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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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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 16
Gots: 3 | 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 MaxSpang:
Photo of MaxSpang


4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

Served in a snifter.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


02-08-2012 01:17:52 | More by MaxSpang
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -2%

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.

10-08-2007 12:18:53 | More by oberon
Photo of JeffDam

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

07-29-2013 15:36:16 | More by JeffDam
Photo of orbitalr0x


4.1/5  rDev +1%

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!

11-28-2009 02:19:39 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of tigg924


3.98/5  rDev -2%

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.

12-02-2010 14:51:41 | More by tigg924
Photo of Brenden


4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

11-08-2011 17:35:23 | More by Brenden
Photo of Aficionado_Shawn

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

08-04-2014 21:57:27 | More by Aficionado_Shawn
Photo of qcbrewer

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

10-23-2013 23:11:46 | More by qcbrewer
Photo of chrishiker1409

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-28-2013 03:18:42 | More by chrishiker1409
Photo of dtx00


4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

09-01-2012 17:22:06 | More by dtx00
Photo of innuendobrewskiman63

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

12-10-2012 11:39:37 | More by innuendobrewskiman63
Photo of nyrblue2

New York

3/5  rDev -26.1%

05-04-2013 20:51:54 | More by nyrblue2
Photo of jsilva


4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-20-2013 22:37:33 | More by jsilva
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

06-03-2014 18:11:09 | More by Std73
Photo of BrewinHeadBanger

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-26-2011 18:42:23 | More by BrewinHeadBanger
Photo of GreesyFizeek

New York

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

09-24-2013 03:27:26 | More by GreesyFizeek
Photo of musicforairports

New York

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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.

05-02-2012 03:46:05 | More by musicforairports
Photo of civicm87

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

04-21-2013 02:37:09 | More by civicm87
Photo of Gfunk720


3.25/5  rDev -20%

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

07-30-2010 20:42:29 | More by Gfunk720
Photo of rlee1390


4.18/5  rDev +3%

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.

03-02-2012 04:12:28 | More by rlee1390
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-06-2012 04:08:57 | More by injuredreserve
Photo of BGsWo22

New York

3/5  rDev -26.1%

10-19-2013 14:18:42 | More by BGsWo22
Photo of ProfessorHomer

New York

4.1/5  rDev +1%

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.

07-07-2011 01:09:29 | More by ProfessorHomer
Photo of mjaskula

New York

3.28/5  rDev -19.2%

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.

03-09-2010 00:54:14 | More by mjaskula
Photo of erosier


4.68/5  rDev +15.3%

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.

11-04-2007 23:54:37 | More by erosier
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Brown's Whiskey Porter from Brown's Brewing Company
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