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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Ratings: 145 |  Reviews: 77
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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 djrn2
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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 brentk56
2.69/5  rDev -20.9%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark chocolate, hops and a little bit of dark fruit.

T: The taste is malty and very smoky, with flavors of chocolate & dark fruit. There’s a very good hops presence for a beer of this style and it’s just the right amount to be complimentary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, slightly filling, good representation of style, it’s a good beer to stick with for an evening, but despite the low ABV, it’s still more of a sipper than a pounder.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Kegatron
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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 billab914
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
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 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 russpowell
3.86/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours chestnut /mahogany with a pinky of toffee colored head. Zero lacing & head retention

S: Coffee, roasty malt & baker's chocolate

T: Roasty malt & coffee up front. More coffee, some dryness, & cocoa as this warms. Finishes roasty with a bit of herbal hops

MF: Light/medium bodied with minimal carbonation & great balance

Drinks really easy, a great example of a session ale that can satisfy despite low ABV, wonder how this tastes on cask?

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Opaque, wet grizzly bear brown with abundant garnet highlights, capped with a compact head of medium tan foam. Unfortunately, little lace sticks to the glass. The nose is nice and roasted malty with accessory aromas of coffee-with-cream and a dash of chocolate syrup. It could be more assertive however.

The flavor profile contains all the elements found in the nose. It has a difficult time making a favorable impression though since the body/mouthfeel is way too light for the style. What makes it to the taste buds is washed away in seconds as the anemic body collapses into nothingness. As a result, it's hard to appreciate any depth or complexity in the beer at all.

King's Peak Porter just doesn't cut it. I get the impression that there's a decent porter in there somewhere, but it lies in a watery grave after having been senselessly drowned in the castle moat.

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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 sendbeer
3.84/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wasatch
3.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown/black color, some carbonation, no head, not much lacing.

S - Scents of sweet roasted malts, caramel, and toffee.

T - The taste is sweet, roasty and of caramel/toffee.

M - Medium body, well round brew.

D - Drinkable. This is a nice porter for a UT beer. Would recommend if you are in the area.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of plaid75
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a dark black hue with a 3/4 finger off white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured burnt grains, coffee and a touch of smoke.

The taste consisted of similar burnt grain, dry coffee and charcoal.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall an easy drinking porter.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
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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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 BlackHaddock
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%
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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King's Peak Porter from Uinta Brewing Company
3.4 out of 5 based on 145 ratings.
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