Point Reyes Porter - Marin Brewing Company
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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
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
4.55/5 rDev +15.8%
Deepest darkest black with a thick caramel colored head. Beautiful lacing. Roasted malts, licorice, coffee beans in the smell. Impressive so far. Tons of roasted malts, some coffee, slightly sour, even the licorice is there to an extent. Thick mouthfeel make this a decadent treat. Wow! I'm really enjoying this porter. I'm going to have to give this brewers other beers a try.
11-18-2007 05:06:31 | More by Sleestak
4.05/5 rDev +3.1%
This beer won Gold in the Robust Porter category at the 2007 GABF
750ml poured into Duvel tulip glass.
A- Pours a pitch-black hue with brown highlights, head is brown, foamy and pillowy monster that is reminiscent of a Wendy's Frostie, good retention, moderate lacing on the glass
S- Nose is big time malts- cocoa, coffee, molasses, brown sugar, some dark chocolate bitterness and a touch of citrus in the background (reminds slightly of a Karl Straus chocolate-orange porter firkin)
T- Initial taste is bitter dark chocolate and espresso, followed up by some tart and dark fruit flavors (fig/plum/cherry) that are a bit of a surprise, and finishes with slight hop dryness
M- Surprisingly light-to-medium bodied, texture is watery-to-creamy, and carbonation is subtle
D- Solid and tasty porter that is easy to drink, I think it captures the style well but is not ground-breaking on any front, a touch too bitter for my taste, but a good overall performer
Buy Again? Undecided
Persona Score- 82/100
10-25-2007 02:39:09 | More by Stoneman78
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
4.15/5 rDev +5.6%
From a 22 oz bottle this one steamed and oozed an off white head that slowly rose out of the bottle. Even decanted carefully into a Duvel glass the head rose up and left huge bubbles as it kept expanding. Looked sort of like a swiss cheese. I have never seen one quite like this before, it gets marks for uniqueness. Color was a dark brown, and unlike most browns this one was attractive. However the head just sat there. I considered eating it with a spoon, but after about 10 minutes it settled down and left big hunks of lacing behind. Nose to begin with was chocolate malt, After the head had settled and I swirled it in the glass I picked up burnt woods, and coffee. Mouthfeel was creamy, in fact almost oily. Flavor was dominated by those Smokey chocolate malts. Finish was very long and dry. A very well done porter. I would say dont drink this too cold.
05-08-2007 16:42:02 | More by rkuhnel
3.48/5 rDev -11.5%
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 doesnt 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 its really just okish.
01-24-2007 14:00:26 | More by Jredner
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
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
3.4/5 rDev -13.5%
thanks again k
impenetrable light-wise and black as night, foam in two fingers seems to weigh the porter down. the airy mass crushes the beer into concentrate like superman does diamonds. soon, the foam dimples around the edges creating a melting snowbank effect in a tanner shade.
roasted dark malts and richly sweet chocolate coffee syrup wafts are secreted smoothly from this brew. candied fig notes and a superfresh german hop spiciness flow forth with a touch of wild dandelion. really a distinctly malty yet refreshingly 'green' porter aroma reminiscent of a certain favorite local dopplebock.
spritzy carbonation levels rise into the stratosphere. flavors are roughly discernable between bubble pops in the mouth. it's got a real post-char mochaccino resinous quality.. like the last, muddy drops of a powdered mix caffeinated sludge. the carbonation makes this feel rather dry, and the increased hop presence doesn't really do much to assist the cause of smoothing out this beer in an ideal caramelly fashion. really drinkable i suppose, because the fizz gives it a seltzer-like brevity. however, i like my porters a little heavier and smoother. this is an example of how carbonation can really throw off a beer with potential.
eh unless you can get it locally, then g-give it a try.
12-15-2006 05:43:20 | More by goodbyeohio
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
4.25/5 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
4.4/5 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
4/5 rDev +1.8%
bought this online from liquidsolutions.com
big sizzling dark tan head, 3 full fingers on this one, it settles down at a good clip, the little bubbles becoming larger leaving an uneven and craggy lookikng asteroid look to the head, as the head hits low tide the lacing left on the edges of the glass looks like the marks those sticky octupuses used to leave on windows when you were a kid. as deeo a brown color without being black... nearly opaque, a good looking brew.
soft sweet cocoa, chocolate powder, dark bitter molasses, not too much but a nice offering.
dry and almost chalky (in a good way), powdery flavors of deep roasted coffee (not bitter coffee like starbucks). Some bitter tones endure on the back of the tongue, mild hints of burnt smoke are there, this has a nice viscosity to it.. not too thick like motor oil but thicker than some american porters (a category alot of them fail in my opinion). This really drives up the drinkability and enjoyment.
nice that it is only 6%... a very nice porter that drinks perfectly @ cellar temp. a nice blend of flavors all balanced very well. it is almost borderline too sweet but then I want another sip. good stuff.
06-26-2006 02:39:22 | More by Ego
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
4.13/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
11-23-2005 03:42:15 | More by germaniac
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
4.08/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
07-31-2005 16:56:57 | More by baiser
3.6/5 rDev -8.4%
This 22 oz. brown bomber was received courtesy of Eyedrinkale as part of a trade. Dark charred brown body had an extremely large foamy head that occupied ¾ of the pint glass. The aroma was coffee, chocolate, and roasted grains. The taste was an enigma, with a roasty and slightly sour taste let down by the very thin and watered down mouthfeel. Quite drinkable, but flawed porter.
09-20-2004 02:51:10 | More by rajendra82
3.45/5 rDev -12.2%
I just cracked this brew open last night and was very impressed. The smell reminded me of cooking marshmellows over an open camp fire. As I poured the brew into my pint glass the aroma proceeded to get stronger and I had to put down the bottle to stop and enjoy the moment. The taste was a little overpowering, but well rounded. A very nice rich, brown head surrounded the circumference of my glass each time I took a sip. As the beer warmed the chocalate and smoke characteristics appeared to grow stronger.
The King recommends drinking this beer with a philly cheese steak sandwich.
01-14-2004 04:51:51 | More by KingSlender
District of Columbia
3.88/5 rDev -1.3%
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...
12-06-2003 07:26:06 | More by Mustard
4.3/5 rDev +9.4%
Almost black with just a trace of brown, this beer pours with a big foamy tan head. The head sticks around and sticks to the glass, leaving considerable lace. It's a very nice-looking beer. The smell is an interesting mix of roasted malt, dark fruit, and a charcoal-like smell. The taste is bold and assertive yet somehow smooth and mellow at the same time. The hop bitterness seems to sneak as time passes, rounding out the roasted flavors nicely. The mouthfeel is expansive, with each sip seemingly turning into a mouthful. Marin never fails to impress.
11-21-2003 05:31:26 | More by mickeymac
3.95/5 rDev +0.5%
Wow, more head than beer on this one. Took me 10 minutes or so to pour out a decent glass-full. The beer is pretty much black in color, while the head is dark tan. Aroma is roasty and cofee-grind like. Body of this beer is velvety smooth. The flavors struck me as rather understated -- chocolate and roasted malt with a fairly flavorful hop finish. The chocolate and some alcohol flavors come out with warmth. A nice robust porter -- more drinkable than a stout, but with enough flavor to satisfy, if not to amaze.
04-26-2003 15:04:53 | More by mzwolinski
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
4.05/5 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
Point Reyes Porter from Marin Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.