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Concord Porter - Concord Brewery

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Concord PorterConcord Porter

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35 Ratings

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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Concord Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: taez555 on 02-20-2001)
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Reviews by Longstaff:
Photo of Longstaff


2.68/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Re-review 4/14/05:

I hate to do this, but I can't let my original review stand anymore. I purchased some Concord Porter recently that was well within the drink by date and it turned out to be slightly sour, phenolic, thin, light on the roasted/chocolate flavors and no hop character that it used to have. I would let it stand if I didn't get the same thing from the others in the line and if it was only a one time try, but I've been trying their beers for the last year to see if they get better and they just aren't. I'm heartbroken.

Original review 10/30/02:
I can't believe I haven't reviewed this beer yet, since I've been drinking it for about 2 years. Pours a very dark ruby color almost bordering on black. Roasted aromas with a slight hop nose. Milky smooth mouthfeel combined with a sharp roasted coffee like flavor. Then it turns to chocolate milk type flavors and then the gentle hop flavor unites all the other flavors. Could be my imagination but I think since Dann started brewing this it has become slightly drier and the sweetness has been subdued. This is a good thing since it allows you to drink more without it becoming cloggy in the throat. One of the top 5 porters in my book and the fact that it is brewed a few blocks from my house makes it even better.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2005 19:53:57 | More by Longstaff
More User Reviews:
Photo of akajimmyd

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The head on this beer was unpleasantly large. It took a full 10 minutes to pour the whole thing into a glass. It foamed over once despite the slow pour and several stops. Actually, when I cracked the top it sounded like I was opening a fizzy Bud or something. The color is an almost opaque dark brown.

The aroma is lacking I only get some hazelnut and roasted malts. The taste is a little better featuring some very smoky malts and hazelnut and pleasant sweetness. The carbonation does leave a little tingle that detracts some. The beer improves at it warms and flattens.

Overall, this is simply an average porter. My best by date is January so I don’t think that is it. Looking back on the old review it appears the earlier ones are all higher. Maybe something has changed. Check it out if you are a New Englander, otherwise, nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 04:24:27 | More by akajimmyd
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This went well with my Reuben, but it's really only average to slightly better than average. It was a dark brown with a thin, almost nonexistent, head. It had a smoky, roasted grain aroma. Taste was dark coffee and some sweet chocolate. Not exactly awe-inspiring, but OK. Decent mouthfeel, nice aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2006 19:05:42 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of hoppymeal


3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with an active cream to tan head that slowly fades to a thin sheet on top. Nice aroma, there is a sweet pipe tobacco and smokiness, with roasted malts and a little chocolate. Taste is stronger in the roasted and smoky malts, a slight sweetness in the middle with a good size acidic tanginess and a good sized dryness in the finish. A light to medium body and fairly active carbonation. I really enjoyed the aromas here, the only thing that was throwing me a little was the active carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2006 02:37:57 | More by hoppymeal
Photo of bjohnson


3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a reddish/burgandy highlights with a thin tan head. Smells of chocolate and coffee. Tastes chocolately, roasty, with a light but noticeable hop burst. I was not expecting this hop burst. Mouthfeel is good and the drinkability is a plus plus. At first I was a bit skeptical because of the lighter color of the beer, but was pleasently suprised after my first sip. I could drink these all day long.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2005 22:41:57 | More by bjohnson
Photo of Hibernator


4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am going to attempt a new format in my beer reviewing.

Concord Junction Porter
12 oz brown bottle
Best before date: 07-05
Served in an imperial pint glass.

This beer pours a dark brown, essentially black color with a nice tan colored head on top. This beer just looks smooth from the beginning.

Aroma of roasted malts and coffee beans with a really nice fruity backdrop. Almost tastes like a blend of pruins and blueberries.

Great porter all around. Creamy smooth with the right thick coffee malt bite profile. Very true to style and nicely brewed. Sweet and roasted malts, frothy blueberry milkshake smoothness and a snappy hop finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2005 18:47:36 | More by Hibernator
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark Brown Ale with mahogony highlights. Has a dark beige head.Nice roasted malt aroma with tasty hints of roasted coffee and chocolate. Good roasted malt bitterness with just a hint of coffee that sits on the back of your tongue. I really liked the roasted mouthfeel. I've had stouts that were less assertive in the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2004 23:31:44 | More by ybnorml
Photo of smcolw


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice head but it leaves no lace. Dark brown in color, but clear enough to allow a light to shine through a half inch of brew.

Aroma features chocolate and touch of black patent malts. There's a slight amount of yeast smell as well. The flavor is predominately malt with the chocolate notes coming through strongest. The yeast also shows up but much more subtly than say a homebrew. The bittering hop is also subtle, providing more balance than flavor.

This beer is highly carbonated, but still maintains a fuller body. The aftertaste features darker malts with a touch of some bittering hop. An excellent American example of the style with some interesting twists.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2004 00:33:28 | More by smcolw
Photo of ppoitras


3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12ozer purchased as a single from the Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an pint glass mug, formed a 3/4" beige/light tan head above a dark copper brew, not as dark as most porters I am familiar with. Aroma is full of dark grains. Taste is malty, but somewhat thin-bodied. Mouthfeel is kind of watery, and drinkability is okay for sessionability, but lacking in the interest area. Was disappointed in this brew, was expecting more, but still an acceptable porter.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2004 01:50:17 | More by ppoitras
Photo of taez555


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark amber brown body with a big choppy off white head.

The nose a mix of chocolate, caramel, coffee, dark fruits, roasted barley and a very slight phenol/garbage smell.

The beer had a huge carbonated bubbled bodied on the tongue. Medium bodied, but surprisingly watery thin. Basically a porter. Tastes of dark roasted espresso beans, mild dark chocolate. Earthy hops blend with the roasted flavor. There’s an even bitterness throughout. It’s a little lighter than the malt but balances the beer well.

Overall a decent porter. A little too much of the burnt flavor for my tastes, but it’s light, simple and very drinkable. A nice porter.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2004 06:54:22 | More by taez555
Photo of scriabin


4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Definitely a beer that benefits greatly if its consumed at room temperature. The flavor is a mix of chocolate, malt, nuttiness. Carbonation is just about right. This is a great after work beer, as it's numerous and complex flavors distract you from days trials and tribulations. And it tastes great too. One of my all time favorites.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2004 22:36:14 | More by scriabin
Photo of gentlebubbles


3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perhaps I let this warm too much, but I love the huge tan head, at least two inches, that piles up with the same uncontrolled quality as a scoop of ice cream dropped incautiously into a root beer float. Or maybe it's a cherry cola float, for that's the color revealed as the light pours through.

I can just detect molasses, though sometimes there's something else that reminds me of Guinness. With its mild smokiness mingling with soft brown sugar and molasses, light body, pinhead fizziness, and its short but sweet finish, this is awfully easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2004 01:49:41 | More by gentlebubbles
Photo of mschofield


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogany brown, topped with a two finger dark tan head. Leaves wide bands of lace down the glass.
Chocolate and coffee notes come across strong in the aroma, wood, earth.
Again the taste is strongly coffee based, caramel, nutty.
Light-medium bodied, needs to be fuller.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2004 16:39:23 | More by mschofield
Photo of yankeeheel


3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown with a fat tan head. Real thick sheet of lace settles out.

Smells nicley roasted in it's coffeeness. Undertones of caramel and toasted nut.

Very rich in it's taste. Nicely coffeed up front with just a whisp of walnut astringency hiding in the back. Finishes dry and a little bitter. Lots of dark malts smoldering in the ebb.

Mouthfeel is a little oily with a nice backbone to it. Carbonation is understated.

Another gem from Concorde.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2004 00:20:29 | More by yankeeheel
Photo of sulldaddy


4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling this brew at room temp in a snifter. The aroma is all malt with brown sugar, molasses and caramel dominating. A beige head foams up and fades to an edge layer rather quickly. The color of the brew is very dark brown that reveals deep ruby tints when held to the light.
The first sip gives a thicker than average body with a slightly creamy texture. The carbonation is made up of very fine bubbles but is rather prickly on my tongue. Flavors are similar to aroma, I get rich roasted malt flavor with mild hints of chocolate and some molasses as well.
This beer is incredibly smooth and easy drinking. I could have many of these in a sitting methinks!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2004 02:26:58 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of gueuzeonhigh


3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the color that I’ve come to expect from a Porter. A nice dense caramel dark brown.

The brew cascading and slucing into my glass built a modest head that deflated after a short time and left it’s “head” signature as bubbly islands and atols drifting aimlessly on the beer’s surface.

In my opinion, the flavor isn’t particularly complex-- there’s a bitter hops start, effervenscent mouthfeel and a minor malt finish with a clean edge.

I wish this beer had a heavier body, with more flavor in between the hops and the malt.

What was that old cliche’ “Where’s the beef”?

OK porter, but I'd reach for others...

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2004 23:10:14 | More by gueuzeonhigh
Photo of CRJMellor


4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep maroon almost black. Tan head appears and then fades away to nothing leaving a small amount of lace on the glass.
Aroma is grain characteristics, chocolate and some prunes or raisins.
Flavor is super creamy and smooth with chocolate, roasted malt and maybe a hint of chicory. Hint of smoke seems to sneak in also.
Bitterness on the finish cuts the sweet malt flavor enough to make this a really complex and nicely balanced beer.
Mouthfeel is really nice and the sweet and somewhat syrupy start finishes up nice a dry.
Drinkability is very high. Too bad I only have one bottle.
Thanks to Mikesy01 for this excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2004 03:11:55 | More by CRJMellor
Photo of Stimack

New York

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first experience with a Concord brew and I can say that I am impressed. This was a real nice porter that had some great aromas and flavors. Freshness "drink by date" is clearly marked on the side.
The brew poured a very dark brown, hedging on black with a very nice dark tan head that stuck around for a while and had very good lacing.
The smell is of chocolate and coffee with some strong hints of spicy hops. The taste is of coffee with a bit of nuttiness and maybe caramel (?) that goes together very nice.
The finish of the beer was nice with a bit of a roasted alcohol (?) taste.
Over all this beer’s taste has a very good balance and one that I would get in a heartbeat although more likely during the colder seasons!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2004 14:37:01 | More by Stimack
Photo of UnionMade


3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a transparent dark brown, nearly black, topped with a thin haze of head. Good head retention, for what it is, keeping throughout the glass.
The aroma is roasty, with a good bit of coffee, and a touch of toffee. Some light plum and raisin aroma, with very mild piney hopping. The balance seems nice, with the hops a bit more pronounced than your average porter. Clean, with no off aromas.
The flavor starts out rather thin, with only a slight roastiness coming through. The flavor beefs up in the middle, with a rich roasty coffee flavor, mingling with some plum, rainsin, and a touch of fig. Slight caramel towards the end, just before the hops cme in, and the raisin lingers through into the finish. Rather agressive hopping takes up the back, finishing the beer very dry, with a roasted coffee/herbal hop mix in the aftertaste. Light bodied, with rather overwhelming fizzy carbonation. An almost soda-like mouthfeel.
A decent porter, but pretty thin, especially in the front. The carbonation is definitely overwhelming. I enjoy the more pronounced hopping, and it does leave you with a pleasant, balanced aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2003 06:46:44 | More by UnionMade
Photo of goz


3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour, with a good bit of ruby hues around the edges. Large tan head mostly diminishes, leaving good sheets of lacing. Aroma is of roasted coffee, caramel, and strongly bitter chocolate. Flavor is chocolate, roasted caramel, and a bit of coffee. Medium body, tingly carbonation. An excellent porter.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2003 01:26:40 | More by goz
Photo of edchicma


4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this offering with a nice meal of beef sausage and potatoes. Excellent complement to the meal. Beautiful mahogany color with outstanding head and abundant lacing. Exceptional coffee-like aroma with substantial malt overtones. Taste was balanced between sweetness of the malt and hoppiness. Slight coffee and chocolate undertones that accented the flavor most nicely. Mouthfeel was exceptionally smooth with a slight aftertaste. Could easily drink several of these. Concord comes through again.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2003 21:50:57 | More by edchicma
Photo of mikeys01


4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft, Concord porter sits in the pint glass a nice mahogany color, letting only a bit of light penetrate its chocolatey depths. Poured with a modest but persistent creamy tan head that lasted at least half the pint through. Aroma is hinting at roasted malt and coffee, with a burnt sugar sweetness. The Concord Porter tastes very smooth, with a complex but not overwhelming blend of flavors. First taste is a nice mild smoky malt, very smooth, with hops lingering in the background to provide just enough bittering contrast. Also a bit of milky chocolate and coffee making themselves known here. Mouthfeel is relatively dry, with a bit of bitterness at the end for a perfect finish to an excellent porter. Excellent beer from Concord, just wish I didn't have to drive up to MA to find this fine porter!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2003 02:54:15 | More by mikeys01
Photo of UncleJimbo


3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown longneck bottle, capped, best by 05 03.

This porter poured a clear, mahogany brown color with tall, creamy, tan foam that left lace on the glass. The aroma was very mild but pleasant: bread, coffee, sweet malt, hints of chocolate. The taste was dark roasted malt, a hint of coffee, and some hops, but overall a bit thin. The mouthfeel was slightly sweet with a good dose of hops. The body was medium and the carbonation feel was medium-high. This was a decent porter from the bottle, but I liked it much better on tap.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2003 18:05:46 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color comes a dark brown hue, with reddish tinges, and the head is on the large side, bubbling, lacey, and brownish, too. Aroma is soft, serene, and somewhat simple. I can catch hints of cocoa and nuts, if I try, but little else suggests itself.
On the palate, very smooth, sweet, delicious. Hops are very mild in this porter, malt is big. In the middle, from out of nowhere, it seems, carbonation kicks in, a bit high, I think. Finish is nice, and tasty, and hoppy.
And the, again, unexpectly, a fruitiness jumps on the palate without warning, tastes of grape and raspberry! Where'd this come
from? No, I'm not making it up, it's right here on my tongue! Did they plan it? It's not labeled a "raspberry porter" after all...
A fairly decent porter, and I thank UncleJimbo for the oppurtunity to sample it!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2003 20:07:23 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of scottum


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid porter. Pour out a dark brown with a nice porter head. A mellow chocolate malt taste is balanced nicely by hops. This is a smooth down to earth brew that allows you to enjoy every sip. Certainly worth a try. Don't drink this too cold though or the flavors may not come through as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2003 18:44:56 | More by scottum
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Concord Porter from Concord Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.