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Kennebunkport Porter - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

Kennebunkport PorterKennebunkport Porter

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BA SCORE
75
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151 Ratings
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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 16.62%


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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AnalogReigns

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got it at my local T.J.s here in Charlotte. This is a very nice porter, very earthy, deep flavor. Pours well into the glass with a typical low English style head. Smells of coco and almost treebark....with a slight pleasant hazelnut taint. Refreshing, and not too heavy--clearly a porter not a stout. Great beer for winter ruminations...

From a bottle from Trader Joe's. Apparently brewed by "Pugsley Brewing Company"... I have no idea their relationship to Federal Jacks.

I tried it first at room temperature--as if a beer is good warm, it's terrific cool. Ideal serving temperature is supposed to be 46% according to a profesional brewer I know.

Poured nicely with a rather dense head--typical of English-style porters. Has a black, almost stout appearance with a light tan head.

The aroma is unique, like some sort of nuts...chestnut? I don't know, but it's pleasant.

Taste carries on that nutty theme, with a robust palate, and a crisp, though slightly lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is porter-like, that is not as robust as a stout should be, but none-the-less decent, not watery at all.

All and all a great porter, IMHO, very drinkable (I'm just having 2) and at the price---5.99--these days, a terrific bargain. This is a real porter at a professional porter's working-man's price.

Trader Joey's done good by dis one....

I understand why ol' TJ's chose this obscure brand (in the South anyway) as this is a quality beer. I find it interesting that most of the low ratings on this were from the brewpub on tap...whereas the TJ bottled version seemed to fare better.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 18:31:35 | More by AnalogReigns
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drperm

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a nice porter from an unheard of (to me) brewery in Maine (one of my favorite microbrewery states!).

Appearance: Almost pitch, at least in a basement lounge under fluorescent lamps. A slight scarlet red keeping the colour interesting.

Aroma: Amazingly exceptional -- coffee, hazelnut, Frangelico.

Taste: Rich! Almost keeps pace with the nose. Nutty, Frangelico-like; sweetish, dark cherry, a good hop twist, and a bit of Worcestershire near the end.

Palate: The weakest link. Almost oily.

Overall: I give this one high marks for being unexpected. I'm not sure if I'd ever be up for having more than one at a time, but it's creatively great! Bravo.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 02:03:31 | More by drperm
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +25.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 23:26:34 | More by twiggamortis420
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beergoot

Colorado

4.06/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes dated October 17th, 2013.

Dark brown/mahogany body with a lasting white head. Strong toffee and vanilla notes in the aroma. Taste produced elements of coffee and cream with a light bitter chocolate edge. Very smooth bodied; soft, semi-sweet; medium body.

Very smooth and delectable. Right balance of dark malt goodness with an oh-so subtle hop bitterness. Creamy. Touch of lactose sourness.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2013 22:25:45 | More by beergoot
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TheSixthRing

California

4.03/5  rDev +24%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 00:31:52 | More by TheSixthRing
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Treath

California

3.98/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a glass mug. First time tasting this beer.

A- Very dark almost black ruby color. Looks like a Cola. Very little tan colored head, a few centimeters of it (maybe my glass ruined the head?). Leaves a thin ring of froth and a tiny bit of lacing.

S- Dark roasted malts. Roasty and Earthy. Black coffee. A little hops.

T- A strong hop bitterness at first with heavy dark roasted almost burnt malts. Black coffee taste right in the middle. The hops surprised me. No sweetness whatsoever. The aftertaste is of burnt malts and bitterness.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation. It feels crisp from the carbonation.

O- Overall, this is a good beer. It's great when you're in the mood for a dark strong cup of black coffee with no sugar.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 04:10:47 | More by Treath
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damndirtyape

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 22:24:31 | More by damndirtyape
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mattster

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 06:37:04 | More by mattster
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zeff80

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, black color with a small, thin, off-white head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of caramel, molasses and some floral notes.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel malt, coffee beans and it had a nice bitter hop kick.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty good porter. It surprised me with how good it tasted because the appearance and aroma were not spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 22:11:21 | More by zeff80
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DocJitsu

California

3.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a short root beer head. Head retention is poor. Bouquet is milk chocolate liqueur with coffee notes. Mouthfeel is a little thin and adversely impacted by the carbonation. Pleasant chocolate, but not a lot else going on. Finishes with coffee acidity. Worth the money, but just an ok porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 02:16:11 | More by DocJitsu
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beveritt

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 03:37:21 | More by beveritt
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep mahogany color; reddish highlights. Poured a 1 finger tan head that dissipated to ring on the inside edge of the glass. Laced in wide rings.

S: Coffee, chocolate covered cherries and toffee. An earthy/peat aroma underneath it all.

T: Big toasted malts; bitter coffee and burnt toffee most prominent. A little dark fruit character persists in the finish. Very rich and flavorful malt character; comes together well.

M: Light side of medium body. Moderate carbonation. Starts smooth, but enough carbonation to be a bit active on the palate.

O: Wholesome toasted malt character. Seemed more active on the palate than many porters.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 19:21:41 | More by Haybeerman
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle says best by July 2012. Picked up for a buck at Trader Joe's.

Pours a dark brown, almost black but coffee-colored and clear at the edges. One finger of light tan head, fades fast, little lacing.

Smells rather sweet with minimal roasted character. I'd say this is more like an English porter than an American. Nutty malts, some light coffee notes. Smells pretty good.

Taste is similar to the smell. Dominated by medium-dark, fairly sweet malts. Some strong nutty flavors, a bit of faded coffee. Finish drifts away into a mild bitterness. Again, has that soft, slightly sweet character of an English porter, without the strong roasted flavors most American porters have.

Mouthfeel: medium-bodied, with average carbonation. Smooth and pleasant. Not remarkable for being particularly good or bad.

I think this is a pretty tasty beer, even if it doesn't fit most people's expectations. And for $1 a bottle, it's pretty tough to beat. One of the better of the Trader Joe's bargain beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 04:29:59 | More by zeledonia
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chadlebald

California

3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 6 at Trader Joe's. It's 'winter' even here in LA. So it seemed to make sense. I actually find this one to taste pretty good even though many of the reviews are spot on with regard to the very prevalent nose & taste of cocoa and hazelnut. (it should be noted that my daily coffee drink at Peet's--which is way better than Starbucks, btw--is iced mocha so this is kind of like a nighttime version of that)

I also smell a bit of 'ash' in it, which I could definitely do without.

Far from my favorite porter--Stone Smoked Porter--but I'd buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 09:18:44 | More by chadlebald
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barczar

Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep brown with amber highlights and a half inch tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving thick lacing.

Acrid roast character, dark fruit, coffee, malt, and chocolate form the aroma.

Acrid roast malt and coffee dominate the flavor, which finishes a touch bitter. Dark cherries and chocolate add complexity. There's a nutty toffee note.

Body is fairly watery with carbonation on the low side and an astringent finish.

Not a bad brew, but the acrid character is offputting. A touch on the bitter/charred side.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 02:49:09 | More by barczar
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 10/2012.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown-black with a 1/2 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A nice latticework of lace forms around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, coffee beans, and some slight cocoa. Taste is of dark roasted malt, burnt coffee, and some metallic flavors. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is actually a pretty good porter and definitely the best of the 3 Kennebunkport beers I picked up recently.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 04:55:27 | More by UCLABrewN84
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.56/5  rDev +9.5%
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?)

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 01:05:25 | More by chinchill
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TheMarkE

California

3.56/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Thick and dark like a good cup of coffee. Moderate foam and lacing.

Smell: Watery roasted malts, mainly coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Watery roasted malts. Coffee and chocolate, caramel, and hints of dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: Watery and thin, but fairly smooth. A decent roasted malt aftertaste that disappears quickly.

The Verdict: Average. There are much better porters out there, but there’s nothing to really complain about.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 01:42:04 | More by TheMarkE
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cnjohn19

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Trader Joe's in Chapel Hill...

Pours thin with a little head, but is jet black...looks pretty good

You get a sweet, roasted nose...nothing too impressive though and pretty typical of a porter...

Tastes dark, slightly sweet, with a hint of chocolate and roasted malts...mouthfeel though is excellent with a rich finish and outstanding aftertaste...

Definitely a good--not great--beer...the price point though may get me to buy another (roughly $5.99/six)..that's hard to beat for a good porter...

(drink while listening to Beach House...any song)

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 00:16:12 | More by cnjohn19
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong aroma is smoky and slightly sweet, with licorice, molasses and horehound notes. It pours a dark, semi-transparent mahogany with a very thick, fine-bubbled, cream-tan head. Flavor has smoky, malty, molasses and caramel notes, not quite mouth-filling but still pleasing. Smooth texture has average body and minimal fizz.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 01:28:13 | More by Cyberkedi
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biggred1

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 02:31:46 | More by biggred1
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - chestnut brown color with a beige head that thinned out but still left trails of lacing.

S - caramel, toffee and some roasted malt aromas.

T - sweet caramel taste upfront is met with some espresso coffee bitterness before becoming sweet again on the finish.

F - medium bodied with a crisp feel.

O - decent tasting and somewhat sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 22:09:40 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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EyeOfBuck

Ohio

3.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a light head that quickly disparate to a ring around the chilled mug.
Smell is almost non-existent. Very drinkable porter with enough carbonation to tingle the whole tongue and and a bitterness that sustains the full depth of the swallow. The KBC porter mouth feel is easy to drink after day at work without an overwhelming alcohol content making a relaxing sensation that is very satisfying but not overwhelming. Overall, for the price purchased at Trader Joes make it a value for those who want a dark beer to relax to after a hard day at work. Although not a stellar porter is very easy to enjoy without the heavy alcohol content and sweetness that are found in others of this style.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 00:33:59 | More by EyeOfBuck
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oberon

North Carolina

3.49/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 17:14:05 | More by oberon
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AdmiralDiaz

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz to pint glass.

A: Dark brown, semi-transparent. small brown head with no retention and no lacing.

S: Malty with coffee tones and a small cream smell.

T: Strong alcohol noticeable right away, very surprising for a <5% abv beer. Vanilla and coffee are the other strong flavors here. The coffee gives a semi-bitter finish. Although it's very alcohol forward it's an interesting porter.

Overall this is quite an interesting porter that's alcohol forward with an interesting vanilla flavor. It's easy on the mouth and is highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 03:41:56 | More by AdmiralDiaz
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Kennebunkport Porter from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
75 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.