1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Porter - Russian River Brewing Company

Not Rated.
PorterPorter

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

194 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 194
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 140
Gots: 5 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 194 | Reviews: 70 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of elNopalero
elNopalero

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2012 17:55:33 | More by elNopalero
Photo of portia99
portia99

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: growler

11-07-2010 17:30:00 | More by portia99
Photo of CelticAleMan
CelticAleMan

California

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

12-15-2011 04:13:08 | More by CelticAleMan
Photo of WeisGuy
WeisGuy

New York

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2010 05:07:31 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of BeerHunter76
BeerHunter76

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

07-04-2012 01:44:53 | More by BeerHunter76
Photo of augustgarage
augustgarage

California

3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2010 19:36:43 | More by augustgarage
Photo of brystmar
brystmar

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

11-15-2011 01:14:01 | More by brystmar
Photo of codynevels
codynevels

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-16-2011 20:44:27 | More by codynevels
Photo of beerwolf77
beerwolf77

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2011 06:30:34 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-14-2011 16:52:57 | More by coreyfmcdonald
Photo of tbone1384
tbone1384

Wyoming

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

11-03-2012 03:16:00 | More by tbone1384
Photo of hooliganlife
hooliganlife

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2010 04:42:48 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of jvillefan
jvillefan

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-27-2013 00:41:55 | More by jvillefan
Photo of waddellc2
waddellc2

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

06-26-2014 01:09:39 | More by waddellc2
Photo of DovaliHops
DovaliHops

California

4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2010 07:27:49 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

01-10-2014 06:28:12 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
Photo of monitorpop
monitorpop

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-10-2012 02:28:24 | More by monitorpop
Photo of CEDAMA
CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +18.2%

08-02-2012 04:54:37 | More by CEDAMA
Photo of jeff1973
jeff1973

California

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

07-09-2014 03:56:10 | More by jeff1973
Photo of avaldivia
avaldivia

California

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-14-2011 07:00:38 | More by avaldivia
Photo of siege06nd
siege06nd

Virginia

4/5  rDev -5.4%

09-16-2012 18:32:19 | More by siege06nd
Photo of MastaShonuf
MastaShonuf

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

06-20-2014 11:53:21 | More by MastaShonuf
Photo of Evan
Evan

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-30-2014 15:03:33 | More by Evan
Photo of jkane101
jkane101

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.4%

05-30-2013 00:11:03 | More by jkane101
Photo of ChrisPro
ChrisPro

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-02-2011 03:26:18 | More by ChrisPro
Porter from Russian River Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.