Point Reyes Porter - Marin Brewing Company
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3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
06-04-2006 03:19:47 | More by Sammy
4.4/5 rDev +12%
Ebony with a meager lightening at the margins, but only with bright sunlight behind the glass. I think it's safe to say that this is the darkest, most photophobic porter on the planet. The large, milkshake thick head puts many stouts to shame and deposits thick vertical ropes of lace from glass edge to melting crown. Point Reyes Porter may not be as gorgeous as Point Reyes National Seashore (hey, it's beer), but it is a great looking version.
I'm not surprised that a beer that looks as serious as this one looks smells serious as well. Generously roasted malt fills both nostrils with scents of dark chocolate fudge and ground coffee beans. A whiff of citric hoppiness tries to break through the maltiness and barely succeeds. I'll try to keep the stout comparisons to a minimum, but...
Now *this* is a porter! It's strains against the upper limits of the style without breaking into Imperial porter territory (whatever that is). The flavor is big, bold and rich. Roasted black malt holds sway and is the font of intertwining rivers of melted bittersweet chocolate, dark caramel and espresso with a grapefruit peel twist.
Warming brings about an emboldening of the already terrific flavor. I was going to say that Point Reyes manages to retain its porterness (porterability?) despite its taste bud saturating flavor and medium-full body, but now that I think about it, I would probably identity it as a stout if blinded. If I like my porters to be this stout-like, do I actually like porters at all? Hmmm...
The mouthfeel is the least stout-like thing about this beer. Having said that, it's still bigger than many stouts and is as lushly creamy and as posh as all but the world's best porters. The fact that it firms up a bit with warming makes the bump in score an easy one.
Marin Brewing Company is a solid Left Coast brewer. I especially like their IPA and Mt. Tam Pale Ale. Nothing, however, prepared me for the style-busting magnificence of Point Reyes. This is one of the best American Porters in existence, hands down.
07-18-2006 15:36:08 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.18/5 rDev +6.4%
Appearance: Pours a stout-like obsidian with a tan head that persists well and leaves some splashes of lace
Smell: Roasty aroma with plenty of dark chocolate, too
Taste: Starts out with a roasted flavor with some chocolate sweetness; mid-palate, some fruity flavors creep in to round it out; the finish brings back the chocolate and fruit, with some coffee bitterness on the roof of the mouth
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: A very tasty porter that is incredibly easy to drink
12-12-2006 00:08:20 | More by brentk56
4.13/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
04-30-2009 12:39:43 | More by mikesgroove
3.68/5 rDev -6.4%
Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a small, tan head.
Smell: Dark malts with a hardy scent of unsweetened cocoa powder, darkened grains, and, well... that's about it.
Taste: Dark malts with a hint of dry chocolate and grains. Mild sweetness. Encroaching earthy bitterness. Drying finish. Pretty simple.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A decent porter. Let's just leave it at that, shall we?
05-21-2008 21:30:20 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.33/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
12-17-2006 22:00:03 | More by oberon
3.95/5 rDev +0.5%
A - Poured out a jet black color with a caramel colored head. It left some lace.
S - It smelled somewhat smokey. There was also some chocolate and caramel notes.
T - It tasted of strong roasted malt, a burnt toastiness. Caramel flavors came through with some bitterness from a subtle hop flavor.
M - It was fairly smooth and creamy. A light to medium-bodied beer.
D - This is a nice porter. I would like to try more from Marin.
06-19-2008 19:35:38 | More by zeff80
4/5 rDev +1.8%
About the most distinctive flavor of dark roasted barley I can remember. Nice balancing act between the sweet malt and the black charred flavors. Near black with a brown edge in the Leffe goblet. Nice and sudsy with a fine carbonation on the tongue. I like this more as I sip on it. Really a big mouthful of flavor. Nose of caramel with some hoppy resins. Moderate bitterness. A little sour burnt malt taste, but just enough to give it an edge.
22 oz bottle from Beer Revolution in Oakland. Not a bad deal for $4.99.
02-05-2012 03:37:19 | More by mactrail
3.6/5 rDev -8.4%
Sampled May 2007
Pours with a three finger thick, rich, creamed-chocolate colored head that sits atop an almost black brew. The aroma has a rich mix of chocolate, a dusting of roast coffee aromatics, toasted grain and something like a darkly browned bread crust.
Lightly carbonated, which gives this beer a very smooth feel to it. The beer is not rich though, in fact it might even be a little thin. Not overly roasted, but it does have a nice dark chocolate note plus a light roasted grain-husk astringency in the finish. Roasted coffee notes are apparent at times in the finish. This is quite easy drinking, and though I might complain a little about the mouthfeel, it is eminently quaffable. Lightly sweet with a note somewhat similar to burnt plums or maybe even raisins. Very light flavored in some ways, yet it is still distinctly flavored. I am not quite too sure what to think of the flavors at time, but this is tasty.
06-13-2007 21:26:31 | More by Gueuzedude
3.98/5 rDev +1.3%
On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,
A: Pours black with a medium off-white to tan head. Some good lace. Solid retention.
S: Dark chocolate, hint of roast with some coffee, charcoal, straightforward porter smell.
T: Dominated by dark chocolate with a hint of creamed coffee. Subtle balancing hops work and make a delicious easy drinking porter beer.
M: Medium-bodied, smooth, soft carbonation, easy on the palate.
D: Just solid. A textbook American porter, nothing great here, but good drinking pint.
03-02-2011 03:20:45 | More by Halcyondays
2.9/5 rDev -26.2%
Poured a deep deep brown, almost black with a dirty/tan head. Lots of carbonation. Exceptional!
Nose was some subtle roasted malts, chocolate and skunkiness. Like the beer was old or something but it wasnt. Taste was watery for a porter if you ask me. Roasted malts some chocolate and rather skunky aftertaste. Bitter not good. I've had better!
04-18-2008 20:33:21 | More by barleywinefiend
4.35/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
09-24-2005 00:58:23 | More by Zorro
4.22/5 rDev +7.4%
Bottle from Vendome, poured into an imperial pint glass, on to the beer:
Lovely to look at. Pours thick and black, as black as midnight in the glass, and the head is tan. My nose is getting lots of charred wood, bit of soap. Bits of cocoa. To the taste...more charred flavor. It's semi-sweet upfront and so damn smooth. There's some mild hop flavor in this porter, which starts to gain momentum in taste. Finish has notes of ground coffee lingering on the palate.
A mild porter with some well-placed hops. Good stuff.
09-03-2008 04:10:08 | More by DoubleJ
4/5 rDev +1.8%
Pours a dark brown color, very nice carbonation, huge creamy tan head, which leaves a big thick creamy sticky lacing behing. The nose is malty, lots of chocolate/toffee/caramel notes. The taste is big and malty, lots of chocolate/toffee. Medium body. Drinkable, this is my first Marin brew, and it's pretty tasty, recommended.
07-23-2008 23:58:50 | More by Wasatch
4.05/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
12-23-2002 16:16:59 | More by Gusler
3.78/5 rDev -3.8%
Sample at the Most Honorable SuperHappyFun Stout Tasting. Bottle from Bevmo in Palmdale, CA. This brew pours the color of a cold cup of coffee with a medium khaki head that diminishes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of coffee, burnt malt and some dark chocolate. Medium, dry body with notes of coffee, dark fruit and toasted malt. The finish is burnt malt with a lingering hoppy taste left over. Above average overall.
10-31-2009 02:04:00 | More by Dogbrick
3.73/5 rDev -5.1%
Bomber poured into a pint glass. Dark brown with reddish highlights and a massive, fluffy tan head. Tons of sticky lacing. Aroma is a little subdued but what's there is pretty nice. Milk chocolate, coffee beans, fudge, and toasted bread. Flavor is burnt coffee and the darkest possible chocolate, with only a quick flash of milk chocolate sweetness in the middle. Finishes dry and roasty with a lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and airy. Pretty good beer, although rather stoutish.
08-13-2009 07:56:11 | More by illidurit
4.45/5 rDev +13.2%
Another new Marin beer. I am constantly amazed how many different beers these guys brew, they are all worth trying especially this one.
The Point Reyes Porter comes in a 1 Pint 6 fl.oz. brown glass bottle, with the usual generic Marin label.
The body of the beer is definitely Porteresque. It pours a very deep, dark, ebony brown, that has a dark tan, but smooth head. Looks quite the part at the start, but as the head vaporizes to a thin steady layer, it loses it visual appeal a little, and this just misses the perfect 5 for me. Has good inherent carbonation that is retained throughout the drink.
Tastes are of Three Threads, Entire Butt, Porter, whatever you wish to refer to is as. It has all the principal ingredients of a great Porter and demonstrates them very well. I feel that this is quite a traditional offering, and I respect the fact this fact, they have not made it easily drinkable, light or inoffensive. This is a very Bold Porter that has massive flavors that some may find hard to swallow.
It is believed that early Porters had a very lambic character, and sourness that was a distinct dimension of this beer style. I note with great interest, that a sour aspect does indeed actually run throughout this beer from start to finish. Neither offensive, nor dominant, but it is always inherent. This lactic aspect adds the character that would no doubt have come from the old beer used to create the original Three Threads offering.
Aside form that, a smooth, silky mouthfeel and a very malty dimension is prevalent in the beginning and this balances the lactic aspect well. This mix of wild flavors introduces the beer to the imbiber. Quite something. The middle has a strong roast malt dimension that is almost masochistic. As the beer finishes, a bitter lingering coffee finish is detectable. Overall, a very drinkable, self-assertive Porter that I like, for whilst it is self-assertive, it is not conceited, nor even boastful, but it does know its own strengths.
Wow, I am pretty stunned by this beer. I dont know why, because I am definitely not a few hundred years old, contrary to popular belief, but I personally feel that this has quite an authentic taste profile for a Porter. No proof though.
A very nice offering, something different, and a well balanced Porter for my liking.
03-05-2003 22:29:56 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.25/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
07-26-2006 18:42:24 | More by Reidrover
4.03/5 rDev +2.5%
Pours as a midnight buh-lack eggplant violent violet hue topped with a frothy faded beige tan cratered cap. 4.5 due to a dark buh-lack used motor oil curtain.
Nose is a buttery toffee and maple syrup covered buttered pancakes. Darn near but NOT stout like.
First swigs: Dry bitter vanilla English style porter. Kudos! Smooth grain waffle drenched porter. Bitterness edges off with a baker's chocolate and dry hot chocolate powder. A middle of milk chocolate, ice cream and vanilla yogurt.
Feel is medium bodied with a long linger of dry powdery loitering. Solid body.
Last swigs: Solid porter worth a shot. Well worth the duckets.
01-19-2007 08:55:28 | More by blitheringidiot
2.88/5 rDev -26.7%
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.
03-03-2008 18:05:19 | More by charlzm
Point Reyes Porter from Marin Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.