Kennebunkport Porter - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
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3.83/5 rDev +18.9%
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.
03-01-2012 02:16:11 | More by DocJitsu
3.85/5 rDev +19.6%
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.
01-10-2008 06:37:04 | More by mattster
3.85/5 rDev +19.6%
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.
01-06-2009 22:11:21 | More by zeff80
3.95/5 rDev +22.7%
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.
03-29-2012 22:24:31 | More by damndirtyape
3.98/5 rDev +23.6%
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.
11-30-2013 04:10:47 | More by Treath
4.03/5 rDev +25.2%
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.
07-15-2012 00:31:52 | More by TheSixthRing
4.06/5 rDev +26.1%
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.
11-05-2013 22:25:45 | More by beergoot
4.08/5 rDev +26.7%
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!
04-07-2011 23:26:34 | More by twiggamortis420
4.18/5 rDev +29.8%
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.
06-02-2008 02:03:31 | More by drperm
4.45/5 rDev +38.2%
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.
05-04-2008 18:31:35 | More by AnalogReigns
Kennebunkport Porter from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
75 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.