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Porter - Legend Brewing Co.

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.

67 Ratings
no score

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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:
Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 08-31-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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2.85/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

No idea how old the bottle I have is. It immediately fizzed over on opening and proceeded to do so twice more after the initial pour. Nice dark black with a creamy tan head but significant floaters visible. There's yeast bits on the head, too. Nothing about it being bottle aged, so...
Not much by way of aroma but there was a big alcohol astringency with a metallic bite in the flavor. Not at all good.
All in all, nothing good about this bottle. It went down the drain, sad to say.

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1/5  rDev -70.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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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

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of TechTriumph
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

Photo of chilly460
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

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2.56/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +17%

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3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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2/5  rDev -41.5%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
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

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Porter from Legend Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.