Narragansett Porter
Narragansett Brewing Co.

Narragansett PorterNarragansett Porter
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Porter - American
Ranked #934
Ranked #36,672
3.72 | pDev: 13.17%
Narragansett Brewing Co.
Rhode Island, United States
Narragansett PorterNarragansett Porter
Notes: It is brewed with chinook hops for bitterness, simcoe hops for aroma, black malt, pale malt, chocolate malt, munich malt, crystal malt, roasted barley, and ale yeast, giving it an imperial taste.

28 IBU
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illpass78 from Maine

4.54/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pint can poured into a nonic.

Appearance: Pours a solid black with a one-inch tan head that recedes to film fairly quickly. Lacing is moderate. Carbonation hard to gauge because it's so dark.

Aroma: Coffee and dark, bitter chocolate dominate the nose. Fairly well hopped, too. Some booze is noticeable.

Taste: Follows the nose, and it's pretty terrific. It's a deep, rich, somewhat burnt-tasting porter full of bitter black coffee and chocolate. Pretty excellent porter - not fancy, but an excellent representation of the style.

Mouthfeel: Thick, solid body. Not watery at all. Has the ideal level of richness and fullness for a good porter.

Overall: One of my favorite porters. It's off the seasonal market right now, and I'm hopeful it comes back, because it really hits all the notes for a strong, flavor-packed porter. It has nearly 100 years of history behind it, and deserves a more heralded place in brewing history.

Feb 21, 2014
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greenmtn1111 from Massachusetts

3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a standard pub glass.

Pitch black with a very large tan head. Faint chocolate on the nose with sweet malted barley and some floral hops. There’s not much aroma to this one. Taste is sweet up front, of hard candy, licorice, mild coffee and it finishes much drier. The body is very thin for a porter, but the alcohol is decently hidden for 7%. The flavors in this aren’t all that outstanding and I would expect more body and substance for a 7% beer. I wouldn’t go out of my way to purchase this.

Aug 06, 2013
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Narragansett Porter is clear but nearly black and nearly opaque, with a long lasting tan head. Excellent lacing.

Aroma: light fruity with the expected medium and dark malts.

Taste: wow! this has a lot of flavor, and very good flavor. Lightly sweet, with plenty of medium and dark roasted malts.

O: While not a 'big' beer, I was pleasantly surpised at the quality and 'size' of this beer. Very nice porter; recommended.

Jun 10, 2013
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Inkjet code printed on the bottom of the can reads "3032 1205, guessing the first part is a Julian date, making this beer 7-8 months old.

Black in the glass, reddish brown and clear as it is poured. Billowing tan foam, a collar of sticky suds adheres around the sides, and an ever present skim covers the surface. Good retention, and lace coats the glass.

Aroma is somewhat faint, vague floral hop and light roasted malt.

Light bodied and slightly watery, but full of roast malt flavor. Dry bitter roast lingers long into the aftertaste, which is almost better than the initial taste. Slight astringency at first also. Pretty easygoing and drinkable, though there are better porters out there. Hope to try a fresher sample and get a 2nd impression of it.

Jun 10, 2013
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice deep brown color with a tan colored head on top. The retention and lacing are very good on this brew. The smell is roasted, slightly chocolatey and had an earthy yeast aroma. The taste is roasted with nice earthy flavor. The hops don't really come through all that much. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Good carbonation also. Overall I was impressed with this beer . Much better than I expected.

May 06, 2013
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tdm168 from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - black with a huge, thick, dense, brown head that has great retention

S - big chocolaty aroma, roasted malts, toffee

T - chocolate, roasted malts, grainy, earthy hoppy bitter finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This beer is a bit disappointing. Upon first glance, it looks great in the glass and smells promising. The flavor however does not follow suit. An adjunct graininess comes through that does not mesh well at all with the roasted malts. This mismatch takes away from the drinkability as well. In the end, this is a beer with promise, but in its current formula does not deliver. I probably won't be picking this up again.

Apr 03, 2013
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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Rich, dark brown brew with a healthy and frothy tan head. Super sticky and retentive head.

S - Metallic water aromas. Raw mineral water twang and the smell of a wet piece of metal. Not much in the way of roasted scents or chocolate. By the ingredients, I expected a robust scent.

T - The flavor profile is much more attractive than the nose. Some semi sweet chocolate, but mostly a bitter hop taste. I was hoping for more roasted, viscous, malt bite and some sweetness. Im not sure whats really going on here, as it's tasting like a bitter lager. Lacking that "imperial" flavor and body.

M - Light-medium bodied, pretty drinkable. Bitter on the palate and dry after the finish.

O - Not a bad choice, but between my hopes for a robust porter and a complex "imperial" style porter I was left wanting.

Mar 24, 2013
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SaCkErZ9 from South Carolina

3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a six pack of tall boys of these at the local Total Wine for the gut busting price of $3.99 for the six pack. I didnt care how good or bad this beer was: that was a steal!

Pours from the 16oz can into a half liter Gordon Biersch pint glass, one of my faves for stouts and pilsners. There is quite a large, stuffy, voluminous head of about three fingers in size. Tons of lacing and the head stays put for nearly the duration of the consumption.

Aroma is prototypical porter, bordering on stout. There seems to be some alkalinity in the aroma. Backed up with a nice amount of dark roasted malts in the way of toasty bread and charred flax seed. The coffee is kept to a minimum, and there is a slight hint of caramel, but the toasted bread reigns supreme.

Decent flavor. There is nothing inspiring about this one, rather insipid. There is definitely more of a pronounced coffee flavor and even some bitterness in the flavor which tilts this one back toward the stout style. This may truly be a hybrid. Slightly salty, alcohol is noticeable, bitter, long dry finish comparable to a dry stout. The mouthfeel is kind of thin and slightly watery, but certainly holds its own.

A true hybrid this one is, but also a very nice beer. I have been overloaded with hoppy IPAs recently so this was a welcome departure from those. This six pack will be fully enjoyed.

Mar 09, 2013
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snilsen13 from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm very up on this beer. It has the right color and the normal thin head of a porter. What more can you expect? It smells, hardly at all like anything but what do you expect of a porter? It tastes smooth and mainly of roast chocolate and ends on a mild bitter note - not fancy, but because of the alcohol content (7%) there is an added warmth that just it up a notch. The mouthfeel is thick but not too thick and complements the flavor really well.

Overall, it gets added points because its $9 for 6 pint cans. You CAN'T beat that price for a beer this simple and good. Naragansett beers are often like this: excellent representations of the style, not fancy, and at a great price. This one may be my favorite, but their Bock is also and outstanding value.

Feb 13, 2013
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Etan from Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pint can into a Revolution pint glass.

A: Pours a hefty-looking dark brown with a thick cap of spongy light tan foam.

S: Roasted grain, light coffee and caramel sweetness, slightly buttery.

T: Chocolatey, slightly harsh roasted malt, a good dose of hop bitteness, dark bread and bitter cocoa.

M: Between medium and thick-bodied with light carbonation.

O: Tasty porter with a surprisingly hefty mouthfeel.

Jan 12, 2013
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Bung from Michigan

3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint can. Semi black dark brown pour. Nice frothy finger of off white head.

Aroma, A little subdued, but a good amount of roast, a fair amount of herbally hops as well. Just a trace of peat, cocoa.

Taste, Caramel and peat up front. It is quite dry, cocoa, pine. A heavy roast malt, subtle coffee. Pretty interesting, improves as it warms.

Mid body, carbonation seems a little high at first but subsides nicely. Drinks quite easy, though it is very dry. Pretty unique, I would have no problem buying a sixer of cans.

Jan 12, 2013
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Onenote81 from North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always excited to see this one return to my local shop. Grabbed a sixer and was on my way. Drank the first 5 over the last week and saved the last one for a proper review.

Poured into a pint glass, and this one pours beautifully. A deep dark black with a bit of light on the edges. Perfect 1-inch mocha head on top that retained perfectly throughout the drink. After each sip, a sticky ring of lace stuck to the glass. I had to take a picture when all was said and done as I've never seen such perfect lace rings on my glass. A rare perfect 5 for this one.

The aroma is of chocolate powder, dry grainy bread, a little alcohol. Sweet dark fruit aroma noted as well. The body is a little hefty, but still slick enough for my liking to sip straight from the can. Not too filling. Chocolate flavors abound, semi-sweet and rich. Dry cardboard like flavor, husk, a tiny bit of ethanol noted as well. Good roasted character on this one. Light char on the finish.

All-in-all, this is a great Porter, and one of the best from a can, no doubt!

Jan 04, 2013
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jucifer1818 from Florida

3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: the darker side of dark brown, with only the bottom of the glass showing a dark amber colors. On top of this inviting clear dark brown color, is a thick quick appearing head.
I love the way this brew looks

S: IT smells of light chocolate, medium caramel, and light fruity esters (a bit of green apple and pear). no real hop aroma, which is quite odd really.
It is a nice smell, but it does get a bit abrasive on the nose after some time

Taste: this one is conflicting, because this is something I shouldn't like very much, but do. This is actually a rather bitter porter, and I've had bitter porters like this one and haven't liked them before,
however this one works rather well
Maybe its because it starts off with a sweet, lighter chocolate and roaster flavor, and finished off with harsher bittering flavors, with a bit of dark chocolate on the distant part of the after taste.
It is surprisingly drinkable porter for its bitterness
It also covers up its alcohol very well.

mouthfeel: wattery and astringent on the tongue, with a powdery feeling on the after taste (like freshly grinded coffee)

overall: not a bad porter, tho youvcan defiently do better than it. but that's not the point
for the price, booz, quality, and size of this can, it is really a good deal, and a excellent thing to go for if your looking for something different. you could get through a whole party on just two-3 of these

A defient 4/5 from me. I might have this again, might not.
Its tricky
depends on the cash. but defiently worth a first try. It wont dissipoint you, not for its price that's for sure

If you can find it and split a 6 pack with 2-3 friends youl be in for a good night


Dec 30, 2012
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alexgash from Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can.

Dark root beer brown body. Tall, towering, frothy, dark khaki brown head. Very nice lacing and retention. Nose of milk chocolate, roasted barley, light-roast coffee, nougat, cocoa nibs, and a little vanilla.

Toasted malts lead to smooth chocolatey flavors and cocoa nib bitterness. Sweetish dark fruits fill up the palate. Dark chocolate and light coffee bitterness increase into the finish. Licorice and vanilla notes in the end. Finish is bittersweet with plenty of lingering carob and semi-sweet chocolate. Medium bodied, with a slightly syrupy feel. Nice, especially for the price ($8 a sixer).

Dec 22, 2012
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NilocRellim from Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured cold from the can.

This beer poured a very dark brown colour with a foamy, tan head that lasted the duration. It doesn't have much of a smell; Nuts, hops, malt. The taste was right along with the smell. There was a hop taste upfront, chased by a mellow nut flavour and a malty finish.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

Dec 17, 2012
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SouljaSaia17 from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Never realized that Narragansett made anything besides their lager and cream ale, but obviously I was mistaken. When I saw this, I knew I had to try it. This is being reviewed from a 16oz can.

A: Pours a very deep, roast color with a thick, 1-in nutty, caramel colored head that leaves a lot of sticky lacing.

S: Aroma consists of roasted malts, creamy chocolate, espresso, and molasses.

T: I get some deep roasted malts in the initial flavor with some plum or other dark fruit like raisin or prune. Through the middle of the taste, I get some espresso, nuts and a surprising dose of hops. This beer finishes with some chocolate notes and a bready, dry finish.

M: Really thick, sticks to the palate quite a bit. Alcohol is not hidden that much but is blended with the flavors well. This is a slow sipper for sure.

O: A surprisingly good porter, very strong character and uses an abundance of hops that you normally wouldn't find in a typical porter. Narragansett is pretty much know for their lager, but this beer proves their versatility in crafting. Big thumbs up for this beer!

Dec 14, 2012
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greenengineer from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can into my Pied pIPA pint glass.

A - Big foamy head sticks around a long time. Did I shake the can? Opaque brown color. Good lacing. Nice.
S - toasted, burnt? malt smell.
T -dark malts, whiskey, prunes?, some hop bitterness there.
M -rolls on the tongue, nice fizz. Drinkable, maybe a little lighter than I expected.
O - I like it, not bad for a 'gannsett. Good value.

Nov 30, 2012
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horshack7 from England

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark with quite a tall rocky dark beige head.

Aroma: Earthy tones, bready, lots of roasted malts all through it. Cocao, light citrusy notes, chocolate malts and wisps of coffee.

Taste: Espresso, chocolate malts, cocao, pumpernickel, molasses. Some citrus notes in the tail end with a bit of a honey texture. The mouthfeel is creamy with a wisp of a citrus bite.

Notes: Certainly drinkable and not a bad pick up I will pick this one up again. Cheers.

Nov 26, 2012
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Andrew61923 from California

3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tallboy into Duvel tulip after a few minutes out of the fridge. Picked up at Table & Vine for $1.99.

A: A great pour. A very dark brown with little to no light getting through. Small light tan head that dissipates slowly into a small halo along the glass. This is a very nice looking beer and I'm pleasantly surprised thus far.

S: A bit letdown after the fantastic start. I'm picking up some cocoa and smoky notes, but little else. Going to let this warm up a few more minutes before proceeding. Still pretty muted when given another ten minutes.

T: The cocoa notes come out big on the tongue and I'm not picking up on any of the hops listed. I'm ok with that, as I like my porters and stouts more roasty. Definitely true to the style...nothing mindblowing, but pretty good.

M: Creamy and very drinkable. Well done, Narragansett. Could see myself drinking a few of these, as the ABV is pretty well-hidden.

O: For the pricepoint, you would be hard pressed to find a porter that beat this. I will likely be picking up another 6er next time I see it. $8 for 6 tallboys of a beer of this quality ain't a bad deal by any means.

Nov 16, 2012
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spwalshesq from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark near black. Nice medium head lingers a while. Aroma is there, but not strong. Some hop aroma is present with notes of chocolate. The highlight of this beer is its taste. It resembles a chocolate stout -- malty, sweet, big cocoa with some bitter roasty coffee, medium body/mouthfeel. A very enjoyable and drinkable beer. A great beer for the price ($8+ for a six of pounders). Narragansett continues to impress. They also make one of the better summer ales around.

May 24, 2012
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jondeelee from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Narragansett Porter opens with a malty, yeasty nose, smelling of rising whole wheat bread, toast crust, cocoa powder, chocolate malt, and molasses, with touches of coffee and ash to add earthiness and depth. There’s also a smattering of citrusy grapefruit notes, giving the beer just enough effervescent sparkle to help offset the darker tones. As a whole, the nose is good, bearing many of the aromas familiar to the porter style, and the decent strength and nuance of the aromas speaks of well-tended ingredients and expertise in brewing.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a mix of darker sugars and malts. Especially present here are molasses and brown sugar, chocolate malt, cocoa powder, ash, tobacco, and thick layers of cream and caramel. The beer is very nicely balanced here, the darker ashy notes blending well with the sugars, much like heavy cream and artisan black coffee. A thin layer of citrusy pink grapefruit spritzer from the hops hangs just above, providing an interesting counterpoint, but seeming slightly out of focus with the rest of the brew—a heavier pine resin presence would have perhaps been better. The aftertaste is mainly the cream and ash flavors, with lingering touches of grapefruit, and lingers on the tongue for a good while. The 7% ABV also comes out slightly in the aftertaste in the form of an alcoholic vapor, though this is not noticeable during the main mouthful. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is quite good porter, especially on the lower end, where the darker malty notes blend excellently with the creams and sugars. The hops could have perhaps been better selected to play off of these notes, but are by no means intrusive in their current state. Regardless, the price point of this beer—less than $8 for a six-pack of 16 oz. tallboys—means you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more delicious beer at similar value.

May 18, 2012
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DirtyPenny from Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16-oz can into an honest to goodness pint glass. Had to wait for the head to die down a little to get the rest out.

A: Black as sin. poured with 2 full inches of brown head. Lacing clings to the sides of the glass like barnacles on the side of a sunken ship.

S: Brown bread and sweet molasses.

T: Sweet and rich and absolutely loaded with chocolate, with roasty notes popping in to say high at the end of every sip. Gets astringent as it warms.

M: Thick and Very creamy. Really sticks to the tongue and coats the roof of your mouth.

O: Holy sweetness. This is absolutely a dessert beer. I'm normally a fan of sweet malty stuff but I think this could stand to be toned down a bit. Still a tasty porter, but I can't see having more than one in a sitting. I'd give the flavor a 4.0 if it were a little more mellow.

May 17, 2012
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: large four finger milk chocolate colored head on a near jet black body. nice lacing.

S: middle range for strength. mostly roasted malts, coffee and chocolate.

T: roasted malts up front which transition to a very nice sweet milk chocolate flavor mixed with some mild hoppiness. espresso note in the background.

M: moderate carbonation and lighter side of medium body.

Overall: I like my porters to be more smokey. this one was like a chocolatey oatmeal stout or something. Still a good tasting beer.

May 11, 2012
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring a 16 oz can into a pint glass at cold temperature, the can has been refrigerated.
The beer pours a dark chocolate brown with soft fluffy tan head of 2 cm foaming up even with a gentle pour. Some large craters develop as the head recedes slowly to a sturdy surface layer.
The beer is roasted malt and coffee bean with just a bit of dark chocolate on the nose.
The first sip reveals an average body and fine gentle carbonation. Flavor is what the nose advertises with roasted malt and dark chocolate wrapped up in some coffee grounds, even to the point of being a little bitter on the finish, I dont think from hops.
The 7.0% is amazingly well hidden and this beer drinks very easily.

A great value for the $8 I paid for a 6pack. I will purchase this well crafted beer again and it is likely to become a piece of trades i make in the future.

Apr 24, 2012
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metter98 from New York

3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color—traces of amber are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a finger high frothy tan head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of chocolate in the nose along with some notes of roasted malts.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of chocolate with notes of coffee beans, roasted malts and alcohol.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer looked and smelled good, but the flavors of alcohol in the taste are somewhat of a turnoff, especially since this isn’t a full-bodied Baltic Porter.

Apr 11, 2012
Narragansett Porter from Narragansett Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 274 ratings