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