Perseus Porter - Elysian Brewing Company

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Perseus PorterPerseus Porter

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very good

172 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 13
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.39% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-14-2001

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Ratings: 172 | Reviews: 118
Reviews by flagmantho:
Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into pint glass.

Appearance: extremely dark, nearly black, with a very faint ruby tinge when held up to the light. Tan head with nice persistence and lace.

Smell: a very nice, smooth chocolate aroma with just a hint of grain.

Taste: nice chocolate flavor with a little bitter coffee toward the end. There's a little tartness to it which is OK but not my favorite quality here.

Mouthfeel: good body--the heavy side of medium--with a nice level of carbonation.

Drinkability: quite drinkable; this would make a good session porter.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – I had to take off my reading glasses to catch a second look at this one. This beer is black as night. The head is big, dark, and laces well.

Smell – Big chocolate coffee comes out first in this aroma. There’s also some strong molasses and a nice, burnt malt compliment.

Taste – The bitter coca powder is more prevalent in the taste. The coffee is still there as well in force, but I thought that the beer was lacking in sweetness (other than the chocolate). I would have liked to seen some of the molasses from the nose in there or maybe some sugary flavors. I also wasn’t able to pick up much fruit, which I enjoy from a porter.

Mouthfeel – Little carbonation in accordance with the style.

Drinkability – I thought that this one was a little off balance. Other than that, it went down well.

Comments – I adore this brewery. This place is local, and they put out some excellent and underrated beers. It seemed though that they were a little out of their league in trying to put together a big, complex porter of this magnitude.

Photo of Todd
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very complex porter with chocolate, light astringent black malts, earth, touch of smoke and a complementary bitterness (Chinook & German Northern Brewer hops).

Extremely drinkable for the amount of complexities going on.

Photo of sponberg
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great label with an Ionic (or is it Doric? No wonder I flagged architecture 101...) column theme. Pours a dark, dark red-brown with a thin but lacing head. Aroma of dry cocoa powder and coffee grounds with hints of mineraliness.

Mmm, I kinda think I could sorta get used to this. Dryish, with a burnt cocoa and dry coffee combination with a nutty maltiness filling in the background. Tingly carbonation, with a really nice dry roasted aftertaste. Searching for hops but not finding a helluva lot. The aftertaste is really nice on this, with dark roasty chocolate. Think of what an Oreo cookie, sans frosting, would taste like if you put it in the toaster for a minute - THAT is the aftertaste.

Merci beaucoups to the esteemed Dr. Shang for hauling this one back from the west coast.

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive and a treat to drink, malty with dark fruity undertones. An all around drinkable porter packed with flavour. Dark and a bit heady with a wafting aroma of dark malts and slight hop.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Elysian line of beer just showed up at my local bottle stores and they are making me happy. This one pour typical porter deep deep mahogany brown, long lasting mocha head, nice and creamy, then tiny bubbles and nice looking fine and copious lace left on the glass. Mild nose of chocolate malts and a hint of coffee. Easy drinking porter, lighter side of the porter spectrum mouthfeel wise. Notes of light coffee, chocolate malts, vanilla and chocolate milk. Smooth, tasty finish. Nice porter, Recommended.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is bitter roasted malt, chocolate and some earthy hops.

The flavor is roasted malt, chocolate and a little bit of coffee. There is a fair amount of bitterness from the roasted malt. The roasted malt is more dominant than the chocolate or coffee.

Creamy, medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a very dark black with an awesome dark brown head with thin and creamy light lacing, almost nitro looking.

Taste is amazing! I just keep getting blown away, smokey, earthy, mellow and super well balanced there's almost a bacon note in here. Mou hfeel is very rich and creamy. Delicious!

Photo of glid02
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Rus - much obliged!

Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of roasted malts and cocoa powder along with a very light hint of smoked malts.

Tastes good. Roasted malt flavors up front are joined by unsweetened chocolate and mild coffee flavors midway through the sip. As it warms the coffee flavors intensify a bit and overtake the chocolate flavors. The ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. The thickness is a bit thinner than average with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this is a solid porter that could be better if the flavors were a bit stronger and the body was a bit thicker. Still, worth a shot.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Elysian- Perseus Porter

A- Thick flat black with a smooth tight foamy head. Good solid lacing.
S- Cocoa powder, light roast coffee bean, sweet dried fruits and malt.
T- Thick sweet malt, slight touch of dried fruits like plum and raisin, Powdered baking chocolate, & creamy vanilla cream. Slight pine hops poke through in the end.
M- Sweet with dry cocoa. Malty body with a sweet dry finish.

Overall- Sweet and tasty with a mild hoppy touch in the burp. Another good Elysian beer!

Photo of cokes
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extremely dark amber-orange (black for the most part). Brownish head erupts, then fades to a tan lacing.
Faint nose of black malts and vanilla sweetness.
Taste is a mirror image on the nose. Heavy on the sweet, yet tar-like black malts. Vanilla bean flavors are all over. Lightly fruity and earthy underneath. Roastedness is basically absent, with just hints here and there. Quite sweet throughout. I like to see more roasted bitterness in my porters. Otherwise, this is a very pleasant tasting, mild porter. Ends with some leafy, floral hops.
Malt body could use a little beef. Has a slippery feel, that is just a hair on the thin side. Tiny carbonation.
A good session porter, if you are feeling like something a little less brash and more sweet.

Thanks for the Elysian stuff, jreitman.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An above-average though not exceptional porter that is smooth, nicely hopped and carbonated, I can drink this all day - which I did. A tad of smoke and roast, good malts yet bitterness secondary that worked a long meal of meat and fish like a wine should.

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmm...$2 special with a 20% employee discount...BOUGHT!!! This was my first Elysian beer to try and the cheap price made it all the easier to acquire it.

I poured it into my tall Midnight Sun Brewing Co glass and watched its dark chocolate color fill it up with the head being frothy and toffee colored. The beer was more of a regular chocolate color around the edges when I put it up to a light.

It smelled malty sweet and of cocoa.

Upon first taste there is a malty sweetness and smoothness. Later on roasted coffee and cocoa flavors land on the tongue but I thought it was lacking in overall full-bodied flavor. It was wanting in the middle.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque brown-black with brownish-orange highlights and a full, foamy dark tan head that settles into a tight 1/8" cap. Excellent head retention and great lace. A very nice appearance. The aroma is quite limited with a light chocolate and a somewhat sharp roastiness. The body is medium with a moderate carbonation level and an oily mouthfeel. The flavor is very straightforward: dark bittersweet chocolate and roastiness with a balancing acidity and medium level bitterness. All of these flavors are carried over into a dry finish that lingers in the mouth and throat. A very well done, superbly balanced, straight-forward porter in the English style.

Photo of ElGordo
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a deep dark brown color with some faint ruby highlights when held up to the light, topped by a small, creamy tan head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark and caramel malts with a hint of roastiness, along with notes of mocha and vanilla. Palate is sweet up front and keeps an even keel throughout. Notes of vanilla, coconut, and mocha peek through, and a mild bitterness emerges on the finish. Body is rich and creamy, just what I'm looking for in a porter. This is an excellent beer - a great offering from one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of tempest
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, I can only really describe this beer as roasted on roasted. We're not talking charred like a stout might be, more like using a mole sauce at a barbeque sort of a taste and aroma. The flavor is very clean and this beer basically shows off what chocolate and dark roasted malts taste like. Worth a try.

Photo of Elemental
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a nicedark brown color with a light ring of foam on it. it has a nice malty chocolate smell that is slightly hoppy. the taste is very chocolately with a tart taste that actually finishes a little sweet. it has a nice light hop taste. very well balanced. A nice standard porter.

Photo of russpowell
4.51/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours mahogany/black 1 finger of mocha colored head. Superior lacing & head retention

S: Coffee & chocolate

T: Chcolate, roasty grains, a touch of herbal hops & some raisins, &dryness up front. Smokeyness, baker's chocolate & burnt grains as this warms, dryness, along with some nice dark fruits. Finishes with nice fruittyness (raisins & plums), dryness, a touch of smokeyness, molasses, vanilla & leafy hops

MF: Smooth, medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Richness kicks in as this warms, super balance

Complexity actually hurts the drinkability, but only a smidge. One of the best porters I've had in a while. This brewery continues to impress me

Photo of tjd112
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation - Poured into Sam Smith Nonic

Appearance - Dark and ruby, off-white head with good retention and OK lacing

Smell - Faint chocolate, somewhat smokey

Taste - Strong chocolate

Mouthfeel - Medium body, silky dry feel

Drinkability - One is the most enjoyable

Overall - A solid port

Photo of beerthulhu
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a rich deep mahogany with a reddish plum highlight around the edges. A flat ½ finger creamy dark khaki colored head quickly dissipates after the pour leaving a thin film lacing encircling the glassware.

S: a beautiful soft roasted character with fresh coffee scents. There are subtle hints of smokey dried fruit (plums) with a dark chocolate that was overall medium in strength.

T: The flavor opened with a touch of smoked malt and dried fruit with fresh coffee grinds. Very smooth with an earthy bitterness. Rounding things out was some smoked pine with a splash of fresh citrus that was well balanced and smooth.

M: fairly light per style, smooth with hardly a trace of carbonation to be found. A smoky campfire roasted malting gently coats the tongue with some coffee grinds for a fade.

D: An easy drinking porter with hints of smokey dried fruit and peat add subtle hints to a smooth and refined flavor that was easy and enjoyable to down.

Photo of Jredner
2.8/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is dark chocolate and old coffee grounds...not used...old. Deep black with a mostly diminishing thin tan head. Flavor is a bit tangy as Pinkzambia pointed out. Almost a gamy meat or over ripe fruit tanginess. Could be past their prime malts. It’s interesting in some ways, but still unexpected. Still get lots of dark chocolate notes and lesser stale coffee notes.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep mahogany with black and brown highlights. Thin tan head manages to provide some lace to the galssware.
Aroma has roasted barely and some peanuts and a large chocolate malt profile.
Flavors of caramel, chocolate and french vanilla coffee with just a hint of hexnut or hazelnut.
Mouthfeel is a very classic combo of sweet followed by roasted and charcoal notes and finishing with a coffee like bitterness.
Drinkability is godd. Maybe a touch too thin on the mouthfeel but overall solid beer.

Thanks to Skyhand for this one.

Photo of Docer
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally got around to snagging up a bottle at Wholefoods.

- Solid rich brownie-black in color.. two fingers of light mocha head... down to a fine 1/8 inch pillow which sticks around.

- Light sweet mocha, oats.. grain, coffee... touch of cocoa... light grassy bitterness.

- Oats, creamy grain, slightly tanic though... sweet and earthy hops.. coffee...

- medium bodied.. creamy... slightly drying..

- Overall a very decent porter. Slight off flavor to it though.. seems to be happening a lot lately to me with porters.. perhaps they sat on a lit shelf too long.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a snifter.

A - Dark brown with a significant amount of bubbly head.

S - Chocolate and roasted malts. Some sweetness.

T - Roasted malts with a hint of chocolate and caramel. a very nice well-balanced palate.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D - This was a very nice porter. I could drink this over and over and will definitely buy it again.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $5 .. shared with a coworker... mine from a shaker pint.

short lasting lite tan head that leaves behind only a little lacing.. brew is dark walnut and only reveals dark brown highlites when held up to a bright light.

aroma is chocolate malts and little else.. maybe a little cascade hops in the mix.. pretty mellow.. sorta reminds me of hot cocoa.

Medium body with a creamy finish.. flavor is again pretty subdued.. chocolate malts... lite bitter backbone and moderate sweetness.

overall a good brew.. but not one I will pick up again unless I am comparing it to other porters. Elysian can do better and frequently does.

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Perseus Porter from Elysian Brewing Company
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