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

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-12-2003

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Ratings: 96 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of drseamus
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle at a deli after an excellent day of skiing at Mount Snow. There was 18" of fresh powder. Very nice. Anyway, this beer pours very dark with almost no head. When held to the light, some light does get through with a ruby tinge. The smell is all roasted malt with a slight bit of chocolate. The flavor is very chocolaty initially, with a good bit of roast in there as well. The abundance of chocolate makes it a bit bitter. It is medium bodied, although the chocolate flavor makes it seem a bit heavier. This is a good beer, although perhaps a bit too bitter to drink a lot of.

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Photo of Liquids
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought a bomber of this after having it on tap at Muddy Waters In Burlington, VT and was going crazy over it.

Dark cloudy, unfiltered brown that appears black if not in the light, but with a thin scummy head. Can't put my finger on the aroma...sweet, almost a wheat aroma? German hops? Not your typical porter aroma. Gently hoppy. Dark malts and no alcohol. Dense caramel malt aromas of sugars not broken down. Taste is much like the aroma, dark roasted malts in the first sip and aftertaste, hoppy and the coppery/earthy caramel flavors in the middle. Hops are gentle but present. Mouthfeel is full bodied, heavier than on tap, but a solid mouthfeel. This is WAAAAY better on tap for some reason, seemed like a completely different beer - on tap it was very porter-like, english, gentle but tasty, not too sweet and just hoppy enough. This is a whole nother beast. Nothing I'd buy again sadly.

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Photo of Damian
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a transparent black with a minuscule tan head. Moderate lacing (surprising for such a small head).

Aroma was amazing and consisted of intense molasses, maple syrup and strong malts.

Taste was slightly more harsh than the smell. Hops were detectable from start to finish. Aftertaste was a mix of hops and some smoky malts.

Creamy and smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
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 Franchise
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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 Hibernator
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
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 ChuckD
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle brought back from VT poured into a chalice. Nice, thick tan head atop a black/brown body.

To the nose, there is a huge organic sweetness. The malts are in a very natural setting here and seem comfortable. Slight airyness from fragrant hop presence.

In the mouth, a motherlode of musty sweet malts. Complex layer after layer. It starts with a great acidity and finishes nice and sweet. The hop character is slight but noticeable.

The feel is substantial and full. Not overwhelming due to a tiny carbonation that cuts the whole deal. Finish is dry and organic again.

Musings: A Porter night for me - and this was the best I tried. A great, thick brew that presents a nice complex taste character. Highly recommended - I wish they would distribute.

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Photo of kennyo
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
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 Jredner
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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 lpayette
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
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 francisweizen
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
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 Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jet black, foam, molasses aroma, subordinate sourness. Good drink on oppressive day, with lunch, thanks to Golorak. Simple, balanced, not too coffee, had a due date of January. If it was this year, its fine, and lasted time and the weather. Understated carbonation and well hopped, Smooth.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased at Winooski Beverage Warehouse, Winooski, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head over the clear mahogany brew. Head lasts pretty well for a McNeill's bottle, with nice lacing. Aroma is hearty dark grains, with a slight vinous character running through. The taste is upfront with the grain as portended, and then gets a bit muddy and sour in the middle, and closes with a pleasant crispness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both okay, if that sourness could just go away, we'd be good to go. Might be an age problem, but since their bottles only marka best by month, no year (this one's marked November), not sure if it's past their idea of its prime or not. A good beer nonetheless, and yet another McNeill's brew that I figure would be great fresh and/or on cask at the brewpub.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mcneills. Almost black, this one wears a nice film of laced beige silk, fully lasting. Typical chocolate and coffee aroma shows great evolution as it warms toward a moderate roastiness, smooth yet very malty and not too sweet. Smoky and highly roasty palate. It remains a diplomat, bringing along vanilla and tobacco hints to pair with an honest bitterness like a conciliator. Ultra smooth body seems to complement the flavour profile through its perfect carbonation and creaminess. Excellent!

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
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 edchicma
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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 AllThingsNinja
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Anam Cara, this deep black beer was surprisingly light and creamy. The roast coffee notes over powered any hints of chocolate to me, making the porter seem a little less complex than possible but still quite enjoyable. The malt flavors were quite rich balanced by a sharp harp nose.

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Photo of mydeadguy
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
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 scottum
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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 far333
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with a chunky, bumpy oatmeal colored head that hangs around. Aroma is cocoa and roasty malt. Flavor is cocoa and coffee with a mild hop finish. The mouthfeel is a bit watery, carbonation is too low for me. Flavor is very nice, and stays rich and thick throughout the glass. Very dark and smooth.

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Photo of dwarbi
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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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