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Brown's Whiskey Porter - Brown's Brewing Company

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108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 19
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brown's Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: drseamus on 03-31-2007

Brewed with caramel, chocolate and domestic 2-row pale malts, Cascade and Willamette hops and aged in whiskey barrels for a minimum of 2 months.
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Ratings: 108 | Reviews: 48
Reviews by Augustiner719:
Photo of Augustiner719
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a a bomber into a tulip glass.

Pours a nice deep dark almost black colored brown with a small yet ample off white head. Really had a nice porter look to it. There is also a big whiskey barrel aroma, some scotch like vanilla characters in it that make this really inviting for the winter and colder months. Big maple roasted malts also. The flavor is a little off and tastes a bit of infection because of a sour cherry component it gets. Really nice on the palate as it's light bodied but off balanced and disjointed on the flavors. I get a little bit of whiskey and porter like qualities, but the cherry flavor puts this off. Tangy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nice as this is perfectly low carbonated as should be a porter. I would like to revisit this, especially in troy at the brew pub fresh and on draft. Nice beer but not doing it like I thought it would.

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Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On nitro tap at The Man of Kent in Hoosick Falls,NY,poured a deep dark brown nearly black with creamy one finger slight off white head atop.Aromas were pretty light just light vanilla and roasted notes,the oak flavors come out more in the flavors somewhat woody and highly roasted the vanilla tones are tame wich I like its not like so many wood aged beers that are just overpowered with woody flavors.Creamy easy going down mouthfeel a nice beer to have with lunch,I was hoping to have on cask but nitro was fine.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown pour with ruby highlights and a quarter inch eggshell head. Aromas of mildly roasted malts with caramel and chocolate. Lots of wood in there as well with a nice mellow kiss of whiskey that is in no way overdone. Quite nice.

First sip brings crisp malts, lightly roasted with a swirl of chocolate and caramel. Lots of wood in the flavor as well with a mellow sweetness. Whiskey is there but mild and not at all overpowering which is somewhat a nice change of pace for a barrel aged beer (albeit it is only aged 2 months in the barrel). Smooth finish. Tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the lighter side with solid carbonation that makes this what I would call a session barrel aged porter. Quite tasty and I would imbibe in this more often if I was able to purchase it locally. Thanks to dmeadows for the opportunity to sample this tasty brew!

Photo of tigg924
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery. Was listed as Barrel aged.

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, dark amber brown in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: oak and whiskey

Taste: oak, whiskey, chocolate, and toasted malt

Mouthfeel: sweet, moderate carbonation, medium-light bodied, smooth

Drinkability: A sipper. The oak is done well. It is not too overpowering as to lose the porter taste. This beer is incredibly smooth. One or two per sitting, but a very good job.

Photo of Brenden
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A sort of opaque-translucent reddish brown beer sits in the glass, and a pretty active carbonation builds up a small light tan head that sits firmly on top. It lasts most of the way and doesn't fade much, leaving a thick foam. Deposits of patchy lacing with spidery legs remain on the glass as it's emptied.
This is a boozy beer in the aroma more than in the flavor. There's not quite the same complexity I can get from sipping, as the alcohol almost overshadows the deeper, more subtle notes. I do get plenty of wood and a touch of earth along with just a bit of dark fruits. A hint of a vanilla-like sweetness can also be found. Malts are fairly strong but don't shine.
In the taste, however, much more is allowed to come out. The boozy aspect remains but drops underneath a very nice complexity of flavors. Sweetness that abounds without being cloying is primarily vanilla but with a ghost of dark fruits. Some roasted notes allow the malts to come out more strongly and form a bed for the subtler notes to rest on. This is exceptionally "oaky," very woody,which I like a lot and coincides with the brewer's intent. Earthiness comes out that's not as much the peaty aspect of, say, a scotch ale. This isn't a huge beer and proves itself as a porter.
The body is medium, and the highly alcoholic aspect manages to stop short of astringency, which can be a problem with aging a beer in a barrel of something like whiskey. It's just crisp enough and flows just smoothly enough to make for easy sipping.

Photo of MaxSpang
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

APPEARANCE

Nice and dark. It's not quite pitch black, as there's some brownish-red light that pokes through a little bit. The head was about a finger, and is mocha-latte colored. It left some really nice lacing as I drank this brew.

SMELL

Whoa! This is intense - lots of caramel, chocolate, toffee, and vanilla. There's some nice whiskey aroma, which brings some oak and some toasted coconut. There's some really nice roasty notes and some slight coffee. This is unexpectedly great smelling.

TASTE

This follows the nose very closely, though not nearly as intense. Lots of caramel, chocolate, toffee, toasted coconut, and vanilla. On one hand, it's very complex. On the other, it's a little watery. I think they could increase the recipe's malt bill a little bit. That being said - wow this is tasty. Nothing is overpowering, and everything seems to work really well together.

MOUTHFEEL

As i said for the taste, it's a bit watery. The mouthfeel is medium, and there isn't much carbonation which makes it feel a little bigger. It's incredibly drinkable for a beer with this much going on.

OVERALL

This is really nice! It's sort of like a light version of a barrel aged stout. It's got all of this great whiskey-barrel character while being an easy-drinking brew - weird! I'm glad I got the chance to try this beer, and I'd definitely like to have it again.

Cheers.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Brown's in Troy, NY.

Dark brown pour, bronze. Light brown head forms, about one inch. Not much lacing.

Smells like whiskey, chocolate, and oak.

Tastes pretty similar- strong chocolate flavors, with subtle and well-integrated whiskey flavors. Oak and vanilla come through as part of the aging process. There is a more subtle presence than a typical BA beer, because of the shorter time in the barrels. However, there is still a surprising amount of rich whiskey and vanilla flavor for such a low ABV beer. One of the most drinkable BA beers I've ever had. Really easy to finish the bomber down.

Medium to slightly thin mouthfeel, low carbonation.

About as close to a session barrel-aged dark beer as you can get. Really impressive how they can cram in a ton of flavor to a lower abv porter. Of course, it's not as thick or bourbon forward as a lot of big BA stouts and porters, but that's not what it's trying to be at all. For what it's trying to be, it's damn near perfect.

Photo of musicforairports
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a small snifter. Had this on tap several times but never reviewed it.

Brown in color, ruby in the light. Moderate head and lacing.

Vanilla dominates the nose, with oak notes also.

Flavor is heavy on vanilla. The barrel notes here lack a complex bourbon tone. Other wood notes evident. Chocolate and coffee take a back seat, but are detectable. Flavorful, but not complex or robust--which is not surprising given the low ABV.

Light-medium mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent beer that I prefer on draft. Interesting for a 5.75 percent ABV porter--but not for a whiskey-barrel beer. It's nice to have a barrel-aged beer that's not of a hefty ABV, though.

Photo of Gfunk720
3.26/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle consumed from my Excelsior glass. Came recommended by a shop owner of a store near me. Label also shows a 2008 World Beer Cup silver metal award...

A- Pours with a healthy light tan head that settles out to a light covering on the surface. The beer is very dark black/brown in appearance, with hints of brown light poking through at the edges.

S- The smell is pretty underwhelming for a whiskey barrel beer. Smells like an imperial porter would, perhaps with a touch of oaky barrel smell. I get a little bit of the hops coming through as well.

T- Tastes like a decent hopped porter that was aged in oak barrels. I am not really getting a whole lot of Whiskey flavor, or any of the booziness. I also get notes of chocolate, carmel, and even some vanilla/cinnamon notes.

M- Has a very nice mouth feel. I expected the beer to be a little bigger. After realizing it was less that 6% alcohol, I thought the mouthfeel was one of the better things about this beer.

D- I had to push myself a bit to drink this bottle. I opened it expecting a nice warm, full bodied, whiskey barrel beer. It was by no means undrinkable, but wasn't exactly inviting.

Probably wouldn't seek this out again, but it was a decent beer. A little light in body and whiskey for a barrel aged porter. Worth a try though, and not terribly expensive

Photo of rlee1390
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on Cask as part of their Cask Thursdays

A-Deep black, one finger bubbly head

S-Whiskey, chocolate and caramel

T-Some whiskey, good deal of chocolate, some roasted malt. As it warms Vanilla pokes through.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation also not as creamy as I was expecting.

O-First review of a cask beer, it did have the notes of being on cask but it seemed to add an oak flavoring to the beer above all else.

Photo of ProfessorHomer
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Wow! What a wild rollercoaster ride this beer is! Stay away if you are easily intimidated by BOLD beers.

Had on tap, out of a growler and out of the bottle. Been drinking this for three years now. Just won "Best Beer in NY" and yet at the same time placed "Second Best Beer in Hudson Valley" at the recent TAP NY beer fest. Ah NY - go figure!

This beer changes tastes depending upon the brand of "whiskey" barrel pieces used. IMO opinion, the first year was the best. Still, this is one BIG, wild and uneven beer, Kudos for your successful experimention. One of Brown's best.

Photo of mjaskula
3.31/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass. Pours dark black with a thick tan head. The head thins but doesn't go away, it leaves a ton of lacing.

Aroma is sweet vanilla and dark roast malts, slightly medicinal at the end. Flavor is full of roasted malts, ending with a bit of coffee flavor. An off medicinal flavor and a bit of sourness is also present. I think that this bottle is a few months old, but I'm not sure, i couldn't find a date on it. Not sure if this flavor is to be expected at any age. if it wasn't there it would be a much better beer.

Mouthfeel is fine, dries up nicely, but the medicinal flavor does not leave me wanting more. I've heard good things about this brew, and like their others, so I suspect that I got a bad bottle.

Photo of erosier
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely love this beer. Brought it back from a trip to Brown's in the bottle. Amazing. It has a nice dark brown color with a beautiful caramel colored head. The smell is sweet with the hint of whisky over dark roasted malts and a nutty aroma. The taste is exceptional. It is a complex flavor with the taste of roasted malts and a hint of whisky and nuts. The aftertaste is excellent - very dark roasted flavor with a clean sweet finish. Very good mouthfeel and very drinkable. This may be Brown's best beer they make.

Photo of CHickman
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque brown with a small tan head that smells of whiskey, straight out of a barrel; smells like a shot of whiskey, yet tastes like a porter or stout, which was quite nice.

Tastes of sweet malt, bourbon and/or whiskey, smoked wood, caramel, toffee, mild citrus and some coffee (maybe burnt coffee). A very smooth and creamy beer on the tongue with no carbonation, it goes down smooth with a sweet malty, caramel, whiskey ending that has hints of alcohol showing towards the end in a good way. A very tasty beer that slides down easy after the deceptive nose and initial flavor burst.

The bourbon or whiskey appearance would normally indicate that this would be a sipper rather than one to drink straight up, but the flavor from any barrel aging was so subtle and smooth that this was easy to take down. A very nice beer that was enjoyable and which I recommend trying.

Photo of jwc215
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours shiny black with a thin tan, foamy, lasting head. Rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of dark, slightly smoky, malt with a touch of whiskey and wood.

The taste is of dark, slightly smoky, sweet malt, leaning towards chocolate. Whiskey and vanilla notes mix in nicely. Subtle smokiness gives it a nice balance. Smooth and creamy in a medium body.

Incredible smoothness and delicious flavor just begs for more. Nice subtle complexities. Easy to drink and is versatile enough to accompany a burger, have with desert, or just enjoy on its own.

Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Oliver's in Albany, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the slightly cloudy mahogany brew. What head there is lasts nicely, with slow-falling lace. Aroma is sweet and boozy. Taste is a quick whiskey character to start along with ample dark sweetness, dark fruitiness in the middle, and closes with a lightly boozy tartness. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, with the tart prickles, and drinkability is good. Very interesting brew, I'd like it better without the tart, but there it is.

Photo of atr2605
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours close to black with a tan head about 1.5 finger widths with pretty good retention
S-chocolate, caramel, oak, cola and a nice roasted/smokey aroma. The whiskey is apparent, but not up front, comes more in the form from the oak and caramel characteristics. Nice and complex
T-Caramel and chocolate create a sweet flavor immediately (which brings in the sort of cola flavor that lingered in the aroma). Great oak and smokey flavor, pretty well balanced beer.
M- Medium to full bodied and very smooth
O- A pleasant beer. Has nice characteristics from the whiskey but still maintains the boldness of a porter. Well crafted.

Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at the brewery in Troy, NY. Pours dark brown with long lived off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of coffee, caramel malt, dark fruit and whisky. Body is medium and smooth. Caramel malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, whisky and hint of hops combine on the palate. Finish is long and semi-dry. Interesting tasty porter.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a cellar temp bottle into a pint glass. the beer pours a clear cola brown with creamy beige head.
Aroma is bourbon and sweet, with caramel and some chocolate powder mixing in, also some dry oak wooden notes. First sip reveals an average body and silky smooth texture with mild rolling carbonation. Quite easy to drink as it rolls across my palate. Flavor is malty with caramel and rich bourbon, some chocolate as well, with no hops anywhere to be found.
The beer is sweet but not cloying and the bourbon notes are strong causing anticipation of some heat, but it isnt there. Nice smooth brew that any true malty will love!

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler while visiting family. This is one of my favorite beers, by far. Poured in a pint glass, the beer is an extremely dark brown coloring, almost black in the deepest points. The brew starts with a thick, chunky, airy head that starts around three inches and quickly settles into a thin film. Good level of bubbles throughout the brew, and there is a decent lacing on the glass. Nose is extremely robust and round, with a strong mocha chocolate backbone, a hint of coffee bitter, and a good overtone of rich vanilla from the barrel aging. Flavor is coffee initially, with a rich, creamy vanilla and whiskey hue, and a touch of bittersweet chocolate. Body stays rich and creamy throughout, with a great feel for the flavors. The aftertaste is roasted coffee and chocolate, and the finish is creamy and slick. Tremendous brew!

Photo of Naugled
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chestnut brown, crystal clear but with a thin and quick head.

Nose is all coconut, no whiskey, just raw oak.

Flavor is nice if you like the coconut flavor in raw oak. This is an oak lovers beer, not a whiskey drinkers beer. I like whiskey and this ain't whiskey. However, the malt/hop balance is good, it's just the oak flavor that's out of balance IMO.

Mouth feel is good, clean, rich and even crisp for a bigger beer.

Over all very drinkable in spite of the raw oakiness.

I had to try this because I heard it won some award at TAP NY this year. Maybe I'll try it again some day. Perhaps I just had a young bottle.

Photo of rayjay
3.2/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this one from the SectretBunny.07 BIF from bwyker. It's a computer-printout label with no gub'ment warnings. No date.

Pours a deep black, slightly transparent, with a slightly off white head. Sweet bourbon whiskey and black malt nose, with mild phenolics. Smells very good.

There is a base beer which is a deep roasted English-style porter. A few other dimentions include a mild sourness, butter (diacetyl), Irish whiskey, and an isovaleric/sulfur note. Some of these are obviously defects, although I don't know how old this bottle is. Alcohol is well hidden. Slightly salty.

I really like the mouthfeel; very light carbonation along the lines of a cask ale. In fact, this would be a great beer for the cask. Only a tiny bit sticky, but not off-putting.

Unfortunately, I had to dump most of the bottle because it's a big glass of butter. Probably much better right from the brewery. Cheers!

Photo of ironbike1
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer has been calling me from the shelf at the store for a long time. Poured into a basic nonic pint.
Excellent dark brown very hard to see through color with an off white head about 1/2" thick. The head slowly fades throughout the drink leaving a nice ring all the way down to the last drop.
Smell is chocolates, and caramles with a smokeyness and then the whiskey scent is so very light in the back drop. Just how I like it. Not strong to the nose but still there.
Taste is very robust and full of flavor while being light on the mouth (no alcohol burn like some barrel aged beers). The whiskey is very well hidden yet you can taste a little coming through the chocolate and caramel flavors, they blend perfect.

Overall this is an excellent porter & one you can easily drink the entire 22oz bottle in a sitting, running in at 5.75% it is not a head crusher like most barrel aged beers.
A must try for porter fans, get a bottle if you can. I will buy another bottle next time I am in the store. Even though I am trying to stay away from bombers this one is easy on the wallet and very drinkable.

Photo of EricCioe
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to thickfreakness for this one.

This pours medium brown with slight highlights, a nice one finger head rising and falling leaving no lace. On the nose there are toasted malts, caramel, dry oak, and a decent hit of very restrained whiskey. It's a porter aged in barrels, but obviously not for too long, imparting much more dry oak than vanilla or booze. In the mouth, the roasted and caramel malts come out most, with dry oak more in the medium finish than elsewhere. The body is medium, a bit thin and unsatisfying on the palate. I wasn't expecting a huge stout, but this is getting towards Diet Coke territory for me.

Overall, this might be the closest thing to a barrel aged session beer I've ever encountered. The short time spent in barrels here added just a little extra dimension to a pretty good tasting base beer. This isn't even in the same neighborhood as the more gigantic barrel bombs I'm familiar with. A nice diversion, especially if Brown's wanted to bulk up the body just a bit.

Photo of KAP1356
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Bottle I got from a friend who went to school near the brewery. 22 oz bottle poured into an East End pint glass...

A - Pours a dark brown color with about a finger and a half of a light tan foamy head. The head settles to a cap and collar of the same color.

S - Whiskey comes out first along with oak and vanilla mixed with a nice milk chocolate aroma. A hint of licorice comes next along with a sweetness that reminded me of a light molasses scent.

T - Barrel aging isn't as prominent on the palate as it was on the nose. Chocolate and vanilla dominate the profile along with some light oak and just a bit of whiskey on the back.

M - Light-medium bodied beer that seems more light than medium bodied. Creamy though and an easy drinking beer. Medium carbonation level. Slightly dry finish.

O - I liked this one a lot for never hearing of the brewery. I was skeptical of a barrel aged beer with such a low ABV, but this was a tasty, easy drinking beer.

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Brown's Whiskey Porter from Brown's Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.