Ginseng Porter | Oregon Trail Brewery

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Oregon Trail Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by beerguy101 on 10-11-2003

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by Chris-MOC9:
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3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this from work, it not a growler but a mini keg we call party pigs, 2.5 gal.

A-Pours very black, with little bit of carbonation

S-lite smell of malts and hops, little hints of chocolate and earthly ginseng

T-Malty with a great mouth feel, little bit of carbonation, hints of chocolate and the ginseng gives it a barely noticeable earthy or tangy to it which I liked

O- I have been enjoying this over the holidays and I would get it again. A very solid porter from Oregon Trails

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More User Reviews:
Photo of bluckbeyes
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of calmond72
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of meisterkirke
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had to select a serving type but wasn't really the above but was closest to the pig.

For the past three years I have purchased Oregon Trail's Ginseng porter in a pig. I love the pig distribution system so I can have a lot or a little and doesn't skunk on you. It also travels well. 2.25 gallons, sits in the fridge next to the bacon as a pig should.

It is very smooth leans more to the malty side instead of hoppy, ginseng present and some hint of coffee as well. I have had several friends pour a beer from this pig and those who like a porter are not disappointed at all.

Dark brown color, tough to see through, nice long finish, average carbonation levels. This is a hearty porter that you can really chew on.

If in Covalis I will try it on tap as well.

Great porter!!

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Photo of beerguy101
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at the 2003 Oregon Brewers Fest. Dark brown color. Medium head. Aroma is spicy (Ginseng?) and malty. A medium bodied porter. Malts are nutty and sweet. Chocolate and coffee flavor are subdued somewhat by an earthiness that could be from the ginseng. Kind of interesting. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A rare treat to have on tap here in the North East. Many thanks to Redbones for their devotion to the NW brews. Solid black in color with a tan head that leaves a nice lace. Sweet smell with hints of chocolate and coffee which is exactly what I would expect. What is didn't expect is how sweet the taste is. The Ginsing gives it a whole new demention. Not as robust as other Porters I have had. I bit sweeter than I prefer but the complexity makes up for it. I should also note some great hop notes in there as well.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Think of this beer as composed of two distinct elements. The first of these is a skillfully presented porter with hearty robust flavor and a solid opaque body. The second element is an herbal infusion of four different ginseng roots: American, Korean, Siberian, and Chinese Tienchi. The peculiar marriage of malted barley, whole hops, and a blend of four ginsengs results in a dark muscular beer with the rooted sensibilities of an herbal tonic. Talk about yin and yang. This beer’s got plenty of both.

The flavor has every element of a fine roasted porter. Nothing is lost or compromised. The ginseng only adds an earthen depth to an already substantial ale, creating an unfiltered, invigorating, and near-medicinal brew.

Of course, ginseng is not everyone’s cup of tea. But it just might be your mug of porter. Don't miss the opportunity to find out for yourself.

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Ginseng Porter from Oregon Trail Brewery
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 7 ratings