Kennebunkport Porter - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 205
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 0
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Boyz5725
1.75/5  rDev -46.2%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.2/5  rDev -32.3%
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 (584 characters)

Photo of Brunite
2.23/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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. (272 characters)

Photo of smcolw
2.36/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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. (643 characters)

Photo of bwan15
2.42/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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. (819 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
2.43/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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. (1,394 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
2.47/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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. (910 characters)

Photo of Overlord
2.58/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

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). (760 characters)

Photo of argock
2.6/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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. (632 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
2.62/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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. (351 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
2.76/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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. (332 characters)

Photo of blackie
2.79/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (828 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
2.81/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had a hard time finding this one on BA’s search engine. The brewer is different from the name on the bottle, and that’s shortened to boot.

Dollar beers at Trader Joe series, number … well, I lost track. But I a mix-six variety pack of different dollar brews they sell at Trader Joes and I’m mid-way through it. Maybe next time I’ll splurge for the Simpler Times.

Anyways.
I poured the KBC porter into a snifter to class it up a little bit. Looks good, at least. Black-brown, roasty, dark, with some tight bubbles at the top. Smells like dark chocolate and cocao nibs, some coffee. Not gourmet coffee, but good enough.
First thing I noticed is the carbonation. Very effervescent. Unfortunately, because it masks the flavors at first. Distracting. It’s almost a porter, just not quite there. Dial the carbonation back, keep the roast and chocolate flavor, get rid of the horrible finish and unwanted tartness. Sour, but not in a ‘good’ way—or in an ‘infected batch’ way, either. More like it’s just off-balanced and a poor brew. Perhaps oxidized? The flavor and the finish reminds me of all the bad qualities of two-buck Chuck. To say it improves slightly as it warms isn’t saying much. It’s off, and off-putting. I can’t say much good about this beer but it’s not horrible enough to trash outright. TJ’s has better beers available for the same price, and for a dollar or two more you can definitely do much better. (1,452 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.83/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep tannish brown with a thin cap of head and little to get excited about. A little bit of sweetness on the nose. Taste was a tad bit of chocolate and roasted malts. Body is thin and real overcarbonated, especially for a porter. A bad porter all around, no craftsmanship at all! (288 characters)

Photo of woemad
2.85/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (826 characters)

Photo of Offa
2.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a pretty mediocre, run-of-the-mill porter, a bit rough and not very interesting, but with some good traits.

Essentially black but not quite, it has a fairly big dark tan head steadily thinning to a wispy top and leaving essentially no lace.

The aroma is burnt leaves and bark, a little acrid in the negative way some porters and strouts can be, but a somewhat interesting aroma that, to me, smells a lot like a Redwood forest on a warm day after a recent rain, with bays trees, manzanita, madrone, redwoods, all round. I guess that doesn't help too many people but that's what the smell is most like to me.

The taste is dry hints of chocolate and coffee grounds, burnt bark, and a bit watery, with a burnt bitter finish and aftertaste. As it warms, it becomes more mellow, but, despite some nice chocolate, ghosty caramel, and other flavours lurking underneath, it's overall too sharp, burnt-bitter and plain for me to really want to drink. (952 characters)

Photo of Redrover
2.93/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up this one at Trader Joes as part of a make your own 6 pack. Poured into a pint glass, the beer is dark brown with ruby highlights. It has a decent and fairly clingy beige head.

Nose of roasted malts and bit of bakers chocolate.

The beer is roasty with subtle coffee, chocolate and raisin flavors. Unfortunately, the beer has a sour aftertaste which is totally out of character. I checked the best buy date and I had another 9 months before it expired. The bones of a good beer are here, but something went amiss.

The mouth is fine with just the right amount of thickness. Glad I only got one of these, but would try again to see if it was my bottle was off. (670 characters)

Photo of hmk22
2.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a porter in appearance but that's about it. It "tastes dark" but doesn't have the mouthfeel or richness to back it up. And the overall flavor profile is a little too sweet and lacking the malty and/or smokey features that many great porters have. Porter is the kind of style you need to be in the mood for, so this could be a disappointment if you're looking forward to a big, rich experience. I'll stick with Anchor Porter when I'm so inclined. (453 characters)

Photo of daliandragon
3.02/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Picked this up yesterday at Trader Joe's in Cary and decided to ggive it a shot. Normally, October is porter season but here in NC it's still 80 degrees during the daytime. C'mon fall!

Pours a transparent cola brown with a thin cap of head and little to get excited about. An artifical sweetness taints the nose, which otherwise is a decent chocolate/coffee melange.

Body is thin and real overcarbonated, especially for a porter. Taste is malty with tones of chocolate but there it is again, something I can't quite put my finger on but it's not natural and coats the flavor like a bad smell. Some kind of chemical or something.

Like the annoad system: not much there. (673 characters)

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This English style porter produced a brown color, a decent tan head with nice retention and lacing. The aroma of this porter consists of toasted malt, coffee and sweet brown sugar. Medium in body, this brew has a base of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Overall, very average Porter, decent session beer- entry level porter. Prost! (380 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a thin tan head.

S: Some slight breadiness, roasted malts and a bit of coffee.

T: Roasted malts and coffee upfront. Then the taste kind of just dies off. It's not bad and it's by far the best I've had from Kennebunkport, but it's pedestrian at best. The mouthfeel is really what kills it for me. It's way way thin. (368 characters)

Photo of Carolvs
3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Trader Joe's has some superb beer offerings but this one is not tops: Lacking in body and complexity but drinkable nonetheless. Unlike many other commentators here, though, my glass did have nice lacing all the way down. (222 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.07/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a light black-dark brown color with about a half-inch of medium dark brown head that had OK retention and light lacing.

The aroma mostly featured subdued roast notes over a soft malt base, although there was just a tickle of hops in the background. The flavor profile was the same, good base malts, slight bits of roast and just a hint of hops. In other words, your basic Porter flavors.

The body was a bit on the thin side of average for the style. Drinkability was good, the beer went down smoothly and easily, and it wouldn't be a chore to have a couple of these. Overall, a solid, decent brew, that at it's price, makes it a good value to stick in the fridge for when your in the mood for a nice, easy drinking Porter. (764 characters)

Photo of mrfreakybig
3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.12/5  rDev -4%
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. (342 characters)

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Kennebunkport Porter from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
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