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Porter - Russian River Brewing Company

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236 Ratings
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Ratings: 236
Reviews: 70
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

arizcards, May 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

atone315, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of elNopalero
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%

This pours a coca-colored dark brown color with a lot of foam sitting atop. It has a big roasty aroma—very roast-forward—and the flavor follows suit with a defining roast and some unexpected chalk. I found this rough around the edges, surprisingly, and it didn’t work for me. A rare disappointment from Russian River.

elNopalero, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of inlimbo77
3.53/5  rDev -16%

A: This pours almost black. It's a dirty, dark brown with reddish hues. There is a very light tan head. Leaves some sticky lacing. The head sticks around.

S: I am pulling those traditional porter notes: light roast coffee, some chocolate, some nuttiness, etc. Smells pretty middle of the road.

T: The taste is more brown ale than porter. It's actually very nutty. I do get that light roast coffee. Leads to a little bitterness on the tongue. Then you get some dusting of cocoa in the mid-palate. The finish is fairly dry.

M: This is a medium body

inlimbo77, Sep 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

JRod1969, Jan 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

waiting4lunch, May 17, 2012
Photo of brotherloco
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

brotherloco, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of portia99
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

Growler received in a great trade with Arbitrator. Thanks a ton for this one! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours an extremely dark brown color, almost black with a thick finger of dense dark tan head that lasts for a couple of minutes before falling to a skim coat with a thick collar and leaving behind some spiderwebs of lacing on the glass. Body of the beer is dark but quite clear when held to the light.

S - Fruity hops, roasted malt, a bit of coffee, toasty malt.

T - Nice hoppy presence - fruity and grassy mainly. Good, medium level hop bitterness...just enough bite to them. Roasted and toasted malts, coffee, a hint of sugary sweetness. Bitter hops in the swallow.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation that gives a somewhat creamy feel with a light tingle added in. Bitter roasted malts and hoppiness linger after the swallow. Nice and roasty.

D - Going excellent as a post coffee brunch drink in our post BBF tasting. Shared among several BA's that universally thought this was outstanding. Great drinker, could easily have a lot more of this.

portia99, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of WeisGuy
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

WeisGuy, Jan 14, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

CelticAleMan, Dec 15, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

tbone1384, Nov 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

BeerHunter76, Jul 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

jvillefan, Jan 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

waddellc2, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of augustgarage
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%

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 hooliganlife
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%

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
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

brystmar, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

codynevels, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev -4.8%

On tap at Russian River.

Dark brown hue. Khaki head rises about an inch. Smells of roast malt and hints of cocoa and coffee. Flavors are standard porter. Bitter hop bite mixed with dry cocoa powder and roast coffee. Medium body with mild carbonation. A decent porter.

beerwolf77, Dec 29, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Jan 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

coreyfmcdonald, Dec 14, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

jeff1973, Jul 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

siege06nd, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of DovaliHops
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%

I was so disappointed I didn't try this beer the first time I visited this first-class brewery, so it's only natural I try it my second time I'm in Santa Rosa. This beer pours a dark brown, almost black with a nice tan head. The scent is so wonderfully sweet with hints of burnt almonds and peanuts. I also get some nice espresso and chocolate notes. Very aromatic porter. The taste is just what I was hoping for. Very full-flavored and complex. Nice nuttiness with sweet chocolate and espresso. A bit of bitterness as well which adds to the well-roundedness of this brew. Mouthfeel is not too watery (like the OVL Stout...want to give that beer one more chance before I review it...wasn't too impressed). The mouthfeel is almost perfect with a creamy finish. Great drinkability. Possibly the best Porter I've had...along with Founders Porter.

DovaliHops, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of monitorpop
4/5  rDev -4.8%

monitorpop, Jan 10, 2012
Porter from Russian River Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.