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Brown's Whiskey Porter - Brown's Brewing Company

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Brown's Whiskey PorterBrown's Whiskey Porter

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90
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100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 16
Gots: 4 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: drseamus on 03-31-2007)
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Reviews by Augustiner719:
Photo of Augustiner719
3.25/5  rDev -20%
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.

Augustiner719, Oct 20, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -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.

oberon, Oct 08, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

JeffDam, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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!

orbitalr0x, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.98/5  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.

tigg924, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of Brenden
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Brenden, Nov 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Aficionado_Shawn, Aug 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

qcbrewer, Oct 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

chrishiker1409, Nov 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

dtx00, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of innuendobrewskiman63
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

innuendobrewskiman63, Dec 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

nyrblue2, May 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

jsilva, Jan 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

Std73, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of MaxSpang
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

MaxSpang, Feb 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

BrewinHeadBanger, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

GreesyFizeek, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of musicforairports
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

musicforairports, May 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

OnryAndMean, Yesterday at 11:37 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

civicm87, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of Gfunk720
3.25/5  rDev -20%
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

Gfunk720, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of rlee1390
4.18/5  rDev +3%
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.

rlee1390, Mar 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

injuredreserve, Feb 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

BGsWo22, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of ProfessorHomer
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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.

ProfessorHomer, Jul 07, 2011
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Brown's Whiskey Porter from Brown's Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.