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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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Photo of brentk56
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

Photo of ygtbsm94
1/5  rDev -70.8%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.05/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a black body with a foamy tan-colored head. Looks like a ton of fun!

Smell: Aroma of roasted coffee, year-old Easter chocolate, and a heaping dose of prune-like sourness.

Taste: Light chocolate and coffee flavors. Unfortunately, that leaves room for large doses of prune juice. And is that a sharply sour twang in the finish? All signs point to "Yes!"

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin bodied, with an uncomfortably oily mouthfeel. Very low carbonation (who could blame the bubbles for not wanting to be seen with this beer).

Drinkability: Here are the problems I currently have: the body comes across as far too thin and those surprisingly sour prune juice notes.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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...

Photo of atrocity
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pitch black body with one-finger head and a basic but solid malty smell of some sweet and roasted malts. Smooth and creamy, rather light-bodied, with minor sweet notes complementing roasted malts for a simple but effective blend. Passes easily and has a dry backbite. A good porter but nothing to write home about.

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

Photo of Deuane
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Deep, dark lack/brown with a massive, effervescent tan head that slowly reduces to a thin cap of retention and leaves decorative lace.

S-Light chocolate malt, touch of sweet caramel, a hint of coffee and even a little damp earth. Nice but all of this is rather light.

T-Much like the aroma with a decent dose of bittersweet chocolate, sweet caramel malt, earthy hops and even a subtle hit of anise in the drying, chalky finish.

M-Medium-light bodied and disappointingly thin. This lacks the robustness I like when enjoying a porter. To much carbonation and lack of body brings this one down.

D-Decent but needs some tweaking. Good flavour profile but lack of aroma and wimpy body makes this one drinkable but certainly not memorable.

Photo of argock
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear pint glass. Says :Fresh Beer -- Keep Cool," but no freshness date is on the label.

A: Thick black with bubbly, ice-cream float-like tan head that dissipates very quickly and leaves no lace.

S: Clear chocolate overtones with less prominent coffee and dark fruit aromas as well.

T: Initial flavors are chocolate and mild coffee/espresso with dark fruit flavors as the beer warms. Very acrid finish that is a bit too harsh for my taste, bu others who like extreme toasting might like it.

M: Pretty thin for a porter -- kind of a disconnect with the color -- and the aftertaste is very long, very powerful, and not all that pleasant. Carbonation is low-to-medium.

D: Not terrible, but not my type of porter with the heavy bitter, acrid, burnt aftertaste. Not my cup of tea, but fans of burned porters will ike this.

Photo of VeganUndead
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of ncaudle
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Chaney
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!

Photo of lackenhauser
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark color-bordering on black but not quite there. Very slight tan head. Nice aroma-hints of toffee and dark chocolate. There's a pervasive sweetness to it-almost a cross between vanilla and almonds. Good flavor. Slight roasted malt-almost caramel like. A bit thin in body for my liking. A very enjoyable brew. Have never heard of this brewery-was suprised there's not more reviews. Try it.

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.

Photo of avisong
4/5  rDev +17%

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!

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.

Photo of mmmbeer
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber with no freshness date. It is essentially black, with an inch of light brown head that is fizzy at first but subsides to 1/8" and leaves decent lacing. The main aromas are roasted and chocolate malts with light green hops. It tastes like roasted/chocolate/coffee malts with cocoa, tobacco?, a faint pine/juniper spiciness, and a mild bitterness. The medium to light body is fairly carbonated, almost tingly, and it leaves a short finish. An average porter I'd say, but it tastes good enough and is easy to drink.

Photo of cfinch2
4/5  rDev +17%

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