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Porter - Legend Brewing Co.

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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 19.01%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Legend Brewing Co. visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 08-31-2003)
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Reviews by byrd:
Photo of byrd
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was a bit weary to try this after being very disappointed in my last two Legend brews (the Trippel and Doppelbock), nontheless I gave it a shot anyway.... on tap at Stillwater's On Main, Gloucester, Va.

It turned out to be better then I had expected. Pitch black in color with a large thick-thick, dark brown head. The head slowly recedes to become a quarter inch thick lace that remains until the glass is emptied. Roasted aroma with notes of coffee and dark chocolate. The flavors mimic the aroma quite well... dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt notes. The chocolate notes make this one tend to be a touch on the sweet side, but I didn't notice any of the negative attributes mentioned previously (sour, slick, butter, etc). A standout among porters?... maybe not, but worth a try. I'll try it again.

byrd, Apr 07, 2005
More User Reviews:
Photo of Bitzer
2/5  rDev -41.5%

Bitzer, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.53/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Legend Brewing Company.

Dark black in color. Just a bit of light makes its way around the edges. No head. Things begin to go awry from here on...the aroma was all ripe raisins. Crazy, but true. Very different and very un-porter-like. Flavor, as expected, followed the aromas, with the taste profile being almost completely dominated by sweet raisins. Just the slightest bit of coffee undertones. Low carbonation and decent drinkability. Very uncharacteristic flavor for a porter.

OldFrothingSlosh, Aug 31, 2003
Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Loveyourbeer, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Griffith, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of asabreed
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Nearly opaque as a RIS, with a bit of light coming through the very bottom of the glass. Nice mocha lacing all over the place initially, but then things die down.

Smell: Initial dark berries and malt characteristics, with sweeter roasted flavors, and some malt sourness and bitterness coming through. Complex and fresh and balanced.

Taste: First some of the roasted flavors come through, then backed by the dark berries, almost RIS-like, with a flavorful balance of citrus hops, and a long long finish, both malt and hop balanced. Delicious and one of the better versions of the style I've had in a while.

Mouthfeel: Almost lighter-bodied seeming, oddly enough, but enough balance and smoothness to make it very easy to drink.

Drinkability: Solid as hell, especially fresh. Maybe I'm at an advantage in Richmond, but especially after the Bourbon Barrel Porter, the base of it makes sense. Fresh and delicious, along with the complexity and taste to make it easily sessionable.

asabreed, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of avisong
4/5  rDev +17%

avisong, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought up north by a friend from Richmond.Pours pitch black from the bomber with a tan head.

The thin mouthfeel made me guess this was an English porter at first, but I suppose it can be American. There's a strong and lasting (and quite tasty) roasted spice character that builds into the aftertaste that actually reminds me of a good saison. The main flavor profile focuses on black, roasted grains - so much so that it could be mistaken for a stout. The aroma picks up the alcohol as it warms and is otherwise full bitter chocolate and roast.

Overall, not the greatest porter, but something different and it leaves a great finish.

tempest, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is a very low intensity aroma on this beer. The aroma is mostly coffee with a bit of cocoa. It smells good in that it hints at quality ingredients is just very faint. The body is deep black with a wispy Rorschach test of a tan head. The fore is quite chocolaty with more mildly roasted coffee flavors and smooth oatmeal vanilla cake sweetness in the middle. There are hints of stewed raisins, along with the other flavors, in the finish. It is a little on the still side even for a Porter, but the flavor is very good and the mouth feel, for the style, is appropriate.

Jredner, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of VeganUndead
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

VeganUndead, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into pint glass.

Pitch black with a two finger dense brown head that slowly settles to a thick, even and smooth cap.

Surprisingly light aromas, mostly dark roasted grain and a touch of caramel.

Lots of roasty grains in the flavor, but still on the lighter side. There is a little bit of caramel, or maybe it's just diacetyl mixing with the malts. The hops add a little herbal flavor to the background, but there is not much there. Full bodied.

By the appearance I was honestly thinking that this was going to be more on the robust side of things. Still, it's a very solid porter, maybe drifting more toward the English style. Very drinkable. Recommended.

BeerSox, May 03, 2009
Photo of blackie
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: pours a one-finger mocha head that soon fizzles down to nothing, the beer is a very deep brown in color

s: sweet chocolate malts, chocolate caramels, malty sweetness, a little off-balance but pretty decent

m: low-medium carbonation, light-medium body, somewhat dead on the palate

t: much the same as the aroma, heavy on the bittersweet chocolate and caramel, some light-medium roasts coming out after the swallow, earthy hops, lingering sugars

d: not great, not bad...get tired of it pretty quickly

there are better Legends out there

bomber from The Caboose, Ashland, VA

blackie, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of obywan59
2.93/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very, very dark brown, almost black with a dark tan head that recedes quickly leaving no lacing.

Decent aroma of coffee, light metallics and wood.

Very tart relative to the style, not what I would expect at all in a porter. Some earthiness or woodiness as well.

Medium-bodied. It leaves a light stickiness throughout the mouth. Warming in the throat.

No born on date, but perhaps this was past it's prime. I see no other mention of it beint overly tart. It improved just a bit in the end, but to me, a porter shouldn't be tart.

obywan59, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a black color with a frothy brown foam. Fades at an average clip and does not leave much lacing.

Nose is light, unsweetened chocolate, a little bit of licorice and cola. Not much sweetness and there is low fruitiness, just a few hints of raspberries perhaps.

Taste has a touch of smoke and more licorice. A little overcarbonated and thin, it would be better with a sweeter, fuller body. Perhaps some more fresh roast? Light chalk comes in as it warms and feels a little old-worldly, hops are in the background for sure. Decent value at 3.99 for a bomber, but the contents are pretty forgettable.

twiggamortis420, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a near black with dark, rust colored edges when held up to the light. A frothy, tan head slowly fades into a mild film and hearty collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell of of caramel cremes, mild espresso, cocoa, mocha, & roasted malt.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with creamy caramel embedded into a full, rich body that I could just dig on all night.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, chewy, roasty, and very delicious with a fine balance for a porter.

weeare138, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of AlfaMale
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark and pours with a dark tan head that dissipates at a moderate pace. Chocolate-caramel flavor that goes down smoothly with a nice lingering aftertaste. Mine was cold out of the refrigerator and I think I would prefer it at cellar temperature. A 22 oz bottle is very filling, as if it were a Guinness.

AlfaMale, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Phatz
4.35/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours black with a 2 finger chocolate brown sudsy head that fades to no lacing.

Smell: Burnt malts and chocolate and a hint of espresso or dark chocolate and a drop of vanilla and cream / malt caramel and all this with a cherry on top; makes a superb aroma. (of course I did *not* follow the instruction to keep it cool, I always let porters warm first.)

Taste: Around the campfire I like my marshmallows burnt. In my porters I enjoy the malts the same way, very dark ~ almost burnt malts. It has some caramel and cocoa flavors on the front end. Some molasses, vanilla tobacco and coffee middle and a very milk chocolaty sweet malt finish that leave somewhat of a carob flavor on the cheeks. Very nice!

Mouthfeel: It is a bit thin and light in the mouth but it is certainly full of flavor and the drinkability is exceptional so the light feel of this porter is a worthy tradeoff in my opinion.

Drinkability: After putting down a bomber of Legacy Brown Ale I though I was just going to have 8 oz out of this one and put a cork in it for tomorrow. I can't believe I ate the whole thing. I am feeling it now ... but boy it was freakin easy to drink.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of arguemaniac
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The smooth but full palate features chocolaty, roasted bitterness balanced a good level of caramel malt sweetness. More delicious roasted chocolate in the satisfyingly lengthy finish.

Can’t get over the roasted chocolate here, it’s quite exceptional. But then again, I wasn’t expecting anything less from Legend…

arguemaniac, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this 22 ouncer back from Virginia for me!

Pours black with a foamy light brown head that slowly thins to a lasting cover.

The smell is of chocolate/coffee with some charcoal/peat roastiness/smokiness.

The taste is of chocolate/coffee with some caramel/toffee and a hint of fennel. Ir has a bitterish balance with a good deal of roast. Dry, roasty finish.

It has a fuller side of medium-body. Easy to drink. Enjoyable. Good example of the style. Would have had a second bottle, had it been available to me. Could see this as a "session" six-pack!

jwc215, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle thanks to my mom

Pours a coffee black with a small tan head that disappears. No lacing on the glass.

Very faint aroma of roasted malt with a tiny sweet smell.

Very roasty upfront with some nice coffee tones. Finishes just slightly sweet with a lingering roastedness.

Thin body, low carbonation.

With a little more body and carbonation, this would be even better. As it is, it's still enjoyable.

MaltyGoodness, Jul 19, 2006
Photo of ppoitras
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased from Wine & Beer - Westpark, Richmond, VA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" light brown head over the opaque dark, dark brown brew. Head is resilient, and laces well. Aroma is of dark malts, coffee and chocolate, with a tint of vanilla. Taste is sweetly of the dark malts, and the vanilla comes through again, strong enough to seem artificial. Also a tad of sour fruit notes. Mouthfeel is somewhat good, although feels a bit thin, and the drinkability is good as well, with perhaps the sweetness stopping the fun after a few. Not a bad offering by any stretch, must have been different on tap...

ppoitras, Aug 21, 2004
Photo of Clydesdale
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Not quite black - the darkest of browns, and nearly opaque. The brown head is moderately tall and densely foamy. Retention is solid, with some decent lacing.

S: Dark fruit - plums or prunes, along with semisweet chocolate and some sweetened espresso. Some roasted notes. Hints of charcoal, vanilla, and earthen hops.

T: Some sweet, roasted malt up front. Sweetened coffee and semisweet chocolate again noticeable. Leafy and earthy hops provide some flavor that accompanies a prune-like fruit character pretty nicely. Vanilla is present, with a bit of charcoal.

M: Medium bodied - a touch thin for the style. Carbonation is light. Somewhat creamy and slick on the tongue. A touch dry as well.

D: I guess I was anticipating a bigger porter given the bomber bottle and the, well, "legend-ary" art on the label. It's not, not by a long shot. That said, a perfectly nice, drinkable porter.

Clydesdale, May 31, 2009
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1/5  rDev -70.8%

ygtbsm94, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of CalbeDacks
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

CalbeDacks, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

I need more local beers in my life (or, at least, in my stomach). This one pours an opaque black brown topped by more than two fingers of light tan foam, which settles into a nice foggy layer on the surface. The nose comprises toasted wheat, a pinch of nutmeg, and a soapy quality I can't put my finger on. The taste holds notes of light molasses, brown sugar, roasted malts, and, possibly, a bit of bitter coffee (I thrive on controversy). The aftertaste is a watery bit of dark wheat. The body is a light-ish medium, with light carbonation and a very fluid feel. Overall, a decent porter, but definitely middle-of-the-road.

TMoney2591, Jun 22, 2010
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Porter from Legend Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.