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Nitro Porter - Cumberland Brews

Nitro Porter
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34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%

Brewed by:
Cumberland Brews visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: GuinnessSmurf on 04-28-2004)
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Reviews by atrus138:
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4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-29-2007 18:01:43 | More by atrus138
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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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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05-24-2012 13:16:16 | More by mrfrancis
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4.15/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-23-2011 02:27:17 | More by auroracrisis
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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.

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2.6/5  rDev -35.5%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

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4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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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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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4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-24-2009 20:28:14 | More by beerhobo22
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3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-26-2008 15:04:22 | More by daftafne
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4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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).

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-28-2008 23:59:01 | More by ganner0918
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4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-28-2007 18:52:02 | More by bluejacket74
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Nitro Porter from Cumberland Brews
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