St. Charles Porter - Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery

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St. Charles PorterSt. Charles Porter

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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 10
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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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Ratings: 170 | Reviews: 55
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Photo of richj1970
3.44/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of tfratzke
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from a friend from TN. Appearance almost resembles a cola. Not as dark as other porters. Slight tan head on pour and disapates quickly. Little to no lacing. Aroma is some slight coffee, smoky chocolate. Taste is chocolate and coffee and some light hops. Very smooth good mouthful. Easy drinking nice porter.

Photo of LXIXME
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of Jordanmtate
2.06/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Not really a porter at all.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of n2185
2.89/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mouthfeel was quite creamy and the beer started with a rich, roasted coffee flavor. A great start, but it never took off and the flavor did not develop. Wound up being pretty average. Not bad, but not very interesting.

Photo of Gryphon69
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Easy to drink, decent flavor

Photo of Poser
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with some amber tints and a healthy, frothy top. Aroma of coffee malts and maybe caramel? Starts out creamy smooth and finishes with a noticeable touch of smokey pecan shells. Definitely has a roasted flavor and texture. For my tastes, this is one of a handful of quintessential porters that all others are judged by.

Photo of Misfit138
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered at the Blackstone Brewery

A- Nice very dark brown with a good inch head.

S- The smell was very malty and chocolately.

T- This had a nice malty and chocolately taste, much like the nose. Hints of vanilla. Pretty smooth.

M- Better then most, nice thickness and moderate carbonation

D- This is a pretty good porter. Next time I'm there I might have to order a growler to go. Very good

Photo of JayS2629
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head. Red hints when held to the light. The smell is of roasted coffee, mocha, cocoa and hints of vanilla. The taste follows with roasty malts at the front, hints of black coffee, chocolate in the middle and finishes dry with more smokey roasted flavors, a hint of vanilla and dark fruit. Hints of earthy hops in the back compliment nicely. Very well balanced. A bit thin, but goes down easy.

Photo of titosupertramp
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with caramel brown around the edges when held to light. A couple fingers of tan head that lingers for a good while. Leaves a fair amount of lacing and scant film.

S: Has a decent scent out of the bottle, but it fades quickly. After a few minutes in the glass, it's hard to pick up anything. Luckily, I took a few wiffs early on and got a decent amount of chocolate, roasted malts and coffee.

T: Semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, roasted malts..kind of bready and a just a little licorice. The hops do make an appearance and add a nice bitterness to the beer.

M: A little on the thin side, but does leave behind a nice coating with aftertasted.

O: St. Charles Porter is a solid beer that won't rock your world, but is interesting enough to keep you coming back.

Photo of fsvan
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass. Best by date of November 2011.

A- Nice very dark brown. Some deep amber/copper colors on the edges. A finger of lacing, light brown head.

S- Big roasted malts. A good dose of coffee. Some bitterness that seems to be associated with the coffee notes more than hops. Very big, nice aroma, even before it warms.

T- Big roasted malts. The coffee in the nose is much more mellow. A big roasted bitterness.

M- A little heavier than medium Nice for the style.

O- A solid porter, just a little underwhelming in the taste category vs. some of my favorites (including the also local Yazoo Sly Rye Porter).

Photo of BigBry
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visited the Beer Sellar in Nashville. Asked my helpful waitress for something good and locally made, and was offered a sample taste. Seemed pretty good, so I ordered a pint. This beer arrived in a standard pint glass. Dark brown color with a slightly tan 1 inch head. Foam thinned down to a small floating cap. Aroma of some roasted malt. The flavor was a bit stonger with some chocolate and roasted grains, also a bit nutty (just a step up from nut brown). Smooth and creamy, a tastey beer. I would have had another, but there were so many other choices, I had to try something else.

Photo of donmonkey1
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of Gavage
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: deep dark brown, almost black in color with a 1" head that broke apart quickly. Some spotty lacing developed.

Smell: almost no aroma here, just some soft roasted malt tones.

Taste: light roasted malt tone, hints of chocolate, raisin sweetness, and a barely existing bitterness make up an average porter a bet. Flavor profile is too watery and thin.

Mouthfeel: smooth throughout. Very short aftertaste as the roasted malt lingers a second or two. Lighter side of a medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: this was one dull and uninspiring beer for me. For a porter the lighter body makes this an easy drinker, but it just doesn't cut it for the tastebuds.

Photo of Tone
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp, crisp, and bitter with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, acidity, sweet malt, slight alcohol, and slight hops. Wow, the bitterness was unexpected (more along the lines of a Baltic), but still very good. Good body, blend, and complexity.

Photo of FosterJM
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of jsprain1
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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).

Photo of Duff27
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of AlexFields
2.91/5  rDev -21.4%
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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St. Charles Porter from Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.