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 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 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 scoobybrew
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - seemingly opaque deep dark amber color with a decent tan head that is very well retained

S - strong roasted grain aroma, some smokiness

T - dominate roasted grain character, very subtle hop notes, very well balanced, dry finish

M - smooth medium body with moderate carbonation

D - this is a very nice brown porter, I would hesitate on the American porter categorization, as it seems to me this implies more hops; good beer though, I'd try this again

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle thanks to BigJTrucker

Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a creamy tan head that thins. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is dark roasted malts with nice coffee and cocoa tones.

Rich roasty flavor upfront leading into a nice bland of coffee and cocoa flavors. Mild bitterness midway through as it finishes roasty and quite dry.

Thin body, well carbonated.

An easy drinking porter that would make for a very nice session. The body could use a little "beefing up", but it only slightly detracts from an otherwise quality brew.

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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 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 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 cbl2
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

7/25/2005 $6.99 6 pack 4.20% Bottled on 6/24/05.


Emerging from a short nosed bottle, this beer pours almost pitch black with just a touch of carbonation leading to practically no head at all.


Reminiscent of a Sushi bar, this smells of soy mixed with chocolate, and oddly a touch of spicy tuna.


Called a blend between a Schwarzbier and a Porter, this does indeed mix the genres with a touch of smoke as well as some mocha-java. Both of these flavors take a back seat to a strong soy/worsterchire sauce sensation.

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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 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 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 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 tgbljb
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a deep brown, almost black color. reddish tints seen. Sparce tannish head. Smell is toasted malt, chocolate, coffee. Taste is a bit of a dissapointment, seeming a little thin (4% alcohol I guess) , but still enjoyable. Malty, coffee taste. Finished with a slight pleasant bitterness.Pretty good beer.

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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 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 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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Photo of kmpitz2
4.18/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a deep brown color with some ruby notes coming in at the edges of the beer. There is a finger of head that fell to coat the beer. The nose is a really nice deep rasted coffee. The flavor followed suit with coffee taking the lead followed by a really good chocolate finish. A very well balanced beer. The feel is thick for once with some creamy tones as well. The drinkability is very good as well. This is a damn nice beer for a cool day. I wish I could find this one in bottles here.

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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 donnebaby
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks are real dark for a porter, dark brown, think frothy foam head with lots of blanket lacing. Smells roasted, lots of roasted malts, with only some faint sweet malts and alcohol in the background.

Tastes like a darker version of Uinta's Cutthroat Pale Ale...or the pale ale is a lighter version of the King's Peak. Who knows. Roasted and toasted malts taste, with a bitter finish, slightly dry. Sweet in the mouth before the finish. Small taste, kinda boring.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer poured crystal clear dark brown with amber highlights. The head was tan, large, and in charge, lasting to lace the glass.

The aroma was well done with chocolate and coffee and a slight caramel. Roasted malts rule the day.

The flavor was chocolate but was missing the background malt to have an wonderful brew. The coffee flavors and chocolate made for a nice beer, but without the malt to back up the flavors the beers flavors were a bit winey on the palate.

The finish was dry with a lingering coffee aftertaste. The body was medium to medium light but came off a bit watery.

12 ounce bottle. Best before Aug on label.

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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 proc
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a "session" porter, if there ever was one. Pours out to the usual darkness of the style with a quickly fading head. Aroma is that of roasted malt and coffee. The taste is a bit thin, which is probably due to the lower-than-usual, 4% ABV, which must be a "Utah thing". You could hammer a few of these back and still be standing.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.72/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark tan head on top of a beer that is dark brown to black in color. Holding it up to the light shows a red-hued brown.
Aroma of roasty malt, cocoa, and earthy hops.

Taste shows roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate flavors. Nicely balanced with earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but that's to be expected when it's only 4.0%ABV.
Very easy-going and drinkable. That and the low ABV would make it a nice session porter.

Overall, a solid porter that could probably be better if not held in check by Utah's alcohol limit on beer.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz. amber squat bottle with an "enjoy by" date of November notched on the side.

Appearance: Poured a dark, dark brown with a foamy tan-colored head. Sparse lacing.

Smell: Very chocolatey. Caramel sweetness evident as well. Slightly smoky aroma hides in the background.

Taste: Hoppy bitter chcolate flavor. Different...but tasty. A little too much "oomph" from the hops for me in a porter. Noticeably bitter aftertaste seems rather "off" as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and rather thin.

Drinkability: 4% ABV? Session beer? Not a bad beer, but the over-hopped nature was something I really didn't care for.

Props to AKSmokedPorter for this sample.

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Photo of marc77
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown, with brilliant garnet flashes when held to light. Steadfast, dogged tan head leaves sticky, dense lace. Bitter, burnt malt upfront in aroma tapers to allow a rounded, mellow milk chocolate and citrus rind combination to dominate. Wafts of buttery toffee emerge as it warms and add caramel malt derived depth. Simple and appetizing aromawise. Quick snap of mocha sweetness incipient in flavor is immediately overrun by assertive, pith like hop bitterness. Sharp, smokey black malt bittersweetness along with an understated caramel presence emerge mid palate, and counteract the initially aggressive hop bitterness. Chocolate malt character flows in late, and combines with subdued dark fruitiness to lend a suggestion of cocoa dusted dates. Overly dry and very well attenuated, with a lanky, dilute mouthfeel. Finishes with an odd, transient pilsner like crispness that yields to simply sweet chocolate. King's Peak is a surprisingly assertively hopped porter, unfortunately without a matching malt backbone. Flavorful, but lacking overall balance. It's a fine, hop driven session porter overall.

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King's Peak Porter from Uinta Brewing Company
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