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Porter - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

194 Ratings
THE BROS
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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)
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Overlord

California

4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy shit, how do I get more of this beer! On-tap at Toronado currently. Perhaps my new favorite porter, and a complete standout.

Pours an awesome black color with a dark tan head. This is a porter? Obsidian black.

Stouty, cocoa-esque chocolate, coffee roastiness ... great creamy mouthfeel, one of the best for the style I've ever had (it's not a thick, chewy stout, but for a porter, it's robust, creamy, and smooth) ... mmmm.... The flavor is great, and while it smells good, the aroma definitely doesn't clue you in on the robust taste you're about to enjoy.

Surprisingly thick. Really more stout than porter.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2009 08:20:21 | More by Overlord
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macktbone

California

4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was a last minute decision at the brew pub and I'm glad I chose this style. Not something I normally get into but this is such a great standard.

A- beautiful milky head. Dark with slight red hue at the top.

S- Smokey malt and raisins. Smells like the ocean and drift wood.

T- BBQ smoke, hoppy middle with a very woody end.

M- good balance of cosistant head with thick body.

D- the lace on the glass and aroma keep you returning to search for more and more. 42 ABU's gives you the hoppy edge I appreciate and the 6.35% ABV allows for the ability to have more than one.

Enjoy this while it still lasts. Even for those not normally attracted to the breed may want to give this one try.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2009 19:55:41 | More by macktbone
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Alex for shipping this from RR and Sean sharing it with us yesterday.

The perfect porter session beer, makes me think this is what a good small pub English beer tastes like.

A dark brown pour, tons of carbonation in a light tan head, good retention and lacing...Aroma and taste are similar and awesome. Light coffee, nice roastyness, super tastey and super easy to drink. Kept coming back to this growler throughout the night.

Get some of this right away.

Serving type: growler

08-23-2010 22:19:05 | More by jrallen34
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azorie

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-05-2012 20:36:45 | More by azorie
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ipa247

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-27-2011 00:46:43 | More by ipa247
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KBennall

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-25-2012 15:59:06 | More by KBennall
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DrunkenMonk

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

06-18-2012 18:42:41 | More by DrunkenMonk
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largadeer

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from a couple weekends back, enjoyed on tap at the brewpub.

Appearance: Dark brown/black, no transparency I could see. 1/2 inch of creamy white head that left wisps of lace.

Smell: Roasted grain and cacao, dry and bitter, earthy. Bold for a porter.

Taste & mouthfeel: Rich, earthy and dry. Roasted barley meets coffee and baker's chocolate. Not terribly sweet, and full on the palate for the style. Bittersweet earthy finish with lingering roastiness. Very good stuff, one of the best American porters I've tried.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2009 05:26:33 | More by largadeer
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elkinbrown

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

06-05-2012 23:55:08 | More by elkinbrown
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-02-2013 21:53:28 | More by Rhettroactive
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ELECTRONICAnonymous

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

07-02-2014 08:07:06 | More by ELECTRONICAnonymous
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womencantsail

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 2/5/10 at the brewpub.

A: The pour is a deep, dark brown color with a finger's worth of tan foam.

S: Great notes of coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate. There is a slight smokiness and even a touch of vanilla.

T: The flavor is a bit more heavy on the coffee and roasted malt with less of a chocolate presence. The smokiness is there as well, but once again just provides a bit of complexity. There's also a slight bitterness on the finish.

M: The body is on the full side of medium with a moderate level of creamy carbonation.

D: Quite a complex and delicious porter. I have been looking forward to trying this one for some time and it did not disappoint.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2010 06:46:24 | More by womencantsail
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phishphorce

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

06-05-2012 03:39:35 | More by phishphorce
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-16-2013 23:16:21 | More by brandoman63
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was on tap at RRBC the last time I was there. However, they also had Sanctification and Consecration at the time (right after they debuted Consecration), and so, I wasn't interested in anything else, not even Pliny the Elder. Watching the reviews slowly come in, I realized I'd made quite the blunder by passing on it. And then, a growler shows up on my doorstep, quite unexpectedly from the ever generous largadeer who tossed this in as an extra in a recent trade. Thanks, Chris!

The pour is quite gorgeous, dark brown with reddish highlights and a dense light brown head capping it. Retention is excellent, as is the lacing.

This is everything I want a porter to be. Rich with a blend of coffee grounds, dark chocolate bitterness, a delicate creamy character, there's also a light, minty hop character in the back along with a little vanilla. Top notch stuff.
The palate opens with a fabulous blend of smooth coffee, a nice cocoa bitterness, both countered by a mellow caramel-like sweetness. Creamy with a mellow earthy character mid-palate, this beer finishes dry with a lasting chocolate-like bitterness. While just a touch sweeter than most porters out there, this is beautifully executed. Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation, despite being poured 18 days back, this is a top notch porter, probably my favorite along with the Edmund Fitzgerald. Outstanding drinkability, I could quaff this entire growler with no issues.

Serving type: growler

02-24-2010 01:50:50 | More by DefenCorps
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scottfrie

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased at the brewery. Poured into 25oz snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a creamy chocolate-brown head that slowly faded into a wispy film. Great spots of bubbly lacing were left down the whole glass.
S: I get light smoky and roasted notes with a hint of coffee and dark chocolate. Once this beer hit room temperature I got a few notes of herbal hops.
T: Follows the nose with very creamy yet roasted flavors of chocolate a just a hint of coffee. There is a sweetness to this brew as well, and I also get a hint of vanilla. The finish has a very nice hoppy bitterness to it, and the aftertaste is roasted and lingers long after the swallow.
M: Exceptionally smooth and creamy mouthfeel, low soft carbonation, and a good chewy viscosity to the body that makes this a pleasure to drink.
O: A very smoky, creamy, smooth and roasted porter, and definitely in my top 3 for the style. It’s a shame this is not regularly bottled as one could drink this all day.

Serving type: growler

10-22-2011 01:12:33 | More by scottfrie
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stogirelli

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-09-2014 17:45:37 | More by stogirelli
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HopHead84

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1/29/2010

Two pints consumed on tap at O'Brien's Russian River night. It's black with a creamy light brown head. The nose is roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee with a subtle astringency. The flavor is equally impressive, displaying a perfect balance between roasted mal, chocolate, and coffee, with a light bitterness. The finish is roasted, earthy, and bitter chocolate with a dash of coffee. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. Excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2010 07:10:12 | More by HopHead84
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spycow

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-12-2013 00:04:37 | More by spycow
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PaulStoneAnchor

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-20-2011 03:50:58 | More by PaulStoneAnchor
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Giovacchini

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-27-2011 16:47:26 | More by Giovacchini
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Ultraman9000

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-15-2011 07:05:08 | More by Ultraman9000
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animortician

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-29-2012 05:55:31 | More by animortician
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willjschmidt

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a pint glass at the Toronado in SF.

A: Black as night with an excellent head.

S: Burnt coffee with a hint of chocolate.

T: A very, very good porter. Roasted coffee, smokiness, a bit of chocolate with a bitter finish.

M: Creamy, smooth, medium-bodied.

D: A great porter, I'd like to see this around more often.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2009 01:40:33 | More by willjschmidt
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coldriver

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-23-2011 22:06:11 | More by coldriver
Porter from Russian River Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.