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Piedmont Porter - Minhas Craft Brewery

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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 18.51%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: TastyTaste on 12-04-2004

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3.11/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a white wine glass for tasting.

Appearance: Thick, creamy head with large bubbles. Pours a dark, pellucid brown.

Aroma: Sweet malt smell with an earthy roasty presence and hints of caramel.

Taste: Some dark roasted flavor and a lightly sweet malt taste. Overall mild for a porter.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, much lighterbodied than I would expect of a porter.

Drinkability: Good, added complexity would help here but you could drink this all night if you didn't have any other good beers.

Photo of ncfranklin
1.86/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Part of some beer gift pack given to me.

A: Dark, ruby color. Some bubbles, no head.

S: Feint roasty, not alot going on here.

T: Eh. A little molasses, not much else. Not a flavor burst.

M: Hard to call this one a porter. Medium bodied, if that.

D: Avoid.

Photo of Krishob
2.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This was one of the samplings from a gift pack for american beers. Glad that it was a gift.

Appearance - nice brown color, low carbonation & head is gone before you know it. It has a clear appearance & looks good enough to bring you in for a taste.

Smell - This is more malts then hops. Sweet smelling, chocolaty and roasty.

Taste - The flavor is sweet, but not overly sweet. Definitely needs more buttering, but not horrible. The sweetness from the brown sugar & the malts comes throughout and that is well balanced, but the lack of the bitter at the end of the sip makes the beer seem to fall flat .

Mouthfeel - The beer has a watery yet smooth body. It does feel flat due to lack of carbonation and wateriness, but would be constant with the feel of this era brewing (1799 AD).

Drinkability - The beer is a easy drink from start to finish. Would I search this beer out, no, but depending on choices or if I was gifted this pack again I know that I would drink this first.

Photo of magnj
3.05/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My brother hooked me up with the Beer's of America set...

A - Nice creamy head from an aggressive pour into a Guinness glass. A clear deep brown body lies beneath.

S - Aroma is...beery. Mild chocolate nose, smells more like a brown ale than a porter at least by today's standards.

T - Thin body but reasonably good chocolate and coffee flavor, again more in line with an American Brown than a porter to me.

M/D - Thin body but not watery. Easy to drink, not the most complex, innovative, or style accurate brew but not bad. It may reflect what a porter was like at the time, in the area.

Photo of biggred1
2.55/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Clear russet with amber highlights, pretty light colored for a porter. Creamy light tan head that quickly fades to a skim and leaves little lace behind on the glass. Light toasted grain and brown sugar are detected in the mild nose. Brown sugar, bubblegum and a touch of toasted malt. This beer is way undermalted for the style, it's more Oktoberfest than porter. Light, watery and fizzy. This beer is just not very good.

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2.19/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes on 9/15/09

A - poured very dark brown with a clear garnet hue in the light. Nice foamy beige head of 1.5" in the tulip. Decent rings of lace. 3.5

S - very faint, light roasted malts and a hint of caramel. Not much improvement after warming up. 2.0

T - caramel, toasted biscuits, hint of coffee aftertaste, otherwise quite clean. A bit lacking all around. 2.0

M - Thin for a porter. Highly carbonated. 2.0

D - decent, I probably won't get this again but it has its place at a bbq... 3.0

Overall - This is a bland, fizzy, and all around useless beer. Pretty sad when it's the best one out of the entire mix pack of "History of American Beer".

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3.74/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a very dark ruby red almost brown with a one finger tan foamy head. This porter has a pretty decent head retention and good lacing. I pick up some malt and a slight sweet smell. It has a very similar smell to many of the other Minhas beers. None of the flavors in this beer are overwhelming. It has very good balance. Has some roasted flavors and just a little hop flavor. It has a pretty smooth medium bodied mouthfeel. For the most part, I like this beer. I would have it again.

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2.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark chestnut brown, with a small head of off white/grey bubbles.

S: Pale malt, caramel malt, and a bit of roasted malt. Acidic sourness can also be noticed.

T: Fruity (yeast?) flavour, with a light malt backbone, finishing dry. Slightly sour, light nuttiness.

M: Very watery, low carbonation.

D: This was very interesting to try once.

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2.2/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

5th of 6th beers from this Historical Beers of America pack.

Pours a clear copper color with about one finger of light tan head. This is a porter? Very light color for a porter. Only keeps a thin lace and not much more.

Smells of sweet, buttery caramel and toffee. No roasted aroma to speak of, nor any hops. It's not offensive, although it's not very appealing either.

Taste is even less appealing. It's sweet and not much else, with buttery caramel and a touch of honey. Nose smelled more like toffee but I don't get that here. Also a touch of grain and a metallic quality. Bleh.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the sweetness is a bit cloying, a bit sticky. Carbonation is advanced enough to keep it from being too much of a trainwreck.

I often think that porter is a style that's hard to screw up. It's dark enough that you can hide flaws relatively easily, and doesn't demand a ton of flavor or complexity. This, however, is a lousy one. In keeping with my thoughts about the other beers from this box, I'm glad that beer in America has progressed to where we are now.

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2.35/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Piedmont Porter

poured from a very interesting bottle with a parchment style label with a weird looking bird announcing that 'freedom is brewing'.

tis light red with amber at the bottom, this doesn't look too much like a porter. a tiny little head came up with some aggressive pouring but faded out quickly.

smell of light roasts and dirty water. and that's pretty much it.

tastes of slightly roasted nuts, taste is followed by the dirty water/metal/diacetyl taste that seems to be the theme in the beers of america pack. overall this is a dull beer. the slight roasted notes are the only thing similar to a porter i can detect, but it's ruined by its other qualities.

mouthfeel slick and watery, not much carbonation. not satisfying at all. drinkability okay i guess. it's not completely horrible, it's bearable. but it's nowhere near a porter. reminds me of a coca-cola, really.

i would use the words 'watery' 'roasty' and 'indistinguished' for this beer.

Photo of thekanna
2.98/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

One of the beers from the Beers of America Historical Beer Collection.

A: Pours a somewhat clear tannish color leaning towards light orange-red. Not much head except for a thin, white ring.

S: Generally fresh with hints of roasted sweet malts.

T: Strong sweet malt flavor with some diacetyl, citrusy hops and a faint roasted character. This would serve as a nice, heavier American Wheat ale, but this is definitely not a Porter in the conventional sense of the style.

M: Somewhat thin with medium carbonation.

D: It was drinkable enough, but nothing about this beer said Porter to me.

Photo of generallee
2.1/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: This is one of six beers from an eighteen pack labeled Beer of America, Historical Collection. The 18 pack also came with a nice book titled, The History of Beer in America. It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There appears to be no freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance: The body has a medium brownish/red color with a very clear appearance and visible carbonation. This seems very odd to me for the style. On top is a thin white head that quickly fades out to just a wispy thin ring of bubbles that makes no lacing at all.

Smell: Its aroma has hints of lightly roasted sweet malt and metallic/salty minerals with a touch of leafy hops.

Taste/Palate: There is a big buttery grain flavor with some lighter hints of roasted malt. The malt up front has modest sweetness is lightly balanced by some mineral/leafy hop flavor and mild bitterness. Into the finish there are some citrus orange peel and salty metallic notes. The body is light to medium with a slick fizzy texture.

Notes: There is nothing about this beer that reminds me of porter. The color seems to light, the flavor is to light and boring. There is no head retention at all and it has that same salty/metallic/diacetyl taste I found in all the others beers in this mixed pack. The best part of this 18 pack is the book that came with it.

Photo of joepais
2.82/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass produced a finger worth of tan that than disappears to almost no lace. The body of the brew was the typical black for a porter.

Aromas' of roasted malts and a light coffee smell filled my nose. The flavor is rather subdued too a little watery not to much in the way of roasted malt flavor. The mouthfeel is rather light for a porter as well, good carbonation though.

It is drinkable it goes down really fast not what I expect in a porter as well. Really not to impressed with this brewery. Oh well live and learn

Photo of Durge
3.75/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A solid heavy brown color with a modest dusty tan head that erodes quickly into a ring and very little sign of lacing. The aroma is licorice charcoal and molasses raisin. Interesting. The taste brings more charcoal molasses and caramel malt. Not a bad flavor although the feel is a bit too aqueous. It does offer a refreshingly fine carbonation and is very drinkable. There's a vague touch of prune-like alcohol but it's obviously not high in alcohol. Near the end I even detect a slight dark chocolate effect. Overall, for a thin, drinkable porter this was pretty good. Suitable for most any occasion! My bottle actually specifies the brewery name as "MD II" which may account for my higher than average rating here somehow. I should also note that this has been in my fridge for well over a year, maybe aging did the trick?

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Piedmont Porter from Minhas Craft Brewery
68 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.