Yuengling Dark Brewed Porter
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Yuengling Dark Brewed PorterYuengling Dark Brewed Porter
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American Porter
Ranked #1,138
Ranked #46,253
3.4 | pDev: 16.18%
Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
Yuengling Dark Brewed PorterYuengling Dark Brewed Porter
Notes: Yuengling Dark Brewed Porter is an original specialty beer that has been brewed expressly for tavern owners and family trade since 1829. We are proud to be recognized as one of the largest porter producers in the US. An authentic craft-style beer, our Porter calls for a generous portion of caramel and dark roasted malts, which deliver a rich full-bodied flavor and creamy taste with slight tones of chocolate evident in every sip. It pours dark, topped with a thick foamy head, and imparts a faint malty aroma. This smooth and robust Porter has a unique character that complements any meal from steak or seafood to chocolate desserts. Yuengling Dark Brewed Porter is enjoyed by even the most discerning consumer for its flawless taste and unwavering quality.
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Photo of jrc1093
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle reads '19 093 31' (presumably bottled 4/3/19)

Pours a pitch brown body with mahogany/ruby highlights and just over a finger of khaki head, which recedes quickly to a foamy collar, paper-thin cap, and a spread of dense, splotchy lacing along the walls of the glass.

Aroma opens with a moderate malty roast, providing the foundation for a mild underlying sweetness; touches of cola, vanilla, bakers chocolate, and the vaguest impressions of ground coffee are all present, if only in milder form.

Taste brings out a dry roast coursing through the profile; cocoa and a touch of coffee develop along a balanced mid-palate; a tinge metallic before fresh dark chocolate flutters through the finish.

Mouthfeel features a light body with medium-low carbonation; slight char along the mid-palate showcases a more mild roasty bitterness; gets progressively thinner into an almost watery finish, saved by a touch of malty heft.

Delivers an expectedly light and inoffensive profile propped by a steady, approachable body; roasty, easy-drinking, and straightforward. A very sessionable, in not very memorable, porter from Yuengling.

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Photo of crazyspicychef
4.79/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

In my opinion this is Yuenglings best offering.
What I enjoy the most is its drinkability. It is not loaded up on malt & hops as most micros tend to do.
Very dark liquid,quick thin beige head, toasty aroma, everything you always wanted in a beer, and more. Definitely try on tap if possible. Hard to find outside of Pa on draught. Buy a keg.

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Photo of SirStoudt
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love this Porter. It is an excellent beer. It has a pleasant color, decent carbonation and a very nice taste. Not too heavy so you can have more than 1

My only regret is that taverns in the PA and NJ areas don't have this on tap. I enjoy this beer with most suppers. Great American made beer.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.36/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a custom taster pint; no production information.
A: Pours a crystal clear dark brown color with ruby red highlights, a less than one finger, tan head, rim retention, and limited lacing.
S: Aromas of sweetened coffee, cocoa, vanilla, orange and lemon zest, and beaucoup Irish whiskey.
T: Semidry. Flavor a melange of the aromas with strong bitterness banishing most of the sweetness.
M: Light to medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.
O: A delicious and very versatile Porter. Nicely constructed. My go-to Porter.

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Photo of Bito24
4.09/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For the price stands tall with the traditional porters. Seriously, it’s porter. Come on. When was the last time you went into a saloon and said give me your porter. Like never! So this one is good. Buy it if porter is your thing!

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Photo of mynie
4.15/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours like a porter: dark red, nearly opaque, with a fairly large and retentive brown head.

Smells better than you might expect, considering the beer's middling reputation. Chocolate and caramel malt, lighly charred, mostly sweet but with a bit of bitterness to balance things out. Nothing fancy, but well done.

Tastes... surprisingly good. I don't want to like this as much as I do. It's not as American-tasting as other staple porters, like Sierra Nevada. But it's honest to god a somewhat close approximation of an English version of the style. Biscuity start, more char and chocolate in the middle. Always balanced, never overpowering. The finish is lightly sweet with some light bittersour hops on the aftertaste.

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Photo of jkblr
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled November 2018 (3 months ago) poured into a bow tie glass at fridge temp, no ABV listed. The beer pours medium brown in color with ruby highlights and mocha colored head. The head recedes to a thin island of tiny bubbles and a pencil thin ring. The aroma is dark roasted malt, medium roasted coffee and cocoa powder. The taste is offers a minimal roasty bitterness with a drying mildly bitter cocoa powder finish. There is a slight vegetable flavor mid palate that leads me to think corn or another adjunct was used in a small part of the mash. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied and has medium high carbonation. Overall, good. This is not a beer to savor, but is certainly flavorful enough to accompany a meal or conversation.

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Photo of JW_Esquire
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I’m a huge Yuengling fan, the traditional and Pilsner are my go to beers to keep in the fridge. Finally found the porter and had to try it. While it’s not bursting with complex flavors and nothing to write home about, it’s still a solid and highly sessionable porter. Goes great with a hot supper. I did notice that the flavors seem more pronounced at a colder temperature than I generally drink my porters. But the similarity to the lager and the light body makes it great for more frequent drinking and dinner parties. Been drinking out of a pint glass poured from a 12 oz bottle, and the slight coffee notes with sweet finish is delectable. When drank just under room temp though it just tastes like a darker version of the lager. Not a deal breaker for me though as Yuengling is the only non-craft brew that I buy. Cheers!

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.64/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L-The beer pours a glossy dark brown, almost black. The head is a modest one finger of tan foam which recedes to a thin film. Lacing is sporadic.
S-Nose is chocolate and a hint of coffee. Minimal in the roast aspect.
T-Flavor is light coffee heavily flavored with cream. Slightly sweet after taste which finishes with a chocolatey linger.
F-Mouthfeel is on the lighter side for the style. Carbonation is on the lighter side of medium.
O-The beer does what you would expect for a mass produced product. It is inoffensive and will appeal to large group of drinkers with its slight sweetness. I'd have no problem drinking it again if the mood strikes me.

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Photo of Liquorsmurf
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Tastes to similar to the regilar lager. Jist a tad darker. Would i buy it again, no. Would i pass up a free one no. Otsnalmost too ligjt to be a porter. But as always great price

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank beer straight from a 12oz bottle. I really enjoy the light flavor of Black and Tan, and now I can see the 'black' so to say. Scent is light, mostly roasted malt and a little coffee detected. Beer has a very familiar Yuengling feel-- same malt profile, light feel and even taste thru the mouthful.

The best way to describe it is to call it a 'Porter lager'-- has all the taste of a Porter, and is still light as a Lager. This is my first time encountering this beer, and the price at $6.89 a 6pack is a good value as are all Yuengling beers. People who like Michelob Amberbock, or other lighter dark beers might really enjoy this. Not a bad beer, and it's light feel makes drinking a few of these seem very easy.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty straightforward, no-frills porter. Not exactly bursting with flavor but you get all of the classic flavors and it is still light enough you can have a few

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Photo of JimboBrews54
5/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thin head Not much film on glass Really dark brown in color. Thin and smooth. Taste the malt and no taste really lingers. Just above average For the style.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: appears opaque, but when held to a light, it's crystal clear and dark brown with ruby highlights; a 1 finger light brown head that receded to a wispy cap; little lacing;

S: sweet malt and milk chocolate;

T: follows the nose through the middle; deeply roasted grain comes in and fades quickly; finish is quite sweet;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: too sweet for my taste;

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Photo of ordybill
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark brown with a small tan head. The aroma is mild malt. The taste is malt and some cocoa.

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Photo of thirstykrout
4.54/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

this is my goto beer they sell it everywhere even did a trip to the brewery missed the tour just wandered around bought a case there was a great time and great beer a very old school town lots of very old building's

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Solid black,medium carbonation and slightly thin body. Aroma is a little weak but malt,roasted malt,cocoa,and something that resembles wood. I don't know what it is but it seems to have all the right ingredients so to speak but it's a little weak. There's a pleasant cocoa taste in the finish that lingers gets for a while. There is something off about it overall,leaves an acid artifical taste in the mouth that's hard to describe

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Photo of Kemblain
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

L: So dark that it is opaque. Tan two finger head that did not last.
S: Roast malts and caramel, but weakly.
T: Creamy, roasted malt, hints of caramel and chocolate in the finish. Overall, the flavors are timid and leaves you unfulfilled.
F: Too light. No Carbonation.
O: Acceptable as an introduction to porters, leaves me wanting something with more bold flavors and a heavier feel.

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Photo of JoeSmuckatelli
5/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my go to beer year round.
I enjoy one or two every evening.
I have tried Porter beers from around the world. But, this Yuengling Porter is my all time favorite.
I enjoy drinking it very cold.
The taste satisfies me. Very refreshing, with a good mouth feel.
I cannot recommend this Brand, Yuengling Porter enough.
Nice mellow malt flavor, not harsh, not overwhelming, no strange after taste.
I highly recommend this American Made beer. Try it.

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Photo of jonervin26
4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my favorite Yuengling brew. A dang good porter. Very flavorful with lots of dark malts. I love it. It is probably my favorite cold weather beer.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yuengling Porter has a thin, beige head, a very dark brown (with ruby highlights) appearance, and minimal glass lacing. The aroma is of cream, dark-roasted, but not burnt, malts, and brown sugar. Taste is of bread crust, an acrid note, some char, peat, and cream. Hop bitterness is low. Mouthfeel is medium, and Yuengling Porter finishes mostly dry.


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Photo of Trailboss76
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours so dark brown, it's darker than the brown bottle it comes in. Nearly impenetrable by light. Not much head. Not much aroma either but what little is there is nice - sort of caramel-y. A sip is initially smooth with a little fizzy edge at the end. Pleasant drinker on its own and also works well with a bar snack. After a few drinks, there is a slight yeasty aroma.

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Photo of Kazmodaeus
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A training-wheels porter for those expanding beyond Bud light into the world of beers.

L: Dark. Decent head. Nothing spectacular, but indicative of the fact you are about to drink a beer with a bit of something to it.

S: A bit dark, a bit of noticable malt, a bit of roast. Light for a porter, but again, this is not a proter for people who appreciate beers - it is a gateway beer.

T: More than a lager. Something a person new to the actual world of beer might have a bit of a discussion about, Not offensive even to Coor's drinkers - just not that dark oand porter-y. Fools the eye, justifies the illusion with a bit of nose and tongue trickery. Good for what it is - an introduction to hinger malt, more flavorful beers. I still keep some in my fridge for the times I need to expand a horizon or two.

F: Not very porter-like. Thinner, less like a meal, more like a drink. Still heavier than the traditional mass produced lager. And at least it is brewed with dark malts, not just carmel colored at the end.

O: Again, because it fits the necessary niche so well, and because of the history and consistency of the brewery, a solid 4.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. "Yuengling Porter"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, production coded but without freshness dating
$1.83 @ Javies Beverage, Philadelphia, PA

One of the very first beers that I ever drank was Yuengling's Dark Brewed Porter. The "dark brewed' part refers to the fact that it was actually made with dark malts rather than just having caramel coloring added to a regular beer which was common in the 1960's and 70's. It has the typical porter appearance with a brown-black body and fizzy tan head, and it's clear, revealing a dark mahogany highlight at the base of the glass when you raise it to the light. The aroma is decidedly caramelish, and a touch cereal-like. It expresses golden caramel, medium caramel, darker almost-burnt-sugar caramel, processed breakfast cereal similar to Cheerio's, and even a light bit of milk chocolate. I think there's even a hint of Ovaltine to it. The flavor then follows, and it's smooth and mild with a median bitterness to balance it and bring it to a drying finish. The caramel flavors are there but there's very little roastiness, just a suggestion of it, that gives it an edge; and there are some leafy and grassy hop notes but they're limited as well. In terms of modern day American porters it falls behind, but years ago it was at the head of its class; and honestly, I'd hate to lose it - every brewer can make the porter that's so common right now, but none of those brewers could/would make this. I'd never be able to sum up the number of pints of this I've enjoyed, although I also quite often had it mixed with Bass ale as a half 'n' half at the Khyber Pass Pub in Philadelphia before Yuengling started producing their own "Black and Tan". Maybe I'm a little biased but I think it's pretty good.

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Presentation: 12 oz bottle with no freshness date poured into a pint glass.

Look: Dark brown in color with a 0.5 finger head. No head retention.

Smell: Malts and dark fruits.

Taste: Malts, a little charred wood, some dark fruit, and finishing with light alcohol. Tied together with a slight bitterness that runs throughout.

Feel: Medium mouthfeel with light carbonation.

Overall: An OK porter.

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Yuengling Dark Brewed Porter from Yuengling Brewery
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