Dark Brewed Porter
Yuengling Brewery

Dark Brewed PorterDark Brewed Porter
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From:
Yuengling Brewery
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
American Porter
Ranked #499
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
77
Ranked #29,216
Avg:
3.39 | pDev: 16.22%
Reviews:
435
Ratings:
681
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 01, 2022
Added:
Dec 03, 2001
Wants:
  44
Gots:
  162
SCORE
77
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Dark Brewed PorterDark 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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Reviewed by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle
Bottle Date: ???
Glassware: 12-oz nonic pint glass
Temp at Pour: mid to upper 40's F


Look:
Very dark brown bordering on black. Huge 2-3 finger creamy tan head that dissipates to a consistent cover. This cover lasts through some drinking, but it does then begin to break up. Lacing is OK.

Smell:
Light scents of over-toasted dark bread and some mildly roasted grains, including roasted corn. Hints of bakers chocolate.

Taste:
Very similar to the nose. Mild inoffensive light roast and toasted bread with some baker's chocolate. Also some cola. No bitterness can be detected other than the roast.

Feel:
Smooth and creamy. Body is a bit thin, especially for a porter.

Overall:
A simple but tasty and very easy-drinking beer. The lighter body means that this is not just a cold-weather beer. I have had this many, many times; it was the 1st non-yellow-fizzy beer that I ever drank and was an early favorite. I come back to it now and again for nostalgia and a nice change of pace. It isn't the best porter that you'll ever have and it won't knock your socks off. But that's not what it's about. It's simple, quaffable, and tasty. And it's under $2 a bottle. (I paid $1.50 plus tax for this particular bottle)

This is my favorite beer that is brewed by Yuengling and has been for many a year.
(I haven't had Yuengling's Hershey Chocolate Porter as of yet)
May 01, 2022
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Reviewed by Joshhardigan from Florida

2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75
Out of the bottle, this certainly looks the part, dark with ruby glints, some color to the head.

On the nose: malt, a bit of sweetness. The head vanishes rather quickly, like a freshly poured Pepsi, leaving no remains. Not a good sign...

Tastes more "porter-like" than "porter". No depth or richness, far more hoppy than any English porter, but the hops level fits the idea of "American Porter" well. Mouthfeel is exactly the same as their lager, or any megabrewery lager. Disappointing. Thin. The hops finish kills any of the malt semi-sweetness you get in a good English porter, and the lack of body doesn't inspire repeated pours. Since Anchor Porter is almost as easily available locally, this falls by the wayside, even as a cheap sixer, and the Anchor is a fine American interpretation of porter, and a worthwhile American beer.

Overall, I guarantee your local convenience or grocery store has something more worthwhile than this on the shelves, one of those widget cans of Bass or Tetley's would do the trick, and be closer to the idea of "porter" than this...or just stock up on Taddy Porter if you want the real thing.
Jan 11, 2022
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Reviewed by 2market from Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
This was the go-to porter before the craft beer revolution. It was always a favorite of mine. However there are so many better options now. Still, a solid porter…
Dec 29, 2021
 
Rated: 3.6 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 29, 2021
 
Rated: 4.57 by irishevans from California

Nov 16, 2021
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Reviewed by Peach63 from New York

3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours mahogany with a 1/2" tan head, which dissipates. Light lacing.

Aroma is a bit muted: Light roastiness, caramel.

Taste is caramel, light roast malt, slight astringency.

Thin bodied, light carbonation. Dry finish.

Thin bodied for a porter, but for the price, decent.
Aug 31, 2021
 
Rated: 3.26 by Fallen232 from Pennsylvania

Apr 09, 2021
 
Rated: 3.19 by Mustela_Man from California

Mar 01, 2021
 
Rated: 3.58 by Chipwells from Georgia

Feb 01, 2021
 
Rated: 3.27 by D-man20 from Pennsylvania

Jan 26, 2021
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Reviewed by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

3.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
From a 12oz bottle into a pint glass dated the 260th day of 2020 (mid September-ish)

Pours opaque black with about one and a half fingers of tan head. Pretty poor retention and very little lacing.

Smells of some smoky/roasty malts with a hint of bakers chocolate that devolves into a more lagerish smell. I even thought I picked up some cola.

Tastes of a bit of smoke and still picking up some cola.

Mouthfeel is thin and over-carbonated. Slight smoky aftertaste.

Overall, I haven't had a ton of porters, but this one doesn't seem to hit the mark.
Dec 02, 2020
 
Rated: 3 by T66tah from Pennsylvania

Nov 24, 2020
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Reviewed by ChuckDardenne from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
I bought this beer to compare it with Yuengling's special batch Hershey's Porter. I like this better. Nice rich dark opaque color. The head is a deep tan that will dissapate after a few minutes. I'm not smelling too much. A carmel depth. Not sweet, Certainly not bitter. A nice pleasent mouth feel, Smooth. A nice beer for the colder months.
Oct 26, 2020
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Rated by Greg_ehr from New York

4.18/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Love the chocolate taste in each sip.
Oct 21, 2020
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Reviewed by JRybacki from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 12oz bottle. I have been resetting my palate these days and drinking simple beers like the ones offered from Yeungling, as they offer a glimpse into what a good, simple beer can be.
The head had to be coaxed into the glass and quickly dissipated within minutes, but with some moderate lacing left on the glass. Color is an opaque brown creating a bit of tasty mystery before quaffing. The aroma is mild, but you can pick up the hints of chocolate that are about to tantalize your taste buds. The mouth feel is simple, very slightly bitter, but also creamy smooth on the back end. This makes for a very drinkable porter. The taste is simple, with chocolatey, roasty notes coming through the entire time, with nothing else getting in the way. Overall, this is a simple, time-tested porter that shows you what a porter can be before adding all kinds of twists and turns like peanut butter, etc. Solid, classic porter. This is a go to beer to understand what a porter was meant to be starting 100s of years ago.
Oct 17, 2020
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Reviewed by tssully1024 from Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Perfectly poured from a bottle into a frosted pint glass, and met with a soft brown head. Slight aroma of roasted grains and hint of a mild fruitiness. Light bodied for a porter with a good flavor but definitely an average beer.
Oct 08, 2020
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Reviewed by HalfFull from California

2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter glass. This Porter pours a dark with some subdued mahogany highlights. Offers a fleeting cap of white foam followed by rather light lacing with a spin.

Nose is light for the style and rather neutral. Not a lot of malt character, but it is dark. Taste follows with a hint of malt character but not much. Touch of spice enveloped in the carbonation of the beer.

Sure, it's a warm weather porter, but is it? Is it even a Schwarzibrau? Good color but lacking elsewhere. Bit more carbonation would let this beer out to enhance aroma and taste, alas, it's just not there.
Jul 29, 2020
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Reviewed by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours pitch black with a nice light brown head. Smells of dark roasted grain, not too special, but not too bad. Tastes of dark grain with very slight fruitiness. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a slightly above average beer.
Jul 18, 2020
 
Rated: 3.27 by hottenot from North Carolina

Jun 15, 2020
 
Rated: 3.38 by shelby415 from Oregon

May 31, 2020
 
Rated: 3.59 by chiefz1 from New York

Mar 01, 2020
 
Rated: 3.81 by ChazBoner from Tennessee

Jan 18, 2020
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Rated by pkalix from California

3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
very thin on the flavor but very easy to drink! i thought this was a 6.4% or 6.7% but i guess not? could have sworn.... oh well. overall, not bad!
Dec 21, 2019
 
Rated: 3.53 by neliam24 from New York

Dec 02, 2019
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Reviewed by AccipiterofBeer from New York

3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
L: 3.25 OK. Small light tan head. Translucent combination of ruby and dark brown.
S: 3.25 OK. Slight whiffs of hops and cacao.
T: 3. Decent. Watery. Diluted characters of Milk chocolate and brown malts. Hersheys came to mind.
F: 3.5 Good. The most appealing facet of the beer. Very light and carbonated.
O: 3.25. You get what you pay for. I can see its appeal in its drinkability.
Nov 30, 2019
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
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.
Nov 24, 2019
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Reviewed by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

4.79/5  rDev +41.3%
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.
Nov 11, 2019
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Reviewed by SirStoudt

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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.
Oct 27, 2019
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Reviewed by VoxRationis from New York

4.36/5  rDev +28.6%
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.
Sep 08, 2019
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Reviewed by Bito24 from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +20.6%
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!
Sep 07, 2019
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Reviewed by mynie from Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +22.4%
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.
Aug 21, 2019
 
Rated: 3.58 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Aug 14, 2019
 
Rated: 3.1 by DaveAhl from New Jersey

Jun 28, 2019
 
Rated: 3.79 by wafers from New York

Apr 20, 2019
 
Rated: 3.14 by chris826 from Mississippi

Apr 06, 2019
 
Rated: 3.25 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Mar 05, 2019
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
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.
Feb 18, 2019
 
Rated: 3.74 by crash8per from Michigan

Feb 06, 2019
 
Rated: 4.46 by jguzman718 from New York

Feb 03, 2019
 
Rated: 3.57 by rdrfrm from Pennsylvania

Jan 21, 2019
Dark Brewed Porter from Yuengling Brewery
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 1116 ratings