Donner Party Porter | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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3.99/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States
fiftyfiftybrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mcallister on 02-28-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,858
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
66
pDev:
8.77%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
7
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0
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man I've been having this beer for what seems like almost 20 years now. Can't believe I haven't reviewed it here yet. Anyways, this is similar to the Totality stout with just a little more finesse and lighter prowess to it. Similar to Totality (on a much smaller scale) they've used this as a base beer for barrel aging and it works there as well. Anyways, this beer, pours a dark brown with a lighter brown head, 2/3" deep. Aroma is big on the roasted malt as a porter (American) should be. Decent C (chinook/cascade?) hop presence.

Taste follows the nose, roasted malt and C hop bitterness without being excessive. Good mouth feel, strong sturdy malt body that doesn't delve into sludge tar territory. In a world of double digit abv extremity, this is one of those porters you wouldn't mind putting 2 pints down on a cold late fall evening. Its astringent from both roastiness and hoppiness, but not in a problematic way. Like zero sweetness to it. Anti pastry porter.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a very well made beer, good porter, but its in a lot of ways kind of unremarkable, not bland or anything necessarily, but it is lacking a certain something for me, drinkable as it is, i look for a little more in this style right now, and while i appreciate it, its not one of their beers i am in a hurry to go back for. its a little lighter than many, with an obvious chocolate malt brown ale complexion to it, and a very easy texture, its even a touch thin for what it is, certainly compared to some other notable examples of the style, but i like the balance and the mellowness of it, even if i also kind of wish for a more robust roasted dark side to it as well. a little sweet, but i think that has its appeal too. this is definitely a four season porter, maybe not quite bold enough for the deepest of winters, but its nice to have one like this that is so versatile and drinks around the calendar as well as it does. its hard to get excited about in some ways, but good porter like this is pretty timeless...

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Photo of tazzman
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 2GOOFY
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pkalix
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rawfish
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.91/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tucquan
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2015-06-23 at the brewery on tap

Delicious. Thick. Chocolate. Char.

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4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.26/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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Donner Party Porter from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 66 ratings