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Lost Arrow Porter - Rush River Brewing Company

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Lost Arrow PorterLost Arrow Porter

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BA SCORE
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92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rush River Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 07-21-2004

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Ratings: 92 | Reviews: 49
Reviews by TCMike:
Photo of TCMike
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The bottle I purchased didn't say Lost Arrow on it. It just said Porter. Not sure if it's just a name change.

When poured, it produced a 2 finger beige head. Left very little lacing. Beer color is a non-translucent mahogany.

The aroma was faint, but of roasted malts, caramel, and biscuit.

The taste was similar, but a little dark, and bitter chocolate thrown in. Slightly lighter bodied than most porters. Medium carbonation.

This is an okay beer, but could use some improvement.

More User Reviews:
Photo of NilocRellim
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Porter was poured out of the bottle and into a pint glass. Dark and warm in colour with a chocolate, roasted nose to it. Tasted of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee, with minimal yet present hops. No distinctive or lingering aftertastes.

Would I buy this beer again? Probaby.

Photo of pat61
4.02/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brilliant dark brown under a 2” finely bubbled, lightly tan tinted white head that produces good lace. You can see ruby highlights when holding the beer up to a bright light. Dark grain aromas greet the nose with some spice and a hint of cocoa. There are no dark roast or burnt aromas. A very creamy palate features a very mild roastiness, a mild nuttiness with some biscuit, mild chocolate and grainy malt. Just enough hop bitterness balances the malt sugars and gives the beer a light bitter chocolate flavor but there are no big burnt or hop flavors. Medium body with above average carbonation. Sessionable.

Photo of ADR
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap, Autumn Brew Review 2004...

Medium dusky brown, a little light but plenty murky. Head is refuge after 30 seconds and the lacing is minimal. Surprisingly a slightly winey aroma, red grape and some chocolate tones. Body is light with medium carbonation, nice enough. Flavor is husky, grainy with hops evident as background players. Could be a little mellower, never gets much traction and its a little strident without a thicker and maltier counterpoint.

Photo of augustgarage
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best before the last week in December.

The liquid is a very dark russet tinged with cordovan and topped by a fat finger of desert sand merengue and a few dark brown spots from the final drops of yeast. Thick soapy lacing, excellent retention.

Faint caramel and roast malt in the nose...very little aroma otherwise.

Round, roasted flavor profile with slightly stale coffee and cocoa nib notes throughout. Low bitterness with a dry yet slightly fruity finish.

Creamy, medium-light bodied mouthfeel - spritzy with good carbonation.

A decent but generic porter.

Photo of morimech
3.22/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a large tan head that had very good retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. It certainly looks good. The aroma is very weak. A little roasted malt and something that smells similar to popcorn. Typical porter flavors of roasted malt with just a slight chocolate finish. Mild bitterness. A little thin for a porter but it still maintains a nice texture. The carbonation is kept in check nicely. A sessionable porter but do not expect anything earth shattering.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic.
Dec Wk3 notched on the label, no info.

A - Clear throughout the pour, slivers of burgundy amber shine through the black beer. A four-finger tan head drops slowly and leaves collar upon collar of lace on the glass!

S - Acrid bitter, burnt roasted malt escapes without hesitation from this brew. Notes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate join but a faint off aroma seems to be hiding within. A dry cocoa musty yeast funk (not wild yeast) is buried in the back.

T - Cold coffee overwhelms the tongue and knocks any off-flavors too far back to notice. The roasted bitter malt is flavorful but one-dimensional.

M - Medium-light-bodied, it seems a touch on the thinner side for the style. Very carbonated as well. Moderate acrid bitter, dry finish from the roasted malts.

O - I get the same sort of yeasty off thing from this brew that I pick up from the others but it's largely covered up by roast a bit more. Once again, it's a promising brew that could be very good with some tweaks.

Photo of SF_Posse
2.59/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A hopped up Porter. Nothing special, but follows the overall hoppiness of Rush River beers.

Photo of lurpy1
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is amber/brown, decent head, but a little bit too translucent for a porter. The taste is reasonably pleasant, a little bit burnt, a little bit o'malt, little bit o'coffee, but generally lacks any sort of wow factor. A bit thin for a great porter.

Pretty good, which is about how most Rush River beers grade out. Worth trying, but not worth pimping yourself out to a bestiality porno in order to get your hands on it.

Photo of Santanax
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice malty low abv example of a porter... coffee tones come in nicely along with the rich smokey malt tones.. smells of coffee as the pour happends...if only there was sweeter tones and higher abv this would be perfect.... love rush rivers beers need to try some of their bombers....

Photo of GeezLynn
2.81/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottled March 2009

Dark dirty brown with a lighter cream colored head that settled into a mix of foam and rather large bubbles

Full malt aroma with coffee and chocolate and hop freshness.

Taste is extremely shallow, with an initial dry chocolate malt followed by ....watery nothingness. I can't remember a beer with less of a finish.
Mouthfeel is thin and WAY over-carbonated.

I should be clear that this beer is no longer fresh, and have tried to take that into consideration in the ratings. However it's also a porter that hasn't exactly been abused sitting on the shelf a couple of months followed by chilling in my fridge a couple more and the smell is all there.

My experience was similar to a previous review describing this beer as a pilsner with some food coloring. Make that a lighter pilsner.

Photo of Arenbeer
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Supercolter for this brew!

12oz bottle into a Snifter

A- Pours a dark dark brown with a decent 2 finger tan head.

S- Darker roasted malts with some coffee and sweet chocolate. Raisins and other dark fruits are also apparent.

T- Interesting, Strong hops up front with a nice coffee bitter background that's nothing like i was expecting.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation and a slight bitter mouthfeel.

SkÅL!

Photo of happygnome
2.7/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a: pours a dark brown color with a slight hints of ruby with about a quarter inch of head that dissapears not too fast leaving a little lacing around the edge of the glass
s: faint smell however i detect the roasted cocao malts, the aroma are fairly weak even after the beer warms a bit
t: there is a very muted overall flavor to this brew, slight roasted malt backbone and a faint hint hops
m: medium to light bodied beer with a nice average amount of carbonation

overall, i was kind of dissapointed by this brew faint aroma and taste

Photo of samie85
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-transparent cola color with a few fingers of very light brown foam.

S-Coffee and roasted notes with some slight vanilla and a dark chocolate finish.

T- Roasted coffee notes

M-A little thin bodied for a porter in my opinion with medium carbonation and a silk/dry feel.

D-Pretty easy drinking without being too rich. A pretty good dark beer for the summer.

Photo of MPLS
3.01/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Stopped by the bur for a couple of cheap taps and this was my first selection.

A: Decent translucent medium brown/amber color with an unimpressive head and nominal lacing to match. Perhaps I have had to many imperial stouts/porters as of late. Moderate carbonation.

S: Mellow roasted notes, earthy undertones, negligible bitter chocoalte.

T: A very mild porter, low ABV, low flavor profile, but easy to sip on. The biggest taste element is the dry porter malts with hints of chocolate, and mild bitterness to balance things out.

M:Thin Lizzy strikes again! Pretty well matched to its appearance, water, little too much fizz on the tongue.

D: Easily drinkable from it's underwhelming nature and cheap around town. Good smell, but just far too thin with a specific gravity resembling hard water.

Photo of tconboy
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown with a tan head and moderate lacing. Smells of chocolate, coffee and malts. Very mild taste, the flavors definitely don't overpower you, but this is a nice, smooth, drinkable beer. The mouthfeel is definitely a little light for a porter. I could definitely drink a lot of this given how light it is for a porter. Might not be your thing and might be a little light for your typical porter lover, but it was pretty good.

Photo of natasharai
4.09/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with 1cm of off white bubbly head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. The beer is much lighter in color than I expected, it is a clear brown color that lets plenty of light through.

Smell: This is interesting, kind of fruity, like berries. Also a lot of malty and coffee smell. This beer smells pretty sweet.

Taste: Up front a lot of sweet coffee and malt taste. Then it moves to a fruity berry taste. Leaves the mouth with a bitter coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light for a porter, nice amount of carbonation. Not much alcohol tingle.

Overall: Very good, not what I expected but very interesting. This beer has a nice combination of fruity notes and coffee, it is sweet but not overwhelming. Pretty easy to drink as well.

Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First beer from a new brewery. Thanks to bunkrock (Reddit) for this one.

Pours a fizzy 1 finger darker off white colored head that fades at a med pace with some lacing, over dark molasses brown colored beer.

Nose brings a hint of oatmeal, some light roast, some caramel, a light nutty hazelnut like aroma, and a hint of earthy hop bitterness.

Taste starts a bit roasty with more of that nutty hazelnut like flavor, a bit of oatmeal and caramel, some light toasty brown malts, lighter in overall feel and flavor but a decent taste. Light chalky mocha chocolate and a bit creamy. Just a touch of earthy bittering hops.. Finish is fairly dry, some lingering earthy light bitterness, hint of creamy roast and mocha.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied but fluffy, decent carb.

Overall not bad, a bit light overall in flavor and body, but a nice fluffy feel, decent flavors that are there, and nothing really wrong, a light but drinkable overall porter.

Photo of hopdog
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle acquired in trade with tytoanderso (thanks!).

Poured a deep brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of toasted graininess. cocoa, light coffee and lightly earthy. Tastes of caramel, chocolate, and lighter coffee. A drinkable porter, but for me, nothing really 'stood' out.

Photo of Wisconsin
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A - A strong pour delivers a thick, jet black body that omits no light when held up to light. A tan, frothy, one finger head quickly rises and slowly fades away. Minutes later there is still a lace around the glass with a thicker ring around the edge.

S - Lots of coffee beans, roasted malts and bitter notes stand out first. A deeper smell brings about sweeter, expresso like toffee, cream, and vanilla. Very smooth and inviting smell.

T - Taste is much like the smell. Plenty of bitter coffee notes that combine with roasted malts along with chocolate stand out initially. Toffee, cream and other expresso like flavors come through as well. Neither is too overpowering.

M - Medium bodied beer with an ample amount of carbonation, maybe a bit too much. Entering the mouth the strong bitter aspects hit you first. Again nothing too strong, as the roasted malts and coffee notes first hit your palate. Following this is a strong amount of carbonation (for a porter), which I feel drowns out the cream, vanilla and toffee notes that would make for a great finish.

D - This beer has quite a bit of potential and simply needs a little tweaking. If the guys at RR can tone down the CO2 and let the back side of this beer open up more it would be outstanding. As it stands now, there seems to be some fighting between the two and the finish suffers as a result. Overall though I am impressed. In all my other experiences with different RR brews, hops have been a strong suit, so its nice to see some depth here.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.32/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a light brown color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes into decent lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt with hints of milk chocolate. The taste is a lot like the aroma. It isn't the most complex tasting porter I've had, but it is pleasant nonetheless. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with carbonation that is too high for the style. Overall, this is a decent porter that I could drink again, but there are so many better porters readily available that I don't think I'll make it back to this beer very soon.

Photo of chicagoabbot
2.82/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Emma's Bar in River Falls, WI. Man, it hurts to give this brewery's beers generally unfavorable reviews. I grew up in RF for the most part though I live in Chicago now and it made my heart happy when RF got a brewery. Unfortunately, this porter needs a lot of work.

Appearance wise, it's way too light in color and the head isn't jazzy enough or dark enough.

The smell is off too and followed up by a malt profile that lacks complexity. This isn't terrible, but it's not a winner.

Mouthfeel is one of the better things, but still lacking that 'porter pucker'.

Guys, please make better beers and make River Falls proud. You ought to dominate tap-lines at local bars, but instead I barely see anyone drinking your brews! What gives!??! Man...

Photo of Deuane
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Deep brown with auburn highlights. Small tan head. Good retention and lace.

S-Some cocoa, coffee and roasted malts. Nothing is overpowering. A bit muted.

T-Much like the aroma everything ispresent but not in copius amounts. The more you drink the better it all comes together. A nice combination of your "typical" roasty porter flavours.

M-Medium-light body leaving it a bit thin. Would like a more robust body.

D-A solid, sessionable porter. This brew does not set out to light the world on fire...but it has it's place. A decent brew without any flash.

Photo of jsprain1
3.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Red-brown. Cola colored perhaps. Head is tan, lasts well, and leaves lacing.
S- Aroma is milk chocolate, with some coffee and a faint charcoal.
T- Up front it's pretty sweet. Milk chocolate dominates most of the tasting but there is pleasant smoky coffee finish. I wish more of the taste was like that.
M- Carbonation is medium-light, but dang,for a porter this has a thin body.
O- There are some high points (the appearance, the finish) but on the whole it's more of a miss.

Photo of dakotaben
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - About as dark as it gets for a porter with a slight ruber glow. A khaki 2 finger head whose initial presence softened quickly, but yet remained at .5 finger for quite some time. Lacing that remains

S - Sweet hazelnut smell. Slight coffee and black liquorish aroma

T - Roasted Chocolate and hazelnut taste that remains in your mouth.

M - Fairly light body for a porter with a medium sweetness that remains. Low carbonation

O - I really liked this for the roastiness.

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Lost Arrow Porter from Rush River Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.