Yuengling Dark Brewed Porter | Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Dark Brewed PorterYuengling Dark Brewed Porter

Brewed by:
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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Photo of tedho21
3.61/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.04/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I get a nice amount of caramel on the nose, along with subtle touches of cereal grain, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is very similar, with a bit more in the way of roasted and cereal grains. The texture, though decently thick for a smaller porter, is just too fizzy for me. Still, while not the greatest porter ever made, it's dirt cheap and genuinely sessionable.

3.04/5: Like most everything from Yuengling, it's cheap without sucking

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Photo of BeerBucket
4.28/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very drinkable porter for a working man's price. Not a masterpiece but a solid value.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jasonbayly13181
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look - Dark with some transparency at the bottom of the glass. Not much head at all, and what head there was had a carbonated soda look to it.

Smell - Can't really smell any traditional porter notes like coffee or chocolate. Very basic.

Taste - Sort of tastes just like regular Yuengling Lager only with a different color. Once again, very basic with nothing that really stands out about it. Not the worst beer I ever had but was disappointed and was expecting more since anyone I know seems to rave about Yuengling for whatever reason.

Feel - very thing and sort of carbonated. Even poured it in a glass to try to create some additional head and let it breathe a little.

It's been at least three years since I had one. Need to buy another sixer to see if my memory still serves me correctly. Don't expect much to write home about other than the fact that it may save you a couple dollars versus higher quality darks.

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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 Njod2003
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hotdogtornados
3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Photo of bdiiorio
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of scratch69
3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 OtisCampbell007
2.91/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beerme233
3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of harryhops
3.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Anacross
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rfoltz53
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fettpopps
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of caahare
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerMama2014
4.87/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HarlequinBuckeye
4.5/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I love this brew, and think its an absolute steal at the $6.99 price point. Smooth, silky, creamy and very drinkable. In fact, possibly the most drinkable porter on the market. Very dark, even darker than many stouts, and the hints of chocolate and coffee are just right. The only thing that is holding me back from giving this fine porter a perfect 5 is its low alcohol content. I generally prefer my porters and stouts to be at least be over 6%, but I'm willing to overlook the 4.7% ABV just because this brew is an absolute pleasure to drink. This brew is a must try for all porter fans.

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Photo of Duffman79
2.97/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of BodiesLexus
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is good.
Not much else stands out from the appearance. Fast-vanishing half-inch tan head. Very bubbly and effervescent like soda.
Hint of licorice in the nose. Also smells a lot like Yuengling lager.
Taste is overly-fizzy watery roast with little else standing out.
Mouthfeel is dismal, WAY overcarbonated.
Overall, this sits as the lowest level of acceptable porter, in that it doesn't actually taste bad, and the little bit of taste (licorice, weak roasted barley) are acceptable tastes for a basic porter. But as mentioned, it severely lacks in feel, carbonation, and lasting taste of any kind. A previous bottle from this pack I drank from the bottle, which was more satisfying -- somehow if you sip this from the bottle without looking at it, you get a bit more concentrated version of these weaker tastes. From a glass, all the flaws are magnified and impossible to ignore.
If it was 1980 and this was the only dark beer in any store East of the Mississippi, I think I'd be happy to partake. As it is, we have better options these days, and are spoiled by great year-round porters that can be found cheaply which provide 10x the flavor and feel of this one. Maybe this is a good entry-level for someone who thinks Guiness Draught is a strong beer or something. Otherwise, move on.

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Yuengling Dark Brewed Porter from Yuengling Brewery
3.36 out of 5 based on 1,041 ratings.
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