Lucky 7 Porter | Evolution Craft Brewing Company

BA SCORE
83
good
390 Ratings
Lucky 7 PorterLucky 7 Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
evolutioncraftbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
24 IBU

Added by lackenhauser on 04-30-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
390
Reviews:
116
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
12.3%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
76
For Trade:
1
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5/5  rDev +36.6%

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4.6/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought this was the best beer Evolution had on draft the day I visited (also had the pale ale, ESB, and IPA). A very good porter with appropriate hop bitterness and pleasing aroma and flavor. Rather unscientific, but I was there on a Friday afternoon for about an hour and this was what most people coming in to fill growlers were getting.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Evolution's Lucky 7 is quite roasty for a porter. In my mind it's almost a stout. It's got an almost smokey note in the nose; and there's lots of coffee in the flavor. Not that that's a bad thing, it's actually quite good, but I was expecting something a little different given the porter designation. Perhaps the smokiness is throwing me off.

The appearance is quite good as well, leaving thick, broken and craggy rings of tan lace about the glass with each sip. The body is almost black although you can make out a thin sliver of crimson-accented dark mahogany when held to the light.

The aroma, as noted, is a touch smokey over its roastiness. There's a bit of ash as well, but beyond that there's also some very nice yeasty fruitiness.

That carries through into the flavor, but I also pick up a nice dollop of sweet golden caramel within the maltiness. The more it warms the richer it becomes with the flavors opening up and appearing more readily. The chocolate and cocoa widen, and some grassy/floral hop flavors appear. A firm bitterness balances it, and I'm quite pleased that they've kept the acidity in check and it doesn't offer that dark malt 'bite' that's so often found.

It's medium bodied, and smooth across the palate with little zest; leaving it to finish a bit more softly than it might otherwise.

Quite drinkable! This is the first beer I've had from Evolution Brewing and I'm inspired to sample their entire lineup.

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4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the brewery in Delmar. Dark color with a tan foamy head. Stuck around pretty good on my glass at the tasting room. Smell was smokey. The taste delivers strong malts, coffee, chocolate and smoke. Good mouthfeel when the head is still on the glass. Drinkability is good.

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4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let this stuff settle for at least 1-2 days before opening. Otherwise it tends to be out of balance.

A= dark black, more so than most Schwarz biers, fair head, some modest rimming.

S= huge smoky oak filled the room when I poured, before I could even get my nose near the stein, fabulous. Chocolate, caramel and molasses notes.

T= surprisingly hoppy for a porter, great balance, very full-flavored, adequate carbonation, amazing. Dry dark chocolate, light notes of burnt coffee bitters, burnt caramel and molasses.

M= light syrup with dry dark chocolate and molasses.

D= session if you're in the mood.

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4.29/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of corylew
4.26/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a little tan head that thins down then leaves a small film of foam until the glass is gone.

Smells amazing. One of the only times I'd rate something 5.0, this stuff packs a huge punch of roasted toffee, chocolate, malt, and overall roasty goodness. It's like biting into a s'more.

Taste follows suit, all malt and all roasty goodness. No hops to be found, but hey, I don't even care. This is delicious.

Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is on the lower side, allowing the pallet to not be muddled by CO2. The sweet malt flavor lingers after it goes down, giving you a flavor reminding you that you want to take another sip.

Overall, without sounding like an Evolution Craft Brewing Company commercial, I'll tell you to just get one and try it yourself. It's one thing to follow the guidelines for a style. Beers that taste like exactly what you expect are in my opinion, mediocre. These guys take a well established baseline, the porter, and packs more roasted flavor than you expect, which is something to be commended.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer does everything right, and though it's not Edmund Fitzgerald, it is a great porter.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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Lucky 7 Porter from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 390 ratings.
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