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Nitro Porter - Cumberland Brews

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Nitro Porter
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89
very good

42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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Photo of atrus138
4.72/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

atrus138, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of Ricochet
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
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)

Ricochet, Jul 03, 2004
Photo of clvand0
4.63/5  rDev +16%
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.

clvand0, Oct 20, 2004
Photo of Lukass
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Lukass, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
4.43/5  rDev +11%
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.

bluejacket74, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of jporter188
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
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!

jporter188, Sep 11, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

kmpitz2, Oct 17, 2004
Photo of ganner0918
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
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).

ganner0918, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of beerhobo22
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

beerhobo22, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of spmiller86
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

spmiller86, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

TheBeerAlmanac, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of PlayitAgain
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

PlayitAgain, May 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

psmith161, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of Gouxman
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Gouxman, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of SheepNutz
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

SheepNutz, Oct 20, 2004
Photo of mrfrancis
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

mrfrancis, May 24, 2012
Photo of auroracrisis
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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.

auroracrisis, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of Ragingbull
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Ragingbull, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of Deadhed88
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%

Deadhed88, Nov 06, 2014
Photo of Cory_Brown
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Cory_Brown, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of threedaggers
4/5  rDev +0.3%

threedaggers, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of MaseFace
4/5  rDev +0.3%

MaseFace, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Buschyfor3
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

Buschyfor3, Aug 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

mattmarka1, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of GimpyCane
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

GimpyCane, Sep 19, 2006
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Nitro Porter from Cumberland Brews
89 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.