Kennebunkport Porter - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
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1.69/5 rDev -47.5%
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.
07-15-2014 04:08:57 | More by Boyz5725
2.16/5 rDev -32.9%
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!
05-31-2014 13:24:15 | More by RonaldTheriot
2.2/5 rDev -31.7%
A - Dark, dark, ruby red. A slight tan head.
S - Used coffee grounds, smoked malt, burnt notes.
T - Mostly a bitter, dry. tart taste, Bland and lifeless,
M - Light body...dry.
D - Not very good. Will not finish as I have better stuff on hand in the fridge for tonight.
11-22-2011 02:17:09 | More by Brunite
2.33/5 rDev -27.6%
Appearance: Deep, dark brown with a fluffy if not fleeting tan head. Carbonation rising gently and consistently from the depths.
Smell: Toffee, coffee, and choffee (look it up)...yum!
Taste: A rather acrid, sawdusty flavor is at the forefront, followed something that is reminiscent of the cold bottom of yesterday's pot of burnt coffee. A weak note of stale hops leaves a bland, bitter taste on the tongue. Blegh.
Mouthfeel: Somewhat well-proportioned, on the lighter side of medium bodied. Not a big fan of the extremely astringent mouthfeel, especially since the fllavor doesn't back it up.
Overall: Man, the taste just ruined it for me. A pretty decent nose followed by a very disappointing taste. Kind of like getting to hook up with a cute girl and finding out she's got halitosis. Won't be buying this again.
05-07-2012 02:30:04 | More by bwan15
2.33/5 rDev -27.6%
Nearly black in color, slight light penetration. The head is moderate but lasts. Ring lace on the glass side.
The smell is entirely like powdered cocoa. This is a bit distracting and a little overwhelming.
It's like someone added baker's chocolate to this beer, too much so! This also has a hazelnut/Frangelica flavor to the taste. There is some redeeming hop bitterness that shows up on the swallow, but even the aftertaste is predominately cocoa. The mouthfeel is decent but not redeemable enough to save this one.
I can only think that actual powdered chocolate was used in this batch. If you don't like beer, maybe you'll like this one.
02-17-2008 20:43:02 | More by smcolw
2.35/5 rDev -27%
Poured into a pint glass. This review is from February, when I picked it up at Trader Joe's. Incidentally, I've never seen beers from this brewery anywhere else, but I have bought their pumpkin ales for Halloween parties when they come around in October.
Produces a darkened, reddish color with a good head. Carbonation is actually visible at the edge of the glass, and overall, looks like a decent porter already.
There are, not surprsingly, big coffee aromas, a weirdly a slight burntness to it. Not in a good way either. It's less "smoky" and more that someone legit burnt the malts within a fireplace. Chocolate and vanilla beans sort of linger, but holy hell is that burntness overwhelming. Otherwise, with the malts and hops not throwing each other off, it's balanced enough.
However, there is way too much carbonation upon the first sips and also quickly turns into a a front assault of burnt roasted malts that do not have an appealing flavor to me. I can hardly get through any potential coffee flavors with this burntness, and hardly any hops are present as a result. I actually find myself thinking that this is pure coffee grounds rather than a porter, making this very unpleasant to drink. Drainpour.
I've known this brewery to make better quality products so this may be from a bad batch. But with other great porters out there, I'm too afraid to try this again any time soon.
05-02-2012 22:42:19 | More by magictacosinus
2.38/5 rDev -26.1%
12 oz. single from Trader Joe's - Cary, NC.
Best by December '08 - into a 3 philosopher's chalice.
Sometimes these Trader Joe's beers surprise me...but often it's a letdown. The Kennebunkport Porter pours a dark, seal brown body that's close to opaque. A fizzy, ephemeral tan head recedes to a splotchy-thin patch of khaki bubbles and a ring around the edge. The aroma is pleasant: sweet caramel malts, roasted grains, chocolate powder, coffee, and a touch of vanilla.
Sadly, the aroma is where this ride ends. The flavor is an unbalanced, chalky, overly-carbonated blend of semi-acrid coffee and caramel with a hint of heavy metals (the ionic variety, not music) and wet newspaper. Mouthfeel isn't much better: too fizzy with a light body, and leaves an unpleasant aftertaste that's too metallic to be bitter. This is my first drain pour in quite some time. My stomach feels weird after a third of this one.
03-01-2008 04:06:19 | More by wagenvolks
2.55/5 rDev -20.8%
Well this wasn't awful like the other kennebunkport brews I tried recently, but it's not that great either. At 5.99 a sixer it unfortunately just isn't good enough to make it into my "bargin bin" rotation of session brews.
Pours a near black dark brown with a strange khaki head that almost looks like it has red in it. Smells of roasted malt and a whiff of coffee and chocolate (just a whiff, mind you). The big foam head is a bit offputting.
The taste is decent. Some coffee, some roasted malt that may be just a bit too acrid/charcoally, and a bit of chocolate to add sweetness. It's a thin mouth-feelin' beer, and the acrid aftertaste is offputting about halfway through, but all in all, it seems like the best these guys offer (which isn't saying much).
04-23-2008 07:45:13 | More by Overlord
2.58/5 rDev -19.9%
Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date on side of label.
A: Cola-brown with too-tall tan head. It does not look like a porter.
S: Hefty vanilla and alcohol aromas combined with light chocolate and bitter coffee grounds.
T: The alcohol and vanilla are so strong it yields an metallic, demi-black licorice taste when combined with the chocolate and overly bitter coffee flavors. There is some hops bitterness in the finish. It tastes like a vanilla diet coke that sat too long in your fridge.
M: Thin and fizzy without much to recommend it.
D: This is not a good brew and definitely one to skip.
01-06-2009 05:02:33 | More by argock
2.65/5 rDev -17.7%
A - Dark, dark, clear ruby red. Thick tan foam.
S - Mostly smells like grapes with some apples and bread. As it warms a strong epoxy comes out... kinda gross.
T - Some very light coffee and fruit and some sweetness. Overall kind of watered down wimpy flavour.
M - Light with a moderate carbonation.
D - Not good. Not terrible if you drink it cold.
10-23-2008 16:32:47 | More by allergictomacros
2.73/5 rDev -15.2%
12 oz bottle from Trader Joe’s. Pours brown with a thick, long lasting, tanned head. Nose is of toasted, bready malt and some hints of chocolate. Body is medium, creamy. Taste is toasted, nutty malt and some earthy hops. Finish is short, mainly of grapefruit, earthy hops and some espresso. Not overly complex, forgettable porter.
02-08-2012 16:03:39 | More by mikeg67
Kennebunkport Porter from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
75 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.