Pisgah Porter | Pisgah Brewing Co.

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3.8/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pisgah Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States
pisgahbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
67
pDev:
12.37%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
 
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Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 67
Reviews by VaterRoss:
Photo of VaterRoss
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery as part of a flight.

Deep brown color (light comes through reddish) with a nice tan head. Smell has lots of roasted malt coffee notes. Taste proves the smell to be true, though there is a bit of wateryness that I'm not 100% loving (perhaps I have had too many stouts?). Medium in body and med carbed.

Taste profile is spot on but the wateryness is killing me.

From notes, Mar 17, 2012

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer arrived on the table lightly hazy brownish black with an off-white low and persistent head which lasted very well to lace the glass.

The aroma was smoky with a nice and light chocolate character and a nice roasty coffee aromatic.

The flavor was chocolate and caramel most notable with a nice caramel presence and an earthy character which contained a grassy bittering.

The finish was dry with lasting chocolate and coffee into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a creamy contribution from the carbonation. A great beer with a nice chocolat and bit of roast.

The finish was The body was


This should be Pisgah Organic Porter. Pint at Ed Boudreaux's in Asheville.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.51/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Screw-top growler received via Growling at the Moon from bross242. Thanks for the brew, Billy!

First steinful pours with a 1" brown head, over the slightly cloudy reddish brown brew. Fluffy head lasts and lasts, with thick coating lace. Aroma is grain husks and light citrus.

Taste starts with a worty sweetness, peek of citrus in the middle, and a balanced, lightly hoppy close. Mouthfeel is way smooth, with awesome drinkability. Just an easy drinking, good old porter. Cheers to GATM!

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a dark brown color and a tan head that nicely laces the pint glass

Smell: A bit roasty but not much to it

Taste: Opens with a roasty flavor that has hints of cocoa and coffee; the flavor development after the swallow leaves a bit to be desired

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink but a middle of the road porter; not memorable

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours chestnut brown body with a thin, fizzy beige head.

Smell: Subtle aroma of earthy bittersweet chocolate with a hint of nuts.

Taste: Light bittersweet chocolate taste rounded out by a soft roastiness. Just a touch of hops in the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A simple, though decent porter. I had this on-tap at Barley's in Asheville and later the Brewgrass Beer Festival.

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Photo of EvilTwin
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I sampled this smooth drinking porter at The Watershed in Black Mountain NC.
I should make a note, I dont drink beer while hot or after a hard days work.
I was working locally and after work went with friends to this bar because they wanted to have a beer before heading home.
Not being a "bud, bud light, corona" drinker I checked the tap offerings and decided to try this porter from a brewery I had not heard of.
It poured nice and dark with a mild 3/8" head.
Nice aroma, not overpowering but not too weak. Smell of coffee and citrus.
Good taste, smooth to drink. Nice use of hops, but not overpowering. I also like a hoppy beer so this is from my viewpoint.
As it warmed up the taste thickened but it is still easy to put away a few at a setting.

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Photo of blackie
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: The beer is practically black, with good retention of a healthy beige head. Moderate lacing.

smell/taste: A very smooth and quite enjoyable blend of roasted malts give a mix of woody/earthy and chocolate flavors and aromas. Very well rounded in terms of malt and hop balance. Cleans up well with an earthy hop flavor and moderate bitterness.

m: Full-medium body and low-medium carbonation. Smooth.

d: easy...went down great with coconut curry

enjoyed on tap at both Barley's and Rosetta's Kitchen (a killer vegetarian restaurant, highly recommended)

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Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, package of porters from borata

appearance: love the pisgah labels - poured into great dane imperial pint, dark mahogany body, creamy tan lace

smell: dry roasty aroma, cocoa powder, light coffee with a touch of cream

taste: nothing too exciting here - wish there were some deeper more refined flavors. dry, roasty, light cocoa, a touch of wood, cream

mouthfeel: a little thin, not overly creamy

drinkability: fine

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a toasty tan head that pops and cracks its creamy self down slowly. The liquid is a bruised-purple/brown color with some ruby highlights.

Toasty aroma, leaning toward all-out smoke. Gives it a kind of campfire vibe, you know, how your clothes smell after sitting around a bonfire all night. A bit of coffee in the background, and something that hints at the kind of dark sour fruit of the super old-school English porter style.

Yeah, the flavor does deliver a sour dark fruit element as the aroma hinted. Nutty too, like an English brown. Some light-roast coffee char flavor, plenty of smokiness and the slightest hint of bittersweet dark chocolate...but this is anything but sweet, underscored further by how dry it is. It also takes on a pretty acidic character with some warming; and if you think about it, hops and coffee share traits of bitterness and acidity, so the malt variety here (5 different ones) and whole leaf hops seem to be contributing to this.

Smooth as silk going down; just a little bit of stickiness, which keeps the sour/bitter vibe rolling.

I like this, although it's so straightforward that the pizazz factor remains pretty low. Even if I prefer a bigger, juicier porter (Baltic, baby!), this was enjoyable from first sip to last.

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Photo of orfeu
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big respect to mikesgroove for sending this growler with the crazy silkscreened Pisgah logo on it (really the most elaborate artwork I've ever seen on a growler) all the way up here to me in Buffalo. Very obviously a porter of the "brown" species rather than "robust" as this is a somewhat murky mahogany brew with russet highlights. Very noisy light tan fizz for about five seconds, then just some surface skim and a thin ring. Lacking much of a head, this doesn't put forth a super strong aroma, but what I pick up is pretty enticing, with medium-roast coffee, damp topsoil, and toasted grain notes. The taste is unobtrusive but self-assured, with the above noted grain and coffee flavors present alongside a semi-sweet caramel character and a somewhat exotic and difficult to describe leafy-grassy hop flavor. Intriguing to say the least, and moreover it keeps me drinking in an effort to pin the flavor down. Easy-going, medium-light body with a smooth yet lively mouthfeel. Super sessionable. I've had other certified organic beers before, but this is my first organic porter. It's really a decent, solidly drinkable beer, but I'm still waiting for an organic beer to really knock my socks off. I have the feeling I shouldn't hold my breath...

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dreary night, full of chilly rain and gloom here in Portland... could summer have left us already? Or, a better question: did it ever arrive? Regardless, a perfect night for a Porter; this 22 oz bottle, from the epic NC-themed sampling sent by Metalmonk, has been tucked away in the fridge for several weeks. And into the Adnams pint glass...

Label calls this simply 'Porter' (no need for the 'Organic' as ALL of Pisgah's beers are certified as such per their website). An idyllic/psychedelic illustration of babbling brooks, arcing rainbows, colorful florae, plump 'shrooms...and gnarled old trees with faces on them...

"We all drink downstream."

A: Notable ruby-ish tint to this deep brown porter; held to light it's pretty easy to peer through - lovely color, just a little light. Gorgeous tan topping: nearly two-fingers of sandy-tinged froth that winnows over 5 minutes or so to a 1/4" dense lid, then a freckled film. Slick lace bands break apart gradually.

S: A little milk chocolate, even corn syrup, in the nose, then a slight lactic/sour twinge (not off-putting in particular, but it's there). A mustier, drier grain to follow. Decent strength.

T: I'm thankful that cocoa and sweetened latte are the predominant flavors. There's still a dry, earthy grunge - accentuated by something akin to ripe blackberries - and a gritty ash/char. Good balance and lingering flavor that volleys between bitterness and sweetness.

M: Lighter in body, but velvety-smooth. Carbonation is there, but it's so fine one hardly notices. As mentioned above, a fine coating grit; also, a stickiness on the lips.

D: A maltier porter that never states its weight, but probably doesn't need to ~ seems in the 5.5% range, and that makes it a good drinker, one easy to consume in its entirety. For my first beer from Pisgah, I'm plenty happy.

Thanks, Jeff!

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Bier Garden this week-end in Asheville. Nice dark brown color. Hard to get a dominant aroma, roated and dark malts, mild hop aroma. Nice bitterness is immediate while the malt comes and goes all the way to the finish. I taste the dark malts and the finish is clean. I can detect a little caramel flavor. A good froth releases some tannin-like flavors. This Porter is smooth but has a nice combination of ingredients that make it complex. Healthy malt bill, a good hop edge to it, clean finish.

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Photo of Deuane
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep, dark brown body with ruby highlights and a thick light tan head that reduces slightly but hangs on strong and leaves copious lace. This is a MIGHTY fine looking brew.

S-Rich toasted malt with a fair amount of roast and a touch of smoke. Subtle hints of bitter chocolate and espresso.

T-A big dose of roasted/toasted malt and bitter chocolate. Nice backing bitterness from earthy hops and a dose of espresso. Not over the top here but solid for sure.

M-Medium bodied and you would think with all of the flavour this one would be more robust than it is. Certainly not watery but seems to be missing the mark here just a little. Smooth with good lingering earthy bitterness.

D-Solid, tasty, flavourful and easy to drink. I would happily choose this as my everyday drinking porter.

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Photo of bdupree
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Dark, ruby red when held to the light. Not much head, and it doesn't hang around very long.

S - Cocoa aroma, maybe some hints of roasted coffee. Definitely has an earthy hint to it, but not much hops at all.

T - First impression is a little flat, seems like there is something missing when I think of other great Porters. The cocoa comes across, and that hint of roasting. Still, flavor does not bowl me over.

M - Very, very lightweight for a Porter. Somewhat watery.

D - This is actually a very drinkable Porter year-round, but it is not what I would look for in the style.

NOTE: I had this a couple of weeks ago on tap at the brewery, and my impression was much better. We brought home a growler, and that seemed to be really good as well. I'll chalk this down as a little bit of inconsistency from an otherwise great brewer.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of CWiggins
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had just emptied a growler of Pisgah's Pale Ale when my friend mentioned she was headed to Asheville for a week. I handed her my growler and asked for a refill of "whatever she could find." Lucky for me, the Porter was easily available. This brew pours a near-black, with a tan head that reaches for the third finger but never quite gets there. The aroma is chock full of roasted malts and the sweet smell of bittersweet chocolate. It's a lean porter; there's a mild-but-leasing amount of dark coffee and dark chocolate flavor afoot, while the smooth and rich flavors of dark-roasted malts fill the palate. The finish and aftertaste are awash in a brilliant combination of malts and hops, with the latter certainly being noticed without becoming overwhelming. A mild sweetness pervades the flavor as well, particularly on the front.

This medium-bodied porter is a nice addition to the world of dark beers. My growler is empty; so sad!

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Photo of ffejherb
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Pisgah on 11/28/09.

A - Medium to dark brown body with reddish hues and half a finger of creamy tan head that settled into a patchy, wispy veil, leaving swatches of lace around the rim of the glass.

S - Roasty aroma with a complementary chocolate presence and a hint of coffee. Lots of nutty character as well. Hints of vanilla and woody, earthy notes open up a bit as the liquid reached room temperature.

T - Flavor combines roasted malt and coffee up front, then segues into a dominant nutty character with a hint of astringency. Subtle chocolate and vanilla offer some sweetness, while there is enough earthy hop bitterness in the finish to provide a nice contrast.

M - Medium bodied and fairly robust, with a light syrupy texture, though perhaps a tad thin and watery overall. Mild hop bitterness with a hint of astringency on the palate.

D - Very good representation of the style with all of the requisite characteristics that make for a great American porter.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

64oz Growler filled the same day, Poured into several Pint Glass

A – Poured a very nice deep dark brown with a huge billowing head of tan colored lace. It kept reinforcing itself for the first few minutes, resulting in about three fingers deep of the frothy brown foam. It delicately faded leaving behind tremendous amounts of side glass lace. A very big looking porter, I have not seen one look this thick in a long time.

S – The aroma was full of roasted malts. A good amount of sugar was added o the mix, a nice warm aroma coming up through it and mixed in very nicely with a nice earthy grain like smell. Some hosp were present in there somewhere, and a touch of a smoked aroma was capping it off very nicely. A very full smell.

T – The flavor was great. Very full flavored with a great profile. The first flavor to hit was a roasted caramel mixed in with somewhat of a smoked flavor. Very nicely done and just the right amount of sweetness to accent it perfectly. Very deep roasted malts and a good earthy kind of flavor then enveloped the middle, giving hints of grains and of a slight grassiness. The flavor was a touch hoppy at the end, but the nice caramel sugar notes were the ones that lingered the longest and gave it its depth.

M – Great smooth feel, this medium bodied porter looked, smelled, tasted the part, and now held up on this end as well. A little fuller in feel then your normal porter, but not filling at all. This had really great carbonation up until the last drop and really a great smooth, consistent feel.

D – Superb, when I tell you this growler was gone before I new It, this thing was tremendous. You could literally drink this all night long, and I would have. It was so vibrant in flavor and with such a nice smooth feel, it never really got boring, or filled you up. Low abv as well just added to it.

Overall I have always really liked this brew but just have not had the chance to really give it a good review. The growler I took home really let me do this right and I am glad. This is such a staple of the area and rightfully so, you really just cannot go wrong hear. It seems everything they brew is gold, and this is one of the old standbys. If you try it you literally cannot go wrong. If you need a really good sessionable dark ale, this is it, accept no substitute.

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Photo of yourefragile
2.43/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle.

Pours an opaue dark brown, with a light tan head that quickly fades to a thick collar and thin film. Thick sheets of lace. Mild nose of caramel malt, licorice, soda, and a bittersweet tang. Flavor is showing signs of infection and oxidization. Overcarbonated, fizzy body, bittersweet fruit from the start, typical malty porter flavors are consumed by the body and slightly sour flavors. Oh well.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours deep amber/near brown, being topped with about a finger of light colored mocha head. A thin, yet frothy, retention yields a solid smattering of spotty lacing behind. The aroma is full of smooth toasted grains, sticky burnt molasses, and tangy earthy hops. Nice full richness here to the nose, with this definitely veering towards the roastier side of things.

Hops control the taste up front, with a sharp bitterness to it that spreads spice and earth out into the profile. Malts are roasty and smokey overall but mix in nicely with some tangier notes of toffee and cocoa. The finish is quite roasty, along with a deep lingering spiciness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp creaminess to it that fills the palate up with flavor. There's a chewy slickness underneath that seems to come from a combo of malty sweetness and hops.

Nice. I was pleasantly surprised by this offering, which featured robust flavors and a firm, yet creamy, body. Good take on an American Porter here from the boys at Pisgah.

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Photo of scifan
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle that was bought at City Beverage in Winston-Salem, NC. I really like the art on Pisgah's bottles. Pours kind of light brown that looks like a dark ruby color when held to the light. Had s nice light tan head that fades rather quickly leaving little lacing. Not really much on the nose just hints of chocolate malts with a touch of nuttiness. Also a healthy dose of earthy hops.
Smooth chocolate hits the palate first followed a floral hoppiness. Just a touch too thin for my liking and is a little too carbonated. Not too much goin on here just a nice simple porter that goes down nice and easy.

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Photo of dashirey
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just got around to reviewing this growler that Deuane brought from the great state of NC!!

A - Very dark, bordering on opaque, colored pour with about one finger's worth of tan head.

S - Great smell overall. Roasted scents, with some coffee and chocolate too.

T - Smell predicts the tastes very well. All are present. Great taste overall!

M - Medium mouthfeel that is very smooth but you are hit with a bite/sting right at the end.

D - Great! Very easy drinking. Unknown ABV but doesn't seem too high, so splitting a growler was no problem, and enjoyable to boot.

Great overall beer that I really wish I could get my hands on more often! Thanks to the folks at Pisgah for another great offering.

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Photo of octo
2.46/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle

A- reddish brown, with khaki head that dissipates with no lacing. Seems kind of light for a porter.
S- Doesnt smell like much of anything. I can pick up some faint malts and a little bit of soy sauce?
T- toffee, dark roasted malts, a little bitter. it tastes like its missing something.
M- very light. kind of watery. it feels like soda in my mouth, literally. this is way too carbonated.
D- really easy to drink, as its so light, easiest porter Ive ever drank at least.

Overall, I dont really rate beers, but this was just a let down from pisgah. Maybe it was a bad bottle, or was stored improperly before I got it or something. It really just tastes like malty soda water to me, wont be trying this one again. bummer. I also see that I'm the only one to review this from the bottle, not on tap or growler? made me very gassy.. like my first homebrew did.

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Photo of drperm
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Made with a combination of five organic malts, this is a pleasant and easy contribution to the world of porter. A nice chocolatey opening salvo, with pleasant mild hop notes. Some smokiness is present, too, enabling it to match not only raspberries (a great combo) but savory dishes as well, I would think. A thin but smooth finish -- it ended much more abruptly and quickly than I was imagining it to.

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Photo of Bung
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Barleys Taproom Asheville. Light black pour with some brown around the edges. Some off white head. Aroma has some roast and some sweet, malt, chocolate, molasses. Not the strongest however. Flavor is a bit stronger, roast malt, some molasses, peat, leather. Some dakr chocolate then light coffee finish. Body is maybe medium, definetely could be thicker.

For an organic not bad at all, compared overall, it is a bit average. Pisgah makes some excellent brews, this I don't think is their best. Their website claims this to be their "darkest" brew, really maybe their 4th darkest beer I've had from them. This just needs "more".

Had this along with Catawba King Coconut porter and Foothills Peoples porter. Peoples porter blows them both away.

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