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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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of t0rin0
2/5  rDev -44.9%

Photo of akorsak
2.84/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a growler of Pagan Porter purchased at The Wharf Rat today (along with a growler of Best Bitter, but that is for tomorrow). I am drinking it out of a DuClaw Celtic Fury tumbler. The ale is cold to cool.

Appearance: The porter is a deep brown color, bordering on pitch black. When held to light, nice ruby red hints emerge. There is a smattering of lace in the glass and there was a nice vigorous head on first pour.

Smell: The beer has an interesting aroma. I can't quite place it, but it is almost mediciney. There is a slight roasted presence, but one must seek it out.

Taste: Again, there is a bit of a medicinal quality here. No licorice, no anise, little roast flavors. This is the first downer that I've had from the Wharf Rat, so I am not sure what to think.

Mouthfeel: The porter, when allowed to sit a bit in the mouth, reveals some nice texture.

Drinkability: One growler of this is enough. I chalk it up as a learning experience and will stick to the bitters.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 08/02/10 notes. Had on cask at Churchkey in DC.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one finger of brown head and no carbonation.

s - Smells of straight up coffee grinds, as well as roasted malts.

t - Tastes of again, coffee grinds, as well as water, roasted malts, and chocolate.

m - Light body and no carbonation. A bit watery in feel.

d - An ok beer, but not one of Oliver's best. I thought it smelled and tasted like pure coffee grinds, and wasn't very balanced or had much else going on. I usually like every beer I have by them but this one didn't do it for me. Wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of Brent
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I probably would have been more impessed with this beer had I not already sampled the Peeping Tom, which was much better. A nice generalized porter with a mild chocolate finish hinting of milk chocolate. As porters go, there was nothing wrong with this, just needed a bit more roasted backbone.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on draft at the Baltimore location. Served cool in a glass mug.
A - A deep cola brown w/ almost no head to speak of.

S - A creamy lactic and fruity scent w/ a roasted dry malt aroma.

M - Thin and somewhat chalky w/ husky dry grain textures. The feel is dry w/ medium roast malts and mild carbonation.

T - Malty dry common coffee flavor w/ a lightly sweet and nutty taste w/ a nice noble hop bitterness.

D - Not my personal taste for a porter - too much like a brown in flavor w/ light body and malt roast w/ dry not too sweet flavor. The rich quality of a porter w/ hop spice balance is more what I was expecting.

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Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub downtown. Roasty,though really more toasty. above average carbonation, bit of sourness. Good lacing.Sweetish with the addition of caramel. Medium mouthfeel. More or less average porter, and average beer for here. Liked the stout roastiness more.

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Photo of Phatz
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: served a dark brown color with deep red hues through the partly translucent body. Loads of lacing.

Smell: The reserved aroma of red coloring and caramel slightly roasty with slash of molasses.

Taste: A light roasty flavor over shadows a cola sweetness and a sugar toffee flavor. That aftertaste has a drop of Robutussin but other than a bit too sweet is is quaffable.

Mouthfeel: Smooth soft sticky.

Drinkability: I did find this refreshing and light. I enjoyed drinking a pint but a found it a bit cola like and would probably move on to the next beer after this one.

Hope this is helpful.

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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%

Photo of cichief
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 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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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 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 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 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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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of MarvinSnyder
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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