FireHouse Porter | Firehouse Grill & Brewery

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Firehouse Grill & Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mentor on 12-11-2008

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 8
Photo of TotallyGomer
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Serving: on tap at the brewery

Served nearly full in the glass with about 3/8 medium tan head which lead to minimal retention, but lacing is still beautiful and lasting. Color is nearly black with almost zero light passing through. 4.5

Nose is mild, but dominated by roasted malts, followed by hints of vanilla. 3.5

Despite the mild nose the tongue is robust and textbook porter with plenty of espresso and vanilla up front, an unexplainable creaminess middle and just the right amount of hop finish. 5

Mouth feel is just what I want from a porter: thick but, not motor oil thick; a little light on the carbonation, again textbook, but nothing over the top. 4.25

Overall: a fine example of the style, I'll have this every time I visit the brew house. Definitely will recommendable for those in search of a classic porter style. Only drawback is is that there is nothing daring, but it doesn't take much from the quality. 4.5

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served a fairly dark mahogany that is just clear around the edges with a finger of frothy tannish head atop. Head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted and slightly burnt caramel malts with some coffee as well.

T - Starts off with some roasted caramel malts with a touch of coffee and a bit of sweetness. Through the middle some deeper slightly burnt malts come through with just a touch of earthy hops. Finish is a mix of deep roasted malts with a touch of coffee that lingers.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a nice sweet toasty finish.

D - Very drinkable with a nice balance of roasted malts and other flavors. Everything works really nicely here.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Steve for providing the bottle so I could review this bad boy at the computer.

Pours a fantastic dark brown color, a lot like a coca cola color, only a bit darker. Light tan one finger width head tops it off and has great retention. Not much lacing present, but then, it's not supposed to be a hoppy porter, so I wouldn't expect big lacing.

Smells great too, really impressed so far. A great chocolate backbone, with caramel, some dark toast, and a little bit of slight roastyness too. Not really getting any hop aroma to speak of.

I'm digging the brown porter, nothing is too deeply roasted like a lot of American Porters, it's all just nice and chocolatey and delicious without being crazy roasty or anything like that. Same flavors as the smell would indicate essentially, extremely well balanced, and delicious. I wish the flavor was a little bigger though, the nose was a little more apparent to me.

Mouthfeel is really quite great. Medium bodied, smooth, creamy, perfectly carbonated. Good head texture. Swishing it around is a delight, it's pillowy and fun.

Overall this is one hell of a brown porter, and one I would love to have more often. No alcohol taste, no astringent flavors, low level of bitterness, and not overly sweet. That's what leads to a great drinkability. What a fantastic revelation this beer is for me. It's basically like: Keep it simple, stupid!

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Photo of RunDWP
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Porters are perhaps my favorite style, and today, I'm here to tell you about a good one at Firehouse, a local brewery of mine. It's a dark brown, nearly black brew with a good amount of lacing on the shaker glass. Had to strain to detect the slight the coffee aroma of this one. Taste was a fair amount of roasted malt, with a pronounced coffee bitterness, some sweetness, and a little half-and-half creaminess. A little tingly on the tounge. It's not a highly complex or agressive porter, but a solid straightforward one, and that's good enough for me.

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Photo of mentor
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger light brown head over a very dark brown liquid. Smells flat chocolate, empty roast, lemony, and dry earthy hops. Some cream and mild alcohol burn.

Tastes very dry with roast and weedy american citrus hops. Lemon more than pine, little pith and grassy cohumulone. Aside from roast and baker's chocolate, malt is anise with mild cherry sour. The flavors work well together, but are not particularly deep or complex. Nicely drinkable.

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FireHouse Porter from Firehouse Grill & Brewery
3.82 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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