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Kennebunkport Porter - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

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Kennebunkport PorterKennebunkport Porter

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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.34%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: sweethome on 12-11-2011)
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Reviews by adamks:
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District of Columbia

3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: pours dark brown/burgundy with a nice tan head.

s: dark malts, coffee, caramel, hints of an alcohol bite.

t: malt with subtle coffee/chocolate hints, nothing very strong at all.

m: very watery, medium carbonation.

d: nothing horribly wrong, just a very bland porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 00:47:05 | More by adamks
More User Reviews:
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1.69/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

This beer was sold as a Porter, my evaluation is based on that.

Appearance - Brown in color with a thick well formed head

Smell - Grass and hops

Taste - Overly hoppy lightly sweet taste

Mouthfeel - Thin and watery, no substance

Overall - The pour got my attention, from there everything went down hill. It was to thin and watery with almost no Mouthfeel.

It doesn't meet my idea of what a good Porter should be.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2014 04:08:57 | More by Boyz5725
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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

07-10-2014 10:24:32 | More by OtisCampbell007
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3/5  rDev -7.1%

07-07-2014 02:34:51 | More by khargro2
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2.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

From notes.
12oz bottle from a 6-pack purchased at the Trader Joe’s on Spokane’s South Hill. According to the label, this was best by October, 2014.

Poured a dark brown color, with a big, creamy and rocky tan head. When held up to light, things took on a dark amber shade.

The aroma was of roasted malts and a surprising amount of grassy, herbal hops.

The taste was what one might expect from a black lager brewed with heavily roasted malts, except for the ale-like finish. There was a bitter, astringent flavor as well. It did not seem much like a porter

Thin, watery mouthfeel for a porter.

I suppose this might work as a porter for people who don’t like porters, yet it’s too bitter for the Newcastle crowd (not sayin’ much, just sayin’). I’m at a loss as to what sort of beer drinker this is meant for.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2014 20:11:45 | More by woemad
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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

06-24-2014 20:52:36 | More by pjbfromkc
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

06-24-2014 10:21:04 | More by kkazemi
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3.61/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, dark brown like no one's business with a frothy head into my glass. Good lacing on the glass.

Robust with a good dose of cocoa in the nose. Other than that, I can't smell anything else to write about.

Surprisingly tasty. A slight roast compliments the cocoa notes.

My only complaint would be that it seems thin toward the back.

You know, it's easy to lose sight of a good porter when you're primarily chasing the biggest, hoppiest beers around. I would recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2014 22:27:17 | More by Brad007
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2.16/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Kennebunkport Porter has a thin, cream-colored head, no lacing left behind, and a dark brown (ruby, under direct light) appearance. The aroma is of turned or spoiled raw spinach and dark grain, and after the beer warms a bit, one gets sweet syrup and acidic hops. Taste is of dark grain, turned fruit or vegetable matter, acidity, some chocolate powder, and a background stinging bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat powdery, and KBC Porter finishes semi-dry, and it does improve in flavor after it settles down and warms. But, make sure you let it warm and settle down!


Serving type: bottle

05-31-2014 13:24:15 | More by RonaldTheriot
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3/5  rDev -7.1%

05-28-2014 06:56:48 | More by KevMo84
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -7.1%

05-28-2014 01:01:10 | More by Latarnik
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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

05-20-2014 03:23:53 | More by Pog-Mo-Thoin
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3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Brown with an overall very dark but clear body, tinges of amber when held to the light, light brown head, some lacing.

Aroma and taste: I'm getting a buttery note, pretty clearly so. Diacetyl? Well Samuel Smith's beers have diacetyl sometimes, and I still drink them, and I CAN detect it, so that in itself isn't an automatic ding. However, it's somewhat distracting and a bit overpowering in this beer, masking the roasty, coffee, and burnt flavors that are in the background. I almost get just a brief hint of a scent induced memory of some sort of glue from grade school. Well, it was probably non-toxic glue, so that's a plus. But overall there's something taking center stage on the flavor and it's not typically porter.

The body's about right for a porter, medium to medium-light, mild to moderate carbonation, lingering bitterness and roastiness.

I noted a lot of reviews mentioning no sweetness to this beer. I am not getting that, I detect some sugars, almost like there's a touch of lactose in this one. It's certainly there, but how noticeable it is probably depends on your own thresholds for certain flavors.

Well for a buck a bottle, all of the trader joe's beers have been just fine (tho some better than others). This isn't one of the better of the 15 different beers I got from trader joe's, but what the hey, I'm going to finish it, so that's not bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2014 07:57:07 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

05-01-2014 02:46:11 | More by irthesteve
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New York

3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

04-30-2014 11:27:22 | More by Noelito76
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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

04-27-2014 14:45:32 | More by RavyneChyylde
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3/5  rDev -7.1%

04-24-2014 00:14:56 | More by joshrosborne
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3/5  rDev -7.1%

04-06-2014 11:46:37 | More by anzb
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1/5  rDev -69%

04-05-2014 17:12:30 | More by Filabee
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

04-02-2014 14:42:29 | More by Mauzki
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2.25/5  rDev -30.3%

03-31-2014 03:05:25 | More by SpongeKA
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New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

03-29-2014 00:45:20 | More by tpauer
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2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

03-22-2014 22:13:33 | More by Lightman
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New Hampshire

3.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of November 2014. Sampled on March 11, 2014.

The pour is dark amber brown with a modest tan head that leaves lacing. Also some reddish hues if held to the light just right.

The aroma is of dark malts, butter, olive oil, slight chocolate, and a vague earthy hop note.

The body is light to medium and about right for the style.

The taste has a quick burst of sweet malts which are followed nearly immediately by a modest hop bite the ends on the dry side. Not an extraordinary Porter but one that I found to be drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 20:19:04 | More by puboflyons
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New York

3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer is sold at Trader Joe's stores for about $6 a six-pack, so a dollar a bottle. It's not a great porter, but it's easy drinking, dark and malty, and is low in alcohol. No one would ever mistake this for a high quality porter, it simply isn't, but it's close enough when you're looking for something... close enough. I have a couple six packs waiting at home.

For a dollar a bottle, though, it might very well be the best beer in the world.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 15:39:29 | More by mrfreakybig
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Kennebunkport Porter from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
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