Generation Porter | Sprecher Brewing Company

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Generation PorterGeneration Porter

Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.73%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Skidz on 01-08-2005

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Photo of sarient
4.22/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This bewe is strong with raspberry flavor and a bit of chocolate. Looks black with a nice one inch head on top, which is a Brown shade. Good looking. 4/5

How many?: this is a dessert beer. Just one.

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Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours very dark brown. A thin head thins and leaves lacing.

The smell is of cocoa, tart raspberry and caramel.

The chocolate is like cocoa powder with caramel sweetness mixed with sweettart raspberry juice. Any roast in the finish is vague.

It is medium-bodied, relatively smooth.

The raspberry, which is done relatively well, almost overpowers the porter aspect, which is less than robust.. The cocoa aspect is decent, though rather powdery. Overall, not a bad brew, but far from especially impressive.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz twist-off bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic.
5.73% ABV,

A - Clear on the pour, it's almost totally black in the glass with light showing ruby amber highlights under the massive mocha head. The loose bubbles give way slowly, letting the foam settle to a nice drinkable layer while leaving spots of thick lacing on the glass.

S - Bursting with fresh tart raspberries dusted with a hefty layer of cocoa, the roasted malts introduce the raspberry nose to dark chocolate and toasted wheat bread for a combination worthy of dessert.

T - Roasted malts really give this fruited porter a kick of chocolaty and toasted bread flavor that works wonderfully with the flavor of fresh raspberries rolled in cocoa!

M - Crisp and highly carbonated, this medium-full bodied beer has a really dry finish from both the cocoa and the roasted malts that balances perfectly on the finish with just a touch of tart fruit coming forward.

O - A completely unique porter and a stand out beer from Sprecher, Generation Porter marries fresh raspberries rolled in cocoa with notes of chocolate drizzled over the top for a nicely fruited, dark beer that drinks like a beautiful dessert in a pint!

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Photo of guityler83
2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: A small finger of tan head was built in a standard pint glass and quickly fell. The beer is a very dark brown with a ruby red complexion when backlit and looks very clear, no haze.

S: The nose is full of raspberry candy (think jolly ranchers) with some underlying cocoa notes.Not getting much else.. no roast or hop or esters of any kind. mostly the raspberry.

T: Raspberry tartness is dominant on the first sip. More fresh tasting then the aroma would indicate. Balance is on the sweet side with the malts taking a back seat to the flavorings. The cocoa comes through after the palette adjusts to the raspberry. No roast character or malt chocolate notes but there is some burnt toast and biscuit flavors that come through. No hop flavor and bitterness is very very low.

M: A crisper lower bodied beer. carbonation is on the medium side also. There is a lingering tartness left on the tongue from the flavorings.

O: The base beer doesn't come though much in this one so if you are a fan of brown porters this one probably isn't for you. If you like raspberry and want it in a beer maybe this is in your wheelhouse. Its a well brewed beer, technically speaking, I'm just not a fan of the flavorings.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sprecher Generation Porter

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a Samuel Adams perfect pint. Served chilled.

A) Dark brown with a finger of light tan head. Decent retention and lacing. Settles in like a muddy cola.

S) For me, the raspberry dominates the aroma, and I like it. A little chocolate powder and light roast.

T) The flavor is a bit more chocolatey than the aroma. There is a little touch of caramel sweetness too. Although, much Iike the nose, tart raspberry is the lead dog start to finish. I preferred the flavor of this brew at a colder temperature.

M) Medium bodied with lighter carbonation. Pretty easy drinking, with a dry leafy raspberry finish.

O) Well, of the leftover Sprecher beer from Christmas at my Grandma's house, this has been my favorite thus far. Not bad at all, actually fairly tasty. I like the addition of the raspberry, but then again, I like raspberry. If you don't, this probably isn't for you. Cheers!

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Photo of BrownAleMale
2.65/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Vintage 2006 16oz bottle poured into a Lakefront Brewery pint glass.

Appearance- Dark but not as motor oil black as some porters that I've had. Very little white head that dissipated fairly quickly.

Smell- All raspberry here. Not terrible smelling if you like that kind of thing which I do but not nessicarily in a porter. I was expecting possible chocolate or coffee scent in at least an underlying smell.

Taste- The fist sip I get a lot of the raspberry with faint chocolate. I don't know if the aging has affected the beer but it has become almost wine like. Just like wine, as it warmed the fruit really came out and killed any of the few complex flavors I did get in the first sip.

Mouthfeel- Basically as stated above, very very wine like.

Overall- Very disappointed because I give it an A on concept but a D on execution. I wish that I had tried a freshly brewed one because I have a belief that the chocolate was more prevalent and probably worked much better.

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Photo of drpimento
1.89/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Opened the bottle at a good temperature and immediately smelled raspberries. Poured with a smallish light tan, creamy head that settles to a nice thin cover and a little lace. Color is a clear, dark red brown with some bubble trails. Aroma is overpowering rasberry with some roast malt in the background somewhere. Flavor's like nose, has berry and carbonic tartness clashing with some bitter and sweet. And it doesn't work at all. Body is hurt by the clashing and strong carbonation. Finish is like flavor, unfortunately persistant, and I'm dumping this. Bleh.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.3/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a review of a 2005 vintage, aged for about 7 years.

A: Pours a light, tan head. Black.

S: Sweet, toasted malt and a tart raspberry aroma.

T: Starts with a blend of berry tartness and toasted malt. Builds to a nice, slight bitterness and a dark, toasted cocoa flavor. Finish is a masterful blend of cocoa and raspberry; like a fine chocolate truffle.

M: Smooth, decent body; not too thick, not too thin.

From before Sprecher's quality slipped. The raspberry "flavor" is a tad bit artificial, but the other aspects outweigh that.

Adding the sediment increases the tartness of the raspberry, and adds a much richer cocoa finish. It finishes similarly to a milk chocolate raspberry cordial-candy-thing; not bad, but a tad *too* artificial in flavor.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

A. Very dark brown with mahogany reddish tints around the edges. Short lived fizzy head dies back to nothing in about a minute,

S. Strong raspberry cordial and light chocolate aroma. As it warms up it gains a very slight milk coffee aroma.

T. Dry raspberry flavor on the front end of a powdery cocoa and lightly toasted malt. Semi-sweet cocoa powder fades in and out mid-sip, interwoven with the berries.

M. Heavier side of medium thickness, medium carbonation. Lingering dry berry finish pleases my tastebuds.

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Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Shiner pint and the brew is dark dark brown with a 1 finger tan head that fades fairly quickly and produces a whispy lacing on the glass.

Smell is pretty pronounced dark roasted malts with a hint of cocoa and the flavor follows the nose. On the repour I pick up some raspberry in the nose with perhaps a smidge on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is medium+ with nice carbination.

This is a very nice no frills, not very complex porter that is a very easy drinker that is well balanced. This would be an excellent American Porter for someone just getting into this style to try, something without all the bells and whistles of some of the more complex offerings. To me it's a 3.75 porter that I would buy again.

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

[Best served in a Nonic Pint glass]

The pour was a pitch black with a large (2-3 finger) light brown frothy head that was mostly lasting and produced some really excellent sheets of lace that coated the glass throughout.

The aroma had a pronounced raspberry and mocha odor with a nice roasted chocolate malt and a mild leathery yeast with a nice hint of dark roasted coffee.

The taste was malty and a bit sweet with notes of coffee and raspberry right off and then became slightly bitter sweet with a nice dose of cocoa and a lightly roasty sweet raspberry finish. The flavor lasted a wonderfully extra long time letting the raspberry mocha taste settle nicely on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was just a few shades under full in body with the texture being a tad oily yet just a little dry and having a nice soft carbonation.

Overall a uniquely tasty mix of flavors, which in turn created one fantastic tasting Porter that had a nice fruity roastiness to it.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12oz bottle into imperial pint glass

A-nice dark brown with a 3 finger head that leaves a nice cap and lacing as it fades

S-chocolate and cocoa and some raspberry fruitiness

T-rasperries & cocoa that are fairly well balanced

M-nice carbonation but overall it is kind of thin

O-thin body but does have some nice flavors that work well together while not being too sweet

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Photo of ncketchum
3.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint bottle served in a Duvel tulip

A - pours a dark brown, large chocolate head which dissipates quickly. fair amount of lacing

S - smells of cocoa, bread, a bit sweet. a tiny hint of raspberry in the nose

T - chocolate malt initially, followed by a nice burst of hops with a hint of the raspberry in the end

M - smooth, not too thick, no alcohol burn to speak of

O - I have to admit, I had this one in the past, and frankly, I nearly drainpoured it. This time around, I actually kind of like it. A little something different with the addition of the raspberry is a nice touch. A good offering from Sprecher, nothing that I'm going to go out and buy a case of, but definitely a nice one to keep on hand...

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Photo of Lemke10
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 4pk of this at Stinebrink's Piggly Wiggly in Delavan, WI for $7.99 in Fall 2011.

Pours a heavy dark brown/black with a fluffy light brown head. The scents of cocoa are the most noticiable overpowering the malts and raspberry. The taste is obscure as it drinks heavy but yet as the sweetness of a lambic fruit beer. Of course there are taste of cocoa, raspberries, and robust malts. Full of lots of interesting flavors but I don't much care for the cocoa/raspberry mix. they should have pick one or the other, not both.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a really dark brown color from a pint bottle, with freshness code on the bottle.
Almost no head after a relatively vigorous pour.
Aroma, the moment the bottle was cracked open, was of raspberries. Once in the glass, there were notes of chocolate/cocoa, raspberries, raisins, dark fruits and hints of molasses. There is a lot of sweetness in the nose.
Taste is very tart upfront, which I think was not unexpected, considering raspberries were used in brewing this porter. Slight sweetness in the middle, followed by some more tartness in the finish and a hint of bitterness (dark chocolate bitterness). Interesting taste, not something I was expecting.
A little watery mouthfeel but drinkablility is good. Laces very well.
Overall this is a decent porter. Not regretting trying this, but not sure this is a porter I would go looking for.

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Photo of Merkur
2.36/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Purchased this beer without realizing it was a raspberry porter. Whoops.

Poured into a pint glass. The beer pours your usual dark brown/black, with a hint of crimson.

The beer smells a bit of cocoa, while having a very hint smell of raspberry.

The beer starts off roasty and malty, but finishes very sweet and tart with a very heavy amount of raspberry flavor. Not my thing.

Avoid if you do not like the taste of raspberries.

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Photo of wo87810
4.17/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks OK, but nothing special. Good aroma, just a small amount of raspberry, and a burnt caramel smell.

Taste was quite good. You get a bitter dryness which is reminiscent of very dark chocolate, with just little raspberry flavor.

Mouthfeel was fine, not to thin for the style.

Overall a good beer, and one that I would buy again for the price.

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Photo of Jips
4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gambled a bit on buying this beer because of the raspberry component (I'm not the biggest fan of fruit in beer) but for a $1.60 how could I go wrong? Spoiler: I didn't, this beer is great!

Poured opaque dark brown with 1/2'' thick bubbly tan head, smell is of spicy hops, wonderful rich dark chocolate, and light raspberry err.. aftersmell? Damn that chocolate smell is great, not overpowering as in some Imperial choco stout. Reminds me of the chips in fresh baked chocolate chip cookies.

Average mouthfeel (not too thin or thick, just right) but a little too much carbonation. Taste begins with a spicy hop and coffee bite, followed by soft raspberries then a tide of rich dark chocolate. Aftertaste is not-exactly-fresh raspberries dipped in you know what, with the latter overwhelming the raspberries as the beery residue remains on my tounge.

Loved this beer for its use of chocolate, and the added raspberry added another interesting element, though I'm glad it was subdued. Bottle sez 2005, maybe the 6 years of aged mellowed the raspberry taste noted by other reviewers? Only flaw in this beer is the overcarbonation, well worth my buck and half.

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Photo of mvforegonian
4.89/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amazing!! the medium-body and dry, well balanced finish, this deep brown porter brewer with Dutch cocoa and pure raspberry extract evokes chocolate, caramel and tart raspberries. Half way between a porter and a framboise! I have had some reservations about Sprecher in the past but this brew renewed my faith. Great mouth-feel and complex tastes, with nothing overpowering anything else.

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Photo of TheDTrain
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm very much on the fence about Generation Porter. I've had this many times & I remember enjoying it much more than I did tonight. Pour is thin to medium. The nose has faint coco and strong tartness from the raspberry with a malt/hop backbone. I like raspberries, but it's too overpowering. The sweetness gets fatiguing. I wish the fruit would be more subtle & the other flavors could shine.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I loved the other Sprecher offering I tried (Black Bavarian) and popped this one while grilling Saturday night...

Very unusual aromas present here... There's definitely a deep cocoa aspect but the raspberries are back and forth with me... sometimes I'm digging them and others I find them a bit distracting. Without them here, I think I would probably enjoy this more... Deep, dark and.... fruity? I don't know...

Again, I'm hot and cold with this... At its best, it's a masterpiece of flavors and aromas... chocolate dipped raspberries with the chocolate being bittersweet while the raspberries are faint and delicate... at other times, I get an overwhelming raspberry thing with what reminds me of Ovaltine mixed in...

Drop the raspberries and this one's a winner... As is? Just ok to me...

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Photo of Knapp85
2.77/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This was a little inconsistent if you ask me. I've never had a beer before where you have good sips and bad sips. Some sips of this were really good others were kind of gross. I guess you'd have to try for yourself and see. Perhaps it was just the bottle I had. Anyway this was a good smelling porter. The raspberry is not hidden at all in this. The color is black like a good porter should be and the head was pretty solid too. Just found the taste to be hit or more miss.

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Photo of crossovert
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz twist off bottle.

It pours a deep, dark brown/black. The head is tall and foamy and light tan. It recedes moderately quickly with some decent lacing.

The smell is pure cocoa. It has that powdered cocoa scent with a hint of plastic and soap which is odd. There is a little bit of raspberry.

The flavor is a classic american porter with a subtle tangy raspberry flavor. It is pretty good, and an upgrade form the smell. It is smooth and velvety.

A nice effort.

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Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich, black and chocolate malt scent along with a hint of cocoa and a mild raspberry nose. The taste is decent. It has a smooth porter flavor, black and chocolate malts, roasted yet sweet. The cocoa adds some complexity and the raspberry adds some excellent fruit character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tasty beer. I like the marriage between chocolate and raspberry. It's smooth and dessert like; a fine porter.

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Photo of SteveS1
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle to a pint glass:

Look- Pours black with the slightest bit of muddy red around the edges. Tan head, mild retention, great lacing.

Smell- Glorious cherry cordial nose, slight hint of chocolate chips.

Taste - Tart fruits on the tongue, bitter cherry and cranberry, fruit juice flavor on the palate. Bitter cherry/raspberry going down, which recedes into a bitter dark chocolate.

Feel - A lot thinner than some of the porters I'm used to, a bit watery, fair carbonation, but not so much that it's like a fruit soda.

Drink - The odd combination of tartness that dies into mellow bitter malts is a little off-putting. Best as a dessert with cheese and bread, or alone. I don't recommend it with fruits and dark chocolate, which complicates the flavors rather than compliments them.

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Generation Porter from Sprecher Brewing Company
3.4 out of 5 based on 130 ratings.
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