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Labatt Brewers Collection Porter - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

Labatt Brewers Collection PorterLabatt Brewers Collection Porter

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80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 2.7
pDev: 22.59%


Brewed by:
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: scottum on 01-06-2004)
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Reviews by Zimbo:
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Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.03/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 08:09:06 | More by Zimbo
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nhirsch04

Ohio

3/5  rDev +11.1%

01-07-2014 01:45:03 | More by nhirsch04
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

2.73/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 00:20:10 | More by Darkmagus82
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sketchyhoodie

New York

2.5/5  rDev -7.4%

11-27-2013 03:38:19 | More by sketchyhoodie
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev +20.4%

10-05-2013 08:00:33 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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barnzy78

Illinois

2.91/5  rDev +7.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 03:13:35 | More by barnzy78
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rdeaton

Illinois

2.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 02:25:27 | More by rdeaton
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DoubleMalt

New York

3/5  rDev +11.1%

09-02-2013 21:09:43 | More by DoubleMalt
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apasternak

Ohio

2/5  rDev -25.9%

07-12-2013 22:20:44 | More by apasternak
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -7.4%

06-28-2013 01:07:40 | More by ejimhof
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Haydn-Juby

Quebec (Canada)

1.81/5  rDev -33%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 01:08:35 | More by Haydn-Juby
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rontmx5

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +20.4%

04-12-2013 13:43:34 | More by rontmx5
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -16.7%

02-13-2013 12:40:29 | More by DaPan
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-18-2013 12:36:11 | More by tbeckett
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fishguyac

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev +20.4%

01-13-2013 02:27:40 | More by fishguyac
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kbnooshay

New York

1.75/5  rDev -35.2%

12-21-2012 15:42:41 | More by kbnooshay
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev +40%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 22:09:28 | More by StonedTrippin
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hardcor33

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev +1.9%

04-15-2012 21:13:56 | More by hardcor33
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Goldfishman

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev +11.1%

01-30-2012 02:23:13 | More by Goldfishman
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roastTHEmost

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +11.1%

01-08-2012 20:57:20 | More by roastTHEmost
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fx20736

New York

3.45/5  rDev +27.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 18:18:06 | More by fx20736
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 04:20:06 | More by Knapp85
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DannyDan

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +29.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 01:24:00 | More by DannyDan
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bushbeer75

Michigan

3.13/5  rDev +15.9%
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?

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 20:07:12 | More by bushbeer75
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CaptDavyJones

New York

3.73/5  rDev +38.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 16:46:06 | More by CaptDavyJones
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Labatt Brewers Collection Porter from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
66 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.