Lucky 7 Porter | Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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83
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113 Reviews
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:
113
Ratings:
383
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
12.3%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
76
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 113 | Ratings: 383
Photo of woodychandler
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to local, in-person trader, tone77, tonight is shaping up to be an evening of porters and stouts! As a self-avowed hophead and a CANQuester (TM), these sorts of things help to keep me grounded and well-rounded. Otherwise, I might just sit around and suck down hoppy beers from a CAN all the time and what fun would that be?

From the bottle: "a PORTER brewed with 7 lucky malts".

My aggro pour created a fizzy two fingers of deep-tan head with limited retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown, but in this case, there was zero light penetration. Nose was smoky, but not as intense as my previous porter. This seemed to also be imbued with a grassy hoppiness. Mouthfeel was a bit prickly, slightly overcarbonated and the taste was slightly acidic, more in keeping with the English tradition. I definitely got a lactic acid bite from it. Finish was semi-dry and the tartness lingered well after the swallow. I would classify this as more towards an English Porter and the previous beer as an American Porter. Oh well. One of these was plenty, no matter what the style.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass.

A- Opaque dark brown/black color with a thick mocha colored head that tapers to a film. Not much lacing. A very good looking brew.

S-Roasted dark malts, strong roasted dark coffee, dark chocolate. Can darkness be a smell?!?

T- Lots of dark roasted malt and dark roasted coffee, very strong coffee. Dark bitter choolate flavor, too. The roasting is pushed to the max, just shy of burnt.

M-Crisp, solid feel. Lots of carbonation. Plenty of body and lasting flavors.

O- This beer screams dark roasting and strong coffee working together well.

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Photo of tone77
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of coffee, a touch of cocoa. Taste is big on coffee, a hint of cocoa, bitter, just a little off somehow, dry and a bit metallic at the finish. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Dave1999
2.77/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours pitch black with a small white head.

The smell is a kind of burning smell,roasted malts, seems to fade as the beer warms.

The taste is roasted bitter coffee, with an orange flavour coming through in the after taste.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin with medium carbonation.

Not a fan of this beer at all, I enjoyed evo's ipa but this beer is pretty close to a drain pour. Glad I only bought a single.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown body with no transparency. Foamy tan head that leaves thick lacing on the glass.

S- Roasted malts, coffee, some caramel malts too. Nothing jumps out, but overall pretty appealing.

T- Very similar to the aroma, nothing jumps out, but it is not bad. Somewhat of a bitter taste comes through too with a slight metallic taste.

M- Incredibly dry for a porter. Not really a full bodied as most porters. Crisp bite towards the end.

O- I prefer a more full-bodied porter like Bells or Founders. I found this one to be to be slightly off.

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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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Lucky 7 Porter from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 383 ratings.
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