Port Townsend Brown Porter | Port Townsend Brewing Company

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Port Townsend Brown PorterPort Townsend Brown Porter
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Port Townsend Brown PorterPort Townsend Brown Porter

Brewed by:
Port Townsend Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-19-2003

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by ccs:
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3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a beautiful color mahogany brown with little or no head, but I agree with other reviewers about the smell of this. It does smell a little off and had a twinge of bad juice to it. But the taste was normal. Very malty, sweet, with a roasted (not smokey) taste balanced with caramel and chocolate. The mouthfeel is pleasant, not over carbonated, and not thin.

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Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of SamuelR
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of xoqx
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This porter from Port Townsend, Washington pours dark brown from the bottle, revealing its dark red color only as the glass is nearly empty. The smell is of dark malted barley, and slight chocolate and chocolate scents. The taste is molassesy with the grapefruity bitterness of the hops still able to live amongst the rich malt flavors. The mouthfeel is rich and smooth and the beer is outstandingly drinkable.

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Photo of jreitman
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a light brown head that laced well and was quite persistent. Aroma was of caramel, coffee and something not so pleasant. This off aroma was hard for me to identify, but made me almost think I had a bad bottle. The flavor, however, was exactly what I was expecting. Coffee and a nice sweetness were most evident. A slight roasted/charred character also lay in hiding. Bitterness was moderate and fit well with the rest of the beer. One I would definitely like to try on tap.

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Photo of froghop
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

purchased at albertsons in bremerton, washington.

pours black with a red tint, a small khaki head that dissipates quickly, fine lacing.

smell is roasted malt and nuts, cocoa, and a touch of coffee, touch of vanilla.

taste is a bit on the watery side, roasted malts, chocolate flavored italian ice, and not too bitter, touch of coffee, some vanilla.

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Photo of Anew
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice black body with a finger of dark tan foam head. Body allows a dim but clear transit of ruby when held up to the light. I like it.

Smell: lots of chocolate and earthy, vegetabley hops. It smells like a typical Northwest porter.

Taste: quite tasty. Flavor begins with the chocolate notes and finishes with a nice coffee flavor. Hops are present throughout but really fill out toward the end; there's a nice bitterness here. Overall, I am liking this quite a bit.

Mouthfeel: medium-thin body with a nice level of carbonation. I feel like this could be creamier with just a tad thicker body; still, it's not too bad.

Drinkability: this is a solidly crafted, tasty, and quite drinkable porter. ABV is a tad bit on the high side for a true session beer, but I could definitely down a few of these at the pub.

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Photo of MacStinson
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Moose90
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Served from 22oz bomber

A — Pours a deep and dark brown in color, there are some reddish hues and edges as it is held up to the light. There is a light brown colored head that fades pretty quickly. Fair enough lacing, but not great.

S — Smells of lightly roasted dark malts, sweet and rich. Little bit of bitterness.

T — Tastes more like a brown ale than an amber, fairly light in flavor, little bit of roastiness and bitterness, but not much.

M — Medium bodied, ample carbonation. Not bad.

O — OK overall, fairly light for a porter, could use a greater depth of flavor.

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Photo of beertaster13
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a semi black with streaks of brown, a delicioulsy inviting mocha head will rise. The smell is of molasses and a hint of coffee beans, also some small floral tones appear. The taste is strong with butterscotch and a deep dark toffee. A semi sweet chocolate taste lingers, deep rich bready taste as well. This is a good beer but the stout overshadows this well made brother.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cola brown. some ruby/mahogany around the edges. Good little khaki head. Dissipates pretty quickly.

Nose starts out sweet and roasty. Turns extremely grainy as it warms.

That sweet roasty theme starts the tongue off as well. Hard to pinpoint specific flavours, but it's warmingly roasted giving way to a touch of bitter towards the end. I get faint cocoa sweet notes that blend nicely with a touch of bakers cocoa as well and maybe a hint of lactose sweet/sour. A touch nutty.
Decent medium body and appropriate carbonation. This isn't a beer that's going to stand out or garner mentions on best-of lists, but it is an extremely drinkable, enjoyably solid example of a style that sometimes gets overshadowed by its more pronounced russian/imperial kin. Definitely recommend giving it a shot at the very least.

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Photo of Erik-P
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerManDan
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When first poured, the color was a very dark brown, almost black and the smell of roasted malts and a hint of chocolate. What first bothered me was. when I poured the Porter, it was very thin, not the usual thick liquid. The taste was of roasted malts and a hint of semi-sweet chocolate, but not over powering.

This Porter was just not what I expected. Although the color and aroma was very good, the flavor was lacking in depth and just not that good.

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Photo of ronbo5421
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Tupperwolf
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I received a lovely pintful of dark brown beer from Roxanne the barmaven each time I ordered the Porter today; It's not black, but noticeably very dark brown, and capped with a half-inch dark tan head which fades and leaves wisps of thin lacing.

Coffee and nuts are present in the smell, a lightly roasty walnut. Hints of licorice and slight amaretto, but nothing near their Stout, which bursts with all kinds of interesting nutty flavors.

The flavor is immediately relaxing; It's brewed with Belgian malts, and has a lovely, drinkable cappucinno and nuttiness that make you feel as though you're sipping a pint in an English public house. Just the right balance of flavors ofr an easy-drinking dark beer.

Smooth, medium-bodied, just about right for a porter. Tiny tingling bubbles of carbonation are present, and the body is full enough to appreciate, light enough to be easy-drinking.

I enjoyed this porter enough to have two in a row, which is rare - I enjoy trying out different breweries' porters, but never really settle down and have a few of them. This one was comforting and soul-warming.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of RJLarse
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought some Port Townsend Porter a few months ago while vacationing on the Olympic Peninsula. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a dark nearly black color, with a deep garnet red hue when held up to the light. Modest bubbly tan head is not particularly resilient, and yields little lace.

The smell is not real robust, there is a sweet plum aroma, with a mild roasted grain smell.

Taste is OK, but not flavor packed. There is a little smoky coffee flavor, with a caramel malt and grain presence. Very little bitterness in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and clean, perhaps a bit thin and watery. The brew is well carbonated, and feels a bit like a Coke on the swallow.

A very drinkable porter, but not a remarkable one. It's sessionable, not overpowering, not heavy. A good run of the mill porter. I'd have it again, but there are many others that are as good if not better.

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Photo of strongaf
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured black with a tannish head and good carbonation

S: Nose is is roasted malt, hints of cocoa, coffee but light coffee

T: Pretty smooth, roasted malt, cocoa

M: Well carbonated, no issues, a bit roasty, nice body

D: Easily drinkable and enjoyable porter

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Photo of beertunes
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a straight pint glass at the Green Frog Cafe in Bellingham, WA. Poured a very deep brown, almost black, with a hint of ruby tinge. Less than an inch of medium tan head dissipated quickly, leaving moderate lacing.

A very pleasant roasty malt aroma greets the nose with a slight sweet note. For a beer with this amount of roast in the nose there is no discernable coffee aromas, which I find a pleasant surprise. The flavors follow the aromas but are more fulfilling.

The body is full and satisfying, a true pleasure. A very drinkable beer, a solid companion.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first impressions were of an immediate brown ale taste chased by a porter-like finish. Later it occurred to me that perhaps they call this “Brown Porter” because it’s something of a hybrid of the two styles. The initial wash of flavor is of caramel malts, but this soon segues towards a grainier, roasted finish with a drawn out, lightly smoked tail. The flavor is none too potent, but it is initially agreeable. It does tend to fade however.

Dark brown with a good sandy head, it smells unexpectedly peaty or like smoked caramel. Intriguing and untraditional.

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Photo of hellbilly
3.12/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

bottle by way of riversideAK.

the auburn brown pour appears to be rather thin. it*s capped by a fleeting beige head which i had to really work for.

there is a definite milky sourness from the roast along with coffee, faint vanilla and dry generic hoppiness.

the flavor is rather boring... earth, herbal dryness, coffee, mild vanilla, toasted caramel-y nuts and some floral iced tea-like hoppiness on the finish. there*s a mild sourness throughout the palate. the body is light to light/medium with a sharp mouth feel. it is however, easy to drink.

very simple brew... almost like there was no effort put into it. but, it is certainly not terrible.

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Port Townsend Brown Porter from Port Townsend Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 29 ratings