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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): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 11-18-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
153
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
16.62%
 
 
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4
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29
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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 153
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap an opaque deep sable with a minimal head, but the latter may be an artifact of te pour. Smoky aroma has tones of molasses and high-quality coffee. Absolutely delicious flavor has roast coffee, chocolate and molasses components and is just slightly sweet - and superb! Smooth, fizzy texture is extremely pleasing. If you visit the Pacific Northwest, look for this one!

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Photo of Jayhawk
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Purchased a can as part of a mix and match six pack. Poured a nice two finger head, dark brown as expected with the head leaving a minimal amount of lacing. Aroma of chocolate and sweet malts. Taste is nicely sweet, malty, chocolatey - wow, just lovely. Minimal hop taste but with no discernible hop bitterness. My new favorite American Porter.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought in a 12 Oz can in okc. Enjoyed in an Amtrak sleeper car en route to Chicago.

Pours a lovely dark black with a small light tan head.

Subtle cocoa aroma.

Flavor is very smooth. Picking up notes of cocoa, cream, almost like a cold cappuccino. Slight toastyness. Just a little bit of hops in the background. Lingering balanced bittersweet notes.

Very, very smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of Arthuros
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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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Photo of spointon
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Horse Brass Pub in Portland.

A= This ale poured a deep brown/black with a 1" slightly creamy tan head. The head lasted a good long while and left some sticky residue down my glass.

S= Slight coffee roastiness mixed with treacle-like sweetness combine to make a rich aroma.

T= Extremely tasty porter here. Started off as a battle between slightly bitter roasted malts and the sweetness of the caramel malts. Some earthiness and dark fruit esters creep in to add complexity midway. Finish was medium dry - sort of an extension of the same taste battle.

MF= Medium bodied with just the right "medium" carbonation for the style. Refreshing without being sharp on the tongue.

D= Very sessionable despite the ABV. I really enjoyed this porter and would consider it in among the top 10 examples I have ever had of this style.

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Photo of TrueOregonian
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
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 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 RonaldTheriot
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

RJT

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Photo of woodychandler
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
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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Photo of Reidrover
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wonderful fluffy full headed porter. Great esspresso aromas, roasted coffee. Salty under taste..this is minor yet sets the theme for the porter..the saltiness makes you gulp more of the chocolaty ,.coffee goodness. Great drinking beer..with great backing.

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Photo of anchordrinker
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- black with thin tan head. Good lace

S- sweet, slight hint of esters/fruit, roasted malt...typical porter nose

T- similar to nose. Initial slight estery/fruitiness transitions smoothly to roasty-sweet, coffee/chocolate finish. One of the best balances of hops-malt I've had in a porter.

M- full bodied, silky and slightly creamy. Perfect for the style.

D- very sessionable....very close to perfect for the style

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Photo of BierJager89
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a fluffy mocha head.

S: Chocolate and roasty coffee dominate the nose, maybe a tiny little bit of citric hop character.

T: Chocolate, medium roast coffee, some earthy notes, some sweetness, some orange, a touch of citrus rind.

M: Medium-full bodied and creamy smooth.

O: Really nice to drink, really tasty. Definitely recommended for fans of robust, yet not too bitter, porters.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
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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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: The body is black like espresso beans with a well formed mocha head. Light bands of lacing remain on the glass. Good head retention.

Aroma: Roasted grains, chocolate, coffee.

Taste: Roasted malts, coffee, cocoa nibs.

Mouthfeel: Silky and smooth.

Overall: Really impressed by this porter, particularly the creamier, thicker feel. Great taste.

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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 johnnyd10vt
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
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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Photo of Gavage
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deep black with a 3"+ tan colored head that lasts. Thick lacing coats the glass.

Smell: nice roasted malts and coffee are easy to pick up.

Taste: this was like eating a loaf of pumpernickel bread. Roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolates, molasses, and a hint of nuttiness rounded it out.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. Medium bodied like a porter should be, not some stout-like meal. Bread and roasted tones linger briefly on tongue.

Drinkability: very easy drinking as this is flavorful without the heavy body. Definitely a nice brew.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap @ Red Star Tavern & Roast House in downtown Portland. Cheers to Zach and James for a successful video shoot.

Pours a dark chestnut brown -- bordering on black -- with a frothy one-finger head with good retention and lacing. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee.

Opens mighty tasty with big notes of licorice, malted milk balls and chocolate. Suggestions of chocolate milk and espresso enter the equation. A hint of oatmeal surfaces. Creamy mouthfeel throughout. Exquisite balance between roasted and caramel malts. Moderately dry finish.

Very drinkable and quite delicious. Spot-on for the style.

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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 Spikester
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time I have seen this Porter in my area. Pours dark brown wih a large tan head dense bubbles and leaves a few splatters of lace. The head lasts at least 5 minutes.
Smell is rich coffee dark chocolate with a bit of brown sugar or molasses.
Taste is similar with some bitter hops that are well balanced by all the malty goodness as it should be.
Mouthfeel is quite full for a Porter. Carbonation is just right and the finish is bitter sweet.
Very nice beer.

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Photo of Mojo
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can -&gt; snifter

A - obsidian black with a two inch khaki colored head, not much retention and not much lacing.

S - fairly weak nose with some coffee and bread notes

T - very sweet with some black strap molasses, caramel, and toffee flavors and a finish that is composed of equal parts coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted nuts.

M - a bit thinner than expected, but the carbonation is decent. A mild aftertaste is present as well.

O - pretty good offering. Love it.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
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 dar482
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a dark brown color.

The aroma has roasted malt, a light sweetness of coconut, toasted bread, and cocoa.

The flavor follows with that light "sweetness" with cocoa, lightly roasted coffee. There's milk stout qualities onto a bitterness of roasted malt.

The beer has a great balance between brown ale and a medium roasted malt. A well made beer for the ABV.

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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 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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