Kennebunkport Porter - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
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3.48/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
01-12-2009 03:41:56 | More by AdmiralDiaz
3.85/5 rDev +19.6%
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.
01-06-2009 22:11:21 | More by zeff80
2.58/5 rDev -19.9%
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.
01-06-2009 05:02:33 | More by argock
3.75/5 rDev +16.5%
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.
01-03-2009 03:37:21 | More by beveritt
2.65/5 rDev -17.7%
A - Dark, dark, clear ruby red. Thick tan foam.
S - Mostly smells like grapes with some apples and bread. As it warms a strong epoxy comes out... kinda gross.
T - Some very light coffee and fruit and some sweetness. Overall kind of watered down wimpy flavour.
M - Light with a moderate carbonation.
D - Not good. Not terrible if you drink it cold.
10-23-2008 16:32:47 | More by allergictomacros
2.85/5 rDev -11.5%
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.
10-16-2008 23:56:31 | More by Offa
3.4/5 rDev +5.6%
a: vaguely translucent black with some burgundy; very minimal ring of off-white head with some spotty foam on the top of the glass
s: light coffee; chocolate malts; vanilla; chocolate milk; nuttiness
t: really strong vanilla; cocoa; lighter coffee flavors; cola and sweet molasses
m: super light and watery w/ too much carb for the style
d: i feel like for the style this is bizarre but has some interesting flavors; worth try but don't come with porter expectations
07-04-2008 03:38:56 | More by hoegaardenhero
4.18/5 rDev +29.8%
What a nice porter from an unheard of (to me) brewery in Maine (one of my favorite microbrewery states!).
Appearance: Almost pitch, at least in a basement lounge under fluorescent lamps. A slight scarlet red keeping the colour interesting.
Aroma: Amazingly exceptional -- coffee, hazelnut, Frangelico.
Taste: Rich! Almost keeps pace with the nose. Nutty, Frangelico-like; sweetish, dark cherry, a good hop twist, and a bit of Worcestershire near the end.
Palate: The weakest link. Almost oily.
Overall: I give this one high marks for being unexpected. I'm not sure if I'd ever be up for having more than one at a time, but it's creatively great! Bravo.
06-02-2008 02:03:31 | More by drperm
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
2.55/5 rDev -20.8%
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).
04-23-2008 07:45:13 | More by Overlord
2.85/5 rDev -11.5%
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!
04-02-2008 23:44:24 | More by barleywinefiend
2.38/5 rDev -26.1%
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.
03-01-2008 04:06:19 | More by wagenvolks
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
2.33/5 rDev -27.6%
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.
02-17-2008 20:43:02 | More by smcolw
2.78/5 rDev -13.7%
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.
02-13-2008 06:58:54 | More by blackie
3.85/5 rDev +19.6%
Opened 12 oz bottle and poured into Nonic glass.
Small 1" - .75" head atop a dark brown mostly opaque brew. Not a lot of bubbles rising. Color best described as flat cola.
Definite coffee notes on nose with some malts. Taste is a bit earthy, but coffee flavors run through. Pleasant finish. Not fancy, just good.
I'm glad I bought a six pack of these.
01-10-2008 06:37:04 | More by mattster
3.13/5 rDev -2.8%
Pours a deep dark brown with a thick, light-tan head that sticks around for the duration, leaving a lot of lacing on the side of the glass. Some reddish tints when held up the light -- sort of uncharacteristic for the style.
Smell is dominated by a strange, seemingly artificial hazelnut aroma with some toasted malt in the background.
Taste is malty with coffee, dark chocolate and hazelnut notes. Nothing bad, nothing great.
Medium bodied, fairly drinkable, but nothing impressive. But a decent deal for less than 6 bucks for a six-pack (though I wouldn't want to buy 6 of these).
12-30-2007 18:34:14 | More by eberkman
3.45/5 rDev +7.1%
12 oz brown bottle - best before Sep 08
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass
Pours a dark brown/boderline black with a nice head on top. Decent trails of sticky lacings.
Buttery aroma with hints of chocolate.
Flavors of dark fruit and milk chocolate. The backbone is a tad weak and seltzery. A bitter coffee snap awaits on the finish. Major butter & cotton candy flavors are evident. It's that classic Pusley/Portland yeast flare. A fairly enjoyable beer overall and nicely priced at Trader Joe's.
10-11-2007 22:35:42 | More by Hibernator
3/5 rDev -6.8%
Picked this up yesterday at Trader Joe's in Cary and decided to ggive it a shot. Normally, October is porter season but here in NC it's still 80 degrees during the daytime. C'mon fall!
Pours a transparent cola brown with a thin cap of head and little to get excited about. An artifical sweetness taints the nose, which otherwise is a decent chocolate/coffee melange.
Body is thin and real overcarbonated, especially for a porter. Taste is malty with tones of chocolate but there it is again, something I can't quite put my finger on but it's not natural and coats the flavor like a bad smell. Some kind of chemical or something.
Like the annoad system: not much there.
10-06-2007 06:24:32 | More by daliandragon
3.38/5 rDev +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.
appearance: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3 | drinkability: 3.5
11-03-2002 12:21:10 | More by Bierman9
Kennebunkport Porter from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
75 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.