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Estes Park Porter - Estes Park Brewery

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Estes Park PorterEstes Park Porter

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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 17.67%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Estes Park Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-18-2002)
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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of stakem
3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with no head at all. The few bubbles from the carbination that do rise to the surface form a very faint ring around the outside of the glass and thats about all the excitement you get in the visual department. Mouthfeel is a little light but it makes it easy to drink. Carbination is perfect. You can taste trace amounts of chocolate and what seems like over ripe dark fruit. The yeast taste is evident as well even though I left a bit still in the bottle and poured carefully. After noticing the taste of the yeast, you can also smell it in this porter, along with a strange sweetness.

On a side note which plays no significants to my review, this beers flavor strangely reminds me of the taste of my first homebrewed dark beer.

stakem, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

Mebuzzard, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of Bighuge
3.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a clear dark ruby with just a thin film of a beige head. Pretty decent bittersweet chocolate nose. Nice roasted character to this porter. Some subtle bittersweet tones and slight coffee bean as well. Pretty decent hop attributes. Seemingly of the NW variety. Body is a little light. Maybe Medium or so. The beer is not overly bitter but not overly packed with flavor either. Regardless, it's not too bad of a porter.

Bighuge, Oct 24, 2002
Photo of dirtylou
3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz single, Brennan's

appearance: pours a dark mahogany, slight ruby tinting, minor off-beige head and very little lacing

smell: wet cardboard? ovaltine cocoa powder, thick malt, plum, sweet dark fruit...seems to be missing something

taste: more of the same...wet cardboard, watered down, not enough of the typical chocolate/coffee that makes porters tolerable...just some bland cocoa powder, awkward fruit sweetness. Just kind of boring

mouthfeel: watered down, smooth but bland

drinkability: its not so bad that it needs to be dumped, its just bland

dirtylou, Mar 01, 2006
Photo of cokes
2.23/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Murky dark crimson. Very little head on the pour. A brief visitation by a tan edging.
Nose is virtually empty with hollow tones of chocolate and cardboard.
Taste is similarly uninspired. Bittersweet chocolate, albeit faint, off the bat. Fades to a strange toasted cranberry sourness paired with green apple skins. Wet paper and carboard boxes comprise the middle. Touches of butter. Attempted salvation via Cascades. Fails again. Soapy, lightly grapefruit finish. Watery and blah.
Extremely thin and lifeless. No carbonation. Somewhat comparable a (very) lightly roasted NW American Golden ale. And a bad one at that.
Porter? Hah! This is a waste of water.
Pure garbage.

cokes, Jun 07, 2003
Photo of jfcaa193
3/5  rDev -5.4%

jfcaa193, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of WDJersey
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

WDJersey, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of Mitchster
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a clear dark mahogany, forming a small rocky tan head with poor retention and average lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Aroma is pleasant with darkly roasted and slightly smoked malts, oily french roast, distant bitter chocolate, slight hink of chalk..actually quite nice smell going on here. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a medium body. The taste is an echo of the aroma, with a light alcohol note in the middle. The finish is moderately dry with an earthy, woody mild bitterness and touches of pine resin, chalk, and light smoke in the aftertaste. There is an off-flavor of isopropyl and mild fusels towards the end.

Overall, the aroma on this is a winner, but the alcohol hurts it's enjoyability. This has alot of promise if they could clean it up a bit. The astringency is a little much as well.

Mitchster, Nov 11, 2004
Photo of bditty187
3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown but not quite black, I can see some ruby influences, more so when backlit. On a harder then normal pour only a skimpy, soapy cap formed. I wouldn’t call it a head. This collection of bubbles quickly faded to a thin collar, it was unimpressive. The subsequent lacing was spotty, the dots didn’t cling all that well either. Overall the appearance is respectable but flawed due to the lack of head but plays the part of a Porter well enough.

The nose says, “Porter.” I like that. Roasted malts create a coffee vibe. This is the strongest aspect of the nose; I detect a few hints of chocolate and charred wood. There isn’t much else. Potency is moderate but I can understand, clearly, everything this beer is saying. I like the nose, no complaints. Inviting.

The palate is pretty much what the nose said it would be. The chocolate is a bit louder, either that or the coffee is turned down. Whatever the case, the palate has good balance between the chocolate and coffee. In the distances is a kiss of charred wood. There is no trace of hops but the malt is not sweet either; this beer does lack richness. The palate has some positive elements but some hop bite is needed, some ale fruitiness would be nice and a fuller finish would really help. It tastes alright but it is not a very good Porter.

The mouthfeel is the worst aspect of this beer. It is thin and watery plus the carbonation is low. It feels like water in the mouth. This is very disappointing.

Yes, this beer is drinkable but I need not have another one. The mouthfeel is too thin to be paired with rich foods like cheesecake. Really this is a pointless beer, while it is not bad it is far from memorable. I can think of a dozen Porters, easily, that are much better. I purchased this sample as part of a mix six-pack purchased at the brewpub in Estes Park, CO. I say, skip this yawner.

bditty187, Oct 21, 2005
Photo of Beaver13
3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thin light tan head that quickly diminishes to a thin collar.

The aroma is sweet lactic chocolate with some acidic roasted malts and coffee.

The flavor is sweet lactic chocolate and nuts with some astringent roasted malts and coffee. The finish has enough bitterness for good balance. The mouthfeel is medium and watery with almost no carbonation (seems to be common of EP beers).

Overall, a pretty decent and under-rated porter. If it was a little less watery (and thus subdued) and less acidic, this would be really good.

Beaver13, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours into my glass a deep dark opaque brown with a thin tan head and a few bubbles on top. Aromas start out with mellow roasted malt along with a fairly forward ground coffee as well. Chocolate accents along with a bit of a creamed grain undertone.

First sip brings sweet creamy chocolate upfront with mild roasted accents. Coffee and a touch of nuttiness moves through. Flows down with some bitterness and acidity. Overall, it's a bit too watery for my taste along with having too much residual sweetness.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with quite mild carbonation. A little slick overall and on the sweet side. This falls flat of what I want body wise when I drink a porter. Overall, there is some good flavor here but it's a bit muddled and definitely not what I am looking for when I want a porter. More like a big brown ale. Thanks to kmpitz2 for the opportunity.

orbitalr0x, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of marc77
2.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Ruby - brown in hue w/ nice clarity topped by a soapy head. Quite light in color for a porter. Lightly roasted malt, mild chocolate and nutty sweet caramel followed by an unexpected citrusy hop nose. Typical chocolate malt and roasted flavors are overpowered by an out of place grapefruit Cascade hop flavor. Generic dark crystal malt sweetness makes an attempt at adding malt complexity, but fails. Very thinly bodied w/ a watery mouthfeel. This apparent Cascade dry hopping of this brew has left it unbalanced... Even without that this would've a been an unimpressive porter.

marc77, Jun 18, 2002
Photo of Spider889
2.08/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Well, if Samson Stout is Estes Park Brewery's flattest beer, then this HAS to be its most heavily carbonated.

Looks well enough, thin but black with a good head.

Smell wasn't too complex but appropriatly roasty for the style.

But man is this thing over-carbonated!!! It ruins the flavor profile and the mouthfeel is just unbearable. Not worth finishing.

Edit: after reading some of the other reviews my only guess is that this brewery has issues getting their beer carbonated. Their stout was flat, and apparently often this beer is near that, though my bottle was abhorrently over carbonated.

Spider889, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of PhatAtUT
3/5  rDev -5.4%

PhatAtUT, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of mmulebarn
3/5  rDev -5.4%

mmulebarn, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of Eric908
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

Eric908, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of Kahlerbock
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

Kahlerbock, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of Beejay
3.95/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown, with root beer coloring at the edges when held to the light. Nice tan head on top.

S: A nice sweet chocolate scent comes out right away. Dark grains with hints of mocha, roasty aroma, and raisons.

T: Roasted malts, and a hint of chocolate are present. There is a bit of a english yeast characteristic that matches the grains well.

M: Medium bodied, with a creamy feel to it, and a slightly lower carbonation level.

O: Overall quite enjoyable. Nice dark malt character. Good.

Beejay, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of derkfromwi
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

derkfromwi, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of kimcgolf
4/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a dark brown with hints of ruby, thick tan head that quickly settled to a tan ring and very good lacing. Aroma was that of malt sweetness, nuts and coffee. The flavor was a very pleasant roasted nut blended well with the malty sweetness. Althought the body was a tad on the thin side, the finish was very pleasant and warming. Don’t know what everyone else is rating, but I actually really enjoyed this beer.

kimcgolf, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of rowew
2.8/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz longneck. No freshness info. Old picture of Estes Park with a dirt main street on the label.

Appearance: Pours black with just a bit of red around the edges and a respectable head. Fades slowly to leave quite a bit of lacing on top of the beer and the galss.

Smell: Aroma is not very strong - what is there is mainly roasted, with a bit of an astringent smell.

Taste: Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but creamy. Low carbonation level. Dominated by roasted flavors - but there is a bit of off flavor as well. Tastes almost like many extract homebrews I have had.

Overall impression: Meh. Not bad - drinkable enough, but I am glad I only got a single.

rowew, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of Zuidman
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Zuidman, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of carteravebrew
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

carteravebrew, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of tronester
3.8/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black in color. The head is thin and creamy and tan in color. Smells of a hint of coffee and some ripe fruit. Flavor begins with a hint of some bananna, followed by some sweet bread, then some milk chocolate, and a hint of earthy hops in the finish. Average mouthfeel. Overall a good porter that I would get again.

tronester, Aug 29, 2012
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Estes Park Porter from Estes Park Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.