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 Fyourface316
2.47/5  rDev -27.6%
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 BlackHaddock
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yet another beer picked up outside Bryce Canyon from Ruby's Inn general store (at stupidly high prices). Poured into my plastic toothbrush tumbler after a days hiking in the canyon.

Sadly I didn't really enjoy this beer as much as some from Utah.

The smell was a weak chocolate aroma, mixed with dirty washing water (yes, I'd cleaned the toothbrush tumbler, but thanks for thinking I hadn't).

The body was dark and the head tan coloured, low retension, no lacing.

The taste and body were both thin and boring, I could find no hop content and found the beer poor in almost all aspects, sorry.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I want to thank the Uinta sales rep who brought this by the store.

Looks like a typical porter: opaque brown body with a tan head.
The nose is mild: roasted barley and cocoa powder. The flavor is a bit of a disappointment, pretty tame, no depth, little complexity. A light roasted malt and cocoa flavor. The extremely light, watery mouthfeel really hurts this one. I don't really get this beer. Why even make a porter?

I hate to knock beer made from small craft breweries, especially one operating in what I am sure is a challenging environment for brewers: Utah, but I'm not going to lie, this is not very good.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
2.55/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Sampled with in Cedar City, Utah (7/21/10):

A: Poured a nice deep black with a brown head that was too light and fluffy for a porter and it was not retained well at all, as expected from most decent porters.

S: Not much of one at all, maybe some hints of roasted barley, but other than that, nothing else.

T: Light roasted barley flavor, with nothing else to note. Expected a much more robust, full flavored beer.

M/D: The beer felt light, which was unexpected and appeared to be some what over-carbonated. Should have been more thick. Was able to drink the whole bottle, but was not what I expected and I would not buy/drink again.

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Photo of timmy2b
2.59/5  rDev -24%
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 brentk56
2.69/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Looks more like an brown ale than a porter, with a lot of garnet seeping through the brown; a nice head, though, that leaves abundant lace

Smell: Smells like the spent grains after removal from the mash tun

Taste: Rather bready on the opening and then virtually nothing thereafter; wow, is that bland

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and watery, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Tastes more like a brown ale than a porter and not a very good one at that

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Photo of jdm
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

almost no head. no lacing. it smells like a porter, tastes like a porter, they call it a porter, but where the ---- is the malt? somebody stole the malt from this thing. amazingly light mouthfeel makes me expect this product to be macro-produced and in a grocery store near you any day now. seriously it is not awful. it just fails the style and is kind of wierd. it smells roasty. tastes roasty. its almost black with a hint of red. o.k. it is awful. but not in a disgusting way.

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Photo of Mayhem976
2.82/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Dark colored porter, passes a brown color as I hold my glass to the light. Small head no fingers are present.

S- Mostly chocolate and coffee, small amount of hops towards the end.

T- Semi coffee flavor, bit of chocolate and hops. Tastes very watered down.

M- Thin highly carbonated.

D- Goes down easy, I would say a good choice for those that are timid to try a porter or stout for the first time.

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Photo of mentor
2.86/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to breity for this one. Pours a half-finger of tan head. Fluffy and clings. Liquid is very dark brown. Smells potent black patent. Burnt roast with some sour edge.

Tastes scorch. Coffee roast is too potent. Underlying sweet can't support. Soured malt, cherry sour. Mild hop bitter and mild grassy hop, but little hop flavor. drying finish from roast grains and fine carbonation on the papillae. Md to md-light body and strong carbonation is fine. Drinkability is meh...too much burnt flavor.

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Photo of dtivp
2.86/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance was dark brown with a very small tan head, no retention.
The aroma was so slight it was difficult to identify any specific, a very slight trace of chocolate.
Taste of roasted coffee and dark chocolate.
This was a flat light body porter.
Was disappointed in this porter, there are better Utah porters.

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Photo of ybnorml
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A very dark brown beer with ruby highlights. Has a nice creamy dark tan head. Some bitterseet chocolate and coffee notes weave back and forth in the aroma. With a hint of licorice in the background. A very watery mouthfeel all but washes away all strong flavor characteristics. Maybe some coffee here maybe some roasted malt bitterness there. But nothing to sink your teeth into. Even the finish leaves you feeling like you washed down a beer with a glass of water.

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Photo of aforbes10
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brought to Indiana by shivtim for another impromptu beer tasting. Pours brown to black but not opaque or thick-looking. Small ring of a light brown head

Smells of chocolate espresso, light odor of figs, some sourness and alcohol.

Taste is toasty, a little sour, dominated by a nice mix of chocolate and ground coffee beans. somewhat watery. somewhat pedestrian.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for the style, maybe, but fine.

A less-than robust porter with ok drinkability. Nothing special, except.... its from Utah!

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Photo of weeare138
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a dark brown with a slight tan head that fizzles out.
Smell is of roasted malts(crystal malts & black patent jumping out)with a touch of caramel, chocolate and vanilla hidden in there.
Taste is roughly the same as the aromas.
Mouthfeel is light bodied with cheap malts making this slightly less appealing to me.
Drinkability is ok. Nothing knocking my socks off here. I am a fan of the style and was expecting a bit more from this one.

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Photo of blitz134
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was surprised at how dark this one sits in the glass. When held to the light, dark brown, Coke colored highlights show through. Small light tan head on the pour that reduced to a single-bubble thick layer.

As expected toasted malts fill the nose, this time with some sweet milk chocolate aromas, slightly acidic. Has a bit of a herbal hops to finish it out. Kinda light and simple overall.

Thinnish body washes over the tongue and presents some light toasted flavors again, this time a bit nutty. Finish is slightly acidic again with some herbal bitterness to finish it off. Not the most complicated porter here. Carbonation adds a touch of prickliness.

Overall pretty easy to put back although a bit too sharp from the carbonation and other lactic acid type flavors and not quite enough toasted flavors to balance it out.

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Photo of jpro
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
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 -11.1%
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 shivtim
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Oh those Mormons with their low-alcohol porters. As aforbes10 rightly pointed out, the label looks like how someone from Utah would imagine a beer-king, complete with a large opaque stein foaming over with beer. I actually picked this one up in the general store of Ruby's Inn just outside Bryce Canyon National Park during the off season (AKA, it was -5 degrees outside), and it flew to Indiana in my luggage.

So on to the brew. Looks like cola, with a slight soapy head. Nose is roasty malts, and just roasty malts. Taste is coffee and the aforementioned malts. Mouthfeel falls flat and light. Drinkability is not bad I guess. A very run-of-the-mill porter, not particularly bad or good. The bottle may be of suspect quality given the location it was bought at and its travel conditions.

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Photo of SwillBilly
3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

Appearance: Pours an opaque black, light barely penetrates the darkness. Very minimal head and lacing on the glass.

Smell: Plenty of roasted maltiness. Overtones of burnt coffee and peat, wet blanket.

Taste: Initially flavors of weak coffee, a mild sweetness also makes an appearance. Middle really has no discernable flavor characteristic. Finish leaves a mild smokiness.

Mouthfeel: Very thin, not much carbonation.

Drinkability: Not one I would seek again. Worth a try but pretty disappointing for the style. Very thin with a minimal flavor profile.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.07/5  rDev -10%
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 magine
3.11/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured this brew into a hefeweizen glass.

Pours a dark chocolaty brew, with a minimal head and a nice sticky head that hangs for he entire session.

The brew smells like coffee; chocolate, roasted malts and some sweet malts.

The brew tastes of coffee, burnt malts and some chocolate backbone.

The beer has a smooth mouthfeel; a little unremarkable. Almost lacking in the mouthfeel. It is smooth - but not very potent in the flavor department.

The brew is good - but is lacking in regards to taste and mouthfeel. It really comes up short and is almost too watery. The beer is drinkable; but not worthy of spending a night on this brew.

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Photo of billab914
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Poured dark brown in color with a moderate tan head to it. The head faded but left some decent lacing as I drank it.

The aroma is pretty moderate overall. I'm getting more of a burnt and bitter flavor to it then anything else. A bit of cocoa seems to come through a bit as well.

The taste has a roasted, coffee and cocoa flavor to it right up front. It finishes more on the lighter side and almost watery. It started with some good flavors but they just seem to fall off in the finish. It leaves more of a burnt flavor on the palate overall in the finish.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for the style and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability isn't bad, it had some nice roasty and chocolate flavors to it. Unfortunately it just felt a bit watered down and the flavors it started with didn't carry through to the finish. It was also a bit strong on the bitter and burnt flavors and light on the chocolaty flavors that would balance it out a bit. Not a bad beer overall, but more average for the style at best.

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Photo of CHL
3.14/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

It's interesting to me that this beer is reviewed so widely--apparently it's distributed outside of Utah, where I picked it up in a six pack.

Good for Uinta! This brewery and others in Zion have a lot to offer the world. That said, this is not my favorite Utah dark beer (prefer Squatters Capt. Bastard's Oatmeal Stout).

Pours as a dark brown beer, filtering light, and clinging to the glass. It smells beautifully. Roasted malts, coffee and a significant dash of hops.

In the mouth, it disappoints. Relatively watery-feeling, it's also a bit off on flavor. You can taste everything, and it has a strong base of coffee, but it's not as complex as I would hope in a porter. Moreover, the dominant coffee flavor tastes a bit wrong to me; almost as if it hasn't quite been blended into the mix. It carries a vaguely metallic taste.

Relatively light for the style, and it's a very drinkable porter that goes down without any objection from your tastebuds. But I would pick others.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.14/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Eclipse black color. Small mostly non-existent head. Aroma is malty with a definite coffee ground nose. A lighter to medium bodied porter. Malts are chocolate and coffee. Kind of metallic tasting. Hops are slightly bitter. Kind of thin tasting. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is bitter coffee and a hint metallic.

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Photo of vkv822
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
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 Georgiabeer
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a thin looking dark brown with some ruby highlights and very little head after the initial pour. Roasty smell, but quite light and very little depth of aroma. Taste is far too light for the style. The roasted grain is there, but very little creaminess or depth. Washed out tasting and very, very light. Mouthfeel is like a beer that was partially watered down for an invalid or child in olden days. Eh. Very average and very light. Lacks flavors to hold my interest for long.

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King's Peak Porter from Uinta Brewing Company
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