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Kennebunkport Porter - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

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Kennebunkport PorterKennebunkport Porter

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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 11-03-2002

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.94/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up in a 6 pack mystery pack and was delighted to pour this into a tulip glass.

Look-It pours a dark blackness with a light tan head.

Smell-It smelled of dates, molasses, smokey, and hints of cavendish tobacco.

Taste-It tastes of dark esters from chocolate, cocoa, and burnt marshmellow. It has a delayed muted release of flavor and tastes great.

Mouthfeel-It has a smooth body and leaves an astringent coating on the tongue like charcoal.

Overall-It's a very pleasant beer!

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Photo of hophead723
4.04/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as part of a mystery variety six pack at Trader Joe's. Lets give it a try.

Look: Classic handsome porter appearance with light tan head and a dark body, which seems black until the light reveals reddish hues. Beauty.

Smell: Roasty toasty grains with an interesting hint of corn, followed by mild molasses hues.

Taste: Huge coffee flavors with a backing of acrid charcoal flavors. Burnt wood, tobacco, molasses, and coco.

Feel: Nice and smooth, with a bit of a dry finish.

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Photo of steveh
3.81/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a mix-six from Trader Joe's; beers I'd wanted to try, but didn't want to buy a whole six. The KBC Porter was one. Best by Dec. of 2015, so I'm still in good shape.

L -- Pours a clear, deep, dark chestnut brown with a creamy, light tan head that settles to a nice cap without disappearing.

S -- Smooth roasted malts, coffee with light cream, lightest of dark fruits back.

T -- Coffee-like roastiness up front, dark chocolate with a mellow, but tart, dark cherry-like character, husky roastiness in the finish that lingers through the aftertaste. Some light, earthy and spicy hop flavors and bitterness also in the aftertaste. It's difficult to separate hop bitterness from roasted malt bitterness, but they're balanced well and taste good to-style.

F -- Mouthfeel is soft and lightly syrupy to dry in the finish with a medium-robust body.

O -- Fits the bill for a Brown (English) Porter. Just as advertised and very enjoyable if you're in the mood (as I was) for a style I hadn't had in a while.

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Photo of Carolvs
3.05/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The nose is quite remarkable albeit it inappropriate at times. Chocolate syrup, molasses, maple, dry barley, plums and soy sauce. The flavor has a very dry chocolate malt, burnt coffee, charred embers, barley grain and a strange sweetness I can't identify. Not bad for the price but not great as well.

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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 hophugger
3.22/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Deep, chocolate brown color with average head and decent lacing. Aroma is light, with malt sweetness being the dominant smell. Taste surprised me a bit, was expecting a little bolder flavor, but got a little less. Ok taste with malt being the highlight, and some roastiness also. Seems to be little weak for a porter. Mouthfeel was good, nice carbonation and such. A little weak and watery for a good strong porter.

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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 Boyz5725
1.75/5  rDev -46.6%
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.

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Photo of woemad
2.85/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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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 RonaldTheriot
2.2/5  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!


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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.16/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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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 mrfreakybig
3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of Treath
3.97/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of beergoot
4.07/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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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 Chiefy770
3.29/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle with a "best enjoyed before" date of July 2014.

A thick, fluffy, light-brown foam head forms over a rich dark brown body.

The aroma consists of floral notes with a heavy, almost meaty backdrop.

On first the sip I tasted strong notes of toasted malts. There were mild hints of fruit, particularly blackberry. It initially seems creamy but ends with a semi-bitter finish.

Bottom Line: As many others have reviewed, this is a very average Porter. This is not a bad beer by any means, however there are many other Porters that I would recommend over this one. If you do not have loyalties to a particular Porter then give Kennebunkport a try, you might like it.

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Photo of EyeOfBuck
3.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 TheMarkE
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Thick and dark like a good cup of coffee. Moderate foam and lacing.

Smell: Watery roasted malts, mainly coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Watery roasted malts. Coffee and chocolate, caramel, and hints of dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: Watery and thin, but fairly smooth. A decent roasted malt aftertaste that disappears quickly.

The Verdict: Average. There are much better porters out there, but there’s nothing to really complain about.

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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 jimmah120
3.29/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, no date, into pint glass

Look is a dark red-amber, with a small beige head that fades in an instant. Smell is 'red' malts (dry leaves, dust, berries) and some cocoa powder and coffee beans. Taste is roasted coffee, some toffee, cocoa powder, steely malts, with a metallic bitterness. Feel is medium-light with lots of carbonation and a slight stringency.

Good for the price, but nothing too special flavor-wise.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.02/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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