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Kennebunkport Porter - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

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Kennebunkport PorterKennebunkport Porter

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75
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177 Ratings
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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 17.39%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: sweethome on 12-11-2011)
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2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

RBorsato, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
3.19/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

puboflyons, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of blackie
2.78/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

blackie, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of tigg924
3.1/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

tigg924, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Gagnonsux, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of Bierman9
3.38/5  rDev +5%
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

377

Bierman9, Nov 03, 2002
Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

cdwil, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of argock
2.58/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

argock, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of bigred89
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

bigred89, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3/5  rDev -6.8%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of KevMo84
3/5  rDev -6.8%

KevMo84, May 28, 2014
Photo of Overlord
2.55/5  rDev -20.8%
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).

Overlord, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of wagenvolks
2.38/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

wagenvolks, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of beerpadawan
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

beerpadawan, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of Falcone
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Falcone, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Redrover
2.88/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Redrover, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of barczar
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

barczar, Jan 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

cliff1066, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of notchucknorris
3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

notchucknorris, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of Offa
2.85/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Offa, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.16/5  rDev -32.9%
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

RonaldTheriot, May 31, 2014
Photo of elNopalero
2.78/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

elNopalero, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Brown with an overall very dark but clear body, tinges of amber when held to the light, light brown head, some lacing.

Aroma and taste: I'm getting a buttery note, pretty clearly so. Diacetyl? Well Samuel Smith's beers have diacetyl sometimes, and I still drink them, and I CAN detect it, so that in itself isn't an automatic ding. However, it's somewhat distracting and a bit overpowering in this beer, masking the roasty, coffee, and burnt flavors that are in the background. I almost get just a brief hint of a scent induced memory of some sort of glue from grade school. Well, it was probably non-toxic glue, so that's a plus. But overall there's something taking center stage on the flavor and it's not typically porter.

The body's about right for a porter, medium to medium-light, mild to moderate carbonation, lingering bitterness and roastiness.

I noted a lot of reviews mentioning no sweetness to this beer. I am not getting that, I detect some sugars, almost like there's a touch of lactose in this one. It's certainly there, but how noticeable it is probably depends on your own thresholds for certain flavors.

Well for a buck a bottle, all of the trader joe's beers have been just fine (tho some better than others). This isn't one of the better of the 15 different beers I got from trader joe's, but what the hey, I'm going to finish it, so that's not bad.

AlCaponeJunior, May 03, 2014
Photo of HalfFull
3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. twistoff bottle poured into a pint glass. Shows a moderate brown with half an inch of tan foam, and a clear deep amber brown in the light. Decent retention and lacing follow.

Nose is light with a bit of carob and light chocolate. Pleasant but not too intriguing either.

Flavor follows the nose and is light and subdued for a Porter and half way to a Nut Brown in flavor. Body is light as well yet without being thin and keeps things interesting. Touch of earthy hops with warming combine with a milk chocolate sweetness that doesn't overwhelm, or linger for that matter. Finish is dry and a bit chalky in nature yet fairly well balanced.

Overall a straight forward and light bodied porter that's easy on the palate.

HalfFull, Aug 15, 2011
Kennebunkport Porter from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
75 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.