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Porter - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

240 Ratings
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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 71
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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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

womencantsail, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of phishphorce
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

phishphorce, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

brandoman63, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

nmann08, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of DefenCorps
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

DefenCorps, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of scottfrie
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

scottfrie, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of stogirelli
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

stogirelli, May 09, 2014
Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

HopHead84, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of Scalawags
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Scalawags, Jul 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Patlee3324, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

PaulStoneAnchor, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of Giovacchini
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Giovacchini, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Ultraman9000, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

animortician, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of willjschmidt
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

willjschmidt, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of coldriver
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

coldriver, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Sean9689
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Sean9689, Aug 24, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

jgarvis, Jul 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

PittBeerGirl, Dec 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

mecmd, Aug 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

coreyfmcdonald, Dec 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Swervine44, Feb 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

mrbubbler, Jan 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

gspeer711, Sep 15, 2014
Porter from Russian River Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.