McGuire's Irish Pub

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Porter - American
Ranked #901
Ranked #36,427
3.65 | pDev: 15.34%
McGuire's Irish Pub
Florida, United States
Notes: Ruby Chestnut in color and not as heavy as our Stout, McGuire's Porter will help what ales ya after a hard days work. Chocolate Malt balanced with Willamette Hops gives this full-bodied ale its smooth, distinct flavor.
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TheLongBeachBum from California

2.28/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: A 1 Pint draft serving, sampled during a recent trip to McGuire’s Irish Bar in Pensacola, FL. I cannot remember what the strength listing was but I know that it is not above 5.0% ABV on the BrewPub Beer Menu. The Last of the Four beers I sampled during a recent visit to McGuire’s Irish Pub.

Appearance: Served in a large straight sided and vertically dimpled Handled Mug. The appearance was immediately a let down, a darkish but very watery looking brown color, and quite opaque, easy to see through. So much so, at first I thought the light was playing tricks and I had got the Irish Red Ale again. Minimal vanilla colored head and almost no carbonation. Looked like a “thin” Newcastle Brown Ale that was past its prime to be brutal.

Nose: Nothing at first. I sat and sniffed this for a while, and eventually got some caramel mixed with some toffee and malts, but I almost snorted the beer to get it. “My Dog has no nose”, “Oh yeah, how does he smell?”, “Like McGuire’s Porter”. I think I must have burnt my Septum on the previous Glass of Belgium Strong Ale!!

Taste: Wishy-washy, it had nothing to offer. If felt thin and like a very watery English Mild. Light malts and some diluted caramel tastes. Very disappointing.

Mouthfeel: Way too thin, not much carbonation to aid the feel at all, flat at times and completely lifeless. Lightweight.

Drinkability: I actually left the last two fifths of this beer, the Taxi arrived to take me back to the Hotel, usually I would slam a beer down and leave an empty glass, but in this case the Taxi was a god-send, and a good excuse to leave this one on the Table. Way too thin and tasteless.

Overall: I’m no expert, and I don’t brew, but I do know that this was nothing like a Porter; it was more like a Brown Ale to me, and a bloody thin one at that. A real let down after the 3 previous McGuire beers which were all above average. I expected much better, especially after the very good Stout that I had tried earlier. If you want to try this beer whilst here, my advice would be to drink it first!!!!

Not impressed at all.

Jan 08, 2004
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maxpower from Missouri

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark hazy brown color, can't see through the glass, small tan head. Aroma of roasted-burnt coffee and chocolate. huge coffee flavor, creamy full mouthfeel, this is a great porter. I like it as much as thier Irish Stout.

Nov 29, 2002
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Bierguy5 from Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chestnut in color, with some ruby edges. Not much head was poured at all. A few patches of lace clung to the sides of the glass eventually. Lightly roasty and chocolate aroma. Maybe a bit of floral hops thrown in as well. Good roasty malty flavor, although not very robust. A bit of floral and perhaps citrusy hops help to balance. A bit thin. A good porter, but not outstanding. I will say that is was very drinkable.

Mar 22, 2007
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PorterLambic from Florida

3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrives nearly black with a creamy, dark tan head. Retention is great, good lace, too.
Smell is a bit weak but well balanced. Toasted malts, coffee and a hint of dark chocolate.
Taste is roasted malt, coffee, smoke, baking chocolate, vanilla and a whiff of something else, maybe rum or sugarcane. Very good balance.
Mostly full body, light effervescence, pretty smooth as well. Slightly drying. Very similar to their stout - which I had previously - though there are differences. Both are quite good.

Oct 20, 2012
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jokelahoma from Missouri

3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at the Destin location

Poured a very light brown, much lighter than one expects from a porter. The head was virtually non-existent, and what little there was got up and ran away immediately. It is crystal clear, however.

The nose is surprising in its lightness. There's little to detect here at all. One thing that does come through, unfortunately, is a bit of buttery diacetyl. Not sure that bodes well.

And it doesn't. First sip is fairly full of butter flavor. There's little of the black malt flavor one might expect, and no chocolate flavor either. Even the bitterness is subdued to the point where it's hard to detect. It's not exactly a butter bomb, but it's a lot more buttery than you'd want in almost any beer, let alone a porter. Maybe this was just a bad batch, but the beer in my particular glass just didn't work well.

The mouthfeel is a tad thinnish, but that's okay for a porter. A bit more body would be nice, but it's passable.

This isn't bad. It just isn't really good, either. Far and away my least favorite of the beers I tried while there. Based on the decent quality of the other brews, I'd be willing to bet something has gone wrong with this one. It's too lacking in much anything except diacetyl. if you're going to try it, I'd ask for a sample first. Or stick to other styles, which the brewer does well.

May 03, 2008
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jettjon from Florida

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Highs: Finish
Lows: None

I always enjoy trips to McGuire’s in Pensacola and feel fortunate to be able to stop by at lunch basically whenever I want. The atmosphere and food are great, but the quality of beer varies. The porter, however, is one of their stronger offerings in my opinion. The menu lists ABV at 5.3%

Pours almost completely opaque brown, though poured from tap at bar, head impossible to judge. Good lacing remains. Nose is of malt with light sorghum and hops, inviting. Taste is sorghum/molasses malt, well balanced with hops. Mouth is bubbly, smooth, and a bit creamy, quite pleasing. Finishes nicely bitter leading to a very satisfying coffee that lingers on the palate for awhile.

Overall: A good porter, a solid representation of the style. A good companion for the meat dishes. Recommended.

Apr 13, 2006
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beveritt from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

Appearance: Very little head. The beer itself is dark brown, but you can see through it. Some lacing.

Smell: Hints of chocolate.

Taste: Chocolate and toffee with mild bitterness from roasted barley.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is decent.

Drinkability: Nothing special, but a very drinkable beer.

Dec 04, 2008
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charlzm from California

3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed 03/27/08.

Dark brown with a creamy tan head.

Malty roasted coffee aroma.

Flavor is the same. Clean with no discernable hop character. Flavor just sort of evaporates at the end. Body a little thin, no noticeable carbonation.

Not bad, but certainly not outstanding in any way. 5.3% ABV.

Apr 03, 2008
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at McGuire's Pub in Pensacola.
ABV: 5.3%

A fine looking porter: nearly opaque, clear mahogany with a light tan head. Standard porter aroma with hint of chocolate, but also with hint of bourbon. Very good taste, initially, but too much burnt flavor in finish.

M - low carbonation; smooth; good body.

Mar 26, 2011
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JHendu from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Dec 03, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oct 12, 2017
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RKel888 from Alabama

4/5  rDev +9.6%

May 14, 2012
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TrickkyGangsta from Florida

3/5  rDev -17.8%

Dec 05, 2011
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Antonius08 from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Dec 30, 2011
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Zakk from Florida

3/5  rDev -17.8%

Jun 09, 2012
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ldhughes3 from Louisiana

3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 08, 2015
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StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 23, 2019
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BrunoH from New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Mar 24, 2014
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cmbeddoe7997 from Texas

5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dec 05, 2016
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KG710 from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Nov 15, 2014
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