Black Duck Porter | Greenport Harbor Brewing Company

Black Duck PorterBlack Duck Porter
BA SCORE
86.2%
Liked This Beer
4.01 w/ 224 Ratings
Black Duck PorterBlack Duck Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
New York, United States
greenportharborbrewing.com

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A black ale that puts the flavor of the malt front and center. It has a mild hop character that balances strong notes of cocoa and hints of coffee. A full-bodied roasty treat that finishes dry. Pairs well with chocolate, BBQ, as well as fresh shellfish.

Added by bonbright7 on 08-24-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,256
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
224
Liked:
193
Avg:
4.01/5
pDev:
10.22%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
45
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an English pint glass, the appearance was a black color with a creamy colored thin foamy head that died off at a decent pace. Semi-foamy thin lace. The aroma took in portions of milk and dark chocolate over some subtle vanilla notes and then graces the underneath with a light roasty, some char and coffee beans. The flavor slightly brings together the previously mentioned aromas to blend decently between the roast and the sweet. Crisp sweet roasted aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Moderately carbonated, subtle roasty nuances slide over my tongue nicely in a nice semi-smooth wet sort of way. Overall, nicely done porter somewhat leaning to the English side. I could come back to this.

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Photo of Jps715
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bogdawg
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tcsox
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VoxRationis
3.22/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Decanted from a tap into a tulip glass at brewery.
A: Dark mahogany to black with a quarter inch tan head. Little lacing or legs.
S: Aroma roasty , almost burnt black coffee more than unsweetened chocolate.
T: Black coffee that has burned in the pot, light pepperiness for bittering. Little aftertaste.
M: Light bodied, light carbonation.
O: Burnt flavor detracts from the sweetness that would characterize this style. Bitterness seems as much from burnt malt as from hops. Drinkable without being something I would return to.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DbbC
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Holly1215
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Act25
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As good a session black as Baba. This is real porter. Bodega in Park Slope by the bottle.

A: Dark brown body with one finger tan head that sports retention and plenty of lace.

S: Sturdy roasted malt, cocoa, dankness, grass, and smoke.

T: Follows the aroma, roasted malt, cocoa, licorice, and dark chocolate. Surprising abundance of flavor (4) and fine bitterness at the finish.

M: Medium bodied with bitter and dry finish.

O: Great craft. This could be a regular in my fridge. Sum greater than it's parts, scores high for being session beer.

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Photo of nyrblue2
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CervezaNY
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sellen
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BallsDeep
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zai
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MMOSNN
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ajdemma
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LeRose
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours almost black with an ample tan head of dense bubbles that ever so slowly falls. The beautiful foam cap falls to chunky rafts that eventually drops to about an 1/8 inch layer. It really hangs in there nicely. This beer is also extremely clear - beautiful in the glass.

The aroma is rich with chocolate, coffee, and I swear I smell some marshmallow sweetness and vanilla. A little caramel, maybe just a little on the overcooked side. Not super intense, but a very pleasant and nicely rounded aroma.

Based on the aroma, I expected a bit of a jumble in the flavor department, but the taste is very tight and concise. There's "just enough" of what the aromas reveal. The sweetness is just a whisper and that highlights the darker notes of the coffee and chocolate. Just enough bitterness on the end to do the reset.

Clean feel with maybe a touch of chalkiness on the finish, but quite light and not overly carbonated. Mellow on the tongue. A refreshing porter? Yeah - I'm OK with it being a bit light on the body.

Overall, a clean, well-crafted beer that is a good representation of the style even though it is a touch on the thin side. Recommended.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not bad for a session porter. Pours grainy and speckled, dark brown with slim tan head. Smells of toasted malts an a bit of metal perhaps some prune. Taste is porterriffic Andy texture is medium-medium light. Slick sweet finish.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What an excellent representation of the style. A jet black pour with Ringes of red around the edges and a 2-finger tan head, I'm waiting for the malt onslaught.

And I'm impressed as the aroma and taste carry huge amounts of cocoa and coffee. How the brewery gets all this flavor into a 4.7% ABV beer is beyond me, but I'm thankful they did.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of logicalparadox
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Truly a session porter

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Photo of SpaethJam
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of antman27
3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of odgw
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Black Duck Porter from Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86.2% out of 100 with 224 ratings
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