Lost Arrow Porter - Rush River Brewing Company

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Lost Arrow PorterLost Arrow Porter

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 94
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Rush River Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 07-21-2004

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Photo of DukeofAle
2.65/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"Enjoyed" a bottle at Old Chicago in St. Cloud, MN. Best described as thin and watery. Drinks like a typical macro pilsner with carmel color added. Not really a porter - in my opinion. Never heard of this brewery before. I'd be willing to try their other products but won't expect much. (286 characters)

Photo of happygnome
2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
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 (537 characters)

Photo of GeezLynn
2.81/5  rDev -20.2%
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. (808 characters)

Photo of chicagoabbot
2.82/5  rDev -19.9%
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... (754 characters)

Photo of MPLS
3.01/5  rDev -14.5%
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. (798 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
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. (300 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into Great Lakes snifter. Pours dark brown with some light passage at the edges. A finger of tan head retains itself nicely. The nose has some toasted malt with a slight amount of roast. A bit of chocolate in the background, not much else... aroma is very tame. Taste is thin, a bit of toasted character, and a light bit of herbal hop character at the end. The mouthfeel is thin and a bit prickly. Overall, pretty run of the mill porter without much flavor, nothing memorable here. (501 characters)

Photo of hellbilly
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

bottled the first week of november... i'm going to assume 2008 by way of moelikebeer.

clear slightly paler version of ruby brown porter color with a short lived tannish head.

the nose shows a mild smokiness along with the roast, dark fruit, slight sourness, brown sugar and a floral hop touch.

the taste is decent but rather mild... mild chocolate, mild roast, mild cream, mild smokiness, mild cheesy/lactose, mild nutty caramel and a floral hoppy dry finish with some mild spiciness.

light to medium bodied. the mouth feel is rather average as is the entire package... very mediocre and safe but sessionable. 6/3/6/3/12/3.0 (631 characters)

Photo of TCMike
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (484 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark mahogany brown with some copper showing through under a very small beige head that recedes very quickly to a tiny collar.

Aroma is very subtle with the roasted black malts dominating as well as hints of coffee and cocoa powder. Maybe some sweet brown sugar.

The taste is much of the same with sweet chocolate and dark roasted malts. Sweet finish with hints of vanilla and a bit of coffee bitterness.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation. Maybe a bit on the thin side.

This is a fairly basic porter that's not that bad but doesn't have any stand-out traits. (598 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Happy Gnome: Dark brown body with dark ruby slivering highlights. Medium tanned foam of oatmealy texture. Light lacing in spotted sheeting.

Understated aroma of dry cocoa and roasted malts.

Flavors are just as understated as the nose. Low and light on the buds with a partail roasted malt backing with a sweetened chocolate edge. Barely a finish to it. A whisp of the roast tugs for a stint as it drys off empty with a scant of nuttyness.

Feel is a thinner medium body with a smooth and inviting carbonation. The go nowhere finish is what keeps it from being better then it should or could be.

Not all that impressive for a porter. More like a brown, and even then it still doesn't grab my interest. (725 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.22/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.24/5  rDev -8%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of roadhouse
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a dark mahogany-red color with a massive two and a half inch head. Lots of visible chunkage floating around despite the dark color. Not the most pleasant but the head does retain well and a ton of lace is left on the glass.

Aroma is very mild. There's a light cocoa and coffee aroma but it doesn't jump out like many Porters. Also a vague fruitiness is present.

Taste is also quite weak as the aroma. It begins with some cocoa but it's kind of a watery chocolate flavor. Not much else going on besides a mild fruity character that doesn't really taste like anything in particular and a bit of a lightly roasted coffee taste in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, again a bit thin and watery, but it makes up with it's smooth and creamy texture.

Quite a boring porter, but there's nothing really offensive about it. I could drink a few of them, but I don't think I'd want to because it's just not that flavorful. An OK option if there isn't anything better available. (1,013 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice foamy frothy light tan head and some lace. Color is brown with amber highlights. Aroma is malty, roasty, coffee, cocoa,& a bit of vanilla. Flavor's similar. Body is thinner when the beer's colder and gets better as it warms. Carbonation's ok. Finish is decent and like flavor. Could almost be a session if the beer isn't too cold. (344 characters)

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Dark brown beer, appears rather hazy (almost murky). Poured a small tan head which quickly reduced to nothing.

S-Smells like chocolate malt primarily with a nice roasty malt bringing up the rear. A slight caramel comes through.

T-Dominating dry--at times semi-sweet--chocolate with some roasted malt character. A small hop bitterness keeps the malts honest. Finishes with a residual coffee flavor and a slight black malt astringency.

M-Medium-high carbonation tries to breathe some life to this otherwise flimsy, thin-bodied beer. Smooth going down.

D-This is a pretty middle-of-the road porter. Some good, some bad. I think it has some strong potential for a session beer, with its lighter body and smooth drinkability. However, the beer doesn't have the most complex flavor profile. (817 characters)

Photo of ADR
3.45/5  rDev -2%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of Santanax
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
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.... (293 characters)

Photo of lurpy1
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of samie85
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (948 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is my first Rush River review so I’m super excited. In all, Rush River only has about a dozen beer offerings so they are a pretty small and precise brewing operation located in River Falls, WI. Not really sure what to expect as you never really hear anyone says anything good or bad about their beer.

It pours a dark brown color with a beige head that lingers around for a while. It has a mild robust scent of roasted malts, coffee, toffee, and caramel malts. Nothing exciting here, just your classic porter scent.

The taste has elements of a heavy beer, but it still drinks rather light. There is a little bit of roasted malts and coffee in the taste but far from being bold. It finishes with a chalky, coffee after taste. This is a good beginner porter to see if you like the style, but it really could be more robust, flavorful, and thicker in texture.

Porters certainly aren't the most popular beer out there. Maybe it’s because it’s just really hard to make a good porter? This was a pretty good attempt by Rush River but as I said, it has room for improvement. It has great drink-ability, it’s just lacking that “wow” factor taste wise.
-Chris Lemke of WisconsinBrewReview.com (1,206 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (1,028 characters)

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Lost Arrow Porter from Rush River Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.