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Coal Porter - Atlantic Brewing Company

Coal PorterCoal Porter

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Ratings: 352
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%

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 woosterbill


3.43/5  rDev -8%
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.


Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2012 02:08:10 | More by woosterbill
Photo of MaineBirdMan


3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have this beer quite often at a local pub. I've had it both by the bottle and on tap. I prefer it on tap.

appearance: deep mahogony almost black. About a half inch head of foam.

smell: coffee, roasted malts

taste: Good amount of coffee up front. Very smooth finish. Just enough carbonation.

mouthfeel: very clean. smooth

drinkability: Very easy to drink. I could spend a sunday afternoon at the pub drinking a bunch of these porters.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2009 12:19:57 | More by MaineBirdMan
Photo of Yeastcakes


4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Roast dominate the subtle aroma.
Appearance: Dark, opaque black. Nice half-inch head.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, light-medium carbonation.
Taste: Wonderful roast flavor that stays way shy of being too bitter. Well balanced with the body and hops. Dry finish leaves no bitterness.
Drinkability: The dry finish lets this beer go down very easily. A nice porter that I would pick out of a tap row.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2009 23:18:03 | More by Yeastcakes
Photo of Jayli


3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

While having a meal at Flatbreads in Portland, I decided to try this on tap.
The beer poured a nice deep dark, dark brown. Less than a finder of off white head that disappeared gradually, decent lacing. You can smell roasted malts with hints of chocolate.
The initial taste surprised me. This is an extremely high carbonated beer. The carbonation hits you right at first sip, though is disappears and you can taste the deep flavoring. It is a very dry beer, no aftertaste.
Without the carbonation, I would say that it is a highly drinkable beer. However, the carbonation was just a bit too much for me to truely enjoy this beer. At best, you can have one.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2008 17:02:39 | More by Jayli
Photo of BuckSpin


3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A real pretty beer - the deepest, blood rose black-red imaginable, almost opaque. A finger's worth of loose, cream hues foam danced on that rudy beauty, fading slowly with an initial thick coating of lace - wild.

Nose is malts, mild coffee, some charcoal, yeasty. Its oily with currant & dried cherries. Thus far visually & olfactorly a great beer.

Its oily essence carries to the pallete. Initially its hopped, sharp, a bitter blast from the furnace this Coal stokes on the tongue. As it warms & mingles the hops grow bittersweet, dark caramel, malts, then a crisp crescendo of a finish, but alas a bitter aftertaste that isn't bad but is filmy & grey - eehhh.

This was a good porter, and one of the pretties beers I reviewed in a while. It could run the gammet from stew to spicy food and work. Definitely give it a shot, I know I will again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2006 02:39:57 | More by BuckSpin
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.58/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2006 20:56:44 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of Delerium


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

Appearance : Looks good for a Porter!
Smell: Like a Porter!
Taste: Like a Damn Good Porter, Probably in my top 3 list!
Mouthfeel: Can't say, I'm gulping this down as I type!
Drinkability: This is one of the most drinkable ( and dare I say refreshing?) Porter's I've ever had!
Belch: Killer, tastes the way it went down!

One of the true gems on the Maine/East Coast Circuit. I'll put this baby up against any Porter anywhere, anytime! This shit was brewed by Pro!

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2005 01:02:04 | More by Delerium
Photo of UnionMade


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

The beer arrives looking a thick, unfiltered opaque dark umber. Nearly black, with a creamy froth of tan colored head. It dissipates into a thin misty coating, but retains through the entire pint.
The aroma is mainly a mild, smooth roasty malt, exhibiting coffee and bittersweet baker's chocolate. Apparent yeast, lending a bit of breadiness, with a vaguely lactic quality. Mild herbal hops, with a touch of estery plum.
The flavor starts with a bold roasty coffee maltiness. Definite chocolate malt, providing a light mocha taste into the middle. Some plum and raisin, which compliments the coffee flavors very well. Bready yeast is present all the way through, adding some body and complexity. Hops are much more obvious than the aroma suggests, with a light herbal taste and even a bit of citrusy grapefruit. Great balance, with a lingering mocha aftertaste. Medium bodied, with smooth, mild carbonation and a pleasantly soft, rich mouthfeel.
This is a really great porter. The malt and hops are very well balanced, with just enough fruitiness and yeast presence to keep it a bit different and interesting. I'll certainly get this again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2004 01:13:16 | More by UnionMade
Photo of scottum


3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served an almost black with a tan head at Sunset in Allston. The smokey flavors which hang around the glass were quite nice. Malts were nice, but lacked complex behavior. Balance was there. A decent porter for sure, but not an elite one. I would have liked a thicker mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2003 00:02:08 | More by scottum
Photo of gueuzeonhigh


3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wimpy head; some lacing on the glass; flavor makes up for the lack of head-- flavor keeps up and keeps going- I taste a definitive hops oriented porter; Unfortunately I can't find much else in the flavor profile. If you blind folded me and handed me this beer, I might be tricked into thinking it was a wimpy IPA. Mouthfeel is quite enjoyable dissipating on my palate into a congenial stage for another taste.. I wish there was some tasted malt in this stuff. Finish is long and clean that's mild and very comfortable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2003 03:38:20 | More by gueuzeonhigh
Photo of beernut7


3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is all-around a basic brown porter with a few distinguishing characteristics. The aroma is slightly roasted as is the malt profile. Aggressively hopped, this is one of teh spicier porters around. A little thin in body for my tastes, but the bitterness is a nice touch.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2002 11:13:29 | More by beernut7
Photo of Flounder57


3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 06:45:17 | More by Flounder57
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 20:14:08 | More by JCarey
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 19:31:54 | More by puboflyons
Photo of Brushkanna

New Jersey

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

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 21:50:50 | More by Brushkanna
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 23:05:41 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 05:14:42 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of cattersley

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 01:11:24 | More by cattersley
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 03:15:59 | More by Sammy
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 22:16:24 | More by jdhilt
Photo of SouljaSaia17


4.48/5  rDev +20.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 04:22:44 | More by SouljaSaia17
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 03:51:13 | More by horshack7
Photo of BrewMaster730

3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 19:34:02 | More by BrewMaster730
Photo of IronLover


3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 23:33:04 | More by IronLover
Photo of Cavanaghty


3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 19:27:27 | More by Cavanaghty
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Coal Porter from Atlantic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.