Lucky 7 Porter | Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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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
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
368
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
22.95%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
75
For Trade:
1
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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honestly, this strikes me as more of an English porter. Good character throughout, but not overtly boisterous. Nice malty sweet tones. Minimal chocolate and what seems almost like molasses. Smooth feel. A nice pleasant beer to drink. My second beer from this brewery and I like what I am seeing. I look forward to trying others from their lineup.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark burnt sienna color. It's not completely opaque at all, like many porters tend to be. The head is a one finger offwhite shade that fades into a thin film with some collaring around the edge of the glass.

S: A fairly chocolaty porter; it's more dry than milky sweet, though. Some nuts, dark unroasted malts, and hazelnut coffee tie these qualities together. Not particularly grabbing or expressive, but good.

T: Even drier than the nose suggested. There are some roasted nuts to start, some lactose cream flavors in the midtaste, and a finish of coffee with just a hint of dry chocolate. I also notice a twinge of finishing hops; not just in the light bitterness, but with the mildly acidic and mineral-esque kick in the aftertaste, as well.

M: Light bodied, with good carbonation, and a crisp, dry finishing kick. About what I expect from a porter.

O: For better or worse, it's a standard porter. Granted, it's a standard porter that's executed quite well; however this lacks many qualities that would enable it to stand out from its brethren. It's one to consider purchasing, but perhaps not one to seek out.

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Photo of Ego
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't quite recall where I picked this up, I suppose in Maryland in my biannual trips to the cliffs of Calvert County, this has been in my cellar for some months, I have a big boy ABV wise to taste after this so I thought this would be a good warmer upper...

eyes....
Jagmanimous head on this, absolutely 4 fingers tall and holding... and holding...
the head does not explode but is more like the blob, it just grows and keeps grumbling along with its bad self, nice and dark, still on the lighter side of completely opaque, lots of bubbles rising up from the dark depths feeding the blob head endlessly it seems

nose...
sweet dried cocoa, milk chocolate, hints of smoke and licorice, a touch o' molasses, pretty nice for a little ole porter

taste etc...
medium body and boy does the sip improve feel wise when you incorporate some of the fizz, almost creamy, the taste follows the nose here, nice chocolate tones, a bit of dryish flavor, a bit of ash/smoke in the aftertaste, nothing dominant and then a nice subtle bitterness to finish off, nothing is over whelming, toward the end I am getting a touch more molasses before the bitter twang

verdict?
a really nice porter, why the hell was I hiding this in the cellar ? next time out in MD I will seek this out on tap, very nice beer, worth checking out.

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Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle. Best by May 2013 notched onto the side of the label. Picked up by a friend at Stateline on the MD/DE border

A: Dark brown and murky. Dark khaki head, departs pretty quickly, leaving a minor film, slight collar and equally minor lace.

S: Some smoke, some milk chocolate/coffee and dark malts.

T: Milk chocolate, light coffee and again dark malts, enough of a hop presence to keep the sweetness from taking over.

M: Pleasant enough on the tongue and coating the mouth. The body is a bit more then medium and the carbonation is fine for the style.

O: Chocolate and coffee infused porter, not overly sweet. Decent porter, but doubt I'd go for more then one of these.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Evolution Lucky 7 Porter isn't so great. It's not unpleasant but is a bit watery and flavourless

A: Black colour and a huge 3 cm head that lasts really well. 4.5

S: I smell yeast, but the maltiness is not that evident here. 3

T: Malty with some acidic qualities and a little bit of sweetness. The maltiness is subdued and a little disappointing. 3

M: A bit thin. 3.5

O: 3.5

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Photo of jaasen64
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to mdaschaf. Poured into Founders snifter. Best by Oct. 2012.

A- Pours a mostly opaque almost black dark brown with a very thin mocha brown head that quickly recedes to pretty much no head. Decent carbonation. Lacing recedes fairly fast.

S- Espresso, malts, bitter dark chocolate, hint of smokiness. About average aroma strength.

T- Smoked malts, a little bit of espresso, chocolate, finishes fairly bitter for a porter. A lot smokier then I was expecting. As it warms up there are some light dark fruit flavors that come out and a little bit more espresso on the aftertaste.

M- A little bit light for a porter, the bitterness tingles the tongue, decent carbonation.

O- This was a decent porter that was a little bit different then I was expecting. There was a lot more smokiness then I was expecting that overpowered the chocolate in the taste. There was also more bitterness on the finish then I typically expect from a porter. Overall it wasn't bad to drink, but not exactly what I look for in porters.

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Photo of dontpanic5
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours pitch black with a huge tan head. In the nose it's vanilla beans and toasty malts. It tastes very toasty and dark. The aftertaste is especially tasty. The mouthfeel is lacking I think, sort of watery on the aftertaste. Overall, pretty good and enjoyable.

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Photo of Sully
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a solid beer. However, there really aren't any outstanding characteristics. It is an easy drinking porter but it's a little watered down. I like my porters with more body and a fuller head. Great starter porter. And It does have a decent nose.

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Photo of matzah
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a May 2012 best-by date into a pint glass.

A: Clear, dark brown pour with 1.5 finger head. Dissipates moderately rapidly. Good lacing.

S: Strong roasted smell with chocolate and a hint of coffee.

T: Standard porter flavors. Nicely roasted malt is strong, but there is an off-flavor. This bottle may have oxidized.

M: Thinner than I would like in a porter.

O: A good porter and worth a try, but it's not life-changing.

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Photo of brystmar
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled Dec 2011.

A nice looking beer with pretty good head retention. Malty and bready aroma with a bunch of oxidization too.

Taste begins with plenty of malty sweetness. Can definitely taste the 7 malts they used. Finishes less sweet but not dry like most porters. An ok brew, but there are plenty of better choices out there.

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Photo of Dope
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark brown pour with just a hint of red in it. Extremely large and fluffy very light brown head. Smattering of lacing.

S: Creamy roasted malt with a touch of chocolate and coffee maybe.

T: Pretty much follows the nose. Creamy with mild roasted malt char mainly. Touch of coffee and chocolate. Smoke comes out and lingers a bit in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and creamy.

O: Pretty decent porter, nothing amazing but nothing offensive about it either. Notably creamy and smooth mouthfeel makes it feel bigger than it is. Otherwise a simple porter.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pour into a pint glass at the Cantwell's Tavern EVO beer dinner on 2/27/12.

A: Pours a dark brown color. Light tan head. About quarter finger that sticks around for a good while.

S: Roast and toasted malts. Some mild roast coffee notes for sure.

T: There is some coffee bitterness in the tip of the tongue. Then you get chocolate and toffee and more coffee. It's a nice mild roasted coffee flavor, which doesn't kill you with bitterness. Nice easy drinking porter.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of papat444
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of a haul of beer my parents bought me on their way back from Florida.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle with 2012 notched but no month notched.

Appearance: Pours a cola brown with an average head and some lacing.

Smell: Charcoal, roasted coffee, toasted malt and a sweet nose.

Taste: Cold coffee, some sweet toffee but not much else.

Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation, smooth and not bad though certainly no porter robustness.

Overall: Doesn't stand out. A weak porter IMO.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from mdaschaf, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a solid dark brown bordering on black with a good sized off white head that displays moderate retention and lace. Smells of light chocolate and brown sugar mostly. Has hints of earth and a slight mineral edge to it. Taste is mostly caramel and brown sugar with only a tease of chocolate in it. There's a hint of oxidation mixed in here with a hint of tart fruitiness and bits of earth and mineral water. Beautiful creamy silky smooth mouthfeel, moderate level of carbonation with a medium body. Decent porter but nothing earth shattering here. Oxidation and tartness seem quite out of place here.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter.

A: Dark brown with a one-finger, tan, creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Malt, chocolate, and coffee.

T: Light sweetness and moderate bitterness. Smokey with an oak-like flavor. Roasted coffee finish.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Kind of thin.

O: Both of these porters were just above average. Nothing special about either one. I think they were pretty comparable - no winner here.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Porter pours a healthy light tan head into my Captain Lawrence tulip with some lacing. Dark black in all areas of the glass.

S: Sweet malt , hints of bittersweet chocolate, and coffee. A bit of smoke.

T: Plenty of sweet malt flavors, a bit of smokey wood flavor mixing with a decent sweet malt presence. There is more than I expected in terms of flavor. It is a nice well rounded American porter, appropriately bittered without being overdone.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation.

O: This is a well made American Porter. Up there in my sessionable porters with Sierra Nevada Porter.

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Photo of stakem
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very big thanks to pmsawyer for sharing this with me. Poured from a growler into a pub glass, this brew appears a dark brown color with a tan cap across the top. The head dissolves fairly fast leaving some small strings of lace sticking to the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a thin layering across the top of the brew. When held to the light, it shows lighter brown clarity around the edges and a deep ruby coloration through the body.

The aroma of this brew is roasty and enjoyable. A pleasant balance of fresh grains, almost oat-like mixes with roasted character smelling like coffee and chocolate. A faint hint of citrus hops is noted that makes for a pleasant contrast to the grainy quality. Almost no inclusion of alcohol here in the nose. As it warms up, the focus of the aroma is mainly centered around chocolate. Well done.

The taste is all inclusive regarding the character picked up on in the aroma. A fresh grainy and roasted presence brings forth flavoring of oats, chocolate and coffee. A faint hint of raisins and some citrus hops keep everything in check. A mild fruity alcohol is included that warms the back of the throat. Overall this is a fine take on the style, it leaves a pleasant aftertaste of roasted grain quality lingering on the tongue.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. About the only gripe I have with this example is the feel is a bit light. Other than that, this is a very approachable and easy drinking porter. It is without any bells, whistles or exaggeration. Overall just a well put together porter with a nice focus on fresh grain, chocolate and coffee. I would drink this again.

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Photo of tweeder263
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark, almost black beer with a light tan 2 finger head. Smells sweet, some licorice , a light scent not too powerful. Taste has sweet element, slightly tart, some roasted tastes mixed in. Mouthfeel is basic nothing special. Overall a decent porter.

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Photo of maximum12
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the splendid beandip for dropping this in a box...a while back. Most of the rest of it was consumed quickly, while this little guy escaped into the back of the fridge, well camoflouged. Well, he's out in the light now. Goin' down.

Pour is close to absent light, excepting the brown/red glints around the edges. Nose is deep roast with a whiff of an unseen campfire.

Lucky 7 is not what I expected, the smokiness of the smell & taste caught me with my knickers 'round my ankles. Big brawny maltiness up front, equal parts smoke & roast. Stinging, bitter chocolate in the middle of this one. Dry, almost to the point of ash (or Ash - "Yo, she-bitch - let's go"). Finish is another dose of bittering cross-pollinated with sweet malts. Session porter? Hell yeah.

Very good beer. I don't know where this brewery came from, or how it's regarded locally, but they make damn fine brew. Nice, tasty porter. Take note, all you weak porter brewers.

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Photo of confer
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up the growler fresh from the brewery.
C- Dark brown with a tan head that fades but leaves traces on the glass and on top. I can see some light through the glass but it's dark enough to most light out.
S- All I smell is faint coffee..
T- Taste is like coffee that is watered down.
M- Even thought the taste seems watered down the feel is nice and slick and creamy.
O- Okay beer. I'd drink it again.

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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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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black, maybe more of dark ruddy brown if you hold it up to the light, with several fingers of mocha head. This retains with a rich ½ finger, which just drenches the sides of the glass with thick and soapy swathes of lace that sticks. The aroma is VERY roasty, with a deep smokiness to it that is softened somewhat by sweeter malty notes of chocolate and caramel. There is also some green citrus present here that blends in with the smokiness of the malts.

The taste is smooth chocolate malts with a touch of sweeter caramel mixed in. Hoppy citrus character adds some green flavor to this but it’s mostly the roast in the backend of this that adds the bulk of the bitterness to the overall profile. This finishes dry and pithy on the tongue, with a touch of lingering smoke that hangs on the breath a bit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sharp on the tongue, but things do get a bit smoother along the back as you swallow. This is crisp and easy in the mouth, with a generally pretty nice feel to it.

It’s no wonder that this beer is big seller for Evolution, as it really brings an assertively roasted attitude and hop presence to the table, yet still stays solidly balanced and accessible for those looking for a fairly easy drinking dark beer experience. This was darn tasty and might just become a go-to Porter for me.

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Photo of chefdaddy18042
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Quite nice! Got this one from a friend when she visited Delmar. The smell was great! Smokiness, chocolate, and overpowering coffee that makes a great porter. The taste was exactly what the aroma led on, amazing. The mouthfeel left me with more to be desired. Minimal carbonation (usual with a porter), but lacking in the back of the throat. Definitely sessionable, i would order this beer again

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Photo of greenmonstah
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle generously provided as an extra in trade.

A - Dark brown, allowing just a bit of light to pass through. Perfect color for a porter. Little head and poor lacing.

S - Excellent aroma of chocolate and coffee, with loads of roasted malt. Really impressive without being too aggressive.

T - Follows the nose fairly well -- you get coffee, roasted malts up the wazoo, and a chocolate-y finish. Has both dark and milk chocolate flavors. Slightly sour taste is present in the finish, but only a little.

M - Medium body with just-right carbonation for a porter. Finishes neutral, with no dryness.

O - Overall this beer was a great surprise! I enjoyed it immensely and will certainly seek it out if I have the opportunity in the future.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 10/18/11 notes. Had on tap at the Evolution event at FireWorks in Arlington, VA.

a - Pours a very dark brown color, almost black, with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and light bitter coffee. Pretty good porter, very roasty.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, light caramel and bready malts, and light coffee. Sweeter than the nose and mroe chocolate, which I like a lot. A step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty good porter. I was disappointed the label for their Morning Woods stout did not get approved in time for the event (damn you VA laws), but this was a nice substitution. Would order it again.

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Lucky 7 Porter from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 368 ratings.
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