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Coal Porter - Atlantic Brewing Company

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Coal PorterCoal Porter

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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 11-04-2001)
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Photo of Doomcifer
1.4/5  rDev -62.5%
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.

Doomcifer, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of Littaste
1.5/5  rDev -59.8%

Littaste, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of sailorsaint
2/5  rDev -46.4%

sailorsaint, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Oxymoron
2.1/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Like the band? Pours a midnight black with limited red hues around the edges. Not really much light coming through when held to the light. A nice off tan colored head with good retention, though slips to the side of the glass, and limited lacing.

The nose is mostly malt with some off aromas. There is a stronger astringent roasty characteristic that smells more of a burnt wort aroma (for those who have done that). Some off caramel mixed with a light veggie, butyric aroma. Hints of coffee but off for sure.

The taste is similar. Most astringent with strong roasted malt flavors. Really dominates that palate and doesn't let any other flavors really come out. Some minor yeast and autolysis flavors. As it warms hints of DMS come out. At first I thought that this is a bad bottle but some of the reviews are close to my perceptions.

The body is hard to perceive beyond the astray. Leaves a astray after-flavor that doesn't quite hid the problems of the beer. Overall not good and ended up pitching it.

Oxymoron, May 07, 2008
Photo of Kallessin
2.15/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Very dark ruby brown in color with full foamy tan head that settles very quickly to a light coating. A lot of visible carbonation. Very appealing looking, but don't let it fool you.

The aromas are very muddled and hard to pick up. I get some wet hay and grain and some light hoppiness. If you really concentrate you can pick up some very faint maltiness. Very uncharacteristic of a porter.

The taste is just as confusing. At first there a nice roasted malt and some sweetness. This goes away very quickly and I get a medicinal/band-aid taste, then some unpleasant bitter burnt flavors. The more it warms up the more the roastiness comes through, doesn't improve too much. Either this beer is just terrible or there's something wrong with it. I tried both bottles I had and the same thing.

It's a medium to full bodied beer with plenty of carbonation and nice lingering mouth coating. One of the better aspects of this beer.

I was very disappointed with this beer. The initial sip is not bad, then it's a downhill after that. Very off flavors and very uncharacteristic of this style to me.

Kallessin, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of Osiris9588
2.28/5  rDev -38.9%
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.

Osiris9588, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of PorterLambic
2.28/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Heard good things about this one from reliable sources. Guess I need to reconsider my sources. Not that it was bad, just not the great beer they said it was. Well, we all have different opinions, eh?

Pours almost pitch black with ruby edges. Very little head and no retention.
Smell is coffee, malt and hops. Strong on the coffee. Very strong.
Taste is more of the same, coffee, malt and hops. The coffee taste is a bit less but still strong, as if someone snuck a shot of that vile liquid into my beer. Yes, I hate coffee but love porters and stouts. Don't ask.
Mouthfeel is average with a light-medium body.
Drinkablity is just ...eh. While my opinion is quite off of the rest, I don't find much in this brew to recommend it, in fact, I find nothing. Drnk it if you want, but I warned you if you don't like it.

PorterLambic, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of waltonc
2.3/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: dark brown with .62 inches of tan head.
S: not much, but kind of like soap and roasted malts.
T: soapy, roasted malts, coffee, not very complex.
M: Thin and watery body with medium carbonation.
D: Mediocre brew. There are too many good porters available these days for me to come back to this one.

waltonc, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of oldbowhunter
2.38/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured a dark brown with an amber tinge. There was virtually no head, absolutely no lacing, and only slight carbonation.

S - There was a faint smell of roasted malt.

T - The prevailing flavor was acceptable although lost in the overall thin and watery taste.

Overall, an average beer. There are certainly many superior porters available.

oldbowhunter, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of gfreed
2.5/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Another in a string of average American porters that has the aroma of shiny vinyl, like the the kind you smell when you first inflate a new beachball. I don't know what that is, but it's front and center here: if beachballs were to be made into beer, this one would lead the pack. There are, in fact, some more common porter characteristics available in this brew-- it's very dark, has low carbonation and it's pleasantly dry-- but they're all overshadowed by the vinyl thing, as well as an unnerving feeling that your great-grandmother dumped her day-old Maxwell House grounds into the tank before the fermentation process got underway. Phooey.

gfreed, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of jcdiflorio
2.58/5  rDev -30.8%
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.

jcdiflorio, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of nick76
2.68/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is chocolaty, acidic, and sweet with toasted malt. The appearance dark brown/red with a small head. The flavor is off but not as bad as some beers as old as this one. There is some chocolate and burnt malt but there is an acidic-bitterness that hangs over everything. The palate is soft. Chalk up another stale beer, thanks B.W.O.L!

nick76, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of Onslow
2.7/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

mmm, some nice simple roastiness ... some decent not embarrassing like naked in a dream lacing ... medium mouth for a porter ..."M-I-L-L-S Fuck Off" ... a low end-decent middle of the road $35 hooker kind of beer.. and by the way, who the hell is cole porter??

Onslow, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of oldedog
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

oldedog, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of JChafik
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

JChafik, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of Nipitato
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bottle at Downtown Wine and Spirits in Somerville, MA.

A: Deep dark brown. Tan head dissipates almost completely after pour.

S: Not a particularly impressive aroma for a porter. Mild sweet coffee aroma. Slightly roasted. This is what a porter should smell like but neither characteristic is robust.

T: Taste points don't really flow well together. Roasted flavor through out. Very bitter almost burnt dry finish gets in the way of taste. No prominent coffee or chocolate characteristics.

MF: Medium light. Too watery. Astringent. Pretty high carbonation.

D: There are definitely smoother and better tasting porters out there. I would not buy this in a bottle again.

Nipitato, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of rderedin
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

rderedin, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of MoreThanWine
2.78/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

MoreThanWine, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Jredner
2.9/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Sharp vinegary smeel fades into a roasty aroma that isn’t strong enough to comepletely stop the vinegar smell. Looks dark brown pouring, but settles to a deep black in the glass. Nice thick head. This is a thinner porter which is the first thing you notice, but the flavor is commendable. Very roasty and robust, but water thin on the palate. Some very mild choclate and stronger coffe flavors as you’d expect. Decent. Prolly pretty nice on draft, but just average on this bottle.

Jredner, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of drseamus
2.9/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: This beer pours a deep brown that shines with a deep ruby color when held to the light. The head is very thick and frothy and is a light mocha color. The head lasted forever and eventually fell unevenly creating a pillowy surface.

S: Roasted malt dominates the aroma in this beer. There are some dark fruits in the background. It isn't very strong though.

T: There is a good roasted flavor initially, but it becomes very thin towards the end of the sip. There is some chocolate in there as well.

M: This beer is too thin. I like my porters to be a bit creamier or heavier, or anything like this really.

D: This beer isn't that bad, but it isn't among the top porters I've had. I'd go to it in a pinch.

drseamus, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of witster18
2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

not impressed by this.
it's not bad, but compared to some other crafty porters, this is very average.
smell is coffee french vanilla
pours dark hue with minimal head.
taste is kinda empty... soapy... and burnt...
next to the fine american example's this is subpar... GLBC fitz makes this look terrible... st.peter's makes it look bad too...
it's that soapiness that's getting on my nerves here.
this isn't the worst overpriced porter I've ever had but it's certainly far from the best.
finishes void with no chew and nothing but a burnt milk water finish...
I must say that for the money I'm a bit dissapointed.

witster18, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A--Pours a dark brown with a deep maroon hue when held to the light. Standard pour yields one finger of quickly receding head in my pint glass. Some decent lacing left behind.

S--Sweet caramel malts, cocoa powder, earthy and citrus hops, biscuits.

T--The maltiness remains at the forefront but it is balanced well by a nice hop backbone. Unfortunately, there are no other flavors present, nothing to disguise the ashy taste thats trying to pass itself off as roastiness. Its not completely unpleasant though, pretty much the definition of average.

M--Relatively thin body, nothing noteworthy

D--Easy to put back but why would anyone want to? This is just a mediocre beer, not worth having again.

alcstradamus, May 12, 2009
Photo of kkipple
2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Coal Porter cuts loose with a fat, 3 finger fluffy head that dies nearly as fast as it springs up. A bit of lacing and a smattering of foam on the top of the thin brown beer is all that remains after just a few moments. After 10 minutes it's vanished completely, leaving no trace. That's great for the Burning Man crowd but bad for this beer. Pity!

Smells pretty basic... actually not a lot going on here. Roasted malt, bit of coffee, some sweet black-bread fight over who smells the least intense. Bittering, nondescript hops. It doesn't come together all that great, but it's okay.

Taste follows suit. This isn't bad, just not very memorable. A robust, slightly over-the-top porter, mostly what you'll taste is various burnt / singed barley and a little more acidic sourness than (I think) is pleasant. A tad metallic. Coffee, dark chocolate, bittering citrus hops, etc, etc.

Mouthfeel is thin and dry, finishes out sour / burnt and not entirely pleasing.

This is a perfectly middling porter, and that's the problem. With so many good ones out there, it's simply hard to recommend. Try if you can get it fresh and / or cheap, but don't hold yer breath.

kkipple, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of OhioBobcat
3/5  rDev -19.6%

OhioBobcat, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of Kevincredible
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Kevincredible, Sep 28, 2013
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Coal Porter from Atlantic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.