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Coal Porter - Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ

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Coal PorterCoal Porter

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278 Reviews
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Reviews: 278
Hads: 430
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 15.86%
Wants: 7
Gots: 33 | 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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Reviews: 278 | Hads: 430
Photo of lackenhauser
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown in color. Small tan head. Pleasant aroma-more toasted then roasted. Slight hop aroma as well. Nice roasted flavor with enough hop flavor to stand out. Moderate hop bitterness as well. Mild cocoa character. Decent body-could use a slight kick body wise but thats just me. Nice porter overall-well done.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a dark brown, almost opaque porter. A solid 1 finger head, off white settles down to a slight film and nice ring.
A subtle, soft and solid aroma. A nice blend of fresh coffee berry and dark chocolate, some bitterness and prune hints.
A juicy porter is what first comes mind. Raisin and dark chocolate come through the coffee front line. A first bite on the middle of tongue, then a slightly velvety finish. Flavors of chocolate, toast, coffee and tobacco interplay rather well. None is dominant, yet none weak. Semi sweet on the lips. A medium-long finish. A solid porter.

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Photo of bob3701
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint. Looks black until you hold it up to the light then its a cloudy deep dark brown with heavy particulates (yeast?) suspended in the brew. Creamy tan head settles quickly into a film and laces very nicely. Coffee aroma with roasted malts. Starts with a slight bitter coffee flavor and finishes with a slightly sweet taste. Very smooth in the mouth. Not a bad porter.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coffee, lightly roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out malty and a little creamy with flavors of roasted coffee beans and a little bit of chocolate. The hops presence is mild but exactly where it should be for the style. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a while if you're in the mood for the style.

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Photo of BetterDarker
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce poured into pint glass

A- Very dark brown, almost black with decent head, some lacing.

S- Nice roasted malt aroma, some coffee, maybe chocolate. I can not detect much of a hop aroma.

T- Much like the aroma, there's a coffee flavor balanced very well with the roasted malt. Not very bitter, very well balanced beer.

M- Good, clean mouthfeel, not heavy, good carbonation.

D- Very drinkable, could easily have a few more of these.

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Photo of jlindros
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Small thick head of less than a finger, but thick and rich looking. Very dark color that lets a very small touch of light through.

N: More like a clean crisp ale than anything. Light malt flavors, clean crisp light ale aromas, very light sweet syrupy aroma. Very faint aromas of roasted malts.

T: Pretty thin and very basic for a porter. A little bit of sweet syrup. Light hints of roasted malts and dark malts, strong crystal malts, light chocolate, crisp clean ale tastes, a slight creamy taste (very very slight), touch of dark fruits some fig and dates.

M: Semi thin, lower carbonation.

F: A little dry as it dries from the semi sweetness of the initial taste. A slight bitter stout like flavor. The slight creamy flavor and chocolate seem to linger in their very light flavors. Finishes semi clean.

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Photo of MaineBirdMan
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 7/25/2009 (bottle):

Pours a very dark dark brown colored body, with a small off-white color head, diminishing in size. Has a malty, grapy aroma, with some mustiness. A strong strawberry aroma. Malty taste, some roasted notes. Somewhat earthy. Good.

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Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Modest head that leaves very light lace on the glass. The liquor is dark brown where the faintest of light passes through.

Nice aroma of burnt toast and darker malts.

Well-balanced chocolate and black patent malt with a notable hop presence. The body is thin, like many of their other beers. But the flavor is rich and full.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Continuing my Maine Marathon beer haul.

"With a corncob pipe, a button nose, and 2 eyes made of coal."

Freshness dated bottle with nothing checked off. Aparently this beer lasts forever. Black with dark brown highlights. One finger tan head leaves a few lacey gasps before skimming.

Smells of sweet caramelized brown sugar with a roasty tinting. Nice aroma, I just wish it was stronger.

Creamy, sooty roast malt with a lingering licorice fade. Silky and way to oeasy to empty a glass fast.

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Photo of Kallessin
2.15/5  rDev -42.2%
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.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on August 24, 2009.

A: Black, and slightly brown on the edges. The head is made of big bubbles. It disappear rapidly. Lacing is medium...

S: Chocolate and faint notes of roasted malts.

T: In the taste I get more roasted malts and then some chocolate. Nice bitterness from the roasted malts. The taste stays some time in the mouth. Nice.

M: Medium body and carbonation is present in mouth.

D: Easy to drink. Very drinkable and a good beer.

A good porter.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Atlantic- Coal Porter

A- Deep dark brown with a small filmy head.
S- Light dusty chocolate with ash.
T- Sweet burnt vanilla, brown sugar, and chocolate powder. Good malty body.
M- Dry cocoa throughout with thick sweet sugar. Mild and smooth.

Overall- A good solid Porter. This is a go to beer for an Autumn/ winter weekend in Bar Harbor.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Tootsie-Roll brown with a superb head which leaves some lacing and retains very well

S- Foremost smell is roast malt alike a dark coffee roast. Also some chocolate and dark fruits.

T- Flavors are a mix of sweet, tart, and bitter elements resulting in an smooth, enjoyable taste alike the smell in balance with sugar and water.

M- Very smooth carbonation and a moderate body. A bit dry on the tongue

D- Very drinkable with no cloying or off flavors..

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Photo of SykDoc
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pourts a dark brown that is almost opaque when held to the light. A minimal tan head forms and reduces to a lacing around the edges. Carbonation is visible.

The aroma includes nice roasted malts and coffee with a caramel sweet and dark chocolate bitterness.

The taste is not what I was expecting from the aroma. Light in flavor with some coffee and bitter chocolate, but also an earthy hops component, particularly at the finish.

The mouthfeel was a bit weak as noted above. light/medium bodied. Reasonable carbonation. It goes down fairly clean and leaves a minimal bitter dryness at the finish.

This is an okay beer and worth enjoying but a little bit stiffer taste would have made it significantly better. Worth trying as I can see it being liked but not quite strong enough for my liking.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Dark brown beer, rather opaque and murky. Light-tan head, nondescript, receded relatively quickly and remained only sparsly.

S-Chocolate maltiness, with a hing of roasted malt.

T-Hints of sweetness and chocolate malt with a distinct roasted smokiness that lingers into the finish. Hop bitterness makes a nice appearance, but it largely seemed overshadowed by roasty bitterness and a slight bitter roasted coffee.

M-Medium-light body, moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

D-Decent. This beer would be quite sessionable, and with an interesting flavor profile, perhaps be a bit more exciting than some session brews.

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Photo of tatoodkelt
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- Poured as black as its namesake with an inch thick chunky head that faded slowly. Sediment hanging throughout the glass.

S- Very roasted, faint chocolate.

T- Much like the smell, very earthy and no bitterness.

M- Definitely lighter and a little more waterythan I expected but still very good.

D- Very easy to drink, very sessionable. I'll be looking for this again.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.01/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice rich brown with a decent tan head that dissipated. No lacing.

Some dark roasted malt, with a dark roasted coffee edge. Nothing overly exciting, but not bad.

This one is kinda on the weak side. No strong flavors. Coffee, but a bit like a scorched coffeepot, with some carbony burnt toast edges, almost smokey. But there is a wateryness to this that keeps this porter very very average. Finish is fairly clean.

Again, a bit too thin in mouthfeel. Missing something here.

Goes down easy, but is lacking. Not bad at all, but you can do much better. If you are local/near to the brewery, worth drinking, but not worth seeking out otherwise.

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Photo of alcstradamus
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

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Photo of albern
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The defining characteristic of this porter is its lightness and slight watery character, which had it been thicker and creamier would have significantly elevated it in the rankings. The beer looks very good with a nice deep dark matte colored brown with a nice tannish brown head. The nose is a delight. It has a milkshake like nose with some caramel, nice roasted malts, nice chocolately tones all over it. The taste is definitely chocolately but with a touch of slightly biting cherry, some slightly charred notes, and a definite smoothness. This is a nice porter but not substantial enough to warrant seeking out.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours beige 1 finger head. Body is black and opaque, sediment is floating around. Head retention and lacing are slightly above average

Smells of roasted chocolate malt, also coffee bean, not much else

Taste is big on roasted malt. Coffee and chocolate are main flavors but there is an aftertaste of some hops. Yeast is also tasted, doesnt taste sour but it is fruity.

There is a semi creamy head. Body is nice and middle of the road in terms of thickness. Carbonation level is balanced too

Over all its a good porter. A bit light but lots of flavor there, very session able. Wish i could get more but i dont think they distribute to Colorado

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Photo of oldbowhunter
2.39/5  rDev -35.8%
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.

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Photo of waltonc
2.34/5  rDev -37.1%
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.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours dark brown with amber edges, nice large off-white head with decent retention but minimal lacing.

S: Smells highly roasted, with hints of chocolate and coffee.

T: Just as it smells, strong roasted malts with hints of coffee and chocolate and an interesting taste that i have described as "coal" in other reviews.

M: Very light, I was surprised. Well carbonated but just didn't have to body that I enjoy.

Overall: Nice cheap porter with great taste and smell. Pick it up.

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Photo of witster18
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Coal Porter from Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
84 out of 100 based on 278 ratings.