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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

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 11-03-2002

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Reviews: 80 | Hads: 216
Photo of beertunes
3.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a light black-dark brown color with about a half-inch of medium dark brown head that had OK retention and light lacing.

The aroma mostly featured subdued roast notes over a soft malt base, although there was just a tickle of hops in the background. The flavor profile was the same, good base malts, slight bits of roast and just a hint of hops. In other words, your basic Porter flavors.

The body was a bit on the thin side of average for the style. Drinkability was good, the beer went down smoothly and easily, and it wouldn't be a chore to have a couple of these. Overall, a solid, decent brew, that at it's price, makes it a good value to stick in the fridge for when your in the mood for a nice, easy drinking Porter.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 10/2012.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown-black with a 1/2 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A nice latticework of lace forms around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, coffee beans, and some slight cocoa. Taste is of dark roasted malt, burnt coffee, and some metallic flavors. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is actually a pretty good porter and definitely the best of the 3 Kennebunkport beers I picked up recently.

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Photo of bwan15
2.42/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of magictacosinus
2.43/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass. This review is from February, when I picked it up at Trader Joe's. Incidentally, I've never seen beers from this brewery anywhere else, but I have bought their pumpkin ales for Halloween parties when they come around in October.

Produces a darkened, reddish color with a good head. Carbonation is actually visible at the edge of the glass, and overall, looks like a decent porter already.

There are, not surprsingly, big coffee aromas, a weirdly a slight burntness to it. Not in a good way either. It's less "smoky" and more that someone legit burnt the malts within a fireplace. Chocolate and vanilla beans sort of linger, but holy hell is that burntness overwhelming. Otherwise, with the malts and hops not throwing each other off, it's balanced enough.

However, there is way too much carbonation upon the first sips and also quickly turns into a a front assault of burnt roasted malts that do not have an appealing flavor to me. I can hardly get through any potential coffee flavors with this burntness, and hardly any hops are present as a result. I actually find myself thinking that this is pure coffee grounds rather than a porter, making this very unpleasant to drink. Drainpour.

I've known this brewery to make better quality products so this may be from a bad batch. But with other great porters out there, I'm too afraid to try this again any time soon.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by 12/2012) poured into a Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Dark Mahogany brown when held up to the light. Persistent thin light tan head across the top. Some strands of persistent lacing noted.

Smell: Rich roasted malt, burnt sugar. Barest hint of cocoa.

Taste: Much like it smells - roasted malt, burnt sugar dominate. Coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate in here as well. Finish is part black coffee, part roasted malt. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, just below fizzy. Under all that carbonation I can pick out some thickness to the beer - just a hair above water.

Overall: A solidly good American porter. Went real well with cider porkchops and I could easily have another. If the carbonation was dropped just a tad it would be even better.

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Photo of DocJitsu
3.82/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a short root beer head. Head retention is poor. Bouquet is milk chocolate liqueur with coffee notes. Mouthfeel is a little thin and adversely impacted by the carbonation. Pleasant chocolate, but not a lot else going on. Finishes with coffee acidity. Worth the money, but just an ok porter.

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Photo of cnjohn19
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Trader Joe's in Chapel Hill...

Pours thin with a little head, but is jet black...looks pretty good

You get a sweet, roasted nose...nothing too impressive though and pretty typical of a porter...

Tastes dark, slightly sweet, with a hint of chocolate and roasted malts...mouthfeel though is excellent with a rich finish and outstanding aftertaste...

Definitely a good--not great--beer...the price point though may get me to buy another (roughly $5.99/six)..that's hard to beat for a good porter...

(drink while listening to Beach House...any song)

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Photo of scootny
3.36/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A towering head of light cocoa hue with scads of lacing and great retention. Smell has a mild sourness with roasted notes like coffee and dark grains. Taste is much the same with coffee and roasted grains front and center. A mild English style fruitiness and earthy hops signature. A bit of sourness and light charcoal tinged burnt caramel sweetness. Finish is dry with lingering notes of burnt sugars and caramel, a long sourness and light biscuit. Feel is mildly carbonated and medium in weight. Quite easy drinking and a nice session ale. At $ 5.59 a six at Trader Joes this is a solid value.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This English style porter produced a brown color, a decent tan head with nice retention and lacing. The aroma of this porter consists of toasted malt, coffee and sweet brown sugar. Medium in body, this brew has a base of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Overall, very average Porter, decent session beer- entry level porter. Prost!

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Photo of mikeg67
2.76/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle from Trader Joe’s. Pours brown with a thick, long lasting, tanned head. Nose is of toasted, bready malt and some hints of chocolate. Body is medium, creamy. Taste is toasted, nutty malt and some earthy hops. Finish is short, mainly of grapefruit, earthy hops and some espresso. Not overly complex, forgettable porter.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.14/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Colored like brown with an orange brown hue. The head is over an inch thick, is not quite soapy not quite creamy, and looks to be retenting well. Lots of lacing around the glass increases the appearance socre. The nose is....mostly astringent molasses, some brown sugar, and a little toasted marshmallow. It's alright, but this is Kennebunkport. Time to brace myself....

No grimaces here. True, it's not going to be a world beater, but this tastes decent and lacks any serious off-puttng flavors. There is a hint of coffee, a little marshmallow, chalkiess, a little bit of esters. Its body is a lighter medium, and the carbonation level is a little lighter, but still at an acceptable level

I feared for worse. Kennebunkport gets a moral victory just for that.

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Photo of rodney45
3.34/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark red with a pillow like tan head that leaves a fantastic lacing on the sides of my glass.

S: Roasted barley with crystal malt. Slight smell of dark chocolate and coffee.

T: Chocolate and a dark, sharp, roasted malt character. Secondary notes of esspresso and cocoa. Dry aftertaste.

M: Medium body with medium high carbonation. Slightly bitter.

O: This is a decent porter. Slightly over carbonated for my taste. First beer ive tried from this brewery. I'd recommend it for a buck a bottle.

Note: Picked up at trader joes in the random bottle section.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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

2012 dated 12 oz bottle from Trader Joe's served in a pint glass. (see update below)

Pours a very dark mahogany; clear with a smallish but lasting tan head.

The aroma is mainly of dark malts; slightly smokey and peppery with a hint of dark fruits.

Taste: Complex and rich. Also slightly smokey and peppery, particularly in the finish; a nice bit of dark chocolate mid-palate. Some sprucy hops on the finish.
M: smooth with a bit of crispness; good carbonation level.

O: not a typical porter, but I found it to be quite enjoyable, and a bargain at TJ prices. Changes flavor upon warming but tasty throughout.

(revised with BB 2014 bottle in Nov. 2013. Definitely not retired, label reads KBC Porter, and ABV = 5.6% -- different {and less enjoyable} beer?)

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Photo of Redrover
2.93/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.72/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of sweethome
3.15/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.54/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of Brunite
2.23/5  rDev -32%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
2.81/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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.

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Photo of DrJay
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of droomyster
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.28/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.16/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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