Black Duck Porter | Greenport Harbor Brewing Company

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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 RichThatchr on 08-24-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,186
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
237
pDev:
10.25%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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12
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Ratings: 237 |  Reviews: 51
Reviews by cosmicevan:
Photo of cosmicevan
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a 32oz growler of this last week at whole foods in downtown nyc (in fliptop growler). Poured into ommegang tulip.

A - Poured a nice dark almost black, deep reddish brown. Had a thin cream colored head that evaporated pretty quickly.

S - Roasted malts with toffee and caramel. Hints of coffee with a soft sweet background. Really nice balance. Not as overpowering in the roasted or coffee direction like a lot of the other Porters you see a lot of these days. Seems like the sweetness in the background mellows it out a bit. Really nice smelling beer.

T - Watered down a bit for my tastes, but all malts in the flavor. Some of the nose can be tasted in the flavor, but more in the background. Malt for days. Pretty bitter too.

M - Little watery. Leaves a really dry after feel. As it opened up and warmed, it felt a lot more even, but had a bit of a sour feeling.

D - Overall pretty easy drinker. Not a bad porter, but a bit on the watery and bitter side for my tastes. Good one for the style and worth a try for Porter fans.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of LeRose
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
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 Zstets
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yum yum yum yum yum

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Photo of Act25
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | 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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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at Steinmann Deli in Yorktown, NY ($11.99)

Near black, dark tan head, that stays nicely.

More then a hint of chalky chocolate in the nose.

Robust and flavorful porter. More chocolate, dark malts, smoke and some vanilla to add to the complexity. Would do well with some BBQ, or a chocolate desert.

Enjoyable, clearly a quality creation in brewing. More good beer from Long Island NY

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.97/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Milkysunshine
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of dwilly
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of CervezaNY
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of doomXsaloon
4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Toasty nose! Solid all around! Well done!

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of nmwhitehead
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Not usually in to porter's, but this is a pretty solid one.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Whole Foods on Columbus Circle in NYC. Review from notes.

A: Served in a pint glass, Black Duck was dark brown with one finger tan head on top. Good retention, lasting for at least half of the glass, before slowly reducing to a thin cap on top. Foamy lacing left behind.

S: Lightly roasted malt, a little bit of chocolate and cocoa, and a hint of smoke actually.

T: Similar to the aroma, lightly roasted malt and chocolate. There is a surprising bitterness at the end.

M: Medium bodied with active carbonation. Has a bitter and slightly dry finish.

O: Great flavor for a low abv beer. Another surprising gem from a brewery I had never heard of.

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Photo of odgw
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Off aromas with mollasses. Somewhat thin porter. Good looking retained head. Bitterness in finish and malt.Thx americo.Its quaffable ("quakable") beer.

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Photo of tdm168
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown, with a brown foam. Plenty of lacing.

S - Smells of cocoa and roasted malt.

T - Pretty tasty. Some sweetness that is kinda like belgian chocolate. There is a roasted malty flavor that continues throughout. Gives off a little smoky heat at the end.

M - Feels a bit heavier than it is. Really hits the tongue with both sweet, smoky, and bitter notes.

O - May be my favorite Greenport Beer. Really a solid porter that anyone who enjoys the style would like.

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of VoxRationis
3.22/5  rDev -19.5%
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 tempest
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint at Astoria Bier and Cheese on a Sunday afternoon. Overall, this was just a nice smooth, yet roasty porter. There was a mild, underlying creaminess that should come with an English porter. There's no hops presence, but the barley brings a great mix of light espresso, blackened toast, and touch of dry, dark chocolate. Order a pint if you find this on tap.

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Photo of Knickfan3
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Black Duck Porter from Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 237 ratings