Porter | Eel River Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Eel River Brewing Co.
California, United States
eelriverbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Certified Organic

Added by Reidrover on 07-12-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
263
Reviews:
169
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
13.45%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Photo of berkeleymaw
5/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer. My wife and I even made a 3 hour road trip to their brewery just so I could fill my growler.

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Photo of Fezfreak
4.77/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

All of us love a beer with a good head on it. And granted, Eel River Organic Porter does not give good....well, you know where I'm going. Many folks complain about this beer's authenticity.

But when it comes to beer, sometimes looks CAN fool you. I thought this beer looked, smelled, tasted (including mouthfeel) just terrific. A nice, dark roasted malt backbone against chocolaty flavor notes, balanced by medium hoppiness.

I believe any defects in head retention must have something to do with their bottling process, if not something else entirely unrelated. I dig it, folks.

I am fairly certain that in the past I have had at least one of these retain the head and lace down the glass in "proper" fashion. AND, I have managed a couple of good pours out if this sixer in my fridge. The trick was to "upright the glass" sooner than you normally would. Doing this will serve to illustrate the potential this brew has.

As I write this, I have indeed watched that beautiful head shrivel to nothing. But the carbonation is still there, as are the taste and smell. I keep visualizing what Michael Jackson's perspective would be, and so I'm going with that.

If not the best example of the porter style, it is certainly, another example of what a porter CAN be. And that is what makes this a beer that is worthy of production - as well as enjoyment.

Sorry beer geeks!

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Photo of gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of Sir_Goatman
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of MaddDogg84
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of clickpush
4.45/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour: 12 oz bottle to wide mouth chalice. A beautiful ruby brown body with a finger of tan head on top. The head's extremely fizzy and the beer is loaded with carbonation bubbles which create an audible fizz sound when they reach the top. The head goes down quickly but leaves nice lacings.

Nose: Very strong caramel, dark chocolate, fruity sweet malts like darker fruits, plumbs.

Mouth: Enters with creamy soft carbonation. Dark roast coffee flavors with an acidic feeling sweetness that's often accompanied by an astringent taste but this one luckily doesn't have. Has a good swallow with a touch of bitterness and TONS of smoky flavors, like a barbeque in my mouth!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.37/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A clear mahogany body with a tawny cast reveals some brilliant ruby highlights when held to the light. Its short tan head drops readily; but it maintains a solid surface covering and leaves some short-lived lace throughtout most of the glass. Dryish, highly-kilned but not-quite-roasted malts appear in the nose with notes of lightly sweetened cocoa and bittersweet dark chocolate. The body is light/medium and it's exceptionally smooth across the palate with a very fine and moderate carbonation. The flavor delivers the same dryish cocoa and chocolate found in the nose although it is a touch sweeter, and there is a short, but very nice, note of rich German chocolate cake in the finish. It's really nicely balanced with a gently drying bitterness that lays just beneath the surface and accentuates the delicate dark malt character. The aftertaste lingers with a long-lasting mocha character that includes not only chocolate and coffee, but a mild note of dark roasted acidity as well. Very nice! It's very English in that it's light bodied, softly carbonated and full of flavor without becoming overwhelming. Exceptionally drinkable!

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Photo of drpimento
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the easiest drinking beers ah eber did hav. Poured with a nice foamy, frothy, off white to light tan head and good lace. Aroma is straightforward and so easy. And good. Great body and carbonation. Not too deep or anything. Jus good beer. And finish.

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Photo of mytireisfat
4.32/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Came in a 22 oz bomber. Bottle had no best by date. It also lets you know its Organic about 5 different times on the bottle and cap. in case i guess you have your doubts. Ingredients: Water, Organic malted barley, Organic hops, Yeast.

A: Little head, which was a brown color head. dissipates quick also. little lacing. Brew was a dark brown color.

S: Lots of Coffee and roasted malts there. and i was picking up a bit of a sour smell too.

T: Strong coffee, and roasted malt. didn't get much else out of it.

M: Medium body. High carbonation.

D: Easy to drink, great organic beer. ill buy again!

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Photo of schrist275
4.32/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark and thick into my glass and shares a light tan thick head with me. Head is long lasting and very tight, nice. As I lean into smell I get dark chocolate with a hint of sweet milk. Reminds me of Cocoa powder left in th pouch. First to roll across the tongue is smooth, creamy smooth with a dark chocolate robust flavor that tapers into a coffee aftertaste.. wow..flavor and aftertaste try hard to fill the mouth but was only able to get 3/4's. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.31/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to enola for the bottle.
Dark brown with a huge 3 finger creamy tan head. Finally recedes to a 1/2" or so and maintains it's integrity.
Not much in the nose. Coffee and maybe a hint of lactose.
Mmmmm! This is delicious. What a pleasent suprise! Chocolate, Caramel, coffee. Very dry and lasting aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is very rich and creamy.
This is an excellent beer. Now only if I could find me some more.

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Photo of Steve78
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dovers
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of ckollias
4.25/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a black color with a 3" fluffy and merangue-like head that lasted for several minutes. Thick lacing paints the glass.

Smell: nice full aromas of dark chocolates and some malt sweetness.

Taste: roasted malts, dark chocolates, hints of coffee, molasses, and bits of vanilla are most noticeable. A nice floral bitterness brings the sweetness into check. Flavorful and just enough toasted flavors to make this very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Smooth from start to finish. The flavors linger softly on the tongue into the aftertaste.

Drinkability: a tasty porter that is better than most other organic beers on the market. Easy to quaff and worth a try.

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Photo of mountdew1
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a dark coffee/cola color, with a light brown head. Head was foamy, but thin. Aroma was a slightly burnt mocha with a small bit of dark chocolate. Taste was burnt, very slightly oily. Brown sugar and cocoa sweet, with a bit of cola in the back end. A smidgen thin in the mouth, but not bad. Pleasant to drink, we down very well.

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Photo of stevepat
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a 12 oz bottle into an widemout mason jar. Pours a very dark copper, clarity comes through when held up to the light. Nice head with a beige color that leaves a nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The smell is pleasantly malty, sweet and roasty. Taste is rich and roasty, hints of roasted nuts balanced by a mild bitterness. This beer hints and the thick and heavy stouts but plays lightly on the tongue. The maltiness of the front end is cleaned up nicely by the crisp back end. I never know what to expect from a porter, some seem like light stouts and others like brown ales. This one definitely drinks like a crisp brown. I tend towards the heavier when drinking dark beers but this is a very pleasantly crisp beer.

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Photo of Gusler
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer after it release from the 12-ounce bottle set in the glass a clear brown as viewed by a soft white bulb, the is portly in size, a winsome light tan in color and the texture somewhat creamy, as it slowly fades away the residual lace forms a surrounding skirt upon the glass. Nose is sweet with a nice hint of lightly toasted grain, caramel, fresh and appealing to both the eye and the nose, start is lightly sweet with a delectable grain profile and the top light to moderate in feel. Finish has a purposeful acidity and the hops delightful in their spiciness, quite dry aftertaste with a nice drinking beer that left me quite satisfied.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 22ox bomber into a pink glass with a half inch cream head and a nice deep amber color. smells like white tictacs, this sort of marshmallowy luster and sweet chocolate malts. taste is awesome, and new for a porter. honestly just like golden toasted marshmallows, with just a touch of woody smoke. real creamy mouthfeel compared to the look, a fluffy but textured medium body that goes down light and has a magnificent aftertaste. the longer this one sits the more i like it. will drink more eel river, what else do they make?

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.14/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice american porter, looks, smells and tastes according to style, easy to drink and enjoyable. Organic characteristic of this beer makes it very expensive in Mexico.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at my local health food style store.
Comes ina 12 oz brown short neck..with two burly guys carrying a big cask on the label.
Very attractive looking porter here..itsa lovelly mahogany dark brown with a massive creamy tan head..that sticks around till the cows come home..very well done.
nice fresh aroma..the chocolate is obvious..very appetizing.
Nice refreshing taste for a porter..a sting of sweet malt followed by long drawn out coffee/mocha taste..then a tinge of bitterness to finish off..very nice.
feels real nice on the palte not too watery.
a most excellent porter..very drinkable good beer.

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Photo of Inflames
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So does organic make a difference? Yes and No. Yes because some will appreciate your effort and reward you by drinking your beverage. No because the beer is still the same flavor as non-organic. I like this brew because it is true to it's style with a little variance in the flavor. The color is a deep brown almost black. Aroma is is semi sweet bitter chocolate, coffee. It is light in weight but lingers long enough to get the full flavor. Tasty coffee flavored porter with a slight bitter from the hops. Very enjoyable especailly in this climate.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.11/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, clean dark brown with a big rich light brown head, looks very enticing. The aroma is weak but still a very nice roasted chocolaty maltiness to it.

The taste comes through similar to the aroma with a nice roasted chocolaty malt taste, but the taste has more to it than the aroma does, very pleasing, after an initial weak nose I was afraid it was going to be lacking in taste but it redeems itself nicely, even leaves a light chocolaty dry aftertaste.

I think it would be quite easy to knock back a 6'er of these.

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Porter from Eel River Brewing Co.
3.57 out of 5 based on 263 ratings.
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