Pisgah Porter | Pisgah Brewing Co.

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Pisgah PorterPisgah Porter

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Pisgah Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 64
Photo of farrago
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid two finger head of light brown, dense froth, slow to evaporate and with very strong lacing. Very dark brown color, a shade short of black, you get a splash of orange at the outermost rims, impressive looking. Malty nose of carob, milk chocolate, cocoa without making a fuss over it, cappuccino notes as well, nice little burst of black raisin, cherry fruit and mixed white nuts, never too sugary so doesn't really need hoppiness for counter-weight, could see more lactose notes coming out with aging. Medium-bodied, perky carbonation keeps the bubbles perpetually in the mix, at the same time much clarity in the malt, milk chocolate, cocoa and then cafe con leche, caramel flavors. Through the mid-palate takes on both more florality and a light bitter streak, the hops are indeed in there. Typical organic mineral water component as well. Leaves a strong impression of roast and oils behind at the end.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

64oz growler brought home from the source

a-brownish ruby color with nice highlights on the edge...1/4 inch khaki head that lived a short life

s-nice malt profile with a little coffee and molasses. nice subtle hop profile as well

t-lovely malt taste followed by subtle coffee and something that reminds me of toasted almonds. subtle hops near the end and finishes slightly slick

m-not quite as chewy as i like my porters but overall good...nice carbonation that help up well in the growler thanks to pisgahs unique growler filler that purges the growler during filling

d-drinkabililty is off the charts i think i could finish the whole growler tonight even though i dont think thats a good idea..truly a drinking persons porter

this is a good porter...and i would have it more often if it wasnt for the 2 1/2 hour drive for me to go get it...maybe someday

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Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Decade's in Asheville, NC.

Pours one shade away from black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer of bubbles on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with a very slight unsweetened chocolate aroma.

Tastes good. Roasted malts up front with smooth unsweetened chocolate hints at the end. Ending is solidly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It could be just a tad thicker, but it's still pretty smooth.

Drinkability is good. I downed one glass pretty quickly and could have had another.

Overall this was a solid porter. There aren't a whole lot of bells and whistles here but it does what it does well. Worth a shot.

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Photo of GJ40
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Camino's in Black Mountain, NC.

A - Brown with a moderate beige head. Loads of well formed lacing as the glass empties!

S - Mild aromas of chocolate malt and brown sugar.

T - A very smooth and well balanced beer with semi sweet malt and hop flavor. A very nice porter.

M - Good carbonation and consistency.

D - Very smooth and easy to drink. A great session beer.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler purchased about a week ago.

A very dark brown color, with some ruby highlights in the glass. There's kind of a think off-white head, without much lacing. And the head disappears kind of quickly. There's a kind of faint coffee smell backed by a good bit of sweetness that isn't too pronounced. The roasted smell is the strongest. There isn't much hop presence, but if there's any it's earthy. The taste has a good sweet undertone with great roasted barley presence. I remember having it in the tasting room and thinking it tasted just like coca-cola (though I haven't had Coke in like 8 years). You could call it a coffee taste here, with some good sweetness to balance the bitter roasted flavor. The mouthfeel is sort of watery, but it's alright. The carbonation is great. This drinks very well. Drinkability is probably the best aspect of this. I would love to have more and more. It's a good drink, worth a try for anyone.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pisgah Porter, on tap at the Pisgah Tasting Room, Black Mountain, NC, 12/30/08. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A nice one-finger, light tan head atop a dark, slightly-reddish brown body - surprisingly light looking, actually, though I suppose that's in line with a Porter - with tons of ruby hues. Lacing is the real story though, fantastic-looking, sticky, delicate, with fine patterns splattered all over the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Intensely roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate notes - perhaps in a 2:1 ratio? It's a little one-dimensional in that this is all I'm getting out of it, but it's still absolutely fantastic smelling, so I can't knock it too much. Who says you can have too much of a good thing?

Taste: Heavily earthy with roasted coffee, fainter chocolate than in the nose, plenty of toast, and mild and faint toasted astringencies. Wisps of smoke peek through, too.

Mouthfeel: A medium bodied brew with lots of large efferevescence, leading to a big big, even mouth.

Drinkability: Is this one brewed with coffee?! Sure tastes like it. I've had the Valdez before and loved it, and Pisgah continues to impress with their darker brews. Love that it's organic too. A very sessionable and tasty porter.

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Photo of dashirey
4.39/5  rDev +16.4%
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 CWiggins
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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 drperm
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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 brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -5%
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 mikesgroove
4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
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 blackie
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
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 orfeu
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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 ByTor2112
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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 GCBrewingCo
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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 EvilTwin
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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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