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Coal Porter - Atlantic Brewing Company

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Coal PorterCoal Porter

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Ratings: 401
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 8
Gots: 21 | 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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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 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 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 FightingEntropy
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A beer that really lives up to its name--dark, almost opaque black beer with a brown head that receded quickly but left a bit of lace after the first sip. Roasted light smoke flavor right up front in the taste, though less in the smell. Taste is the strongest characteristic. Mouthfeel is a little light, but respectable and the smell is good but it doesn't introduce what's coming to the palate. Overall, very good beer that is an easy drinking porter that has enough flavor to still be a porter.

Photo of Estarrio
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite brew from the Atlantic Brewing Company.

Poured a dark, chocolate black with a medium cocoa colored head. Not much retention but the silky lacings are persistent and pleasing.

Burnt molasses smell, mingles with chocolate and roasted malts for an intriguing aroma.

Roasted and sweet malts mix with molasses, vanilla, caramel in a sweet, smooth flavor. There is an earthy presence of oats followed by a slightly bitter finish to balance the flavor. The sweetness lasts throughout but is not overdone.

Nice, creamy mouthfeel. This is a great feeling and highly drinkable American porter.

Photo of aaronh
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark mahogany body topped by a tan head that slowly fades to a thick ring around the glass. Aroma has a decent amount of malt, with noticeable caramel scents tinged with a bit of herbal hops. The flavor is long on roasted notes in the beginning, and quickly moves to a bit of herbal hops then to a metallic bitterness. A medicinal astringency lingers for several seconds. The metallic note is repeated with the occasional "hop burp". Mouthfeel is solid, but a little light. Drinkability suffers with the impact of the off flavors. Not bad; hope to taste on tap some day.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very consistant head and recidual foam followed which were were very consistant. The aroma was a dark walnutty fragrance with lots of deep roasted and a mild amount of smokey malts. Very little hops noticed in the nose. Lots of nuts take over with the deep roasted malts in the palate of this beer. Hints of maple syrup dance around for a split second and then turn into a more familiar smopkey malt character.

Photo of karengarys
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with quite the head... (overcarbonated?)

Smells of coffee, as you would expect.

Taste is coffee, some chocolate, and quite a zing of pine hops.

Mouthfeel is quite good, but I reduced the rating a bit because it seems a bit overcarbonated.

finish is a bit bitter. It leaves a bit of an aftertaste.

Body is slightly lighter than I would expect, but I am more used to and take a liking to heavier beers.

This is a good porter to try. Of the many available it doesn't really stand out all that much, but it doesn't dissappoint either.

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

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours dark brown, with some light ruby highlights when held up to the light. Nice big fluffy tan head, great retention. Lots of lacing.

Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, & chocolate.

Taste is dark roasted malt, with coffee & dark chocolate dominating. Finish is dry, with a light hop punch & some black malt bitterness which lingers nicely in the aftertaste.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Smooth, maybe just a tad thin. The hop punch makes it a little crisper in the finish than a lot of porters. Good balance, and certain session material.

Photo of drotski
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin foamy head, black as old motor oil. Very nice for the style.

Smelled like burnt chocolate, very rich aroma. Roasted nuts and dark roasted malt smell.

Tasted of burnt chocolate, with a hint of coffee. Nutty aftertaste. Nice bitterness. Reminded me a lot of Sam Adams Chocolate Bock, only much cheaper and a litte more bitter.

Smooth, refreshing mouthfeel, but a little thinner than expected (due to the 6.5 abv I assume).

Overall, this is one of my favorite beers. Not for the faint of heart, this is a a real beer drinkers beer.

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.

Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very deep brown, almost black, color with moderate tannish head. Smell is rich and roasty. Strong notes of coffee and cocoa also present. Very enjoyable toasty flavor, with when combined with the coffee tastes present an elegantly rich-tasting beer. Finished with a slight dryness that is a perfect ending. Very Nice beer.

Photo of bennetj17
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black with only the slightest translucence to light, creating a deep amber hue. Thin wispy off-white head dissolves in a minute. Hazelnut mocha aroma is not too strong, but enjoyable. Roasted coffee and nut flavors are predominant but fade a bit toward finish. Dry, low bitterness. Medium body, avoids a chewy thickness making it easy to sip. Seems lower than stated ABV. Drinkablility is nice, very middle of the road selection that doesn't deviate much from the Porter style...

Photo of Drew966
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coal Porter pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights and a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Coffee is noticeable in the aroma. Tastes pretty good, coffee and chocolate notes are both present. Coffee predominates. Definitely worth a try, this is a pretty good porter.

Photo of normZurawski
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All around, this is a pretty good porter. I don't remember this being so enjoyable when I bought it several months ago. But here, on a very chilly spring June evening, this really hits the spot. Nice rounded toasty and light burn flavor rides through, not too strong and very easy to drink. Light hops brings the finish home, well done but possibly lighter and less in-your-face than some people like, which is why I rate this as highly drinkable because it's tasty and general inoffensive. Maybe I get a light chocolate bitterness, very light. Nice.

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

A: Dark coffee colored with slight reddish hues peeking through when held up to light. Tannish head that exhibits good retention. Good lacing throughout. A nice brew to look at.
S: The chocolate and coffee are the most apparent flavors, but the glue that holds the scents together is a roasted smell. The coffee and chocolate are both delivered slightly bitter on the nose. Slightly bland at times.
T: Parallels the smell. Roasted bitter chocolate and bitter coffee flavors. The chocolate hits you up front and in the middle and the coffee picks up there and finishes out the brew with a slight bitterness. Smooth flavors, but a noticeable bitterness at the end.
MF: A little light, but still medium to light that finishes slightly smooth.
Overall: A solid brew with good flavors and a nice smoothness to it. A bit thin and somewhat bland at times, but a solid brew that I would have again.

Photo of Higravity
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Robust Porter in ful swing. This is a nice little NE beer, pours black a coal, hehe, and I get a tanish head with some lace in the glass. Very roasty out of the gate with some cocao and expresso tints. Taste is of chocolate malt with some roasted barely what is nice is the lack of the dark bite that makes this a little smoother. The body suffers a little bit for a porter I know its not a stout but ... Good drinker in a nights rotation.

Photo of trep
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark black body with glints of light passing through when held up to the light.

Roasted malt, a little chocolate but not much else.

Roasted malt up front and, like the smell, a little chocolate in the finish. Kind of bitter aftertaste. Like drinking a cup of cold, black coffee.

Mouthfeel isn't bad, but its thin and doesn't really do much for me.

I could drink alot of these but I probably wouldn't want too. Just something missing from this one I think.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a deep, dark brown with a thin tan head that wanes. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smells terriffic! Deep roasted malts with a slightly burnt aroma. Mild caramel and espresso tones are woven in as well.

Taste is roasted malts upfront with a slight hint of caramel. Finishes with a slightly burnt taste and just a touch of mocha. Tastes good, but doesn't quite meet the promise of the smell.

Body seems thin, especially considering the ABV. Low carbonation.

Certainly a decent porter and quite drinkable. Just needs a bit more meat on it's bones.

Photo of jaluria
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy to pick up this new addition from my local store and pair it with a nice hearty bean dish.

Poured a thick, viscous black color with subtle rust hues at the bottom or my pint glass. A thick, frothy head developed with a mocha color that stayed intact for quite some time. Rings and rings of lacing were left behind as I sipped the beer. Aromas of nuts, sugar candy, earth, chocolate, and expresso came out nicely. The taste was quite good with an initial blast of roasted malts followed quickly by a hoppy bitterness. The finish was rich and sweet with lingering nutty flavors along with dark chocolate. Slightly thin feel in my mouth; not as creamy or smooth as I would have liked. Expresso-like feeling in the back of my throat. A very nice porter with loads of roastd flavors that work very well together. I would have no problem throwing back a few of these in a single sitting.

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.

Photo of santoslhalper
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearence: A nice, clear light-to-medium brown with a thin, long sustaining off-white head.

Smell: Very rich smelling, with chocolate and coffee notes everyone. Nicely hopped. Very smooth and intruiging smelling.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is nice and rich, with chocolate notes throughout. The hops are nice, and balance everything out just right. Not over the top, not crazy, not imperial, just tasty. The mouthfeel is a bit thin.

Drinkability and Overall: A good, quality porter for sure. Recommended if you want an easily quaffed, rich, and tasty beer that won't get you silly.

Photo of daliandragon
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally, a return to American beer after a weeklong Irish vacation and afterwards another week of recovery. They sure like their porter over in Ireland, where half the drinking songs mention porter, even more so than stout.
This porter is dark brown and cola like in appearance. I'd also like to see at least some head, as oppossed to the total lack of same sampled here. The nose is full of solid roast malt and a touch of balancing hops and smells fresh although no date is marked on the label.
Tasty, with that "sourmash" porter flavor to it accomanying a gritty texture and thin but crisp body. Some hints of chocolate and metal in the aftertaste. Slightly overcarbonated but it doesn't alter the taste of the beer, which is a good thing in this case.
Not otherworldly but this is a decent, honest porter with good ingredients and handcraft.

Photo of Tallboy
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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.

Coal Porter from Atlantic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.