Arbor Brewing Milestone Porter | Arbor Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by beernut7 on 07-30-2002

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by Sammy:
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A keeper on cask here. Mocha head on top of very dark brown. Sessionable ABV. Well malted and the bias is on the sweeter side and so drinkable. Cocoa, coffee, mollasses, mild roastiness. Could have more aroma with all of these ingredients. Another day to consider this anything other than above average.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Shovelbum
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the beer engine. Arrives with a beautiful tan head over a black body. The line between the head and body is so crisp you could use it for surveying work! Aroma of mild roasted malt, coffee and cocoa. Roasted malt is upfront in the taste. Slightly smoky, hints of sweetness and grapes. A complex porter! Full bodied. The mouthfeel is divine due to the cask conditioning and hand-pull. Velvety smooth with a lingering dryness.

This is not your average porter. It has a well-executed complexity and is exceptionally smooth. The cask conditioning definitely helps its cause.

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Photo of cynical1027
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of beerhan
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Personally I am not the biggest porter fan (huge stout fan) and this just felt like I was drinking a brick. Don't get me wrong, this beer tastes like youre drinking a hershey bar dipped in coffee and is tasty but I felt no buzz whatsoever. This is the kind of beer that will put you to sleep. I was in Ann Arbor to see Devendra Banhart sometime back and we stopped at the Arbor Brewpub. Bad Idea; this beer sucked the energy out of me. If I ever become a porter fan again I would highly recommend this beer but right now I just think it is too too rich.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed on January 18, 2006. On cask at brewpub. Deep dark murky browm, with a long sustaining heavy head of coffee. Deep cream and chocolate aroma, with a hint of cherries. Thin bodied! Majorly dissapointing. Body of the beer carries no flavor! Watery. Creamy chocolate and roasted chicory come through on the aftertaste, but the original impression is week. Not high in my book.

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Photo of knight84
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On cask at ABC. Molasses black with a decent peanut brown head, my glass was overfilled so I'm not sure how much head there would have been with a proper draw. The nose is cold coffee and cocoa, not much else.

Cocoa, coffee, and molasses sweet malts all show up pretty strongly in the flavor. Leaves a roasty finish lingering. The mouthfeel of the beer is where it gets disappointing again, the carbonation is fairly flat and the overall feel of it is very thin. It really left me wanting more substance to the beer. Maybe this would be better on tap than on cask??

Overall this beer isn't bad, in fact it's a decent one to start the night off with, but you'll want to drink something with more body after. Maybe follow up with the Sacred Cow IPA if you're at ABC...

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured from cask, this brings a nice dark body with a fairly substantial head and a good dose of lacing on the way down. Nose brings roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and some anise. Taste is the same with the flavors blending quite smoothly. Feel is nice, but not quite what I would hope the cask would do to the flavors, especially within the brewpub itself. Drinks quite well and was one of my favorite beers of the afternoon.

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Photo of granger10
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes

Second pint at Arbor was their porter. I knew nothing about it but wanted to try a little cask porter while I was there. Damn, I was blown away by this one. Came out extremely dark with auburn highlights around the side. Beautiful lacing throughout the drink. Aroma was of dark coffee, smoke, and a basic earthiness. Flavor danced on the tongue with a dark chocolatey flavor coming first. Dark roasted espresso comes next. Vanilla resides deep in the smoky, earthy body. A hit of smoke increases toward the finish. The whole time there's this nice little hop bitter citirc aspect in the back providing balance and flavor. Finish is dry with coffee notes and more earthyness and glides on and on. Is this a Baltic Porter? Tastes like one of the best of them. A must try.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
2.77/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Type: Cask (20 oz pour)
Glass: Imperial Pint
From: ABC Brewpub
Price: $2.50 ( Happy Hour Special)

Appearance: Dark brown and almost opaque. The head was quite bubbly which was off-putting to me.

Smell: Dark chocolate and roasted malts. Nothing special for a porter

Taste: I was not a fan of the taste. It opened with roasted malts that kind of dominated the beer. Some hints of dark chocolate and a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth which is the best part of the beer. A bit of a bitter aftertaste. The negative to the mouthfeel is the over carbonation that shows up in the head.

Overall: Obviously I didn't like this beer. It was too focused on the roasted malts with no other specialty to it. Arbor Brewing tends to be hit and miss for me and this one scores a miss

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A well made American Porter from Arbor Brewing. Poured out to a nice dark brown color that appeared damned near black. Only small traces of foam were noted in the glass. Aromas of complex malts and grains were present, with some cocoa notes and peat hints as well. Taste was quite enjoyable; roasted malt and earth, wood notes, dry grain, a raw sugar cane character and a touch of hops blended well on the palate. Mouthfeel was fair and creamy due to the cask conditioning. Drinkability was north of average. I'd like this one again. Recommended.

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Photo of ken3c
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arbor brews look great, especially the cask conditioned ones. The Milestone is no exception. Very dark, almost black. A light brown full head stays around a while. Beautifull lacing.

Smells like good coffee with a little chocolate.

Chocolate and coffee with some sweetness, then a dry finish.

Foamy, creamy, medium body.

Very drinkable. I'll have more of this.

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Photo of Deuane
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep, dark brown/black with a thin tan head that held on strong and left spotty lace.

S-Somewhat smoky with some tobacco, licorice and a bit of chocolate.

T-Dark chocolate, raisin, licorice, currents all melding and struggling to be dominate. A dry roasty, smoky finish. All totaled a complex brew.

M-Full bodied, rich and lasting flavour. Nice, bitter roasted malt finish.

D-Quite tasty. Plenty of flavour and a nice, smooth creamy and full mouthfeel.

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Photo of beernut7
4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by far the best cask porter I have ever experienced. With a deep dark brown , reddish brown head and super-heavyweight body you could eat this beer with a fork. Major hints of raisin, chocolate, black licorice and currants overwhelm the palate. The sour fruity smoky finish is perfect. There is only one word to describe this brew…Ambrosia.

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Photo of thomseye
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of DrJay
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark brown, nearly black topped by a mousse-like, light brown head. Great retention and the foam created a sheet of fine bubbles that coated the glass. Lots of dark malt and roasted barley in this one, and it shows in the aroma and flavour. There's also a rich chocolate character that provides a sweeter balance for the roast. Bitterness stayed on the low side, but kept the malt in check. There's just a hint of fruit and vanilla in there as well. It finishes with some bitterness from the dark malt combined with a light roastiness. The body remained full throughout, even with the low carbonation from the cask conditioning. Quite tasty and easy to drink. Easily one of the best beers I've had at ABC.

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Photo of shivtim
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on cask at the ABC. My favorite that I tried there.
It's opaque black with a thick tan head, served pleasantly cool. Nose is a great blend of smoky malts, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is malts, coffee, and lingering toasted malts. Mouthfeel is very full and creamy. Drinkability is good. Nice offering!

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Photo of xgrigorix
4.69/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cask conditioned, presented in a shaker pint.

Dark brown with some ruby highlights at the edges. Thin beige coloured head hangs out for a long time.

Intense notes of roast espresso, bittersweet chocolate, and damp earth.

Mildly sweet up front. Notes of vanilla, burnt fruit, coffe, & dark chocolate effortlessly play off of one another. Just a touch of smoke in there as well. Great mix of earthy hop notes. Medium body, gentle carbonation. An outstanding pint from start to finish.

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Photo of UnknownMale282
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jeremyd365
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a 4oz sample glass from the cask right in the pub. It was a thick chocolately brown with low carbonation and a small light brown head.

Smelled and tasted both of chocolately coffee. Not huge flavor but very pleasant. I enjoyed the cask pull at the "cellar temperature".

Definitely a drinkable beer--could have had a little more body.

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Photo of DefinitelyNotMichigan
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of mentor
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A pint glass pulled from a cask and served at cellar temperature. Dark brown/black bordering on stout with a reddish cool-whip-thick head on top. Smells delightful--dark grains, licorice, chocolate, yummy. Taste leaves something to be desired. A short but immediate intrigue of flavors is quickly overcome by potent coffee that overpowers. That short first instant was great. Has a flavor quality I've captured in Sierra Nevada Porter and Sinebrychoff. Too bad the gentle malt sweet is quickly driven out of town by a java flavor that would be best found in a stout. The disappointingly one-sided flavor is saved by a late chocolate that sent my mind back to ponder the gentler flavors lost early on. Medium-heavy bodied with a rough raspy feel that may come from an extensive use of darker grains. The first few sips were quite tasty, but then the coffee became overbearing. I couldn't notice the sweet play anymore. In fact, I chose to not finish the last two gulps.

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Photo of Crosling
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on cask @ Arbor Brewing Company in Ann Arbor, Michigan. How coincidental that I find a beer called Milestone and sample it for a true milestone, rating # 1000. Black color with brown highlights. Aromatically goes where I never thought a porter could possibly go. The softest fudge, with cocoa, raisins, chocolate and coffee, truly deserving a perfect score for aroma. Layers of decadence upon tasting with the full and creamy body only intensifying the beautiful range of malt flavors. Chocolate, espresso and raisins were just the beginning. Want to taste a world class porter? Travel to Ann Arbor. It’s that simple. The best porter I’ve ever tasted. One that should inspire all others.

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Arbor Brewing Milestone Porter from Arbor Brewing Company
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