Pawn Shop Porter
Allentown Brew Works

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American Porter
Ranked #1,053
Ranked #39,260
3.59 | pDev: 11.42%
Allentown Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States
Pawn Shop PorterPawn Shop Porter
Notes: Know that feeling when you come across a diamond in the rough? This 12 oz sessionable gem, with notes of chocolate and hints of caramel, is well worth any trade. You'll soon be sifting through the couch cushions for spare change and crawling through closets for Great grandma's gold chain.
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 50
Photo of tone77
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, light chocolate. Taste is roasted malts, chocolate, easy drinking. Feels medium/light in the mouth and overall a pretty good beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12/28...on tap in Allentown PA...pours medium dark brown. Foam capped. Coffee notes, chocolate too. Light bodied, and thin mouthfeel. Like the flavor, but like my porters a little heartier.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, no date.

pours a very dark brown, off-white colored head that fades to a thin ring. no lacing. mild milk chocolate sweet aroma. taste is similar, just a touch of sweetness. no roast flavors at all. medium to thicker body, mild carbonation.

overall - easy to drink, subdued flavors.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, no bottling date. Thanks Matt for sending this one my way. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 11/1/2013.

Pours a very dark, opaque black body with a ton of offwhite head. It took a few minutes to do a full pour. Lacing is very nice, a bit spotty but very sticky.

Smells fairly tame. Quite soapy actually, with a slight hint of butter. Then there's not a whole lot else. Not much hint of the underlying malts.

Flavour is quite smoky and roasty. This is what a solid porter should bring to the table in one form or another. A bit of dark chocolate bitterness, a lot of smokiness and some roastiness. Finishes off with some char. Quite a bit like a campfire, but without the sweetness of smores.

Thinner bodied, creamy and very highly carbonated. Leaves a dry, smoky finish on the palate. Drinkable, no hint of alcohol. Sessionable.

Solid porter. Not the best by any means especially compared to shelf porters like Edmund Fitzgerald or Black Butte. But its solid.. if you don't have access to the aforementioned porters and this is local to you, then this isn't a bad choice. But its certainly not the best choice.

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Photo of 57md
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is dark brown with ruby and copper colors on the edges. There was a finger of head that retained for a bit. The nose was mildly roasty. As for the taste, roasted malts were present throughout and this offering had a mild bitterness on the finish. This is a standard, drinkable, but definitely unremarkable, porter.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a pretty decent looking porter. It had a nice looking dark color with a thin tan head on top. The beer was served a bit on the warmer side. Not sure if it was intentional or if they had a problem with their cooling system. Either way, the smell of the beer had some nice roasted aromas coming off of it. The taste of the beer was pretty good, I feel the warmer temperature brought out some of the additional flavors in the brew. The mouthfeel was pretty smooth, nothing to really complain about here. Overall I would probably order it again sometime.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Bethlehem location, poured into a pint glass

A- pours black with no head whatsoever. Not sure if that was due to sitting out at the bar for awhile or not, so I won't dock it too bad

S- the aroma is faint, but what I'm getting is roasted malts and light chocolate

T- chocolate and coffee are the predominant flavors, with a decent bit of roast

M- a little thin

O- nothing really outstanding here, just an easy drinking porter

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Photo of wampahoofus
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice dark brown with a cream-colored head. Fades after a few minutes leaving some lacing

Smell: Not much. A bit of malt and smoke.

Taste: Lots of roasted malt. Yummy.

Mouthfeel: Mellow with a bit of bitterness

Drinkability: Very nice drinkable beer. Goes down easy with with the Brew Works lobster dip. Oh yeah!

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Photo of acurtis
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Allentown Brew Works 10/18 (O.G. 1.058 ABV 5.7%)
This is about the 6th time I've had this brew.
Dark brown with small head, good lacing.
Strong aroma of chocolate, carmel and malt. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, english malt and carmel. A very tasty and extremely drinkable porter. Not too heavy. A very nice staple beer here at Allentown.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On-Tap at the Allentown Brew Works

A - Dark, chocolate brown color with a thin light brown head, laces nicely

S - Dominant notes of chocolate, cocoa, light fruitiness, oats and malts

T - Chocolate and malts are the dominant flavors, and there is a definite ashy flavor; slight alcohol warmth hits the front of the pallet but subsides nicely behind the rest of the flavors; slight sugary sweetness

M - Feels a little thin and watery for the style, leaves a dryness on the pallet

D - Easy to drink, seems more session-able then it probably is at 5.7 ABV, but I still enjoyed a few. Maybe it's just me, but I would label this a stout based on mouthfeel alone...I know there is no real difference between the two, but I've become accustomed to a thicker, heavier beer being labeled as Porter...just my .02

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Photo of Durge
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty opaque chocolate black color with a fair, splotchy oatmeal colored head and very nice lacing scribbled along the glass. The aroma is charcoal chocolate with a touch of mild floral hops and a hint of swamp water. The flavor brings grainy malt and more charcoal and chocolate. It's fairly thin and a fair drinker, very carbonated, and leaves a definite burnt wood bitterness on the tongue. Kind of weak in feel and flavor seems undeveloped. The flavor seems washed away after the initial charcoal hit. It gathers a little creaminess as it warms. This was OK, pretty drinkable, but ultimately forgettable.

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Photo of hopdog
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Allentown Brew Works location.

This one poured a deep brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, and light coffee. Tastes of chocolate, roast, coffee, and light caramel. Overall a nice Porter.

Notes from 10/13/07

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Photo of dmamiano
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep brown in color. Big, rocky tan head left plenty of lacing.
Smells was roasty, dark malts and chocolaty.Bitter twang of hops eveident as well.
Tasted good. Very roasty and almost chocolatey..very close to pushin the "Stout" boundries.Nice and bitter in the finish.
Good mouthfeel . Slick.

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Photo of Deuane
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A really nice straight forward American style porter. Dark brown/black with a thin tan head. Slight hints of roasted coffee and chocolate in the nose. Tatse of roasted malt and a backround hint of licorice that became more apparent as the beer warmed.

Overall a very nice, solid and easy to drink porter.

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Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fine example a of a good, clean American porter, though maybe a touch on the lighter side. The malt profile was more dark roasted coffee with a touch of cocoa and black grains. I like more chocolate and less obvious grain taste, but it was still pretty tasty and nicely balanced.

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Pawn Shop Porter from Allentown Brew Works
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 50 ratings