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Porter - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
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194 Ratings
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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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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
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codynevels

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-16-2011 20:44:27 | More by codynevels
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Pinche_Oso

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

07-06-2012 15:29:16 | More by Pinche_Oso
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MtOrion

Nebraska

4/5  rDev -5.4%

05-28-2014 22:10:18 | More by MtOrion
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monitorpop

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-10-2012 02:28:24 | More by monitorpop
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carmike813

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%

05-21-2014 04:05:55 | More by carmike813
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-15-2011 08:57:16 | More by ithinkimasofa
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bmmortale

Maryland

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-06-2013 11:10:13 | More by bmmortale
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birchstick

Colorado

4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-06-2013 05:24:46 | More by birchstick
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

08-17-2013 07:36:57 | More by zestar
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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

On tap at RR for PtY Release 2010
Poured a dark brown with good carbonation and a nice tannish head. Nose is chcololate and roasted malt. Taste is lots of chocolate, some coffee, roasted malts well balanced. It is medium bodied, creamy, dry finish. Drinkability is good, very good. Just a good balance of booze, malts and flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2010 15:10:27 | More by barleywinefiend
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siege06nd

Virginia

4/5  rDev -5.4%

09-16-2012 18:32:19 | More by siege06nd
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BryanCDM

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

06-15-2014 23:44:05 | More by BryanCDM
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Cowcakes

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

06-24-2012 05:55:45 | More by Cowcakes
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Jimdrinksbeer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-10-2011 03:50:47 | More by Jimdrinksbeer
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mbixler

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-16-2012 18:12:30 | More by mbixler
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AgentMunky

California

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in half-pint glass at the brewery. From notes. Reviewed 14 April 2012.

A: Creamy, off-white head. Nice tracing on the surface. Opaque, Coca-Cola brown.

S: Roasted chocolate malt. Soft and sweet, but pretty typical for a porter. Nice.

T/M: Damn good! Chocolate malt is slight chalky, with an excellent aftertaste of light coffee and dark chocolate. Roasted and pleasant. Lingering aftertaste; very drinkable.

O: Great porter, lightly hoppy, but still not my favourite. I would definitely have again, and recommend it to anyone who wants an excellent example of a benchmark porter.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2012 22:33:25 | More by AgentMunky
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littlesgtpepper

Washington

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at the Russian River Brewery in a 10oz glass.

Black as the hell gates of doom, this beer has no head and I couldn't see through the beer when I held it to the light.

The smell is intense, with strong espresso, bitter chocolate, and heavy roasty malt. A tiny hoppy smell but faint.

This beer actually matches pretty close to the aroma, which is strange, but with a heavy dose of nuts, like cashews and walnuts. I've never tasted this strong of a nut flavor, not even in any browns I've had. A wonderful flavor!

This porter will shoot up near the top of my list as a near-perfect porter. The only problems with this beer is the mouthfeel, which is so heavy it's like drinking milkshake and the drinkability. One 10oz glass of this is more than enough.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2010 05:09:04 | More by littlesgtpepper
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jethrodium

California

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler generously shared by colonelforbin. Thanks Mike. Pours brown with a decent sized light tan head that has good retention and leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma has a decent roastiness, some caramel, a bit of coffee, and some hints of chocolate. The initial taste has a light sweetness with some roasted coffee. A bit of caramel and some chocolate. Some more roastiness on the finish. Quite dry overall. Medium body, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Quite a nice beer. Not terrible complex, but very well done. I would certainly enjoy having this regularly.

Serving type: growler

12-28-2011 22:23:34 | More by jethrodium
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the brewpub.

Pours a dark brown with a creamy light tan head. Roasty aroma with caramel malt, bitter chocolate, coffee and light vanilla. Coffee and roast malt with light smoke and licorice in the flavor. Creamy, medium body with light carbonation. Starts sweet and finishes mildly bitter. An above average porter, but nothing too remarkable. Prefer Edmund or Everrett much more than this.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2011 19:49:18 | More by yourefragile
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JWD

California

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the younger/consecration release,

A- Black and very inviting, nice medium tan head that disipated fairly quick.

S- Very robust, i have had founders porter lately and this is the benchmark!! Close but not quite!!

T- Good but once again second to the founders offering.

M- Good but not very thick, however let a very flavorful leftover in the mouth/palate!!

D- Great, i could drink this all day long, just not he best when i thin of a robust porter.

WHEN IS RR GOING TO MAKE A BIG RIS???? THEY NEED THIS!!!!

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2009 04:38:48 | More by JWD
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like how there's a picture of a bottle of this beer and one review for a bottle, the rest are growlers and on tap. Apparently one bottle of this beer was made.

Beer is on tap, half pint at the brewpub. Beer is dark brown to black with a thin tan head that breaks and leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation appears to be low to moderate.

The aroma is malty with roast and a little bit of hops. Smells really nice.

Beer is light to moderate in body and creamy with some ashy bitterness at the back of the mouth, not in a bad way. Its relatively smooth with some sweetness up front, not much happening in the midpalate, overall its a decent porter. I'd have it again for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2010 18:59:00 | More by drabmuh
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BierJager89

California

4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, I am surprised and delighted to see that this is bottled, or at least once was.

A: Pours a nice ruby red in a small glass, black in a pint glass, with a brown head.

S: Roasted malt, medium-roast coffee and chocolate notes in the nose.

T: Flavor is the same roasted malt, coffee and chocolate (though definitely dark chocolate in the flavor), and it has a great roasty aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and smoothish.

O: Definitely recommended. A great example of the porter style.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2014 01:09:14 | More by BierJager89
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WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint of this at the brewery. Pours jet black with white head. Tastes very roasty with a smooth finish. Some nice chocolate notes with a hint of smoke. I would love to make this a regular beer to drink. I hate Canada a lot. A very session able porter.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2012 00:12:30 | More by WeedKing4
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billab914

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into my Flying Mouflon glass. Pretty close to black in color with a dense foamy head filling the top two inches of the glass. Really good lacing to it and great looking beer of the style.

The aroma has some cocoa, roasted malts and caramel all coming out. I get a bit of a sweeter, almost milk stout quality to it as well. A little bit of a coffee flavor peeks through. Smooth, sweet and slightly roasty. Pretty nice aroma for the style.

The taste shows a little more roasted malts with notes of coffee and dark chocolate. The finish brings out more of the sweeter cocoa and a little caramel. The dry, roasted flavors linger into the finish. Great range of flavors to it and nicely balanced.

The mouthfeel is a little thin feeling but it does have a decent creamy, silky feel as well. Carbonation is moderate. Overall it was a really good porter. The aroma was good but it seemed to lack all the bold flavors that came out in the taste. Really good beer overall though, it definitely competes with some of my favorite porters out there.

Serving type: growler

10-12-2012 11:20:18 | More by billab914
Porter from Russian River Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.