King's Peak Porter | Uinta Brewing Company

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King's Peak PorterKing's Peak Porter

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Roasted chocolate malts influence this full-flavored ale. This sessionable porter is black in color and well balanced.

25 IBU

Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 08-22-2002

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Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served very near the BB date.

Appearance: Clear dark brown body with a large, semi-durable, beige head.

Aroma: coffee, chocolate, dark roasted wet grains, a hint of sourness.

Flavor: medium and dark roasted grains; mild bitterness; hints of black coffee and licorice.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation; medium body.

Overall: a solid Anglo-American porter.

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Photo of vw72
3.19/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is number 5 or 6 in my Utah beer stretch. A good beer, but for the style, it seems "light". It has the beginning taste of a porter, but as it continues, the taste seems to diminish, ending in the style of a light beer.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a brown color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves spotty lacing

S: Some roast, coffee, and dark chocolate come through up front, along with a bit of grain and fruity notes

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some roast and bitter coffee notes along with some light fruitiness and graininess. Finishes with lingering roast and some bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate prickly carbonation

O: A decent porter with great drinkability. Nothing special, but good enough to keep around for a dark beer session

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Photo of timmy2b
2.59/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Medium to dark brown in color with a little bit of a tan head.

Scent is of coffee, but cheap coffee. Roasted malt with the caramel makes this taste fairly nutty which is not what I was looking for in this beer.

I am not a big fan of this one as it is weak and has a taste that is not compatible with my palate.

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Photo of Redrover
3.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. brown bottle with clear freshness dating. Poured into a glass, the beer is dark brown with amber highlights. There is a fairly dense tan head.

The beer has an aroma of roasted malt and day old coffee.

There are lots of roasted malts and dark fruit during the first taste. The beer is a hint of dark chocolate and some percolator coffee. More raisins in the finish.

The mouth is yeoman like and the beer is pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of Zorro
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Clear brown colored ale with a small tan colored head. Nothing outstanding looking.

Sells sweet and smoky with a mainly coffee and caramel aroma. Scent of roasted pinion nuts.

Initially this is is coffee with caramel syrup. Middle of the pack for sweetness this is like a slightly under-carbonated coffee soda. Mildly bitter, for a Utah law beer this isn't boring.

Overall worth a try but not quite a six pack level of try.

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Photo of rangerman21
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Dark brown with an off white head. Head doesn't stick around long.

Smell: chocolaty

taste: roasty chocolate, hints of coffee. Nice bitter malt finish.

Mouthfeel. Bubbly and light on the tongue. A bit odd for a porter

Overall: Very tasty beer. Only thing unusual is the mouthfeel, otherwise very enjoyable.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head which has decent retention. The head is a light beige while the body is a dark chocolate brown which shows hints of garnet at the bottom of the glass when it is held up to the light. The lacing is almost sheeting.

Nose- Started off with a pretty sour coffee smell with some brown bread in the background but now is showing hints of chocolate and more rounded coffee notes. Some cocoa. The glass only shows minor roasted notes. Swirling shows a more poignant coffee note with some cocoa that tends toward cardboard.

Taste- Large notes of cocoa with a vague chocolate in the background. Light notes of coffee on the finish. Much more balanced and subtle than the nose. No real flaws (shows none of the sourness of the aroma) but fairly thin. Some hints of chocolate and minor chalkiness on the finish. Not really much to say about this beer as it is pretty boring. Average to above average but closer to average. Perhaps a little old but 4 months shouldn't be too much of an issue with a porter. Maybe a little oatmeal.

Mouthfeel- A little less than medium bodied with light carbonation. Slight grittiness on the finish.

Drinkability- Goes down very easily and is pretty sessionable at 4%. Very boring though. Standard craft beer six pack beer price which makes Black Butte a much better bargain.

Overall- Average to above average. Worth a try if you go in with little expectations. Wouldn't buy again but would drink if given it.

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Photo of vkv822
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz : tulip

Pours a deep, deep mahogany, near black with a thin, foamy, toffee colored head.

Roasty, light cocoa, fairly standard taste here. Nothing unpleasant, but nothing memorable either.

Medium- body, light foamy carbonation.

A decent porter, fairly standard flavor profile, but nothing exciting either.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on 7/23/13.

A: Pours a dark brown appearing black in the glass with a thin lightly tanned head. Leaves some lacing on the sides. Head dissipates fairly quickly. Clear body with a ruby tinge.

S: Roasty malts with dark fermented fruits. Nice cocoa aspect, perhaps a hint of coffee.

T: Mild flavor that is well balanced and sessionable. Has roasted malts but not as in depth as other porters. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Light body that maintains a creamy aspect. Smooth and very easy drinking.

Overall the goal of this beer seems to be a light porter you can drink all night. It hits that niche right on the money. Has tasty flavors that would make me come back again.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark ruby color lacking in opacity. The head is a two finger mocha shade. It retains itself nicely, and leaves behind some spotty lacing.

S: As expected, it's rather mild here. Some light piny hops, a touch of chocolate, and a mild minty note make up the majority of the aroma. What's there is decent, but there just isn't much to begin with.

T: For a 4% porter, this is really damn good. It starts with a wave of herbal, piny hop bitterness, and finishes with some pleasant dark chocolate and coffee flavors. Though it's simple, it's quite savorable, which is downright incredible for 4%.

M: This has a good body for something so 'light'. It's also very clean, if not quite as dry as I'd like/expect. Drinkability isn't superb, I must say. However, this means that just a little will go a long way.

O: I could genuinely session this. Normally, when I come across a lightweight beer like this, my first thought is to see how quick I could chug it down, order another one, and repeat until I'm spraying puke on the poor soul next to me. This one, on the other hand, actually has some decent flavor, ergo I kind of don't want to kill it in 4.3 seconds. And there we go, this is a session beer done right. Now if only it weren't priced like the average porter 6 pack...

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Photo of KFBR392
3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with a medium bodied thickness. Light creamy head on the pour which was present while drinking. Dark color in glass but when held to light reveals a dark ruby red/brownish color.

Smell: Surprisingly light hoppy aroma to this brew. Balanced accents of dark chocolate and molasses. The malt in this beer mixes well with everything going on and has a roasted chalky feeling to it.

Taste: The front is the light hoppy feeling that was found early in the aroma as well. The body warms up a bit with some light to medium bodied malt accents. A chocolate dryness adds some sweetness to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very light, so easy and drinkable.

Overall: A great beer if you are looking for some malt and darker characteristics without getting weighed down too much. Nothing to get to excited about but a tasty easy beer. Good for someone transitioning into the craft beer world.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a pilsner glass at Ray's Tavern in Utah. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of good creaminess and thickness, and nice retention. Body colour is a very dark brown-black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Very light aroma of dark malts and cream. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T: Dark malts, hints of chocolate, cream, some vanilla, and tinges of caramel. Full-bodied and enjoyable. I like it, but it is a bit simple. Not real subtle. Nicely balanced. No alcohol or yeast comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Nowhere near creamy enough for the style. Good thickness. Nice carbonation. Suits the flavours nicely, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to the taste.

Dr: Drinkable. A nice little porter from Uinta. I'd get it again at the right price. Worth giving a go if you're a fan of the style.


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Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black color with a thin foamy veil in the pint shaker. A little aroma of grain and burnt sugar.

Pleasant malty flavors with lots of dark roasted barley. Not so much of the charred taste. A little chalky in the mouthfeel with a modest carbonation. Nutty aftertaste and slightly bitter twang. A decent quaff with lunch.

Not bad for a low-alcohol porter. Plenty of flavor, just very light bodied. On tap at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Salt Lake City.

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Photo of horshack7
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Well it's quite dark closer to a very dark brown than black. The head is about an inch tall and is beige in color.

Aroma: Dark roasted coffee, faint charcoal, chocolate malts, light smokiness, Minor notes of dark fruit. Roasted hops with a floral dryness in the nose.

Taste: Smoky, chewy mouthfeel, dark roasted coffee, cocao. A chocolate malt sweetness with a twinge of milk sugar. Hops are roasted good and dark and a little bit of a dry finish.

Notes: Very drinkable and rather tasty a solid porter. Cheers.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer #14 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

Wow. What an amazing porter. Beautiful smoky and roasted malt tones with a vibrancy that just speaks volumes. This is one of the better porters I have had in quite some time. The lingering aftertaste rests in my mouth and I don't mind how if it decides to stick around for quite some time.

Not sure what everyone else is drinking and rating. But hey, lucky me; sorry for you.

Well done, Uinta.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

nearly opaque black in the glass with a foamy whitish head leaving a fair amount of lacing as you drink.

Aroma has a nice full cocoa scent overlaying the malt.

Flavor has the nicely toasted dark malt flavor, a little nutty and with the tasty light cocoa bitterness.

Mouthfeel is relatively light, nicely in keeping with the sessionability of this beer.

Over all this is a very good porter, very sessionable and more importantly very drinkable. This was a gift from some good friends who just returned from out west, I wouldn't mind at all if this were available to me all the time!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

another surprisingly good 4% beer on tap in utah. this one pours a rich looking milk chocolate brown color with a really lacey light brown chocolate milky head with good retention. smells like a chocolate covered espresso bean thats been chewed a little bit. balanced and subtle despite the complex aromas. flavor features both chocolate malts, caramel malts, coffee, and a sort of marshmallowy sweetness. great texture to this one too, smooth and drinkable. body is a bit thin for a porter, but so are many of these 4% drafts. relaxed carbonation and a drawn out aftertaste that goes from coffee bitter to cocoa sweet wraps this one up rather nicely. overall a reasonable porter, highly sessionable.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.07/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled on 6/21/2010

Look: Black and totally opaque with a 1/2 inch tan bubbly head and ok retention

Smell: Roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and oak

Taste: The flavor is a bit muted maybe due to the age but the beer carries some roasted malt and oatmeal notes. The oatmeal lingers for a bit

Mouthfeel: Thin body and medium carbonation and a bit prickly

Overall: Not a bad beer and this one would probably be better fresh as it stands the nose is really the only solid component

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Photo of jpro
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mixed sixer picked up at the Bryce Canyon General Store (from notes)...

A: Brown; coca-cola head with some tiny bubbles (camping, so not as in-depth a description)

S: Chocolate malt and some light earthiness... nothing too crazy, for sure.

T: Chocolate malt; light roasted malts; a touch sweet toward the finish with some light, dry hop notes.

M: Kinda fizzy and thin; pretty lackluster.

O: Not bad - probably wouldn't have it again, though. Uinta's pale ales are better.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 ounce pint - $6.75 at Taco Mac in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a black body in the subdued lighting, though some very dark brown edges emerge as it is drank down. Thin beige-hued ring from a very, very generous pour.

Smell: Low grade, heavily roasted coffee, though not overly effusive. Some basic bitter chocolate, though, again, it's not overly effusive.

Taste: Roasty malts with flavors of coffee and bittersweet chocolate strike simultaneously. Brutally toasted bread crusts. Mild bitterness with a faintly earthy hop presence. Grows a bit thinnish, as a sip of store-brand cola washes in for the dry, roasty finish. A gnarled bit of burnt toast lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-low carbonation. A tad bit watery.

Overall: At best a very basic porter, lacking any gripping complexities, and falling far short of enjoyable.

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Photo of Fyourface316
2.47/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Despite a nice chocolatey aroma and good color, the beer felt and tasted like the light beer of porters, as if they made a good strong porter and poured water into it. I had one out of a bottle and one out of a glass after it was recommended to me as better than robust porter (the local store was out). Definitely disappointed.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter a dark black color with a off white head. Smells of chocolate malts and a faint floral hop. Taste is chocolate malts with the floral a little more present. Feel is smooth and very lightly carbonated. Overall a nice smooth porter.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a nice black color with a fluffy crown of tan foam. Retention is good and lacing is decent.

Nose is nutty and chocolaty with a touch of toasty caramel. All about the malts here with a little bit of yeast on the side.

I like this beer. The nutty malts are very nice and has just enough chocolaty sweetness to maintain a nice balance. The mouthfeel is a tad on the thin side, but appropriate for a 4%er. Just a touch of light fruit and some roast come out as it warms. I am surprised by the low grade this beer has. I would not hesitate to drink plenty of it on my next ski trip to Snowbird or Alta. A good drinker here.

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Photo of chaz01
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from the beer of the month club poured into a goblet style beer glass.

A: Thick, dark and opaque that reflects a ruby shine with a bit thin tan head recedes quickly

S: Aroma of chocolate milk and roasted malts.

T: Beer starts with some initial earthy tones that gradually builds flavor profile to chocolate, roasted coffee and some nutty earth qualities. Finishes with a dry cocoa flavor.

M: Creamy mouthfeel and somewhat light bodied for such a dark beer.

D: If you are looking for a big, thick, dark beer, this isn't it. Nice session beer that you could easily have more than one, especially iwth the 4.0% ABV. Would pair nicely with steak or beef dish.

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