Pennypacker Porter | Appalachian Brewing Company

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Pennypacker PorterPennypacker Porter

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Appalachian Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Fall

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Added by SchmichaelJ on 01-08-2003

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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by beergeek279:
Photo of beergeek279
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served as a 6 oz. sample at ABC. The color was black, with a wispy head. The smell was a nice hoppiness. The taste was a strong coffee roastiness, with a dry hop presence. Mouthfeel was average. As for drinkability, could have a few of these.

A nice porter offering here. Nice roastiness and a good dry porter. Quite good, and certainly one that I would hope to have in the future.

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Photo of Brent_B
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cimms001
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Shovelbum
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a creamy mocha head over black with garnet edged body. Decent head retention and lace. Aromas of roasted malt and a mild floral hop background. Mild sweetness with flavors of chocolate, nuts and roasted malt. Slightly burnt around the edges. Mild hop bitterness. Full-bodied. Low carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel with a drying finish.

Nothing int this brew really jumps out as especially extraordinary, but I don't have any complaints either. An all-around solid porter.

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Photo of glid02
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Harrisburg location.

Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with good amounts of dark chocolate with leafy hops lingering in the background.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. The roasted malt flavors are a bit stronger than the smell intimates and kick things off. Dark chocolate flavors join in shortly and carry through to a mildly bitter ending. Hops serve to keep the beer from being overly sweet but don't have much greater influence than that.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's a bit on the thin side with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was a nice-tasting porter however if I could pick between the two I'd certainly go for the stout. Still, worth a shot.

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Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ChickenBugg
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The body is an opaque black with the exception of some clear, mahogany colored edges at the rim and base. The head is a short, creamy mass of light tan foam that holds well at first and leaves some nice rings of lace before dropping to an average collar. The nose delivers a dull roastiness with a touch of chocolate that alternates between being enticing and just take-it-or-leave-it. The light body slides across the tongue with a very fine and gently crisp carbonation that does just enough to awaken the taste buds. The flavor is rich with caramel maltiness, a burnt-bordering-on-acidic roastiness, a touch of floral hops, and some bittersweet chocolate that's backed by a solid bitterness. It finishes bone dry with some residual caramel and roastiness as well as some ghostly hops. Enjoyable, with a good level of drinkability.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the ABC on 11/14/08. Served in an oversized Mug Club mug.

Pours a deep, dark brown with a finger of creamy tan head. Thin, 1/4 finger of solid creamy retention that leaves big swathes of lacing behind. The aroma starts with some pretty prominant coffee (with a touch of astringency), caramel, chocolate, and a nice bouquet of floral hops in the back.

The taste is silky caramel and roasted chocolate malts with some coffee character coming out towards the finish. A splash of citrus and a floral feeling hop profile round things out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly creamy carbonation that possesses an occasional prickle in there as well.

This is a solid Porter from the ABC and is actually probably one of the better seasonals that they put on during the year. Good stuff that I was happy to fill my mug with.

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Photo of DavidGross
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of akorsak
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A growler from the Harrisburg brewpub.

A: The porter is a thick black color with dirty brown edges. The head is small to non-existent.

S: The aroma is a roasted chocolate malt.

T: The porter has a clear malt profile of roasted chocolate and toffee. That malt flavor dominates the ale, as there is no hop presence. The big letdown is the lack of sour staleness that I like in porters.

M: The malts are tasty, nice and full of chocolate and toffee notes, but I'd like to see some more hops there.

D: Very drinkable, in fact I cleared out most of the growler on my own.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ba Review #96
Served On: 12/28/2011
Glassware: Tumbler Pint
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: -

Another offering I enjoyed while at the ABC Harrisburg location on my birthday.

Look: Very dark color with minimal light showing through. Head was a 1 finger of dark mocha colored foam. Carbonation was barely noticeable due to the dense black darkness of the beer.

Smell: Roasted marshmallow and toffee notes with semisweet chocolate and a hint of charred oak. Aroma was very nice.

Taste: The taste brought this one home for me. A candy sugar sweetness hit for a split second and then was quickly washed away by roasted earthy malts. The finish was a slightly bitter hop bite with the roasted character returning long into the aftertaste.

This was a fantastic porter. Aside from the mouth feel being on the thinner side, I couldn’t come up with a single bad thing about this beer.

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Photo of RJBeverage
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at ABC in Harrisburg, poured into a glass and consumed in Pittsburgh.

This is a pleasant Porter, which I'd be happy to try again if anyone had it around here.

It pours a nice dark nearly opaque with a brownish tan head. The head is persistent enough to require two attempts to fill the glass. The smell is not strong, with a slight roasty odor. The taste is where this one succeeds nicely for me. A cool refreshing coffee taste, like a chilled expresso. The mouthfeel is not as thick as the taste suggests it would be, but it isn't thin. A very drinkable beer without being overwhelming and without growing boring after the first glass.

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Photo of Kilroy1701
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Bill69
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Braddeforest
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of BeerCon5
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black color. Relatively think dark tan fluffy head.

Roasty scent, coffee and caramel mostly.

The taste was of roasty caramel malts, some chocolate notes, also a bit of coffee at the end.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy, good carbonation.

This was one of the better offerings I've had from ABC. It seemed to go down quite easily for a porter.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This arrived with a foamy, tan/brown head over a glass containing a deep black colored liquid. I took in notes of chocolate and charcoal on the nose. The beer, itself, had lots of interesting flavors, although muted, going on. I noted chocolate, caramel, and coffee, but none in any great abundance, nor in any up front way. Not bad, but I wish that the flavors had been more pronounced.

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Photo of hopdog
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap.

Poured a dark reddish, brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, and some coffee. Tastes of chocolate, roasty, and some coffee. Smooth body. Very light bitterness.

Notes from 10/23/04

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Photo of EinFesteBurg
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Gavage
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear dark brown in color with a 1/2" head. Thick lacing develops through the session. Carbonation levels seemed a bit low.

Smell: very soft roasted coffee tones.

Taste: roasted malts and coffee with a hint of dark chocolate and molasses. Average bitterness. This porter has a nice malty level even though it is average in body.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smooth at the finish. Short aftertaste of coffee and roasted malts.

Drinkability: nicely drinkable. Worth a try if on tap.

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Photo of Dodt
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

decide to finally fill the growler i bought a while back from appalachian.
pours from the growler into a pint glass.
appearance : pours dark brown with a malty colored head.
smell : roasted malts with some coffee notes
taste medium body smooth taste
a very enjoyable beer on a cold winters day.

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Pennypacker Porter from Appalachian Brewing Company
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