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Brown's Whiskey Porter - Brown's Brewing Company

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89
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47 Reviews
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Reviews: 47
Hads: 108
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 5.96%
Wants: 20
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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Reviews: 47 | Hads: 108
Photo of BigPlay1824
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a mug

A: pours a deep brown with a finger of creamy offwhite head that mostly dissipates but leaves a small lingering layer on top of the brew, leaves a nice amount of lacing

S: great scent, nice maple and caramel notes, great deep malt backing

T: nice light syrup like taste, slight woody taste from the whiskey barrel aging

D/M: drinks smoothly but slightly heavy, warms the pallet, very slight carbonation tingle, overall loved the brew (453 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (915 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of Augustiner719
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
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. (870 characters)

Photo of Gfunk720
3.26/5  rDev -19.1%
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 (1,332 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (526 characters)

Photo of Naugled
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of cavedave
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours darkest brown with 2 fing. dark beige head that hangs in there for the ride Beautifully opaque. Nice.

It's a med. aroma, complex, whiskey, caramel floral hop, oak, vanilla, even some hints of coffee, quite inviting.

Lotta whiskey in the sip, beginning to end, luckily plenty of flavors along for the ride, and the mix is exceptional. All the flavors in the nose, presented cleanly and lusciously into a finish that still features the whiskey barrel notes, but nice balancing flavors with it, an excellent finish.

Mouthfeel is right on for style, low/med. carb. good cling, refreshingly light in mouth, good clear out, wonderful finish.

Drinkability is dangerously good.

Biggest surprise of the season for me, this "local" beer is incredible. (752 characters)

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the generosity of EnronCFO for this bottle

A - Deep dark brown with a slight reddish highlight. Tan head falls to skin, nice lace.

S - Rich roasted malt, some char and bourbon notes

T - The first surprise if after the first rush of roasted malt and bourbon comes a slight sour taste followed by a bitter sour aftertaste. I think there might be some infection...it's taking away from what would be a very good beer.

MF - Medium body and pretty smooth.

D - Well though certainly not bad the taste and drinkability are hurt by the sour notes that I am getting. Would love to try this one the way it was intended!! (625 characters)

Photo of mjaskula
3.31/5  rDev -17.9%
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. (729 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (598 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (878 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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! (854 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (829 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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 (595 characters)

Photo of erosier
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (514 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of rayjay
3.2/5  rDev -20.6%
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! (907 characters)

Photo of drseamus
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer. It is an English Porter that is aged in Jack Daniels barrels. It pours nice and dark with no head. The aroma has some light roasted malt but a good amount of sweetness as well. The flavor is great and is similar to the aroma. There is a good roasty flavor with a good smooth sweetness from the whiskey. It is on the upper end of medium bodied from the sweetness and has great drinkability. (411 characters)

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Brown's Whiskey Porter from Brown's Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.