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Porter - Legend Brewing Co.


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63 Ratings
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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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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 05:09:24 | More by tempest
Photo of dino213aa


3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, almost completely opaque. Poured with medium head that quickly dissipates. Leaves an even band of lacing that steadily moves down the glass.

S: Notes of dark chocolate and mocha.

T&M: The taste verifies much of the aroma. Flavors of bittersweet chocolate throughout and some sweet coffee flavors.

D: Overall I'd say Legend did pretty good with their porter. Not a big fan of this style but I think it offers some good flavors that porter drinkers will appreciate. Definitely a full-bodied brew.

Probably very drinkable to a porter fan, but for me a tad bold.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 00:24:37 | More by dino213aa
Photo of asabreed

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 07:08:51 | More by asabreed
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

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 03:28:53 | More by blackie
Photo of bkilpatr


3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 08/27/08.

Pours very dark brown, almost black. A moderate pour produced a two finger fizzy tan head that quickly disappeared to nothing. No retention, no lacing. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, and toffee.

Taste is sweet toasted malt with lots of chocolate and caramel flavors. Hints of toffee, vanilla, and butterscotch also. Nice bitter aftertaste. The taste is a bit on the sweet side but has a nice mix of flavors.

Feel is medium body with ample carbonation. Fairly smooth with a lingering aftertaste. Drinkability is pretty good. It goes down smooth.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 01:50:42 | More by bkilpatr
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 22:28:37 | More by jwc215
Photo of hops4me


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

A - Black all around. No signs of light making it through at all. Poured with a big rocky tan head that quickly fell into the beer. Lacing is minimal.

S - Sweet chocolate. Maybe some cheery aroma mixed in. Slight brown sugar in there as well.

T - A little bit of roasted bitterness up front. Followed quickly is the chocolate goodness. Some caramel sweetness hangs in the aftertaste.

M/D - just like alot of the other reviews...this one is a tad on the light side. IMO this is not a bad thing. It is complex flavorful and refreshing at once. Not too much CO2 to speak of adding to the ease of drink. When in VA again I will seek this out.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 03:01:25 | More by hops4me
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 04:30:10 | More by argock
Photo of csmiley


3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown to black. Good one inch head. Retention is good. Lacing is good.

S - Roasted malt and maybe a little chocolate. Pretty light on the nose.

T - Roasted notes come through in the flavor. Maybe bitterseet chocolate in the background. Aftertaste gets a little powerful.

M - Kind of a thinner beer. Carbonation is good.

D - This is an average porter. Nothing really stands out and grabs my attention.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 03:28:01 | More by csmiley
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 18:47:26 | More by weeare138
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…

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 15:06:33 | More by arguemaniac
Photo of zymurgy4all

New York

3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I didn't quite pick up the sweetness others had, but maybe because I didn't try the bottle. This was a well balanced beer that has a good flavor overall. It appears darker than other porters I've tried, and at first look I would think it could be a stout. I'm not a big fan of porters, but this one makes me want to try more. It has a full flavor with medium carbonation and medium body. It went down real easy and left a slightly bitter pleasant aftertaste. Highly recommend it to non-porter drinkers--this one seems a little different to me.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2007 03:20:51 | More by zymurgy4all
Photo of nriech


3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pretty dark with just a tad of light at the edges. Decent light brown head that retained itself well for the style.

Smell: Roasty malts, choclolate, vanilla.

Taste: More rasin like, a bit too sweet but not offensive. A little bit of a tart on the back of the pallate .

An ok brew from a brewery that has a lot better selections. Must be the bastard child.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2007 14:14:00 | More by nriech
Photo of bjohnson


3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ChuckCook for the chance to try this offering.

A: Pours a dark brown with a frothy one and a half finger caramel colored head. Retention of a good thick film on top with and fine lacing.
S: Sweet chocolate, caramel, and toffee notes. Vanilla and almond notes with a good background of cherries. Smooth milkyness to the aroma.
T/M: This is a sweeter than normal porter. Caramel and toffee flavors blend well with an undertone of vanilla and cherry. Decent bitterness with a burnt coffee finish. Mouthfeel is a bit too sharp and thin for me. Slick across the palate with a dryness in the finish.
D: A decent porter from Good 'ol Virginia. A bit sweet for my tastes. Also a bit thin. Glad I had to try this offering from Legend.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 19:38:50 | More by bjohnson
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2006 05:52:11 | More by Phatz
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2006 05:19:22 | More by ChainGangGuy
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2006 19:51:33 | More by mmmbeer
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2006 00:21:29 | More by MaltyGoodness
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 18:21:29 | More by Jredner
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2005 17:36:46 | More by byrd
Photo of doerickson


1.95/5  rDev -43%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Dark pour with a bit of ruby at the edges. Mocha-colored pebbly head settles down to not much of anything pretty quickly.

The aroma is pure diacetyl. Maybe a touch of coffee and cream soda as well, but this does not smell good.

Slick, almost greasy mouthfeel. Taste follows the smell right into the butter churn, with a bit of faint mocha and vanilla.

Sad to say, but I dumped 2/3 of this into my kitchen sink. I hate to cut on a local beer, but this is one to avoid, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2005 01:38:06 | More by doerickson
Photo of oelergud


3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pitch black body with a dark mahogany edge. Head is a solid tan with good retention but little lace.
Never smelled buttermilk from a beer but thats the scent off of this one, some burnt alcoholic notes mingled with roasted coffee bean.
Chocolate, lactose and a slightly sour flavor, again like buttermilk, makes up the taste. Faint sensation of roasted coffee beans. Very little aftertaste. Not alot of hops in this one.
Medium body and minimal coating.
Somewhat boring to drink.


Serving type: bottle

02-06-2005 22:14:38 | More by oelergud
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2004 22:50:44 | More by lackenhauser
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...

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2004 23:12:12 | More by ppoitras
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2003 00:23:43 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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