Ninja Porter | Asheville Brewing Company

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Ninja PorterNinja Porter

Brewed by:
Asheville Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TheBierBand on 06-19-2007

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Photo of lflow
4.46/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ashville Pizza and Brewing Co. is an awesome place to stop. Really cool pub with great pizza, and a porter that is more than worth writing home about. Stopped here on my way back from a vacation, and this meal was better than the actual vacation.

The porter is dark black with a nice tan head, that does last a little while. The smell is mostly roasted malt, a little chocolate. Like the scottish, the smell was a little weak.

Taste is delicious. Roasted malts, without a lot of sweet taste, just roasty. Chocolate. Call me crazy, I think I tasted something like freshly ground malt. Also tastes a bit earthy.

This beer is smooth, thick, absolutely awesome. I could drink it all day long.

I took a bomber home with me. Try this beer, and you will too.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ninja Porter looks the part: a medium, rocky, light-tan head perches atop an effervescent, darkest brown body with sullen orange highlights; head retention is brief, and lacing is fair, consisting of complex rotten bands and arabesques. The nose is a deeply sweet, enticing blend of cola, cocoa, and molasses with hints of toffee and milk chocolate, all topped by significant alcohol overtones. The palate is not as rich and complex as the nose would predict, but it is nonetheless quite pleasing: an undifferentiated dark malt flavor that touches on cola, milk chocolate and molasses, with sweet and bitter in almost perfect balance. The finish is a modest hit of bitter cocoa and a nip from the carbonation; the linger is a very slightly bitter, thin chocolate flavor that lasts for awhile. Mouthfeel is light for the body, as befits the style, and the texture is slightly sticky, medium creamy and medium-peppery from the lively carbonation. This porter drinks very well for how expressive the dark malt is. (12 oz can, no code date)

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Photo of Omnium
4.37/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can > Tulip

A - Black brown with a two finger tan foamy head, thick lacing. Looks great.
S - Aroma isnt super strong here, but its what you'd want, big roasts, dark baking chocolate, slight nuttiness.
T - OUTSTANDING. This is EXACTLY what you want your porter to taste like. The roasted malts in here are big and complex, going from sweet to almost a light savor flavor, toasted oats, bready, rich, some nuttiness, chocolate.
M - very balanced, not dry, not sweet, very medium.
O - Was blow away by this beer, just solid all the way around. I cant believe its rated so low. Just stoked on such a solid example of this porter.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

This is a solid porter, I have had it on draft, I have had it in cans. Thank you ABC! This porter is standard for the style. It is dark, maybe darker than others, by a slight bit. It has a darkness to it that borders on stout. Its head is really intense. I attribute that to the carbonation. Which some people have complained about. I tend to agree that that may be the only downside of this beer, too much on the carbonation.

Its chocolate, some mild coffee aromas, maybe a bit of caramel.

Taste is chocolate, malts, sweet, but not overly cloying a bit burned in the flavor profile which makes this a near stout but still a porter. Very enjoyable though. If you are in the area do yourself a favor and check this one out and take some sixers home with you. Most of the local stores have this beer in stock and always very fresh.

Overall: Its not blindingly brilliant in respect to the style but its as good or better than most.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown almost opaque with some transparency, slight red tinge. Cannot see carbonation, head is 2 fingers, beige and fluffy.

S: Dark malt, coffee, earthy, a slight fishy smell but almost not present, chocolate, a bit of smoke.

T: Creamy, malty roasty, coffee, chocolate, smooth and balanced, little to no bitterness, a little metallic.

M: Smooth, medium body, medium carbonation.

O: Smooth and delicious for a porter, any negative scents or smells are only slight. Its well balanced and malty. Very good beer. Would go well with roast game.

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Photo of pat61
4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours bright dark brown with ruby highlights under a 2” lacy tan head that lasts 3 minutes.

S: Light chocolate, a trace of dark dried fruit, light grains.

T: Very light chocolate with faint caramel and coffee. Lightly sweet, traces of grains. The malt flavors are medium high, hop flavors and bitterness are medium low. Smooth flavors with nothing harsh or burnt.

F: Creamy medium to medium high body and medium low carbonation.

O: A very drinkable porter.

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Photo of TheBierBand
4.14/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer at "Broo-er's Village" at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN. This festival occurs every year in Mid June.... 4 days....100 bands... 11 stages... 80,000 people....GREAT TIME! Each year, they have a tent set up with various microbrews to sample. The 2007 "Broo-er's Village" had offerings from Rogue Brewing, Brooklyn Brewery, Asheville Brewery, Magic Hat, Flying Dog Brewery, and a few others.

The Ninja Porter was served to me in a 12 oz Plastic cup... the head was about 1/2" and creamy tan. The liquid was dark/black... but it was viewed through the semi opaque plastic cup.

The aroma was malty and chocolate.

The taste was very good! The dark chocolate taste was most prevalent and the malty richness came through and lingered. Nice balance with a slight hop bitterness that just balances off the chocolate sweetness. A nice porter!

Mouthfeel was nice as well. The carbonation was adequate.... not too fizzy. The thickness (viscosity) was healthy and meaty.

Drinkability: I could have had a few of these.... I did not inquire as to what the ABV was. But I feel that one could enjoy a few of these in a sitting. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Buffalo Nickel Asheville. Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing slides slowly down the glass.

S-Good roasty aroma that's slightly sweet with notes of milk chocolate. A bit nutty.

T- Flavor brings more roast but it's moderate as a porter should be. However, unlike other porters, the flavor is not moderate. Plenty of chocolate and vanilla sweetness and a bit of coffee in the aftertaste.

M- Slightly robust with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- While it's not exceptional, I feel like the low BA score of this beer doesn't do it justice. It's one of ABC's best beers IMO and it being available in cans certainly doesn't hurt.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

5.6% abv can canned on 2/5/13 poured into a shaker

pours a pitch black with a big frothy head with massive lacing. smell is typical for a porter. malty and chocolatey. taste remains true. typical porter characteristics here, as it should be. a good feel for a porter , medium bodied with medium carb.

overall a good porter. would definitely have another.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle with dinner at Salsas in Asheville.

A - pitch black with a thin lacing of brown head

S - roasty, creamy, faint coffee

T - roasty, chocolate, creamy, faint bitter finish

M - medium to full bodied, smooth, light carbonation

This is a very smooth, rich, roasty beer. It paired nicely with the mexican food I was enjoying. This is definitely worth trying.

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Photo of BeerDocT
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Such an honor to follow the great Woody in a review... . Bought a six-pack of these in Asheville, last time I was there and am finally getting around to reviewing one.

-Appearance 4: Every one of these has just gone nuts after I poured it. HUGE fizz up that eventually settles down into a normal inch high head. Jet black in color with a cream colored head. Very attractive.

-Smell 4: Lovely bouquet. Big smells of toasted grains, caramelized sugars and hops.

-Taste 4.25: Front is sweet with a certain hoppiness. Middle is somewhat neutral, but a very pleasant smoothness and hop flavor seeps in with a strange hint of butter flavor. Finish is alkaline with a pleasantly smooth level of hops which is accentuated by smoky grains. Everything is balanced and nuanced. Aftertaste is dry, very nuanced and features the smoky grains and a slight coffee flavor. Nice.

-Mouthfeel 3: This is the flaw of this beer. Mouthfeel is nice and deep, but there is far too much carbonation in this beer. CO2 should be tuned down a bit. Don't get me wrong, I think this style is helped out by a greater than normal level of carbonation, but its current level is over the top.

-Overall 4: Excellent porter. I really enjoy the flavor profiles in this beer and the hops chosen. My only complaint is the carbonation level. I would love to have this one on tap some day. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of therica
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought to me from Asheville by a friend.

A= dark near-black, a nice brown head, some rimming.

S= plenty of chocolate in the nose, with hints of coffee; modest hops florals.

T= nicely chocolate, the coffee becomes more apparent in the taste than in the nose; nicely carbonated, not too much-- I found it rather balanced.

M= chocolate, some hops florals and hints of coffee remain but the chocolate dominates.

O= a very nicely balanced Porter in the traditional style.

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Photo of jpro
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC...

A: Pours a dark brown / near black into a dimpled mug, with a nice and tight one-finger cap of khaki foam that leaves some nice sheets of lace throughout consumption; held to light, this beer shows some deep mahogany highlights around the edges.

S: Chocolate and lightly roasted malts; maybe a touch of coffee, but not much; very clean aroma.

T: Nice chocolate malt flavor, followed by some pretty heavily roasted notes - maybe even a touch charry and acrid (in a good way) toward the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; sticks to the palate.

D: A very satisfying porter - glad I gave it a try and would happily have it again.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another of the offerings I had at the brewpub the other night. Came out a dark black with a bit of light around the edges. Small tan head capped it off. Sip rings and lace present. Scents of coffee, milk chocolate, and dark breads.

Another full-bodied beer here. I like the depth of this. This is definitely a more coffee-forward beer. Flavors of espresso, pumpernickel bread, and graham crackers. This was my favorite offering of the night I think. Well done!

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Photo of Dave1999
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a foamy white head.

The smell is roasted malts and coffee.

The taste is much the same as the smell, very roasty, pretty tasty.

The mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side with medium carbonation.

Overall this was a decent porter but not any better than that.

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Photo of rnd6510
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Asheville Brew Non-View.
Served in pint glass with a half-finger head and left hardly any lacing on the glass.
Smell was pleasant. Roasted chocolate and mild oak.
The taste was not bad. The chocolate was light and it was pretty refreshing for a porter.
Very smooth and drinkable beer.
Not a beer that requires a lot of thought.
Will have it again. I think it would be better on a 50 degree day however.
Solid beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It left soapy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of cocoa, roasted malt and floral notes. Really a great porter aroma.

T - It tasted of chocolate/cocoa, roasted malts, caramel and toffee.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a really good porter. Great aroma and a really good taste.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no date

Black, opaque, thick head that stays. Some lacing. Aroma has some nice milk chocolate notes. Balanced taste, not too sweet. Medium to thicker bodied.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate brown with generous ferric oxide edges. An overcast morning prevents me from determining opacity versus lucency. The golden sand colored lid is barely two fingers in size, but it looks good enough and is beginning to deposit attractive sheets of finely dotted lace.

The nose indicates that Ninja Porter isn't messing around and should be pretty good beer. It's boldly dark malty, with coffee beans leading the way. No appreciable hoppiness isn't a problem at all.

Keeping the ABV in mind (5.6%), this ABC ale is a well-crafted porter that checks each and every one of the style boxes with a big red 'X'. More barley would make it even better, but that's just my big beer bias talking. On the other hand, its relative lightness ensures that this bomber is well on its way to disappearing posthaste.

Despite a twinge of tightening on the finish, this is a malt-dominant beer when it comes to flavor. Bittersweet chocolate and black coffee are well out in front. Actually, there aren't many other flavors present. Then again, complexity isn't a necessary characteristic in an easy drinking porter.

I'm willing to cut it a great deal of slack, but the body/mouthfeel doesn't quite earn the bigger score. It's a fraction too light and doesn't have enough volumizing bubbles. Not bad, just not as deserving of praise.

(Teenage Mutant) Ninja Porter is good beer if you're in the mood for a 'no bells or whistles' version that does almost everything right and almost nothing wrong. Along with their Old School Pale Ale, this is my favorite Asheville beer so far.

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Photo of AshevilleSippin
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short Version:
Very fresh and delicious. Roasty chocolate on the nose, smoky on the tongue. Balanced malt. Very drinkable.

Aaaaah... a'las. Sitting at a preferred brew pub with a cold pint and a pen in hand (Asheville Brewing Company). Since I endeavored on the life of a BA drone I've been cloistered in my home with nothing but bottles (not a bad I life I must add). My intermittent visits to said establishments haven't been conducive to dropping a session yet.

Today's selection is the elusive Ninja Porter. Oddly enough my first visit (of several) where the tap wasn't dry on this little gem. And now I have the honor of knowing why.

This beauty poured absolutely opaque. You couldn't see a plasma welding torch through it in a darkroom. Nice 1/2 khaki head that looked thick and chewy as beef jerky. The malty nose was big and roasty with chocolate tones that would make the Godiva Candy Co. brown with envy.

On the palate was a deft roasty chocolaty segue from the smell but was complimented nicely by a smoky richness that brought it all together.

It's a medium bodied beer that drinks easy as a light bodied beer. Mid-glass with a spirited chew I can pull off some alcohol which is refreshing for a porter. I expect nothing less.

These beer is less defined by its taste (which is solid and well above average) as it is by its freshness and lack of flaws. Nothing jumps out and says "this is the best porter ever!". But it tastes really darn good and there's not a single flaw that says "it's pretty good buuuut...". Could be the ridiculous freshness of it that's redlining the rating as well (sitting directly at the source you see). The lace is almost obnoxious. Frothy, clingy, and leaving telltale marks of every drink I've taken.

I'm in a hurry today so have to leave it at one. Can't wait to get back here though.

p.s. Order the Nacho Mama if you stop in here. Off the hook nachos.

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Photo of tone77
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, coffee, a touch of licorice. Taste is a good balance of coffee and chocolate, a touch of licorice at the finish, pretty tasty. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of beer2day
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black pour with 1/2 finger of medium cream head. No retention. Very nice strands of lace run horizontal down the glass.

Faint dark chocolate nose. The aroma is very nice, just not strong enough.

Thin hit and feel up front, then an intense chocolate burst. Creamy vanilla finish.

Good amount of fizz in the feel. Could be creamier.

Very nice sessionable porter.

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Photo of JimKal
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a Stout glass.
Look: Nice dark brown with a one finger head. The head dissipated fairly quickly. Some lacing to begin with but this disappeared on the drink down.
Smell: Nice roast odor.
Taste: For me, this was the best part of this beer. Nice coffee, roast flavor. Very approachable.
Feel: The mouth feel was on the light side but this is a lower ABV porter and I think the mouth feel matched this lower ABV style.
Overall: I could easily see myself buying this one again. I enjoyed the fast, it is an NC beer, and it comes in a can.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh from a trade with jerryfreaks. Thanks man!

Poured at room temp into a snifter the beer pours a rich cola brown with fluffy tan head of 2.5 cm even with a gentle pour. The head fades gradually to a sturdy edge layer and thin wispy surface bubbles.
Aroma is roasted malt and some brown sugar. Not a huge nose but appealing none the less.
First sip reveals an average to light body and fine tingly carbonation. The texture is silky smooth and the beer drinks very easily on each sip.
The beer features a roasted malt and again some brown sugar. There are hits of dry cocoa powder mixed in as well.
A fairly straight forward beer that isnt overly complex, but I do enjoy what it does possess. A nice easy drinking porter can be hard to find in a world of extreme everything. Worth a try.

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Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown with a thinner off white head that left a single ring of lace as it faded quickly.Mainly roast in the nose with a tinge of bitter chocolate,pretty basic but not bad.Flavors are roasty with a bit of molasses-like sweetness,the roast and sweetness go well together,I did pick up some faint smoke as I drank more in the finish.Not a bad porter,it has some sweetness to it.

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Ninja Porter from Asheville Brewing Company
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