Big Nasty Porter | Richbrau Brewing Company

Big Nasty PorterBig Nasty Porter
13 Ratings
Big Nasty PorterBig Nasty Porter

Brewed by:
Richbrau Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by zymurgy4all:
Photo of zymurgy4all
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice porter from Richbrau. Very good chocolate malty aroma. Pours a blackish brown with tight tan head. It has a nice roasty malt flavor, and hops are detectable, but subdued enough to allow the wonderful malt flavor to come through. There is a nice bittering aftertaste left behind by the hops that makes you want to have another sip. It tastes wonderful, and is worth trying if stopping by Richmond, VA. I don't typically like porters, but this one is very good.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Byeast
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: poured the darkest shade of brown before it becomes black, almost opaque, with a little bit of light shining through the bottom with a reddish hue, head was small and tan, vanished quickly.

Smell: Roasty and fairly aromatic, coffee with creamer, some chocolate, and a bit of hops percieved.

Taste: Very nice roasty and medium body, some bittersweet chocolate, more coffee bean, roasty malt with a faint char taste, just a bit of a berryish taste, bit of a dairyish/ milk stout quality, nice full hop bitterness that keeps me coming back for another deep sip.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, dry finish.

Drinkability: A very tasty porter with great flavors, highly drinkable indeed. Good finish. Much thanks to Beermang for the Bomber.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Richbrau brewpub.

Deep amber in color. *Thick* tan head coats the glass completely. Very nice! Tough to get an aroma out of this one. I thought I could detect a slight roasted chocolate malt smell. Flavor was good. Very chocolatey with a roasted malt flavor as well. Finished with just a slight bitterwsweet taste in the mouth. Mouthfeel was very smooth. A real "palate-coater". Good drinkability, given its surprising "creamy"-ness and flavor.

Certainly a fine "signature" beer for the Richbrau brewery.

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Photo of asabreed
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3rd bomber tried from the 3-pack that I snagged at a Kroger in Richmond. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Near opaque brown and blackness. 1" head dissipates rather quickly, but there's some cool spotty lacing remaining on the sides.

Smell: Malt sweetness up front, backed by some bitter coffee and chocolate and some hops. I'd like a bit more complexity, but it's certainly not bad I guess.

Taste: Oddly astringent initially, which baffles me slightly. The flavors really aren't melding that well, with an odd mix of sweetness, watery bitter coffee, and some hops. Has potential with those three characteristics, yes, but it's not as balanced as it should be.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, slightly spritzy, but still thick enough to feel at least decent while swishing it around.

Drinkability: I think it's safe to say I like this one the least out of the three bombers that were in this pack. Doesn't have enough punch, thickness, and taste that I was hoping for overall. Try it if you're a porter fan maybe, as this was in the bottle and not on tap, but I don't know if I'd expect all that much. When I'm at Richbrau I'll snag some from the tap and see if anything changes.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well "big" is right, but I'm not so sure about nasty. It's deep mahogany body reveals some hazy reddish highlights beneath its very creamy light tan head. The head retention is excellent, and after dropping from its initial inch or so down to about an 1/8th, it holds quite well and leaves some very nice thin sheets of lace. Toasty chocolate with just a mild cusp of roastiness and some background fruitiness greets you in the nose and welcomes you to the flavor which is much more robust! Rich chocolate and caramel wrapped in juicy, berry-like fruit ride on a delicately zesty and then lightly-creamy medium body towards a boldly bitter and somewhat roasty dry finish. Residual bittersweet chocolate, bitterness, and dry roastiness linger seemingly forever in the aftertaste, harkening you back for another sip. Some alcohol can be noted as you progress through the pint, but for the most part you'll feel it more than you'll taste it. An impressive, take-no-prisoners beer that still holds a decent amount of drinkability. Well worth trying!

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the brewpub in mid-August, the cask-conditioned version comes out a cloudy cola brown under a 1/2 finger thick tan head with excellent lace from the collar on down. The full caramel nose is very smooth and not too sweet. The mouth is thick and well-carbonated. Very smooth, very mild caramel malt and espresso hop flavors. Nicely blended, although the bitter outlasts the sweet, begging for another sip. Goes down very nicely.

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

This delicious porter features a heavily roasted palate with a satisfying coffee character and a touch of bitter chocolate. Equally impressive is the caramel malt flavor that brings it all together.

Perhaps the best of the beers in the 3-pack sampler that I picked up recently (though the Griffin Golden Ale and Old Nick Pale ale were pretty good too).

Highly recommended...

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Photo of meathookjones
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewpub. This appeared a lighter black color with about a half-inch of tan head that sat there for a while. Plenty of lacing was left around the glass as I drank this. Aroma was of dark chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor was similar with a roasty chocolate taste being the strongest and a nice coffee flavor as well. A good amount of bittering to it and it has a nice dry roasted lingering after taste. Mouthfeel was creamy with about a medium body. Drinkability was pretty good as I had about 4 of these. Overall a good example of the style and the best beer they had when I was there in my opinion.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from pentathlete as part of the OneBox BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2" light brown head above the almost opaque dark brown brew. Head lasts and lasts, with sticky foamy lacing. Aroma is mainly of sweet dark malts. Taste starts where the nose left off, coffee and chocolate giving way to some fruit tinges and a light hoppiness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are pretty good here. Enjoyable brew.

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Photo of brentk56
2.67/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark brown body with neither head nor lacing

Smell: Some slightly roasty notes but not much of an aroma

Taste: Chocolate malt with a bitter and unpleasant chocolate finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: More a brown ale than a porter, this beer is rather unremarkable and is marred by a poor finish

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured brownish black with ruby highlights and a huge tan/brown head that lasted for days. I thought I might need a spoon to eat it like ice cream.

The aroma was chocolate and caramel and both were slight at best.

The flavor was silky with chocolate and coffee. Well executed with bittering that balances the malt side of the equation.

The finish was dry with a pleasant chocolate flavor that lasts well into the aftertaste. The body was medium.

It the aroma component of this beer was more pronounced, this beer would have it all. It is a great looking and tasting beer, but lacks complexity in the aroma.

22 ounce bottle purchased for $3.49 at Once Upon a Vine in Richmond.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had high hopes for this and was a little let down. Pours a dark brown with light tan head and some lace patches. Aroma is very faint and non-descript; some roasted malts are all I really pick up - no sweet malts or hops. Taste is better as it has some caramel, butterscotch, some roasted malts for balance and to give it a dry edge. Medium-bodied and silky with very little hopiness. Not a bad porter but not very tasty and had a slight funk on the aftertaste. I don't think I'll bother with it again.

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

Solid little brew from Richbrau. Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an imperial. Dark but translucent ruddy brown. Smell is toasty malts and coffee. Taste is a nice burnt toast with chocolate and molasses hints. Medium mouthfeel, a little thin at the edges, but a nice long finish helps keep the score up. Easy to drink. Richbrau does all right. You won't go wrong picking up a bottle of this when you pass through Richmond.

From $3.20 to $3.50 at various stores in the Richmond, VA area.

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Big Nasty Porter from Richbrau Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 13 ratings
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