McNeill's Pullman's Porter | McNeill's Brewery

McNeill's Pullman's PorterMcNeill's Pullman's Porter
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McNeill's Pullman's PorterMcNeill's Pullman's Porter

Brewed by:
McNeill's Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-12-2003

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Ratings: 96 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of mpalestino
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of Elfastball7
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of lpayette
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a near black with a very small light brown head. Smells of nuts, coffee, bitter chocolate, and roasted malts. Tastes of some alcohol up front, followed by coffee-like flavors, followed by bitter chocolate, alcohol again, then it all finished with a tingle on the tongue. at times a smokeyness sneaks in and out of the flavors. Overall another very nice brew from McNeill's.

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Photo of gregc
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at Barcade

Pour is a nice dark black with a coffee like brown head.

Aroma was wonderful, lots of roasted malt, cocoa, and some smoke. Taste was really nice, a great porter. A nice roasted malt flavor, slightly bitter without being to overbearing, nice cocoa and dark chocolate flavors and a smallest amount of smoke in the finish. Very smooth, very drinkable. This was a really nice example of a porter, one of the better ones ive tried in a while.

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Photo of mydeadguy
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Anam Cara

Poured a deep inky black with an inch of creamy thick head. The nose is heavy on the roasted maltwoody hints, roast coffee and chocolate in there as well. A nice hop balance, a bit unexpected, but welcome. The taste is smoky roasted malt, slightly burnt bitter finish with generous hops. The body is full rich and creamy, and goes down, at least to this BA, like the nectar of the gods.. great brew

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Photo of francisweizen
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ruby chocolate brown with a nice light tan/khaki head of foam that leasted long and left nice lacing. A bit on the cold side from their draught tower system. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and just a flourish of caramel. Fresh whole cone hop flavors also start to dominate the olfactories as well, although I couldn't pinpoint the blend of hops used in this one. Seems like some UK varietals and maybe a US one or two for good measure? Taste is hoppier than most other porters I have sampled with some good fresh leaf flavors. The chocolate and roasted malt flavors work with it though and make for a very balanced brew. The mouthfeel is good, but a bit chalky and a tad thin for my tastes, this hinders the drinkability a bit, but this is still a very fine porter from a great brewer.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

McNeill's Pullman's Porter
22 oz brown bottle
Best before April notched on the side label
Bottle Conditioned
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

* Purchased at the Co-op in Brattleboro, VT *

Pours a jet black with a nice aggressive head on top. Ruby highlights on the bottom. Super healthy trails and patterns of sticky lace decorate the glassware.

Pleasant aroma of chocolate, coffee and hops.

Very creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Flavors of cherry chocolates, espresso or French roast coffee bitterness and chocolate pudding. Agressively hopped finish with a bite, but nothing over the top. Malt flavors are nicely roasted and smokey.

Overall, a very good beer and one of the best porters I've had. Another winner from McNeill's.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into nonic.

Very dark black hue, only giving ruby highlights when held up to the light. The head is just above one finger, tan, and very slowly settles to a thick cap. Very dense mixed with some bubbles on the top.

The aroma is very light, with a little bit of roasty malts, but they are hidden behind a slightly above average bitter hoppy aroma.

Once again, the hops are above average. They add a nice citrus and mint highlight to the malts, which have a hidden burnt characteristic. It gives a smokey dark fruit characteristic which is actually pretty enjoyable. Full bodied, maybe some slightly higher carbonation. The hop bitterness lingers for a while after each sip.

This is one of those beers that could probably fall into the Black IPA category (I would prefer India Black Ale, or just Black Ale since it has nothing to do with India). Like Southern Tier Iniquity and Stone 11th (and maybe even Flying Dog Gonzo), it's another hoppy porter. Whatever you call it, Black IPA, IBA, BA, or Imperial Porter, it's a very good beer and not too strong. Recommended.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pullman's Porter was served from a 22 oz. bomber bottle. In my pint glass, the beer was a mahogany brown color, and was blanketed by a decent tan head. The nose was rich n' roasty, with a sharp raisiny, earthy, chocolate-coffee maltiness and a twinge of pleasant herbalness. This was a tasty and dry porter, with a roasted choco-coffe bittered malt base that bristled with energetic coffee bean and pronounced, citric-related hoppy notes in the transition to a great roasty dark choco-cola herbal-hop bitter finish. The smooth and full body added to the pleasure of drinking this full-flavored, balanced, and just plain delicious porter.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Different than almost all other porters I've had, this one is not quite black in color, but a dark, dark brown with a ruby red hue on the edges.

The head looks mountainous... bumpy and billowy and leaves nice rings before it fades to a film.

When I took a deep breath of this brew, I hit a bit of nostalgia. I smelled the inside of my plastic Halloween pumpkin candy basket when it was full of candy at the end of a long night of trick-or-treating. It's party-like mix of aromas consisting of caramel, fruit, cocoa...

Taste was a bit punchy up front from the hops. But it falls subtle after a couple seconds, as you then smell malts and smoky grains.

Mouthfeel is assertive, creamy, but not heavy. There's a lingering bitterness.

Drinkabiltiy is as fine as can be expected from a thoroughly crafted porter. I highly recommend.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours deep chestnut with a rich 2” light tan foam collar that dissipates but leaves good lacing.
S: Toffee, caramel aromas
T: Big malt flavors with mostly toasted flavors and nothing harsh or burnt. Starts with a light malt sweetness but dries on the finish with a touch of bitter and a slight astringency.
F: a little above medium body and a little below medium carbonation. Very soft and creamy in the mouth.
O: A nicely balanced porter with rich malt flavors.

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Photo of edchicma
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice black pour with a small head. Smell was rich and aromas wafted the nostrils. Taste was heavy on the roasted coffee side...nice hoppy finish. This is a very dry beer, with an extremely dry hoppy finish....great IMHO. Very light in body, but nicely drinkable due to the dry finish. McNeil's does it again,

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Photo of dwarbi
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid black beer. Tinges of purple around the edges. Not much of a head, but nice lacing. Very pleasant aroma. Good stuff to smell, like hops and coffee. Yeah... sounds strange but it works. The taste is very similar, but more impressive. A little flowery. The hops get to work on the tongue. Helluva bomber.

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Photo of Jredner
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is how porter is supposed to smell. Rich and roasty like premium coffee. Black with a finger thick, but diminishing white head. Yum. I’m sure this loses ratings for it’s thin palate, but taste wise this is spot on. More roasted coffee flavors and a touch of smokiness. An imminently sippable brew. Nicely done.

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Photo of scottum
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a short fluffy tan head. Nice bubbles, and chunks of sediment flow down the sides of the glass. Choco/coffee/roasty flavor is full and bold, but hops also play a nice role in the flavor. The roasty/hop balance is very tasty. The beer is a touch too dry in the finish though. One of the better porters I've tasted.

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Photo of beer4colin
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a bomber from Granite Liquors. A brand new label there and I am excited to work through all of the offerings. Vermont has such a great taste profile going right now, I am sure that MacNeill's will do VT proud.

A - Nice, deep, dark brown poured from a bomber. Nice foamy head with long lasting lace.
S - Nice roast aroma, nothing offensive, just nice and clean.
T - Very tasty! Nice raosted malt action but it takes a bit to get it. This brew is all about aftertaste. You don't get it until 5 seconds after swallow - a bitter bitbut I liked it.
MF - Medium feel. There are hops here but they don't make this bounce off your tongue. Roast keeps it sitting and coating.
D - I could drink this for the evening. I could make this a favorite for Saturday movie night.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Mcneill's Brewery. 1Pt 6 fl oz.

Appears> a near-black color, thick frothy mocha colored head. Good amount of lacing and decent head retention.

Smells> malt sweetness, smokey, wheaty slight hop.

Tastes>Smokey malts, Roasted with a nice hop bite, Full and thick, very heady.

Feels>Medium body, thick, heavy look and feel. Smooth, but not by any means flat.

Thick hearty Porter done right. This is an excellent offering by a really good brewery.

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Photo of albern
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is the real deal. It pours the most foamy and prodigious head that I think I've seen on any beer. It is scoop-able that is how thick the head is. It is tannish and it retains amazingly so. The beer itself is inky black, there may be a tad bit of light that can seep through. This beer is just thick and creamy as the head of the beer reveals.

The nose on the beer is milk chocolate, cocoa, sweet malts, maybe some roasted notes. The tastes -- whoa -- this is really quite hopped up for a porter. It has very strong charred notes, prodigious coffee flavors, some roasted sweet grains, but mostly just coffee and maybe a tad bit of bittering dark chocolate. This is a full bodied beer that is more like a meal. The mouthfeel is creamy and the aftertaste does have some lingering and bittering hops. This beer is an experience well worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown that lets no light through. The best part is the head on this. Tan, chunky, and thick, this 2 inch creamy show-stopper stays all the way down the pint, leaving gobs - literally the size of marbles - stuck to the sides with every sip. I literally ran my finger around the inside of the glass when I was done -- like a kid cleaning out after having a chocolate milkshake. Absolutely fabulous.

Smells of dark roasted malt, coffee notes.

Taste of charred grain, coffee, something oddly leafy/herbal back there as well. Finish is clean.

Very much what you expect in a porter in body and texture. Little sips of larger mouthfuls make this an easy drinker. Might be my best purchase of the night, and @ $3.95 for a bomber, making me wish I bought 2. Try this one.

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Photo of Franchise
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark chocolate brown that leaves a thick tan head that stays with this brew. The aroma is so pleasant caramel, brown sugar, fresh cut grass over tones, followed by a herbal spiced hop presence. The taste starts bitter, a very aggresive bite that is quickly subdued by a sweetness of vanilla, oak, and caramel sugar. The finish is strong coffee and bittersweet cocoa, this is a lovely porter...thanks to BA LeeMarvin for bring this sample back from VT for me!

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Photo of puboflyons
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle with no expiration date or lot code. It pours a dark brown to nearly black with a foamy tan head. A touch of sedementary action floating in the brew as well. The aroma is a balance of chocolate malts, coffee, and hops. The mouthfeel is rather silky and of medium tecture. The taste is full of hop bitterness and a balance of dark malts. I am pleased that McNeill's brews are becoming more available next door in New Hampshire.

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Photo of zhooker
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Pours dark brown, with some lighter hues of amber here and there. Massive head of caramel-colored foam forms and dissipates, leaving some pretty lacing.

The nose contains more green and floral scents than sweet or savory ones. That is to say, it's mostly hoppy, with a little roasted malt. The smell is light and subtle, not overpowering or strong at all.

There is a satisfying roastiness to it at the front of the mouth, and an IPA-like hoppiness at the back. There is a hint of chocolate or toffee, but overall those deep flavors found in most porters are toned down. This produces an exceptionally crisp beer, for a porter at least.

The mouthfeel corroborates this -- light and crisp, nary a hint of creaminess. Goes down smooth, tongue wriggling only a little at the hoppiness.

This feels more like a Porter-IPA hybrid. I'm not sure I'd feed this to someone as a representative porter, but for those who instinctively shudder at any beer that pours with a hint of black, this could very well serve as a nice, light, inoffensive introduction to the genre. I would gladly order/buy this again, but would look elsewhere if seeking a more "true" porter taste. (If that benchmark actually exists).

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Photo of kennyo
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the bottles that I picked up at the Brattleboro coop.

Pours a deep dark nearly opaque brown with a tan head that disapates farily quick. Aroma and taste is chocolate milk. Nice roastiness, dry finish. Light in the carbonation. A fine drinking beer

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Photo of cichief
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on draft at McNeill's Brewery in Brattleboro, VT.

A- Pours very dark brown, almost opaque, with a thin, brown head of foam.

S- Smells of roasted malt, coffee and licorice. Somewhat hoppy.

T- Intense flavor of roasted barley, dry hops, and strong coffee.

M- Creamy, smooth. Very thick on the tongue, with a dry finish.

D- A great beer for a cool day in the mountains.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

Dark black in colour with a clear reddish hue. Smells of toasty malts. Slightly more bitter throughout (more than most porters) with a hint of malt and an underlying roasted flavour. Bitter aftertaste.

Would I buy this beer again? Sure.

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