Nitro Porter - Cumberland Brews

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Reviews: 22
Hads: 45
Avg: 4
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Cumberland Brews visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: GuinnessSmurf on 04-28-2004

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Reviews: 22 | Hads: 45
Photo of KYGunner
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Not a fan of Nitro beers because the blast of nitrogen washes away the flavor and this is no different. There are hidden glimpses of stout like malts, char and chocolate. The mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat creamy but all seems lost in the nitrogen.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4/5  rDev 0%

Serving: 16oz draft off of a nitro-tap served in a tumbler @ Cumberland Brewing Company

A: Dark brown hues with just enough of a shimmer through the middle from the cascading effect to discern that it is in fact a deep brown and not black; one finger’s worth of a lighter, khaki-colored head, but you can tell its super creamy and dense just by looking at it.

S: The aroma isn’t particularly strong, but you do get some nice notes of dark malt, a lightly roasted coffee aroma, and just the faintest sugary hint – like a touch of brown sugar or caramel. It’s pleasant, if a bit muted.

T: While I didn’t get much chocolate on the nose, you do begin to pick it up on the palate and it’s a more of a cocoa powdery chocolate but not really bittering; blends nicely with the dark, bready flavors and hints at some dark fruitiness; coffee notes and roasted malt does come through stronger mid sip towards the finish, but again it seems to exercise a great deal of restraint. You know the flavors are there, but you have to dig for them. Still, pleasing with a bit of a lingering touch of smoke and that cocoa flavor settling out.

M: Very creamy; really lays down on the tongue and shows a nice bit of body for a porter; not as thick as a milk stout, but the nitro really gives this beer some extra heft.

O: A good, solid porter by a local brewery that I enjoy supporting. I personally think this is their best offering, and always my first choice when I stop by for dinner and drinks with friends (If you find yourself in Louisville, you ought to check out Cumberland - great beer and food to boot). A pleasing flavor profile, and while I would like it to be a bit more expressive, what’s there has the hallmarks of a quality made American Porter. It is made all the more enjoyable by an exquisitely creamy body thanks to running this through a nitro tap.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pour is black with garnet highlights. A very small tan head quickly turns into a thin ring of lace around the sides of the glass.

S: Aromas of roasted grain, coffee, and dark chocolate immediately hit the nose. As the beer warms, aromas of heavy cream, toffee, caramel, and molasses appear.

T: Notes of molasses, dark chocolate, toffee, caramel, coffee, heavy cream, and roasted grain are apparent in the mouth. Subtle traces of dark fruit can be detected in the background. The finish is smooth and long with huge roasted grain and chocolate flavors.

M: Medium-bodied, oily, and smooth. Very creamy in the mouth. Carbonation is not really all that apparent. Very quaffable.

O: Compared to many American porters, this porter is much softer and smoother, with a great nose and a great flavor profile. Despite the depth and intensity of flavors, however, the beer remains very accessible. In my opinion, this is one of the best beers in Louisville, and certainly deserves its status as a local favorite.

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Photo of auroracrisis
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint at the source.

Black with copper reddish highlights. A small head at first that dissipates into a ring of foam around the edges for the duration of the session.

Plenty of roast on the nose, with chalky baker's chocolate in the foreground as well. Caramel and toffee subdued in the background.

Opens with plenty of roast and more of that nice dry, unsweetened dark chocolate. Coffee, with caramel and toffee highlights in the flavors. Much more chocolate as it warms up, which really helped the flavor here. Definitely a great local beer, one of the best in terms of flavor.

Soft on the palate, creamy smooth and a tad oily. Not very sticky which is nice for a beer that tastes so sweet.

Excellent roast and chocolate flavors, with a great aroma. One of my favorite local beers and something that deserves it's reputation. I really wish Cumberland would do more variants and barrel treatments of this one. It's a perfect canvas for it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A moderate porter that hits all the strides of the style from start to finish. Solid and non-offensive for a most enjoyable session.

The porter starts with a dark brown color, near clarity, and a massive head that has a hard time separating from the liquid. Tightly knit, the creamy tan bubbles of the foam result in a thick blanket that's tough to get a sip arround- taking on Guiness-like proportions.

Medium aromas of nutty coffee, cocoa, mild char, and a hint of malty toffee or caramel fill the nose in moderate fashion. The sturdiness of foam prevents more vibrant aromas from impeeding. Mild alcohols give the impression of cherry esters as the beer warms.

Flavors follow suit with a focus on malty-rich caramels or toffee. The swirl of heavy kilned malts deliver flavors of bitter chocolates, Columbian types of coffee, walnuts, malted milkshakes, and mild fruity esters. A hint of grassy, herbal hop flavor morphs into a dry bitterness late. Again, all flavors hit medium strength throughout for a very enjoyable and inviting session.

Full creaminess upfront due to the expansive carbonation. But as the creaminess subsides, the beer makes a quick transition to lightness, airiness, and roasty dryness in finish. Without giving away all malty richness, the beer ultimately finishes semi-dry with a linger of roast and a tinge of hop bitterness.

Again, a solid porter that has all the halmarks of a well made dark ale. But with no element that separates it from others, the only memorable trait will be the persistent foamstance.

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Photo of dmfrench
2.6/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Stale, dirty chocolate coffee Porter

A: Nearly black with ruby highlights, one finger light khaki fleeting head.

S: Stale coffee, chocolate syrup, faint dusty hops.

T: Fairly big but not overtly pleasant. Stale coffee, chocolate, dishwater. Hops an afterthought.

M: Creamy in the mouth, dry aftertaste.

O: Next, please.

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Photo of Gouxman
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is hard to find a good beer on a nitro tap that isn't your Irish Stout or English Ale. Cumberland Brews' Nitro Porter is a great example of a delicious nitro brew.

The appearance pours a cascading brown to black color with a creamy white head.

The aroma is full of roasted malts and chocolate. The flavor is similar, but you can also pick up hints of coffee and smoke.

For a Nitro beer this brew has a good body and mouthfeel to it. It is much heavier that your over populated Guinness and has way more flavor.

If you ever find yourself where this is on tap, try a pint and enjoy.

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Photo of Ragingbull
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the establishments visited on the way home to Minnesota by car from Virginia. We made Louisville a few day stop. This beer is one that I liked quite well. Dark brown and cloudy. No head really. Coffee and malt on the nose. The attack is smooth and the mouthfeel is very smooth as well. The flavor is creamy with the presence of chocolate and coffee. The beer finishes pretty clean and doesn't let the flavors linger in your mouth. You have to drink some more.

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Photo of beerhobo22
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Roasty w/ coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Very dark beer with tight, tan, head. Medium bitterness, but with a good mouthfeel; very "creamy". Finished slightly sweet w/ dark chocolate/mocha characteristics. This Porter was dispensed with Nitrogen.
OG 1.065 ABV 6.0%
Consistent with the style. Recommend you try a pint.

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Photo of daftafne
3.31/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass, a dark brown liquid with a resiliant tan head - looked very appealing. Not a very strong smell but smelled of coffee and malts primarily. For the first third of the glass I was enjoying the beer quite a bit noting coffee and strong malt flavor with minor hints of chocolate. But then as I was thinking about what I was tasting it occurred to me that it tasted exactly like a cigar. Really, tobacco leaves were very prominent and that was mostly all I could taste for the rest of the glass and it wasn't that pleasant. The mouthfeel was awesome - very smooth and creamy! I didn't want another one though due to the massive tobacco flavor.

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Photo of ganner0918
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Cumberland. One of my personal favorites and the beer that broke my good friend of his Coors habit. Extremely smooth and with a richer flavor than some other nitros I have had. It has a nice light mouthfeel, presumably due to the nitrogen. If you are in Louisville I'd highly recommend trying this beer over a bowl of Cumberland's Bison chile (warning, SPICY).

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft nitro-tap, beer served in a nonic pint glass. The beer poured dark brown with about an inch creamy tan head. Very good lacing and head retention. The aroma wasn't strong, but it was still nice smelling like coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is pretty much the same way it smells (except taste is stronger), but the coffee and roasted malt are more noticable than the chocolate is. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and it's creamy and very, very smooth. Drinkability is very good for that same reason, it's very smooth and really easy to drink. Easily it's my favorite of the beers at Cumberland Brews. I'd recommend it to anyone making a trip there.

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Photo of atrus138
4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on nitro-tap at Cumberland Brews on Bardstown Road in Louisville.

Poured a dark brown (closer to black) with a two-finger tan head that lasted all the way down.

The smell was pretty weak, but inviting. I believe the mild smell is due to the nitro-tap.

Excellent taste! Lots of toasted coffee and chocolate flavors. Also some nutty flavors.

This was nice and thick without being too heavy. I would call it creamy before calling it heavy. Definitely plan on having this again next time I'm there.

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Photo of Cresant
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft nonic pint. 1-2 fingers of creamy tan head. Body was an opaque ebony/brown.

Smelled subdued yet fresh and malty.

Taste was lush but contained. Malts and minor hops. Restrained coffee notes. Butter. Very mild chocolate hints. Not cocoa bitter, or molasses flavored.

Mouthfeel was quite creamy without being too filling/full. A very nice offering.

I will order this one again.

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Photo of GimpyCane
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first nitro-tap brew and what a nice experience it was. This porter poured a dark brown brew w/ a light brown one inch head that had a nice scent of chocolate and coffee. The taste was just as good, nice balance of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and hops w/ a slight creamy medium body mouthfeel. This was my favorite Cumberland Brews beer and it will not disappoint any porter lover.

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Photo of agabrielj
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Classic porter appearance (dark and creamy), leaves a head-ring on the glass from the previous sip.

Smells great, a little smoky with hints of chocolate.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. So smooth in fact, I must pace myself and not consume too fast.

Drinkable anytime, especially after work.

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Photo of jporter188
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this earlier today in the sampler from Cumberland Brews. I tend to gravitate toward darker beers so I am biased. I'm also a novice at this!

It has a dark chocolate bittersweet flavor. I didn't really notice the aroma--other reviews suggest this is due to the nitrogen tap. This is a medium bodied beer for the mouth feel. It appears as a very dark honey brown color. Mine had a small head and was a light wheat brown color. Overall it was the best of the batch that I tried--Summer Wheat, Mikes Red, Cream Ale, Nut Brown, and Nitro Porter. I liked this one well enough to get a growler full--my first one too!

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Photo of clvand0
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a sampling glass at the brewpub (and brought a growler home). Pours a dark brown color with a nice fluffy off-white head. The aroma isn't very strong, but there is a bit of nice maltiness there. Wow, what a great taste. Extremely creamy and smooth. Drinkability and mouthfeel are top notch. Has a slight coffee and malty flavor. Some creamy chocolate there as well. Just wow. Best porter I've ever had.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a sample glass. It pours a deep ruby red color, almost black, with two fingers of medium tan head. There is a good amount of lacing left behind. The smell is a little light (probably due to the nitro), but has some roasted malt and molasses character. The taste is sweet at first, and very malty. Has lots of coffee and mocha taste. The mouthfeel suffers due to the nitro. The drinkability is really good though. Could possibly be one of the greatest porters ever if it wasn't nitro poured. I would try to buy a keg of this just to serve it out of a regular CO2 tap.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This comes off the tap a dark brown color with a thick creamy head. The nose is not very strong, but there is a distinct mocha aroma in it. The taste is wonderful. The coffee and chocolate swim in a pool of creamy goodness, just begging me to drink more of it. What a nice beer. The mouthfeel is about on for the style, not thick like a stout, but not too thin. Just about right. Drinkability is very good. Hell, my brother doesn't like dark beers, and he said this was a good drink! Try this one. Please. What a treat.

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Photo of Ricochet
4.66/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the finest porter I've had. Still the one so to speak and from the microbrewery that I compare others too. It looks like ice cream with a nice head that stays with the beer most of the way through due to the nitro. It looks as if the beer is alive when it comes to you, still working up the foamy head. Yep. Nitro.

It smells appetizing, stong malt notes and coffee and makes you want to dive in. Taste? Chocolate/coffee/hops with a creaminess texture that drinks as quickly as water and a lingering mouth that you savor every sip. Outstanding. Drinkablity is well, high. You don't want to stop or you want to take some home. All I can say is , do yourself a favor when in Louisville and try one of these.

(Edited 10/2/05 with a year of BA knowledge behind me)

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Cumberland Nitro Porter has a dark, maple appearance - a little thin looking when exposed to the light. It arrived at my table with a gracious khaki head.

The smell has hints of plum and burnt sugar syrup.

This beer has a good overall flavor. There are flavors of heavy, roasted malts and a coffee compliment. There experience is pretty short lived - quick aftertaste, and a body so smooth that it slips back before you know it.

An overall good beer - but I think if you exceed 2 at one sitting you're looking at having a night of heartburn though.

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