Point Reyes Porter - Marin Brewing Company

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Point Reyes PorterPoint Reyes Porter

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88
very good

84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Marin Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: xlperro on 06-17-2002)
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Reviews by Jredner:
Photo of Jredner
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from Liquid Solutions. Pours dark brown and settles brown/black with a craggy mocha head that is a thumb thick and lasting. Very concentrated cocoa/coffee aromain the fore and it has a faint touch of coffee and slightly more chocolate on through the the finish. Fore is ever so slightly tart, but that quickly subsides and roast malt and chocolate come through. Slightly thin. Fairly acidic, but doesn’t have a the intensity of coffee flavor you often find in west coast porters. Some green herbal hop notes appear briefly near the finish. I had high hopes for this beer, but it’s really just okish.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first taste of Marin brews....I think.Poured a deep deep dark brown near black except a bit of ruby tint when held up to the light, a rather large mocha colored head atop.First whiffs I got were of cocoa with a big roasted malt aroma becoming more pronounced after the pour like French roast coffee mixed with cocoa very nice.A very dry porter at times almost raw in character bitter unsweetened chocolate and and earthy tones with that espresso roast coffee flare finishing woody with hints of raw nut.A bold tasting dry porter very nicely done I like the dryness of it,top notch in my opinion.

Photo of SanFranJake
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of magictrokini
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a short tan head that quickly turns into a brown ring. Deep roasted malt with chocolate, licorice, and coffee. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate, some grain, toasted bread, and some smoked malt are all here. Bitter metallic finish. The good does outweigh the bad in this one.

Photo of ironlung
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black. No light makes it through. Nicest head I've seen on an MBC beer! No lacing.

S: Totally roasted malt. Chocolate with hints of molasass. (is this a stout?)

T: Very creamy smooth porter. Not too sweet not too smokey.

M: Flavor definately lingers. I exhale and taste black liquorice. Not heavy at all.

D: Another 6%er form MBC. If this is your style than you'll really like what Arnie has done here.

Photo of mattffrost
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into bottle.

Appearance Beer is a very dark cloudy brown. You can see tiny little brown bubbles that are lighter than the beer kind of cool Hardly any head that is a light brown color.

Smell Chocolate with roasted coffee smell. Roasted Malt present.

Taste Less sweet that I expected based on the chocolate smell I thought it would be sweeter. To me is a good thing its less sweet. I taste chocolate, a bit of a bitter finish but not to much. Very rich beer with a syrupy type feel to it with the low carbonation.

Mouthful Low carbonation with a good blend of not being to sweet.

Drinkability. One or two of these is plenty. A nice after dinner beer or you could pare it up with a dessert.

Photo of JohnLynch
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of MichaelPiazza
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Simple, fresh and good porter. Mollasses aroma. Nice roast, milkchocolate, and low on the coffee flavour. Medium mouthfeel, with some grain. Easy quaffing with good malting for balance, though a bit bitter and acidic in finish. Another enjoyable Marin.

Photo of augustgarage
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap and Blue Palms Brewhouse. Served in a nonic.

Chocolate-tinged seal brown body with a slender creamy tan head. Very pretty gradient of lacing, no legs, average retention.

Even at a chilly draught temperature, the heavy roast notes snake their way around your olfactory nerves. Fresh roast coffee, light cocoa, and hints of hazelnut. Rather straight-forward, but spot on for the style. Hints of cream come out as the beverage warms.

The aroma carries over directly into the flavor - coffee, roast malt, cocoa, nuts, with the addition of bitterness not present in the nose. Lush, mineral-heavy, toasty finish that lingers on for quite some time. Again, somewhat one-note, but it is a good note!

Fairly light bodied, with enough astringency to keep you from rushing through a pint. Good carbonation. A little less astringency and a sessionable ABV might improve things here.

Not as distinguished as some of its peers, this is a great (if somewhat generic) example of the style.

*EDIT: September, 2010* - This ale improves substantially on-cask, gaining a richness and depth of flavor while minimizing any mediocre qualities, definitely sample it in this modality if you get a chance!

Photo of leprakhan
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

received this one a couple months back but just got around to tapping it yesterday. Served chilled and the entire contents poured into a tall 24oz glass, this one was consumed on 04/29/2009.
 
The pour was very nice, with a rich, dark black color and no light shining through on this one at all. Really nice head of tan that was easily a couple inches high at first, slowly settled down into a nice pillow that laid across the top and thoroughly coated the inside of the glass. Rich dark chocolate and roasted coffees are the first things that I am picking up in the Aroma. Really nicely done with hints of caramel and smoked malts, there is almost a peat like smell to it at times, especially as it warmed up. Equally well done as it transfers over to the flavor. Smooth, mellow, creamy, this was a very session able porter. Rich chocolate notes, hints of smoked malts, nice touches of coffee in the finish which left a slightly dry and bitter taste as it rolls away across the tongue. Very smooth and very enjoyable,
 
Overall while not the most complex thing in the world, this does have a lot going for it. Very rich and smooth and very well done, I would have no issues at all wit trying this one again any day of the week. One of the most solid, and well put together porters in a long time.

Photo of Gusler
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again that exemplar color for a “Porter or a Stout”, Black Walnut brown, to ebony with a elephantine, head, and lace so thick you can cut it with a knife, both light chocolate in color. Lightly toasted grains, coffee, and caramel and quite sweet is the nose. Start is quite sweet with the top middling in feel, the finish purposeful in its hop spicy bite, the carbonation apropos to the style, a quite dry aftertaste that is long lasting, a “Robust Porter” to be sure, and one that is a treat to quaff.

Photo of allstar255
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Murchmac
1.3/5  rDev -66.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

R.I.P. Marin Brewing company. Everything I drink from you is overcarbonated and just awful tasting. The only thing that is good is the White Knuckle, and you jacked up the price.

This beer poured a huge head, dark color, tastes skunked, not thick like a decent porter should be. I don't know if they have Stevie Wonder brewing their beers over there or what, but every beer fits the same bill. Overcarbonated, thin, with flavors that don't make sense for the style. I say good day.

Photo of baiser
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown colour, with a thick, frothy tan head. Wonderful lacing and great retention. Roasted aroma, chocolate and toffee. Taste was very nice. Toasted grain, coffee, some underlying dark fruitiness. A certain hoppiness gives this porter an interesting flavour. Finishes dry and bitter. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and this is a pleasure to drink.

Photo of Zorro
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear black brew with a large brown head. Impressive looks.

Smell is roasted malts and light acid scent. Some smokiness and a little bit of mint and a hint of citrus hops. There is a faint metallic scent in here but I am REALLY trying to pick out all the scents.

Taste is a shock at first, moderate strong wine like acid that reminds me of black Colombian coffee. The acid bite gives this beer a sensation of a lightness. Flavors of cola and coffee dominate here. Hops mostly make them selves known as bitterness in the aftertaste. Chocolate and milk flavors appear later as nuances to the base flavor of coffee and acid.

Mouthfeel is creamy somehow while tasting light. A Jedi mind trick, or the effect of the acid level?

I am surprised that I have to give this beer such a high drinkability score but the acid bite makes this very refreshing.

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Mark
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since visiting the Marin Brewing Co. pub I have been trying more of their beer. This porter poured a deep brown and the head was tan. The head did disapate to a thin layer, lacing was wispy and scattered. Smell was roasty as was the taste. A very smooth subtle porter, along the lines of Anchor. Velvety mouthfeel and subtle carbonation, plus the above mentioned smoothness, all add up to a soild drinkable porter. Very nice.

Photo of sendsilk
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of Reidrover
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from 22 oz bomber.
What a beautiful beer to behold, dark,dark brown almost completely black , massive frothy.bubbly light brown head. Nice.
aroma is good of dark chocs and roasted malt, some lactic aromas but pleasing .
Knock out taste of esspresso coffee, reeally dark bitter sweet Belgian chocolate.Gooseberry like sweetness at the edge of the mouth..bitterness from the roasted malts abounds in the after taste, quite impressive.
Good mouthfeel, smooth and not boring.
A good porter indeed..liked it and found it on par with Deschutes Black Butte.

Photo of Mustard
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16.6oz. brown bottle; plenty of self-aggrandizement, but no "bottled on" or "best before" date; purchased for $3.99 form the West LA Whole Foods on National and Barrington.

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark brown with rever-so-faint ruddy highlights; good-sized, chocolate-colored head; a good b-cup's worth of lattice type lacing; head hang's around for about a minute or so.

Aroma: Richly of milk chocolate and roasted malt; secondary notes include those of plum and cherry.

Taste: Sweet upfront with chocolate and roasted malt flavors predominating; fruit-like qualities ensue with an undeniable sour twang taking the lead role; buttery, grainy characteristics abound; finishes dry with a moderate bitterness; medium to full bodied; something of a smooth yet prickly mouthfeel.

Notes: Full-flavored, well-balanced porter; sour quality is a bit off-putting for me...

Photo of charlzm
2.88/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled, consumed 03/10/08.

Very dark brown pour, almost black. Deep ruby/brown highlights when held to sunlight. Two finger tan head forms with moderate pour, reduces to thin laced skin within a few minutes.

Milk chocolate aroma with a touch of fruit: tart cherries, I believe. Smoky note as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth and a little thin. Well carbonated. Flavors are reined in: first is the mocha/chocolate roast malt flavor, then some bitter finishing hops. Some smoke character as well. Unfortunately, the smoke flavor reminds me more of the way an ashtray smells than of a proper smoked porter. A hint of the metallic on the finish as well.

Not a disaster, but I don't think I'll be buying this one again.

Photo of germaniac
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark brown, almost black. Head starts out billowy and bubbly, then quickly dwindles down to almost nothing. The nose is roasty, with sweet dark chocolate notes. Tastes of roasted malt, with a rich chocolate creaminess. There's just a touch of bitterness, to round out an overall smooth, delcious porter. This is one I wouldn't mind spending a few pints with. Purchased from the Elk Grove BevMo.

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Point Reyes Porter from Marin Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.