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St. Charles Porter - Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery

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St. Charles PorterSt. Charles Porter

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54 Reviews
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Reviews: 54
Hads: 181
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 23.39%
Wants: 12
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Tennessee, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2001

OG - 1.056
IBU - 34
Color - 26L
Hops - Centennial, Williamette
Yeast - Ballantine Ale (1056)
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Reviews: 54 | Hads: 181
Photo of chinchill
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from TN with no BB date notched on the label despite the presence of notch-date marks. Served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours light for style, with a clear rd-brown body. The body remains light for style and clear even after I shake the few drops of sediment out of the bottle. There's a decent head but it soon dies to a partial coat and thin ring. As the color suggests, this has less very dark roasted malts than many porters; nonetheless, both the aroma and flavor feature medium and medium-dark malts. The aroma is sweet but the flavor is faintly bitter overall and carries a suggestion of coffee.

Feel: medium-light body and light carbonation.

Overall: a gentle, mild, easy drinking porter.

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Photo of Jericho7x
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Look: Very dark amber color. Head was about 2 fingers and remained for quite some time.
Smell: Sweet? Wheat maybe?
Taste: Little Chocolate, malty, no bitterness (IMO)... taste lingers
Feel: Lighter than I expected. Mildly carbonated.
Overall: Not bad. For my first Porter style, I guess I expected it to be thicker and have a fuller more defined taste.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.59/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into mug

A: frothy creamy looking head dark brown almost black but not quite

S: lots of roast and chocolate

T: roasted malts a little chocolate nice rich malty taste

M: medium feel very smooth almost creamy

O: this is fantastic classic porter smooth creamy robust roasty and slightly chocolatey

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not a bad porter, but it reads a lot more like a brown ale to me. it doesnt have any of that real deep roasted, unmalted barley that i can pick up, and the color reflects that. it looks a lot more like a basic brown ale than a porter too, with quite a bit of light passing through it and not much body to speak of. like a lot of beers from tennessee that i discovered, this appears to be brewed for warmer weather consumption, when heavier and more substantial beers would be hard to get through. they all have that scaled back focus, which i can appreciate, but we should call a brown a brown no? it doesnt have the body i like in a porter, and it doesnt have much bitterness to balance the chocolate malt elements either, but i think the flavor profile of this beer is excellent, no matter what its called, it just works. great with spicy food and as the sun sets, i think this was my favorite of the beers i had from these guys, although the strawberry one they do was also very distinct and enjoyable.

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Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clean American yeast with English drinkability. I couldn't tell this apart from a brown ale, especially with the dark chestnut color. There's a Tootsie Roll-like cocoa flavor with mild toast and light-roasted coffee and toffee. Again, super drinkable. Get yourself a six-pack. Only real knock is that the aroma's a bit muted.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Broadway brew house downtown Nashville. Deep brown with a hint of ruby at the edge. Aroma is malty, not much stands out.

Brown sugar and molasses are the dominant flavors with a touch of smoke. Thin bodied but very sweet tasting which makes it feel like less of a malty sweetness and more sugary. Interesting departure from traditional porter flavors (not roasty) but not bad. More like a sweet brown ale.

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Photo of richj1970
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours deep brown with one finger tan head. Some light lacing.

S: Caramel, nuts, and lightly roasted malts.

T: Follows the nose fairly closely. Drinks a lot closer to a brown ale than a porter.

M: Medium body and average carbonation.

O: As a brown ale, this is an enjoyable but average beer. As a porter, it is a disappointment. It needs more roasted flavors, stronger aromas, etc.

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Photo of AlexFields
2.91/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

OK but kindof odd. Dominated by chewy caramel malt flavor without anything to balance. More a brown ale than a porter and not a very good one. One dimensional.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler into a snifter. Thanks for bringing this back from Nashville, Brenda.

A: Dark brown, opaque. A tan half finger head that dissipates fast. Good lacing.

S: Nutty, light coffee, dark chocolate.

T: Follows nose. Sweet, nutty. Caramel malts and dark chocolate mingle well.

M: Light to medium with low carbonation. I really think this was from the transport from Nashville back home. The growler had time to get warm, cold, then warm and cold again. Brenda had it on tap at the brewery and didn't nitice the low carbonation.

O: A decent porter that drinks like a nut brown ale. Or did they put the wrong beer in the growler?

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Photo of flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: extremely dark brown with what seems to be a relatively mild haze. Head poured a thin layer of tan foam and didn't stick around too long. Color is quite nice, though.

Smell: lightly chocolatey with a little chocolate and a hint of toasty nuttiness. Not bad, although rather on the mild side.

Taste: chocolatey with lots of toffee character. A bit on the sweet side, but generally a nice porter.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice carbonation and creaminess. Not bad.

Overall: this is a decent porter, although verging on a bit too sweet for my taste (at least when it comes to brown porters).

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Photo of donmonkey1
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, dark brown, one finger whitish tan head, awesome lacing, can't tell on carbonation.

Smell: fruity but not able to identify.

Taste: Indescribable but awesome. A perfect session beer. Worthy of great respect.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, thick, perfect...

Overall: This is a great beer that I can't find much fault with. perhaps it could have a little more malt flavor. but this beer is great.

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Photo of Amish_Ambush
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Four finger high head with aggressive pour. Nice head retention. Dark brown body.

Smell: Strong coffee and burnt malt. Hint of milk chocolate.

Taste: Strong coffee and malt notes. A hint of black liquorice

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin for the style.

Middle of the road stout. Nothing special going on here.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
2.79/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Color is a very dark red to nearly black, with very little lacing. Coffee and cocoa scents are noticeable and pleasant, but on the weak side. The taste is rather average - mild roasted malt flavors, with hints of coffee and cocoa. These flavors just seem muted and weak. The mouthfeel is akin to a flat cola - very thin and lightly carbonated. No body at all. I would not buy this again, nor recommend it.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear dark brown body under an inche of fine tan head. Pretty good retention, light lace. Not bad at all.

S: Toasty malt, chocolate, and some stale coffee. A little spicy. Not bad, but no better than average for the style.

T: Roasty up front, with coffee and char giving way to creamy dark chocolate and a bitter, slightly astringent finish. Enjoyable, but not great.

M :Creamy, frothy medium body. Good.

O: Decent Porter. I enjoyed a couple more from the six-pack, but won't be buying it again.


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Photo of beer2day
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with 2 fingers of chocolate laced head. No lace, bit excellent head retention.

Nose is loads of chocolate with bread malt underneath. Draws me in.

Lighter chocolate in flavor, leaning towards coffee. Nice malt presence as well. Medium bitters in the finish.

Medium body. Not too thick, not too thin.

An easy drinking sweet porter.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A dark brown/light black with a touch of head and no lace left on the glass

S - Burnt oats and maybe old chocolate. Nothing dominant.

T - Taste is much better than expected. Lots of chocolate, slightly sweet, nice malt/hop mix. Well balanced. Tasty! Smooth

M - Medium bodied and light carbonation.

O - A good porter for sure. Not one to go out of your way of, but good none the less

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Photo of FosterJM
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1531st Review on BA
Bottle to Pint

No bottle date
Thanks to BrandonBrew for this one

App- A really nice dark brown pour with a bit of a reddish tinge. The small head was maybe 1/2" and tan. A few dots of cling. Very dense in the glass but not creamy.

Smell- A pretty straightforward porter. Has a good malt base with a full nose of chocolate, roast, espresso and what I would say is a bit of a caramel/bbq meat aroma.

Taste- Im digging on this. So its not a chocolate porter but more a blend of a rauchbier with a porter. Big malts. A little smoky, a little coffee and some chocolate vs. gone overboard.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a medium carbonation. A bit prickly with a malt base residual and a bit of roasty/bbq.

Drink- Its a tasty porter. More of a blend vs. what I normally think of a porter. More malts, little sweet with a little campfire smoky graham cracker thing. Not what I seek out. This was an extra and very tasty.

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Photo of Chaney
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Delirium Tremens shaped glass.

A: Poured out a dark, dark brown color, with tons of visible carbonation and about a 2-3 finger mocha head.

S: A touch of roast, vanilla, dark malts, and toasted caramel.

T: I actually got a touch more candy than BBQ roast, but whatever. The char made it's grand appearance on the aftertaste.

M: Probably a mit too much carbonation for my taste and I would have preferred for it to by a bit creamier and/or gooier. The lacing was mild to low.

O: Neither offending nor very pleasing. Passable.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a big light brown head that dies into a long lasting full lacing above a what i think is a clear dark brown with a red tinted colored beer.

Dark fruits (Apricots maybe Prunes) with Hershey's special dark chocolate and light coffee hints on a dark roasted malts aroma.

A dark dry roasted taste with a light smooth dark chocolate taste that brings with it very light coffee hints.

A dry aftertaste with a lot of dark chocolate hanging around on this medium bodied beer.

This is a very solid porter, I really wish I lived within the distribution range of Blackstone.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of caramel malt with some notes of roasted malt. Taste is also a mix between some caramel malt with distinctive roasted malt notes with a dry finish. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very different then most porter with less dry roasted malt notes then I am used to but very interesting nonetheless.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep dark brown, with a thin light tan head that sticks well.
S- the aroma is pretty mild but there is a pleasant chocolate aroma and a touch of coffee.
T- On the front end, it brings a big amount of flavor. Deep, slightly sweet chocolate and espresso. It has good flavor, but my complaint would be that it fades too quickly in the finish. I like my porters to be long-finishing.
M- Body is a bit light, carbonation is about right.
O- A decent porter that needs just a bit more body and finish to be a good example.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a shaker glass at the brewpub

A- Poured a very dark brown with some reddish hues shining through (it looks black). One finger frothy head that left no lace

S- Dominant roasty coffee aroma and chocolate notes

T- Big roasted coffee notes up front, some sweet chocolate in the middle, and a little bit of a cola like taste on the finish

M- Medium body, pretty high carbonation, easy to drink, not quite as creamy and smooth as I like for a porter

O- This is a good traditional tasting porter and very easy to drink.

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Photo of Duff27
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sommersb for this extra!

A- Fizzy yet sustaining tan head on a dark brown body. Leaves a color. Minimal head retention.

S- Good but faint cocoa whiffs.

T- Almost maybe a light lacto-sour milk stoutiness. Low hop presence and roastiness. Dark chocolate aftertaste. Would guess this at 5%abv

M- Smooth medium mouthfeel. carbonation is low which adds to the smoothness.

D/O- A fairly easy drinker here. Would be good when you wanted something with flavor that you could drink all day. Nice porter from a new-to-me brewery.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown cola colored body with good carbonation and decent tan head.

Smell is roast, chocolate, and coffee.

Chocolate and coffee flavors are followed up by blackstrap molasses.

A little thin in the body, but good carbonation.

This was a solid porter, and very drinkable.

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Photo of n2185
2.89/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown with two fingers of khaki head that recedes into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: Roasted malts and some creamy chocolate up front. I also occasionally get this smell of what reminds me of butter . . . rancid butter. No idea what it is, though, since the glass was cleaned before use and it doesn't show up in the taste. Quite unappealing when it shows up.

T: Roasted malts with some creamy chocolate notes. The finish is slightly bitter with a hint of some coffee flavor.

M: Medium body with mid-high carbonation, this beer avoids being watery with a nice carbonation bite to it.

O: An alright porter that is a little on the simple side. I'm not for sure if I got a bad bottle with that awful buttery aroma, but other than that it's decent enough.

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St. Charles Porter from Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.