DieselPunk Porter
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American Porter
Ranked #1,133
Ranked #45,382
3.31 | pDev: 13.29%
World Brews
California, United States
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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.57/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Hardwood Artisans pint glass
From: Barons Market in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $2.99 for a 4-pack
Purchased: March 22, 2016
Consumed: March 26, 2016
Misc.: 2024 11:14 on the bottom of the can (I know 11:15 a.m. for the 11:14, but not sure what the 2024 is)

Saw this for $2.99 for a 4-pack of cans (I think they also had $3.99 for a 6-pack of bottles) and instantly picked it up after grabbing their IPA. Found out when I got home that it is under the umbrella of World Brews, so I’m not expecting that much. At least it will be a good value either way.

Poured an auburn, amber, clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki-tan, frothy head. Could make out a few bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Poor lacing on the sides of the glass. Minimal retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.25)

Initial thought on the smell was an amber more than a porter, but definitely a porter. Got roasted nuts, light toffee, toasted grain, faint chocolate, toasted brown sugar and hints of light coffee. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste followed the nose somewhat, maybe a bit darker overall. Got roasted nuts, toasted grain, toffee, sugary dark caramel, dark fruits, light chocolate, toasted brown sugar and cocoa. (Taste - 3.50)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Rather smooth finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was a pretty solid porter. Fairly tasty and drinkable. And cheap. (Overall - 3.50)

3.57 | 81 | B

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.36/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear dark brown with amber highlights. Smells a bit metallic, roasty, bitter chocolate, and slightly of prunes. Taste is sweet, roasted, and metallic as well, with a thinner feel than expected. Overall, a decent Porter. Cheers!

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Photo of Pantalones
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My fourth can of this one; can't find any readable canning date, just a long string of numbers on the bottom.

Pours a cola-like dark brown from the can, and once it's in the glass it takes on an even darker brown color, looking pretty close to black when not in direct light, with some dark reddish bits around the edges. Not quite as dark as many others in the porter/stout category but still quite dark. Head is a nice-looking thin cap of beige foam, which quickly shrinks into a very thin and slightly uneven (a few thicker spots here and there) coating over the top with a thicker ring around the edges and a bit of a trail left behind from where the foam used to be. As I drink my way through the glass, a pretty nice network of lacing is left behind.

Smell is a bit different than expected from a porter; it's a sweeter, caramel-y sort of smell rather than being primarily roasty or chocolatey. Maybe a faint bit of roastiness in the back, but the sweet caramel-like smell comes first for sure. I think I might be picking up just a hint of alcohol in there as well, oddly enough. Definitely not bad, but a bit unusual. Interestingly, the roasty aspects come out more in the smell toward the end of the glass; maybe the roastiness becomes more noticeable as this beer warms?

Taste is more porter-y than the smell -- all that sweetness blends in with the roastiness and ends up tasting caramel-y at first blending into a little bit chocolatey and then with roasty almost coffee-like flavor on the end that hangs around for a bit after swallowing. After a while this fades and leaves a sweetish, almost bread-like aftertaste behind in its place. Interestingly, I remember this beer being much sweeter and more caramel-y up front the first couple times I had one, with the roasty flavors coming in more at the end rather than right away like this time. I'm guessing it's my senses rather than the beer itself being inconsistent, though, because the overall smell and taste of the beer is still pretty much like what I remember from the other times I've had it -- just things coming through in different orders.

Feel is a bit thin -- not bad, but definitely thinner than I'd expect given the sweetness, the color, and the 6.5% ABV. At times a little more prickly than expected, too, but the thinness stands out more. And, probably more relevant to a review on here, it's thinner than other porters and stouts I've had in a similar ABV range (New Belgium's Portage or Guinness Extra Stout, for example, felt MUCH more substantial.)

Overall, not a bad little beer, though nothing super amazing either. For what is essentially "store brand" beer it's pretty good actually, and considering that so few porters/stouts end up on Kroger shelves around here it's definitely filling a gap -- I could see myself buying this one again in the future if I wanted a darker beer but wasn't in the mood for Guinness and didn't want to shell out $12 for a six-pack at the smaller local beer store. A little interesting to have a sweeter, more caramel-y take on a porter rather than the roast-focused versions I usually see, though the weirdly thin/light mouthfeel detracts from it a bit -- this would definitely be better if it had a thicker feel to it.

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Photo of ordybill
2.56/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark brown with a medium sized off-white head. The aroma is roasted malt, sort of plain. The taste was not good, very metallic. Overall, a below average beer from World Brews.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Mine was brewed for World Brews in Rochester, NY. Pours moderately dark brown with a small head, dissipating rapidly. Lacing as you enjoy the beer. Smell of grain and roasted malt, although the taste is a bit dry.

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Photo of onedogtwodog
2.62/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

MEH... picked up by accident, was actually reaching for the DieselPunk IPA... I do enjoy a good porter occasionally ... I would've kept moving down the aisle... light sweet faint chocolate nose muted flavors, almost washed out hoppiness. Not too terribly "malty". I love different styles on occasion but this one I may not go back to...

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Photo of clayrock81
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The equivalent of a piss poor macro for fans of porters. Starts out fine with a black body and one finger tan head and the aroma isn't too bad but it's mostly grains and roasted malts. Then I drank this bad boy and ugg. It has nothing but a slight char and dry feel, no sweetness or complexity of malts and if there is any hops at all they've been nuked. Basically like drinking coffee without any coffee-esque flavors (think old coffee beans).

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Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can
Poured clear but very dark brown, with a good head. Spotty foamy left on the glass. Relatively light bodied for style, with medium carbonatin.

Aroma: nice (near 4), roasty smell with a touch of toffee and dark fruit. Some alcohol esters.

Flavor: good, near neutral, sweet/bitter balance. A touch of dark fruit and caramel. Mildly bitter finish with some coffee in the aftertaste.

O: a light, chocolately porter. Cheap and decent quality. Should appeal to fans of brown ales which it resembles.

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Photo of Bonis
3.22/5  rDev -2.7%

First taste was the best, then not all that great. A touch of coffee and chocolate over dull barley grains. Yeast added a slight twang to it. Alchohol was definitely there for being 6.5%, but not necessarily in a bad way. Carbonation was a bit on the high side, but it was definitely a beer I could stomach. I'm pretty sure the can was over a year old (the four pack was marked down to $5 and they are 16oz cans and it looked like julian code, it was either 2012 or 2013). Not a bad beer overall though.

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Photo of Beejay
3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep dark brown in the glass, a lighter brown as it pours, with a nice tan head on top.

S: Caramel, and brown sugar with some raisins.

T: Caramel and some light brown sugar. Fairly tame, a little bit of a roasted flavor, and it tastes like an English yeast strain. Fairly subdued flavors, but easy drinking and approachable for someone who may be new to dark beers.

M: Medium to medium light in feel, the carbonation is a little more active than I would like in a porter. Not sure if that is an attempt to be more marketable for a wider range of palettes.

O: Overall a decent porter, nothing spectacular but nothing glaringly bad. Fairly drinkable, although a little bit of a yawner.

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Photo of Gear54
3.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: dark almost black

S: very very faint malty smell

T: mostly malt with hints of...coffee? It's a bit hard to make out

M: I bit thin fir a porter but it does well to coat the palate

O: Most likely a one time buy, but one I'm glad I tried

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling last night on 4/6/14. From the World Brews in Rochester, New York. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a pitch black in color as you can't see through it at all. A very thin off-white head is seen that settles down to just around the glass for the drink. Some spotty lacing is seen but not a lot. The aroma is of roasted malts and coffee beans. Taste is about the same with a nice roasted malt flavor mixed in with some black coffee. The coffee is not over powering at all unlike some porters. Perfect carbonation which as most porters, is below the norm. Perfect actually. No harsh or bitter aftertaste at all. Overall a great porter

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Photo of jokelahoma
2.7/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

One more by World Brews...

Poured a deep ruby red, pretty clear. One thing this "brewery" gets right is the appearance of their beers. They all look the part.

Aroma on this one isn't all bad. it's very, very faint, as are most from this brewery. But what I can pick up is a bit of roasty malt, just as it should be. I'm crossing my fingers that the aroma carries over into the flavor.

Aaaand it doesn't. Again. Not terrible this time. Just really mild. There is a slight cocoa up front, followed by a tinge of bitterness that could be from hops or roasted malts. It kills the effect by fading to a really odd, sour aftertaste. But not soapy, so there's that! The flavor is weak, coming on slowly then running away quickly. Nothing robust about this. It's not off, no soap, no metal, just not good.

Very thin and watery mouthfeel, which plays into the flavor leaving so quickly after each drink. Should be a bit more substantial for the style.

To the best of my knowledge, this is the last thing I currently have in my refrigerator that was put together by World Brews and their contract breweries. It's far and away the best one, and it still doesn't pass muster. It's not bad, but with scores and scores of much better options, it's best to pass this one by and pick up a good beer. Why waste time or money on something like this?

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Photo of jbridge127
2.92/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Reddish brown color. Not the best porter I've had. It was worth a shot as its a relatively new brand I've seen at the local grocery. It doesn't have enough of the dark taste as I like. The coffee/chocolate tastes that are characteristics of a lot of Porters that I love.

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Photo of zeff80
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

16oz can. Poured out a jet-black color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of chocolate and toffee. Not much else. A fairly sweet porter with a subtle dark chocolate bitterness.

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Photo of Bills453
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - poured from a bottle into a glass. Dark brown almost black color. Two finger off-white Carmel head. Decent lacing.

Smell - roasted coffee beans, java smells.

Taste - very similar to the smell, what u would expect from a porter.

Mouthfeel - average.

Overall - a very decent, sessionable porter.

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Photo of Rockin
3.77/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm just getting into Porters and so I may have over rated the brew, but Wow.
I'm going to use it as my base line Porter from which all others will be Judged..
This was brewed in Rochester NY, which makes it affordable, for World Brews.
It does drink in three taste stages and they are enjoyable to the Porter novice like I.
You can feel safe letting your curious friends try this brew.
My one daughter liked it as well.

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Photo of Groomsy
3.32/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

16 oz can poured into a nonic.

I don't have much background information on this beer other than that it's contract brewed by World Brews/Uberbrew. The porter came in a 4-pack of cans for $6 at Kroger, so I figured, why not? The porter pours a dark brown/crimson, bordering on black. It's topped by a massive rocky tan head that leaves excellent lacing behind and definitely sticks around. We're off to a good start.

The aroma is a little mild but still holds all the characteristics of a traditional porter – a slightly nutty, roasty profile with hints of coffee and chocolate and just a dash of earthy bittering hops. It's quite pleasant and not at all “off par” for the style. It seems thin with no real hop presence, but then again, all things considered, this is good.

Dieselpunk delivers what one would expect for a contract brewed, inexpensive “craft” beer. It hits the core of the style but doesn't necessarily stand out or challenge the drinker. A smidge of earthy bitterness hits the front of the tongue before going into a malty middle and finish – nuts, caramel, and toffee, transitioning into coffee flavors and a bit of smoke on the finish. It goes down super easy and is pleasant. While it's not mindblowing, I can't knock this one.

The massive head on the pour gave me a clue to how highly carbonated this was, but I was surprised to find that it was smooth and somewhat creamy with a malty finish.

For $6 a four-pack, you can't knock this. Try this on your non-craft friends, or if you're looking for a “summer porter.”

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Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark brown with a thin brown, bubbly head that has decent retention

S - chocolate, some grains, roasted malts

T - roasted malts, some faint grainy sweetness, some chocolate, some faint coffee but without any of the associated bitterness

M - medium bodied, smooth, a bit crisp

This is really a solid Porter considering I paid less than $5 for the 4-pack of 16oz cans. It has a decent flavor and nice drinkability. It can definitely be cleaned up, but as is, it is a nice, drinkable, affordable porter.

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DieselPunk Porter from World Brews
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 64 ratings