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Kennebunkport Porter - Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

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Kennebunkport PorterKennebunkport Porter

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BA SCORE
75
okay

175 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 17.39%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: sweethome on 12-11-2011)
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2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Lightman, Mar 22, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

johnny29er, Aug 07, 2013
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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.

blackie, Feb 13, 2008
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2.78/5  rDev -13.7%

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.

elNopalero, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of woemad
2.83/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

woemad, Jul 02, 2014
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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!

barleywinefiend, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of Offa
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.

Offa, Oct 16, 2008
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2.88/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

Redrover, Dec 22, 2011
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2.95/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

hmk22, Jan 29, 2011
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

tbryan5, Jan 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

Razr86, Jan 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

joshrosborne, Apr 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

yeti123, Jun 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

emerald27, Sep 01, 2014
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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.

daliandragon, Oct 06, 2007
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

Eastside151, Oct 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Feb 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

KevMo84, May 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

khargro2, Jul 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

brongladest, Sep 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

jrohrbacher, Jul 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

OldTime, Mar 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

Ljoreilly, May 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

Latarnik, May 28, 2014
Kennebunkport Porter from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
75 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.