Ninja Porter | Asheville Brewing Company

Ninja PorterNinja Porter
BA SCORE
48.8%
Liked This Beer
3.64 w/ 244 ratings
Ninja PorterNinja Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Asheville Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States
ashevillebrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TheBierBand on 06-19-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#33,513
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
244
Liked:
119
Avg:
3.64/5
pDev:
12.36%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
44
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 244 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of Grackos
5/5  rDev +37.4%

One of the best beers I have ever had.

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Photo of willic
4.88/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is an amazing porter. I classify this lighter bodied porter as the new American porter. VERY drinkable! I want more!

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4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

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4.6/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of lflow
4.46/5  rDev +22.5%
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 +22.3%
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 +20.1%
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 misternebbie
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Straight2Ale
4.29/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good chocolate notes. Good brew.

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Photo of Jerrytown138
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of humuloner22
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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 wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.24/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of patre_tim
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
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 +15.1%
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 Grizzarky
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of austen_d
4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This unique porter has some slight spicy notes that make really intriguing.

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Photo of TheBierBand
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
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 Jennben10
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
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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Ninja Porter from Asheville Brewing Company
Beer rating: 48.8% out of 100 with 244 ratings
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