John Stark Porter | Stark Brewing Company

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John Stark PorterJohn Stark Porter

Brewed by:
Stark Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Named after General John Stark, the famous Revolutionary war hero. This brown porter has a full body, complex malt character a subtle chocolate flavor.

25 IBU

Added by UncleJimbo on 02-17-2003

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by puboflyons:
Photo of puboflyons
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Milly's on September 20, 2009. The pour was a handsome brown to black with a few highlights or ruby red when held to the light. It was topped with a thin foamy tan head. I was a little disappointed in the aroma as it really did not come across very strong. Subtle might be the better word. I noted no chocolate aroma often associated with a Porter. Still, it smelled fresh. The mouthfeel was a bit thinner than I would have liked. The taste was decently balanced between bitter and malts with a likeable hoppy finish. It was not as true to a Porter as I hoped but likeable in its own way.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Welcome to Manchester!!! Arrived at Manchester airport for a 1/2 marathon over in New Market. Was picked up by my bro-in-law and quickly swept away to Milly's Tavern to begin our pre-race inebriation. The General John Stark Dark Porter was a solid beer, but a little dissappointing. I was expecting more. The color was a real dark amber with thin head that left a good lace. The nose was very roasty and malty. Unfortunately for me, the taste lacked. I was hoping for a firm body porter. The roast and malt were there but it was like drinking flavored water. The mouthfeel was ok...wanted more body...could drink alot of it if I had to. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a damn near black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, roasted malts. Taste is chocolate, roasted malts, some coffee, mild bitterness at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of blatherbeard
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been staring to drink porter lately and i went into milleys for the first time last night. I saw this on the menu and had to try it. Lets see how it turned out...

The head looked like chocolate mousse and the beer was very black tonight. I thought i was getting a chocolate beer...and i almost did! The nose of this beer was great, a hint of coffee and chocolate mixed in with the malts. MMM.

When i sipped this beer is was a delight. Tasted more chocolate than i ever expected in a porter. Hints of caramel and coffee as well. Quite malty with a bit of a bite but not real big. The finish was much smoother than i expected as well with a bit more bite at the end.

Overall i liked this alot and had 4 more AND bought my first Growler. 17 bucks for first fill and 8 bucks a refill, for any beer on the tap.

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

On-tap 8/30/2017 at Milly’s Tavern in Manchester, NH, served in a flight glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of coffee and chocolate. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of BierBliss
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good morning & welcome to my New New Hampshire CANned Beer Sunday (Week 657)! I have gotten the bulk of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody winnowed down to the point that I CAN again focus on what really matters. Namely, The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "Made in Manchester, New Hampshire"; "Est. 1994"; "Live Free Or Die"; "Hail the Ale"; "Named after New Hampshire's own Revolutionary War hero, Gen. John Stark. This dark brown porter has a full body, complex malt character a subtle chocolate flavor. A moderate alcohol level and hop bitterness round this out quite nicely. Robust and delicious!"; "Drink Like a General"; "Made With Barley Oats Hops Water Enjoy!"

On my third attempt with this brewery, I CAN safely say that yeast was employed in the creation of this beer! I Crack!ed it open & immediately got some foaming action through the vent. I was not at all put off, but I did CANduct a slow, gentle Glug as a result. It actually brought forth just under two fingers of foamy, soapy, rocky, light-brown head with moderate retention. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & mahogany highlights. Nose had a treacle-like quality. Interesting. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. It was very full & big for the style. The taste was somewhere between treacle & anise, a nice flavor for a Porter. Finish was dry, but not gasping. I would have to say that of the three thus far, this was my choice.

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Photo of jimilayne
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a ruby-brown coloring with a foamy, dense, beige head. Aromas of nut, caramel, and toffee sweetly blended together. Flavors are roasted and smokey, with a solid nut sweet and chocolate backbone, and a roasted and bitter coffee highlight. Roasty and bitter aftertaste, with a rich, almost meaty character. Decent cling while you drink. Bitter chocolate and coffee in the aftertaste, also. Smooth, light, and dry finish. Very tasty.

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Photo of kdivers
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johnnnniee
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub.
Dark brown black color with a decent but short lived creamy off white head. Roasty chocolate with hints of fruit and earth. Nothing earth shattering but less flawed than the other beers I tried today.

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Photo of BCad
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Super deep dark brown with a thin brown-white circle of foam around the cup.

S: Vanilla, chocolate, and coffee smells are coming through. Minimal sweetness or maltiness, smells terrific.

T: Taste of chocolate malts and coffee. Not sweet, which I really like. Ends on a bitter note, but the initial flavors stay in your mouth. I really like this.

F: Little on the thin and under-carbonated side of things.

Overall: Super drinkable porter with all of the typical porterness going on. Deffinitely worth a pour; I'd but it again and I;ll drink the rest of my glass happily.

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Photo of Prost76
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of waughbrew
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

black with red highlights. small oatmeal-colored head recedes quickly to a thin patchy cap. minimal lacing. very toasty caramel. nutty. great dirty hops. flavor starts with carbonation fizz. coffee grounds. slight smoke and aromatic caramel. low carbonation. pretty smooth.

alive. hop flavor adds pizazz to coffee grounds and caramel. nice.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This porter was a dark brown color, though it looked red-brown when held to the light, with some thin foam. The smell was faint malt. The taste was mostly sweet malt but with a bit of a burnt malt flavor. There was some hop bitterness in the finish. The body was medium, and the carbonation was moderate. There was a bitterness in the aftertaste. The drinkability was OK. This porter was a tad too bitter for my tastes, and the burnt flavor was a negative.

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Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark, deep reddish-brown, nearly black, with a fluffy, toffee-colored head. Handsome as the general, himself.

S: Roasty, malty nose with hints of coffee, even dark chocolate with the resulting bitterness. The smell is very inviting and crisp.

T: True to smell, the beer is roasty-toasty caramel with the same hints of dark chocolate and maybe coffee, and a nice underlying hoppy bitterness. This is really a very nice porter--right-on for the style with a crisp, clean flavor.

M: Appropriately medium-bodied, slightly on the light side, but not too much so, and fairly sticky.

O: Even though I drink more of the Manch-Vegas IPA than the porter, this is probably Milly's best beer. It's a very nice, clean porter that is a good representation of the style. The bitterness works really well with the roasty qualities of the beer, and enjoying a few of these always makes for a good evening.

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Photo of juliusseizure
3/5  rDev -21.9%

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

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of tpauer
4/5  rDev +4.2%

John Stark Porter from Stark Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 22 ratings