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Lucky 7 Porter | Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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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
Ranking:
#31,936
Reviews:
118
Ratings:
393
pDev:
11.99%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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13
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Ratings: 393 |  Reviews: 118
Photo of deereless
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Serious issues with the carbonation - upon opening the bottle it overflowed and even a gentle pour down the side of the glass gave me a half inch of beer to 5 inches of head, the resulting head is mildly brown and looks reminds me of ocean froth, dark brown to black in color with a faint crimson hue - 2.25, S: Lots of dark roasts and faint raisin on the nose, quite a bit of charring, there is a muffled alcohol burn - 3.00, T: Like the nose there is quite a bit of charring as well as a burnt brown sugar taste, significant chocolate and some pine tar, mildly sweet - 3.50, M: Body is a little on the side of thin, slight grittiness - 3.00, D: The issues with the carbonation really take away from the beer experience, otherwise the palate profile is nice and quite drinkable - 3.50

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Photo of 8ense1
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've had this a number of times, both in growlers filled at the Delmar brewery and more recently in bottles at local distributors. My impressions have been uneven, and I can related to other reviewers who rate it down for "watery" or "metallic" taste qualities. I've had batches that could be described as either or both.

I think that it is a radically unstable recipe that does best in bottles, which allow the brew to settle down a bit before opening. It is very highly carbonated, however, and I think it is a serious mistake to pour it into a glass, then wait (as one reviewer said) for the foam to settle down. The foam is, in my experience, absolutely essential to the taste.

So, as barbaric as it seems, I recommend getting this in bottles, letting them get good and cold in the fridge, then popping the cap and drinking them straight out of the neck of the bottle, ideally naked and sweaty from the waist up like Marlon Brando in "A Streetcar Named Desire." That way it bursts into foam in your mouth, allowing you to appreciate the complex flavor.

The taste is earthy/smoky, with a "funky" quality that I puzzled over for a long time before deciding that it was most like the quality of fermented oolong tea. It is very bold and lingers in the mouth, so while the alcohol content is modest, I find that one bottle, while enjoyable, is enough for the night.

One caution: if you do drink it from the bottle, don't hold onto it between sips, as the heat from your hand will cause it to foam up without warning and bubble out of the top into your lap.

For all its problems, I continue to keep a few bottles around the house in case Blanche duBois comes by for a visit.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I received this in a BIF from lackenhauser. Thanks, steve!

Pours black with a thin tan head that leaves nice lacing.

Smells of chocolate, caramel, and some mroe sweetness. A little light on the nose, but still very nice.

The taste is full of chocolate, caramel, and a sweet bitterness to finish.

Mouthfeel is a tad light, unfortunately, but still nice. Could be more creamy.

Overall this was a good beer. Nothing too intense, but still a well crafted porter.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle obtained via Veterans BIF from mday. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint, dark brown foam from top to bottom to start. After waiting forever for settling, we've got a cloudy brown brew. Frothy head continues to last, with plentiful chunky lace. Aroma is chocolatey, but dominated by soapiness. Taste is sweet to start, root beer in the middle, with a lightly bitter close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is pretty good. Wish the wait to start enjoying this brew wasn't so long.

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Photo of therica
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
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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Photo of vacax
2.29/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours fairly black with a moderate tan head with good retention and unspectacular lace. Smells of fruit (apples, peaches), smoke, phenols, and adhesives. Tastes smokey, phenolic, with a bit of fruit esters and an ashy cookielike finish. Major DMS and phenolic off flavors. Body is medium, a bit high on the carbonation to pick up any thickness which would be nice on a porter. Not too drinkable considering the harsh nose and off-flavors.

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Photo of mjw2808
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

wow, only 12 reviews? Wheres all the Delmarva BA's at?
Poured a dark brownish black with almost no head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. The nose is of roasted malt and brown sugar. The taste also has the roasted malt and brown sugar but also with a slight metalicy taste. Far from a watery beer, but it is more watery than many other porters ive had. Nice mouthfeel and drinkability.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Joecaddie for this extra.

A: very dark brown, medium head, no lace

S: various malts, brown sugar

T: Tastes more like a brown ale than a porter, in many ways. That being said, it's a nice brew. Malty, with a touch of sweet brown sugar. There is a subtle smokiness and toffee flavor. Not as complex as I had hoped, after reading seven malts were used, but again, a nice brew.

M: moderate carbonation, decent aftertaste

D: I'd have this again, but I wouldn't actively seek it out.

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Photo of BeerThursdays
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this both on tap and in the bottle, but this will be a bottle review. Tap was just as good.

Poured from bottle into standard pint glass. Had a dark brown/black color with a two finger tan head. Looks very nice, but nothing extraordinary. Good in the nose. Smells of malts and caramel, with hints of coffee and toffee.

Taste is very good. One of the few Porters I've liked. I usually get the taste of cigarettes, but that did not come through with this one. Taste is of toffee, roasted malts and nuts, along with a nice fruity hop character you normally don't see in a porter. Finishes very smooth with a sweetness that leaves you wanting more.

Very nice beer from a smaller company. Proud to say they are from Delaware, and will be sure to support in the future.

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Photo of MikeB20
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: 12oz bottle poured into a chilled pint glass.

A: The color is a nice deep brown with a red highlights on the edges and a two finger tan head. Lacing is decent and sticks all the way down the glass.

S: Lots of malt with a hint of smoke. I can pick up some toffee or caramel at the end, certainly something sweet.

T: The smell would have led me to believe there would have been a distinct sweetness but there isn't. A bitter finish is what you'll notice the most here. There's quite a bit of malt going on but it trades a pronoucned roasted flavor for a slightly smokey one.

M: Very carbonated, lots of tiny bubbles on the tongue. Fairly smooth but not that substantial, I expected it to fill my mouth a more.

D: Overall this is a pretty good beer. It finished a bit more bitter than I would have liked especially considering how malty it is up front. I see people using sour to describe the finish and the more I drink it the more I like that description. I also think there's a bit too much carbonation. It's a good Porter but certainly not my favorite, easily worth a try for anyone into this style of beer.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle or not, this one was good. Very unique flavor profile for the type. Dark cola in the glass, moderate body with subtle carbonation. Dunkel-like roasted malt in the nose. Initial taste is surprisingly balanced. The familiar porter "smoke" is pleasantly absent and replaced instead with a nice roasted flavor of malt, coffee and nuts. All balanced with a fruity to bitter hops presence that renders the whole thing very drinkable. Somewhat complex--to the point that you're intrigued enough to want to keep drinking. I can't wait to order this on tap. (UPDATE 2/26/15: Tried as part of a 6 bottle porter taste test. It was excellent. The only one I liked better was the Anchor.)

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Photo of Zeisloft
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

McGovens (Baltimore) currently has it on tap (1/15/2010). I was hesitant to order, due to a typical dislike of porters (I don't like overly roasted/burnt or smokey porters).

This beer came dark in color, with a half inch tan head. The smell had some chocolate and a little smoke, then as caramel and toffee as it warmed a little. The tasted had a great blend of all the smells, as the chocolate, smoke, toffee and caramel all combined into a very pleasant swill. The beer is smooth and thin in the mouth, which leads to a very drinkable beer, and at 5.8%, a beer that I look forward to drinking in the future.

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Photo of VWRacer
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
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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Photo of nrpellegrini
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a pint glass.

A dark brown color with an off white head, pours a little thick/ creamy. Thin head just laces the top and then the sides. Sweet malts up front with coffee and smoked flavor, finishes really smooth and creamy. Towards the end the malts tend to get a little sour. Drinks much easier and thinner than poured. Mouthfeel is nice no bitter are burnt aftertaste. Really drinkable, I love all the malts.

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Photo of JimmyK77
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
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 Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the brewery, served in small tasters I enjoyed some of my wife's in addition to mine.

A - Deep Brown, translucent bronze at the base w/ dark red highlight. Thick tan head tops w/ fine bead.

S - The smell is smoked malts at first and pretty strong w/ caramel and toffee as it warms w/ buttery roasted nuts and dark roasted coffee w/ the smoke continuing on

M - Rich full body almost thick w/ med carbonation mild roasted leads to strong roast/smoke synergy. moderate bitterness keeping it balanced w/ a subtle sweet finish

T - Roasted malts cover the taste w/ subtle beefy smoky taste which leads to a toffee nutty note. There's a mild pine hop accent to the flavor w/ a lingering smoke taste in the finish

D - A great porter w/ definite smoked malt influence. The 7 malts give this complexity enough to be considered a robust porter and still highly drinkable.

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Photo of pershan
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

Poured a deep black with a thick, tight head into a pint glass. A slightly sour aroma with a hint of bread/toasted malt - reminiscent of Guinness. Roasted malt/bread flavors dominated initially, with hop bitterness and a slight sourness at the finish - very pleasant actually. A bit over-carbonated, but nice delicate lacing down the glass. A very drinkable porter - nice balance with the roasted malt and hop bitterness, with an unexpected (but not really unpleasant) subdued sour component.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, deep chestnut/mahogany color, bordering on black but not quite there. Good sized head-this is my 2nd growler of this and both have retained some great carbonation in 24 hours. Plenty of lacing on down the glass. Moderate aroma-mild scent of cocoa and roasted malt. Nice solid, rich flavor of roasted malt, with some chocolate and a mild coffee note. A mild, somewhat fruity complexity that seems to come out half way thru the glass and as it warms. Decent mouthfeel-the rich flavor makes for a very full feel to it but not overly so. A great all round porter in my book.

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Lucky 7 Porter from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 393 ratings
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