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Kennebunkport Porter - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

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Kennebunkport PorterKennebunkport Porter

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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 17.39%
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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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

08-10-2013 02:49:27 | More by Wedcat
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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

08-09-2013 22:15:56 | More by GatorCoop
Photo of Haybeerman


3.73/5  rDev +15.8%

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.

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


3.7/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

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


3.63/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

02-24-2008 09:18:44 | More by chadlebald
Photo of Brad007


3.61/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

06-19-2014 22:27:17 | More by Brad007
Photo of barczar


3.6/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

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


3.58/5  rDev +11.2%

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.

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

3.56/5  rDev +10.6%

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.
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?)

12-30-2011 01:05:25 | More by chinchill
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3.56/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

04-05-2013 01:42:04 | More by TheMarkE
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North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +10.2%

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)

03-01-2012 00:16:12 | More by cnjohn19
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3.53/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

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

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-22-2014 23:30:49 | More by LXIXME
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

04-02-2014 14:42:29 | More by Mauzki
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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

02-25-2009 02:31:46 | More by biggred1
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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

09-09-2013 22:23:14 | More by David_C
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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

06-14-2013 07:33:24 | More by MaxOhle
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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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Kennebunkport Porter from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
75 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.