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Coal Porter - Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ

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Reviews: 277
Hads: 425
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 15.55%
Wants: 7
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ 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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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a sam adams custom glass: color is brown with amber edges, head is tan, fine bubbles some lacing and presents about 1/2 inch thick, very nice looking (for this bottle).

Smell is chocolate, toast, and even a touch creamy, very enticing.

Taste follows the aroma in fashion: chocolate, toast, creamy back flavor, with a solid bitter backbone to balance.

Mouthfeel is fairly crisp for a beer that smells and tastes sweet upfront, the hop bitterness does a nice job of drying out the rest of the beer with a balanced sweet/bitter lingering presence.

Overall, i knocked this down from the rest because I experienced a bad bottle (not the one I'm reviewing) out of my 6 bottles and saw this happened to a few others.

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Photo of hopsputin
2.61/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

a: upon opening the bottle i discover this is extremely over-carbonated. huge tan foam head that fills the glass. underneath is a silky black color with some dark brown notes on the bottom

s: smell seems ok. huge roasted malt aroma. deep, earthy nutty smell follows. burnt chocolate, wood, chewy fudge

t: unfortunately, the extreme carbonation has penetrated the flavor. the most dominant aspect is a sharp bitterness from the roasted malt. there is a slightly sweet, caramel flavor that follows. a sharp, almost astringent flavor is lingering

m: light. HEAVY carbonation

o: having never had this before, i'm going to hope this is just a bad bottle. the only salvageable aspect is the aroma. everything else is basically destroyed by the over-carbonation.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First taste of beer after lengthy hiatus, fresh draught poured dark with quickly dissipating foam. Roasty goodness for sure, with some slight alcohol and hop bitterness thrown in the mix.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: deep, dark reddish-brown liquid... tries to pop up some foam but, like I often imagine, the void of darkness drags it down (I did pre-rinse the glass)... keeps a thin collar... ho hum

S: cocoa, Hershey's chocolate syrup - damn near smells like chocolate milk - fantastic! that's what aging will do, dontcha know?... ridiculously inviting with a dark-roasted, malty, nutty core that slowly emerges and latches onto your face, penetrating the nostrils

T: nutty, bready attack up front, with old chocolate chips and dessicated raisin in the finish... so I suppose there's a bit of musty, cellar-y age on this - old throwback technique?... hint of coffee midway and lingering plus a dry and toasty-bitter aftertaste, with perhaps a hint of grainy grassiness and earthy hop

F: medium-fullish, flattish, with pricks of carbonation 'tween the taste buds... subtle foamy flow... mostly dry with only residual extra-burnt sugars rolling around... matches the age but not quite the flavors

O: still have fond memories of visiting this place in '07... the 'fresh' version of this came across a bit thinner at the time, so let this stuff sit as long as you'd like... to me, one of the better small (U.S.) brewery porters around, and a standout in their lineup

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Photo of illpass78
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a stout glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with a short off-white head. Minimal lace.

Aroma: This beer has a slightly smokey, tobacco-like aroma surrounding black coffee and dark chocolate malt notes.

Taste: The coffee and dark chocolate are right there, and the beer has the pleasant hop bitterness in the background. A hint of smoke, as in the nose.

Mouthfeel: Not a super dense beer. Approachable amount of thickness. Also very smooth.

Overall: Very nice porter. This brewery does darker beers well.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.73/5  rDev 0%

If you like head, get this beer. The head is overwhelming. Porter itself is solid, but I had to wait several minutes after the initial pour to allow the head to relax.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark brown black color with little vision of anything when held up to the light. Frothy mocha lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: Old stale ale, toffee, caramel, a little smoke, chocolate, and some bready toasted malts.

Taste: Cellaring for 6 months has down a great job. Mellowing out of flavors have made this porter have a balance of flavors. Some ashy bitterness blended in there too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, medium bodied, low to medium carbonation, and mediums little bitterness.

Overall: Pretty nice porter Mainah. Enjoyable and delicious.

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Photo of JCarey
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks, smells, and tastes like a Porter. Nothing special. I can't see giving this any more than a 3, but it isn't awful. The batch I had was way overcarbonated. The head spills from the neck as soon as you pop the top, and I can only fill a glass about 1/4 of the way before having to stop and let the head die down for a few minutes.

All of Atlantics brews are pretty lackluster, and I wouldn't recommend them.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on January 4, 2014.

It looks the way a Porter should look with its jet black pour and long lasting mocha head. I give the look a high grade.

The aroma has a bit of chocolate on the nose with dark malts and a light almost subtle bitter hop quality in the background. Also a tad buttery.

Medium body.

The taste also highlights the chocolate character of the nose with a kind of earthy hop and clean finish at the finale. This is a decent Porter but nothing extraordinary. But still drinkable.

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Photo of Brushkanna
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - I could not pour this beer into a glass as it foamed up like a root beer float going over the top
S - coco and bitter chocolate smells
T & M - great porter flavor but the over carbonation boils in my mouth, making a little hard to drink, take it slow
Overall - it is a great start but need to be refined

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, hazelnut highlighted, brown to black coloring with a ring of off-white film around the surface. Aromas are roasted and bittersweet, with a chocolatey backbone and hints of vanilla and smoke. Flavors are roasted also, with a bittersweet chocolate backbone and some toffee and vanilla highlights lightening up the palate. Decently balanced on a thin, smooth body, the beer has a slightly roasted, bittersweet aftertaste with a dry, mid-lingering finish. Decent brew, and very drinkable.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear dark brown with faint garnet highlights at the edges and a smallish tan head that quickly dissipates. Smells of caramel, cocoa, milk chocolate, and hints of roasted coffee. Light earthy hop and an almost creamy sweet aroma comes through. The flavor is like coffee milk. Sweet roasty milk chocolate and caramel with hints of sweet cream. Little to no hop flavor. Medium body with a sweet silky mouthfeel and a light level of carbonation. Decent porter and certainly miles ahead of that "ipa". I enjoyed it and would have it again.

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Photo of Electros
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A faint black malt smell, very light on the tongue. Bitterness lower then I would have thought but did work with malt flavour. Pale, Chocolate, Dark malt combo, little head retention, dark in colour. Over all flavour nice and drinkable. Art work on the label gave a small town feel. This was a good find. I wouldn't have thought this was 6.5% abv, alcohol not noticeable at all. I bought this in a mix pack at a hardware store in the middle of no where outside Stowe, Vermont on a road trip with my Dad after getting lost on the way to the Farmstead Brewery. Good times, and a nice reminder of the trip.

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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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger khaki head that stays leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights, ton of yeast left in bottle. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Light chocolate nose and flavor is roasted to burnt chocolate. Light bitter aftertaste. $2.00 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of my mix a six for the night. Wasnt going to get this beer, but never had it before, so I said fuck it!

A: Pouring in my stout glass, I get a thin dark color, looks like a stout, but has the body of a porter. No head in my glass but has some fine bubbles!

S: Smell is of sweet malts, with strong character of chocolate and caramel notes. Some dark fruit is present as well.

T: Stout type feel in the mouth which dominates with chocolate and toffee with a hint of caramel and dark fruit, like a cherry.

M: Nice and smooth, plenty of roasted malts, very easy to drink, just like a stout.

O: This beer is a nice surprise, at first glance you wouldnt think this beer would have such characteristics of a stout. Since it said coal-porter, I thought it would be something different to try, but something along the lines of a brown ale. Fortunately, this beer gave me a good, chocolate stout-like experience!

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Photo of horshack7
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Quite dark from top to bottom with a light beige head on top that is rather rocky.

Aroma: Dark roasted coffee, chocolate, dark bready malts with some floral hops that have a light dryness in the nose. Faint black licorice towards the back end.

Taste: Very dark roasted coffee with some espresso tossed in. Chocolate malts that are a little bit bready like pumpernickle. There is some black licorice in the end and a light dry finish and floral hops.

Notes: A good all around porter. Cheers.

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Photo of BrewMaster730
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although I'm not typically a fan of porter's, I must admit that I enjoyed this beer. I purchased an Atlantic Brewing Company variety pack at a local store and was hesitant only because of this one beer. The beer is smooth and doesn't leave a heavy aftertaste. Normally I would rate a porter in the 2-3 range, but I gave this a 3.5 because it did impress me.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Dog & Pony Taven in Bar Harbor. Served in a shaker pint; I previously reviewed an old bottle of this one, so I figured it would only be fair to balance that potentially negative review with a super-fresh on-tap assessment.

A: Clear dark brown body under a 1/2" of fine tan foam. Ok retention, light lace. Pretty standard.

S: Straightforward roasted malts - chocolate, char, and a hint of coffee. Some milky sweetness as well, verging into caramel. Pretty nice.

T: Milk chocolate up front, followed by spicy coffee and sweet lactose. Fairly long, dry, roasty finish. Simple, tasty Porter.

M: Lighter than medium-bodied with a frothy, lively carbonation level. Ok, but a bit...frivolous.

O: Enjoyable, but hardly memorable.


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Photo of IronLover
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black in color with reddish-brown hues on the bottom of the pint glass. Poured with a brief, short, beige foam that dissipated quickly. Dark chocolate and roasted malt aromas. Smooth, velvety feel with rich, thick carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Dark chocolate and roasted malt flavors up front and into the middle. A touch of hop bitterness toward the end that issues in flavors of burnt malt and freshly ground coffee. Finishes with combination burnt malt and bitter hop aftertaste.

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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.

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Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark amber—but not near black—in color and poured with a finger-high beige head that quickly died down but left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thick ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts and coffee beans in the nose along with notes of molasses.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of roasted malts and a mix of slight bitterness and hints of molasses-like sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down quite easily and is a good representation of the style; it has a good balance between the hops and malts.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pour was disappointing - only a little trace of a soap suds head which vanishes immediately. The body is dark as coffee. I picked up very little smell, even as it warmed, but there is some malt. Taste is pretty light too and again I'm only getting a little malt. I was thoroughly underwhelmed by this porter.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thick and velvetty looking beer as it pours.
Rich brown looking quite like a brown stout(you heard it here first). Small unassuming head fading fast to just a color about the glass. Some lacing on the glass too.
Rich roasted malt aromas with some coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Smells good.
A rich and smooth beer with a rich roasted malt taste. Espresso and dark chocolates mingle with the malts well giving good tasting layer affect. The ending finds a semi dry bitter and slightly gritty finish.
Good drinking beer but I thought the beer drank a bit thin and washed out, lacks something to hold on to.

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Photo of ZevG
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

While this beer has everything I would expect in a porter - arabica coffee notes, chocolate notes, nice color, etc, the bottle was a little wierd. It has boxes to check off the date, but the date is not checked off, so who knows how old it was? Also the alchohol content is not displayed on the label. I like to know a little bit more about the beer I am drinking. Perhaps I'll keep the bottle just for its weirdness.

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Coal Porter from Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
84 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.