Yuengling Dark Brewed Porter | Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Dark Brewed PorterYuengling Dark Brewed Porter
Yuengling Dark Brewed PorterYuengling Dark Brewed Porter

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Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 417 | Ratings: 1,083
Photo of jkblr
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
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 -2.1%
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 +7.7%
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 +4.4%
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 +12.7%
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 +13%
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 +47.9%
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%
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 +10.9%
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 +34.3%
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 -3.3%
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 -7.4%
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 +47.9%
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 +24.3%
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 +33.1%
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 +19.2%
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 -5.3%
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 +6.2%
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 -1.8%
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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Photo of schoolboy
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't know what possessed me to buy this, but it gets a taste. It looks nice and dark with a nice little uniform head. The aroma is mild . The taste is a funky malty taste. This would be cool in an update, or mixed with a fresh hopped, modern ale.

I would not recommend this.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.81/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with off-white almost tan head. Coffee, nuts, and roast on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with more roasted notes than anything else, a little cocoa sneaks in too.

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Photo of papaglide
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

L- so inviting, so rich , so dark, but such a fastly dissipating tan head.

S- roasted, burnt, slight sweet, and deliciously malty

T- ok, so now proverbial crackers hit the fan. The build up with an awesome sight and tasty smell is now somewhat jeopardized by flavor. The lovely chocolate nose isn't really present in the taste. There is a nice roasted taste with a nice, sharp hoppiness cutting thru. Maybe some chocolate is in there? There is a lot on the surface but nothing really substantial underneath the bells and whistles

F- this is where the beer fails me, it seems too carbonated. The mouthfeel is bubbly and fizzy and leaves a film in my mouth

O- not a bad beer but it doesn't stand up to the nose and presentation. Would I buy it again? Sure, but now that I know what to expect, I won't be disappointed.

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Photo of plumberman63
2.68/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Nice dark beer with a good porter like aroma. Taste doesn't hold up to aroma it ok and drinkable but has a weird melted plastic flavor to start. will finish 6 pack but wouldn't go out of way to get again. Better than Black and tan.

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look- Very basic appearance for a porter. Pure black with some red tint and transparency at the bottom of the glass with a one finger head.

Smell- Not much to speak of, some maltiness.

Taste- Compared to high end craft porters, this isn't the best. However, for what it is, it definitely packs some great porter flavor for the excellent pricing and availability depending on your location. Slight roasted malts, and that characteristic Yuengling flavor that makes it stand out.

Feel- Kinda watery, but honestly that's to be expected. Medium/high carbonation.

Overall- While I'm not giving this the best rating, I do love this beer for what it is, a porter that I can get for a dollar a bottle at any of the liquor stores around me. This might be a good gateway beer for some, because it lacks the strong kick of most craft porters that drive newcomers away.

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Photo of Gwynedd
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This is a plain, yet drinkable porter with slightly more crispness when well-chilled. Like many of Yuengling's dark beers, it's less heavy than you'd expect and it's not distinguished by anything extraordinary, yet it's very drinkable.

Pours dark, nice creamy head, somewhat carbonated. Not much in the way of notes like toffee--just slightly coffee, hops are earthy but crisp. Finish is clean. Oddly, it's kind of "more-ish"--despite being rather plain, it's very pleasant. For the price and availability, it's a very good choice if you want a dark beer for casual sipping. I'd buy it again because I don't have to struggle to find it, and when I want a porter, there it is. Don't expect excitement yet expect a solid glass, well-brewed.

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