Ninja Porter
Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co.

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Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States
American Porter
3.58 | pDev: 9.78%
Jun 11, 2020
Aug 19, 2007
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Rated: 4.13 by SmokySignals from North Carolina

Jun 11, 2020
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Its slices, it dices, it even juliennes! The dry and roasty porter of Asheville Brewing taunts the boarder that separates robust porter from American stout in a stealthy move of darkness, dryness and hoppiness.

Ninja Porter unleashes a voluminous mocha crown that billows to the rim, rising above a deep and dark brown austere underneath. Robust in its roasty perfume, a bold aroma of burnt toast, walnut, coffee and cocoa rise to greet the nose. Burnt sweetness of toffee, caramel and light butterscotch sooth the senses with a sensation that's roasted marshmallow-like on the front of the tongue.

And as the dark ale travels across the middle palate, the sweetness is carries away by the ample carbonation and the remnants of roasted coffee beans, cocoa and black walnut persist. Broadly bitter, the beer's American influence brings a campfire and spruce character to the finish.

Medium full on the palate, the militant effervescence of the porter ensures a dark and dry texture that highlights its bitter ash finish and simming hop spice that seems of coffee, cocoa and walnut once more in a medium long aftertaste.
Nov 23, 2017
Rated: 3.73 by BEER88 from Washington

Feb 29, 2016
Rated: 3.31 by cjgator3 from Florida

Jun 15, 2015
Rated: 3.46 by bcsbeer from Florida

Jun 02, 2015
Rated: 3.51 by Mojo from Alabama

Feb 11, 2015
Rated: 3.3 by WCKDVBZ from South Carolina

Jan 21, 2015
Rated: 3.44 by Agentveba from North Carolina

Jan 21, 2015
Rated: 3.25 by bushdere from Florida

Dec 01, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by JMFP from Delaware

Oct 03, 2014
Rated: 3 by DrMindbender from South Carolina

Jul 17, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by ncstateplaya from North Carolina

Jun 12, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by scripna from Florida

May 26, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by hollywood_15063 from Pennsylvania

Apr 26, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by greencovesteve from North Carolina

Feb 27, 2014
Rated: 4 by Adarkhart from North Carolina

Feb 09, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by FUwolfpacker from South Carolina

Aug 25, 2013
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Reviewed by BeerDocT from Georgia

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Bought a six-pack of these in Asheville, last time I was there and am finally getting around to reviewing one.

-Appearance 4: Every one of these has just gone nuts after I poured it. HUGE fizz up that eventually settles down into a normal inch high head. Jet black in color with a cream colored head. Very attractive.

-Smell 4: Lovely bouquet. Big smells of toasted grains, caramelized sugars and hops.

-Taste 4.25: Front is sweet with a certain hoppiness. Middle is somewhat neutral, but a very pleasant smoothness and hop flavor seeps in with a strange hint of butter flavor. Finish is alkaline with a pleasantly smooth level of hops which is accentuated by smoky grains. Everything is balanced and nuanced. Aftertaste is dry, very nuanced and features the smoky grains and a slight coffee flavor. Nice.

-Mouthfeel 3: This is the flaw of this beer. Mouthfeel is nice and deep, but there is far too much carbonation in this beer. CO2 should be tuned down a bit. Don't get me wrong, I think this style is helped out by a greater than normal level of carbonation, but its current level is over the top.

-Overall 4: Excellent porter. I really enjoy the flavor profiles in this beer and the hops chosen. My only complaint is the carbonation level. I would love to have this one on tap some day. I highly recommend this beer.
Apr 25, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by ortie from Kentucky

Mar 18, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by KevinGordon from North Carolina

Feb 12, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by NastyNate11 from North Carolina

Feb 10, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by RyanAU from North Carolina

Dec 09, 2012
Rated: 3 by pintofparadise from South Carolina

Oct 21, 2012
Rated: 4 by Lovely85 from Florida

Sep 30, 2012
Rated: 3.75 by nickfl from Florida

Sep 30, 2012
Rated: 3 by genogirl from Florida

Sep 28, 2012
Rated: 3.5 by jaidenjb from Ohio

Aug 24, 2012
Rated: 3.5 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Aug 03, 2012
Rated: 4.75 by KerMUDGEon from North Carolina

Jul 22, 2012
Rated: 3.5 by UltimateLivewire from South Carolina

Mar 11, 2012
Rated: 3.75 by Brewsed from North Carolina

Feb 13, 2012
Rated: 4 by tclapper from Maine

Dec 03, 2011
Rated: 4 by planbee from North Carolina

Nov 26, 2011
Rated: 4 by richbrew from New Jersey

Nov 15, 2011
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Reviewed by thagr81us from South Carolina

3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Had at the brewpub while visiting Asheville for the day. Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured a deep dark brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, dark chocolate, slight cream, and subtle hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and slight bitter hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Awe-inspiring? Hell no... All of the flavors seemed watered down/diluted. The aroma was good though. I would give this one a shot at least once, but that's it.
Apr 05, 2011
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Reviewed by beerguy101 from California

3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
This porter pours a medium black color from the tap at the brewpub. Small to medium sized beige foamy head. The aroma is coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. A medium bodied porter. The malts are chocolate and coffee. The hops are earthy. Nice balance. Good carbonation. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
Jul 22, 2008
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Reviewed by ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours an opaque, black body with a creamy, khaki-colored head.

Smell: Aroma of roasted malts, hunks of baker's chocolate, and maybe, just maybe a little hint of licorice.

Taste: Roasted maltiness with the flavor of dark, unsweetened chocolate. Not really much hop character at any point. Finishes roasty and chocolatey.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Soft, spritzy carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad at all, it really started to grow on me more and more towards the end.
Sep 25, 2007
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Reviewed by mikesgroove from South Carolina

3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured a deep hazelnut brown with a an off white head. Decent retention and a good amount of lace went along, some fizzy carboantion. Smell was sweet, I think this would fit better as an oatmeal porter to be honest. Roasted caramel and malts and a touch of sugar in the aroma. Nice creamy feel, really very smooth. The taste was full of roasted malt, burned coffee and some nuttiness as well. A bit of sugar rouned it out nicely. Nice dry finish. Very very drinkable, this was easily a session beer for sure. Overall a very nice porter, I would definatly try this one again. A little thin, but overall worth a shot
Aug 19, 2007
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Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 39 ratings