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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Reviews: 77 | Ratings: 144
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
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 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 kojevergas
3.32/5  rDev -2.6%
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 chinchill
3.58/5  rDev +5%
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 +16.4%
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 mactrail
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
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 russpowell
3.86/5  rDev +13.2%
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 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 RblWthACoz
4.5/5  rDev +32%
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 Wasatch
3.82/5  rDev +12%
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 plaid75
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
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 Zorro
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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 -26.7%
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 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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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 jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a bubbly, tan head that goes quickly, leaving hardly any lace. Deep ruby color, medium to heavy bodied, starts as a mix of hops and malt but finishes hoppy. Nose is the distinct burnt/caramel chocolate malt of a porter. As expected from Utah the ABV is low but it does have a good flavor.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown to black with a nice tan/light brown head, good carbonation, and spotty lace. Roasted dry stout like malt aromas. Roasty schwarzbier and dry stout like characteristics dominate. Light bodied w a dry roasty finish; watery for a porter.

Certainly not a gold in the Porter category ... they should relabel this as a schwarzbier.

Per label: "Roasted chocolate malts"

Per BOM notes: 21 IBU. 4.2% ABV
Malts: Caramel, Munich, Chocolate, Roast, and Black
Hops: Chinook, Willamette, and Tettnang

Per UBC website: Awards
1997 GABF - Gold - Schwarzbier
1999 GABF - Bronze - Schwarzbier
2000 GABF - Gold - Schwarzbier
1997 GABF - Bronze - Schwarzbier

Bottled: 06/24/05
Tasted: 08/02/05

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Photo of Suds
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

had a chance to enjoy this brew on a recent trip to Salt Lake. On tap, this brew pours a dark, nearly black color, with a respectably sized mocha head. The aroma is pretty nice: highly roasted malt, with a no-nonsense coffee and chocolate character. It’s a bit smoky and burnt, at times, along with a bit of sweetness that creeps into the smell. The taste is a little sweet, with a fairly light body. Coffee and malt come through in the flavor, along with a solid bitterness that begins in the mid-taste. It all comes together as a very drinkable brew. The low ABV would make this a fine session porter.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
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 twiggamortis420
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
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 BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue XI:

A hearty pour yields a massive mountain of tan head; there is clarity here, as it shows the deep brown hues. Pleasant aroma of chicory, light brown sugar and toasted bread. Super smooth with a moderate-sized body that holds a fluffy and semi-crisp carbonation. Dry maltiness has suggestions of slightly burned biscuits, unsweetened chocolate, light roasted coffee and chicory mix, nutty toasted husk and a dried grass. Hops are mild and simply help to balance. Yeast throws a small amount of fruitiness and chalkiness into the mix. There's a quick acrid twang in the drying finish, with some light charcoal.

Easy drinking all the way, lots of flavor packed into this small beer. While flavorful, this beer tries to be robust while still holding on to its semi-light character, staying deep within session beer territory. Proof that dark beers are not always heavy and can be very approachable.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
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 alexgash
4.02/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruby-brown with a small, loose, light-tan head. Big roasted malt aromas, with burnt coffee, and a light soapy sweetness. Taste starts off with a good dose of roasted malts. Coffee bitterness peaks early and gives way to a roasted, cola-ish sweetness. Finishes this way, but with some residual hop bitterness to boot. Nice. Medium-bodied, a tad watery, but not as watery as many other Utah ales. Better on-tap, but still one of the better beers in Utah--while drinking, it helps to think of it as a mild ale.

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King's Peak Porter from Uinta Brewing Company
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