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Porter - Legend Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 19.59%


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 rudolphjacksonm:
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rudolphjacksonm

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A near-black porter with a coffee/mocha colored head. Two-finger head after a hard (almost too hard) pour that dissipated VERY quickly. Layer of foam has stayed on top of the beer for the rest of the drinking session. Moderate lacing that doesn't want to leave the sides of the glass. 3.5

S - Smells of roasted malts, firewood, chocolate, coffee, maybe even a hint of fruit like figs or raisins. 3.5

T - For a Porter, Legend's is a bit light on taste but it's very pleasant. I was worried after having the lager (and being a bit disappointed) but I'm very pleased with the Porter's taste. Not too sweet and full of coffee, roasted malt, and bourbon flavors. 4.0

M - Mouthfeel is very light, almost a little too much so. I guess this would be a good thing if I was looking to drink a bunch of porters and not be full, and the taste of this particular one is pretty good. However, in terms of the style I think Legend should strive for a more medium-bodied porter in order to get the entire spectrum of flavor and body one might expect. 3.0

O - I'm pleased with this purchase, actually. I love the Brown Ale that Legend is well-known for, but outside of that I've heard mixed reviews. I can definitely say that the Porter is my current second-favorite of the Legend line. Definitely worth a taste and one that people should try before listening to others' opinions. 3.5

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 20:02:05 | More by rudolphjacksonm
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

1/5  rDev -70.8%

06-07-2013 01:19:03 | More by ygtbsm94
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PaulsBrew

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

03-02-2013 02:01:00 | More by PaulsBrew
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The fudge colored liquid arrives in a pint glass with a small head that manages to leave a few dots of lace behind

Smell: Chocolate, coffee grinds and toast

Taste: Chocolate, toast and coffee elements, up front, but a robust husky, grainy flavor takes over in the middle; suprisingly little flavor lingers, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: There is a husky, grainy bitterness to this beer that overwhelms the flavors that might round it out; would be better with a bit more chocolate and coffee character

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2012 13:28:20 | More by brentk56
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ncaudle

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

10-13-2012 15:36:56 | More by ncaudle
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VeganUndead

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

10-04-2012 20:12:30 | More by VeganUndead
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CalbeDacks

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

07-09-2012 21:17:32 | More by CalbeDacks
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avisong

Virginia

4/5  rDev +17%

04-14-2012 10:58:16 | More by avisong
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TechTriumph

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle code: 266 11 A1P 0537; Poured in a pint glass.

A - Just over an inch of khaki colored, foamy head with good retention; Very dark brown in color with light coming through along the edges of the glass; Almost no lacing left behind

S - Nice aroma here with notes of cocoa, milky sweetness, brown sugar, floral and earthy hops, and a touch of roasted coffee beans; I also detect just a small hint of dark, sugary fruits as well

T - Not quite as much sweetness here as the nose, with just a faint showing of bitterness as well; Flavors include cocoa powder, earthy/leafy hops, and some roasted coffee with a bit of cream; As the beer warms, I begin to taste some of the dark fruits detected in the aroma

M - Plenty of carbonation; Medium bodied - feels a bit lighter than I anticipated; Leaves the mouth just a bit dry and chalky feeling

O - I enjoyed getting to try this porter from Legend and thought the aroma and taste were pretty solid. I wasn't too crazy about the mouthfeel, but it's light and tasty enough for me to consume more than a bomber's worth. Overall, I think this brew is one of the better offerings from Legend and one that I'll gladly purchase again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 01:51:42 | More by TechTriumph
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Crazyale

Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a Hoegaarden glass. No bottling date is visible.

A: Nearly pitch black with some nice bubbles running up the side of the glass. An attractive three finger off-white head looks thick but dissipates relatively quickly.

S: A rich maltiness hits the nose first, followed by some caramel and brown sugar notes. Also a bit of nutiness. The aroma doesn't jump out at you, but it's pleasant smelling.

T: There's a chocolate taste here that I didn't pick up on in the
nose, along with some of the caramel and some bread as well. There's a nice malt backbone, and it's not nearly as sweet as I thought it would be, which is a good thing. Finally, it finishes with just the right amount of biterness for a great balanced taste. This is a really great tasting porter.

M: This is easy to drink. Some may find it to be a bit too
carbonated, but I think it's just right.

I was quite surprised by how good this was. This might be my favorite year round beer from Legend now, even ahead of the Brown Ale. I wish they sold it in 6 packs though.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 15:26:57 | More by Crazyale
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chilly460

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clean black with two fingers of rocky brown head. Good retention with a cap on it all the way to the bottome, decent lacing.

S: Dark roasted malts come in first, backed up nicely with semi sweet chocolate. Get some deeper espresso aroma, and sweet caramel malts.

T: Very roasty, right up to the point where I dislike them, but not over the line. Get some caramel in there, with dry cocoa as well. Somewhat leathery flavor as well, with a sweeter chocolate tone at the end. No hoppy profile that I could pick up.

M: A bit light and watery for my likes, could use some body.

O: I was pleasantly surprised here, nice flavorful Porter, well executed, and plain tasty. Tough to put down more then one as this one borders on my dark roast threshold, but it's a good one.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 21:54:18 | More by chilly460
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cmuir24

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

01-29-2012 04:39:32 | More by cmuir24
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dedrinker

Kansas

2.5/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Black with tan head.

Weak aroma of roasted grains with something like turned milk.

Modest roasty notes of coffee and chocolate with oxidative and sour notes.

Over-medium body with a dry astringent burnt malt finish.

Most certainly past its prime, but it gets reviewed as such because both me and Legend live in Virginia and ever since they expanded and ramped up production and started bottling in six packs, it has been actually harder to get a fresh Legend - even in their home state.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 04:01:11 | More by dedrinker
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Cariadmum

Virginia

4/5  rDev +17%

01-10-2012 18:07:36 | More by Cariadmum
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AlfaMale

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 23:22:14 | More by AlfaMale
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antique

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

01-03-2012 01:14:44 | More by antique
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Loveyourbeer

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-01-2012 01:03:52 | More by Loveyourbeer
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obywan59

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 03:57:59 | More by obywan59
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Bitzer

Virginia

2/5  rDev -41.5%

12-04-2011 00:29:13 | More by Bitzer
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TheDarkKnight

Delaware

4/5  rDev +17%

11-27-2011 04:18:22 | More by TheDarkKnight
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cfinch2

Virginia

4/5  rDev +17%

11-21-2011 05:51:37 | More by cfinch2
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engagechad

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Purchased as a 22 from Kroger - tulip - allowed to warm some.

Pours an absolutely beautiful Dark dark brown with almost no edge, but what is there is deep and brown. Awesome dense head that looks like the top of a cappuccino. Smells very portery. Sweet malt aromas with some licorice. Taste follows well, it's bitter in a way as if there is some significant hopping which is odd as Legend's IPA is not well hopped.. Mouthfeel is awesome. Smooth and silky without being syrupy or thick.

Overall, this is maybe the best of the Legend lineup I've had. The brown is a solid choice. This is a nice treat.

I grilled up some cheap ground sirloin steak thingies, lots of pepper and kosher salt - went very well with the pepper.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 01:21:06 | More by engagechad
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Whoa! Two finger + head after a very hard pour. The color of that head was beige, and despite its size, it died down rather quickly (I was actually surprised at exactly how quickly). The brew itself was about the darkest brown you could imagine. Absolutely NO retention.

S: Kinda gnarly actually. Very metallic.... almost like rusted copper pipes. I got a bit of roast, but it was so faint that if I were doing a blind taste test on this, I may not have even known the style.

T: More fruity and yeasty than roasty. Figs, dark roasted malts, and maybe a tinge of chocolate. As I got into the session, I picked up some vanilla. Fairly smooth finish.

M: Skimpy and thin. However, I appreciated the low sugar content. No lacing whatsoever.

O: This was the worst Legend brew I've experience so far.... hands down. The smell alone was a real turnoff. Avoid this brew, but please try their other ones... you'll be a better person for it!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 19:58:25 | More by Chaney
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - touch of red around the edges. Tall tight darker head.

S - chocolate hops and yeast. Coffee and malts through the finish.

T - prime and organic tones up front. Chocolate, malts and yeast.

M - medium coating and just a slight tingle on sides.of tongue.

O - not bad, but I would probably pass it over for other choices.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 01:06:25 | More by biglite351
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Metuo

Virginia

4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very very nice porter. One you have to know that with my English heritage that I am partial to porters anyway. I don't care much for heavy hop brews. This is a nice malty port with hints of coffee and chocolate. Very enjoyable and another nice brew from Virginia, not to mention my birthplace.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 01:27:55 | More by Metuo
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