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Labatt Brewers Collection Porter - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 87
Avg: 2.73
pDev: 21.98%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: scottum on 01-06-2004

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Photo of Cave-Dave
3/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If you didn't know that this was supposed to be a porter, then it's fine - not great - just fine. But it's certainly not a porter. Don't know what Labatt was thinking when they called it this - it would be more suitable to call it simply a dark beer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.5 ounce bottle, no bottle date. A friend gave me a bottle recently, figured I'd try it now. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear reddish/brown color with almost an inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like caramel and roasted malt, and some cola. It tastes like caramel and roasted malt, cola, minerals, and some bittersweet chocolate. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's a bit slick but watery at the same time. It's not one of the better porters I've had, that's for sure. I didn't have any problems finishing the bottle so it's not like it was horrible, but I know I won't be trying this again anytime soon.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance- The beer pours a light brown color with a one finger of fizzy cream colored head. The head fades fast. Once the head is completely faded, it ends up leaving a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a sweeter caramel smell mixed with aromas of chocolate and a light roasted malt. Other than these aromas, are some lighter notes of some light grass and herbal hop rounding out the aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a somewhat light roasted malt flavor mixed with a rather strong level of a caramel sweetness. These flavors create the bulk of the taste, lasting throughout. Toward the middle, a little bit of cocoa comes to the tongue. This very light cocoa is then latter followed by some light grssy hop flavors to leave a rather sweet and moderately crisp flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the lower side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. A bit of a lower carbonation level and a much thicker body would have suited the style better possibly accentuating the roasted and darker flavors a bit better.

Overall – A little too sweet in flavor and thin in body without enough roasted flavors to balance it out the sweet. Not really the best porter out there.

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Photo of barnzy78
2.9/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - brown body, creamy tan head, good retention
S - not much here, faint chocolate, faint cola
T - chocolate, caramel, cola, slightly roasty
M - thinner body, ample carbonation
O - not the best porter I've had; definitely lacking some aroma, and even for flavor it's pretty lackluster

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Photo of rdeaton
2.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - You can see through this beer. In my experience, you can't see through porters.

Smell - What is there for aroma is fine, but I am used to porters having a complex aroma with many layers. This is one dimensional and faint. Seems like maybe they made a porter and then made this beer with the second runnings.

Taste - Light, one dimensional, doesn't taste bad, but I expect more out of a real porter.

Mouthfeel - This has the mouthfeel of a pilsner. Overly carbonated maybe, feels fizzy.

Overall - I think everyone expects more out of a beer labeled porter. I bought this in a variety pack for a really good deal, so for the price I paid I wouldn't expect more. I got the pack for about the price of an american domestic. If you use that as a comparison, this is a good deal.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
1.91/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served from a 341ml bottle to a snifter

A: Rather black looking an topped with a fluffy beige head.

S: Sweet caramel malts.

T: Just disgusting. Extreme caramel sweetness with no balance whatsoever. Finishes with a metallic tinge. I couldn't even finish it due to this sweetness and poured after I finished half the glass.

M: Decent I suppose.

O: A terrible tasting beer imo. There was no balance and it was just disgusting. My second drain pour after roughly 80 different beers.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

by far and away the best brew ive had from labatt, no question. called the classic porter on the label, this one pours a nice thick dark brown color with good carbonation giving rise to an inch of tan foam. the nose is a little sweet, vanilla and dark malts compete for attention. the flavor is sort of divided, roasted barley, burnt toast, and bakers chocolate are the first half, sweet milk sugar and vanilla extract round out the second act. its really quite good, not too sweet, but more than the usual english style porter for sure. smooth texture, fuller body, but id have several of these. overall not about to win any awards, but for a labatt beer, this one is exceptional. nice around the holidays.

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Photo of fx20736
3.45/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.5 oz bottle into a pint glass, room temp.

Deep dark brown, almost black, with a thin creamy tan head, nice lacing.

aroma of roasted barley, toasted malt and grassy hops

mouthfeel is lightish

taste: toasted malt, roasted barley, a little lactic twang of sourness and a little smoke on the back end.

Notes: another nice beer from this collection, tasty, well made. Bravo Labatt brewing.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a dark brown color but it wasn't opaque like most porters are. The head was thing and tan in color. The smell of the beer had some basic roasted aromas on the nose. The taste of beer reminded me of a flat cola of somekind. The taste is sweet and roasted but also not strong enough. The mouthfeel of the beer was watery and not really that impressive. Overall it's hardly a porter worth trying.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.49/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark brown hue with a thin tan head. The lacing and retention on this beer is quite good. The smell is of cocoa and some malts. The taste is of a mild bitter chocolate and some sweet malts. The mouthfeel is an easy drinking very light and watery for a porter. Overall, this porter is more mild and way less bitter than most. Like the others in the limited edition collection that recently came out this porter is ideal for a first time porter drinker.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.5 oz brown bottle

Labatt Porter from the Brewers Collection [fall variety case] poured a dark brown almost black with a foamy tan head sitting atop of my mug. The nose has a dry roasted malt smell. Taste is light [when compared to the better American Porters], of smoked malts, roasty, and weak/wet chocolate.

Overall, everything about Labatt’s Porter except the body is light. The only upside of this is it makes the Porter more session able than a better American Porter…can you say American LIGHT Porter?

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.7/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear dark brown color with ruby red hues from a 12 oz twist cap bottle. Surprisingly clear and transparent for a porter.
Thin film of a head that dissipates quickly; little to no carbonation.
Aroma is a nice blend of coffee malts and chocolate, with hints of chocolate malt balls.
Taste is similar to the aroma, sweet and malty all the way through. Finish is pretty clean and slightly on the drier side.
Honestly, I was curious to try a porter from a macro brewery and had little to no expectations. To my surprise though, this exceeded all of my expectations (even though I tried to keep no expectations).
Mouthfeel is a little on the watery side. Overall, this is a decent porter. I would recommend giving this a try if you get a chance.

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Photo of beachfirebrews
3.24/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just had this from a bottle poured into a pint glass.

I'm not the type to buy a case from a macro brewery, but a friend split a case with me. Most of the beers in the Labatt variety pack were below average (Marzen, Brown Ale, Red Ale), but this was a pleasant surprise. I actually really enjoy this Porter.

Very light mouthfeel, but has a full-bodied taste. Very dark color. The taste is slightly sweet, kind of a caramel like flavor. Slightly watery compared to most other micro porters, but not bad. I wouldn't say no to this beer if offered it again.

If you are ever looking for a cheaper beer that tastes good, go with this one. However, if you are looking for a high quality porter, you'll probably be disappointed. Overall I would give it a "C", but for the price its a high "B"!

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Photo of assmandugle
3.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured almost black like you would see a Coke. Had a small tan head and had typical caramely aromas. You could taste the caramel from the malt and had a roasty taste to it. It was decently carbonated which is rare in a soft porter as this. It drank slow as most porters do but I recommend checking this out for a change of pace beer.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.88/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I bought this 24 pack of Labatt yesterday I wasn't expecting much. This one exceeds my expectations. It is a mild porter - not as rich and creamy as some, but still with an interesting, roasty flavor.

It has a pleasant aftertaste, but, like I said, mild. They should have done a little more with it - maybe a hoppy character would be nice. So far this is the winner of the pack. Before yesterday I had no idea how close the Labatt brewery was to my home (100 miles due north, over 300 by car, though - it's on the other side of the lake).

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Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 11.5 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, a touch of chocolate. Taste is very mild, some roasted malts, a slight bitterness at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is like a porter light, nothing offensive, just bland.

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Photo of Zimbo
3.02/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

First brewed in 1958 this rebadged 'Velvet Cream Stout' (or 'Velvet Cream Porter' as it was called when I first drank it in the early 80s), along with Molson Porter, carried the can for Canadian stouts and porters for decades. In that way it is a classic in the same way that a car enthusiast might see a Trebant as a classic.

The head only shows itself while being poured but quickly proves to be quite a glass dodger. A bit slow off the mark for the head considering that the hops managed to avoid the bottle completely. Dark cola like in appearance this has a sweetness which just ever so slightly edges away from sickly. But its the cola quality that really wins out here especially if you want to have a few when you're out in a public place. Just throw it into McDonalds cup and you've got yourself a cop free beer beverage for the day. Always worked for me in Wasaga Beach in the past and the straw was an excellent decoy.

Nice to see the old re-interpreted label too. To be fair its a bit more honest in what it advertises now. And 'Muslin 2% Porter' would be a customer killer. Not that this beer really needs any help in that way.

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Photo of Schmidts
3.08/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours from the bottle cola brown with a 1/4 inch head white tan head that leaves to a small thin one,a small bit of laceing to.
Weak in smell some malt and caramel.
Tastes of sweet malt and caramel and a touch of light coffee. Very thin in your mouth not bad just not enough to it flavor wise.
Thin in your mouth almost to much so. Glad Labatts is trying but they need to give it some more malt and porter flavor, still it is not bad for a first try and I'm glad they are doing some differnet styles!
I give it a overall of 3.0

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Photo of drizzam
2.67/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown twist-top bottle - no freshness date.

A - Clear brown cola color with a negligible beige froth for a head. Even a fairly aggressive pour yielded no head, hence no lacing. With the carbonation, I'm having a hard time getting over just how much this brew looks like a glass of cola.

S - Very mild sweet malt aroma...I have to strain to even get that. Not much going on here...this isn't looking good so far.

T & M - Very watery. Some flavors of dark malt, maybe a tiny bit of watered down chocolate. This is by far the least robust Porter I have ever sampled. Very thin and watery body with a tad too high carbonation. Mouthfeel is thin and on the prickly side.

D - Drinking this makes me wonder if we shouldn't have a "Canadian Porter" category...this is a disgrace to the American Porters that are well brewed. If I had a choice between this and an Adjunct Lager, I would certainly choose this. I could see where it would go down easily on a hot Summer day. However, if you want a tasty Porter, look elsewhere.

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Photo of ZorPrime
1.65/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Black color beer which tends more like a dark brown beer. Head is timid and disappear quickly. Smell is very light but I get some chocolate on the first sniff. The remaining of the drinking session, I get nothing. On the taste is awful. It taste like sugary water. Awful beer.

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Photo of Lauthaha
3.5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Note: Beer was labeled "John Labatt's Signature Porter" but internet sources confirm they are one and the same.

Appearance: Deep, rich auburn bordering on black. Almost no head remains after a few moments. What is left is ivory to tan in color, and circling the edge of the glass.

Smell: Mocha character infused with hops. Some rich, dark chocolate with coffee penetrating the flavor. Aside from the bitter hops, not much else. I guess it's what you'd expect.

Taste: All I detected from the smell is present in the taste.

Mouthfeel: I know it's not a stout, but I am used to "porters" being full-bodied, and this one is very mild in comparison. Not bad, goes down smoothly, but can't give this a better-than-average rating.

Drinkability: I suppose it could be good in mid-winter by a fireplace, but it's just not doing it in early-fall in front of a computer.

Not a bad attempt by a macrobrewery to get some flavor into the mainstream. An alright porter.

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Photo of divineaudio
2.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

11.2 oz into a pint glass. no date.

appearance - well... it's dark at least. sort of a transparent dark brown with a thin off white head and no lace.

smells weakly of herbal hops and a little roast.

really disappointed in the flavor of this - tastes more like carbonated hot cocoa than beer. way too sweet, roasted character is weak and hops are barely noticeable.

mouthfeel is thin and watery with way too much co2.

very drinkable, but i wouldn't buy this again. tried this on vacation in montreal and i'm kinda wishing that i didn't.

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Photo of pootz
2.68/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from PQ:

I cut my teeth on this brew in the 70s revisiting it after pouring oceans of craft and Brit porter over my tongue is ,as with all your teen beers, always a letdown.

This was a sweet beer with light roast to it thin mouth and fast finish with a near cloying after taste ...the product of molasses and some brewers caramel...not a real malted porter in any sense.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanksgiving Eve and as I walk into the 6-pack shop directly behind my house, one of the owners shouts, "Hey, neighbor, we got something new you might try!" I laughed since they have adopted the whole "neighbor" thing since that is how I refer to them since my arrival in the neighborhood. It was an inexpensive sixer, so I figured to give it a go. Here goes.

I got a finger of deep-tan head that gave up on me pretty quickly, like a blind date that did not work out early on. Bye! Color was a deep cola brown with ruby highlights and some light penetration. Nose had a lightly roasty malty sweetness. I may be thankful for this as my first on Thanksgiving Day 2009. Mouthfeel was thin for a porter and fizzy with carbonation. Taste was slightly sweet, with notes of coffee and milk chocolate evident on the tongue. Finish was slightly sweet with a light chocolate taste lingering post-swallow. I might not want a steady diet of this, but a sixer of 11.5 ounce bottles poses no challenge at all. In fact, I have a BT of Crooked Tree Raspberry that I may try and blend with this later.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.32/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger light brown head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Dark brown color. Light-medium carbonation and light bodied. Sweet malty nose. Flavor is sweet caramel, hops in background. $1.40 for a 330ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Labatt Brewers Collection Porter from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
67 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.