Blackwater Porter - Orlando Brewing Partners

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Orlando Brewing Partners visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.43% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-24-2004

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Ratings: 75 | Reviews: 21
Reviews by beerdown77:
Photo of beerdown77
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours very dark brown with big, tan head and some sediment. The smell is slight coffee and toasted malt. The taste is slightly sweeter than I would expect from the smell, but there is still a pretty good balance to this beer. The aftertaste leaves a bit of a crisp, dry sensation…thus the name. This beer seems a little thin to me, and the retention of the head is not outstanding. Still, this is a drinkable beer with a pleasant, smoky flavor that is great for the style. If you like this beer, you will love Edmond Fitzgerald from Great Lakes.

More User Reviews:
Photo of WoodBrew
2.69/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Please note, I like my Porters and Stouts to have at minimum a medium body...this porter has a light it did not score hi with me...however, some may really enjoy this beer. The beer poured a darker amber with thin white head that did not lace. The smell included all the scents that one would want in a porter, but was a little weak. The taste included toasty malt, sweet chocolate tones and hint of espresso....again just weak. A sharp bitterness at the end hurts the beer. The mouthfeel was weak for a porter, light in body but good carbonation. Overall....not good for me.

Photo of cjgator3
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Orlando Brewery. Pours a pitch black body with a huge creamy tan head. Appearance is just beautiful! Aroma consists of dark roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Taste is creamy and smooth with roasted malt that finishes dry. This is a really solid porter and something that I will seek out in the future!

Photo of Jredner
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cask at the Cricketeer’s Arm. Served by a big dude named Red. Deep black with a firm mocha head and a huge coffee/toffee aroma. It is indeed chock full of coffee, toffee and roasty notes. Very dry finish and as I can readily attest HIGHLY drinkable.

Great stuff.

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Lately I've been so lucky to be trying some really good beer - this local brew from Orlando was another pleasant surprise that keeps my lucky streak going.

The beer pours practically black out of the bottle with a light hint of caramel. No head but the lacing sticks all the way down. The smell of the porter blew me away - there was a strong odor of chocolate with hints of cinnamon and what I would call "sweet malt." The beer feels thick and the carbonation was just about right - a little aftertaste though. The taste was just slightly disappointing - it reminded me a bit of drinking a pale ale (which I've learned I'm not too big of a fan) but those scents of "sweet malt" and cinnamon came through. I gave it an overall low score since the aftertaste stuck in my mouth way longer than I would have liked. Otherwise, it's a great beer and it's nice to know someone is brewing good, local beer.

Photo of eandolina
4.57/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a pleasant surprise!

While on vacation, with the family at Disney World; I discovered the Orlando Brewing Co.
I never knew they existed. One of the bars at our resort had the "Old Pelican" on draft. I was so impressed with it that I made some inquiries as to where I could buy some bottles to take back home with me (PA).
I found a "Whole Foods" market nearby, and I bought a mixed case of OBC offerings.

This Black Water Porter is typical of all their brews--high quality, and attention to detail.
Color and aroma are spot on for a dry porter
Great taste, head retention and lasing.
A "must try"
I would highly recommend anything from this producer.

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
2.72/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this one as a single from WFM. Kinda glad I only got one.

A: Super duper dark. Can't see any light shine through when held up to light. Black. You get the picutre. Not much head or retention of it.

S: Sea water and coffee.

T: Salty, coffee notes, maybe a little dark chocolate. Despite the dark color, this beer was surpisingly watery.

Drinkability: Can't see having more than like 3 of these without getting tired of it. ABV isn't really a factor.

Value: Paid under $2 for a single. Not bad just to try one.

I love supporting local beers as much as the next guy, but this is not one I'd get again. It is organic though so that's one good reason to pick one up.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at World of Beer in Viera, FL. Never had anything from this brewery before, so I figured I'd give it a shot. The beer was served in a pint glass, and it was a very deep, dark brown with amber highlights on the edges. No head to speak of. Aromas of molasses and coffee, blending into a nice bittersweet smell. Crisp and dry in mouth, which makes sense why it was listed on the beer menu as a Dry Porter; it's not just a clever name. Very smooth coffee flavors that start sweet, with the bitter, dark roasted flavors into the finish. Bitter and roasted aftertaste, too. Very easy to drink, and very tasty. Combined with a low ABV, this is an easy brew to session.

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Served as part of a flight at Epcot.

Dark brown to black with very light tan head that dissipated quickly.

Smell is charred malt, chocolate and coffee.

Taste follows smell with lots of dark roasted coffee, dark chocolates and darkly roasted malts. Charred flavor lingers on the palate. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is somewhat watery but very drinkable. Low carbonation.

Overall this was very good. A little light in the feel but not too bad.

Photo of Durge
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Dark brownish-black with a decent head and good lace. The aroma is a very inticing blend of nutty chocolate and molasses. The taste brings on early charcoal followed by a light malt flavor. It quickly accents a somewhat bitter, grassy quality which I don't care for in this variety. It's unusually thin bodied which perhaps makes it easier to drink as dark beers go, but it is a bit bothersome in combination with the grassy quality. The nice malty/chocolate qualities are overwhelmed and lost once you get a few sips into this. It does become more complex and likeable as it warms. Low carbonation, not bad overall. Defintely worth a try but seemed more promising at the initial sniff!

Photo of Vancer
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can see why this one rates high on BA - a real top notch porter.

Darn solid in all aspects;
Poured an almost opaque black, tan head was frothy and lasting. An immediate whiff of malty chocolate smacks you, then the quaff takes over. Very nice roasted and powdery chocolate, with a nice trademark of sour ale. Finished very crisp and clean for a porter.

Very smooth and drinkable at 5.13%, one of my favorites in a neat brew house bar. A have-to-have beer while there.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of OBCs better beers. A dark brown bordering black body with a two-finger head that left a lace ring as it went down. Coffee and roasted malts, plus maybe some chocolate, make for a strong malt smell. Very creamy, almost buttery and slick, with a good mix of coffee and roasted malts in the taste of this lighter than most porters. Not overly bitter but a great dry backbite. Maybe a little simplistic, but this is a damn good porter.

Photo of Drew966
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Blackwater Dry Porter arrived in a pint glass and appeared to be almost black with just a hint of red around the edges with a decent tan head. The aroma is coffee like. The flavor is heavy on the coffee with a touch of cocoa too. The mouthfeel is on the thin side, but also makes it very drinkable. Quite enjoyable.

Photo of Chaney
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a ridiculously small see-through glass in my Orlando hotel room.

A: Black coffee, no highlights, and with no real head to speak of except a light white dusting on top.

S: Coffee and fresh cardboard first and foremost. Additionally, I got some chocolatey malt.

T: A bit more on the dark fruit side that I was expecting, but hell... I'll take it! Still, the coffee was prevalent, and definitely the dark roasty malt.

M: Low carbonation, somewhat sweet, but not too, and the lacing was stupidly non-existent.

O: This was good, if somewhat underwhelming...

Photo of casadebia
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark appearance with only a tiny hint of amber but mostly black.

Smell of roasted coffee with a hint of creamy chocolate.

Strong coffee start that ends with a chocolate malty finish.

Not too thick but also not very complex.

Despite the darkness, not too filling or overpowering.

Photo of nick76
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is medium brown with an average head. The aroma is weak but has all that I wanted from the style. It's toasty, malty, sweet, and chocolaty. The taste is like the aroma and seems to be almost creamy. The mouth feel is approaching smooth but just a tad thin. This is quite a good session beer and is good by itself or with just about any food. Try one of these.

Photo of mattcrill
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Key W. Kools here in Orlando, FL

Appearance: "Imperial stout"-like in appearance. Black as night with a thick, creamy tan head. No light gets through this monster and it looks menacing in the glass.

Smell: Carmel, roasted malts, and hints of maple but it was served too cold so I think that is diminishing the smell some.

Taste: Oh my...this is great! The maple is amped up on this one! I get black walnuts, carmel, chocolate, chocolate malt, and more maple. Very complex with a coffee, roasted finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full and creamy. Slightly undercarbonated but that is A-OK for this style.

Drinkability: This is the nectar of the beer gods! I could drink this all night long. Roasty goodness in a glass. This one is a keeper for sure.

Strongly recommended.

Photo of RonfromJersey
2.9/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The Lost Spring Break 2012 Beer Reviews, chapter two:

Black body,topped by a level medium tan had.

Aroma is deep roasted coffee. Inviting and assertive.

Taste is also coffee, but it seems a weaker brew on he tongue than the nose. Definite watery quality, which dilutes the finish. No aftertaste.

Wimpy mouthfeel for a porter. Nothing to chew on.

An ok beginning but disappointing overall.

Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Served in a pint glass at the Orlando Brewery.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything.

Smell: Smoke, toffee, caramel, chocolate, roasted, and earthy.

Taste: Nice balance of malts. Bitterness in the rear. Smoke is the most dominant.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, ashy bitterness, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Awesome porter. I'll get another.

Photo of chemmie
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at the Orlando Brewing Company's tap room.
It pours a dark brown, almost black, color with a beautiful chocolate milk colored head.
The smell of this beer is the best part. It is perhaps one off the best I have ever had the joy of smelling. It's a very strong cocoa smell. However, the mouthfeel takes away from the great smell. It was suprisingly light, almost too light.
The taste of mocha and cocoa comes a little late. While drinking, you don't get too much of it, but after it goes down, the aftertaste hits hard. Great porter taste.
Very tasty and what it is lacking in mouthfeel it more than makes up for with it's smell and appearance.
Overall, 7.5/10.

Photo of HardcoreKeith
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is, IMO, the best offering from Orlando Brewing, which I've had several times. I had one just now at the taproom.

Appearance is a very appealing dark, dark brown. Almost no head, and carbonation is low. It's thin and light on the roasted barley flavor, but they're there, and it more than makes up for it with drinkability. This is an excellent session beer and it's unfortunate that it doesn't seem to be in bottles anywhere.

Blackwater Porter from Orlando Brewing Partners
84 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.