Dragonmead Honey Porter | Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Dragonmead Microbrewery
Michigan, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A porter with a difference. Dark in color but light in taste. Twenty-five pounds of honey and dark chocolate wheat malt are used to give this beer a refreshingly smooth taste. Give this beer a try even if you don't like dark beers.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-15-2002

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by LilBeerDoctor:
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3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 6/19/2010. On nitro tap at the brewery. Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of chalky malt (it did not have a strong aroma). Flavor of bitter chocolate, light honey sweetness, and sweet roasted malt. A decent porter that is on the sweet side.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.14/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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

I had this one on tap at AshleyÂ’s in Ann Arbor, MI.

Arrived with a creamy tan head that left decent lace. Near-black in color. Smell was very clean. Tasted of roasted coffee and rich dark chocolate. Slightly smoky. The alcohol is noticeable, but not overwhelming. Surprisingly not too sweet either-- the honey is vaguely present but seems to contribute most to the smoothness of the body. A light body for a porter.

This is an easy drinking porter, and would provide a nice introduction to darker beers for the uninitiated. Would also make a good session porter, although the alchol level may be a concern for some.

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Photo of chuckgietzen
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of beergorrilla
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Rostie
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of weeare138
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark brown/black with a tan head that quickly fades and leaves tiny spotty lacing around the glass.
Smell is of ringwood butterscotch with some chocolate malt and caramel.
Taste is sweet honey and chocolate with caramel malt.
Mouthfeel is sweet, medium/full bodied with a caramel sweetness that overtakes the brew.

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Photo of Goldfoot
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of granger10
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On hand pull at Graydon's Crossing. Pours a really dark color with a nice sized foamy tan head. Aroma was weak with only a bit of honey and mostly chocolate and wood. Taste however was much stronger on the honey flavors. It's weird to see a beer this dark with so much honey flavor. A bit of dark chocolate lies in the background. A touch of cask element added with the body and wood flavors. Slight buttery flavor at the very end which I always seem to get with Dragonmead. Very smooth if not the most complex beer. Easy drinking. No way this is 6.3% abv, more like 4% or 5%. A bit too sweet for me to session but the pint went down easily and I gladly had another.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of ahking
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the cask conditioned, hand pulled version of Dragonmead's Honey Porter. Black in color, remarkable creamy head, fluffy and tan. One of the best I've ever seen. Super mellow flavor with with lots of honey. Not usually a fan of honey-brown type beers, but this was great. A little low on the hops, but this is excusable. Cask conditioning really mellows out this beer. Some very slight cask flavors are evident (vanilla, hewn wood).

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Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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

Very dark with ruby highlights and a dark brown head. Clumpy, sticky lacing with decent retention. Pleasant, malty aroma with a bit of burnt character and light smokiness. Mild bitterness with just a little C-hop flavour, semi-sweet chocolate with a little burnt malt. Very low carbonation with a smooth, medium/full body. A nice porter and a pleasure to drink. I'll have this again if it's available during my next visit.

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Photo of Dyerseve
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of xgrigorix
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap, presented in a shaker pint.

Deep dark brown, borderline black. Some reddish highlights around the edges. Puffy beige coloured head retains well, and leaves some patchy lace behind.

Dark fruit & honey aromas, along with some black malt.

Roasty, & warm flavoured. Honey ties it together from start to finish. Some dark fruit flavours linger, and just a kiss of hops lead to an off dry finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Interesting, but didn't wow me.

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Photo of marburg
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A lazy beer. Maybe the uber-happy pot smoker of beers. Mellow.

Brown color, medium-bodied. Creamy, lingering dark-ish head.

Mild, mellow aromas -- just the lightest hints of honey blend with some sweet-ish malts. Very smooth, cohesive, coherent brew.

Chocolate malts. Honey. A little toffee character. A bit bitter from the roasty toasties at the end.

Lazed sweet porter bliss.

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Photo of proc
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this one. Poured out to a beautiful black in the glass with a slight head. Pronouced aroma of roasted malt. Excellent taste with the said mentioned roasted malt on the forefront with just a hint of sweetness. Very creamy mouthfeel. This could easily be a session porter.

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Photo of walleye
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had is a little while ago. sampler from the brewery. poured dark dark red with a brown head that left a little lacing. aroma, honey, malts, toffee and dark cherries. flavor a strange sourness, than a touch of honey, toast, coffee a a hint of alcohol. not to bad

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Mitchster
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on nitro-tap. Made with 25 lbs of honey per batch, as well as dark chocolate wheat malt. OG=1.059. Clear, dark brown mahogany with a thick, creamy light tan head atop small bubbles with excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is of dark chocolate, medium-roast coffee, grains, black patent and chocolate malts. Mouthfeel is smooth, but not creamy as I was expecting. Usually honey is added to give beer a lighter body, but this brew has more body than their "normal" Woody's Perfect Porter. Easy to drink, but with a dry, burnt finish. There is an astringent bourbon note in this porter as well, with a crisp, acidic mouthfeel in the finish.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Dragonmead Honey Porter from Dragonmead Microbrewery
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 27 ratings