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Pier Cove Porter | Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Pier Cove PorterPier Cove Porter

Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 73
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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Photo of Lauthaha
2.7/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Holy foam, Batman! Beer-to-head ratio is somewhere around 1:8, even on a truly gentle pour. Hmm...well, head dimples down around the edges in an entertaining fashion, giving me time to enjoy the beautiful ochre styrofoam-like wispy lacing on the edges of the glass. Beer itself is opaque-brown, with yellowish tints in the narrowest parts of the glass.

Smell: Sour, as in the scent of fermenting, rotting grapes. Some lemon flavor as well as a slightly off-putting alcoholic contingency. Not Saugatuck's finest hour.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer hits the tongue tartly. The malt is sweet and caramelly, and combined with the plum-type fruit sweetness and some citrus tang, it's not a bad brew. A little on the sweet'n'sour side for a porter (in my opinion), but I assume some of that comes from whatever type of barrel it was aged in.

Overall: Looks a lot better than it smells, and the taste falls somewhere between those categories. Won't buy this again (not my bag) but I'm not hatin' on the SBC. A decent beer, and most certainly worth a try.

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Photo of tubacharlie
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A smooth, khaki colored head with good retention and clinging lace covers the dense, dark brown beer poured into a pint glass.

The smell of roasted malts can be detected with a hint of hops.

Well carbonated and creamy in the mouth, the roasted malts predominate, with some vanilla coffee with a hint of sweetness and smoky hop bitters.

Good for a cold winter night with some roasted chestnuts by the open fire and a schnapps back.

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Photo of youngleo
3.56/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured very dark brown in color. Head was about 2 inches thick and caramel in color. Had some big bubbles in the middle of the glass. Head settled down a little after about a minute but left some very nice lacing with every swallow. Nice looking. Smelled of caramel, coffee, and burnt malt. Tasted good. Then again, burnt malt, coffee and caramel. Also biscuits. Left a after taste of burnt malt. After taste wasnt overwhelming. Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation was right. Didnt taste to thick. I thought it was a good Porter. Id buy again.

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Photo of TheBear11D
2.68/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

The beer pours a really nice dark brown to black, but has the most outrageous head that has ever existed. Once the head settles into a thick layer of sandy brown foam the beer looks delightful, but there is just far too much head from the pour...and I gave an extremely gentle pour.

Aroma is somewhat sour and rather metallic. There is some roasted malt also noticeable and perhaps grapes.

It takes a second for the flavor to arrive, but I get some roasted malt with grapes. It makes for an interesting flavor. Leaves a sour aftertaste.

Medium body with loads of carbonation.

Rather disappointing. Not one I shall be having again.

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Photo of EtOHMD
3.91/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into pint glass. Opaque dark chocolate in the center with thin dark chestnut brown at the edges. Nice thick tan head which lasts throughout. Good thick lacing. Roasted toffee caramel tones on the nose and taste is similar. Smoother porter than many I've had (in a good way). Easy drinkin for a porter. PS I think one of the few reviews here must have had a bad beer because nothing in it sounds like this beer.

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Photo of TheStove
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle received from a friend into a 0.3L German beer mug. Pours a nice dark black cola color with a light lingering white head.

Smells rich and malty with a tad bit of smoke in the there somewhere. Sip starts with a rich varying malt flavor that is part sweet and slightly chocolate. Goes down smooth with an interesting bitter finish that is part malt part hops. Bitter and acrid flavor lingers on tongue between sips.

Didn't find it particularly bad but didn't find it much to write home about. Doesn't stand up in complexity to something like a Black Butte or an Anchor Porter. It does the job in terms of getting you your malt fix but not much in terms of adventurous or something different.

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Photo of tophers
2.95/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The head on this beer was huge during the pour it took me awhile to get it into the glass. There was nothing that I really loved about this beer and I consider it about average for a Robust Porter. I wish there was some more malt flavors with this beer than what I primarily experienced...the roastiness. Also, this beer was so highly carbonated it made it very dry and probably affected the perceived bitterness. The head on this beer was very long lasting and laced along the glass (in a frosted pattern). OK beer but I won't get it again.

a: Very dark, almost black. Poured a huge head that took awhile to get down. Head is tan and pillowly with waves.

s: Slight roast malt aroma mixed in with more of a pronounced chocolate and nut aroma, with a touch of bread and toffee, as I smell more of it. The hop aroma is spicy in nature. Clean.

t: Roast flavor upfront followed by some sweetness. Slight alcohol notes. Moderately high bitterness. Not detecting much of any hop flavor. Quite a punch of roast and bitterness with this one. Finish is dry. No diacetyl. Slight fruity esters

m: Body is moderate and HIGHLY carbonated. Very slight astringency from the roasted grains.

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Photo of centurian62
1.74/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

During a typical tilted glass pour into a pint glass, I noticed that this beer didn't just have a head, it had massive amounts of foam. So much so, in fact, that only about 4 oz. were in the glass before the head overflowed the glass on a very slow pour. This beer would be overly carbonated if it were soda pop.

T - Metallic and impalatable.

A - Once the foam disipated (20 minutes later) the color was a dark chocolate and looked good for a porter.

S - Malty and carbonated (that's the best way I can describe it)

D - Avoid at all costs. This beer is not even worth a try to see what it's like. I am dead set against dumping beer but this six pack will become drain fodder, unfortunately.

I was dissapointed in this beer as I never want to see an unsatisfactory beer from a microbrewery. I will try other beers from Saugatuck brewing even though I wouldn't recommend the Pier Cove Porter to anyone.

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Photo of Roboise
4.33/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great lace. Wonderful porter. Flows well. Starts well and ends well. Great chocolate overtones. Some say best porter ever. Put this up against any other porter. No t quite in the stout group but great for its category. Drink it, live it, love it. more the merrier

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Pier Cove Porter from Saugatuck Brewing Company
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