Portage Porter | New Belgium Brewing

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Portage PorterPortage Porter

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by jhartley on 09-30-2014

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Ratings: 578 |  Reviews: 109
Reviews by MaddDogg84:
Photo of MaddDogg84
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of tylerstravis
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

If this had a different brewer on the label it would be rated much higher. This is what a Porter should taste like. If this had a creamy feel it would always be in my fridge.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Robust, Roasty, Acrid, Bitter

Pitch black with light coffee head and solid lacing. Nose is full of roastiness, coffee, black tea, baker's chocolate, and smoky suggestions. Medium bodied with a firm, creamy palate. More roastiness on the tongue with a good dose of acridness that's balanced by a matly caramel sweetness, toastiness, faint nuttiness, and soft vanilla undertones. Dry, semi-stringent, bitter finish. Outstanding.

STYLE: American Porter | ABV: 6% | AVAILABILITY: Winter

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #97 (FEB 2015)

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Photo of Cyrion
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonick pint. Expiration is 5 months away, so it's fresh as a daisy in my book.

Look: Black. One inch of tan foam which leaves a nice bit of lacing.

Smell: More coffee than chocolate, initially. Pronounced coffee aroma. Hope there's something to balance it out.

Taste: Cocoa nibs or a similar bittersweet chocolate flavor. Good balance to the coffee, which is not as strong as the aroma leads one to believe. No almonds or other nuts detected.

Feel: Moderate to chewy. Appropriate for the style.

Overall: Quite impressed. I usually dislike coffee flavors, but this porter manages to walk the line between an overly-sweet chocolate bomb and a cold cup of coffee. The result is a solid, balanced, semi-sessionable winter beer. Will definitely buy again.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours black with 2 fingers of khaki head. excellent retention and lacing.

S: delicious roasted coffee, dark chocolate, dark malts

T: roasted coffee and roasted malt dominate with a trace of chocolate in the background

M: wonderfully silky smooth.

O: this is an incredible beer!

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

Picked up a single the first of February for $1.79. Enjoy by 10May15.

Beer poured brown with a nice thick and rich head that is long lasting and leaving lacing behind.

Nose is chocolaty and roasty.

Taste is very well balanced. The chocolate dominates the malt bill with a kiss of roastiness. The hop are sufficient enough to keep the sweetness at bay and provide a little zing in the end. Flavors meld very well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth for a porter.

Overall this is a nice surprise from New Belgium. This is in the same ballpark as Cutthroat Porter from Odell and Deschutes Black Butte Porter. I recommend and will look to get a full sixer next year when it is fresh.

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Photo of rawfish
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rigorous pour gives off a show of rising head and bubbles forming a two finger head atop an almost opaque brown/black body. Shocking amount of neat lacing coating the glass.

Robust roasted grains, very refined giving off a potent coffee and blended cocoa. Toffee like sweetness leads into a slight fruity mix from the yeast (figs, dried cherry) and slight earthiness from the hops.

Forefront of reserved molasses, tight cereal grain, cocoa and light coffee. A touch of blended coffee and earthy bitterness. Gets quite mineral and almost metallic on the finish. Overall quite robust and good.

An easy drinker with appropriate body, alcohol well hidden. The malt is neat until the finish. Wet sticky grains and metallic/mineral finish.

It's gotten kinda trendy to knock on NB but this is quite good. Easily accessible and flavorful porter, has all the cocoa and coffee flavors you want from a porter with a bit of Belgian flair thrown in for good measure.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

not enough going on in this one to differentiate it from the crowd of basic porters out there, but its well made and quite good. i had it at a sushi restaurant, and you would be surprised how good a pairing it actually was. bitterness of the roast and a little sweetness balanced salty soy sauce, and the body was light enough in this one to not overpower the delicate fish. it didnt have much head in the pint glass, but had a bright look to it still, a little lighter than others in its class. somewhat of a session porter i think, given the lighter body and the relative lack of intense roast bitterness in the finish. its delicate for what it is, and really pretty good for one of the large scale new belgium releases, which havent done much for me since dig came out a few springs ago. nice to see a dark beer going in around town too, everyone has a new belgium seasonal handle, but many of these places lack darker beers. cool for winter, should do well into spring as well. not memorable, but plenty serviceable.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a creamy thinner beige head atop.Dark roast coffee and chocolate in the nose,the coffee roast really stands out.Not a whole lot of sweetness on the palate with the coffee roast along with earthy/woody tones standing out,a bit of caramel is detected in the back end.A nice porter.

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Photo of iRaven99664
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tiernan
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque brown with a creamy tan head that leaves lacing all down the glass.
The aroma is chocolate and malty with hints of acidic fruitiness.
Really tasty. Nice dark chocolate and burnt char bitterness with a little acidic bite and hints of dark fruit. As it warms, I also pick up a slight smokiness.
Mouthfeel is medium and smooth.
This is a fine Porter, perhaps closer to a British than American in style. Well done!

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Photo of DaftPatrick
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kurt1326_
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date, sample from the brewery.

Roasted character is near perfect here, loaded with suggestions of coffee, dark chocolate, chicory, toasted bread, mild charcoal, & molasses. Very smooth with lots of balance, drinkable to say the least. A respectable Porter here.

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

Photo of cnagle28
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass.

Appearance: Pours midnight black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of tan head which settles into a thin creamy layer. Leaves some good lacing.

Smell: A roasty, toasty, and smokey malt forward aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee. Dark roasted barley malt with hints of dark chocolate, coffee beans, burnt toast, smoke, biscuit, caramel, and yeast. Sweet hints of vanilla, cream, and brown sugar. Subtle dark fruit hints of raisin and plum. Also some light hints of earthy hops. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely roasty, toasty, and smokey dark malt driven taste with notes of chocolate and coffee. Dark roasted barley malt with upfront notes of dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, toast, smoke, biscuit, dough, caramel, and yeast. Sweet taste of sugar along with some notes of vanilla and cream. Dark fruit undertones of plum, fig, and raisin. Also some light backing notes of earthy hops. A really nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy, silky, and smooth.

Overall: A very good take on an American Porter. Good roasty dark malt flavors with a nice creamy body.

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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 Adam_Lifts
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of kwkdmk
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of timontheroad
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark opaque nearly black color with a fluffy mocha two-finger head. The head was very persistent with nice lacing. The smell was lots of coffee, with some chocolate and roasty malt notes. The flavor was quite nice, lots of coffee up front, with nice bits of chocolate and almonds on the back end, and of course nice dark roasted malty sweetness. The mouthfeel was somewhat thin, but according to style, with nice carbonation. Overall, I was pleasantly suprised, this was a really tasty beer, well done NBB!

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Photo of DarrellK
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This porter from New Belgium very closely ticks all the boxes of the description of a porter. It is very smooth and at 6% good for a session. While not exceptional overall it is perfect for anyone to test the porter style. Many porters on the market are tasty but really dark ale or stouts not true porters as is this brew.

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Photo of richkrull
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Portage Porter from New Belgium Brewing
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