Motor City Brewing Honey Porter | Motor City Brewing Works

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Motor City Brewing Honey PorterMotor City Brewing Honey Porter
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Motor City Brewing Honey PorterMotor City Brewing Honey Porter

Brewed by:
Motor City Brewing Works
Michigan, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2002

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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by BrewSTL:
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of jmrybak
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Rxman70
4.9/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great taste and color, well rounded beer

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Photo of Futbolmanby
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cokes
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black-imitating, shadowy mahogany, and it appears clear, but it's far to dark to tell for certain. The head is a mansion of yellowed tan and vandalizes the glass with filthy lace.
Fragrant of char, baker's cocoa, burnt paper and seemingly oats.
Begins with a dark chocolate mandate. Gallops towards a full mocha roastedness, the stops short and retreats. Again, a nod of oat materializes, bringing its flaky, lightly dry sweetness. As I drink more of this, I wonder if it isn't some illusory element caused by the interplay of roast malt and honey (which, despite the moniker here, I can't locate in earnest). Begins it's dismount full of caramel and chocolate cookie sweetness with some lingering coffee grounds. Undercurrents of green apple tartness towards the close. Hopping is forgotten, not because it's off-center, but because it is not needed.
Oily bodied, low in carbonation, and weighing in near medium, if not a notch lighter.
After liking MCBW's Ghettoblaster an awful lot, my faith was shaken with their Nut Brown. This one makes me believe these guys know what they are doing after all.
A very nice, sweeter, session-styled Porter here. Well done.

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Photo of beergorrilla
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of emerge077
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surreal digital label design, some penguins chillin' around some roman columns in the wintertime, under a full moon.

Black body, creamy tan foam. Ring around the glass manages to linger.

Puffed wheat and malt aroma, maybe some lactic quality. Hoping for something more roasty and sweet. Flavors of dry roast malt that give a very abrupt salute, and then whisk away. Thin body, still pretty drinkable. Overall a decent porter that could be a bit more robust.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Dark opaque brown w/beige head and decent retention and nice lacing.

S-Roast/slightly burnt malt w/light smoke and sweetness. Dark chocolate and light coffee.

T&M-Slightly sweet burnt/roast malt w/faint smoke. I can't pick up any honey, but there is a faint residual flavor it brings on although I wouldn't be able to place w/out the advance notice. Aftertaste is even and clean balance of dry hops and roast malt, and there is also a bit of fruit ester.

D-Highly drinkable and satisfying. Interesting take on the style.

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Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of HardyA
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Captain_Buzzkill
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Motor City Brewings Honey porter in their new Variety pack a couple weeks ago for $20 at The Lager Mill. This the last beer I have yet to try from Motor City's new variety pack, a honey Porter sounds good and I'm interested too see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

The label looks nice, instead of having their standard label it's got a nice custom one with penguins on it and I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a very dark brown color that was on the border of being black and it didn't let any light come through with a finger and half worth of creamy slightly darker tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking Porter, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by loads of dark malts being the first to show up and they impart a dark malt, roasted, chocolate, caramel, charred malts, light coffee and some slightly grainy aromas with the chocolate and charred malts seeming to stick out the most and there's also a lighter smokey aroma in the background. Up next comes a little more sweetness that must be from the honey and there's also a lighter earthy hop aroma. This beer had a pretty good aroma, I have no complaints and it seemed to be pretty true to style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma but much lighter and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by all those dark roasted malt aspects that I got in the aroma with the chocolate seeming to stick out the most this time, but as a whole the malts seem lighter than they were in the aroma and tastes a little watery. Up next comes a really slight smokey flavor and a really light honey flavor. On the finish there's a very light amount of medium bitterness that bordered on being lightly bitter with a roasted malt aftertaste. This is a decent tasting Porter, but I wish it was as robust as it was in the aroma.

M- Smooth, not rich, a little watery, a little crisp, not that creamy, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok, but I felt like it was a little watery.

Overall I thought this was a decent and a fairly average example of the style, it had that problem that a lot of average Porters seem to have when the taste lacks that nice robustness that I always look forward to in the style. This beer had ok drinkability, it was smooth and not too filling, but it wasn't that rich, it was watery and the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention, so I think one would be enough for me since I don't have the urge to drink another in a row. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma and appearance, I thought they were both pretty good and they were also pretty true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it wasn't horrible, but it felt too watery for the style. I don't think I would buy this beer again, when it's very easy to find a better Porter. I can't say I would recommend this beer to people who like the style. Overall I thought this beer came pretty close to falling right in the middle of the style, it wasn't bad, but it had some aspects that held it back from being as good as it could be. I think as a whole I was little let down with this variety pack, I didn't have the highest expectations, but the Nut Brown ale and the Ghetto Blaster are the only beers that I actually enjoyed and would buy again, the rest went from ok to not good. Better luck next time guys, this one could use some work before it can hold it's own against some of the better Porters.

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Photo of Giggy
2.97/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Don't detect the honey. Fair Porter not great.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another solid offering from MCBW. Presented a black color more akin to a stout. Small tan head calmed quickly. Aromas of honey and malts, with some mild cereal notes in the background. Taste was great; malts, grains, mild hops, and a touch of honey for sweetness. Great combination. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, and very drinkable. This is a great porter, perhaps one of the best i've ever had. Recommended.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 11/19/2014. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, honey, toast, dark bread, light coffee/smoke, light herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, honey, toast, dark bread, light coffee/smoke, light herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, dark bread, light coffee/smoke, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for as good big. Good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly bready/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is a nice robust porter style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Rons35
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of thomseye
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of JVoyager
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of chewy6935
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Richter525
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of xgrigorix
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce brown bottle - no dates.

Ruddy dark brown with some rugged carbonation. A rough pour produced a thin & dense tan coloured head. Some spotty lace is left behind.

A rich & inviting aroma of dark chocolate & figs.

This is my king of brew. Loads of dark chocolate flavours, mixes with some coffee & a nice honey flavour that adds a little bit of crispness. A pleasant little hop bite rushes in to save the day - not overly sweet, but not too dry either. The figs hinted at in the nose open up in the flavour as it warms, helping to dry it out a bit. Bittersweet chocolate is left to linger on the tongue. Full bodied, robust, with gentle carbonation.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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