Porter | Eel River Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Certified Organic

Added by Reidrover on 07-12-2003

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Photo of watermelonman
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a dark brown with hints of red. The head is small and lace is minor.

The smell is has a good mix of roasted malts and chocolate flavors. The taste starts with some dark malts and finishes with chocolate and a mild bitterness. The mouthfeel is somewhat light but still nice. Drinkability is very good.

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Photo of Enola
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is very dark brown with a smell head. The smell is caramel like. There is a huge oatmeal taste. A light hint of chocalate as well. The mouthfeel is fair with a slight aftertaste. The drinkability is good. Slightly above average for the style.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.31/5  rDev +21.1%
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 clickpush
4.45/5  rDev +25%
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 Jredner
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strong chocolate and coffee aroma. Deep brown to black in color with a small finger thick, but firm mocha head. Nice level of roastiness...coffee, burnt black chocolate and esspresso grounds work together from fore to finish. More than I expected from this flavor wise.

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Photo of charlottebeerguy
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served from a 12 oz brown bottle
Poured into a tulip glass

Beer appears to pour an even black color, but after looking into the light this beers is deep ruby. A nice light tan 1/2 inch head forms, then settles down.

smells of burnt malts almost like toast, with some slight chocolate undertones.

Taste is much better than expected sweet malts dunked in coffee.
even tastes like they added the cream. No noticable hops on the pallate. Man I could drink this stuff for breakfast.

Smoothe mouthfeel upfront and an even bitterness on the finish.

Like I said you could drink this for breakfast, goes to show you cant judge a book by its cover. -will drink again-

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Photo of Bcant
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with red hue toped by a creamy head of small bubbles. The, color, however, is pale and transparent for a porter. The nose is mostly sweet and sips begin that way but finish more balanced with some refreshing dryness. Round and velvety in the mouth and drinkable but not unsusally so. Might complement a slice of cheese cake if you wanted a drink that complemented but did not contribute to the richness of your desert.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark amber - black until you put some light behind it - with a thin, light tan head. Foam dissipates pretty quickly to a light ring, no real lacing to speak of.

Smell is nice and malty - plenty of grain / bread notes and a bit of treacle as well. Hop oils are present but very light.

Taste is good but nothing really special. Plenty of caramel tones, some light bitter coffee roasted flavors. This comes across as a light bodied stout more than anything. Not quite enough hopping or roasted bitterness to finish the sip so it stays a bit on the sweet side.

Carbonation is a bit on the low side (as the head indicated) and it does leave a by-the-style oily residue after each sip. Not enough bittering to yield a pleasant finish and not enough carbonation to clear the palate.

An okay porter - certainly not horrid by any means but there are plenty of better porters available. This is quite "middle of the pack"

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Photo of woemad
2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $1.39

Poured a dark brown with reddish highlights. Medium sized tan head. Not much lace.

Smelled mildly roasty, with a brown sugary sweetness that’s a little too sweet IMHO.

Taste was mildly sweet, with a very slightly roasty bitterness. It doesn’t taste bad, but it’s a rather boring porter.

This is a little bit thin and watery for a porter.

Not a horrible beer, just not sufficiently porter-ish for me. Reminds me more of a brown ale with a little bit of added roastiness.

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Photo of Gusler
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
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 fretlessman71
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: Thanks to chazwicke for providing this one for me.

This is the second organic porter I’ve ever had, and the first one was decent only. Here’s hoping that organic beer isn’t permanently cursed…

APPEARANCE: Dark root beer brown with a HUGE head that looks like a cinnamon milkshake. Didn’t even get the whole beer in the glass! Nice rings as the head settles. Light lacing.

AROMA: Strong roasted malt dominates. Bitter chocolate and faint coffee grounds, some dark fruit as well. Alcohol comes through as the beer warms.

FLAVOR: Espresso and caramel with a mild astringency. Just a touch of burnt malt. Good hop flavor; well balanced. Finish is medium sweet and invites you to take another sip, but I’m not sure if that’s because you want to wash the stickyness down or not. Not the cleanest finish in the world.

MOUTHFEEL: Just over medium weight, slightly sticky in the back of the throat but otherwise nice.

DRINKABILITY: Pretty good; I could have a few of these, and at 5.5% ABV I’d survive.

OVERALL COMMENTS: Eel River has changed the way I view organic brew. This was very nice, and proof that a porter doesn’t have to be jet black (impressive as that quality is) to be a really nice beer. Sometimes when you get the organic version of something you’ve been consuming for awhile, you realize that there are color and flavor differences between them, and you’re not prepared for the “real thing”. This certainly wasn’t the case, and since beers were most likely “organic” 200 years ago, you might be able to make a case that this is what some porters tasted like back in the day.

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Photo of rastaman
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tap@Eel river. Not too shabby. Toasted malt, caramel and nuts, some roast. Decent length of flavour. Another decent effort from these guys, their Amber, blonde amd extra pale aside, these guys have some pretty solid stuff, pretty odd location for a brewpub though.

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Photo of schrist275
4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
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 merlin48
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the second Eel River brew I've sampled. This one pours a deep brown, opaque, body that is a clear, mahogany with garnet hues when held to light. The head is longlasting, beige, and persistent at one finger in height. Patch and sheet lacing adorn the glass.
Aroma is restrained, with softer notes of dark chocolate and coffee roastiness, that become more bitter toward the middle. Hops have a solid presence as well, with black pepper more prominent than citrus rind. This has a well balanced finish, and comes off as an impressive, American porter. There is a freshness about all the ingredients that is amazing, considering the journey it made from northern California. This is a good one!

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The brew looks the part. It is an opaque chestnut brown with gothic lace, a modest head, and a lean body. It delivers a nice toasty aroma with a smoky, almost carbonized taste. The finish is just a touch abrasive, but this is otherwise a very satisfying porter and organic at that.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.37/5  rDev +22.8%
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 Reidrover
4.13/5  rDev +16%
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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