Pier Cove Porter | Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
saugatuckbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BierFan on 01-30-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
73
Reviews:
35
Avg:
3.32
pDev:
18.98%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of Mitchster
1.89/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

$1.79 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. Opens with a very brisk PSssht. Foam all over the place. Way to overcarbonated, gusher. Despite a careful pour, I get 3/4 of a glass of foam. ~4.5 carbs or so. The nose has a touch of that metallic kiwi fruit smell of an infection, otherwise some cocoa and that's about it in the nose. Something is wrong here. Mouthfeel explodes like champagne and is a little tart with a medium body. In spite of the infection, I can taste cocoa, some light molasses, some chocolate malt...the backbone of what could be a good beer. Bitterness is mild with some herbal hops in the finish (willamette?). Letting it sit out until the carbonation has mellowed makes for a drinkable beer. It's not a drain pour, but it will be in a few weeks.

Well, obviously this one has problems. The only other brew I've had from these guys was the Neopolitan milk stout which was OK, but also not infected.

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Photo of psmith161
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Kerrie
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of GbVDave
4.18/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottles into multiple pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn, Leslie, and the Killer for the assist!

A: Pours a deep black that shows slight lightening only when held to the light. 1 1/2 fingers of sticky and creamy light brown foam plaster themselves to the inside of the glass, making a sticky mess.

S: Aromas of toasted chocolate malt, dark fruit, light coffee, and roasty grains.

T: Exactly as above with even more chocolate. Cocoa, fudge, and milk chocolate.

M: Oatmeal stout-like in its' creaminess. Spicy, coating, and with a touch of cream sweetness.

O: Not sure about the average scores with this one. Supremely enjoyable!

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Photo of jampics2
2.68/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber from Tiffany's in Kalamazoo. I figured I'd take a shot on a $5.99 bomber from a brewery I've never trued. Bad idea, no clue if this was old stock, but it something must be amiss here.

Pour made a nice 2 finger head that dissipated into a nice white ring over the black body.

Smell is caramel, chocolate, and some bitterness.

Taste is where this takes a dive. There's a decent chocolate malt porter at first but a tart acrid taste takes over. Not an infection as much as just a disgusting mesh flavors. Not good.

Mouthfeel is too prickly carbed and very light. Not good.

Drinkability is sub-par. I'm struggling here just to drink enough to properly rate this.

Didn't have high hopes, but this didn't live up to even the experience I wanted - just to try a new beer from a new brewery. The rest of the bomber is going down the drain.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.03/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A dark, leathery brown with some light getting through at the edges. The mocha head is thick and creamy with decent retention.

S- Coffee with caramel cream in it and some smoke. Rather appealing.

T- Sweet coffee, chocolate, caramel, and some smoke. This is a bit different for the style, but it is very tasty. The sweetness is not as strong as I thought it would be based upon the aroma. Not to say that this is not rich and rewarding.

M- Smooth with a bit of a carbonation bite at the end.

D- A very well made porter. A little sweet and different for the style, but it works.

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Photo of Gtg642
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Beerasaurus
3.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DruC4
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of BlissJunkie
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of bigleague
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BierFan
4.22/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date.

Appearance: Tan head on a dark brown/black body. A little bit of lacing.

Smell: Roasty, toffee, caramel, and some faint hop spice. Smells very sweet and desert-like.

Taste: Roasty and chocolatey. More bitter than perhaps any other porter I've had before, but I really like this beer's bitterness. Finishes drier than the sweet smell made me believe it would be.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Scott.

The body is pitch black with a slightly frothy dark off white head. The smell is almost milk stout like. Loads and loads of coffee and dark chocolate really dominate, but thats all just aroma. Its all about the malt here. Definitely dominated by the powdered dark chocolate. The taste is much the same. Its light, but theres tons of flavor. It has an upfront astringent bite that I liken to espresso, but the super bitter dark chocolate and espresso really dominate the taste--definitely to a fault. I feel like it could use a bit of malt backbone to really set it over the top.

Theyve got the bitter coffee and dark chocolate down, but if you add some serious malt to back up the black coffee and espresso bite, you have one hell of a beer.

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Photo of beveritt
2.35/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Picked this up on a trip to Michigan. Label is dark in overall appearance and has a drawing if a pier extending out into Lake Michigan. No freshness date.

Appearance: After only a split second of pouring, the head on this extends to the top of glass, forcing me to stop pouring. This finally settles, allowing me to restart the pour, but this is definitely a sneak it down the side of the glass type beer. When all is said and down, I cam still left with a huge, pillowy light tan head. The beer itself is an extremely dark mahogany; dark enough to be opaque in the middle of the glass.

Smell: Slightly tangy, soured aroma upfront with undertones of roasted barley and chocolate malt. Slight metallic bite.

Taste: Mild roasted barley bitterness upfront, but fairly watered down. Overly roasted astringency lingers throughout. Slight hint of baker's cocoa.

Mouthfeel: Extremely overcarbonated, not just for this style , but for just about any beer. Their remains way too much dissolved CO2, such that as soon as you take a drink, it comes out of solution and ruins the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Well, this one was a hot mess. About the only factors it got right were the color and some barley. Pass.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of jduprey007
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of TCgoalie
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes from 6/13/10

Pours pitch black with just a pinch of splotchy white head.

The smell is that of dark malts, molasses, and pine hops.

Chocolate malts with molasses fill the backbone of this beer. Add to it some roasted barley and a touch of anise. I'm a bit dissapointed in this beer after having the IPA.

Standard porter mouthfeel, medium with some hop bite.

Not the best porter I've ever had, but not the worst. Drink once and move on.

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Photo of DSlim71
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.41/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Le Cheval Blanc pint glass.

Pours like a gusher. Four+ finger of foam on a very deep ruby beer. Very meringue-like head.

Aromas of yeast, slight roast character.

First sip is of light roast with some malt. No hops perceived. A little carbonic bite. A little too carbonated.

Mouthfeel is thin, not watery. Bite from carbonation. Only bitterness perceived is from roasted grains. The carbonic bite dominate. Carbonation is a little filling.

Drinkability is good, but I could do with less carbonation. This is a gassy beer.

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Photo of czfreeman
3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours nice deep roasted blackish-brown porter tone decent lacing
Smells of bitter coffee, roasted barley, chocolate malt, nice touch of bitterness, floral fruity alcoholic touch, more than expected for a 6% porter.
Flavor is much the same. Loads of coffee, chocolate malt, some sweeter notes in the flavor than the aroma though. Touch of brown sugar, molasses in particular with it's sweet-yet-smoky note, finishes with a bitterness I like in my Porters.
Lighter bodied Porter than most, focusing on the bitter-carbonated side of things. It it a trait in porters I find myself liking more and more.
If you want richer, creamier mouthfeels, flavors..etc..drink a stout. Reading about the history of Porters that involve blending old and new beers to create a drinkable beer for worker...I could imagine it was bitter and slightly acidic

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Photo of Mxsluis
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of DoctorDog
1.55/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a nonic. Thanks to beveritt's for procuring this.

A- Dark brown and essentially opaque. Pours with a massive explosion of light brown, slow to fade head, necessitating a prolonged, multi-stage pour....not a good start here.

S- Heavily metallic. Hints of a funky, sourness sneak past the metal. A feint wisp of malty sweetness is detected....not getting too excited about that first sip.

T- Disgusting, metallic, tongue coating bitterness is my reward for drawing from my glass. Some roasty notes...

M- Very high carbonation.

D- Terrible. Unable to finish even one...

Future outlook: An extremely poor effort here. Ranks alongside of the worst beers I've sampled to date in my many years on this earth. Not impressed with the other Saugatuck brew I tried either....probably a pass on anything of their's in the future, let alone this disgraceful metal-bomb.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass. A big 2 fingers of foam swelled up and slowly dissipated, leaving behind a good amount of lace. The body appears dark brown, but when backlit, it is more ruby than brown.

Toasted grains, chocolate and wet coffee make up the nose. Typical smelling...

The taste is right with the nose...good flavors, roasted malts, coffee center and a burnt cocoa finish.

Light to medium bodied...a little watery, moderate carbonation.

Not sure why this has such low scores...there is nothing outstanding about this, but I would hardly rank it as low a BMC. Tasty and easy drinking, lacks complexity and bold flavors.

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Photo of runlikeakenyan
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of divineaudio
3.01/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a mug.

a - pours dark brown with a huge, 3 finger, tan head. excellent retention and leaves thick chunks of lace.

s - milk chocolate and raisin.

t - roasted malt, cola, some dark fruity notes. light bitterness to balance the malt.

m - thin with too much carbonation.

o - decent, but there are much better examples of the style. probably wouldn't buy this again.

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Pier Cove Porter from Saugatuck Brewing Company
3.32 out of 5 based on 73 ratings.
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