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Porter - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

226 Ratings
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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 144
Gots: 10 | 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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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

01-16-2013 23:16:21 | More by brandoman63
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

08-04-2014 03:47:27 | More by nmann08
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

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

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

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

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

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

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

07-28-2014 13:41:46 | More by Scalawags
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Patlee3324

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

07-20-2014 09:11:59 | More by Patlee3324
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spycow

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

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

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

12-23-2011 22:06:11 | More by coldriver
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Thanks to Alex for shipping this and Hopfather to me to open up on a random Sunday with some friends. Cool RR growler into various tasting glasses.

A - Pours black, off-white head, good retention on top as the cap and some slight lacing here and there along the sides.

S - Roasted malts, woody notes, some coffee, some smoke in there as well.

T - Basically what is smells like. Roasted malts character, some smoke, oak, very slight coffee. Not hoppy at all, which is awesome but then again, not too malty. Pretty much, right down the middle of awesome.

M - Light to medium, yet rich and smooth with light carbonation, perfect for the style.

D - Very solid and I just kept drinking glass after glass. I have always wanted to try this one and I think I liked it better then I thought I would. RR is basically the best brewery out there. The make awesome sours, hoppy IPA/DIPAs, and this masterpiece. Excellent.

08-23-2010 23:34:41 | More by Sean9689
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jgarvis

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

07-08-2014 17:10:47 | More by jgarvis
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

12-14-2013 18:55:40 | More by PittBeerGirl
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mecmd

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

08-06-2014 04:16:04 | More by mecmd
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

12-14-2011 16:52:57 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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Swervine44

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

02-12-2012 08:23:53 | More by Swervine44
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mrbubbler

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

01-26-2012 17:38:13 | More by mrbubbler
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emaciated

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

05-13-2012 06:17:10 | More by emaciated
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joesc230

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

07-12-2012 06:04:38 | More by joesc230
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glid02

Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

05-14-2010 19:01:11 | More by glid02
Porter from Russian River Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.