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Lost Arrow Porter - Rush River Brewing Company

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Lost Arrow PorterLost Arrow Porter

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80
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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 07-21-2004)
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gford217

Georgia

3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 01:42:56 | More by gford217
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is dark chocolate brown with about one finger of light beige head. A smattering of lace clings to the edges of the glass.

The aroma is mostly roast malt with hints of chocolate and coffee. A bit of earthy hoppiness is present as well. Smells like a porter.

The flavor is quite roasty. Lots of burnt malt with a strong coffee back bone. Just a touch of chocolate in the finish. The earth tone that I picked up in the nose comes through as it warms. Solid flavor.

Light to medium body with maybe a tad too much carbonation for a porter.

Overall a nice porter and an easy drinker for sure. I would grab a sixer of this.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 23:36:34 | More by beerwolf77
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 02:19:47 | More by drpimento
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Wisconsin

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 02:14:13 | More by Wisconsin
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 02:41:26 | More by GeezLynn
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roadhouse

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 04:13:32 | More by roadhouse
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 20:46:10 | More by KarlHungus
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BDLbrewster

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is described on the bottle as LOST ARROW PORTER ALE, huh... Aggressively poured a 12oz into my pint and a tiny little tan colored head popped up, fleeting quickly. Opaque, sediment ridden, coffee colored. Smells of sweet malty coffee. Feels thin in my mouth and tastes of roasted malt with a teeny tiny, dull hoppy edge. Not as tasty as I had hoped, but it went down very easily. I feel like I could have a couple and still have room for dinner. Not my favorite from Rush River, but still good.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 14:28:42 | More by BDLbrewster
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MPLS

Minnesota

2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2009 21:16:54 | More by MPLS
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 00:46:17 | More by hopdog
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DukeofAle

Iowa

2.63/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 00:36:36 | More by DukeofAle
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hellbilly

Arizona

3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 19:52:41 | More by hellbilly
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natasharai

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 19:50:43 | More by natasharai
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AdmiralDiaz

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown with amber-brown edges. Small one-finger light brown head with poor retention and no lacing.

S: Nice malt/hoppy balance, very interesting scent for a porter with semi-fruity scents mostly berries with some earth notes.

T: Malts up front with berry flavors turning into a hoppy finish with notes of coffee and some earth flavor with not much bitterness. Very interesting.

Overall: It's an alright porter that is well balanced and very drinkable porter. Worth trying for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 05:34:53 | More by AdmiralDiaz
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tconboy

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2009 06:20:17 | More by tconboy
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CHSLBrew

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 19:39:57 | More by CHSLBrew
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Mdog

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque black, good head.

Smell: Toasted bread, roasted malt.

Taste: Mildly sweet roasted flavor, a little bit of coffee comes through in later sips.

Mouthfeel: A little light but ok.

Drinkability: The lightness in body and not-too-strong flavors mean this could be a decent session porter.

A pretty good porter from a semi-local brewery. I've had a couple of Rush River beers and they've been good. I'll probably give the rest of their lineup a shot eventually.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 21:48:56 | More by Mdog
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morimech

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 23:31:10 | More by morimech
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2008 08:02:09 | More by Deuane
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happygnome

Minnesota

2.73/5  rDev -21.8%
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

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2007 03:01:36 | More by happygnome
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dfried

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Java J's. Pretty dark body with some brown and ruby highlights, thin cream colored cap for a head. Sweet and chocolaty aroma, coco powder, caramel, some coffee notes, with just a little hop presence. More of the same in the taste, sweet almost to the point of cloying but not quite, chocolate and caramel with together with a touch of nutty flavor that reminded me of a candy bar. Hops leave a subtle herbal flavor. Some fruity notes show up in the aftertaste, apple, pear, and plum. Quite light bodied for a porter, and a sliky, milky smooth mouthfeel make it very drinkable.

Overall: nothing wrong with this one, light drinkable porter, but if they have Bubble Jack IPA where they have this one, I would get the Bubble Jack about every time.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2007 20:16:13 | More by dfried
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Chaz

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a turgid, cola-brown in color with a dark tan head and minimal lacing. Roasted malts, espresso, and a touch of yeast on the nose, with very minimal ("no") hop presence. Lactic tang on the first sip is prominent, and along with an initial plummy sweetness gives me the impression that the brewer intended a nod in the direction of the sweet stout style. Light-bodied and very easy drinking, with a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Minimal alcohol presence - feels smaller than ins 5%. Hop and malt bitterness evident in the aromatic qualities mid-sip, along with a touch of granny smith. More roasted malts toward the end of the palate along with a dry finish. Light and a touch thin for the style, Lost Arrow rides on its roasted and dark malts, creamy texture, and the part lactic/part nut brown tang, and mostly it rides quite well. My favorite of Rush River’s year-round offerings, even though it bucks style a bit. On-tap at Stub and Herb's.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2006 19:40:07 | More by Chaz
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2006 02:16:46 | More by tavernjef
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice auburn tone. Small light brown head on top. Retention and lace are adequate. Aroma is dry cocoa, mocha, light coffee and roasted malts. Decent, but subdued. Taste is pretty straightforward. Everything mingles nicely on the palate...chocolate, coffee, vanilla and char. A little chalky in the mouth, but that's fine. Seems a little watery on the palate. Body could use a boost. Solid porter though.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2006 20:42:51 | More by Bighuge
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2004 20:31:22 | More by ADR
Lost Arrow Porter from Rush River Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.