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Buzzards Bay West Porter - Buzzards Bay Brewing

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Buzzards Bay West PorterBuzzards Bay West Porter

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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Buzzards Bay Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-03-2001)
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Reviews by natescape:
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4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another excellent brew by the recently up-swinging Buzzards Bay Brewing. I've always been a fan of the West Porter, and this year's edition is particularly hoppy and delicious. Had on tap and their new pub, I was impressed with the hoppy aroma and straight-forward delicious flavor. Well-balanced, malty and roasty, with a welcome hop bite. Very good. Would have bought a case if they had it in bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2013 00:48:00 | More by natescape
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

04-22-2014 13:58:12 | More by DuxburyIPA
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-29-2013 01:48:02 | More by Desmondloki
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

07-17-2013 19:00:30 | More by petermethot
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-19-2012 02:21:17 | More by jfcaa193
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3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a mix case of this beer and the Farmhouse Barrel Aged Ale lying around in the basement, so I put both in the refrigerator and decided to give the porter a shot.

A- dark, pitch black beer. Head is real creamy/carbonated. About a finger in height.

S- Malt, light coffee mixed in with spicy type smells I cannot pinpoint.

T- Creamy and rich at the start. A moderate amount of carbonation is noticeable. Typical taste of what porters and stouts are like. I even detected oak nodes. The beer gets more and more bitter the further one drinks it. Not too pleasant for me towards the end of a pint.

D- Because of the bitterness towards the end of the beer, I can only call this beer moderately drinkable as appose to very drinkable.

Overall, this is a good beer by Buzzards Bay.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 07:22:05 | More by ThomasMetal75
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3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a midnight black color with some haze when held to the light. A good light tan head with good retention and lacing though did not last through the whole tasting.

The nose is limited but understandable due to its age. There was a noticeable oxidation issue, also understandable due to age. And it was in a corked bottle. Some minor roast notes. A touch of yeast and sherry notes but small.

The taste is more prominent with the malt. Some good roast and chocolate notes as well. A little like for style, would have like more astringency but ok. A touch of lactic on the backend. Some light earthy hops notes in the finish. Surprisingly clean with no really off yeast notes. Noticeable oxidation.

The body is a little light. Would like a bit more astringency. Overall did well with age. Found the bottle while cleaning out my cellar so it is at least a year old. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 16:40:38 | More by Oxymoron
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3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Picked up at Wine Gallery in Brookline and cellared it for about two months. Finally getting around to drinking it and I find that Beer Advocate has it listed as "retired".

Oh well. Here goes anyway.

Noticed that the neck of the bottle, near the top, had a substantial amount of sediment as though it was being stored on its side. Doubt it was my local beer store's fault, but somewhere along the line this beer was put on its side for a while

Poured into a pilsner glass. Big tan foamy head that took its time dissipating. Smelled like coffee, chocolate and a bit of a sour malt flavor. No burned smells.

Body is somewhat light for what I expect from the style, but the flavor notes are spot on with some molasses in there with the coffee/chocolate. Some sourness at the end.

Pretty decent. Dinged it for the mouthfeel, but otherwise perfectly quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 19:31:20 | More by MurphysIrish
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml corked wine bottle into a sample glass.

A--nice tan head riding on top of a ink black body.

S--toasted grain. Somewhat smoky.

T--sweet, smoky and thick. Full of flavor but not overwhelming.

M--full bodied.

D--Very nice representation of the style. Actually, I sort of think that BB does great dark beers for some reason. Black lager of theres is good too.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 04:40:20 | More by jneiswender
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Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 release that was purchased from the brewery, poured from a 750ml bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of rich toasted dark malts, coffee, dark chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is creamy and smoky with flavors of roasted coffee and milk chocolate. The malt character is very hearty and there’s a mild hops presence. It all combines to a very-well balanced Porter. The after-taste is slightly smoky slightly sweet. I know that I’m not really saying too much but it’s just a simplistic and well-made beer.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, slightly filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, even though it’s not a very strong beer in terms of ABV, I didn’t find this to be a beer that is very conducive to pounding for an extended period of time. However, it’s a very good beer to sip slowly over an evening when you want to just relax and enjoy a good porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 06:45:28 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hadn't found this selection before so decided to try the West Porter. Pours a very dark brown/reddish almost black color with a half finger brownish head that goes away pretty fast. Smells malty and a bit of butterscotch, but couldn't pick out anything else. Taste has flavors of coffee, a slight chocolate in there. I was pleasantly suprised by the fizziness of it, not overpowering but more than your average porter. This is a very drinkable beer--mouthfeel is not to heavy but a nice body. Probably the best selection from the Westport farm.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2005 22:45:00 | More by bjohnson
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New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Struck out in to uncharted territory with this one on 3/20/2005. 16-oz. pint in a shaker glass at the Blue Mermaid.

Cream soda settled scrum of deflating head with some lacing. Deep, dark ruby to a burgeoning black hue; good action throughout. Caramel and chunky malt sweetness on nose is almost overwhelming, and as pour warms it becomes even more pronounced. Sweet chocolate flavors power through at the start followed by a smoky, light pine character. Medium to light-bodied, this is a fairly good rendition of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2005 12:14:57 | More by Truh
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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12ozer bottle bought as part of the seasonal 12-pack sampler, from Jeans Wine and Spirits, Coventry, CT. Bottling #4 259.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head above the barely translucent dark brown brew with reddish highlights. Head lasts and lacing is nice as well. Aroma is slightly of dark grains, but frankly, not much going on here. Taste is dark malts sweetness, coupled with a slight tinge of smoke and some lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel and drinkabilty are both good. My favorite brew the variety pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2005 01:46:51 | More by ppoitras
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3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost black with ruby red highlights, a nice brown head, and good carbonation. Light roasty aroma with traces of caramel. Tastes much like it smells but a bit more roasty than aroma indicates. Light-medium bodied with a dry roasty finish.

Per BBwebsite: Small Batch Limited Releases/Winter Seasonal:

West Porter: Magnum and East Kent Goldings hops. Pale, Chocolate and Caramel malts. 5.2% ABV.

Bottling #: 3.295
Tasted: 12/28/04


Serving type: bottle

01-03-2005 20:47:32 | More by RBorsato
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Buzzard Bay West Porter had some good points and some bad. The good points it was a drinkable porter, Solid body, color was deep black, malty not hoppy. The bad points-It wasn't exceptional in any way, I've had better porters all winter which had flavors pouring out of them the west porter was very bland, it didn't have a distinctive characteristic that matched my taste buds.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2004 20:38:37 | More by talkingpoints
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North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Normally I like porters, but I do not think I'd suggest this beer to anyone. It pours perfectly flat withour any head. Absolutely no lace forms around the glass either. The beer itself is nothing remarkable for a porter--a strong malty flavor with a fairly strong wood smoke finish. After a while I think this "wood" finish may become almost unbearable. Don't get me wrong, it's not that this beer is bad, but there are so many better options available.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2004 03:50:30 | More by MuddyFeet
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4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First Buzzard's Bay that I really like. Chestnut colored with a light brown frothy head that sinks quickly, but leaves a thin bubbly film on top of the liquid. Aroma of light hops, roasty malt, and some cocoa. Flavors of roasted malts, some coffee, cocoa and molasses. Mouthfeel is a bit tingly, a little crisp. Spicy, bitter raisin creeps through in the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2004 12:51:46 | More by far333
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3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

West Porter was an opaque dark brown with some copper hue. It had a big, creamy coffee colored head with good lace. The aroma was chocolatey with some hop bouquet. The slightly sweet taste was basically chocolatey and a trifle toasty with a hint of molasses. The mouthfeel was a bit doughy with a decent hop bite. The finish was dryish with a toasted malt aftertaste. A decent dessert beer or a kick back beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2004 21:32:51 | More by genaro
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with a tan head that quickly dissipates.
Roasted malt and coffee aroma with a bit of alcohol.
Roasted malt, coffee, and caramel flavor, a little burnt wood. An earthy hop undertone to balance the malt.
The taste and aroma are too understated, the flavors are fine, but I wish they were stronger.
Bitter aftertaste, smooth but sharp.

I can't say Buzzard's Bay has been a stand out, this is one of their best but it didn't knock my hat into the creek.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2003 16:11:10 | More by mschofield
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4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A Coca-Cola type brown ale fills the glass with a thin tan head. The aroma is roasted and burnt chocolate. Medium body.
The taste is smooth for a robust porter. A nice blend of roasted coffee, chocolate, and a touch of sweetness perhaps from crystal malts. Hops are not present in taste but are there enough to balance the beer.
This is one of favorite winter beers without being a heavy alcohol hitter. I'm glad I live close so I can get a growler filled since the only way to buy this beer is in the variety packs. Well deserving of its recent silver medal at the GIBF.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2003 20:14:36 | More by UncleFrank
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3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Let this confession be made to a candid audience: I am not a huge fan of porters. As such, you might not expect me to give a good review of this beer. However, I'm inclined to believe that even if I was the biggest porter monkey on the face of the earth, I still wouldn't respect this attempt to the highest degree. I had great expectations for Buzzards Bay and in the long run was let down. The pale ale was pretty good, but all the others, West Porter included, failed to live up. I'm not saying this is a bad beer, but all things considered, it's pretty damn bland.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2003 04:52:40 | More by 86MonteSS
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4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My 4th Buzzards Bay brew, and the clear favorite so far, but I've always been partial to porters.
Color is strictly ebon, head is thick and tall, a deep cocoa/brown. Aroma is perfect for a porter, full of all things nice: coffee, cream, toffee, a touch of chocolate. Rich, sweet, uplifting.
Hop delivery is pleasing, though brief, upon the palate. Malt is fully in charge here, and is sweet and luscious.
Very drinkable, and hops make return appearance throughout, allowing for for tasty texture and rewarding drinking.
I would easily choose this excellent porter as a session brew, though I'd surely be distracted by the flavor.
Props to paceyouself for sending this delicious ale!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2003 15:50:23 | More by feloniousmonk
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3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

West Porter is my favorite offering from an otherwise uninspiring brewery. The red hued coffee color requires some examination. The full thick, almost oily malt is fairly sweet with chocolate and coffee notes. The medium/high hops contrast well with the malty sweetness. A little sour cream cheesy taste (honest!) The head dissipates all too fast. Nice Coffee Aroma!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2003 17:01:19 | More by BeerResearcher
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours an opaque blaack with a big head that disappears rather quickly, leaving a spotted lace behind. The smell of robust malts and coffee fill the nose. The first sip brings a light body that is not very tasty. A akaline taste fill the palate, along with caramel flavor and no hop flavor. This is not a very good beer, from a half way decent brewery.


Serving type: bottle

02-10-2003 17:13:27 | More by kunzbrew
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Buzzards Bay West Porter from Buzzards Bay Brewing
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