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Porter - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

240 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 145
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 06-14-2004)
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Reviews by antilogic:
Photo of antilogic
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on tap at O'brien's TION night in a 10oz taster.

One of the few RR beers with a very generic name, but don't let that fool you. The beer is a standout for its style, a very drinkable porter. Aromas of roasted malts, dark chocolate. Head was light tan, creamy, surprisingly thick body. Good stuff.

antilogic, Feb 02, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -4.8%

t2grogan, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of aquazr1
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

aquazr1, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of williamjbauer
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap served in a pint glass

A - Slightly clear dark black with a ruby tint. One finger ecru head with moderate head retention and moderate lacing.

S - Faint nose of dark chocolate, malt.

T - Amazingly deep and complex stout with heavy dark chocolate, coffee, malt, roasted espresso with a nice bitter finish. Just a touch of booze. Don't let the nose fool you this is a monster of flavor.

M - Full body, moderate carbonation.

O - Amazing, one of the best porters and quite a surprise when you smell it. Tastes so fricken good and looks like the belle of the ball.

williamjbauer, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the RR brewpub in Santa Rosa.

A: dark brown, nearly opaque but clear. Somewhat weak head still leaves very good lacing.

Aroma: as expected for style: a role model.

Flavor: refined dark roastd malts; fine London style porter

Feel: smooth; medium body; medium-low carbonation.

O: mainstream but high quality.

chinchill, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Toronado San Diego.

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of rich roasted malts with good amounts of dark and milk chocolate aromas backing things up. As it warms very mild amounts of vanilla make an appearance.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth roasted malt flavors with almost no char kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are good amounts of dark chocolate with sweeter and smoother milk chocolate flavors not far behind. Midway through the sip hints of earthy hops and vanilla flavors make an appearance, carrying through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this proves that RR isn't all hop bombs and wild ales. A very well done and very drinkable porter, well worth a shot if you can get your hands on it.

glid02, May 14, 2010
Photo of Schlafly33
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Schlafly33, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of azorie
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

azorie, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4/5  rDev -4.8%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of ipa247
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

ipa247, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of AlexChillton
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

AlexChillton, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of ElectricSalmon
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

ElectricSalmon, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev -4.8%

jh1982, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ the brewpub - served in a 10oz nonic.

Clear dark auburn body suffused with ruby highlights. Small beige head dissipates to a creamy uniform collar. Nice pasty lacing.

Roast malt, peach pits, and faint tobacco in the nose.

A touch of coffee, black bread, and hazlenuts on the palate. Faint cocoa in the finish. Fruity, malty, and straight-forward with a medium-dry finish.

Very slightly astringent, moderately carbonated, and medium-bodied.

Better paired with food, but still a decent example of the style on its own. I prefer a bit more roast and depth of malt complexity, but others might find this less drinkable if the flavor profile were to move more in that direction.

augustgarage, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of DanFromIndy
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

DanFromIndy, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of leschkie
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

leschkie, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

fthegiants, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of Beernoobie
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Beernoobie, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
5/5  rDev +19%

PeprSprYoFace, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of hooliganlife
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at RR

Pour was a dark cola with a nice creamy head that lingered, even leaving some lacing. Great retention.

Lots of roasted malts and dark fruit with a light coffee.

Very dry, lots of roasted flavor with a very light smokiness. No real hop flavors stood out. This was all roasted flavors. Light coffee hidden through out.

Light body, a bit thin, very porter like. Nice mild carbonation.

This struck me more as a stout and not a porter. I was expecting a sweetness but this lacked that. It was ok, I doubt I try it any time soon.

hooliganlife, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev -4.8%

aztraz, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of nickd717
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review dated 1/13/2009.

On tap at Toronado in SF. Nicely done porter, one I could drink all night. Dark brown, nearly black in color with tan head. Coffee, bitter cocoa, and roastiness on the aroma. Same on the flavor, lots of coffee and some licorice. Smooth mouthfeel.

nickd717, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of KMcG
4/5  rDev -4.8%

KMcG, Dec 23, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Leftofthedial, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of KBennall
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

KBennall, May 25, 2012
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Porter from Russian River Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.