Panther Lake Porter - Silver City Brewing Co.

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Panther Lake PorterPanther Lake Porter

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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Silver City Brewing Co. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2005

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Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 15
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Photo of NWer
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown almost black into a pint glass. Nice head retained well for a long time.
Aroma of coffee from the get-go. Very pronounced coffee notes.
Taste is sublime. Milky smooth mouthfeel. Enjoyable. No edge to it at all. Not a porter fan. I normally prefer stouts but this is an exception.
Overall I definitely give it an up tic for a solid effort.

Photo of jellikit
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black. Foamy head. Excellent lacing throughout.
S: Small roasty notes. Coffee.
T: Coffee, chocolate. Slightly roasty.
M: Smooth. Medium carbonation. Big body.
O: Good representation of a porter. I like the fact that there isn't too much black patent flavor. Would have scored higher if the carbonation was a bit lower.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from 1/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red brown, one finger light brown head and lacing. Roasted malt, coffee and light hop aroma. Smooth, smoky sweet malt flavor with light hops, good for a low abv porter. Light bodied, but worth a visit again.

Photo of froghop
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark brown with a small khaki head, and good lacing.

smell is faint, cocoa, weak coffee, a touch of vanilla, and some roasted nuts.

taste is on the watery side, chocolate, sour malt, vanilla, roasted nuts, and weak coffee, ends dry.

an okay porter better than most silver city brews.

Photo of flagmantho
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich black hue which allows very little light to transit the body. Head pours a couple fingers of frothy dark-tan foam, and it is pretty tenacious.

Smell: aroma consists of vegetal hops with a little bit of roasty character deep underneath. This is kind of typical for a porter, but the vegetal flavors are poorly masked here. Still, could be worse.

Taste: surprisingly smooth for a roasty beer. Starts off with a light sweet flavor and then transitions to a darker, roasty flavor. Vegetal hops persist, but there is a light chocolatiness to go along with them. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent level of carbonation. Too light to be really creamy, but decent.

Overall: this beer is OK. It's got a few good points going for it, but I find the cooked-vegetable quality of the hops a little too overpowering for me.

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: black as night and devoid of light, thick creamy head

Smell: milk chocolate, coffee, dark and rich espresso

Taste/Mouthfeel: rich chocolate, coffee, chocolate birthday cake(don't ask me, I just call it how I taste it), fairly hoppy but not too much, surprisingly refreshing sweet finish

The only drawback to this beer is that it a seasonal brew made in the summer. I was very impressed with this beer and think it pushed me over the edge from an occasional stout drinker to a porter lover. Once again, it's a dark beer thing.

Photo of Knuckles
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In an attempt to convince myself of non-homerism when it comes to Silver City beers, I'm going to review the one beer that utterly disappoints me: the Panther Lake Porter. Keep in mind that this beer isn't bad, it's just incredibly uninspired.
Unfortunately, what this also means is that I will deliver an uninspired review.

Appearance: Nice deep black with a lovely dark brown head. Held up to the light, this beer glows with some ruby highlights around the edges. It really is a lovely appearance.

Smell: Sitting in the pint glass cold, you don't smell much other than a faint hint of roasted barley. Once it warms up, there's a bit of the malt released, but not much.

Taste: Sigh. Here's where it really just drops the ball. I like a porter that has a nice body, with a fairly robust roasted finish. The beer should not be sweet in any way, but still have the malt presence to back up a very strong roasted finish. Again, this is my preference based on how I think porter was probably brewed back in the nineteenth century. The roasted barley is there, but the malt body is very subdued.

Mouthfeel: Too thin for my tastes. I'm not asking for the "Baby got back" of porters here, but this thing is Twiggy compared to a porter like Harmon's or Snoqualmie Falls.

Drinkability: This isn't a bad beer at all, I'm just underwhelmed by it. It's a fair representation of the style, just not particularly mind blowing. It's a very sessionable beer, it'd just be an uninteresting session. Don Spencer brews so many astonishing beers, I continue to hope he'll revisit this one and what I consider to be its shortcomings.

****Edited 09/28/2006

I've stayed away from this beer for a while, for numerous reasons. 1) I didn't care for it too much, 2) Don brewed the Sasquatch for me, and I drank the shit out of it and 3) Fat Bastard. That said, I was at the brewpub not too long ago and was surprised to learn that a fair number of the beers I'd normally have were out at the moment. So I made a game-time decision and went for the Panther Lake. I'm damn glad I did. All of the shortcomings I noted before have been addressed and improved dramatically. Mouthfeel is much improved, taste is light years beyond what it was, and the drinkability (to my mouth) is vastly improved. This beer is getting a nice bump up from me in the review, and the only other thing I can add to it is "Good work, Don."

Photo of philbertk
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Silver City Brewing Company--Porter--2009 Release--22 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV--35 IBU’s? (4.05 / 5.0) Porter--Lacy espresso head. Clear dark ruby bronze black color. No sediment. Rich roasted sweet floral hop chocolate fruit front. Mild creamy sweet rich roasted chocolate bisquit malty mild espresso fruit Porter body. Cloying mild sweet balanced mild hop spice end. Sampled 11/15/2009. $5.49 Each.

Silver City Brewery--Panther Lake Porter--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 30 IBU’s? (4.0 / 5.0) Light loose sediment. Thin no lace tan espresso head. Opaque deep dark black color. Floral sweet fruit hop mild cocoa front. Smooth mellow sweet tasty doughy toasted caramel cocoa mild fruit body. Refreshing balanced soft hop lingering malt clean end. Very nice. Sampled 6/19/2010. 2 @ $4.49 each.

Silver City Brewing Company--Panther Lake Porter--2011 22 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 45 IBU’s? (4.25 / 5.0) Rocky 1/4 inch espresso mild lace light head. Opaque deep black color. Soft roasted mild coffee cocoa rich hop front. Pours dark brown bronze with shade of red. No sediment. Doughy mild sweet creamy smooth roasted mellow unbitter burnt mild chocolate espresso body with a zesty zip to flavor. Balanced smooth clean mild hop spice dry toasted end. Big rich smooth malty Porter. Sampled 4/5/2011. Purchased for $3.99 at Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 4/5/2011.

Photo of Flightoficarus
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving type - Bottle into snifter

A - Pours a deep, dark porter brown, with a mild off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin lacing.

S - Smell is is roasted coffee, rich chocolate brownies, vanilla, and molasses. This smells like a bigger beer than it is.

T - Taste is of roasted espresso, mocha, and chocolately malts, with a hint of mildly bitter balancing hops at the end. Basic, but pretty decent.

M - More of a medium/lighter medium body, with mild carbonation. A creamier mouthfeel which generally benefits this style is not really to be found. But this is more of a session porter anyway.

D - Drinkability is quite high for the style. Lighter than average body, and 5.2% make it 100% sessionable.

Overall - This is a solid session porter that's worth trying if you're a big fan of porter, but with many better examples out there, like Black Butte porter, it's something I'd gladly drink again, but wouldn't go out of my way to seek out.

Photo of lwillitz
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had the "six shooter sampler" at Silver City Restaurant and Brewery. This was one of the six. For whatever reason (small servings, straight glasses, environment, etc.) detecting the smells of these beers was difficult. Also, the heads had receded by the time the waitress brought the glasses to the table, decreasing my enjoyment of the appearance. With all of this in mind . . .

A - pitch black body with ruby highlights; tan head

S - coffee and roast malt; weak smell

T - rich roast malt flavor with black coffee

M - medium body; average carbonation

O – could be fuller-bodied for a porter

Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown with good carbonation and a nice dirty white head. Nose is pretty weak with roasred malt, cocoa. Taste is thin and simple, chocolate, roasted malt and dry. Mouthfeel is pretty weak on flavor and the watered down brew is not one I recommend.

Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured black, just slightly opaque around the edges, with a tall dark khkaki head that had very good retention and OK lacing. The beer really looked like a stout more than a Porter.

A lot of deep, rich roasted and toasted aromas greet the nose, enough so that if I were smelling this beer blind, I'd think it was a Stout. The taste followed right along, again the beer seems more like a Stout, with lots of very tasty roasted flavors and a nice grainyness.

Ah, the body. Now this beer seems like a Porter. Full, rich and satisfying, the beer coats the tongue nicely without being heavy or sticky. Drinkability was very good, this is an excellent day-long drinker.

Overall, a very good beer. I highly suggest that you try this when you see it.

Photo of RedDiamond
4.54/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Panther’s burly porter aroma leaps out at you like a Batman comic POW! And for once, the menu placard describes the beer accurately with allusions to “coffee and burnt chocolate.”

Panther is opaque brown and teems with life. The dark roasted elements are gently offset by an echo of sweet maltiness, then lovingly put to rest with a protracted smoky finish. And there’s just enough gruff graininess to remind you of the style’s working class origins.

Things to consider pairing with this beer include coffee or vanilla ice cream, “death by chocolate”, alder smoked salmon, or a rare cigar. Recommended.

Photo of snaotheus
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle split into pint glasses

Pours dark brown (almost black) opaque with small beige head, very fine carbonation that almost looks like nitro. Initial response to the smell is "damn good." Lots of chocolate, some coffee, heavy roasted malts.

Taste has a solid bitter roastiness and a slight hint of hops, rich and tasty. Lots of chocolate with a creamy quality to it.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light. I think this is an excellent beer.

Photo of jdense
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle from Yoke's Pasco enjoyed with neighborhood beer compadre poured into pint glasses 12.21.2010.

Dark brown clear body,no visible carbonation, one finger light brown head, quick dissipation with minimal lacing. Nose is bittersweet chocolate, big dose of roasted malt, some coffee with floral hop aroma. Taste mirrors nose, a bit on the sweet side, some caramel malt sweetness, brown sugar, fairly bitter finish. Medium-thin mouthfeel, above average effervescence. Good drinkability, a nice tasty winter beer.

Panther Lake Porter from Silver City Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.