Pilot Rock Porter | Caldera Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
163
Reviews:
53
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
9.61%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
30
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 163 |  Reviews: 53
Reviews by Thrasher:
Photo of Thrasher
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pilot Rock Porter was served on tap at the Night Light Lounge in Southeast Portland. This is a great neighborhood bar, with a fine, if not huge selection of beer, and deserves some spillover beer geek traffic once the Clinton Street Theater's brewpub opens down the street. Anyway, the porter is lighter than your typical porter black, more of a transparent ginger brown. The head is small but the lacing is determined. The aroma is mild rainy day, and the flavor profile contains deep caramel, light smokiness, cured meat, cola, and a tart herbal quality that masks the malt sweetness. It is not an exceptional beer but it satisfies and provides a lighter counterpoint to Caldera's rich coffee/Cauldron stouts.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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 delta490
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of tbryan5
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tigg924
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of avitallo
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%

Photo of chossboss
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 chinchill
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can.

Aroma: Exceptionally rich and strong dark roasted malts; lightly spicy.

Flavor: l;ess intense than the aroma. Leaves a mild, lingering, dark roast aftertaste.

Feel: near creamy smooth; medium body and carbonation that may be a touch too high.

Flavor: touch of coffee after some dark chocolate. Negligible burnt toast.

O: a very fine porter ... and in a can :)

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Photo of tappangordo
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of LXIXME
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nhirsch04
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours near black with cola brown edging where light can penetrate. The head is light tan in color and peaks at about a finger's width before dying down in fair time to a broken layer of surface suds and a small ring around the edge. Small, spotty lacing with little stick.

Smell - Mild aroma that consists of milk chocolate with lesser notes of coffee grounds, cocao nibs and with a light earthy hop character.

Taste - Follows the nose. Smooth, moderate flavor that's quite chocolate-centric. Milk chocolate is the predominant character, then lesser notes of cocao and coffee hit mid-taste to bring a touch of bitterness and balance. Earthy, leafy notes hit in the finish along with a touch of smoke to give this one a nice, interesting aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with low carbonation. Smooth, silky texture. Falls a tad flat in the finish.

Overall - Despite this porter's flaws, it's got a nice chocolate-driven flavor that's just complex enough to keep it fresh sip after sip. Price dependent, I'd buy a sixer to give it another go.

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin head on a black body.
The aroma is excellent. Roasted malt and vanilla.
The taste is also roasted malt with some mild coffee notes and a little bitterness to round it out.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation.
A "go-to" porter.

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Photo of SamuelR
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent chestnut/mahogany with a thumb of tan head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Coffee, roastyness in copious amounts

T: Coffee, roastyness, a little bit cocoa up front. Coffee, roastyness, woody hops & just a little mocha as this warms. Finishes dry, roasty, a little sweet

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, nicely balanced

A well put together porter with some serious coffee undertones to it. Not sure why it's so flipping expensive though. Over $ 12 a sixer. A very pleasant surprise

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Photo of RenzoD
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

More resemblance to a solid coffee stout. Smooth mocha taste, creamy mouthfeel. I enjoyed.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of GentleKnight1
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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 hophugger
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Great color, deep chocolate brown. Head is average, disappating fast but leaving very nice lacing. First aroma as I opened the can was a little skunkiness but that quickly left and I had a great aroma of sweet malts and definitely chocolate. Nice creaminess/bitterness blend in the taste. Cocoa leads the way with a touch of milky creaminess following close behind. Also, tastes a little like hot chocolate but not quite as rich. Overall, a decent porter...

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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Pilot Rock Porter from Caldera Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 163 ratings.
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