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Brown's Whiskey Porter - Brown's Brewing Company

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 108
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 20
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of oberon
3.96/5  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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Extra from aerozeppl. Served in a taster glass at the September Goose Island gathering.

A - A nice finger of tan foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, leaving behind a few spots of lace. Dark brown body with a hint of transparency at the fringes.

S - Sharp whiskey and light oak, vanilla, chocolate, and perhaps a bit of soapiness to it. I was initially skeptical of a barrel-aged beer with such low alcohol, but this is surprisingly tasteful.

T - Taste is more chocolate and vanilla, with less of the barrel influence showing. There's light whiskey bite in the finish, but minimal oak flavor. Mild astringency and a hint of oxidation in the finish.

M - Creamy medium body, medium-low carbonation, and a lightly tannic and dry finish. Quite nice actually, and not overly thinned out as a feared it might be.

D - Surprisingly solid beer. It'd be hard to drink a bomber of this on your own, even though it's fairly low in ABV. Still, it was plenty enjoyable for 8-12oz.

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Photo of jwc215
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
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!

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to cavedave for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice whiskey notes, chocolate/toffee. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, nice touch of whiskey, some chocolate/toffee. Medium body. Drinkable, this is my first brew from Brown's and it's pretty tasty. Don't see too many Whiskey Porter's in the under 6% ABV range. Glad to have gotten a chance to try it.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was an extra some time last year, and after rediscovering it in a box I'm opening it tonight. Pours a dark reddish brown, with a light tan foam. It has a sort of sour scent to it, as if it has a touch of infection. But the flavor is damn nice regardless.

Light whiskey notes over modestly roasted malts, with a lingering sweetness that never gets overpowering, really tasty. Light bodied, this goes down much easier than many other whiskey barrel aged beers, I guess this treatment works very well for a porter.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Pours dark brown. Light does penetrate most of the beer's body. Head is a spoonful of tan fluff.

S-The whiskey notes are evident right away. Oak and a dollop of vanilla as well. Brown malt with roast.

T-Whiskey is well proportioned. It's probably the most noticeable aspect of the flavor. Roast and some light chocolate flavor. Vanilla. Oak.

M-Feels fuller than the ABV would suggest. It's creamy. More booze than there should be.

O-A non-Imperial barrel aged beer that maintains enough whiskey flavor to keep my interest. It has it's flaws but it's a tasty beer overall.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
4.08/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Weyerbacher tulip. Thanks to Tony for sharing.

A: Clear, dark mahogany body with a creamy finger of off-white head. Nice retention and lacing. Attractive.

S: Chocolate, oak, crackers, vanilla, glazed doughnut. A hint of whiskey, licorice. Delicate and complex.

T: All the complex notes from the nose condense into a simple, sweet, boozy assault. Lots of chocolate and oak. Quite tasty and direct.

M: Smooth, somewhat thin body with light carbonation. Ok

O: Solid beer. Nothing spectacular, but very satisfying. I do wish that the whiskey flavors were more evident, but we can't have it all, can we? Thanks for sharing, Tony!


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Photo of rlee1390
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of koopa
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours mahogany with chestnut folds, a 1 finger light khaki crown, moderate retention and moderate lace.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, minor oak barrel notes, an amount of whiskey so reserved that its tinge comes off more like the beer is slightly sour from infection (it isn't) than anything, a nice amount of fruity esters from the presumably english yeast, and a touch of floral/herbal hops.

Taste: Same as the nose only watered down.

Mouthfeel: Thin side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A badly crafted beer that suffers the most at the hands of the mouthfeel and minimal time given in the barrel.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep brown-black color with about a half finger of off-white head. The head fades fairly quickly to a small ring and leaves behind only a touch of lacing.

S - The aroma has a lot of oak and vanilla elements to it. There is also a rich roasted malt aroma that goes along with the oak.

T - Starts out with a really powerful malt and oak flavors. This transitions to other elements such as vanilla, whisky, and coffee flavors. The finish reveals just a touch of hop bitterness followed by a more sweet toned down whisky finish.

M - Medium-light bodied and a low level of carbonation that really allows the flavor to shine. The beer feels really crisp and light on the tongue and smooth all the way through.

D - Very drinkable beer. Has a nice balance of feeling light but still having a lot of flavor and not feeling empty at all. The flavors are very well balanced and overall the beer is very smooth.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

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Photo of CHickman
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off tap at the brewery this beer was a nearly opaque brown color with one finger of tan head. The retention was good especially as a collar and the lacing scattered. The aroma was surprisingly subtle, roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate and a hint of whiskey barrel wood. The flavors were damn tasty, full or roasted malt, chocolate malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, toffee, whiskey, wood and hints of vanilla. The sweeter notes lead me to believe the whiskey used was bourbon and the bite of the bourbon really came through. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body full and the carbonation perfect.

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Photo of Kendo
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the growler into a Piraat tulip. Body is brownish with ruby highlights. A small tan head disappears fast, leaving no lace.

S: Nose is dominated by the oak. Hint of booze underneath, but mainly oak.

T: First impression: nice balance. Roasted malted barley with a touch of smoke is balanced by oaky astringency and some bourbon. Almost gave it a 4.5.

M: Medium in heft, but feels lighter than expected, if that makes sense.

D: Very good.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured a translucent brown color. Not nearly as dark as I thought this was going to be. There was a touch of brown lacing that quickly retreated to the rim of my glass.

S: Tons of oak. You really smell the wood in this beer then the whiskey. Really enjoyable usually a barrel aged beer smells like the spirit that was in the barrel beforehand. This had quite a bit of porter in it.

T: The barrel/whiskey really went well with this beer. The balance was outstanding. You actually got more oak than whiskey. This is not that big a beer so I thought it would get buried by the barrel but it really shined.

M: Almost had a cask like mouthfeel. Super light on the tongue. Carbonation was perfect.

D: We split the bomber and one could easiely drink this by themselves. Massive taste with a very reasonable ABV. Well done Browns.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

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Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of erosier
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Lis and Dustin for bringing me this bottle for my B-day! 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date.

Pours a thin brown-black with some soapy quickly falling khaki head.

Nose is fairly muted and has the typical roasted malt aroma of any solidly made American porter. Some faint oak toast and a hint of vanilla, but nothing that screams whiskey-barrel.

My first sip tastes exactly like a Chocolate-covered Pretzel. A little doughy, a little salty, a little bitter-sweet chocolate note. Wow. Ok, moving on. There's a nice acidity there that a classic porter should have (I think). A nice light- to medium-light body and a little roasted coffee flavors, some vanilla bean, and that pretzel dough thing. Just crazy.

Notes: A very drinkable BA-ed porter. It succeeds at both being a decent porter and at integrating the barrel flavors without white-washing the beer. Not an "extreme" barrel-aged brew, but a nice one for sure.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a natural syrup consistency with a light brown head and good lacing.

Smells great, light whisky scent that is not overpowering, nice earthy oak scent with
Maltiness. I couldn't wait to taste this one.

Tastes very similar to its scent, nice and light for a porter but has great complexity for its ABV
Whisky hints are there, but not so much as to be overpowering.
Nice chocolate malt taste and light patent malt. Aftertaste reminds me of a maple syrup

Medium mouthfeel, light and crisp for a porter

This beer is delicious, I can't wait for more, thanks to my sister for bring some home

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Brown's Whiskey Porter from Brown's Brewing Company
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