Black Duck Porter | Greenport Harbor Brewing Company

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222 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
New York, United States
harborbrewing.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
Ratings:
222
Reviews:
47
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
10.61%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
43
For Trade:
0
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1/5  rDev -74.7%

Photo of datalager
2.82/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

I'm drinking a different beer??? Not sure how this rates so highly. My best guess is one of two things: either my olfactory glands are missing something, or they brewed my particular batch with bad water. This is more like a sour. I mean, REALLY sour! So bad I'm not sure how to pass on the rest of the beers in my six pack. I tried the first one cold, and it tasted like an unsweetened, fermented cranberry juice. I gave a day of rest and picked up another bottle at room temp to give myself a fair change of scenery...nope, still a really bad taste, like the bitter you get at the back of your tongue after vomiting. On a positive note it is a beautiful browned head upon pour, and smell has a hint of coffee like malt. I hope my batch is bad, because of my tastebuds are this far off from the average reviewer I wonder how many other beers I'm tasting "incorrectly".

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Photo of sneaks2210
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of thegerm87
3.17/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of VoxRationis
3.22/5  rDev -18.7%
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 DavidHume
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of rippy27
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
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 antman27
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kojevergas
3.34/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

B-

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 9/30/2009. On tap at the brewery. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and sweet sugary malt. Flavor of burnt roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and pretzels. Ok but a little bland. I was hoping for a touch more flavor and a stronger palate from this one.

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Photo of GarbageMan10
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CervezaNY
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tfidler
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of allenson21
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of sgregory
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served from the tap at Rattle N’ Hum in New York, NY. It arrived in a standard pint glass. The brew glowed the deepest brown color, showing a thick haze but no sediment. A one finger tall tan head stood firm, showing average retention. Rings of lacing were left around the glass as it disappeared. Carbonation appeared average. The nose was of adjuncty grain, with barley and a rye-like bite. Thick roasts and char came through on the back, with vinegar sours to cut. A light booze seeped out with warmth. Our first impression upon sipping was of a deep bitterness of malts, with a certain muddy quality about them. The flavoring opened up with an apparent alcohol from the outset, mixing with darker, sour malts, and a hint of smoke. The middle took the sourness to the peak, with light citric hops for the balance, and a crashing follow through of adjuncts and metallic coffee bite. The finish was with soy sauce saltiness, seaweed, more vinegar, char, and surprisingly calming lactics. The aftertaste breathed of herbal darkness, apple sweetness, and of course, more of that souring char. The body was light to medium, and the carbonation was lower. A sour coating was left around the mouth, which became slick and dry to the tongue. The beer was watery at times, but there was still decent slurp and smack. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the pleasant mix of malts, and ultimately how smoothly the beer drank. The grain profile showed many faces, with rye, earthiness, and even that dog food graininess, but in a good way. The nose was found to be mild, and things lightened up too much in the taste at times. The sourness was also getting up there, with a pretty acidic finish, but really it was an appropriate, decent beer for the style.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DIPAFAN
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Goobastic
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Durge
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found at The Beer Bar in Manhattan and served in a large chalice this porter has a solid black brown appearance with a respectable light chocolate colored thin layer of foam and excellent lacing. The aroma suggests a boozy chocolate malt with a hint of grassy hop. The flavor brings much more of a charcoal grass blend and very little chocolate. It seems to have an odd swampiness to it, a bit like stagnant water, that isn't wowing me but it generally overcomes this to provide an overall okay taste. The grassy hop slides into a sort of herbal idea in conjunction with the alligator water element. The booziness from the aroma also dissipates as you adjust to the flavor of this medium bodied brew with a midland, slightly resinous feel. As porters go I can't help but wish this had a bit more malt centric flavors and the tainted water thing does it no favors. If the off flavor is intended, then I'd have to say, don't waste your time. But if it was just a bad line or something, this might have potential. It may be an overhopped outcome but as one who worships hop indulgence, I have to doubt that. I'm going to assume something was a bit off in this first sample but it makes it hard to judge.

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Photo of therubicon
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gajo74
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Easy drinking English Porter, aroma and taste of roasted malts. Creamy and smooth. Malty sweet for the most part, perhaps a tad much, but some hops bitterness.

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Black Duck Porter from Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 222 ratings.
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