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Kennebunkport Porter - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 216
Avg: 3.28
pDev: 27.13%
Wants: 0
Gots: 20 | 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

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 11-03-2002

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear dark color porter with a medium size light brown foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light chocolate and roasted malt notes is enjoyable. Taste is a mix of chocolate malt with some roasted malt notes with some light dry finish. Body is light with good carbonation. A bit short on complexity but well drinkable.

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Photo of zeff80
3.82/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.49/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
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.
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?)

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Photo of smcolw
2.36/5  rDev -28%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.14/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Colored like brown with an orange brown hue. The head is over an inch thick, is not quite soapy not quite creamy, and looks to be retenting well. Lots of lacing around the glass increases the appearance socre. The nose is....mostly astringent molasses, some brown sugar, and a little toasted marshmallow. It's alright, but this is Kennebunkport. Time to brace myself....

No grimaces here. True, it's not going to be a world beater, but this tastes decent and lacks any serious off-puttng flavors. There is a hint of coffee, a little marshmallow, chalkiess, a little bit of esters. Its body is a lighter medium, and the carbonation level is a little lighter, but still at an acceptable level

I feared for worse. Kennebunkport gets a moral victory just for that.

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Photo of Zorro
3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown colored beer with a small khaki colored head.

Smell is malty with some smoke and char aromas. There is a little bit of caramel and chocolate in this.

Starts out bittersweet in the mouth with a smoky aftertaste. The roasted malt takes over and this quickly becomes a patent malt dominated beer. Not too bad but quickly becomes mostly bitters and smoke flavored.

Mouthfeel is average at best.

Overall OK for the cheap beer that it is. $6 a six-pack at Trader Joe's is decent at that price.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.83/5  rDev -13.7%
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!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours a very dark brown with reddish tones. Two finger light brown head with decent retention and pillowy lacing. Aroma of dark roasted malt, chocolate and a faint soapy element. Flavor of light toasted malt with light coffee and chocolate finishing with a subdued chocolate and toasted malt aftertaste. Light to medium bodied, thin for a porter. Thin and lightly flavored, pleasant but forgetable. Fulfills its mission as a cheap, drinkable porter.

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Photo of beertunes
3.07/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of November 2014. Sampled on March 11, 2014.

The pour is dark amber brown with a modest tan head that leaves lacing. Also some reddish hues if held to the light just right.

The aroma is of dark malts, butter, olive oil, slight chocolate, and a vague earthy hop note.

The body is light to medium and about right for the style.

The taste has a quick burst of sweet malts which are followed nearly immediately by a modest hop bite the ends on the dry side. Not an extraordinary Porter but one that I found to be drinkable.

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Photo of DrJay
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark, nearly opaque with just a hint of mahogany. A short tan cap formed during the pour, fair head retention, some lacing. Dry malt aroma, roasty with caramel sweetness, milk chocolate. Medium bodied with medium plus carbonation, dry but not really astringent, feels creamy but would be better with lower CO2. Moderate bitterness from the dark grains and hops, roasty with a bit of cocoa, slight cherry fruitiness, cola nut, faint grassiness. Not bad overall, tastes decent.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of barczar
3.62/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.54/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.02/5  rDev +22.6%
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!

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Photo of tigg924
3.12/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of papat444
3.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best before 06.09.15.

Cola brown body, 2 finger head (bubbly), average retention with good hanging lacing. Roasted aroma; flavor has a fruit profile to it mixed with coffee which makes it awkard to my taste. Bit of a coal like feel and the body is thin. Overall a less than middle of the road porter.

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Photo of blackie
2.79/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.36/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Federal Jack's. Supposedly was a cask bier, but I didn't see any hand-engine, and they said it was from a metal keg and not a wooden cask. On the plus-side, it did have a nice, dark brown color, with some ruby hints. The head was quite small and creamy, but left minimal lacing. Nose had a bit of malt, when you could find any nose to whiff. The bier itself was smooth, but quite thin. Much too thin for a porter, especially if it's supposed to be "cask". I found some mild malt peeking through, but nothing in the way of any roastiness. And it had a huge, buttery ringwood flavor to it. Served much too cold, this one could use some tweaking.

overall: 3.45
appearance: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3 | drinkability: 3.5


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Photo of argock
2.6/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.05/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Kennebunkport Porter from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
76 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.