Yuengling Dark Brewed Porter
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Yuengling Dark Brewed PorterYuengling Dark Brewed Porter
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American Porter
Ranked #1,136
Ranked #46,706
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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Reviews by FBarber:
Photo of FBarber
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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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 Gwynedd
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
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 +22.6%
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 Kubishark
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Whey2Hoppy
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
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 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 clh323
4.23/5  rDev +24.4%
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 ryan1788a5
3.57/5  rDev +5%
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 +15.6%
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 Suds
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I found that his beer is better when served warm. Even a bit warmer than cellar temperature, that is. Perhaps I’m compensating because the flavors don’t stand out more on there own, but this brew is quite tasty at room temp.
It’s a solid black color, with amazingly little light penetration. The head is tan and rather thin. A nice smoky aroma. The roasted and toasted malt smells that are typical in a porter are present, but not to the degree of a great beer. Taste is chocolate and coffee. There’s also a notable cocoa and sugar flavor at the foretaste. The beer dries out by mid-taste, so it’s not distracting, and is actually fairly nice. This is not a beer that will “wow” anybody, but it’s predictable, drinkable, and enjoyable. Somewhat thin mouthfeel. Very good all-night drinking beer.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a near black in color with a tan head fades to a thin skin, but with clinging side glass lace.
Aroma, brings some caramel with some coffee and cocoa and some cold metal
Taste brings some sweetness, along with the caramel and burnt notes. Hop bitterness brings in a semi-dry good finish
Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin, and creamy.
Not a big Porter guy, but this one works for me as a dinner beverage.

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Photo of dquiles84
5/5  rDev +47.1%

Photo of gwiedman1
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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 shirfan
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an extremely dark clear brown-garnet, with a long lasting but soapy tan head.

A mild confectionary/chocolate aroma, with a hint of grassiness.

Taste is extremely average, but definitely palatable when compared with other beers in its price range. A bit thin, and it has very lager-ish characteristics other than a mildly roasty, chocolate finish. Hops are subdued; this could pass for an under-hopped schwarzbier.

Again I have to class this with Saranac; decent but not great beer at a good price. It's nice to see Yuengling finally making inroads to the Buffalo market.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown, not quite black, with ruby hints. A rather large, very chunky an pillowy tan head rises with good retention. A decent amount of lacing.

S: Subdued roasted malts, some notes of raisins/dark fruit. Some charcoal and perhaps cocoa as well.

T: Mild roasted malt sweetness, again with definite raisin notes. A mellow coffee backbone is present throughout. Vague charcoal and nut flavors are also detectable.

M: This is where I have to mark Yuengling Porter down just a bit. The mouthfeel honestly reminds me of their Black and Tan, which I was not impressed with. Rather thin and watery for the style, although not as bad as their B&T. A bland, fading dryness into the finish.

D: While it's somewhat disappointingly thin bodied and watery, it's very easy to drink as a milder porter and sessionable with its low ABV. Not out of this world, but I'd drink this again, especially at the price.

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Photo of baybum
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +25%

Photo of psugrad98
4.18/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In my opinion, this is one of the best domestic porters available. This beer is rich and dark brown in color, almost reminiscent of coffee. The head is nice and light brown. Fragrance is of toasted malts. Flavor is nice and chewey thanks to the abundance of toasted chocolate malt. Slight hoppy finish. Coats whole mouth.

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Photo of hdofu
3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was a bit disappointed by this one. Beer is a deep brown color with a tan head. Smell is average beer smell. Taste was nutty, slightly sweet but fades quickly after it's down the throat. For a porter the mouthfeel is extremely light. On the plus side it does make it easy to drink multiples of

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Photo of hdf561
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Got this in a make your own 6 pack at the local grocery store.

Smelled some wintery carmel notes, and hops, maybe a little chocolate

Taste actually surprised me, it is surprsingly a mooth initial taste but then the after taste was a little bitter. Was expecting a completely bitter beer. The mouth feel was a little bitter but balanced. Very complex need to have another in order to get a better feel for the brand and style but this beer made me want to have another.

Another solid brew from a solid brewery.

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Photo of jschwamb
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of IanOsea
2.81/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not one of Yuengling's best beers.

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

The porter I got to try at the brewery and I brought home a case from Pa.
It pours dark, almost black, tan head that maintains well and does lace some.
Aroma of roasty malts.
Taste of dark roasted malts with hints of cocoa, coffee and charred wood with a sweet dark chocolate and toffee.
Overall very smooth on the mouth and easy to drink. Also a good brew to cook with.

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