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Coal Porter - Atlantic Brewing Company

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Coal PorterCoal Porter

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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | 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 Tallboy


3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

A dark brown body when poured into a pint glass, with ruby highlights and mild lacing A helping tan colored head stared at me above the rim.

Ample hints of coffee with chocolate and earthy hops scent in the background.

Sweet chocolate taste here for your palet, not to be overshadowed by a nice mixture of black licorice and hops .

Pleaseant mouthfeel with a High drinkability.

One of my All time favorite porters....try one sometime and see for yourself.

01-27-2006 00:58:09 | More by Tallboy
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.58/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

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


3.9/5  rDev +4.8%

Pours out to a dark brown to nearly black in the glass with an average-sized head. Light aroma of roasted malt and fresh bread dough. The taste has the usual roasted malt goodness of the style. This porter is what I'd call a "session" porter as its very easy on the palate to drink. A solid offering from Atlantic. Its nice to see it show up on the shelves in Motown.

12-09-2005 01:14:00 | More by proc
Photo of ElGordo


3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

12-07-2005 06:05:58 | More by ElGordo
Photo of SupaCelt


3.95/5  rDev +6.2%

A beautiful eggplant colour. A tan head pops, drops, and rolls into some surface clouding. Lacing forms in small fingerlike projections. Carbonation in the form of very small micro bubbles starts out fairly vigorous, then trickles off to a more relaxed flatulence. The nose carries burned coffee beans and stale powdered chocolate. The flavour is much like the smell suggested. Nice chocolate presence. Weak coffee tones emerge in the roasted dark malt and mild bitterness that comes from the grace of our beloved hops. The mouthfeel seems a tad thin in the end. It is still, however, a very drinkable and enjoyable spirit.

12-06-2005 01:04:29 | More by SupaCelt
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.5%

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with tawny highlights and a tan head that leaves a bit of lacing

Smell: Roasted notes along with some dark fruit and chocolate

Taste: Starts with toffee, dark chocolate and a touch of coffee; a roasted coffee bitterness kicks in mid-palate and builds; after the swallow, the toffee and chocolate push the bitterness into the background

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with modest carbonation

Drinkability: A pretty nice porter all around

12-05-2005 01:02:31 | More by brentk56
Photo of jasonpeckins32


4.03/5  rDev +8.3%

Pours a deep dark brown color, almost black, with a nicely sized brown fizzy head.

It has a chalky, robust scent. I notice smells of burnt chocolate, oranges, coffee, and freshly baked dinner rolls seeping through the level-headed layer of foam.

The taste is a nice combination of roasted malts and bitterness. Maybe bits of butter and smoke in the flavor as well. Really a nicely roasted porter. It finishes with a grassy/earthy taste, and an acidy feel on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is pleasant. Medium-bodied. A pinch less carbonation would'nt of hurt, but its still very nice.

Drinkability is good as well. I really like this beer. It has a nice hop bitterness to it that a lot of other porters seem to forget.

11-29-2005 20:37:18 | More by jasonpeckins32
Photo of Delerium


3.9/5  rDev +4.8%

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!

11-25-2005 01:02:04 | More by Delerium
Photo of granger10


3.53/5  rDev -5.1%

This beer poured a brownish black color with ruby highlights. A small, compact tan head sits atop the liquid. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is of burnt chocolate and roasted black patent malt. Earthy hop elements are abound. I really can't get much else, the burnt chocolate is fairly strong.

Chocolate is a little sweeter on the tongue but there's still a strong bittersweetness to this beer. Smoky and earthy deep in the body. A bit of black licorice is there as well. A strongly acidic finish ends this beer.

Body is too weak on the mouth and a bit spritzy. Reminds me a little of coke in texture. All in all, this beer is decent and something worth trying but not something I'll go back to any time soon.

11-22-2005 23:45:19 | More by granger10
Photo of FirstMan


3.65/5  rDev -1.9%

So far, Maine has been good to me. I'm doing a little beer-tour-of-maine these days and this beer makes it 2-0.

Very dark dark mahogony in color, with a nice, fluffy mocha latte head. Great lacing on the sides of the glass. This is a good looking example of the style.

Nose is coffee, chocolate, toasted malt. There's a little sharp astringency there, though. Not hop floral - can't quite put my finger on it. Makes the nose less mellow and more sharp.

Roasted malt and coffee up front, again sort of sharp in the mouth, though. I think that it might be tied to the nice smokey element that creeps in after a good three or four seconds in the mouth. That smokiness I like a lot.

The big surprise here, though is the carbination - too much of it. My wife said, "ooh, it's like soda". I agree. Too many bubbles for the style. I know it's not a bad beer, because the taste is good. Just a little too much yeast in the bottle conditioning, maybe?

Anyway, this is a good beer. One of the better porters I've had from a New England brewery. So far I have no reason to delay my trip to Maine.

Later Addition: This beer warms up very well. After a while the sharper elements slowly gave way to a nice even smoothness. Mellow smoke. Yum.

I actually went and upped the taste and mouthfeel on this. The overcarbination disappeared as well.

10-23-2005 00:00:58 | More by FirstMan
Photo of jmz62565


3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

10-12-2005 03:56:30 | More by jmz62565
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours a dark brown with some red highlights, big tan head forms, some nice lace. Smell is roasted grains, coffee, honey sweetness and some grassy hops. Taste is sweet up front, caramel, roasty coffee middle, bitter finish. Full bodied, low carbonation, smooth and really coats the mouth. Not as roasty as the porters I like but not half bad.

09-23-2005 17:26:21 | More by Viggo
Photo of DrJay


3.55/5  rDev -4.6%

Dark brown/red, clear, with a light brown head. Dark malts dominate the aroma and flavour, and this is backed up by honey sweetness and milk chocolate maltiness. A bit burnt, which comes out in the aroma and in the long, dry finish. Sweet flavour stays fairly mild. The balance just seems a bit off between the malt and assertive bitterness. Decent texture, full body and tight carbonation. I wouldn't mind going through a few of these in a sitting. Thanks Viggo.

09-20-2005 23:20:28 | More by DrJay
Photo of PlowKing

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +11%

The bottle I tried was purchased while vacationing in Boston.

One of the first and perhaps most prominent flavours that comes to bear is semi-sweet chocolate. More so than some "chocolate" stouts. It was pretty smooth going down with just the right amount of carbonation. Not as aromatic in smell or taste as the robust porter by Smuttynose, but satisfying nonetheless.

Good job.

08-30-2005 20:30:40 | More by PlowKing
Photo of IrishRedRock


4.08/5  rDev +9.7%

Muddy ruby bodied with a solid two-finger head that dies to a wispy lace. The nose is sweet and malty, with notes of dark roasted coffee and chocolate fudge. Reminds me of a candy shop due to the sweetness. Flavor follows in sweetness initially, yielding to mild coffee and toasted malt undertones, all while showing a slightly bitter hoppiness, which is most present in the sweet finish. Very little carbonation in the mouth makes for an utterly smooth, if somewhat thin mouthfeel. Alcohol is mildly warming, and this leaves a nice roasty aftertaste long after. A solid interpretation of the style.

08-14-2005 23:52:16 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of PorterLambic


2.28/5  rDev -38.7%

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.

07-21-2005 19:35:41 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of villainchiwwin


4.28/5  rDev +15.1%

poured from 12 oz. bottle
deep brown color with a thin but fluffy tan head. nice lacing left behind. malty chocolate and minor coffee notes in the smell - wish it were a bit more strongly pungent. tasted dark chocolate and big roasted malt with a great burnt, smoky character. the bitter backbone of this brew was subdued just enough to become deliciously present. the hops sit inside the overall balance cooperatively. tasty burnt smoke finish. silky smooth and medium-bodied. while not as bitter or embellished as some other beers in this style, this is an engaging and extremely quaffable porter that has a complex, satisfying taste.

07-14-2005 14:19:16 | More by villainchiwwin
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +21.8%

Appearance: dark black in color with a thick three finger head. Thick lacing develops during the drink.

Smell: aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and some bitterness.

Taste: the flavor is big on the roasted malts, mild espresso, dark chocolate, molasses, and rounded out with some decent bitterness levels.

Mouthfeel: medium in body. Creamy and smooth at the start. Finish is smooth with roasted tones lasting shortly on the tongue after swallowing.

Drinkability: one of the best drinking porters I have had. Several can be consumed without overfilling, and the flavors will keep it interesting for your tastebuds.

07-04-2005 00:29:55 | More by Gavage
Photo of Naes

New York

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%

This brew is a very dark brown with a sticky tan head. The head is clingy around the outside of the glass, yet quickly disappears from the middle.

It has a sweet smell that mostly dissipated with the head.

The taste starts off a little too watery for my liking, but finishes with a nice hopy burnt flavor.

Smooth and nicely carbonated and quite drinkable.
Unfortunately, it’s just not quite bitey enough for me, but would make a good beer to follow up a robust or an IPA.

06-15-2005 01:27:41 | More by Naes
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +7%

Very dark brown body, with a few ruby highlights around the edges. Topped by an coffee-ice-cream colored dentable head which just peaked above the rim.

Strong coffee leads the aroma, with some light chocolate traces in the background.

Nice malt and mocha taste, with a little hop twinge in the finish. Nothing overpowering, not overwhelming, but tasty.

Medium to light mouthfeel, definitely not chewy. Good drinkability.

A tasty porter that doesn't try to be a stout. Enjoy.

06-13-2005 01:33:51 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of JackStraw22


3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Thanks to Warrior Soul for hooking me up with some of this.

Appearance: dark body, nearly black, with some ruby tinges when held up to the light. Big tan head that held it's own.

Smell: Huge toasty aroma, roasted malts and some smoky smell too.

Taste: Wow, smoky and burnt! If you like that taste, this porter is for you. It's just a tad much for me, but certainly still a nice taste, just a little too dominate. A good dose of hops to finish off the taste, though the smoky flavor lingers.

Drinkability: Hmm..In the right mood I could have more than one, but I'd really have to be craving some smokyness.

06-03-2005 00:14:23 | More by JackStraw22
Photo of maek228


3.85/5  rDev +3.5%

Appearance: Towering two-finger head. Coffee colored

Smell: Slightly roasted malts

Taste: Slightly roasted malts, a bit of dark chocolate and coffee

Mouthfeel: Thin and light.

Drinability: For a porter, this goes down easy

Overall: Decent and easy drinking porter

05-09-2005 07:10:21 | More by maek228
Photo of horndecker

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%

Thought they should have called this "Cole" Porter. Maybe someone somewhere will....

The color of burnt umber or english walnut, with a dirty tan head, quick to recede, and nary a thread of lace.
The smell is woody, with notes of cherry, burnt wood, cocoa and smoke. Actually very inviting and interesting.
The taste starts bitter with roasted, almost burnt malt flavors. Espresso and chocolate follow, then it finishes with a welcome hop bitterness, although it has an element of mineral seltzery-ness which dilutes the impression of the malt and espresso flavors.
Tasty, with a good counterpoint between the toasty malt and the hops, but falls short in my book because of the watery mouthfeel.

04-26-2005 22:37:02 | More by horndecker
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.98/5  rDev +7%

Not quite opaque tobacco brown with a generous infusion of scarlet. Light is better able to penetrate the edges of the glass, giving highlights of amber-orange. Atop the beer is a small golden ecru head that falls to a one finger disk within minutes and leaves an underwhelming amount of lace.

Very nice porter nose. Well-roasted malt and sweet chocolate are the main elements, with a faint whiff of coffee and very little in the way of hops. Simple, but powerful and direct.

Coal Porter tastes darker and richer than it looks or smells. Freshly ground coffee beans now compete on an equal footing with bittersweet chocolate. Moderately roasted malt results in a slight char, but stops short of frankly burnt. Even though there's very little hop flavor, what's present is well used from the perspective of balance.

The finish is relatively long and gives the drinker the opportunity to appreciate the various facets of the flavor profile individually or in combination. That is, unquestionably, the mark of a well-constructed beer and is what keeps me tipping the glass up again and again and again. The mouthfeel is as silky smooth as any medium-bodied beer has a right to be.

Coal Porter is good beer. Too many porters drink closer to brown ales than to stouts and are the worse for it. This is certainly no 'storter' but is a robust enough, flavorful porter that was a pleasure to drink. I look forward to trying more of ABC's beers if they're brewed with this degree of skill. Thanks to far333 for the bottle.

04-18-2005 14:22:34 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of meathookjones


3.83/5  rDev +3%

Appears very dark brown with about half an inch of light tan head. Scattered lacing was left around the glass and the head had decent retention. Chocolate malt and roasted malt aroma. A bit of bitterness and earthy hops were present as well. Taste starts off with a bitter sweet cocoa and sweet caramel malt. Some roasty and coffee notes. Finishes with a sweet chocolate malt. Mouthfeel was about medium though a little on the thin side. It was also slick. Pretty good drinkability, it took me longer than usually to finish this for some reason though and I wouldn’t have had another one afterwards. Solid beer though, I would have it again.

03-15-2005 13:51:27 | More by meathookjones
Coal Porter from Atlantic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.