Yuengling Dark Brewed Porter | Yuengling Brewery

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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-03-2001

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Reviews by Dave_in_GR:
Photo of Dave_in_GR
3.01/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is a dark opaque brown with a nice bit of frothy tan head. Clings to the edge of the mug. Great lacing.

Smell is not very distinct, some dark malts and hints of caramel.

Taste is a bit more complex but not much. The dark roasted malt flavor is there but it never really develops. Maybe some caramel, coffee, and chocolate notes, but this is nowhere near the complexity of Founders Porter.

Mouthfeel is nice enough but not really what I look for in this style. Light bodied and heavily carbonated, which makes for easy drinking but does not allow the flavors to linger.

Overall a good session porter, if there is such a thing, but this does limit the appeal to drinkers looking for more complex flavors.

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Photo of Gwynedd
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Photo of PhillyRiver
4.17/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Because this beer is good, I'm giving it an additional .5 overall for the fact that's just over a dollar a bottle by the case. Fantastic value.
OK this is my first review and I don't know what I'm doing, but I did read all the Beer 101 instructions, and I have tasted many porters and stouts over the past two months since I became a Beer Geek. Poured per BA instructions into a clean porter glass, a shape that doesn't appear on your glass page, but which shows up on Google images.
Look: Black, slight mahogany color at bottom of glass where it tapers, with tawny one-inch head. Head subsides fairly quickly.
Smell: coffee, caramel, citrus. Very nice.
Taste: chocolate and woodchips added to the aforementioned smell flavors. Balanced, nothing overpowering.
Feel: smooth and creamy, but seems thinner by the time you get to the bottom. I swear I haven't been drooling into it. But I do like it very much.

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Photo of clh323
4.23/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I rated this beer with an extra few points to make up for the snob factor. It is very good. With the exception of the IPL debacle this one, like most of Yuengling''s forays into specialty beers is well done. The Summer Wheat was also much better than a lot of current craft examples. You want a porter for about $1.25 a bottle inclusive of tax get this for the fridge. It has all the taste, smoothness of a good porter. It may not have the complexities of the flavored or infused varieties but for a straight forward brew it works very well.

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Kubishark
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From what I've tried by Yuengling, I think this is their best product.

Has a fairly typical dark brownish, blackish look of any porter, and with an equally typical porter smell of roasted malts and hints of chocolate. The taste is mild but pleasant, roasted malts and molasses are the two flavors that most come to my mind. Has light feel as well, which would normally be a negative but it works here in that you don't feel like you've just had a meal after drinking one.

This is a mild, inexpensive porter that I could easily imagine myself drinking a few of on a cool fall or winter's night sitting with friends around a campfire.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown pour, nearly black. Tan head settles to a quarter inch. Wispy clumps of lacing.

S: Chocolate syrup, cocoa powder, faintly woody, subtle red fruit, and a whiff of hoppy citrus.

T: Blackstrap molasses, brown bread, chocolatey, faint woody roast builds a bit as it warms. Vague fruits for just an instant. Snappy hop-derived citrus butts in toward the end and rides into the finish with some lingering chocolate.

M: Medium-light body. Light and creamy-soft on the palate. Moderate carbonation cuts through and adds some crispness.

O: Objectively it's rather middle of the road, but there's something about this beer that really won me over as I drank through it. It's simple but not bland, and the drinkability is great. It's the perfect 'end of a long day' sort of beer. You know, for those times when you just wanna plop down in front of the TV and drink an easygoing brew without having to think about it. It's actually quite satisfying.

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Photo of RVigz
3.93/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Typical dark dark amber porter appearance.

Smell: Slightly sweeter smell than most porters.

Taste: This I was rather surprised of for a super cheap in-the-area porter. It has a balanced sweet roasted character with a well put together bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: average carbonation, surprisingly smooth.

Overall: for a cheaper porter, this is stunningly delicious. Completely recommend this to anyone looking for a drinking porter that you wont get sick of!

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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poures a dark brown color with some redness showing thru with a almond colored head that dissapates quickly.Smell was roasty and of coffee with some chocaltey notes,taste was pretty comples with roasted malt being prominent but I also go some butteriness and marshmello sweetness.A little thin in body,but I really like this offering YB.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.13/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance – Very dark brown in color with a little carbonation and a smallish head.

Smell – The nicely roasted malt aroma is offset by some rather cheap smelling grain.

Taste – I really enjoyed the roasted malt flavors, but there was a slight sour tange that made this one disappointing.

Mouthfeel – The cheap carbonation and thin body earned this one low marks.

Drinkability – I was barely able to finish this rather lame attempt at the style.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Yuengling Brewery Porter (Dark Brewed), American Porter 4.70% alcohol by volume. First time having this brew poured into a pint glass with a little vigor.

A- Vigorous pour lands a one inch tan-brown head that eventually falls to a ring of froth that sticks to the glass with some passion in a star-like method.

S- Scent is slightly disappointing with a small amount of caramel and oak hinting in the forefront and maybe a little brown sugar and maple syrup in the back end of the nose.

T-M- Taste is noted with mild smokiness and hints of caramel chocolate. A light watery mouthfeel pushes the flavors to the back of the tongue and doesn't allow for the body to fully evolve but all and all the flavor is smooth and tolerable and a session at that.

Overall I like this beer and it would pair up to many dishes without breaking the bank when chosing a beer to do so. Cheers!

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Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue I:

Not only is Yuengling Porter one of the originals in the US, they are one of the largest brewers of the style as well. Very dark and inviting, a few shades away from pitch black. Modest tan head crackles down to a short lace that does cling to the glass a bit. Sweet aroma of dark caramel, slightly charred wood and toasted cocoa beans. Creamy medium body has just enough crispness and smoothness to get by. Dry cocoa powder in the palate to start, mellow, but flavorful. Hint of caramel and a very mild burnt grain tone. Hop bitterness keeps the sweetness in check but never becomes a trait to notice, quick kiss of citric flavor middle to end. Tasty semi-dry choco-goodness in the finish.

Yeah, go ahead and call it middle of the road, but this is one of the most drinkable porters around, with a good dose of flavor to boot.

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Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sponberg
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle sampled: brewed in 1999, cellared in the deepest darkest corner of my beer cellar, at cellar temperature, poured into a pint glass.

Aroma: Slightly sweeter than a fresh bottle, but still plenty of roasty malty notes. Deep, deep garnet color. OK head.

The brew starts out with a touch more malty sweetness that in a fresh bottle, with less of the immediate roastiness on the tongue. The flavors seem to have muted, but no cardboard or off flavors were apparent. Finishes with that great, great bitter chocolate & roasted barley flavor that hooked me on this brew in the first place.

Note: Unintentional cellaring. Somehow, four of these ended up in the back of a case of homebrew bottles and were entirely forgotten about for three years. Good to know it ages well, as I have one bottle left from Christmas 1994 - the last bottle of the last six my dad ever bought me. Maybe someday I'll crack it open.

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Photo of grynder33
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark pour with a very small head, very faint aroma of maybe coffee, just a touch of chocolate in the first taste and also something grapey, like a wine, overall somewhat thin for a porter, looked hard for other flavors, but they just weren't there. Needs to be bolder.

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Photo of generallee
3.61/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from tap into a pint glass.

Appearance: It had a very dark brown almost black colored body that is nearly opaque. It formed a thin, light tan head with excellent retention and very good lacing.

Smell: The aroma is full of dark roasted malts with a smoky character and hints of burnt coffee and a touch of hops.

Taste/Mouth feel: the roasted malt has a slight sweetness that mostly covered up by the roasted smoky/burnt notes. There is a nice bitterness from the hops that comes out more towards the finish, which is dry and slowly fades off the tongue. The body is about medium with a smooth texture and carbonation is about average.

Notes: Overall it's a decent porter but not as balanced or refined as others of the style.

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Photo of nstroup
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of dgfool
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Fcip78
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Doomcifer
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of merlin48
3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark mahogany body with a medium sized tan head. Some minor patch lacing.

Aroma is about the weakest for a porter I have ever encountered. Just a hint of dark roasty malt in the form of cocoa.

Medium body and carbonation. Very lager like.

Taste is nicely balanced but not overly impressive. Hints of dark chocolate and roast coffee are joined by a vague hop bitterness. Finishes with a dark roasty bitterness.

Nothing bad here. It's just overly simplistic.

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