Prescott Brewing Company

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Porter - English
Ranked #48
Ranked #15,617
3.92 | pDev: 11.99%
Prescott Brewing Company
Arizona, United States
Very Good
Notes: A delicate blend of dark and bitter chocolates infused into a classic Porter. This beer has been in development for over 3 years until the brewers hit perfection.

29 IBU
Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 80 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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superspak from Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade with AZBeerDude72. 12 ounce can into tulip glass, best before 9/29/2019. Pours very dark ruby reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, and brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of coffee, dark fruit, herbal, wood, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. A bit too fruity/yeasty, but not overwhelming. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, chocolate, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, and brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of coffee, dark fruit, herbal, wood, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Mild herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery, roasted bitterness; and yeast tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, brown bread/crust, coffee, dark fruit, herbal, wood, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, chocolate, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a nice roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy, and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is good. A bit too thin, but not watery. Zero warming alcohol for 5.5%. Overall this is a nice flavored English porter. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, chocolate, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Well balanced English malts and chocolate flavors; solid earthy hops and fruity yeast presence. Light residual sweetness with lingering dryness. A nicely enjoyable offering, and well made style example. Just a bit too yeasty overall.

Aug 08, 2019
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can - Sell by 03/14/2019 stamped on the bottom.

Pours black with a creamy tan head. Looks like espresso. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of chocolate/cocoa. Slight earthy touch. Slight roast. Robust.

On the palate, cocoa powder dominates. Cocoa powder lingers.

The chocolate in the taste and feel (it even has a powdery texture) is more like cocoa powder than chocolate. It's decent, but seems one-dimensional cocoa powder after a bit.

Jan 02, 2019
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DefenCorps from Oregon

2.71/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Can from the Whole Foods in Sedona.

A very dark brown with a thin beige head that falls off rapidly leaving little lacing, this looks decent. The nose is sweetened chocolate syrup with milk chocolate and sugar along with a mild roast note. The chocolate character is mildly fake. On the palate, this is sweet but thin with fake chocolate along with a mild roast, a little coffee. The mid-palate is fatty and rancid, and the mouthfeel is thin and limpid. Sweet on the finish, this beer is rather terrible.

Dec 29, 2018
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rgk3 from Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smooth, sweet, chocolaty--really good! Perfect dessert beer. I would love to set one of these in front of someone who says, "I don't like beer." There's nothing not to like here--as long as you like chocolate!

Jul 03, 2018
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craigbelly from Iowa

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with little to no head. Aromas of chocolat, malt, sugar, and a touch of coffee. Tastes of chocolate right from tge start. Can almost be described in the vain of choc chip cookies. Light hop bitterness with a medium semi sweet finish.

Apr 20, 2018
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tliuzzo from Arizona

4.89/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The chocolate pops right off the bat with a great aroma and taste. It isn't overwhelming and then the potency of the beer kicks in. Great with wings or a burger. Who needs dessert?

Sep 23, 2017
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andrewh995 from Arizona

3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Smells of chocolate and roasted malt. Tastes of very sweet chocolate and roasted malts. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Overall it's a very tasty chocolate porter, my only complaint is it's a little sweet.

Jul 14, 2017
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CopperMtnPlowboy from Ohio

3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought at Total Wines in Glendale, AZ and transported back to Ohio and drank from the can moments ago. Bottom stamped "Sell by 4/2/17". So, apparently this one fresh unlike several other single cans bought that day. (Note to self: check before purchasing more clearly in the future).

Opened and got a whiff of strong chocolate and though "oh, no...Yoo-Hoo". Then drank from the can and...not bad at all. Pleasantly surprised that it was only a subtle chocolate taste and did not have the porter "burnt" taste that many do. This was a very smooth offering with low carbonation. Many beers with little carbonation taste "flat" to me, but this wasn't flat at all. Gotta say I wish I'd have bought a 6-pack instead of one.

Apr 15, 2017
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matcris from Arizona

2.98/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown, and ruby around the edges. A quickly dissipating khaki head, with very spotty lacing. The aroma is of chocolate. But, like, fake super sweet chocolate. A Tootsie Roll x2 for sweetness. The flavor is more balanced, not too sweet. Still, artificial tasting. Tootsie roll-ish, but not nearly as good as Boulder's Shake. Feel is dry, medium thin feel, average carbonation. Above average brew, barely.

Mar 07, 2017
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black with big foamy head and great lacing. Smells fantastic, very full on chocolate with a roasted coffee mix, some coco and vanilla also. This is where I was bummed out, the taste is good with chocolate and vanilla and some mild coffee notes but man it is just too light. If this beer had a more robust taste and higher ABV it could be epic but after having other similar beers it just feels like a diet version. So is it worth a try sure, some who enjoy lighter stuff will like it, but for anyone with a desire for a punch and deep flavors it will fall short.

Dec 27, 2016
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to DblDiamond for sending this can my way for the NFL Confidence pool win! Reviewed from long-standing notes. Poured from 12 oz. can into a Cigar City snifter glass.

A: Dark brown and opaque with a one-finger foamy tan head that has subpar retention. The blush of initial visible carbonation dissipates quickly and is left with very little movement in the glass.

S: Chocolate up front – a milk chocolate with a sprinkle of cacao powder. There’s vanilla and roasted malts lurking in the background. A nice aroma, albeit fairly one dimensional.

T: It starts with more of a malted milk chocolate flavor than expected – like Robin’s Eggs without the candy shell. There’s a bit of sweet toffee along with the vanilla. Then a punch of vanilla Yankee candle and vanilla cream heart-box chocolate - this kinda sticks out like a sore thumb. Some roast character prevents it from being a malty sweet bomb, but it remains overall quite sweet. It finishes with lingering sweet chocolate and the weird vanilla flavor.

M: The body is on the light side for a porter. Carbonation on the low side of average range. Alcohol content is fairly low.

O: The vanilla flavor not being integrated really hurts this one in my opinion. It has its upsides - the malt bill seems well-planned and the chocolate flavor is nice. But the vanilla is a sledgehammer on a tenpenny nail.

Sep 08, 2016
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snilsen13 from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can and on tap.
This is an interesting beer, for sure. It has a super enormous malted chocolate smell and taste. This is like Shake on steroids. By no means should you skip out on tasting this, you'll love it or hate it. So my 50/50 overall.

If they made it 9% and gave it more body to match, I think this could be epic. However, Young's Double Chocolate beats this by a mile because this currently lacks refinement. It's just super gutsy.

Apr 27, 2016
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Prescott's chocolate porter is liquid dessert with neat booze and an aroma that screams CHOCOLATE! It features a sweet overall taste with chocolate and the forefront and light roasted edges, and to my surprise, a small defect of burnt plastic.

Apr 15, 2016
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arizcards from Arizona

3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead May 1st for $2.29. Sell by 7/11/2015 stamped on bottom. Received at TW 4/30/2015.

Beer poured a big head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is nice and chocolaty as advertised!

Taste is cocoa powder overlaying the malt base. Hopping is just right as this is not overly sweet.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied but not overly smooth nor refreshing.

Overall the perfect dessert beer. We had a growler with friends that were over for dinner in May and all 4 agreed this paired well with the chocolate based dessert we had. Other than that it is one of those one and done beers - too much of a good thing is not a good thing!

Jul 05, 2015
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sa93 from Arizona

3.04/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

Had on tap in Crown King, AZ. Chocolate is very noticeable, but the mouthfeel is very light, almost watery. Not a fan of thin porters. Malts and hops barely noticeable. It was almost like drinking cheap hot cocoa at room temperature.

Very easy drinking, which is an attribute I really don't look for in this style.

Mar 31, 2015
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kyleelton from Texas

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My wife's cousin brought this in from Prescott, AZ, where she lives to Texas. The growler certainly made the trip.

Smells like chocolate. Dark, roasty chocolate. The wife's cousin thought it was a Stout but the light color and clarity made me think it was a porter. Turns out I was right, as confirmed by BA.

Very sweet at the front with just enough bitterness at the back end. Slight creamy mouthfeel, but generally light and drinkable. It seems the chocolate is primarily in the nose. My taste buds mostly get roastiness and slight bitterness.

Good beer.

Nov 28, 2013
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Prescott Brewing
Clear but very dark, with a durable tan head. The glass is left nicely coated after each tip.

Aroma: Chocolate! Lots of chocolate, with hints of dark fruits and dark baked bread.

Flavor: Semi-sweet chocolate with hints of hops and medium+ dark malts. Some smoke and dark malts come out in the finish and aftertaste, but chocolate still dominates. Fun and pleasant but a bit too sweet.

Feel: Medium body and medium carbonation; creamy smooth

O: great dessert beer and for chocolate lovers.

Jun 07, 2013
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unclejazz from New York

3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glad I had a chance to visit the Prescott Brewing Co.The beer looks pretty when poured, but the smell is so overpoweringly chocolate I wondered if I was drinking chocolate milk. Once I tried it, this porter tasted pretty darn good.and the mouthfeel was passable, a bit creamy and not too heavy. Its a bit to sweet for my porter taste, but I did get a 64oz growler and polished it off in two evenings. Yeah this is good for a porter, just SO much chocolate.

Dec 30, 2011
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Nerudamann from Oregon

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at a beer fest (I know I know, I shouldn't review beers at a beer fest, but I took steps to make sure I concentrated and kept my palate fresh) in 3oz size.

Look - Very dark brown, not black, with a light khaki-colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - Indeed very chocolaty, almost like a chocolate-flavored cereal, maybe a hint at the type of grains used?

Taste and Mouthfeel - Still very chocolaty, and still more on the side of a chocolate-flavored cereal. Very unique taste. More malty in content. Texture is more on the watery side than expected.

Drinkability - Not complex, but unique and good-tasting.

Mar 06, 2011
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