Kennebunkport Porter - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
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2.95/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
01-29-2011 03:04:01 | More by hmk22
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
3.08/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
02-24-2014 15:39:29 | More by mrfreakybig
3.4/5 rDev +5.6%
This beer is super dark and completely opaque, but unfortunately produces a thin weak head. The smell is malty sweetness, with some hints of toastiness. The taste is dominated by bread and dark fruit, which doesn't come across as too sweet and finishes with a nice dryness. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy, but this beer lacks something to set it apart.
12-30-2010 03:28:46 | More by jonB
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
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
District of Columbia
3.15/5 rDev -2.2%
a: pours dark brown/burgundy with a nice tan head.
s: dark malts, coffee, caramel, hints of an alcohol bite.
t: malt with subtle coffee/chocolate hints, nothing very strong at all.
m: very watery, medium carbonation.
d: nothing horribly wrong, just a very bland porter.
03-08-2009 00:47:05 | More by adamks
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
3.49/5 rDev +8.4%
Dark brown with a light head that quickly disparate to a ring around the chilled mug.
Smell is almost non-existent. Very drinkable porter with enough carbonation to tingle the whole tongue and and a bitterness that sustains the full depth of the swallow. The KBC porter mouth feel is easy to drink after day at work without an overwhelming alcohol content making a relaxing sensation that is very satisfying but not overwhelming. Overall, for the price purchased at Trader Joes make it a value for those who want a dark beer to relax to after a hard day at work. Although not a stellar porter is very easy to enjoy without the heavy alcohol content and sweetness that are found in others of this style.
09-11-2013 00:33:59 | More by EyeOfBuck
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
Kennebunkport Porter from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
75 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.