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Michigan Brewing Peninsula Porter - Michigan Brewing Company

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Michigan Brewing Peninsula PorterMichigan Brewing Peninsula Porter

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 62
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Michigan Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 55 | Hads: 62
Photo of Gehrig
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, with a thin line of rapidly dissipating foam resting atop. The smell is a little weak, with coffee and moderate roasted malt present. The same with the taste, coffee holding court, followed by hints of chocolate and a somewhat dry aftertaste.

This is a basic, straightforward, fairly good porter that is smooth and enjoyable. It just doesn't do anything to amaze. Worth a try.

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Photo of berserker256
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice coffee black appearance with a decent tan head. Light smell of roasted malt, bitterness, and chocolate. Light taste of chocolate and heavier taste of toasted malt. A touch of a bitter aftertaste but that's expected with this type of beer. Nice fizz and not too thick or chewy. Nice drinkable porter.

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Photo of Stimack
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured to a dark brown color slightly hedging on black with a lot of amber highlights shinning through. Fair sized medium colored head that had fair retention and left most of its lacing at the top of the glass. The aromas for this brew are dark malts, caramel, and a slight acidic smell - not sure if that is from the dark/burnt malts or from hops? The taste is also fair, coffee along with a more roasted flavor. The malt seems to be very present at the start but the end has a slight metallic flavor which is not overly pronounced but I feel does take a little away from this brew. Over all this is a fair brew, probably causing me to be a little harsher against it after having the Great Lakes Porter offering just before. All in all I would get this again but feel that I have had numerous others that are as good if not better.

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Photo of Limberg316
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A fairly light porter that is easy to drink yet still tastes great. It pours smoothly with a slight head to it. Not much though, and it doesn't stick around. Has an fairly thin feel in when drinking, alittle odd in a porter, but makes it easy to drink.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This one appears cue-ball black and shiny but shows that it does have a very faint hint of brown hue when held to the light. A reddish tan one and a half finger head leaves a large amount of spotty lace on the glass on it's quick trip down to a wispy smoky haze and a thin collar. Swirling brings a one finger head back.

S - I smell chocolate tootsie pops big time! How many licks to the center? Sweet sugary rootbeer notes lie on top of an almost dopplbock-like chocolate malt. I can smell a bit of alcohol despite the low ABV, but it's not overbearing or even annoying. This is underpowered IMO...it's weak smelling, but nice.

T - Smoky, dark, smoky, campfire flavors along with some char much like that on charcoal grilled meats.

M - Very light in body. I'd almost say that it's thin. There is a very low level of carbonation, and the finish is neutral with very little aftertaste.

D - A very forgettable beer. It's almost like an approximation of a porter made by a macro company. Where are the big "blow me away" flavors that I crave?

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It has a deep, dark, nearly opaque black-amber color with a thick foamy head that is well retained. As the glass empties it leaves a nice lacing. The taste is dominated by the rich, roasted malt with chocolate coffee flavors. The hop taste is negligible initially, but as it warms a bit they come out in the background. It has a medium body with moderate carbonation.

This is a really good porter. It's very tasty. I would put it more in the British category than the American, but none-the-less it's very good.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a smooth and creamy chocolate and patent malt aroma. It's rich and sweet with an earthy black malt edge. The taste is good. It has a smooth earthy black malt flavor that's dry, yet creamy with some chocolate malt sweetness. It has a wondeful roasted feel. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a highly drinkable porter. It's well balanced with sweet and black malts. It's roasted with a light, bitter black malt presence.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I think this rides a thin, but tasty line between American and English porter. Its got the right mouthfeel for an English I think. It feels acidic with a dry bitterness. The grains are still clean though, there's a good balance between the chocolate (or just darker) and black grains. It makes for a good mix of coffee and chocolate. I'm a fan.

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Photo of montageman
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Deep, dark brown to black in color with a good amount of head that slowly gives way to sturdy lacing. Smell is roasty with a little coffee - fairly straight forward. There is a crisp smell as well - this is lighter than your average porter. Big roasted malt up front segues into a clean, bitter finish like some middle of the road coffee. Mouthfeel is OK - a little too thin for my liking when it comes to darker styles - the carbonation lends some spiciness to the flavor, which is interesting. The thinness is what makes this beer drinkable even sessionable - it is quite pleasant. Recommended.

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Photo of orfeu
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Pizza Plant Walker Center. Mahogany with cherrywood highlights and a handsome, fluffy head of tan foam. Clumpy, sticky lacing. Not a lot happening in the nose -- some citrusy c-hop aromas predominate with a bit of biscuity malting underneath, but nothing roasty or earthy. These latter nominations well describe the flavor, however, in addition to slightly sour, with a sharp mineral edge, moving into "city-roast" coffee qualities with soft-spoken husky grain notes. A bit of fruitiness (slight muskmelon and mandarin orange) right before a big swath of metallic earthiness. Very citrusy hop burps. Wet coffee grounds in the aftertaste. Taste redeems what in the nose prepared me for disappointment. Light-to-medium body, but substantial with a smooth, slightly peppery mouthfeel. A very nice session porter. Recommended.

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Photo of proc
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out to a rich, dark brown in the glass with a good-sized head. The aroma is that of roasted malt and coffee. The taste very good, with coffee, malt, chocolate coming to the forefront. Easy to drink and satisfying on the swallow. Thinner on the finish than's Bell's porter, but very drinkable. A true session porter.

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Cole's a nice find in the area,poured a deep brown with some ruby showing thru the glass with a thinner but well retained almond colored head.Aromas of roasted nut and unsweetened chocolate mainly nothing out of the ordinary here,well rounded malty flavors on the palate ranging from roasted nut to a milk chocolate-like finish the hops are evident in a dryer earthiness.A easy quaffing porter nothing wrong going on pretty basic and tasty.

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Photo of Derek
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at the brewery, and it's been in my cellar for a month.

A: Dark, dark, ruby-black; Off-white head, a little retention and lace.

S: Chocolaty malt, a little brown sugar, slight aroma of fruity esters (British yeast?).

T: Chocolate, dark caramel, a little brown sugar, slight hint of licorous, rounded out by a mild fruityness. A little less chocolate might let some other malt flavour come through.

M: Moderate body is somewhat creamy, with a fairly dry finish. Light to moderate carbonation.

D: Very good.

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Photo of nicksta
2.36/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The appearance is a cola black with a light brown, short lived head. After the head dies a good amount of lacing cements to the glass. The smell is candy sweet and alcoholic. I think I've been here before. Yes, it was Berghoff Genuine Dark Beer. Ugh, the taste is burnt and bitter with unsweetend cocoa and it finishes with the dull taste of steel. The mouthfeel is a little better, but the drinkability is crap because it is bitter and it burns.

I expected more. This is a bad beer.

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Photo of BigDaddyWil
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Purchased from the brewery.
No freshness date on the label.

Pours black, with brown colored highlights. About a half inch thick cream colored tan that dissappears quickly. Some delicate lacing is left, but not much. Heavy malty smell, smoke and also suttle hints of coffee and dark chocolates. Taste starts with lots of dark malts and ends with some bitterness. Decent carbonation, and leaves a semi dry feeling in the mouth. A bit too thin for me. A nice easy drinking porter with low abv, which makes it easy to have a few bottles in one sitting. Worth a try, but I think this tastes better on tap, at the brewery.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a very dark brown and had a 1/2 inch head that fell into a foamy lace.
the aroma was very malty had a hint of chocolate, slight fig, and a smitten of a hopsack.
the flavor is very malty, rich, dark chocolate, hopsack, spicy.
the mouthfeel is very full.
this beer is very drinkable and goes down easy.

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Photo of Smittysguinness
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

All in all, this is a decent porter as they go. Not outstanding, but again, consistent. Definitely worth a try.

It poured a dark brown, so dark it was nearly crimson red. Little head, didn't stick around long, but left some nice light brown lacing.

The smell was terrific. Roasted roasted roasted! Roasted nuts big time, which is pretty cool, and some nice maltiness.

The taste didn't hold as much of the roasted nut smell as I had hoped, but it still had all of that and some nice smokiness to it. A little earthy too, which seemed to fit it just fine.

It was a little on the thin side in terms of moutfeel, but I wouldn't kick it out of my fridge. As I pick up mixed sixers of "heavier" beers, I'll keep this one on the list.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked this brew. A dark brown black color with a tan head and notes of lace. Nice presentation. Aromas of roasted nuts and mild malts was really appealing, as was the flavor; nuts, malts, smoke, earth, and wood overtones blended very well together. Mouthfeel was not too thick or chewy, yet still had enough consistancy to keep me happy. The lower ABV makes this a good beer for session drinkers. I look forward to having this in the bottle. Hope it's as good as it was on tap. Recommended.

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Photo of frazbri
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Michigan Brewing's Peninsula Porter poured ruby accented, deep brown in color. A cream color head sat atop the body and foam laced the glass as I drank. The aroma was full of cocoa and coffee. Roasted flavors and mild bitterness were the first flavors that came through. The finish was a little fruity. The body was medium-full, with moderately high carbonation, and it finished dry.

This was a tasty porter. It was most notable for the roast flavors, so give it a go if you like porters.

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Photo of karengarys
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours transparent black (very dark, but not cloudy). Leaves little head, no lacing, hardly a foamy ring.

Smells of unsweetened chocolate are strong. Slight hop and alcohol too.

Tastes of unsweetened chocolate. Some malt, some hop, but lots of unsweetened chocolate.

Mouthfeel is okay, not really bad, but it doesn't do a lot either. Some creaminess throughout the drink, finishing with a thin water feel.

finish is interesting, the chocolate goes away, and the pallette is cleansed with a bit of hop. Unfortunately there is a bit of an aftertaste.

I would recommend giving this a try, it is a good porter, but try it before you buy a case of it.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brewed with 2-row pale, chocolate, crystal malts and flaked barley. Hopped with Nugget and Northern Brewer's.

OG=1.060, 5.5% ABV.

Pours out to a near-clear very dark brown, forming a rocky light tan head with poor retention but nice lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is enticing with semi-sweet chocolate, peanut butter and black walnuts, full city roast coffee and a clean ferment. Very nice. Mouthfeel is fleeting and medium-light bodied, kinda thin for the style with a spritzy clean finish and chalky aftertaste. Taste starts out nicely...reminding me of what Bell's Porter used to taste like, until it quickly fades away...the body is mild. The bitterness is mild and slightly earthy, but a predominance of chalk hits the lips near the finish and lasts throughout the aftertaste. I like this characteristic, but I figure alot of people won't. Cleanly fermented otherwise. Slight sour metallic note lingers.

This really bolstered my enthusiasm at first, but the thinner body just doesn't hold up to what I want in a porter. I need more malt ooomph, and the finish is oddly dry. Still, this is a decent porter, but when I have Ed Fitz in the cooler next to it, why bother?

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Photo of nortmand
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark pour, with little head to speak of.
Smells mostly of roast malt, with a very low background hint of hops.
Tastes very roasty with light maltiness malty, with subtle hop nuance, nice, but a little light on the maltiness for what I expect from this porter.
Mouthfeel is way too light for this style, too thin and watery.
Definitely drinkable, but not so porter-like for me.
This beer has definitely gone downhill since the recent brewer change. For Michigan porters, Arcadia's London porter is a much better bet.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with red highlights. Small head and minimal lace. Aroma is chocolate and slightly hoppy. Taste is very chocolately with a hint of roasted barley. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin on the backside. Beer is not quite robust enough to be a really good representative of the style.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Whew! Last beer of a very large sampler tray (but I still their bottled beers to try)! Even though I'm sated with a dozen different beers, this one still pops through. A dark ruby glass color, then a roasted but not burnt mocha coffee taste. Even get a bit of toffee to it.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark black brown color, medium head.Aroma is chocolate malt and hoppy. A medium bodied porter. Deeply roasted malts, chocolaty and somewhat sweet. Some hop spiciness? Nice balance. Good flavor, complex and clean taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly malty. A nice lighter bodied porter.

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Michigan Brewing Peninsula Porter from Michigan Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.