Porter - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.88/5 rDev +15.9%
This is truly a hidden gem at RR. Everybody comes for the IPA's and AWA's but this is right up there with the elite brews they offer.
A: Dark brown with a little light peeking through.
S: roasty goodness along with some chocolate notes
T: Pretty sweet imho for a porter but not in a bad way. Definetly some chocolate in there, but overall just some great malty goodness that leads to one decadent beer.
M: Smooth and creamy, spot on for a porter
O: You wont mistake this porter for a stout, its made perfectly to fit the style. A hidden gem for sure at RR and one I always bring a growler of home when its on tap.
05-09-2011 19:29:11 | More by Dobby
4.83/5 rDev +14.7%
On-tap at the Russian River brewery. Notes from SF trip.
A- Pitch black with a small light tan head. Creamy ring leaves tons of fine lace rings.
S- A nice blend of roast malt and cocoa powder up front. Smoke and some dark fruit give it a nice complexity.
T- A phenomenal blend of roast malts, decadent cocoa powder, and smoked malt. Dark fruit notes round off the flavor.
MF- Creamy rich feel with silky carbonation. Roast acrid bitterness feels nice with the flavors.
Flavor is out of this world. A rich, dessert type Porter that is also dangerously drinkable. This beer is a world-class example of the style.
10-29-2011 04:16:07 | More by cbutova
4.8/5 rDev +14%
Had on tap at Triple Rock in Berkeley, CA.
Appeared a night black color with a light tan head. Great foam retention.
Aroma included hints of coffee, light smoky/charcoal, chocolate, and plenty of roast. Mild hop presence but I couldn't pick out the nuances.
Deliciously roasty and robust with loads of coffee and chocolate flavor. Moderate level of bitterness paired nicely with the malt backbone.
Medium/medium-full body, moderate carbonation, smooth.
Were my brother and I not on a time crunch, I'd have loved a couple more pints. Easily one of the better robust porters I've sampled.
12-22-2008 01:28:07 | More by BrewerB
4.72/5 rDev +12.1%
First off a big thanks to Adam for sending this one my way, and a big thanks to Masterski for telling me I needed to track this one down! Served cold and poured into a pint glass, I enjoy this one as I type on 06/24/2009.
Fantastic pour here. Perfect in every way for the style. Deep, dark brow, which is essentially black with only the slightest bit of dark chocolate highlights peaking through. A huge head of tan forms on top and only slightly settles into a thick cushion with soo much side glass lacing, it is literally absurd. Rich aroma of cocoa, light notes of coffee and a touch of molasses. As it warms some light tobacco, and peat notes start to perk out, roasted malts at their finest, but no sign of the hops as of yet. As I go in for a sip the smooth, creamy, rich feel of this one really starts to bowl me over. Stuck somewhere between a porter and a mil stout, it is sublime. Rich cocoa just spreads over the tongue from the very first sip. Light touches of vanilla, molasses and a touch of roast coming through nicely. Then it hits, a smack of of piney hops as the flavor fades. Long notes of dark chocolate linger long after the last sip.
Hot damn I am glad I got ahold of this one. One of the best, most easily sessionable and richest tasting porters I have ever come across! Go get this one
06-24-2009 23:55:26 | More by mikesgroove
4.72/5 rDev +12.1%
Have had this a few times at the brewpub, the most recent being last Saturday. From notes:
a - pours a deep brown only a few shades short of black with a creamy, one-inch tan head, nice retention and excellent lacing
s - big notes of deeply roasted malt, dark chocolate and cream/vanilla, hints of smokiness and earth, really jumps out of the glass
t - much like the aroma, big roasted malt and dark chocolate and cream up front with a bit of bittersweet chocolate on the mid-palate, some bitter coffee notes mixed with a vanilla creaminess trail into the finish, very complex and well-integrated flavors all the way through, alcohol not that noticeable
m - medium-to-full bodied, moderate carbonation, pretty smooth on the palate though, not a whole lot of alcohol warming
d - very drinkable porter, pretty easy and well-balanced on the palate, flavors are very complex and interesting without tiring out the palate
Easily one of the best porters I've ever tasted. Really incredible stuff that I hope more people get the chance to try.
01-14-2010 05:07:31 | More by WeisGuy
4.65/5 rDev +10.5%
Pours a dark chestnut brown with deep mahogany edges when held to a light source. Completely opaque with a two finger frothy, soapy light beige head with excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that streaks the glass with sheets of soapy lacing.
This beer has a wonderful nose. The perfect amount of roasted malt balanced out by lots of chocolate, caramel, toffee, hazelnut and slightly burnt bread. Smokey enough without dominating the aroma.
Slightly smokey medium body with the perfect balance of sweet chocolate, caramel and toffee and slightly bitter roastiness, bitter hops and lactic creaminess. Very complex, extremely well balanced and insanely quaffable. One of the best examples of the style I've ever had. Not to extreme yet not to light bodied. I could session this beer all night. Highly recommended!
01-09-2010 07:25:14 | More by corby112
4.63/5 rDev +10%
Review #250, thanks to Chris for the growler! From notes during a double brewday.
Great appearance, nice pop when we opened the growler, great sign for heat this was shipped in. Pours black into tulip with huge beige head composed of tiny bubbles, great retention and impeccable lacing.
This beer is really kind of interesting. It's not particularly dominant in any one way that you might find a porter- it has a subtle hop character in the nose, delicate roasted note with chocolate and malty base in the taste. Low level of bitterness, but just enough to balance. Somewhat creamy in mouthfeel, but still somehow remains light on the palate. Supremely drinkable, I think we killed this growler in less than a half hour while eating some steaks. Nearly textbook porter in my book, though not necessarily striking or overly assertive in any certain way. But how can I fault it for that? Another amazing brew by Russian River.
08-07-2010 15:38:31 | More by Ineedabeerhere
Porter from Russian River Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.