Kennebunkport Porter - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 204
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 0
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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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: 77 | Hads: 204
Photo of eberkman
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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). (585 characters)

Photo of josiahschlender
3.14/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (1,406 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.14/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (803 characters)

Photo of sweethome
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.16/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (725 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.16/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (1,375 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (301 characters)

Photo of adamks
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (273 characters)

Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.19/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (536 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.21/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (574 characters)

Photo of AltBock
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
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! (2,430 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.24/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (301 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.27/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | 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. (415 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (503 characters)

Photo of Chiefy770
3.29/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.29/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of rodney45
3.34/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (566 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of scootny
3.36/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.36/5  rDev +3.4%
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

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Photo of jonB
3.39/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (358 characters)

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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 (470 characters)

Photo of droomyster
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (557 characters)

Kennebunkport Porter from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
76 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.