Pilot Rock Porter
Caldera Brewing Company

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American Porter
Ranked #679
Ranked #26,280
3.8 | pDev: 9.47%
Caldera Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Pilot Rock PorterPilot Rock Porter
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Photo of Myros
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a can to a conical pint glass.
Pours a clear, dark brown with garnet highlights. A 2 finger, light brown head has good retention and lacing as beer level recedes.

Aroma is of bready, dark malts with caramel, chocolate, and coffee notes. Mild dark fruit is included.

Taste is lightly burnt toast with a mildly sweet malt (chocolate) finish. Fruity esters are moderate. A low moderate roasted grain bite provides bitterness. Low hop flavor and bitterness. Mild alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium body, a watery finish, and light carbonation.

Overall, a clean, dark malty beer with enough complexity to make it interesting but not substantial. A fairly mild but good American porter.

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Myros from Washington, Feb 03, 2019
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3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pilot Rock is a clean beer. Beautiful in fact, with a deep stained mahogany color complete with crimson highlights. A creamy khaki colored headrests above maintaining good surface coverage and spotty lacing.

Like any good English style Porter, this boasts a a lot of mineral, or metallic aromas. Burnt toast scrapings lie underneath with just a few drops of caramel.

Toasted bread again comes forth as the main ingredient, then roasted coffee and finally followed by a soy sauce like sweetness, and even a little olive brine.

The body is a bit thin and heavily carbonated. Almost spritzy, really. Pretty well balanced, but if anything it leans lightly on the sweet side.

Overall, it's okay. Not my kind of Porter, as I like a little more heft and roasty bitterness to compliment the rest. Cheers.

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3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a dark brown color with some dark ruby red highlights along the sides of the glass. The head was about a finger's worth in depth and slid off at a fairly nice pace. Some light spotty lace ran here and there.
The aroma had some roasty and sweet coffee tones playing with a light herbal to grassy hop effect and then a light milk chocolate came in underneath for a slight balance.
The flavor was mainly sweet with the herbal quality coming in nicely for a decent balance. Light blend of the coffee, milk chocolate and a touch of vanilla extract in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Nice wet smooth texture along my tongue like a good porter should be. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt spot on. Smooth semi-sweet balanced finish.
Overall, pretty nice porter that I would be willing to come back to.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can. Dark ruby-brown pour with a tall tan head. Roasted grains, cold brewed coffee, chocolate, licorice and some subtle green hop. Medium bodied and medium carbonation with a roasty bitter aftertaste.

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Marius from Netherlands, Oct 17, 2016
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4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark brown with a fat tan head and a sultry ruby glint.

Brisk nose because of the hop. Cool light herbal. Light sweet cocoa. Roasty malt softened by a bit of caramel. Grassy hop with full malt flavors. Crisp bitter finish . Robust coffee lingers in the aftertaste. Medium body.

he willamette hop has a scent that is fresh and a touch fruity. It's hard to describe but even though it smells "fruity" it does not smell like any fruit. It's listed as a bittering hop. It's as though grass and pepper surround thiis fresh white cone that is crisp and "juicy." (There's that word juicy ) It adds softness to the body of the beer unobtrusively. The floral is the crisp fruity-ish scent. You can just taste it as the beer finishes. Crisp subtle hop. The roasty malt has a powerful full flavor and bitter edge and comes to the finish vibrant and without sugar or thickness in the mouthfeel. Has lovely caramel in it that is not too strong. Caramel can be light or heavy, stiff or more supple and smooth. In this beer it gives depth and dimension to a complex malt. That hop as much as the malt character accents dryness. If the beer was bigger abv it would not have been as dry and with a bittersweet chocolate taste to finish it. It becomes fragrant with nuts and a bit of light char as it warms and also has a light fruity ester from yeast that reminds me of dark grapeskin. More mild and much less hoppy than your average American style porter, this one has finesse and drinks happily. So happily! Outstanding and it's easy to see why this won the category. It's frank, straightforward and has a lovely layered flavor to the malt without heaviness. The finish is expert and so clean that it has a thinnish "porter" like feeling. No flavors from alcohol, no mouthfeel from alcohol. Outstanding!

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utopiajane from New York, Oct 10, 2016
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3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- black color, thin head that dissipates quickly
S- chocolate, roasted malt
T- chocolate, roasted malt
M- medium to full bodied, kinda in between
D- very good. I would definitely drink it again.

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jeffjeff1 from California, Aug 31, 2016
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4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- Poured with a half inch head.
Appearance is completely black

S- dark chocolate, roasted nut, some coffee but chocolate and roasted nut are at the forefront

T- roasted nut is the most predominant taste and the Chocolate is definitely there also. Some espresso added in

F- dry finish

After only a few sips I know this is a great porter. Simple but gives you everything that a porter should give you and it does it with a nice smooth finish.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Saloon in Amersfoort for 6 euros. Head dissipates quickly. Color is very good. Taste is good but could be thicker. Good caramel, low carbonation.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

COD 9/9/15. Pours very dark brown but not quite black. World class head volume and retention, poor lacing.

Very good nose of chocolate, light roast and caramel.

Light medium body that is smooth, yet a bit thin. Light carbonation that is lacking and well below normal.

The flavor profile is good. The taste follows the nose in terms of flavors, but lacks intensity and separation. Bitterness is very light as is the sweetness provided for balance. This is an average porter at best.

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tillmac62 from South Carolina, May 02, 2016
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3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can

I bought this about a month and a half ago, strait from the brewery. I’m assuming it should still be fine.

A smooth pour yields a very small film of head. I’ll admit I didn’t give a lot of effort during the pour to get head, but it was such a smooth pour. Regardless, there should be more than this. I have a feeling it was more the beer anyways, I could hear the head fizzing, and within seconds it was gone. The beer looks like soda now. The body is an extremely dark brown, almost black. Visibility is zero. So far not a good looking beer.

The smell is nice, but faint. Slight roastyness, with a nice subtle chocolate presence. I mean, I really hesitate to give this beer a 4 for smell, because the smell is just so damn small. But it smells good, and it makes me want to drink it.

The taste is good, but very standard. Very similar to the flavor, chocolate, and a small roasty flavor hit first. Followed by a sweetness. Finishing with a nice dry bitterness, that is very small, but lingers for a second. I will say this, for being simple, the flavors do a nice job of hitting you all the way through the beer. Again, I hate to give this beer a 4 for flavor, because it's just not very exciting, but it's a good beer, so what the heck.

The mouthfeel is ok, it's not thin, but definitely not thick. It's probably about right for a porter, but I'd like something a little bit thicker, I'm not drinking a black lager here. Carbonation is medium-low.

The drinkability is through the roof. This beer is damn crushable. 6% isn't huge, but still.

The appearance turned out pretty darn bad. Zero lacing. 1.5 cause it isn't see through?

Overall this is a good beer. It's very safe, and borderline boring. But it hits the right notes, and is in no way bad. Nothing wrong with having a sessionable porter. I should add that I would definitely consider this beer fresh.

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3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, dark brown in color, with 1/2 inch head. Taste is milk chocolate, roasted malt, with a touch of coffee and dark chocolate. Sugary/creamy taste at the end. Medium bodied and sweet. My type of porter..not overly roasty or coffee forward. I like this one and would pick it up again.

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tigg924 from Massachusetts, Mar 25, 2016
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4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not as hoppy as I feared it would be as a west coast Porter. Slightly more bitter than some porters, but well-balanced and very drinkable. Malty and delicious. I could easily drink these all night.

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johnnyd10vt from Oklahoma, Feb 28, 2016
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3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 FL OZ can
Served in a snifter

This beer pours very dark brown in color with ruby highlights. It is topped with two inches of tan head that leaves little lacing.

It has a nice aroma of chocolate and roasted malt.

It has chocolate flavor and some cocoa flavor. There is some unsweetened chocolate bitterness in the finish.

It has a rich, full, creamy mouthfeel.

This is a solid porter. It has a great mouthfeel, and the taste is good enough to have another.

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3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Can pours into a tulip with a black body and a tall off-white head rising to just about two fingers high. Good head retention to a cap of thick frothy texture. Thick lacing webs immediately with more outstretched ones below.

S- Aromas on the medium browned to dark side of the malt spectrum with toastiness and roastiness off the top. Toasted nuts, charred barley, medium Crystal grain sweets, raisin and a hint of coffee and chocolate come to mind. Fades out a lot with time.

T- For whatever reason the flavor shifts a bit further into the blackened end of the spectrum with bitter dark chocolate, burnt grains, coffee and roast barley a bit more prominent here. Beyond those are notes of molasses, medium caramelized sugars, toasted almonds/nuts, browned bread, cherry and raisins. Touch of earthy hops to balance.

MF- Light-medium overall body thickness for the style with a medium-high level of carbonation creating a slight lack of support for the roasty flavors. Texture is slightly fizzy and frothy adding to the previous point. Ends with a cocoa bitterness.

Easy-drinking American Porter which brings on the toasty to dark burnt malts but leaves something to be desired thanks to a body that comes off as somewhat thin.

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cbutova from Massachusetts, Jan 20, 2016
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4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate brown color, tan head that lingers and leaves creamy lacing. Aromas are of molasses, roasted malts and coffee. Flavor is similar, with chocolate aftertaste. Some sweetness. Medium body and medium carbonation, but creamy feel. Little hoppiness, except as a late aftertaste.

Overall a really good porter, with delicate balance.

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Arthuros from France, Jan 04, 2016
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark brown pour with a tan one-finger head. Aroma of roasted malt. Taste has a strong hoppy and roasted bitterness upfront. Roasted flavor becomes stronger as the beer warms.

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4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours chocolate brown with a 2 finger tan colored head. Head is semi-dense and recedes to a thin layer of creamy foam. Minimal lacing left behind.

Medium roasted malt, mild coffee, and molasses on the nose. A bit of caramel and cream.

Smooth combination of semi-sweetened coffee and roasted malt. Caramel, chocolate, and molasses.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy, smooth mouth feel. Just a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste.

Really well down porter. Smooth, balanced, and very drinkable.

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leroybrown10 from Missouri, Dec 13, 2015
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3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a chocolate chestnut colored body, with a very large (and overflowing) mocha colored head. Lace is left in waves and explosions.

Smells like an IPA... it's full of hop and light roast coffee and chocolate faintly trail. Some cured meat from a meat locker as well.

Mostly charred and baked malts with a hint of cocoa, and a citrus hop finish and notes of cocoa.

Feel is right for the porter style, it's got proper creaminess and depth. Dryness is sorely lacking however.

I didn't feel this porter was balanced. I pulled it out of the fridge after being there and cold for weeks, and I still feel I'd need to stick this in the freezer to chill the off-flavors here. A major hop bomb that should have been more focused on chocolate and malts.

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Dec 02, 2015
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3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of chocolate, cocoa and toffee. It tasted of toasted malt, caramel and dark chocolate. It was crisp and smooth.

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zeff80 from Missouri, Nov 27, 2015
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3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent session porter.

Dark brown color. Fine foam, not a lot, not super persistent.

Malty smell. Neither intense nor complex, but nothing off, either.

Taste is mild, malty not hoppy, a bit of coffee.

Mouthfeel is fine, moderate to moderately rich.

Finish has a bit more bitterness than fits with the rest.

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Jeffsta1 from Washington, Nov 12, 2015
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4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Caldera Pilot Rock Porter has a very thick, beige head, a dark brown, almost black, appearance, and thin lacing left behind. The aroma is of dark coffee, dark chocolate, and brown bread crust. Taste is of those elements, with sweet sugar, molasses, and maybe black cherry skin. Mouthfeel is medium, and Caldera Pilot Rock finishes sweet and highly drinkable.


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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana, Aug 11, 2015
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3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a slightly ruby tint. A fizzy light tan head all but burns off but still leaves some small soapy lacing. The aroma is nice, with both deep roasted malt and some chocolate, which becomes more pronounced over time. The taste is a little less robust than the aroma, providing the same qualities just a little washed out but with a little earthy hops. The body is thinner and has a little carbonated bite to it.

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delta490 from Virginia, Aug 09, 2015
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3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear brown colored beer with a medium sized brown colored head.

Smells of roasted malt and coffee with a faint carrot scent. Not super aromatic though.

Starts out semi sweet with a strong coffee flavor. Noticeable hops mostly citrus. Faint sourness but it isn't much. Moderate bitterness. Mostly this is a coffee flavored beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a mild coffee tasting porter.

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Zorro from California, Jun 21, 2015
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4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first had this at Garage in Philly, but they either do not have an off-license or they have a policy against it. This elevated it onto my CANQuest (tm) want list and it was finally fulfilled by a young lady in Oregon who wanted some Smuttynose Bouncy House.

From the CAN: "Oregon Brewed Porter"; "Go Skiing [-] Go Fishing [-] Go Snowboarding [-] Go Biking [-] Go Rafting [-] Go Flying"; "This Robust Porter was Brewed and C[AN]ned by: Caldera Brewing Company; "'Live Product. Keep Cool, Just Like You'".

I was anxious to get this one started, so once the Crack! had happened, I CANmenced an inverted Glug that actually started to get away from me until I backed off. I was a little late and got a wee bit of overflow to go along with the three-plus fingers of dense, deep-tan/light-brown head that fell while I typed. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity and mahogany highlights. Nose had a roasty smokiness along with a dark chocolatiness and a whiff of fresh coffee. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was chocolaty, but more like milk chocolate and accompanied by a smoky, light bitterness. Jesus! This was so eminently drinkable that it was causing me to question my hophead status. Finish was semi-sweet with lingering flavors of charcoal, chocolate and coffee. I could have had this for breakfast in lieu of coffee!

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, May 04, 2015
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3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

A great classic look in the glass. Creamy capped light mocha head, big and three to four fingers tall with a flat top and thin bubbled complexion. Excellent red hued mahogany body, dark but with some clarity held up to the light with these gorgeous red edges and hues. Pretty much a great looking porter.

Great hints of chocolate milk on the nose at first. Some good grain and milky sweetness, a bit toned down on the charring but really impressive, with a hint of simplicity on the aroma, perhaps a little clove in there too. Excellent.

Palate comes out a little minor acrid in flavor, but plenty of classic chocolate notes. Body is more milky and lactose like sweet. This really reminds and tastes more like a milk stout. Slightly big sour acidic and very wet palate but not a total loss. Excellent aftertaste that really opens up slowly after awhile though.

Not really what I expecting in a porter. An ok beer, but not what I had in mind.

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Smakawhat from Maryland, Jan 23, 2015
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