Lucky 7 Porter | Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Lucky 7 PorterLucky 7 Porter

Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
24 IBU

Added by lackenhauser on 04-30-2009

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Photo of womencantsail
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks for this one, Bobby.

A: Pours a dark brown color with a sturdy khaki colored head and mild lacing.

S: A very strong smoke aroma to this beer. Some good roasted malt notes and maybe a bit of dark, bitter chocolate. Maybe a little bit of a soap in there. The smoke really dominates the nose, though.

T: Kind of harsh and slightly astringent. The smoke is again at the forefront and really makes up most of the flavor. A decent roasted malt flavor and just a bit of bitter dark chocolate.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation and a drying feeling on the tongue.

D: An alright beer, even with its strong smokiness. Don't know if I'd want to drink a bottle, though.

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Photo of argock
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into Duvel tulip. Enjoy by Mar 2011 notched on label. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.80.

A: Very dark brown with beige highlights and tan 1-2 finger head with good retention and very nice lattice of lace.

S: Mostly roasted malt, light chocolate and coffee notes, tobacco hops finish the aroma

T: Not overly sweet, heavy on the roasted malt flavor, light caramel is knocked down by black cold coffee and bittersweet chocolate. A bit of cigar ash tobacco hops in the finish which grows a bit with the chocolate with warming.

M: Good body for the style, no more than medium with low carbonation and slick overall feel.

D: A pretty good porter that hits the style solidly on target. No big flourishes except for the tobacco ash hops bit, which I didn't care for much. Otherwise, a very solid brew.

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Photo of larryi86
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Dark brown, almost black, with a one finger tan head.

S- Nice roasted malt, coffee, and hints of dark chocolate.

T- Not as rich as the noise, but still very good. Nice roasted coffee, dark chocolate, nice bitter finish.

M- Nice medium body, a little creamy.

D- Easy to drink, and a solid porter. This is my third beer from Evo and I have been impressed by what I have had from them.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
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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Photo of Rschis16
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, but for some reason it was nearly impossible to pour due to an excess of head. Let it sit after buying for a couple days? I don't know but after I got through that, I enjoyed the smooth, almost milky? mouthfeel. Carbonation level was perfect. Could've used some more hops I think. Pretty easy to drink, and always something impressive about a straight up black beer.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Evolution Lucky 7 Porter on tap at The Cat's Eye Pub in Baltimore, MD. Served in a pint. I have also had this beer at the Southern Boys Beer Festival in Salisbury, MD.

Appearance: Incredibly black, big white fluffy head. Low carbonation, good lacing. Nice decent appearing, typical of a porter, nothing outstanding.

Smell: Comes through as roasty, a little watery. Some hoppy bitterness, mild. Aromas of coffee poured into the filter and let to sit there until the next morning. A bit of a stale bathroom whiff, sticky piss and crusted dingleberries.

Taste: Thin outright, followed by a smooth touch of roasty bitterness and a tad of vanilla-like sweetness. Could use more body and flavor, a bit of this and a tad of that.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, medium-to-low body, chewy finish. Nice roastiness all around.

Drinkability: Great, chuggable, sessionable. A bit boring, though, and thin. Not too enjoyable, a bit disappointing but super drinkable.

I think Evolution brews great beers, but this one is just average-to-good.

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Photo of jampics2
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A generous extra from a trader. 12oz bottle into a snifter.

Black with a touch of red around the edges. Little head recedes to a film. The beer is relatively opaque with just a touch of light passing through. The color is nice but the lack of head makes me think twice before diving in.

The beer smells of roasted malt with a touch of smoke and chocolate. Some coffee notes are also observed along withs some sweet caramelized malt. Very pleasant and inviting nose.

The taste has a nice smoked edge. There's some great chocolate and coffee notes from the roasted malt, and, thankfully the acidity is kept low and this doesn't become acrid. The sweetness and bitter/earthy flavors live together in perfect harmony. This isn't super-complex but has some depth that sets it apart from some simpler takes on the style.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation that is just a touch more sparkling than I like. That being said, I enjoyed this and would drink it again. It's certainly more enjoyable than some porters I've had recently.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #37 (Feb 2010):

Big, frothy tan head is tempted to overflow but holds strong; dark leather-brown color sheds no glow for the eyes. Dry cocoa powder, hint of charcoal and used coffee grounds infiltrate the nostrils. Smoothness is nearly silky with a creamy backdrop. Roasty to the hilt but does not pass the point of being too much. Burnt sugar, smoky charcoal, Sumatra-roast coffee and unsweetened dark chocolate all come to mind as the malt drops a bomb on the palate. Hint of alcohol and dark fruit in the middle. Hops are a forethought, yet enough is thrown into the mix to help keep any sweetness in check. Pleasant roasty finish.

Top-notch Porter here: If you put your ear up to this beer, you would swear is quietly cries to be with oysters.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to joecaddie for the bottle.

Pours dark brown with a light tan head and a bit of lace. Good retention. Nose brings some chocolate a good deal of darker malt. Taste is a bit more plain with some slight chocolate and a bit of semi-roasted malt. Good body and carbonation. Drinks pretty well and is a nice introduction to the brewery.

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Photo of yuriruley
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark with a little bit of white/tan head, and decent amount of lacing.

Smell - smells sweet and grainy, with robust maltiness.

taste - A lot sweeter than I was expecting, has a good toasted malt background and graininess. Small hints of coffee flavors leaving a slightly bitter after taste.

Mouthfeel - Good amount of carbonation, creaminess, drinks pretty well.

Drink - Easy to drink, and pretty enjoyable.

Pretty good beer, would drink it again. Not my favorite porter, but not bad at all.

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Photo of afksports
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Had this on epic Jill Andrews weekend, at the show itself at NightCat in Easton, MD (nice beers for such a small venue, also had a DFH Indian Brown). It was bottled and part of a bucket o' beers promotion. Made the show even better.

That said, while appearance was good, and smell was strong too, the taste just didn't fulfill the burnt caramel promise on the nose. It felt a bit watery, not really big enough mouthfeel for a porter. That said, it was still a tasty brew, with not too much abv, and I could see myself repeating it if in the mood for a dark beverage in Delaware.

That is... if DFH weren't so nearby.

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Photo of morimech
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black color with two fingers of tan head that lasted a long time before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Good looking beer. There seems to be a lot of smoke coming through in the aroma. Slight hint of chocolate but that is about it. Interesting flavor with alternating smoke and chocolate malt battling for dominance. I wish the body was a little fuller but it has wonderful carbonation. Very good texture. Reading other reviews it seems this brewery has some consistancy issues. But my bottle was a good example of a porter with some smokiness.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Victorias.

In every regard this is an average, acceptable Anerican porter that does very little to distinguish itself. Appearance is a rich, dark brown with a quickly fading light tan head that leaves pretty webs of lacing. Aroma is mild, malty and roadty with a faint dark chocolate note. Flavor is robust and malty rich with minimal hop, roast or astringent flavors. Mouthfeel is slightly over carbonated and a thin watery finish. My favorite of the Evilution beers I've tried so far, but still nothing worth seeking out and miles behind Edmund, founders, black butte, etc.

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Photo of deereless
3.24/5  rDev -12%
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 -9%
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 +6.5%
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 -9.5%
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 +17.4%
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 -37.8%
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 -5.7%
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 -3.5%
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 +6.5%
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 +1.9%
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 GrandpaGeorg
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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 +11.4%
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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