Man Full of Trouble Porter
Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant

Man Full of Trouble PorterMan Full of Trouble Porter
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English Porter
Ranked #158
Ranked #29,571
3.77 | pDev: 13%
Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
Man Full of Trouble PorterMan Full of Trouble Porter
Notes: A liquid nod to the only pre-revolutionary tavern still standing in The City of Brotherly Love. “Man Full of Trouble” was one of Colonial Philadelphia’s first watering holes. This London Style Porter was brewed with “Old-World” in mind. Black and chocolate malts create its deep mahogany appearance and creamy espresso-like flavor. A blend of English East Kent Goldings and Fuggles hops lends a delicate earthy presence.

30 IBU
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Photo of beerthulhu
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A rich cola pour sits a fresh roast coffee color in the chalice, accompanied by a 1/2 inch rawhide leather colored head that was very well lasting. Solid structure, there was a good activity of carbonation slowly rising beneath, generously spaced.

S: Some vanilla chocolate first appears on the nose, followed by a fresh, roasty chocolate-coffee offering. Earthy dark malts mix with some sweet cocoa and a faint hint of freshly charred firewood. Overall a good amount of indication and proportion of each, well represented.

T: The flavor followed the nose with a rich roasted chocolate and lightly smoked cocoa sweetness with some charred wood bitterness to balance. Fresh wet silt, roasty wet coffee grounds with some lightly charred remains on the finish. Roasty spiciness, woodsy, with some smoked dark fruit rounds out.

M: Medium build by style, light creamer texture, some smoky hints and charred character on the inner cheeks.

O: A decent nose and flavor, the prize being the smoky charred finish that lingers and leaves quite an impression. Good solid drinkability.

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Photo of drtth
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The clear dark mahogany brown beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1” fluffy dark tan head that recedes slowly but visibly to a ring of foam and a thin irregular island of foam while leaving a wide open web of lines and thin legs of lacing. Sipping creates a couple of arches and some widely scattered legs and patches of lacing that mostly cling to the sides of the glass. By about half way through the beer there’s only a thin ring of foam and some widely scattered small patches of lacing.

The aroma has some coffee and dark chocolate along with some dark roasted malt character and a light bit of caramel.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose and include some coffee, dark chocolate, a bit of caramel sweetness as well as just a bit of nutty character. There’s some lightly earthy dark roasted bitterness to balance but not entirely conceal the light caramel sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth with the finely bubbled, gentle but persistent carbonation. The finish begins with the fading of most of the flavors that leaves a dry ending that has some lightly earthy dark roasted bitterness that persists for a fairly long time.

On the whole a nicely drinkable and enjoyable beer which I’d be happy to have again both right now and in the future. While it’s not overly complex there are times that that is exactly what one wants, a straightforward, laid back and enjoyable beer

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3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

CANd now, the finale of the Dock Street portion of New 4 x 12 Stable Street Dock Hands Beer Sunday (Week 689)! The CANQuest (tm) has been highly successful this week.

From the CAN: "30 IBUs"; "A liquid nod to the only pre-revolutionary tavern still standing in The City of Brotherly Love. 'Man Full of Trouble' was one of Colonial Philadelphia’s first watering holes. This London Porter Style ale was brewed with 'Old-World' in mind. Black and chocolate malts create its deep mahogany appearance and creamy espresso-like flavor. A blend of English hops lends a delicate earthy presence."; "'It's okay to let go now.'"; "2017 Great American Beer Festival Bronze [Medal -] Brown Porter".

I Crack!ed the vent & began a slow, gentle Glug as I had found, over the course of the day, that I had no idea what to expect. Once it was sufficiently decanted, I found that an in-glass swirl would raise three-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with decent retention. The lacing on its exit was rather light, but it was of no matter. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & deep-cola highlights. Nose was on the sweet side, with notes of burnt caramel and dark chocolate as well as black coffee & treacle. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was advancing on sweet, but not quite broaching the hill. The taste CANtinued to evince a caramel & chocolate sweetness, but in the mouth, as it warmed, it took on a very chocolaty and earthy taste, more English than AmeriCAN, IMHO, but that was a mistake on the part of the original add. I am reviewing it as an English Porter, per the Notes. Finish was chocolaty, but quite dry with a lingering earthiness that made me want to visit the malt house. Yum!

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Photo of IronLover
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with cola-like hues and very good clarity. Pouted with a short, soapy, dark beige foam with low retention. Dark, grainy malt and dark bread aromas with hints of nuts and roasted malt. Earthy, tobacco-like hop aromas. Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a very light creamy feel through the middle. Lightly roasted malt and earthy dark malt flavors up front followed by medium light, earthy, spicy hop bitterness through the middle. Brown bread, milk chocolate, sweet dark malts and light nutty notes from the middle to the end. Finished dryly with light spicy hop and sweet dark malt notes. This is more of an English porter than an American porter. Great malt complexity that is well balanced with earthy hop bitterness. Very drinkable with a pleasant dry finish.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Dock Street Brewing in Philadelphia, PA.

This one pours a moderately dark brown color, with a small head, and a good amount of lacing.

This smells like moderately roasted malt, earthy hops, and chocolate.

This is fairly lightly flavored, but it’s creamy and drinkable so I’m still digging it. There’s a nice roast character, with a mild hop flavor, and a hint of bittersweet chocolate.

This is medium bodied, a tad thin, with a creamy finish.

This was passable and drinkable enough, but it seems like it was brewed so as to not offend anybody.

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Photo of citizencane
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours appropriately for Thebes style. Smells ok, but kind of light and bland. Taste is same...mild coffee, mild roasted malts. Mouthfeel is a touch dry for the low ABV. Look, I know porters are different than stouts, but there seems to be a trend of coffee porters that seem designed to be quaffable and inoffensive and it is not my thing at all.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On draft, served in a shaker pint glass

Black in color, opaque, tan colored head. Chocolately aroma, mild roast flavor. Taste is mildly sweet. Medium bodied

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Photo of KTCamm
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Notes from 11/28...pours dark black with thick creamy foam. Roasted coffee nose that is very aromatic. Smooth creamy mellow bittered taste. Clean milky finish. Chocolate in the conclusion as well. Damn good.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had at Pizza Uno last night.
Came out kinda flat looking. Not nuch of a head over a cola brown color.
Looks thin too like a black ale.
The smell was light with just a hint of roasted malts.
The taste was equally bland with not much going for it .Some roasted malts.
Easy drinking but not really all that good.

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Photo of stakem
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft offering at the source. The brew appears dark brown in color with an off-white cap. Some string lace to spotty patches stick to the glass as the cap fades. When held to the light, the brew looks a lighter brown with red highlights.

The aroma includes some mild roasty grain coming across like chocolate with some fruity alcohol esters. More sniffs dont really reveal any more depth beyond that. No hop inclusion to be found but I assume that character is blended into the fruity esters of the alcohol.

The flavor upfront is like dark fruit akin to raisin, plum, fig, more fruity alcohol esters that faintly blend into chocolate grainy roast character and the faintest amount of coffee. While not a bad flavor and nothing is out of place, id rather have more focus on roast here instead of all dark fruits.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. Pretty easy drinking without flaw. Just not the flavor profile i look for in a porter that I would want to drink again. However, for what it is, I would not turn this down if offered to me either.

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Photo of ilkelma
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Arrived at the table in a pint glass with about a finger of dark head. Very dark color almost stout-like.

S: Rich roasted smell, hints of coffee.

T: Very malty and sweet with an almost toasted character to balance the sweetness. About average for a porter. The sweetness

M: Fairly heavy on the palate but on the lighter end of the porter's I've had. (My apologies for the brevity here, mouthfeel I'm still working on)

O: Good example of an American Porter. Not much character of its own however. It does have a nicely roasted flavor I expect more of a good coffee stout than a porter but all in all simply a good standby porter at the local watering hole.

Comments: I've had this twice now and the first one was as reviewed and my dad agreed with that. I'm not sure if it was the Spanish Fly I had before it but the second one's flavor was a bit off, kind of cough syrup-esque. Possibly some inconsistency to be had in this beer?

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a growler straight from the brewery tap, picked up last night. Color is dark brown to black, had is light tan with some nice lacing.

Smell is lightly toasted, some wheat notes and maybe some light oatmeal, biscuits, light roasted malt touch of chocolate.

Taste is pretty well balanced, solid flavor, great blend of oat/wheat/biscuit flavors quickly matched by solid malt sweetness and dryed up by some very good roast/black malts and hint of chocolate. Bitterness is solid, but hop flavors blend into the background with notes of grass/freshness.

Mouthfeel is well balanced on the verge of being a touch sweet, but a good hop and light roast bitterness balances nicely.

Overall, great porter from Dock Street. Also tried the imperial porter and fresh hop rye which were very good as well.

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Photo of tobelerone
2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewpub. Black with a subtle brownish hue. Tan head that sinks quickly; lacing is spotty at best.

Typical porter aromas of roastiness, coffee, and bitter chocolate. Taste seems a little out of whack to me and there's an odd sour note that doesn't seem like it should be there. The coffee and roastiness are pretty subtle and the overall flavor falls a bit short. There's a faint bitter hoppiness in the aftertaste and only a hint of sweetness. Dry finish.

Somewhat thin mouthfeel with spritzy carbonation that felt a touch too prickly for me.

Something seemed off with this one; the odd sourness I encountered wasn't mentioned by any other reviewer. Will have to try this again sometime and perhaps, re-review.

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Photo of garuda
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black, one finger off white head that has good retention and decent lacing down the glass.

S/T - Nice roasted character with a bit of sweetness, maybe some vanilla. well balanced coffee and dark chocolate on the back end. A little bitterness through the finish. Just a touch of graininess as it warmed up in the aroma.

M - A shade shy of a full body with good low carbonation, smooth across the palate.

D - Nice representation of the style, but nothing outstanding either. I'd get it again. Drinks very easily.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gotta growler of this at whole foods, served in a Saint Helena Catholic Church (Blue Bell, PA) glass.

Full Man, A brown porter, kinda like liquid shoeshine polish brown, dirty looking, a porter. A nice amount of full volume bubbles in a tan shade with soapy sticking power. Smell is on the roasty side with nice amounts of chocolate, nuts and earthy hops. Taste is nice and smooth with roast, coffe, nuts, faint vanilla/cream, crystal malts, and with all that, a bit of old world character. Feel is a step below medium, muddled, faint carbed upped, comes and goes. I drank it quick, i liked it, Dock Street should do a Imperial version soon.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub. Poured a dark brown with a nice thick coffee colored heading. Left some decent lacing and the heading held up for a while.The nose is mostly cocoa with a somewhat herbal medicinal aroma,roasted malts as well.Taste however is slightly different the roasted malts,and cocoa are there but with a darker fruit's and touch of oak perhaps. Medium bodied with a subtle sweeter linger left on the palate. A solid porter and was very impressed.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub, served in a pint

An opaque, dark black body with a foamy greyish two finger head that left a good amount of lacing in its wake.

The nose is pretty straightforward, bittersweet chocolate, roast and toffee. I almost get a nuttiness as well, walnuts?

On the palate, the same flavors come forward as the nose except there is an added vanilla sweetness that is more then welcome. The sweetness from the vanilla cuts through the roast/bitterness nicely and raises the quaffability considerably.

Medium to full body with a nice light finish. Mild lingering lactose sugar sweetness, cocoa and roast.

This was an enjoyable brew. Very simple and straightforward and done well.

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Photo of koopa
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on cask at the Grey Lodge this past Saturday.

Appearance: Pours dark brown with a 1.5 finger off white (dirty beige) crown that displays good retention and some lace.

Smell: Chocolate, toffee, wood, and moderate roasted malt.

Taste: Same as nose. Well integrated and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Cask conditioning really has helped this one. Just a beautiful creamy delight.

Drinkability: Sessionable.

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Photo of weeare138
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a opaque black with a tan cap that quickly fades into a tiny head. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, herbs, cut wood, toffee, and roasted malts.
Taste is of the aromas with a flavorful punch of ripe fruit and vanilla smoothness.
Mouthfeel is of the aromas with a chewy full roastines thy screams brown sugar in espresso from a mile away.

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Photo of SPRichard
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on tap at the 50th and Baltimore Dock Street Brewery

nice head retention and lacing....kinda looked like a flat cola

chocolate aroma...some roastiness

medium body and and caramel

a simple beer that was very drinkable

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this one night on tap at the brewpub in West Philly while Jeff was making pies and Rosemarie flittered about. Good service from the bartender, BTW, who's name I didn't get but was from another country (I'm thinking perhaps Croatia?). Anyway, I'm pretty sure this beer is named for the Man Full of Trouble Tavern (the only surviving tavern of colonial Philadelphia, built 1759) located at 125 Spruce St. near Little Dock Creek, and later on, Dock Street - inspiration for the original Dock Street Brewing Company (and although no breweries were ever actually located there, there were several in the vicinity). The story behind the name of the beer, however, is probably more interesting than the beer itself which was simply a basic porter: Typical appearance. Average head retention and lacing. Chocolatey aroma with some limited roastiness. Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Creamy smooth and chocolatey and nutty/caramelish with just a hint of black coffee. Restrained bitterness. No real hop flavors to speak of, as it really should be in an English-style porter. It was very drinkable, but also quite simplistic, although I can't exactly fault it for that. A decent pint to be sure!!!

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3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint glass on tap at the Dock Street Brew Pub.

Poured a deeper brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, some roastiness, and caramel. Tastes of chocolate, caramel, lighter roast, and nutty. On the sweeter side (I would have liked some bitterness in the finish).

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Man Full of Trouble Porter from Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 60 ratings