Porter | The Defiant Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
The Defiant Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by cbl2 on 09-30-2006

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 37
Reviews by devinoconnor:
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3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very nice porter from Defiant.

Pours a dark chocolate looking color with a little head.

Smell is toasted coffee with some dark chocolate scents. The malt and hops work well together and create a smooth finish.

Definitely worth a try, especially for porter fans. Won't be disappointed with this NY beer.

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Photo of JC333
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler poured at the brewery just a few hours later, and pulled from fridge about 30 minutes before serving.

Best way to describe this is as a no frills but still solid porter.

A: black with amber edges. Light brown Head was about an inch thick after pouring but disappeared rather quickly.

S: smell of cocoa and coffee was there but not strong and left a little to be desired

T: as with the smell, the taste could have used just a touch more of the coffee or cocoa one has come to desire in a porter. The level of hops and bitterness is what boosted the rating here. The level of bitterness in this particular beer is what I look for in a porter, noticeable and present but not overtaking the beer.

M: very smooth and the highlight of this beer.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of qcbrewer
2.31/5  rDev -40%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is not at all what I expected from a pretty decent rating.

While the color was right, there was absolutely no head what so ever. Granted, this could be due to glassware (or the fact it was obscenely hot and maybe that caused issues), but either way it was a let down.

Barely any aroma at all, but what was there was nearly reminecent of plastic.

If the aroma was any indication, the taste was exactly what I would image very fine granular plastic to taste like (chalky plastic). Mix in some dark roasted malt, a slight chocolate flavor, and hard water.

Overall, I don't think I would ever order this again. I hope their O'Defiant Stout is better, but I'm certainly wary.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Defiant Brewing Company on 7/25/09. 12 oz pour into a pint glass.

Pours a deep murky brown, topped with a thin layer of tan colored head. OK retention leaves some minimal spotty lacing back. The aroma is roasted coffee, with some toffee sweetness behind it, and spicy hop character pulling up the rear.

Roast and coffee are strong in the taste as well, but it is unfortunately matched with a overly bitter and astrigent feel, giving this a bit of an acrid coffee grounds character. Some silky toffee sweetness balances out some of this. Finishes bitter with roast and spicy hops that lingers on the tongue with a dry feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied (maybe a touch lighter), with a pricklier carbonation that stays sharp. This is actually pretty easy drinking, bodywise.

I wanted to like this more, but the overly bitter and acrid middle section turned me off a bit. A decent effort but I probably wouldn't go back for another.

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Photo of zillo043068
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Jimbolikesbeer
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of Drew88
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color and was served with a thin, creamy beige head.
S: There's a mild aroma of dark malts in the nose
T: Like the smell, there are lots of flavors of dark roasted malts along with some notes of chocolate. There is some bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate; the finish is somewhat dry.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and goes especially well with a meal.

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Photo of BColton1
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of JonAdams
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured straight from barrel at Defiant into a 10-oz glass. Served slightly cooler than room temp.
Even looking through a thin meniscus, light doesn't pass. Color through and through. Stains clothes, too! %^)
Nose is faintly reminiscent of root beer, with a bit of vanilla. Bits of coffee/cocoa, but refreshingly little (sometimes coffee flavors are too much like yesterday's coffee).
Hard to get here, but was worth the journey.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the brewery.

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger foamy off white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured light burnt malts and a soft subtle sweetness.

The taste consisted of a moderate roasted malt, dark chocolate and a touch of smoke. A nice noble hop spice filled in the spaces.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and easy drinking stout. Not as robust as others but tasty nonetheless.

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

overall a solid porter. Nice brown color with an offwhite head. aroma and flavor follow: caramel with a hint of vanilla and light bitter porter twang. solid session beer. Glad to have stopped by and tried this beer. definitly recommended if you are in the area.

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Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with dark brown hues. Not much of a head, but lacing sticks.

The smell is of cocoa with slightly burnt coffee. Caramel/toffee and earthy notes are in the back.

The taste is of cocoa and caramel/toffee. It is sweet with bitterness from earthy notes and a charred character. It has a roasty, bittersweet finish.

It is medium-bodied with medium carbonation.

It is candy-like with a roasty/charred character mixing in. It's a pretty nice porter.

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Photo of maddogruss
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Neil Acer continues to exemplify his mastery of brewing. The appearnace of this beer is a darker ale with a good head. Smell's kind of bitter, but don't let that deter you. Taste's a little bitter at first, but the chocolate aftertaste is very pleasant to the palette. Not too thick of a feel. All fo these characteristics make it very drinkable. Another beauty by Neil Acer.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Franticc
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of stomioka
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of malfunxion
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of ferrari29
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from tap into a Mug-shaped glass

A - Beer pours with a liquid, dark colored body; no head and if there was any, it obviously did not hold very well; body has a dark color to it,with a slightly reddish-hue around the edge; no lacing at all formed, not the usual for a porter

S - Light coffee and chocolate smell; deep roasted malt smell; dark brown sugar; dark fruit and washed out licorice smell

T - Coffee and light chocolate malt taste; dark fruit; touch of spice; finishes with a light licorice taste

M - Little body; effervescent; leaves behind a lingering dark chocolate taste that stays around for a while

D - Unique and interesting, especially since it came right out of the vat in which it was brewed from; smooth and easy to drink because it really didn't have much body to it; it's a bit watery for my porter-liking

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Photo of infi
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Nightwish1094
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch brown. Nice tan head. Nice creamy nose. Minor coffee tones are there. Flavor is smooth. The malty body doesn't bowl you over with crazy character, but it does deliver a smooth profile. Seems to be an appropriate bitter edge. The feel is smooth, as is the overall drinkability. An easy drinking porter with just enough oomph to keep it interesting.

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Photo of cbl2
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

9/29/2006 $7.50 Growler 5.80% Fresh on tap.


Pours an opaque pitch black with a thin film of tan head adrift on top that settles rapidly.


Smoked roasted malt with hints of caramel.


Damn! Neil knows how to brew!!! Every beer of his I have tried (it's become an obsession of mine) has been spot on for style. This is uber-smooth with a creamy mouthfeel that carries with it a roasted malt characteristic. Notes of coffee with loads of cream and a touch of sugar dominate the flavors. Finish is slightly bitter but overall resoundingly asks you to drink sip after sipÂ…

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