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Winter Porter - City Brewing Company, LLC

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Winter PorterWinter Porter

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76
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28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
City Brewing Company, LLC visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  ABV ?

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-27-2002)
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dragomni

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

01-02-2012 23:39:46 | More by dragomni
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Chaz

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

12-22-2011 17:16:39 | More by Chaz
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gio540

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -5.1%

12-02-2011 09:20:16 | More by gio540
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade (Mystery Swap v2) with DocLock (thanks!).

Poured a deeper mahogany color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, and caramel. Tastes of chocolate, roast, caramel, and a very light coffee finish.

Notes from: 2/11/07

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 15:07:56 | More by hopdog
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dsa7783

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle copped from The Palisade Liquor Store in Jersey City...
Pours a jet-black, ebony hue with a minor foamy and frothy head that soon receded and deposited a thin film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Aroma: Mild, unassertive aroma with minor hints of roasted malts, chocolate, and espresso...
Taste: Flavor strongly complemented the aroma, with hardly any alcohol present on the tongue... Makes for a refreshing, light American Porter, not too exciting in this department...
Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium bodied mouthfeel, could've definitely been a lot thicker...
Decent level of drinkability given the lack of cloying flavors and modest ABV...

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 22:58:31 | More by dsa7783
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very ddep brown-reddish color with moderate tannish head. Average retention with sporadic lacing.

Smell shows some roasted malt and licorice, but very restrained.

Taste has a solid roasted malt floavor, a touch of coffee, and more of the licorice.

Leaves a not-to-sweet taste in the mouth. with good taste retention.

Not the best example of the stykle, but moderately priced and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 22:07:37 | More by tgbljb
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shadow1961

Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

City Brewery's Winter Porter pours out a tan head about a finger
thick over an opaque black brew. The nose is dark molasses, not
too much carbonation here. The flavor is sweet up front with a toasty
malt and hop finish. Out of the whole city brewery sampler I picked up,
this is the best of the bunch. The aftertaste is subdued- just a bit of hop.
There's nothing really flashy here, just a good workman like beer. Tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2007 18:41:24 | More by shadow1961
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hero27

Minnesota

3.13/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.

Very dark, nearly opaque chestnut color. Some lacing holds on for dear life, but most of it slips down into the black liquid.
Light chocolate aroma, some roasted malt & hazelnut undertones. Milk chocolate and burnt malts dominate the flavor.
Simply too light in body for the style. Came off a little slick when I would have liked a bit more to chew on, so to speak. Overall, the chocolate flavor was pleasant and a little more body could make a big difference to improve the potential here.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 06:08:29 | More by hero27
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a near black, dark brown with a 3 finger, fluffy tan head that slowly fades out. Lots of sticky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is grainy, roasted barley with brown sugar, tobacco leaf, and light cocoa.
Taste is slightly bland but highlighted with brown sugar, light caramel, and a hint of cocoa & cream with a gentle banana flavor hidden in the background.
Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, sugary, with some sweet banana, cocoa, and caramel lingering.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 15:07:35 | More by weeare138
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.15/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger light brown head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Totally black color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Roasted chocolate nose. Starts sweet, malty molasses flavor, bitter chocolate finish. No best by date but tastes fresh. $1.19 for a 12oz bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, Ia.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2006 22:24:59 | More by jdhilt
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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

3.05/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

The thin tan head on this pitch-black beer falls fast to a thin layer and leaves a decent lacing. The nose is chocolate a berry fruit. The main flavor here is coffee with a little cream. There is slight chocolate in the background with a metallic/earthy bitter bite, which is exaggerated by a stingy mouthfeel. Great aftertaste. I'd say this really more stout than porter. Just another one of those decent and interesting midwest beers where the real strong point is the price. At 4.99 a six pack, I'd pick up more in a heartbeat.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2006 19:11:04 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

2.53/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. City Brewery's Winter Porter pours out a dark brown color with a tan head. Roasty aroma, but very weak. There is almost no smell coming from this beer. A little cocoa flavor, but like the aroma, the flavor is lacking. No hop flavor at all. A totally unmemorable flavor. Very watery. Low carbonation. Ugh, what a mess. Nothing really awful about this beer, I suppose. It's just completely bland and watery.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2006 03:49:32 | More by beveragecaptain
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.18/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown in the middle but not black, around the edges it was shiny, reddish brown. The color seems a bit weak, I’ve seen more hearty looking Brown Ales but I won’t judge a book by its cover. The head was beige in color; at the apex the foam was over two-fingers in height. Impressive. Head retention was excellent, it slowly faded to a clumpy cap, and this cap was still a half finger in height, after awhile the cap was soapy but the head retention was very impressive. There was some subsequent lacing; it was webby, unorganized but widespread. It is pleasant to look at. The nose was damn weak; I got a suggestion of roasted barley that offered hints of cocoa and coffee. Hops don’t say much beyond a suggestion of earthy herbs. The bouquet is not very impressive. With a name like “Winter Porter” I expected something louder, stronger, and more aggressive. I got nothing special. Hell, I didn’t even get something good. It was not inviting because it failed to say a damn thing. The palate is not too shabby. It doesn’t live up to the image of a winter seasonal American Porter. The bottom line is this; it is tasty and quite simple. As is, that is not a bad thing. The roasted flavors are mild but pleasant. Some of the tastes are louder than hints, like the coffee vibes. Chocolate is subtle and I get a kiss of vanilla. Roasted acidity. Chalky and bare at the end, the finish is clean and there isn’t anything rounded about the taste. It also lacks those fruity qualities that say “ale”. In a blind taste test I would not have labeled this a Porter, I would have called it a big, American-made (wannabe) English Brown Ale. I like what I taste but it is nothing special. Medium-light in body, it is a bit watery for my tastes and way too watery for the style. That is annoying but it doesn’t ruin the beer. The mouthfeel is slight and boring. This beer is very easy to drink; I could zip through a six-pack if I wanted to. I don’t want to though. This beer doesn’t really have a point, I can think of much better Porters that are just as cheap (like Boulevard Bully! Porter). It is not a yawner but it was a one-time drink for me. There just wasn’t anything compelling about it. I purchased one 12-ounce bottle in Iowa City. Not bad but I wouldn’t recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2005 13:17:53 | More by bditty187
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep dark brown pour with ruby red coming through when held up to the light. A small tan head rises and then falls fairly quickly to form a ring around the top. Roasted grains upfront with some hints of chocolate and dark berries. Basically pretty boring nose to me overall.

First sip is a roasted, toasty malt with some light hints of chocolate and fruitiness. A slight grassy hop flavor is prevelant as well. Overall it's just seems to be lacking to me....more of a dark lager than a porter.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side and carbonation is a bit too much for me. There's just nothing that stands out to me here...I doubt I'll be coming back to this one again soon.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2005 02:20:07 | More by orbitalr0x
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with crimson highlights, thin, light tan speckled cap keeps pretty much throughout the entire session of drinking while dispersing a minimal lacing in globular spotting as it is consumed.

Aroma is slightly sweet of chocolate and black malts. Clean but faint, takes a bit of wiffing to reach it. Seemingly a dark cherry and raisin fruit tone emerges up and in after taking sips.

Taste is mildly sweet in the front, clean, very moderate build towards the middle where some added chocolate maintains a nice smoothness. Glimmers of dark fruits hide behind the finish. Tame dryness in the finish, some small amounts of roasted grain, bitter chocolate and hops do render across the palate lightly.

Easy going, smooth, clean feel emersed within a fairly quick and limited medium light body.

A decent drinker, clean, smooth, and flavored with enough intention, slightly above average with a sessionable edge that could get boring after two or so.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2005 03:14:30 | More by tavernjef
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ADR

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A bottle out of a variety pack...

Deep brown appearance, dullish red highlights transmit at the bottom. Head is a middling affair, 1/8 of an inch and short-lasting. Laces in sparse dots on the glass. Barely roasty aroma, a little bread and a minimal tartness. Body is thin and its a little limp from low carbonation. Approaches watery early in the profile, and the bare malts, mostly semi-sweet chocolate hints and brown sugar, don't step in enough. Hopping is minimal on this one. Finishes as thin as it begins, but slightly more bright if not green tasting. Relatively drinkable but unremarkable, some aspects remind me of Henry Weinhard's Porter of a few years back.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2004 17:18:48 | More by ADR
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.05/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First off, I don’t think regular porters should be called “winter porters.” Regular porters should, in my opinion, be a year round offering. When I think of a winter porter, I think of a regular porter with spices and/or more warming alcohol. Okay, ranting aside, this “winter porter” poured a very dark—beet—red, with a light-tan head that doesn’t last too long.
Smells of bitter dark chocolate, roasty-metallic coffee, and a pinch of vanilla.
Taste starts out with briefly-sweet cocoa malt. This is overtaken by a chalky, tart bitterness. Weird. Finish is dry, bitter, and slightly chocolaty. Medium-bodied porter that’s overcarbonated, and feels a little too minerally.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2004 23:56:05 | More by alexgash
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolate brown, with a fast fading gingerbread color head. Smell is roasted barley malt and slight maple syrup. Taste is dark choclate sour roasted malt. I think i am starting to see a pattern in the flavors of different porters, more sour than hop bitterness. Not my favorite style, but pretty good, nothing offensive.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2004 20:52:41 | More by TastyTaste
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Quaffer

Nevada

3.2/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this bottle up in Iowa. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: Nice, deep reddish brown porter that let plenty of light through when held up to the window. Tan head rose up to three fingers easily and settled down slowly. There were thin tendrils of lace left on the side of the glass.

Smell: Right after the pour, the aroma was deep, rich, and almost chocolately. After a little time in the glass, though, it thinned out. Smoky roasted malt combined with light cream. There were hints of dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: Smooth upfront, almost silky, but the high carbonation made itself known in the back of the mouth. A little too light bodied for a porter.

Taste: Started out with a sweetness that was quickly overcome by deep roasted malts. The roasted flavors became too sharp, taking on the quality of charred wood. An odd sourness arose on the finish; almost like dark, sour fruit but not quite. There might have been hints of hops floating around on the aftertaste, but it was difficult to tell.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2004 01:01:16 | More by Quaffer
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ALESwhatCURESya

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This stuff poured blacker than midnight. The head disappeared very quickly and I personally thought this beer seemed very flat. Now this is supposedly a winter porter, but I cannot seem to notice any distinctiveness that most winter brews have. I enjoy flavored porters, but this is just wierd tasting for this style of beer. I wouldn't say this is a bad beer by any standards, but just not a very good porter!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2004 02:40:53 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour black with a head that quickly dissapears. The aroma is light in roastiness, with grain and just a hint of chocolate. The flavor is light in the roasted malts, with a touch of sweetness. It is very light in its hop flavors. It is a light-medium bodied beer with a smooth creamy finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2003 16:10:23 | More by BeerBuilder
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Loki

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12oz bottle.

Poured dark blackish brown with a generous biege head that faded very quickly and leaves no lacing.

Faint aromas of chocolate and roasted malt. Nothing much really and a little off.

Tasted, well it didn't really taste like much. Very watery for a porter with hints of chocolate and roasted malt. No hops and no bitterness. Very light body for a porter with a dry finish.

Not put off by the beer, but I don't know that I would have another.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2003 15:20:09 | More by Loki
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Redrover

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle no freshness date.

This beer pours a nice dark brown/black with a darkish large head. Some lace. No light gets through this baby!

The smell is good. I picked up the roasted malt and some chocolate notes.

This a smooth drinkable beer. I would like a little more malt taste and a little more body. The sweetness is just about perfect. This may be a good "training wheel" beer to introduce people to darker styles. I like a little more substance in my winter beers.

I'm glad to see this brewery trying some new styles. With a little effort & tweaking, this could become a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2003 07:30:22 | More by Redrover
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

2.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Okay, 'fess up time. I cheated on my review. The first time I sampled this, the bottle was poured into a regular tumbler-type glass and the head was missing, aroma was nil. For this taste, I poured it into a Duvel glass, and the old boy stood up proud and tall, a magnificent, sizzling, tannish beauty with roasty chocolatey aroma and hints of toffee and nuts, but nothing too outstanding. So let's hear it for glassware!
Color: totally black. A bit odd palate, abrupt finish. Smooth, despite that initial attack of bitter-sweetness. Light in body, little texture. Very little of what I expect to enjoy when I drink a porter, almost nothing of what I look for in a winter ale of any kind. Later on, those jarring off-notes disappear and it finishes much more smoothly, but overall a disappointment. I hope that others in their line make the grade.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2003 15:47:37 | More by feloniousmonk
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cokes

Wisconsin

2.6/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Deep ruby in color wih an yellowish head that is decently retained.
Nose full of nothing intially. Just a wet cardboard aroma. Roasted and chocolate hues seep in as it warms. Still, nothing remarkable.
Taste is similar. Very faint roasted malts mixed with a heftier chocolate component. Paper notes . Lightly chalky. Hops are MIA.
Thin and lackadaisical inside of the mouth. Totally weak and completely boring. This is a winter brew? Fortification is not found here.
Nonetheless, this can be had for near macro prices. In that case, it is a consumable little brew...for the right audience.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2002 22:08:41 | More by cokes
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Winter Porter from City Brewing Company, LLC
76 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.