Lucky 7 Porter
Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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American Porter
Ranked #977
Ranked #34,536
3.71 | pDev: 11.86%
Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
Lucky 7 PorterLucky 7 Porter
Notes: 24 IBU
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Reviews: 123 | Ratings: 410
Photo of flgimp
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured hard into a frosted pilsner glass. Lovely rich, creamy khaki colored head. Two fingured. Dissipated, but nice lacing on glass. Very dark brown body. Not much more some malt and earthy notes. Very good taste. Front is chocolate nibs and coffee, then malt. Lasting complex flavor. Feel is medium with ample carbonation. Overall I liked this porter. Went down well with dinner.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cola brown color,about medium body with a little more carbonation than I'm used to for this style. Aroma is malt,roasted malt,some coffee and chocolate. Taste is similar but does have a sweet malty flavor that could be toned down a bit. Overall it was still a decent porter

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Photo of daliandragon
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown porter with lots of sticky lace. Nose is coffee and roasted nuts. Broad but not overly strong finish, with a touch of smokiness and roasted malts. Brief hop balance and more coffee in the finish. Decent complexity and solid drinkability. A nimble porter that still delivers an authentic porter experience. Worth a try.

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Photo of mynie
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Birrotecha.

Pours dark red with a decent head. You know what a porter looks like, I'm sure.

Smells of rough grain and very mild hops. The flavor is dominated by rough porter barley (which I like), but the back end gets a bit too sour and sweet for my tastes. Coffee and peat up front and in the middle and then sweet yeast on the back end.

A solid enough American porter but hardly an exemplar of the style.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Overall, a solid, tasty porter.

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Cloudy, dark, raisin colored. Fizzy head that settled to a skim and then dissipated completely. Smells like roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. Taste follows with a pleasant dark roast, but without too much unpleasant char or astringency. Mouthfeel started sparkly and biting, mellow and smooth in the middle, and flat toward the end. Good body.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours dark opaque black with a small tannish head. The smell is somewhat sweet with caramel notes and some booziness. Some burnt notes in the taste and even some oakiness. Medium body.

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Photo of 57md
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with a half finger of head. The nose is nicely roasty and likely the feature of this offering. The flavor profile has a touch of sweetness and not much roast. The body is solid for the style.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My third sampling of Evolution Brewing. Excited to try this one considering how much I liked, especially Rise Up Stout, their other offerings.
Poured out of the bottle, it appears dark brown and looks nearly black in the glass. A thumbnail length high head recedes into a creamy film that retains and laces well.
Served cold, it takes a short bit for the aromas to emanate. At first there is a mild roasty quality along with a faint creaminess. However, soon enough, as the drink warms, some nice aromas are unlocked. Most prominent amongst these, is a nice interplay between caramel sweetness and dark chocolate. There is also a nutty and light coffee roast quality. Furthermore, towards the end there are hints of earthy pine resin and even a slight whiff of alcohol.
In the mouth it is fairly smooth and medium to light in body. Very easy to drink and even sessionable. I feel that there is a slight wetness in the mouthfeel and cola like quality. Perhaps some of the nuances from the aroma did not come out as much in the flavor. It consists mostly of roasted malts, coffee and a slightly creamy sweetness. There is a somewhat bold and resiny hops bite in the finish. Decent balance.
Overall, a simple,decent and drinkable Porter.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours black with tall, creamy, beige head, lively carbonation and nice lacing. Aroma is of toasted malt, herbal hops and dark chocolate. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Taste is of toasted malt, chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruit and herbal hops. Finish is long and bittersweet. Ok porter.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured black with only a trace of brown head.

Smells the part - nice roasted malt smell - smokiness.

Some roasted flavors - but lots of sweetness. A bit of chocolate and some fruitiness ending in a sugary, tacky finish

Way too carbonated for my liking, really making it a challenge to collect the flavor.

Not a big fan.... needs a little more substance and better mouthfeel IMO.

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Photo of BJB13
3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottled on Jan 2017 notched on label.
12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler style pint glass

Look- Poured black and mostly opaque. 1 finger tan foamy head with very little lacing that quickly vanished. After that, no head to speak of.
Smell- Sweet and malty. Coffee, roasted malts, chocolate.
Taste- Sweet and slightly bitter. Roasted malts and a hint of hops. The alcohol was more pronounced than I would have thought for a 5.8% ABV beer.
Feel- Thin to medium bodied and slightly creamy. Under carbonated.
Overall- I was disappointed. I poured a second bottle to see if it was any better, it was the same. I did get a thicker head from a more aggressive pour but it disappeared just as fast.

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Photo of drtth
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass an almost black color with some dark red tones. The 1/2” head is a tan color and leaves no lacing as it recedes. Sipping creates a few legs and patches of lacing. By mid-way through the beer the ring and some lacing persist and the surface still has a complex thin pattern of foam.

The aromas include a light smokiness and a touch of dark roast from the malt. There’s a bit of dark fruits in the background and just a suggestion of burnt malt character.

The light flavors are much as expected from the nose with some dark roast from the malt and a bit of smokiness. But there’s also some dark caramel sweetness along with chocolate, some coffee and touches of fruitiness. The sweetness is balanced by some light bitterness.

The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and creamy smooth with soft, gentle but persistent carbonation. The medium length finish begins as the sweetness fades allowing the coffee and chocolate to show a bit before following. At the end there is some dry bitterness from the hops but no sign of burnt character from the dark roasted malt.

This is a drinkable porter and one I’ll keep an eye open for to be able to revisit. The overall balance of aromas/flavors is just complex enough to be interesting but at the same time light, and pleasant enough that one can just sit back, relax and enjoy a tasty porter. While I’d not place it above or in the same class as some of the best porters I’ve tried it is well done.

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Photo of ppvora
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a chilled 12 oz. bottle into an ale glass.
Looks: Dark brown almost edging up to a black, 1 finger of head, lots of small and some big bubbles.
Aroma: Malt, malt, malt, sugarcane.
Taste: Malt, chocolate, molasses, lots of hops, and some wonderful smokiness.
Mouthfeel: Some bitterness, but some creme-brulee like feel.
Overall: Loved this porter. Will definitely buy during the cooler months of the year.

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Photo of avalon07
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was an inch of foamy, off white head that lasted an average amount of time. Average lacing.

S: A pretty underwhelming aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and light hops.

T: Tasted of some light chocolate notes, a lot of roasted malt, a tinge of hops (not as noticeable as it should have been), some coffee (not enough), This is certainly not a particularly dynamic flavor. It's incredibly one-dimensional, with everything focused on its malt content. Kind of unoriginal.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer has its good qualities, but it ultimately fails. Could have been more interesting.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A--Dark black with some brown tints where light hits it. Big head that withered to nothing almost immediately.

S--Roasted malts, some chocolate.

T--No burnt malts like I was expecting from the nose. Sweet with plenty of chocolate. Tastes like a proper porter.

M--Carbonation is minimal. Coating.

O--A fine representative porter. Tasty and solid.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours black, lets no light through.

Overall: The aroma has cherry, coffee, and roasted malts. Luck 7 contains a medium body that starts with a smoky, coffee, taste and finishes with chocolate and mild bitterness. This is a great porter.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark beer with a quickly facing head and no lacing. Big roasty malts and bitter coffee in the nose. The taste is very lightly sweet with bitter roasted malt and a coffee taste as well. Thin mouthfeel but not unusual for a porter. Solid beer.

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Photo of Kubishark
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had at the brewery in Salisbury.

Frankly, this to me was a bit of a letdown. Seeing the scores for it from here, I went in expecting a memorable, top notch porter. What I got ended up being pretty mild and watery.

It looks nice, black and with a thin tan head, but that's the best thing about the beer. It smells like roasted grain and a little bit of coffee, but it's pretty light. The flavor to is pretty plain and lacking. Somewhat metallic. The feel is watery.

Overall underwhelming. Usually porters and stouts are my favorite styles of beer, but at the Evolution brewery I'd stick to their much better IPA and DIPA.

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Photo of Act25
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

based on others' reviews these bottles are variable from frothy to flat. (mine flat... )

a - Pours a dark brown body, near black, with fast fade inch of tan head and no carbonation evident. No retention or lace. Flattish.

s - Scant smells of roasted malts, smoke, chocolate, and light bitter coffee. Very roasty.

t - Better. Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, light caramel and interesting (7?) malts, and light coffee. Sweeter than the nose and more chocolate, which I like a lot. A step up from the nose. Agree with Alstrom - cries out for oysters.

m - Thinnish body. Flattish. carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a fair at best porter. Would not order it again.

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Photo of Owlish1
3.19/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look: very dark brown, with a light tan head, two finger head began to dissipate almost immediately
Smell: light scent of yeast, malt and maybe a hint of coffee
Taste: mild flavors of malt, coffee, and dark chocolate; dry finish, with the faintest aftertaste of bitterness (like a very dark chocolate)
Feel: very smooth, almost silky, but not creamy, very light carbonation, light-medium body
Overall: Nice flavor, nice mouth feel. It's nice. I'm not in love, but maybe we can be friends.

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Photo of Beejay
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black in the glass with a deep brown color at the edges, and a medium brown head.

S: Roasted grain and a touch of coffee. Finish is molasses.

T: Nice roasted grain, and molasses, with a touch of coffee in the finish. Simple, but quite delicious.

M: Medium to medium light in body, with fairly high carbonation.

O: Overall pretty tasty, I could jam on this all night.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer has a fizzy, low profile, light tan head that quickly dissipates once the carbonation bubbles out. The beer itself is a dark, deep, molasses coloring, almost black. Aromas of chocolate, subtle roasted notes, hints of coffee bitterness, nutty sweetness, and a subtle toffee rich character. You really have the let the carbonation fizzle out before you can get down in there on the nose. Flavors are rich and roasted forward, with bittersweet baker's cocoa forward, subtle toffee notes, hints of coffee and cream, and earthy tones. The body is extremely light and effervesced by the enormous amount of carbonation. There is a subtle chocolate and toffee aftertaste that lingers through the crisp, clean, effervesced and bubbly finish. Tasty beer.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a tulip glass. the beer pours a dark cocoa brown color with fizzy beige head that fades immediately after completing the pour.
Aroma is sweet chocolate malt with some brown sugar and a bit of toffee. No hops nor any booze is apparent on this malty beer.
First sip reveals a silky smooth texture with a minimal gently rolling carbonation that makes the beer easy to drink.
Flavor is what nose predicts with all malt flavors. Chocolate and brown sugar dominate with a bit of roast in the background. Not any hops to be found on the flavor profile either.
This beer has no booziness and drinks very easy. A decent porter with no flaws. It isnt mindblowing but i am enjoying drinking this tonight.

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a solid black color with 2 finger head. Average head retention.

S - Sweet pleasant aroma coming off the beer. Main scents hitting me are that of coffee and chocolate. Overall sweet malt character.

T - A little less than was expecting, fairly plain initially finishing off with the chocolate and coffee flavorings.

M - Very bold feeling. Medium - thick bodied beer with little carbonation present. Smooth feel and finish.

O - I'm a big fan of porters to start. Very enjoyable beer from a local brewery. Was hoping a little more from the taste but still thoroughly enjoyed. The aromas of chocolate really make the beer in my opinion.

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Photo of Marraybay
1.7/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

From a semi-local brewer: was hoping for a bit more. No real sweetness in this for me; Fairly boozy and bitter: a bit harsh. Will cellar for a bit and revisit, but at this writing, not a fan.

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Lucky 7 Porter from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 410 ratings