Pilot Rock Porter | Caldera Brewing Company

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163 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
Ratings:
163
Reviews:
53
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
9.61%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
30
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 163 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of RedDiamond
2.73/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pilot Rock is brown with ruby highlights and sports a thin head with no lace. It started with a nice roasted aroma and flavor. But these initial selling points lacked sustain. Most dimensions are otherwise customary with a slightly thin body.

Served on tap at the Siskiyou Pub, Ashland, OR.

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of duvel1979
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Zorro
3.12/5  rDev -19%
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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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
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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3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.19/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tillmac62
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
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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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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 LAND_MINE
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mitch3114
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of stakem
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Keepnitrl
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of byronic
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.44/5  rDev -10.6%

Photo of Redneckwine
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into tulip (ABV is actually 6%)

Appearance - Black in the glass, but shows signs of dark brown hues with clarity on the edges. One finger head dissipates fast and doesn't retain at all, but somehow manages to leave a bit of lacing.

Smell - Earthy, raw, roasty graininess mostly with some sweet cocoa notes. A bit smoky. Very timid nose overall, probably thanks to near complete lack of head.

Taste - Like nose, an earthy, roasty grain character is most prevalent, some cocoa, slight smoke, damp soil, cola-like sweetness, grassy/herbal hops pop vaguely for balance. Finishes off dry with a mild, roasty, coffee-like flavor and bitterness.

Feel - Smooth and creamy, but almost to a fault: medium body feels a bit heavy and round due to a lack of carbonation.

Overall - Should have been named "Pedestrian Porter", that's just how it feels to me: drinkable, but quite average. The taste is pretty good, but it could use a touch more hopping in my opinion. The body and feel is where this brew falls short for me - there's no snap to it... It's kind of "blah".

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