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Kennebunkport Porter - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

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191 Ratings
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 0
Gots: 15 | 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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Ratings: 191 | Reviews: 76
Photo of Redrover
2.93/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of zeledonia
3.72/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle says best by July 2012. Picked up for a buck at Trader Joe's.

Pours a dark brown, almost black but coffee-colored and clear at the edges. One finger of light tan head, fades fast, little lacing.

Smells rather sweet with minimal roasted character. I'd say this is more like an English porter than an American. Nutty malts, some light coffee notes. Smells pretty good.

Taste is similar to the smell. Dominated by medium-dark, fairly sweet malts. Some strong nutty flavors, a bit of faded coffee. Finish drifts away into a mild bitterness. Again, has that soft, slightly sweet character of an English porter, without the strong roasted flavors most American porters have.

Mouthfeel: medium-bodied, with average carbonation. Smooth and pleasant. Not remarkable for being particularly good or bad.

I think this is a pretty tasty beer, even if it doesn't fit most people's expectations. And for $1 a bottle, it's pretty tough to beat. One of the better of the Trader Joe's bargain beers I've had.

Photo of sweethome
3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is medium brown with red tinge when held to light. Light, almost white head. Some lacing.

Nose is yeast, dry roast coffee, and roast malt.

Dry entry, very much a Pugsley beer - taste of Ringwood yeast - drying throughout. Roast malt, chocolate. Some hints of dried fruit. Swings to the english style. A bit of coating on the tongue.

Not a taste profile I enjoy.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.54/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of Brunite
2.23/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Dark, dark, ruby red. A slight tan head.

S - Used coffee grounds, smoked malt, burnt notes.

T - Mostly a bitter, dry. tart taste, Bland and lifeless,

M - Light body...dry.

D - Not very good. Will not finish as I have better stuff on hand in the fridge for tonight.

Photo of elNopalero
2.81/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of DrJay
3.35/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of droomyster
3.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with a thumb of tan head with decent retention. Aromas of dark chocolate and maybe a bit of toffee, pretty straightforward. The flavors are good, initially tending toward sweet roastiness and finishing on a pleasantly bitter notes of coffee and cocoa nibs. Medium body seems appropriate for its level of flavor complexity. Overall enjoyable.

Photo of Zorro
3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Photo of HalfFull
3.16/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.05/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.02/5  rDev +24.8%
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!

Photo of hmk22
2.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of jonB
3.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahogany with scarlet edging and a tan head that recedes to a skin quickly, leaving little to no lacing.

Aromas of toffee, coffee, black cherries and burnt pretzel come together nicely.

The taste is heavy on toasted dark malts with a background of coffee. A hint of toffee sweetness and lingering dark fruit are detected.

Mouthfeel is medium, oily with a little bit of stickiness. Alcohol warmth is faintly detected also. Carbonation is about right for a porter.

Overall an average brew, nothing to get excited about.

Photo of josiahschlender
3.14/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is one of those one dollar beers at Trader Joe's that was interesting enough for me to give it a try.

Not much bubbles as I start pouring it into a pint glass, even with agitating it on the second half. The meager, quickly fading beige head forms, then retreats to a ring that leaves no lace. This porter is the most translucent I've ever seen. I can see the logo through my glass on the other side, while color is a very dark amber.

I don't remember having good impressions about the first Kennebunk I tried, but the aromas are more abundant than I remember with the second. Very sweet, non roasty caramel and butterscotch malts. Maybe just a hint of herbal, earthy hops. Doesn't smell like a porter at all to me. Not too bad of an aroma, but more like an amber might smell like.

Flavors are not like a porter, either. Those sweet malts are there, with hardly a hint of the dark flavors I associate with a porter. Caramel and butterscotch again, very mild bittering on a short, clean finish. Body isn't as thin as I was worried it would be, but it doesn't even reach medium.

This beer probably would have gotten higher marks from me if it was called an amber. Definitely a miss for the style, but not a miss overall. It goes ok with food, it's affordable, just figure out another name for it. Or figure out how to brew it more consistently. After reading some reviews, they seem all over the map.

Photo of tigg924
3.12/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of AltBock
3.23/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a label that shows a barrel hanging from an Ox yoke that's covered with hop vines. This barrel is sitting on a fading white to black bar that has hop vines and barley stocks growing out of the bottom of it. It looks like this picture is sitting on a bunch gray lines, but these gray lines form a farm yard background picture. Off to the right sides of the label is the barcode and refund values. To the left is the Government warning and a notched best before month and year. Poured into a Southern Tier pint glass.

When just a few drops of this Porter touch the glass, up rises a full head of light tan colored foam. This massive head of foam over shadowed the small amount of beer at the bottom of the glass. As for the color of the beer, it looks to be a solid black color from a distance, but a closer inspection showed me that it was more of a deep dark mahogany brown with a few minor ruby red highlights. The second pour had a manageable 1 inch tan colored creamy head of foam. This head of foam had excellent retention. In fact, this head of foam only receded when I took a sip of the beer. When it did recede, it left behind a huge amount of sticky tan streaks of lace around the glass.

This Porter had a mild burnt aroma of burnt coffee beans, burnt popcorn seeds, and a subtle hint of burnt malts at the end. As you can tell, it smelled like they burned the hell out of this Porter. There was no sweetness to counter act all the burnt aromas.

The taste was pretty much the same as the mild burnt aroma. The taste was lightly burnt and dry with one big taste that contained burnt coffee beans, burnt malts, burnt popcorn, and a gentle touch of dark fruits at the finish. The fruits did their best best to balance out the burnt flavors, but they just couldn't do it. If they had a little sweetness backing them, they could have done it.

Light bodied Porter with a faint slightly burnt aftertaste of burnt popcorn, burnt coffee beans, and burnt malts.

In the end, this was just a decent beer. Well, the smell, taste, and mouthfeel were the only decent things about this beer. The appearance was the best thing about this beer. I guess I could say that it was almost like beer eye candy. The drinkability is above average because I don't remember paying all that much for this beer. I think it was either below a $1 or just slightly above that. If you can find this beer for a low price, go for it!

Photo of adamks
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of biggred1
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, almost black with a slight head that fades quickly. Almost no lacing. Smells like roasted malts and vanilla. Tastes of coffee and vanilla, finishes with a coffee/tea like bitterness. Light bodied with smooth carbonation, easy drinking. Decent gateway porter.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz to pint glass.

A: Dark brown, semi-transparent. small brown head with no retention and no lacing.

S: Malty with coffee tones and a small cream smell.

T: Strong alcohol noticeable right away, very surprising for a <5% abv beer. Vanilla and coffee are the other strong flavors here. The coffee gives a semi-bitter finish. Although it's very alcohol forward it's an interesting porter.

Overall this is quite an interesting porter that's alcohol forward with an interesting vanilla flavor. It's easy on the mouth and is highly drinkable.

Photo of zeff80
3.82/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Photo of argock
2.6/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Photo of beveritt
3.73/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label depicts a suspended barrel, surrounded by grains and hops. Seems to be a typical label for this brewer, as the other bottle from them I picked up has a similar one. Notched date say best enjoyed by July 2009.

Appearance: Pours with so much head, that I don't even get half the bottle poured on the first try. After finally managing to get this thing in a glass, the head settles to a very uneven 1 finger of tan. Uneven,mainly because I poured through the existing head in several spots. The beer itself is a very dark brown; Opaque and nearly black. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Roasted barley with hints of lactose sweetness.

Taste: Roasted barley, with sweet chocolate in the finish. Slight husky astringency in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level while drinking, despite the massive head. Body is very good.

Drinkability: The low number of reviews on BA for this beer are interesting, because it seems fairly readily available. Despite the difficult pour, this was an enjoyable beer overall.

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Kennebunkport Porter from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
74 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.