Oliver's Pagan Porter | Pratt Street Ale House

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Brewed by:
Pratt Street Ale House
Maryland, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An ale in the "brown porter" style with a smooth mouth feel, a hint of licorice and a dry finish. This is what we choose with our famous crab dip.

Added by Gavage on 10-04-2003

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of esv
4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A) 1/8" white head. Went away quickly. Dark brown with ruby-red edges.

S) Light toastiness. Hints of chocolate.

T) Chocolate with light, ripe plum. Wonderfully balanced. Roasted flavors.

M) Medium mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

A wonderful Brown Porter.

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Photo of claytri
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark amber with a tan head. The aroma is of toasted malt. The taste is of lightly toasted malt a decent bit of sweetness and no real hops taste. The feel was heavy and dry. This is a very drinkable porter it is on the sweet side as I like my porter. A very nice way to round out a session at the Wharf Rat.

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Photo of boothy443
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a pint glass at Fells Point location.

A - Dark, cola color, slight reddish tint on the edges when it with light. Head had a tan color, dissipated quickly to a "mist" that lasted about half the glass before gone. Left a ring around the collar for the upper 1/3 of the glass.

S - Toasted malty smell with hints of caramel and nuttiness.

T - Mellow toasted malt taste with some slight cola and dark chocolate notes. Not overly bitter and slight sweet. Aftertaste was smooth and mellow.

M - Dry, but in the the effect that it leaves you with a parched feel, fulfilling and smooth

d - Found it to be a easy drink that quenched my thirst on more then one occasion , my only compliant is that i have found it to be a bit on the chilly side when served, making me wonder if flavors are being held back, would love to see it served a slight warmer temp.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic pint glass.

Yet another reason to love ChurchKey: a lovely handful of cask ales to choose from, including this little ditty. Pours a clear dark amber brown with a thumb of ecru foam topping it all off. The smell is of wheat, walnuts, corn, and light maple syrup. Those pesky walnuts return in the taste, along with some unsalted cashews, a loaf or so of rye bread, a short stack o' pancakes, and a half-bag of semi-sweet chocolate morsels. What is this, a beer or a bakery? (Sorry, I've been watching a bit o' the Marx Brothers lately...) The body sits at the lighter end of the medium scale, with low carbonation and a moderate amount of mouth-coating. Not much else to say, other than "Tasty!"

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of binkman
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on cask from Liam Flynn's in Baltimore.

Poured cloudy brown, settled out to black with rich off-white head. Ruby highlights around the edges of the glass. Globby lacing down the glass.

Smell was a balance of dark malts and hops. Flavor betrayed little of the hoppiness but rich malt character with a light roasted accent. Not a stout roasted malt bitterness, more muted, but also lacking a bit of a middle of the road brown malt character I've come to expect in my porter.

Soft carbonation from a beer engine was just right. This was the first pint pulled, so it may have contributed to the head.

Not an American porter by hopping standards, but the lack of brown malt character makes it not quite English for me either. Nevertheless, an outstanding pint. I think I'll order another.

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Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub.

Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with good amounts of dark chocolate and hints of sweeter toasted malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mild roasted malt flavors up front are joined by unsweetened chocolate flavors midway through the sip. The beer sweetens a bit as it warms, taking on more toasted malt flavors. The ending is solidly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I think this was more of an English Porter as the roasted/toasted malt flavors were completely in control, but whatever's it's called it's worth a shot.

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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Notes from GEN Sutter's 28 August 2009 Cask Night. Once again, Steve Jones slightly modified a recipe to bring north, but rather than add a new beer, I feel it is more justified to review it under its standard name.

They filled the glass to the rim with this beer, so it was impossible for a head to form beyond a film of brown. Steve brewed this with vanilla beans and then added a few beans into the cask before shipping it out. The nose was faintly vanilla with a definite chocolate overlay. Color was a deep, dark brown allowing for very little light penetration. Mouthfeel was silky smooth with a chocolate/vanilla interplay on the tongue. The same thing went for the finish. It was like one of those soft-serve swirly cones that I had as a kid. It was a dessert beer, to be sure.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Dithyramb
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brownish black pour. Light ring of white head, but good lacing throughout.

Smells of sweat roasted malts.

Coffee and the normal roasted malt flavors abound. Very malty and not much hops to speak of, but just enough to make it feel more well-rounded. Caramel and carmelized sugars on the front.

Light to medium bodied. This goes down fast and easy, leaving your mouth wet and satisfied. Definitely lighter in body than the Blackfriar Stout (sampled my buddy's to make sure of the assessment.) Definitely worth a couple.

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Photo of Gavage
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pint arrived with a deep dark brown liquid sporting a thin tan head. My nose detected some roasted malts but overall not very exciting. The flavor was much better, as the porter was smooth and somewhat sweet. Hints of coffee were also evident. The aftertaste showed some dryness on the tongue. Nicely carbonated and overall it had a good flavor.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This should be an English porter but whatever. If it weren't for Oliver's I'd probably drink way less British style ales. Beer is brown on cask and mildly hazy. Low carbonation and a big soapy head that breaks and falls quickly leaving no lacing on the glass.

Beer's aroma is mostly roasty, overall weak. Mild sweetness. The aroma appropriately frames the beer, weak, sweet, coffee roast at the back with a thin mouthfeel and a clean finish. Its OK but Oliver's makes better beers and there are better ENGLISH porters out there.

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Photo of ckollias
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this brew at the brewpub downtown out of a pint glass.

A: Pours an almost pitch black hue with a thin tan-head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee in the background.

T: Smooth and sweet caramel and chocolate flavors.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent porter – well balanced and tasty.

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Photo of goindownsouth
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid porter, offered by Oliver's at The Wharf Rat in Baltimore, this freshly-tapped porter appeared rich and dense, all thw while offering a half-inch head, or so.The aroma was fabulous with roasted malts, caramel and some background nuttiness. A solid porter, and one that I will definately have again. Although at 90+ degrees in the shade, it may not be the epitome of a summer brew. lol

Zum wohl!

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3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on cask in Columbia, MD.

A- A deep brown, with a light brown head.

S- Scent of chocolate, but sour smelling.

T- An off taste, but a chocolaty beer, sweet, with a dry finish.

M- Very smooth, the ask offers a smooth beer.

D- Although somewhat off, still a decent beer, maybe better elsewhere.

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

this one was reportedly given the cask treatment with vanilla beans

a: nonic pint, deep brown in color, not much head or retention

s: nose composed mostly of some watery coffee and semisweet chocolate aromas, which would be nice, but there's no supporting body here, the vanilla is mild and melds pretty well into the chocolate

m: just under medium with very little carbonation, seems a touch light to me

t: much like the aroma - smooth chocolate and a weak roasted coffee edge, the lack of much background malt makes it seem timid in character, some mild vanilla flavours, lightly hopped

d: low abv and cask serving typically bode well for drinkability, and it does go down easy, but it's not something I'd care for another of

served at ChurchKey, DC

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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Oliver's Pagan Porter from Pratt Street Ale House
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 32 ratings