Pilot Rock Porter | Caldera Brewing Company

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3.79/5
Very Good
169 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
calderabrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 11-18-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#20,692
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
169
pDev:
9.5%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
33
Trade:
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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Photo of doowhat
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of evanwoertz
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
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 emincems
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VashonGuy
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of QuakeAttack
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of prost2hefeweizen
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Keepnitrl
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Stofko1992
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of elglueckert
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer-Ed
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rarigney
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 10Crumra
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ssgunbond
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of utopiajane
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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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Photo of Giangio
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of duvel1979
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
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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Photo of TrueOregonian
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
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

O-
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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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GentleKnight1
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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 YvesB
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Pilot Rock Porter from Caldera Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 169 ratings