually possible once one is inured to that crushed-pill astringency.
I hate to harp on the one thing this does wrong, but I got ready to love this and was spurned at the last moment. Still, it's worth a shot.

Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bottle from Maine trip. Serviceable porter. Pours deep dark brown with enormous foaming head. Tobacco aroma and taste. Overcarbonated. Drinkable but i is a tongue tingle.Tastes: coffee, coconut, mocha, creme, chocolate, some burnt parts with the roast.

Photo of hreb
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cold 12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Beer pours very dark brown, nearly black, with a thin, dark tan head. Aroma is of chocolate or mocha.

First sip is sharp, fizzy, and bitter. Alarmingly hoppy. But the taste follows through with a pleasant chocolaty/burned-sugar flavor. The bitterness is lingering, but not overpowering.

It's a porter, and it's pretty thin. Not creamy or heavy at all. sometimes I like some milk in my chocolate, especially when it's this bitter.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beautiful, clear, deep-mahogany robe of this porter appears almost black throughout most of the glass; and it's frothy tan head holds well and leaves some very nice lacing about the rim. Roastiness dominates the nose over a thin slab of bittersweet chocolate that's just lightly drizzled with sweet caramel. It's creamy and smooth across the palate, enhancing its maltiness and downplaying its abrassive roastiness. This is a really intensely coffee-ish (as in black coffee!) porter. Fortunately, some dense bittersweet chocolate and caramel maltiness is there to lend it buoyancy. Grassy, leafy, and spicy hops make their way through towards the swallow, and its bold bitterness anchors it unquestionably. It finishes quite dry with a lingering bitterness and some mild dark-malt acidity, but it leaves surprisingly less roastiness than the flavor might have indicated.

Photo of ElGordo
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown topped by a nice, thick, two-finger tan head that's going nowhere fast. Aroma of roasted malt, some chocolate, caramel, and espresso, and a faint whiff of hops. Palate is mainly a slightly smoky roasted malt with an underlying sweetness. A bit of lactose is mixed with notes of dark chocolate, prunes, espresso, and a light hoppy bitterness. Body is creamy and substantial, holding the flavor well. A good dark offering from a more than decent brewery.

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Coal Porter from Atlantic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.