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Nitro Porter - Cumberland Brews

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Nitro Porter
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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%
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

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(Beer added by: GuinnessSmurf on 04-28-2004)
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4.04/5  rDev +1%

Deadhed88, Nov 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

spycow, Oct 11, 2014
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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.

KYGunner, Sep 22, 2014
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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.

Buschyfor3, Aug 18, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

beerme626, Apr 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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Dhelmet256, Aug 22, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +5%
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
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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.

auroracrisis, Sep 23, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

BEERchitect, May 26, 2011
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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.

dmfrench, Apr 29, 2011
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Nitro Porter from Cumberland Brews
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