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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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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.59%
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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Photo of aerozeppl
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

aerozeppl, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of Kendo
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Kendo, Feb 15, 2010
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 CHickman
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

CHickman, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of BeerBucks
4/5  rDev -1.5%

BeerBucks, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of MattXT
4/5  rDev -1.5%

MattXT, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of thebouch01
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

thebouch01, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of erosier
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

erosier, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of civicm87
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

civicm87, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of phishbone23
4/5  rDev -1.5%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

mikeg67, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of SFLpunk
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

SFLpunk, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of alpinebryant
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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

alpinebryant, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of qcbrewer
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

qcbrewer, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of drseamus
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

drseamus, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of stevec32
4/5  rDev -1.5%

stevec32, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of KAP1356
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

KAP1356, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Retail1LO
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from a trading partner. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. This brew pours a 95% opaque black two finger head, thanks to a SDTM pour. The bourbon's faintly noticeable, but there's a decent amount of coffee in the nose. The taste isn't domintated by the bourbon, but it's there, and it's a nice addition. There's a lot of coffee, vanilla, and toasted malt in the flavor. Really a good mix. The mouthfeel is a bit on the astringent side, but it's not overbearing. Finishes off smooth, leaving the bourbon behind. Very decent beer. Would have again.

Retail1LO, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of wyatt13
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to JSBILK for throwing this bottle in our last trade box -- thanks, Justin! Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a snifter.

A - Pours a murky, dark brown that isn't fully opaque ; rather, I can see through at the very outer edges. A creamy beige cap of head sits atop the brew, with some nice retention.

S - A very caramelly aroma, with some vanilla in there as well. They whiskey comes across in a strange way -- it reminds me of root beer, actually. More wood character comes through as the beer warms.

T - Nice and complex. I was expecting the whiskey aging to dominate the base beer since it is only a 5.75% ABV porter. In contrast, the roast and caramel notes of the base beer carry the day, with the barrel coming through only at the close. There is also a nice bready malt aftertaste.

M - Relatively light-bodied, but pretty much what I was expecting given the style and ABV. A good amount of carbonation and a slightly drying effect on the mouth.

O - I feel like they did a very good job crafting this as a low ABV barrel-aged beer. It is often the case that I would like a barrel-aged beer, but I'm reluctant due to the high amount of alcohol. I could see this filling in nicely, especially if they put it in 12 oz. bottles.

wyatt13, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of cavedave
4.33/5  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.

cavedave, May 14, 2010
Photo of EasyReader
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

EasyReader, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of EricCioe
3.98/5  rDev -2%
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.

EricCioe, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of BigPlay1824
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
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

BigPlay1824, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of dtx00
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

dtx00, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of mitch3114
5/5  rDev +23.2%

mitch3114, May 19, 2013
Brown's Whiskey Porter from Brown's Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.