Labatt Brewers Collection Porter - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 2.73
pDev: 21.98%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 68
Reviews by schoolboy:
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).

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
2.27/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of generallee
1.18/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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!!!

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

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.

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"!

Photo of Sammy
3.11/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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.

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.

Photo of PSUBeerman
1.93/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of BierFan
2.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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.

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.

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?

Photo of iceball585
3.07/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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.

Photo of grub
1.69/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of Buggies
2.11/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

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.

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.

Photo of jpagewatts
1.78/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

presentation in the bottle is actually nice, but that's where it ends with this beer. in the glass it's pich black with no head after five seconds. the smell is almost non-existent, you really have to strain to smell even a little malty sweetness. the taste is too sweet. just like flat soda, and the mouthfeel follows suit: oily, scant carbonation. the drinkability is only enhanced because of this. you can drink this beer all day, but not enjoy it.

Photo of Derek
2.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours like cola: black with a fizzy tan head; no retention, only initial hints of lace.

S: Floral hops, brown sugar, hints of pumpernickel bread.

T: It even has a sweet cola flavour? Bitterness is almost non-existent. It's overly attenuated, but some sweetness still comes through. There's some brown sugar & caramel, with a slight hint of roasted grain, but it's mainly cola flavoured. Weird.

M: Light to moderate body; carbonation is a little high; dry finish.

D: At first it was relatively inoffensive... but it really starts to wear on me.

Photo of williamherbert
2.93/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The appearance is a strange, eggshell white pimply head. Dark dark brown. Somewhat transparent at the edges. Solid to look at.

Slight roasted coffee, light chocolate malt. Some sweet raisin and dark grape.

The taste is a dry, slightly musty dark malt. Roasted coffee beans and chocolate. Too much cherry and raisin sweetness with not enough of a bitter balance.

Thin and watery. Smooth but not at all appropriate for style. Ashy at the swallow. It's drinkable enough and a decent attempt. Just comes up a little short.

Photo of jadpsu
1.96/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This is a Porter? Where are the hops? Malts are there but weak. All aspecs of this Porter are indisinguishable (especially for a Porter).
Mild, tepid, with no noticable carboniation. Aroma is of dirty dishwater.

My experience with all the Labatt beer I have had is that their best is mediocre, but this one is not even close to being that good.

Photo of WakeandBake
2.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A dark reddish brown color pour with a thin off white head. Aroma is a sweet dark burnt malt with a touch of cooked vegetables.Flavor is way too sweet,chocolate,faint coffee and an odd lactose note,thin body with an odd slightly metallic aftertaste,not a very good porter at all.

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Labatt Brewers Collection Porter from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
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