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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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A rather marginal porter. Mouthfeel thinish, black with a little sizzling carbonation led head. Neutral aroma. A little coffee in there and burnt taste, akin to tabacco ash, slightly bitter, underscored by corn sweetness. More shwartzbier than porter. Not very drinkable.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and some dark fruit aromas. There is also a vanilla and molasses aroma that comes out as the beer warms. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness and a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

surprisingly good, i think this and the black and tan must be the best yuengling products. pours dark chocolate brown/black with an average head. smells a little sweet for a porter and simple. taste is satisfying to say the least, dark but not heavy, and light on the alcohol. a great session porter. leaves a slightly burnt aftertaste on the tongue, and its mellow carbonation soothes. impressive for a large scale brew

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Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There isn't really too much of a difference between this and the Black & Tan. Personally I'd pick the Black & Tan, I'm not really sure why but I would. This beer pours out as a fairly rich looking porter. The color is a very dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is also roasted and tasty for the most part. The mouthfeel isn't bad either, It's got a medium body to it and not overly thick for a porter style.

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Photo of metter98
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin creamy tan head that quickly died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are light aromas of chocolate and roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the flavors are a bit stronger. There are some hints of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and somewhat thin and watery on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: Drinking this beer is a breeze and the low alcohol content makes it very sessionable. It's a good selection if you are looking for a beer that's not filling yet is quite flavorful.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.45/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed as part of a professional tasting. Thanks Gary.

The beer begins with a thinly colored and textured pour. Solid brown but with good clarity and carbonation- think colas. A timid head forms on the beer and disappears quite quickly. Doesn't show a lot of maltiness.

Sharp aromas of toast, cocoa, and acidity that burns the nose a bit. Lightly sulfery and smells of wet grains and cereal. Low on hop character and allows graininess to dominate the nose.

Flavors fare much the same. Caught somewhere between grainy and malty, the beer doesn't show the rich malt flavor that the style demands. Grain astringency takes the place of hops for bitterness and bite. Still, a persistant acidity puts the nail in the coffin. Very distracting taste and feel.

A pretty weak Porter in the end. Too much grain character and not enough malt. Could use better yeast character for fruitiness or smoothness. Ooh, and don't forget the needed hops.

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Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate color with ruby highlights capped by a thick mocha head; some lace

Smell: A hint of roast, but rather neutral

Taste: Dark bread moving in an almost sour charred direction by mid-palate; roasty and charred after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Rather easy to drink if you don't mind the extreme char element, but lacks the flavor profile of the better porters

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Photo of kojevergas
2.3/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"Dark Brewed", eh? What does that even mean? 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with twist-off cap acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California, and served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. I don't recall the cost. I believe this is me first beer from Yuengling.

A: Pours a two finger head of slight tan colour, slight cream, okay thickness, and bad (~40 second) retention. Colour is a solid black littered with an abundance of carbonation bubbles. No yeast particles are visible, though it's nontransparent. No bubble show.

Sm: Dark malts, caramel, chocolate malt, and a light hint of roasted barley. A mild strength aroma. Rather predictable for a porter.

T: Light roast and caramelized malts comprise the weak foundation, which feels empty rather than full-bodied. Dark malts fill it out somewhat, but not much. Sparse chocolate malt is there when I really search for it. Otherwise, there's no complexity or subtlety. One of the most simple flavor profiles I've experienced in a porter. That said, it's not a bad taste. Boring and bland, certainly. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: A touch dry and coarse for the style actually, a feature I quite fancy. No cream. Slight overcarbonation. A touch too thick and heavy on the palate for its lack of flavour.

Dr: A generic porter from Yuengling with little to offer craft beer fans. Almost tastes like more of a schwarzbier to be fair. I certainly wouldn't get this again, but I support Yuengling as a better brewery than Budweiser or Millercoors. This is better than most American macrolagers. It's drinkable but low quality.


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Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark black color with a two finger, light brown color with a thick, foamy head. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled roasty with notes of chocolate, caramel, toffee and coffee.

T - This porter has a strong roasted malt flavor with a good dose of dark chocolate and sweet caramel. There is a very mild coffee taste, too.

M - It was fairly crisp and smooth. A medium bodied porter that is very sessionable.

D - So far this is the best Yuengling product that I have had. It is a good porter at a great price.

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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 superspak
3.16/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of raisin, roasted grain, chocolate, light coffee, and light herbal. Ok aromas with decent balance and weak strength. Taste of chocolate, roasted grain, toast, biscuit, caramel, light coffee, light fruits, and light herbal spiciness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, roasted malt, toast, caramel, and light herbal on the finish for a short bit. Solid flavor balance, but does not feel very robust as a porter should be; no cloying flavors at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy mouthfeel that is ok. This was quite thin feeling. Alcohol is well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a decent porter. This was not as robust as I would expect from the style; but the flavor profile is good, though a bit weak; and is still quite enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.3/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Deep, dark brown with dark cherry highlights. I can't quite see light all the way through the glass even when I hold it up to my front window. Of course it's nighttime (just kidding). The head is light chocolate brown and looks insubstantial. It fizzed pretty aggressively and dropped to a thin film within minutes. Lace? Nope.

The first question that comes to mind as I smell the beer is: 'this is a porter?' There's very little oomph behind the nose and what's there isn't making me think porter. Weak dark lager at best. The flavor isn't much better. This may be the worst porter that I've had yet. For starters, it has almost no chocolate or coffee notes whatsoever. Mildly roasted dark malt with a sour 'bite' is about it. It's also way too thin and fizzy.

I'm not impressed by Yuengling Porter. No sir, not at all. This brewery seems to have somewhat of a loyal, cult following, but after sampling two of their offerings, I fail to see the attraction.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a frothy, though quickly diminishing beige head.

Smell: Simple, sweetish aroma of chocolate and caramel cubes.

Taste: Caramel and chocolate-flavored candy with a sugary sweetness. Hops, along with any corresponding flavors and bitterness seem entirely absent. Overall, there's a displeasing artificiality to the taste that leaves you looking around for a glass of water to rinse your mouth out.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Starts off with a moderate carbonation, but it soon settles. A tad watery.

Drinkability: A beer that's forever stuck on the thin bridge between Craftsville and Swill Town.

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Photo of chinchill
3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle.
Pours dark brown, nearly opaque. With a very good tan head.
Revising an old standard here and I'm not disappointed. Then again, I remember a fairlly poor beer and this is decent.
It does lack flavor, seeming made with minimal malts for style.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark reddish brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark roasted malts, coffee, caramel and maple with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty with flavors of black coffee, dark fruit, caramel and maple, but for all of the robustness you get in the smell, the taste seems kind of bland. There's a mild hops presence that brings little balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not too bad but there are definitely several other porters that I would choose over this one.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had a bottle of this at Elephant & Castle in New Cumberland. Served cold in a pint.
A - Poured vigorously into the pint about 3 fingers worth of sandstone colored head w/ a tight bead atop a black walnut shade of liquid w/ hints of cherry cola pokin' through. The lace attempts to hold the pints sides.

S - Strong fruity esters w/ toffee, fig and anise notes. Slightly dry fruit and spice odors.

M - A light medium w/ a very light roast and grainy feel w/ subtle carbonation and a bit of yeast essence.

T - Fruity dry and crisp flavored w/ a slight dark malt taste and a slightly licorice note w/ nutty and yeasty moments. The gentle stone fruit touch makes it have a taste that reaches above average and brings the crisp malt and roasted taste gets overtaken by carbonation quickly.The carbonation works to the detriment of the flavor IMO here, adding a gassy element.

D - A drink that is traditionally a Pennsylvania style and has been served for centuries. I just couldn't see this as a "go to" for me. The sugary malt might get to me after 2 or 3. I do find this to be one of Yuengling's best in the lineup, but still wish there could be some updating or reworking for newer styles. I could probably handle a black & tan easier, but still remember a time when I found this to be better than average.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.44/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear very dark brown, almost black in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate dark cola brown + crimson red highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy tan head that reduces to a mottled medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted + chocolate malts with just a hint of earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of lightly roasted and chocolate malts. That is followed by very light flavors of earthy hops. There is a light amount of roasty bitterness in the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Light bodied and with a low ABV which makes this beer pretty sessionable - a lot more flavorful than some of the other offerings from the brewery. I might get it again but not if there were a lot of other dark beer choices.

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Photo of smcolw
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby mahogany color where a touch of light makes it through. The beige head is small but it leaves some streaky lace after each sip.

Mild aroma of chalk, malted milk balls and semi-sweet chocolate.

The flavor is of darker malts, but the body is thin. No complexity. Very light hop to give a touch of pepper. The finish has a brief sour touch to it. No hits, no runs, no errors.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To be perfect honest, I never thought this beer would be as good as it was a year ago when I first really started drinking different beers. However, the Yuengling porter comes through as one of the best overall basic good drinkable porters I have come by. It pours a very dark ruby amber with a beige moccha colored foaming head with little or no lace. Contains a deep roasted barley aroma with hints of chocolate and some rather mild coffe-esque fragances. The flavors are a great combination of smoothy creamy dark roasted barley wrapped with chocolate and strong coffe tones, very nicely balanced overall crisp drinkable taste. A fuller creamy mouthfeel that I enjoyed fully, and this beer is so smooth and drinkable and maybe just a tad lighter in body than the typical porter. Still, I am glad Yuengling is upkeeping this fine brew.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This produced a big, deep brown head that disappeared as quickly as i could pour it into a glass. It was very black in color with little to no carbonation in evidence. I smelled licorice faintly on the nose. The mouthfeel was somewhat thin, especially for the style. The finish was also light, which is not really what I want in a porter. I tasted (faintly) licorice on the finish, which was kind of neat.

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Photo of stakem
3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown that lets a bit of redness come through when held up to the light. Carries with it a tanned head. Fair amount of lacing. Nose is slightly sweet, yeasty, barely hopped and some coffee/chocolate notes rounding it all out. Taste is minorly bitter with a bit of chocolate character. Much lighter feel than expected.

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Photo of jwc215
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. The thick, foamy head quickly descends to leave a thin cover.

The smell is of mild roasted grains with hints of coffee and chocolate.

The taste is of sweet dark malt with just a touch ofroasted grains. A vague bitterness balances out the sweetness. Plenty of, almost too much, carbonation gives it an airy character. The taste, however, is fleeting and leaves an undesirable aftertaste.

The feel is fizzy and watery thin. It falls apart when going down.

Well, it's only $5 a 6-pack (still), but it's better to spend a couple bucks more (at most) and get a better porter. It's rather unexciting and the aftertaste and feel do nothing for it.

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Photo of tdm168
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark brown with 1/4" of dense, foamy brown head. Good retention. The smell is faint roasted malt, faint coffee, and a hint of caramel. The taste is roasted malts, faint coffee, very faint chocolate, and some grassy, earthy hops for balance. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly carbonated, but at times thin.

Overall a decent beer from a macro brewery, but for a porter it leaves something to be desired.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.04/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep brown color, invaded by streaks of reddish tints peeking through, slight, nop, non-existent head...I look away for a second and it's gone...
Aroma is port wine, plus cherry brandy, mix with rubbing alcohol... a little syrupy, some maple, sugar, huge dark rum character..soy sauce...not what I look for in a porter, but interesting...
Taste: spritzy, carbonated, Big Time, cola-ish, cocoa-tinged, but largely painted by a brush that never really met the true porter style. Flat, dry, and rigorously ordinary... this is a porter of the lowest rung. Too sweet, too coy, not enough spark...and too much so for the style, indeed.
A dud. Just a little bit tasty, but doesn't compare to even what we expect from even the most average of porters.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real thick and off tan to light coffee colored head, big and three fingers tall, and a huge styrofoam swiss cheese top. Dark brown walnut body and some nice red hued edges. Some faint rising tan carbonation as well. Pretty good looking porter.

The aroma comes off a bit wet and clean. Very light grains and airy. Minimal roasting character and char if hardly any. Not bad, but not real solid either.

Palate seems to match the nose quite a bit. Light bodied wetness, and a bit of sticky yeast. Bags of decomposing leaves a bit on the roast and bitterness, with minimal dryness. Quite wet and minimal sensing chocolate a bit.

Overall it doesn't have much going on, but it's pleasant and drinks easily.

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