Old Fort Porter | Mad Anthony Brewing Company

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Old Fort PorterOld Fort Porter
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Old Fort PorterOld Fort Porter

Brewed by:
Mad Anthony Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TheDM on 07-08-2003

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 34
Reviews by CRJMellor:
Photo of CRJMellor
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color on the pour was a vey dark brown with ruby highlights. Produced a nice small tight, tan head. Aroma was very roasty with a touch of caramel and hops. Initial taste had the average Porter profile with a nice roasted coffee flavor at the back end. Mouthfeel was a little thin though and lack some of the more complex roasted flavors of the great porters.
This was the best of all the beers I sampled from Mad Anthony.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a dark black body with a hint of brown but still opaque. The head is a big rocky light brown color with a good carbonation.

S- The smell of fresh grain and lightly toasted malt is blended with an aroma of slightly sweet brown malt and some notes of crystal malt. Notes of deep roasted malt come through as it warms.

T- The beer has a nice complex fresh malt taste with some notes of molasses. The taste is similar to the smell with more of the darker malts coming through like brown malt, some of the higher roasted crystal malts and some black malt. The finish has a nice dry graham cracker or Munich malt taste with a faint hop note in there aswell.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel that is a bit lighter due to the carbonation. It is a slight bit watery in the texture.

D- This is a nice porter with good strong malt complexity. It would be nice to see a bit more hops to support the malt and a bit more fullness in the mouthfeel. This is a good solid porter and well worth a stop in Fort Wayne.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The porter pours like it has come from a cask -- that is to say, with nearly no carbonation.

Ahhh, it tastes and smells wonderful. All the elements that I like in a porter are there, a nice light chocolately presence. However, the beer is very light. This is a session porter, not a single bottle porter. It is very light, the taste is subdued, as is the smell.

Next time I want to *drink* a fair deal of beer, this is the one I am reaching for. That seems to be Mad Anthony's specialty. They brew beers that are wonderfully sessionable, and just complex enough to make you want to reach for more. It is a balance struck by far too few breweries, who either make a beer too simple or so complex that the drinkability suffers.

This is the kind of beer that should be on tap in every bar in America. Next time you and your buddies want to have a few, this beer is definately the one to reach for.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not one for porters that have an overwhelming or an overpowering coffee taste to them; however, this porter had a very pleasant and smooth coffee taste to it.I liked this porter to the point that I definitely would enjoy drinking this one again.So much so that I went ahead and ordered this porter with a pizza!

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Photo of kirkse
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of emerge077
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tan foam billows up to fill the entire glass. It settles but maintains an inch or so on top, after the rest is slowly poured in. No lace, the surface has a shiny, soapy sheen. Yeast is poured in, giving it a 2" head.

Aromas of dusty roast malt, coffee grounds. It's sweet and nutty, mildly lactic, but with a metallic note.

Astringent twang, carbonic mineral bite. Some earthy roast peeks out in the finish, but overall it's not too gentle. Ample carbonation, but the sourish bite takes away from any nuance. Seems like this has gone south.

This single came from a store cooler, transported in a cooler, straight to my fridge. Not sure how old the bottle was, but the product wasn't of high quality.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. It smells like toffee, chocolate, coffee, caramel and roasted malt. The aroma is mostly sweet smelling. I can taste roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and some bitter hops in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with good carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it's not hard to drink at all. I think this is a decent porter, it's not something I'd make a point to seek out but I would drink this again in the future.

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Photo of Beejay
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark Brown/Black, nice cloudy tan head on top.

S: Creamy dark chocolate, roasted barley, something slightly tart.

T: Roasted Barley, not as much chocolate as was in the smell. A bit of tart/sourness that I associate with milk stouts. I dislike it in Porters.

M: Carbonation is a bit on the fizzy side for me.

D: Not a big fan. Average for a lot of the porters that are out right now, and has a tartness that I just don't like in Porters. Would not try again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle as an extra a while back and it had been sitting in my fridge ever since. I had been anxious to try it this past week when cleaning things out so I decided to pop it open last night. Served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass. This one was consumed on 11/07/2008.

Oh snap, we have a gusher! This one literally filled the first two pours with nothing but foam, wow. Letting it settle down it eventually became somewhat drinkable. A thick, brownish liquid then gathered itself under a huge head of off white lace.

The aroma was oddly tart, and hints of dark fruit permeated throughout. Rich peat and smoke like notes and a hint of roasted malts permeated throughout the profile as well. This carried over well into the flavor as it allowed a nice bit of flow to it. Nice notes of roasted malts, peat, dark cerry like tartness and a smooth, almost molasses like flavor in the finish which was definitly the sweet kick the balance needed. Smooth, with a great carbonation profile once it calmed down, this one was defintley an easy drinker and i had no issues at all with making it quickly disappear,

Overall not a bad little porter. Very intresting carbonation on it and really a nice, fruit like vibe coming off of it. I may go to this one again and give it another shot. Seems nice enough.

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Photo of jpkoch1962
2.25/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bought in 12 oz bottle. Noticed that the bottle was short 2 oz, minor irritation. I chilled to 55 degrees, and poured in pub glass.

Poured a very deep, almost translucent brown, with shades of deep maroon. Decent brown head consisted of very tiny bubbles, which disappeared within a minute. No lacing. I think this porter is undercarbonated. Very little aroma outside a toffe like roast malt aroma. If aroma hops were used I cannot tell.

Nice upfront maltiness. Can discern a nice coffee, rich roasted taste. The middle and finish are overwhelmed by the roasted and caramel tastes. Finishes thick, sweet, and is somewhat astringent.

This porter underwhelms. It is a very one dimensional beer that lacks complexity on many levels.

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Photo of Cresant
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. undated brown bottle into a nonic. Body was clear, not cloudy and dark brown in color with cola highlights. Moderate tan head faded to a collar that remained throughout the drink.

Smell was chocolate malts (?). Roasted grain. Leafy. Hints of dry hardwood. Very aromatic.

Taste was coffee-like in it's light bitterness. Tangy porter flavor. Rather rich with a slightly dry finish. Not especially complex but very drinkable.

Mouthfeel was appropriately thin/medium in body and smooth in texture.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a frothy brown head, nice lacing. Aroma was nutty, caramel, a bit of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor is about the same, with a little bit of hops. Medium bodied, well-made porter, very easy to drink.

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Photo of Sweetmambyjamby
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- nice brown to black brew. One and a half finger of creamy brown mocha head. Lacing on all sides of glass.

S- Smells like roasty malt goodness. Coffee and toffee smell.

T- tastes like roasted malts, tastes like a little bit of coffee. Roasty awesomeness.

M- little more slick than i would like but it's still alright, good carbonation.

O- solid brew. probably number two from mad anthony offerings that i've had. just missed the java porter a couple times, but look forward to it alot

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Photo of karst
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to HopHeadKen for bringing this over fresh from his hometown brewery.
Mad Anthony just began bottling this one!
Pours clear beer bottle brown - identical to the neck of the bottle but sits in my Grindstone pint glass nearly opaque with nice ruby glints topped by a one finger creamy brown head that falls leaving solid fine lace and pronounced meniscus.
Aroma is roasted coffee. Flavors are a satisfying blend of dark roasted malts, dark roast coffee and carmel and perhaps even some smoke as it warms. Medium body and round mouthfeel. Good carbonation - easy to rouse. This helps mouthfeel. Offers a dry finish from highly roasted grain and hop bitterness.

Very drinkable and a must try!

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Photo of flexabull
3.14/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice deep flat black color, with a decent head.

Aromas are dusty, bitter, and a bit coffee like.

Taste is flat. There is sweetness, a bit of coffee, and an overall creamy maltiness to this one.

Mouthfeel seems too thin to me. A bit watered down.

An ok porter, not bad, and easy to drink. But it just seems lean. I like others in this style more.

Thanks for the bottle Indybeer!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.4/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Caveat emptor - my first experience with this beer, I bought it unrefrigerated. This is one time you really need to keep it cold to keep it fresh. An overly sour beer = one that sat too long on the floor before being sold to you. Take it back for a replacement/refund if the store is local to you.

2/08/2008 update
Appearance - very little light is getting through this porter, just some dark ruby highlights. The head has a light mocha color, stays small and laces in little ropes around the edge of the glass.

Aroma - a robust, roasted grain and espresso. Doesn't fade a bit as the head settles.

Taste - fully roasted grain, some light char, and a chocolate espresso blend. Some bitterness on the swallow, may be more of the char element. Very roasty finish with bittersweet chocolate drying the palate.

Mouthfeel - bubbly, good body and smoothness, fits the style well.

Drinkability - this straight up porter is one of the better standard examples of the style. I'd be interested to see how it compares head-to-head with Great Lakes Edmund Fitz. Thanks Todd!

Original score 1.50 (3.5,1,1,1,1)
Appearance - uncaps with a forceful rush of air. The beer has a red/brown color. It would look nicer without the excessive foaming. Pours with mucho and immediate head formation, four fingers worth at least. Mocha colored, cakey and solid. Reason for concern? We'll soon see.

Aroma - a quick whiff from the bottle shows some promise - I detect some roastiness in there. Once in the glass, through all that head, I pick up the unmistakeable scent of sour acrid spoilage. Rats, two Mad Anthonys in a row.

Taste - yep. What is up with this brewery or is it just my bad luck? A hint of roasted grain that foretells a good beer inside, but covered by a sharp sour layer of ick with a flavor of metal to boot. No further evidence needed.

Mouthfeel - refusing to get enough of this past me to tell.

Drinkability - not like this.

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Photo of HopHeadKen
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours Dark Amber Brown with about 1/4 inch of thick carmel colored head of fine, medium and large bubbles.

Roasted malt smell; First taste is roasty toasty malt, quickly followed by coffee and carmel; finish is with an even hop bitterness that just hangs on the back of the tongue.

This Porter is definitely related to Old Man Stout. An easy drinker for a Stout / Porter lover.

Mad Anthony has recently made this beer a 'regular' for bottling and it will be locally available for distribution. Early fall 2005.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark black color with a small head of brown foam. No lacing. Looks like weak, watered down old motor oil.

S: Light notes of cocoa and roasted nuts, with grape-nuts and dry malts. Nice.

T: A strong soury note similar to a baltic porter. Flavors of malts and hops are overshadowed by a vinegar like-permeation on the palate.

M: Light, thin. Somewhat watery. Little carbonation makes it's way to the tongue.

D: Fair. I've had better American Porters.

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

This pours transparent dark brownish-black, leaving a few thin foam-ring bubbles.

It tastes malty, hoppy and clean. The hops are somewhat strong, giving it that clean zing, but they overpower the malts a bit. It is a somewhat roasty flavor otherwise I can't quite figure out.

Mouthfeel is not bad, beer like.

It is somewhat thin, but it's a porter not a stout. Not a chewing beer.

Finish is fairly clean.

This is not a bad beer. If you see it, and want a refreshing porter, give this a whirl.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to tburkhart for this one.

Pours a dark brown color, nice carbonation, huge three-finger foamy head, with tons of sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee. The taste is sweet, malty, with some chocolate/toffee. Medium body, the finish is dry and slightly bitter. Drinkable, not a bad brew at all.

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Photo of Amberluvsbeer
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of JamesS
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice black color with some very nice (if thin) head and some very good lacing. It has a very strong coffee/burnt grain aroma with just a hint of vanilla. A very nice flavor, a thick and hearty burnt grain taste with a bit of oakiness towards the end and enough hops to keep it from being too sweet. Good mouthfeel, a little rough perhaps from the carbonation, but nothing bad. A very well done porter.

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Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fairly dark brown color with ruby highlights; the tan head hangs around nicely and leaves the occasional shard of lace

Smell: Slightly burnt malt aroma, somewhat espresso-like, with a touch of red licorice beneath

Taste: Starts out with a coffee flavor that fades a bit by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a distinct character of hop flavors on the back of the tongue followed by a strong sensation of somewhat charred malt and coffee

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Although I thought the mouthfeel a tad thin, I rather enjoyed the beer

Thanks, jhammerly, for the opportunity

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a very frothy light tan head. Nose is a roasted thing with minor molasses and a good load of coffee. Flavor is earthy and a fair portion of coffee. The flavor is a bit difficult to decipher as the carbonation is so intense and extremely full that it hinders the delivery of flavor. Still though, it's nice. Overall a pretty decent porter, except the issue of the carbonation.

Thanks to tburkhart for this one.

Edit: After warming up, the intense carbonation subdues and the flavor more clearly shows.

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Photo of baos
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into Barilla spaghetti sauce jar.

A: Huge dark tan head my jar runneth over and this was even after I dumped 1/4 of the bottle into my chili. Head goes down to a decent film. Okay lacing. This beer is really bubbly.

S: Very nice coffee and burnt caramel notes with a nice hoppy presence.

T: Pretty nice. Very dark and kind of bitter chocolate. Starts out very nice but towards the end of the cup I start to get kind of an Elmer's glue type of finish. There's something that is fouling up the finish as it warms.

M: Light to Medium with incredible bubbliness.

D: I thought this was gonna be grade A, but as it warms I detect some funkiness. I bought a sixer so if my taster is off, I'll update this with some good news, cause I love my Indiana brewers!

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Old Fort Porter from Mad Anthony Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 37 ratings