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Pin-up Porter | Southern Oregon Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Oregon Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
sobrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
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Reviews:
38
Ratings:
81
pDev:
12.67%
 
 
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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 38
Reviews by mattmaples:
Photo of mattmaples
4.62/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The S.O.B porter now ranks as one of my top three porters of all time. Think of it as a cross between a Baltic porter and the Fullers London Porter. What you get is a rich chocolaty porter with a nice roast, great body and an easy finish. Not as sweet as many Baltics and not near as hoppy as almost all of the Northwest porter. The draft I had was lower in carbonation but that only accentuated the smooth round body.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Reidrover
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber, Capital Market Salem. Nice looking deep dark brown ale with a huge and lovely frithy/creamy tight tan head. Aromas of roasted coffee type malts,dark 70% Cacoa choclate! Flavour as above but with some really nice peppery and fruity undertones. Palate I rather enjoyed, its not a thick chewy porter but more drinkable even light( not a bad thing) more in the English style than the American porters.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darkest nut brown with generous highlights of crimson and orange. The beer falls short of opacity, although that isn't a negative in a 5.5% porter. The golden khaki colored crown is all kinds of attractive. It's mousse-like, sinks exceptionally slowly, and is beginning to grace the glass with a thick blanket of finely pocked lace.

The nose could be bolder. It strikes me as part porter and part brown ale. To be fair, it's more the former than the latter. There's a whiff of cocoa and a small shot of coffee, alongside an earthy brown maltiness that is the reason for the above comparison.

S.O.B. Porter is decent beer, but it isn't a classic American porter and it isn't impressing me any more as the ounces begin to disappear. The brown ale-porter vibe still applies, thanks to an earthiness that one doesn't often taste in beer of this style. More roasted malt and less medium-dark malt (Carafa, caramel) would have tweaked things in the right direction.

The flavor profile includes light brown bread, weak cocoa, weak coffee, baked nuts and (oddly enough) a small splash of vanilla. Hops add no more than modest bitterness and flavor. I'm not sure why the brewers decided to use so many varities: German Magnum, Northern Brewer, Styrian Goldings, Perle and Mt. Hood.

The mouthfeel is acceptable enough given the style and the ABV. It's on the light side of medium and is gently bubbled. Perhaps too gently. A more expansive creaminess would have been more enjoyable.

Porter is of roughly the same quality as Pale Ale. Neither one was a waste of money, but since the Pacific Northwest is such a hotbed of craft brewing, it will probably be difficult for Southern Oregon to grow beyond the small, local brewery stage. Unless they step up their game, this is.

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Photo of HochFliegen
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a thick creamy tan colored head that dissipated into thin wispy streams floating around my pint glass.

The smell was strong with coffee and chocolate. There are hints of nutty and some hidden dark fruit scents as well.

Taste was slightly off from what I would expect from a porter, maybe there was just more going on in the flavor than I expected. There were definite coffee and chocolate notes and some nice bitter finish but there was also a bit more nuttiness than I would expect from a porter. Also a tad on the sweet side for me. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed it I just don't think it was on-style.

Mouthfeel was nice considering the lower ABV. I enjoyed the level of carbonation and over all thought it was nice.

Great beer, not exactly on style in my opinion but very good overall.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Predominantly sweet with integrated chocolate roast, brown malts, and light bittering. The aroma is roast cacao, the color is opaque brown. No head and irrelevant lace.

Though also brewed with lager yeast at ale temperature, SOB's porter has enough roasted character to surpass the limitations of its warm lager fermentation. It works well enough for drinking though the sullen lack of CO2 is disappointing.

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Photo of loren01
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours into traditional pint glass a dark black color, tan/white head with very slight lacing down the glass
S: Roasted malt, chocolate and slight hint of dark fruits
T: Much the same as smell, nice roasted dark malt flavor along with milk chocolate flavors. Nice earthy hop bitterness in the aftertaste
M: Medium bodied beer, carbonation is slightly on the high side
D: Good easy drinking porter, I would get this one again.

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Photo of chugamugofsud
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of GClarkage
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a bubbly, khaki-colored head.

Smell: Humble roasted malt nose with notes of unsweetened chocolate and coffee dosed with whole milk.

Taste: Ah, the sweet taste of roasted barley underscored by tastes of chocolate and café au lait. Fairly faint fruitiness. Earthy hop profile with a light bitterness. Minor puff of smoke. Roasty, bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fairly enjoyable, certainly easy drinking porter. Recommended, provided you're looking for an easy going porter.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Pours a pretty nice black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee notes. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, with a nice touch of chocolate/toffee note. Medium body, the finish has a very slight bitterness. Drinkable, a nice brew, glad to have gotten a chance to try it.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Oregon (SOB - get it?) has been popping up more frequently in Portland, both bottles and kegs. Today after work, had my first taste of the Porter, a pint on-tap at Clyde Common.

A: Coffee-brown darkness with an underwhelming head, a fraction of a finger, light tan. Drops quickly to a swirl of film; I watched the bartender pour other pints and noticed he pulled very slowly, aiming to minimize the head it appeared. Can't fault for a 1/2 oz. more of beer, but 'presentation' suffers a little. Only a modest cluster of lacy bits.

S: Fairly strong aroma of cocoa and lightly-roasted coffee. Pretty traditional 'porter' aroma of toasted malt sweetness.

T: More cocoa and slightly bitter chocolate, with a sweeter caramel finish. Balancing spice, not bad at all. Just not terribly exciting either.

M: Remarkably smooth, mellow. One of the easier sipping porters I recall, a 'melted chocolate' mouthfeel that hides a pleasingly tame carbonation.

D: Good. Overall an enjoyable, satisfying porter that I'd order again. Doesn't break the mold, but delivers with flavor and feel that are worthy of a recommendation, albeit not a glowing one.

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Photo of Hobbit
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of RJLarse
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bottle of Pin Up Porter in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours and opaque black color, with a thin bubbly off-white head.

Smell is a roasted gran aroma with some coffee notes along side.

The taste is a sweetened black coffee flavor up front, coffee with sugar no cream, followed by a sweet caramel and plum flavor, with a mild bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly cloying.

Over all a good porter, but not a great one.

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Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of flexabull
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a decent off white head.

Aromas are of chocolates, light coffee, and creamy light sugary malts.

Light chocolate flavors, dark sugars, creamy malts, dark toasted bread flavors as well. Nice crisp flavors on the finish and a general mineral hop note.

Mouthfeel is nice and full, but not overly heavy.

Drinkability is good. Nice overall solid Porter, I'd happily drink another. Well done S.O.B.

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Photo of ccrida
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my Duvel tulip, Southern Oregon Brewing Company's Porter is a dark, blackish cola color with a khaki head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is like toffee brownies, with a damp earthiness to it.

Taste is really nice, very much in-line with there description, I get a lactose/milk chocolate and iced coffee flavor, semi-sweet, with a light finish of camp fire at the end - it's more obvious from the first sip but quickly intermingles. The subtle integration of the rauch malt here reminds me of my conviction to never use peat malt in my homebrews ever again!!!! The more I drink it, the more I like it. Great porter for sure.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, it's got some viscosity, but definitely isn't too thick.

Drinkability is great, I was really loving this by the end. Exactly what I want in the style, the good price means this is a reasonable choice to session. My first from this brewery, a few years old but the first run of bottles I've seen up here, now I'm anxious to try the rest.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark brown almost black in color. Head is tan with moderate retention. Not seeing any lacing.

S - Roasted sweet malts with a bit of smokiness. Smells a little like beer jerky.

T - Lots of roasted grains with faint coffee. Still getting the smokiness as well. In the middle the hops pull through and continue to the finish.

M - A bit light but very soft. Silk and bubbles.

O - Not bad at all. A fine drinking porter. This one is a bit sweeter than most porters Ive had. I dig it.

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Photo of bitterthebetter
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep murky yet not quite opaque black with subtle dark brown hues and a light tan head

rich, malty, slighty smoky, slight mocha and light coffee

slight dry malt upfront followed by caramel, slight chocolate, faint chocolate, and a faint coffee finish with a touch of smoked malt at the end. slight bitter hops too, faint

medium to full bodied with a great malty profile with a lot of flavors transitioning to each other very nicely, not too dry or heavy, or sweet or bitter, just right

a delicious porter for 3.99. probably one of the best I've had in recent memory, and I just want to keep drinking more. It's got all the good flavors I like in a porter, but balanced extremely well with a very nice finish, slightly bitter to round it all off. I know I'll be buying another soon

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Photo of Magpie14
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a creamy mocha head sat atop a deep earthy brown body. I noticed the body hid brick red hues with orange shades that were evident during the pour. Just a few blobs of lace, not bad

S: I am convinced this a nut brow type ale by my initial whiff. chocolate toasted malts and grains with a barely noticeable stale coffee sniff

T: the coffee notes stand out a little more on the tongue, but not much and the same holds true for the chocolate as well. The chocolate notes are reminiscent of dry dutch cocoa powder. If anything the main base of the beer is a toasted malty earthiness that lends little room for coffee, nuttiness, and sweet sugars. As far as the label is concerned no real smokiness stands out...nor hops, for that matter

M: I am finding this porter to be rather drinkable. Although the flavor department is somewhat lacking, I find its mouthfeel mildly tingling and quite easy to drink. Nothing to brag about if you use the word "smooth"

D: I was handed this beer on a recommendation and would have, should have, chosen something else. Otherwise I would say an okay porter

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Photo of casapy
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of BrewnZ
2.17/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Tasted at Kaleidoscope Pizzeria & Pub on 10/20/08

A: Opaque deep brown with no head, thus no head retention

Smell: Now hop aroma, a very low chocolate, not quite roasty smell. No real yeast character either.

Taste: This beer started out fine, but then finished way to cloying and sticky. Clean and smooth malt flavor of chocolate, then bitter chocolate with little - no hop flavor and low bitterness that leaves a cloying sweet finish - almost root beer like. Lacks some of the roastiness and hop bitterness I expect from a porter. Just not balanced, unattenuated or other fermentation flaws.

Drinkability: Low, I made it through my pint but did not order another.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The porter from Southern Oregon poured a dark brown close to black. Tiny foam head with a few snowflakes of lacing.

The aroma was pretty subdued with a hint of coffee smells coming to the nose. The taste was clean crisp and you do get a hint of chocolate and coffee on the tongue. It is well carbonated and definitely a session beer. Good mild bitterness on the finish of the beer. Middle of the road for porters, nothing complex happening here. At 5.5 abv you could probably down quite a few of these.

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Photo of Spikester
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with some ruby highlights. One finger tan head with good lacings. Cocoa coffee aroma. Tastes bittersweet chocolate, some coffee, and a perfect malt compliment. Silky on the tongue and the carbonation is just enough. Drinkability is very good at 5.5% abv. Light bitter finish. Great first beer from Southern Oregon Brewing!

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Photo of bcsbeer
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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Pin-up Porter from Southern Oregon Brewing Company
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