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Labatt Brewers Collection Porter - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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Labatt Brewers Collection PorterLabatt Brewers Collection Porter

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 22.51%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottum on 01-06-2004)
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Reviews by Zimbo:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.03/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

10-10-2011 08:09:06 | More by Zimbo
More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +38.4%

05-03-2014 15:20:13 | More by beerhunter13
Photo of lordofthewiens


2.23/5  rDev -17.7%

This was part of a mixed 12 pack, and was easily the worst of the three beers in the sampler. It didn't look like a porter, being a very light brown color. There was a minimal tan head. It had a sweet aroma, maybe some chocolate. A faint coffee/chocolate taste. I think I'm being charitable when I say faint. A very meek beer, more like a carbonated beverage than a beer. Don't try this.

11-12-2008 01:28:31 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of generallee

New York

1.15/5  rDev -57.6%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.5oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The head is of average size, about one inch thick and it is tan in color. It fades out nearly as fast as it built up, leaving nothing on top and no lacing on the glass. The body is a very dark brown with deep crimson highlights.

Smell: Its aroma is very vague and light. There is just a very faint sweet malt with some very light metallic notes.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor has a very bland, somewhat bready malt with some light buttery notes and light metallic/grassy hops. The finish is quick and fairly clean with a slight buttery/mineraly fade. The body and texture are very light and watery with an almost flat carbonation.

Notes: I cant believe that you could brew a beer with this much depth in color yet be so thin on the flavor and body!!!

11-23-2008 00:36:40 | More by generallee
Photo of Brenden


3/5  rDev +10.7%

It pours a deep, dark clear brown color and a nice head at first that dissipates within a couple of minutes and leaves minimal lacing. The smell is decent but seems weak. It's kind of light and I found it a little difficult to pick out particular aromas because they were so light. Malt is there with a light sting of alcohol and a sort of metallic astringency. The taste has caramel malts, maybe dark chocolate and coffee. I would say that the issues are firstly an astringent tinge and stronger alcoholic presence than it even seems is actually there and secondly that the flavors are good but severely watered down. It's simply as though it would be a flavorful beer but it's severely diluted. It's thin, especially for a porter. All in all, I wouldn't say to avoid it but it's by no means a regular.

03-25-2009 03:54:29 | More by Brenden
Photo of nhirsch04


3/5  rDev +10.7%

01-07-2014 01:45:03 | More by nhirsch04
Photo of beachfirebrews


3.28/5  rDev +21%

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"!

11-15-2011 02:30:34 | More by beachfirebrews
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Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev +15.5%

carbonated soft drink. Carbonation initial hit and then tails off to Syrupy drink and dry syrupy sweet aftertaste. And actual porter. Maybe their best beer. Like malt beverage. Nice colour in glass. Decent bit of porter aroma. Could use something. And less sweetness.

06-11-2004 02:35:25 | More by Sammy
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District of Columbia

2/5  rDev -26.2%

07-12-2013 22:20:44 | More by apasternak
Photo of tone77


3.2/5  rDev +18.1%

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.

10-10-2011 13:59:22 | More by tone77
Photo of bluejacket74


2.54/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

05-10-2014 23:58:40 | More by bluejacket74
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1.95/5  rDev -28%

Without reading the label, you know immediately that this is not a porter. It gives the appearance of adding dark food coloring to a light beer, translucent.

Carbonation is mediocre at best. The head, if that is what that was, quickly disappeared.

The taste is nothing close to a porter. I did not feel the taste had anything distinguishable for that matter.

It felt like a light beer, very thin and watery.

I would not recommend this as an interpretation of a porter, it had none of the traditional characteristics.

02-04-2009 02:55:01 | More by PSUBeerman
Photo of BierFan


2.55/5  rDev -5.9%

Poured from an 11.5 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Dark dark brown, almost black. It had a nice two finger head, but it disappeared in no time. Quite a bit of carbonation. Smells like really watered down dark malts. Not roasty like a porter should be, it's more of a schwarzbier. Little bit of butterscotch in the taste.

This beer is what it is. A bastardized version of a porter made super watery and unoffensive so it'll have mass appeal.

05-07-2009 21:38:51 | More by BierFan
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev +10.7%

Poured a pitch-black color ale with very little head or carbonation. Aroma is quite sweet with some trace of chocolate also noticeable. Taste is quite enjoyable at first with sweet chocolate being easily detectable. The only problem here is that there is nothing else thereafter: no bitterness or roastiness. Also, after a couple of sip, the sweetness becomes overwhelming, a bit too much of artificial flavour I believe. Anyway, better then most products Labatt brews.

01-18-2005 19:50:31 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

1.6/5  rDev -41%

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.

01-01-2011 17:00:10 | More by ZorPrime
Photo of DoubleMalt

New York

3/5  rDev +10.7%

09-02-2013 21:09:43 | More by DoubleMalt
Photo of fx20736

New York

3.45/5  rDev +27.3%

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.

01-05-2012 18:18:06 | More by fx20736
Photo of leprechaunandfatman


3.25/5  rDev +19.9%

10-05-2013 08:00:33 | More by leprechaunandfatman
Photo of bushbeer75


3.13/5  rDev +15.5%

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?

12-05-2011 20:07:12 | More by bushbeer75
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3/5  rDev +10.7%

01-30-2012 02:23:13 | More by Goldfishman
Photo of iceball585

New York

3.05/5  rDev +12.5%

A- Pitch black color, non-transparent, thin tan color head that disappeared quickly turning into a thin ring

S- Dark malts, smoke, coffee, sweet, hint of cocoa

T- Cherry, sugary, toasted grain, dark malts, slight metallic finish

M- Light/medium body, medium carbonation, thin, watery

D- Not too bad

Very light and lacking in flavor to be called a porter. Although if this was on a cheap drink special with no other good beers on tap... then I could probably drink a few.

02-26-2009 22:59:37 | More by iceball585
Photo of woodychandler


3.75/5  rDev +38.4%

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.

11-26-2009 13:22:50 | More by woodychandler
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

1.68/5  rDev -38%

Viggo shared this one with me. thanks?

pours deep brown, not quite black. only a scant trace of dense tan head around the edges. no lace.

aroma is not good, and nothing like a porter. cooked corn. faint hint of smoke. hard to smell anything beyond the vegetables.

mmm....ass-tastic. extra sweet cooked corn. bit of smoke. no roast. no bitterness. it's hard to keep drinking this to try and find more.

mouthfeel is poor. very light carbonation. thin body.

not drinkable. eric and i split this 12oz bottle and both of us dumped about 3/4 of our glasses.

06-23-2007 23:37:35 | More by grub
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2.1/5  rDev -22.5%

I'm not sure this one should be labeled as a porter. This tastes almost like every other Labatt beer. It has a very slight roasted malt flavor. I think this is a terrible example of the style, and I will never want to drink this again. It's not that it is terrible. It is just boring... like most of Labatt's beer. Just stay away from this one.

01-30-2009 05:13:30 | More by Buggies
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev +22.9%

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.

07-20-2009 22:18:44 | More by jdhilt
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Labatt Brewers Collection Porter from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
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