Portage Porter | New Belgium Brewing

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Portage PorterPortage Porter
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3.89/5
Very Good
578 Ratings
Portage PorterPortage Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by jhartley on 09-30-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,858
Reviews:
109
Ratings:
578
pDev:
9.25%
Bros Score:
3.96
 
 
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25
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Photo of GarrettB
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

April 4th, 2015 - Seasonal new, and inviting, New Belgium's Portage promises a sporty afternoon in boat shoes and sea spray. As such, I tend to think of lighter beers, like pilsners. But this is a surprisingly dark and malty mixture, with nice chocolate touches on the smell, and some raspberry edges for fruity shading. The carbonation is nice too, delivering a tasty tang, but the flavor overall seems just a little shallow. But what flavor there is includes a good malty character and a low-key aftertaste.

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Photo of 1971bernat
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass. A nice sticky one finger white to off white foamy and rocky looking head appeared settled super nicely in little hills. A nice looking foamy clingy lacing graces the sides of the glass. The smell had a big sweet to roasty chocolate with a substantial amount of roasted coffee bean assisting in the balance. The taste was a nice sweet moderately balanced roasty coffee/cocoa. It becomes slightly sticky in the aftertaste and lends a subtle sweet smooth yet dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. I really like how sweet and roasty smooth it rolls across my tongue. Overall, hey New Belgium, good job, I’d have this one again.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of entenduintransit
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Squire
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JordanlikesAles
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of runlikeakenyan
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerTest
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of edabdala
4.61/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Zazzi82
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Libeertarian
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep red-hued dark brown, mostly clear but light comes through very dim. Head is a chunky, foamy, well-retaining mound of golden brown. Thick, sticky lacing. In short, this beer looks similar to a root beer. Aromas of roasted and sweet malts, bread, toast, milk chocolate, even slight meatiness. Roasty, smokey on the palate, with, again, milk chocolate, as well as creamed coffee, and herbal or leafy, almost even spicy hop presence barely noticeable past the crescendoing flavor of smoke. Mild bitterness throughout from both smoke and hops, to balance out sweeter qualities. Light tobacco but also peppercorn with retro-olfaction. Medium-bodied, perfect consistency and viscosity for the style, sparse prickles mixed in with the abundant but not heavy, rather filmy suds. Moderate in smoothness, dryness (for how sweet the body is), and astringency. Little warmth to speak of. Solid American Porter.

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Photo of MasterRigger
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEER88
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PorterThwarter
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BallsDeep
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gregcordle
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gardner254
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBen5
4.74/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of justinthegypo
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bluegrass49
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into an ale glass. Rich brown color with a rather subtle head with decent lacing. Very smooth and malty tasting with a slight lingering aftertaste allowing you to savor the flavor. Very good for a reasonable price.

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Photo of Greg_Nall
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased February 15 and opened September 8, 2015

Appearance, poured 1/2 inch of medium tan head lasting a couple minutes, with lacing lasting halfway through the glass

Aroma, a roasted high malt and low noble hops greeted you with a pleasant and inviting smell.

Flavor, roasted malts imposed an almost coffee flavor while the reduced hop level balanced it out, while the intensity was high the malts dominating the hops moving nice smoothness, ending with a pleasant malty taste.

Overall, a very enjoyable experience, plan on have some on hand through out the year.

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Photo of briandaube
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Matt141
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Portage Porter from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 578 ratings