Kennebunkport Porter - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

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204 Ratings
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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 0
Gots: 17 | 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

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 11-03-2002

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Ratings: 204 | Reviews: 81
Reviews by puboflyons:
Photo of puboflyons
3.21/5  rDev 0%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A freind gave me this over the weekend here in the triad,I have been to Federal Jacks a few times.Pours a deep color with a half finger light beige head atop.Aromas are sweet with molasses and brown sugar notes,some roast underneath.Sweet on the palate with the molasses flavors being predominant,some dark roast and mild earthiness to cut off the sweetness just enough in the finish.Not bad but the sweetness and fizzy feel detracts from it.

Photo of tigg924
3.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: next to no head, dark brown

Smell: toasted malt and some woody smell

Taste: toasted malt, coffee, and some birch taste

Mouthfeel: medium body, semi-sweet, and smooth

Drinkability:An average porter, that really does not jump out of the box. It is not bad, but will not wow you either. i would have it again, but one was enough.

Photo of mattster
3.82/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened 12 oz bottle and poured into Nonic glass.

Small 1" - .75" head atop a dark brown mostly opaque brew. Not a lot of bubbles rising. Color best described as flat cola.

Definite coffee notes on nose with some malts. Taste is a bit earthy, but coffee flavors run through. Pleasant finish. Not fancy, just good.

I'm glad I bought a six pack of these.

Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.19/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahogany with scarlet edging and a tan head that recedes to a skin quickly, leaving little to no lacing.

Aromas of toffee, coffee, black cherries and burnt pretzel come together nicely.

The taste is heavy on toasted dark malts with a background of coffee. A hint of toffee sweetness and lingering dark fruit are detected.

Mouthfeel is medium, oily with a little bit of stickiness. Alcohol warmth is faintly detected also. Carbonation is about right for a porter.

Overall an average brew, nothing to get excited about.

Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 dated 12 oz bottle from Trader Joe's served in a pint glass. (see update below)

Pours a very dark mahogany; clear with a smallish but lasting tan head.

The aroma is mainly of dark malts; slightly smokey and peppery with a hint of dark fruits.

Taste: Complex and rich. Also slightly smokey and peppery, particularly in the finish; a nice bit of dark chocolate mid-palate. Some sprucy hops on the finish.
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M: smooth with a bit of crispness; good carbonation level.

O: not a typical porter, but I found it to be quite enjoyable, and a bargain at TJ prices. Changes flavor upon warming but tasty throughout.

(revised with BB 2014 bottle in Nov. 2013. Definitely not retired, label reads KBC Porter, and ABV = 5.6% -- different {and less enjoyable} beer?)

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.02/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours near black; deep ruby brown when held to light. The head is off-white and a good finger thick, but the retention is average, and the resulting lace is sparse.

Smell - Roasted malt goodness; hints of coffee, toffee and some drying hop aromas.

Taste - Nice roasty coffee character, with a touch of toffee sweetness to round it out. Good balance. Strong. Finishes with a semi-sweet chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium body; fairly robust. Nice, lively carbonation. Smooth. Finishes semi-dry.

Overall - Nice porter. It's a nice addition to the Trader Joe's line-up, and a hell of a deal for the $5.99 asking price.

Photo of HalfFull
3.16/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. twistoff bottle poured into a pint glass. Shows a moderate brown with half an inch of tan foam, and a clear deep amber brown in the light. Decent retention and lacing follow.

Nose is light with a bit of carob and light chocolate. Pleasant but not too intriguing either.

Flavor follows the nose and is light and subdued for a Porter and half way to a Nut Brown in flavor. Body is light as well yet without being thin and keeps things interesting. Touch of earthy hops with warming combine with a milk chocolate sweetness that doesn't overwhelm, or linger for that matter. Finish is dry and a bit chalky in nature yet fairly well balanced.

Overall a straight forward and light bodied porter that's easy on the palate.

Photo of beveritt
3.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label depicts a suspended barrel, surrounded by grains and hops. Seems to be a typical label for this brewer, as the other bottle from them I picked up has a similar one. Notched date say best enjoyed by July 2009.

Appearance: Pours with so much head, that I don't even get half the bottle poured on the first try. After finally managing to get this thing in a glass, the head settles to a very uneven 1 finger of tan. Uneven,mainly because I poured through the existing head in several spots. The beer itself is a very dark brown; Opaque and nearly black. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Roasted barley with hints of lactose sweetness.

Taste: Roasted barley, with sweet chocolate in the finish. Slight husky astringency in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level while drinking, despite the massive head. Body is very good.

Drinkability: The low number of reviews on BA for this beer are interesting, because it seems fairly readily available. Despite the difficult pour, this was an enjoyable beer overall.

Photo of hophugger
3.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Deep, chocolate brown color with average head and decent lacing. Aroma is light, with malt sweetness being the dominant smell. Taste surprised me a bit, was expecting a little bolder flavor, but got a little less. Ok taste with malt being the highlight, and some roastiness also. Seems to be little weak for a porter. Mouthfeel was good, nice carbonation and such. A little weak and watery for a good strong porter.

Photo of scootny
3.36/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A towering head of light cocoa hue with scads of lacing and great retention. Smell has a mild sourness with roasted notes like coffee and dark grains. Taste is much the same with coffee and roasted grains front and center. A mild English style fruitiness and earthy hops signature. A bit of sourness and light charcoal tinged burnt caramel sweetness. Finish is dry with lingering notes of burnt sugars and caramel, a long sourness and light biscuit. Feel is mildly carbonated and medium in weight. Quite easy drinking and a nice session ale. At $ 5.59 a six at Trader Joes this is a solid value.

Photo of KYGunner
3.24/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The nose is quite remarkable albeit it inappropriate at times. Chocolate syrup, molasses, maple, dry barley, plums and soy sauce. The flavor has a very dry chocolate malt, burnt coffee, charred embers, barley grain and a strange sweetness I can't identify. Not bad for the price but not great as well.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.4/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear dark color porter with a medium size light brown foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light chocolate and roasted malt notes is enjoyable. Taste is a mix of chocolate malt with some roasted malt notes with some light dry finish. Body is light with good carbonation. A bit short on complexity but well drinkable.

Photo of Boyz5725
1.75/5  rDev -45.5%
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.

Photo of jonB
3.39/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is super dark and completely opaque, but unfortunately produces a thin weak head. The smell is malty sweetness, with some hints of toastiness. The taste is dominated by bread and dark fruit, which doesn't come across as too sweet and finishes with a nice dryness. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy, but this beer lacks something to set it apart.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.48/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours a very dark brown with reddish tones. Two finger light brown head with decent retention and pillowy lacing. Aroma of dark roasted malt, chocolate and a faint soapy element. Flavor of light toasted malt with light coffee and chocolate finishing with a subdued chocolate and toasted malt aftertaste. Light to medium bodied, thin for a porter. Thin and lightly flavored, pleasant but forgetable. Fulfills its mission as a cheap, drinkable porter.

Photo of josiahschlender
3.14/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is one of those one dollar beers at Trader Joe's that was interesting enough for me to give it a try.

Not much bubbles as I start pouring it into a pint glass, even with agitating it on the second half. The meager, quickly fading beige head forms, then retreats to a ring that leaves no lace. This porter is the most translucent I've ever seen. I can see the logo through my glass on the other side, while color is a very dark amber.

I don't remember having good impressions about the first Kennebunk I tried, but the aromas are more abundant than I remember with the second. Very sweet, non roasty caramel and butterscotch malts. Maybe just a hint of herbal, earthy hops. Doesn't smell like a porter at all to me. Not too bad of an aroma, but more like an amber might smell like.

Flavors are not like a porter, either. Those sweet malts are there, with hardly a hint of the dark flavors I associate with a porter. Caramel and butterscotch again, very mild bittering on a short, clean finish. Body isn't as thin as I was worried it would be, but it doesn't even reach medium.

This beer probably would have gotten higher marks from me if it was called an amber. Definitely a miss for the style, but not a miss overall. It goes ok with food, it's affordable, just figure out another name for it. Or figure out how to brew it more consistently. After reading some reviews, they seem all over the map.

Photo of blackie
2.79/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After the shitty trio of beers I had when I first found Kennebunkport at the local Trader Joe's, I gave up them...but some positive reviews spurred me to give this one a try.

a: decent light mocha head shows average retention over a dark brown beer

s: dominant Nutella (hazelnut-chocolate) over a weak roast base...interesting I guess, but a one-trick showing and a little hokey

m: carbonation just over medium, with a full-medium body

t: Not sure I understand what's going on here. Bland roasts and chocolate-hazelnut flavored flavors...not cloying at least.

d: not bad but limited

Better than the others, but eh...the same cheap impression I got from the others is still here in the hazelnut-chocolate aroma and flavor. Lacks convincing roasted malts, which are essential here...could be a great combo with the hazelnut.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.2/5  rDev -31.5%
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!

RJT

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.02/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of kennyo. Pours a medium brown color with a small cap of light tan head. Not much in the way of retention or lacing.

Nose is sweet with a light sour malt aspect and fruitiness. A bit of minerality makes me think this came from across the pond.

Taste is surprisingly pleasant with a nice doughy yeast that also throws off a few fruity esters. Roast is there but is balanced nicely by a rich sweetness and chocolate. Reminds me of an oatmeal stout without the viscous body. Has a nice mouthfeel, slick and smooth. I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would after seeing a few of the reviews and the overall score. Thanks Ken!

Photo of damndirtyape
3.95/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by 12/2012) poured into a Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Dark Mahogany brown when held up to the light. Persistent thin light tan head across the top. Some strands of persistent lacing noted.

Smell: Rich roasted malt, burnt sugar. Barest hint of cocoa.

Taste: Much like it smells - roasted malt, burnt sugar dominate. Coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate in here as well. Finish is part black coffee, part roasted malt. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, just below fizzy. Under all that carbonation I can pick out some thickness to the beer - just a hair above water.

Overall: A solidly good American porter. Went real well with cider porkchops and I could easily have another. If the carbonation was dropped just a tad it would be even better.

Photo of biggred1
3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, almost black with a slight head that fades quickly. Almost no lacing. Smells like roasted malts and vanilla. Tastes of coffee and vanilla, finishes with a coffee/tea like bitterness. Light bodied with smooth carbonation, easy drinking. Decent gateway porter.

Photo of Chiefy770
3.29/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle with a "best enjoyed before" date of July 2014.

A thick, fluffy, light-brown foam head forms over a rich dark brown body.

The aroma consists of floral notes with a heavy, almost meaty backdrop.

On first the sip I tasted strong notes of toasted malts. There were mild hints of fruit, particularly blackberry. It initially seems creamy but ends with a semi-bitter finish.

Bottom Line: As many others have reviewed, this is a very average Porter. This is not a bad beer by any means, however there are many other Porters that I would recommend over this one. If you do not have loyalties to a particular Porter then give Kennebunkport a try, you might like it.

Photo of papat444
3.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best before 06.09.15.

Cola brown body, 2 finger head (bubbly), average retention with good hanging lacing. Roasted aroma; flavor has a fruit profile to it mixed with coffee which makes it awkard to my taste. Bit of a coal like feel and the body is thin. Overall a less than middle of the road porter.

Photo of Zorro
3.28/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown colored beer with a small khaki colored head.

Smell is malty with some smoke and char aromas. There is a little bit of caramel and chocolate in this.

Starts out bittersweet in the mouth with a smoky aftertaste. The roasted malt takes over and this quickly becomes a patent malt dominated beer. Not too bad but quickly becomes mostly bitters and smoke flavored.

Mouthfeel is average at best.

Overall OK for the cheap beer that it is. $6 a six-pack at Trader Joe's is decent at that price.

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Kennebunkport Porter from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
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