Narragansett Porter | Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Narragansett PorterNarragansett Porter

Brewed by:
Narragansett Brewing Co.
Rhode Island, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by TheManiacalOne on 01-01-2007

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Photo of Kudashov
2.16/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a sixer for the Bruins game this evening. This brew is as dull as the Bruins power play. I enjoy porters during the cold months but this will not be in the fridge as the winter months approach . No aroma , mouthfeel , and flavor for that matter will make me pass on this brew . Brown fizzy water is all I can say . Pricepoint wise it is great , $9.00 for a 6 pack of pounders but the ol' line " you get what you pay for " , rings true . The body of this brew is just too thin .

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Photo of ryan1788a5
2.36/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

16oz Tall boy can poured into a pint glass.

A: Very dark brown with a big, thick, mocha colored head. Good retention and lots of sticky lacing.

S: Burnt grain, semi-sweet baker's chocolate, roasted coffee, an unidentified sweet, sugary smell, some hay, and very faint grassy hops.

T: Opens with some chocolatey roastiness and a cola-like sugary sweetness. Slightly astringent burnt grain follows, along with some roasted coffee. A flash of wood dashes across the tongue, and is closely followed by what tastes like some corn. Grassy, herbal hops are just barely noticeable. Stays sweet into the finish with cola and chocolate.

M: Prickly carbonation cuts through a moderately thick and almost syrupy body.

D: Low. I really didn't even care to finish the glass I had, though I trudged through it.

Notes: Just too sweet. It tastes more like a soda than a beer. Spend $2 more and get yourself a sixer of some Mayflower Porter or Smuttynose Robust Porter.

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Photo of taez555
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a brownish/black translucent Coca-Cola colored body with a small off-white head.

Nose is very faint with only some subtle dark malt smells. There's a very clean malt smell, but it definitely has that roasted sort aroma as well.

Taste is medium to light bodied which is actually very surprising since it's 7% abv. Very deceptive. Very simple porter flavors with a surprisingly big dark malt burnt bitterness and/or hop flavor. There's a firm undertone of a basic macro lager type malt in this beer but then masked by the bigger dark burnt, citric and sour flavor, which really dominates this beer and almost hides any other flavors. It honestly tastes like an amped up version of the Narragansett Lager with some caramel coloring and dark malts thrown in. There's a firm bitterness in this beer, and there's definitely a bitter flavor, but it's hard to discern if it's the malt or hops. It ends with a mild lingering sour, and almost minty, sort of taste.

An interesting beer. I absolutely love Narragansett Light and think in the world Miller Lites and others BMC light beers it is hands down the best beer in it's category on the planet. However I tend to find Narragansett's other beers very lacking compared to other beers in the same category. They taste more like amped up versions, or variations of their lager rather than pushing the envelope in the style like the light seems to. That being said, it's still a very decent porter and at less than $1 a 16oz can one of the best deals out there.

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Photo of zoolzoo
2.79/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Excited to try what I expect to be another good beer in Gansett's solid line up.

Pours brown/black, pretty much opaque. Frothy khaki head.

Im not pulling much out of the aroma. Roasted malt, grains...not much here.

The taste, however, is more assertive. Roasted malt, bitter chocolate. Finish is sweet, with a surprising boozy bite as well. Im catching a sour note mid sip, some weird tartness here and there. Im calling it an off flavor.

M: Creamier than I expected, carbonation is a little lower as well. I would have liked a few more bubbles.

O: Not the best offering from Narragansett, and nowhere near the best porter on the shelf.

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Photo of SawDog505
2.81/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured 16 oz can into a 20 oz Duvel tulip. Pours close to completely black, with a massive 4 inch sticky tan head, that slowly settles into a layer of foam, and lots of webbed lacing. Smell is roasted malts, bread, some chocolate, and vanilla. Taste is lots of vanilla and very sweet. Body is basic, a little more syrupy then I like. I like thick, but this is different, kind of stale. Not very impressed.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz can

Pours a deep browned color with a lightly tanned, frothy head on top. Retains pretty well with sticky lacing all over the glass.

Hints of roasty charred malt and coffee in the nose. Faint hop notes with some touches of chocolate sweetness.

Nutty and roasty up front with some bread crust. Hint of coffee beans and some charred notes with some earthy tones. Darker malt flavor with some sweetness and a bit of chocolate. Finishes with a note of hops.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, a bit chewy and prickly on the tongue. An alright porter, nothing great but nothing bad either.

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Photo of greenmtn1111
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of Brewtr0n
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving from 12 oz bottle into 20 oz pint glass.

A: Jet black near opaque with garnet highlights. Substantial Deep tan head. Some amount of lacing apparent.

A: Roasty and malty maybe some subtle fruitiness.

T: Bready and roasty with a dry finish, Maybe even verging on a a Roquefort flavour.

MF: Medium bodied with a pleasantly smooth carbonation.

D: Could drink a couple of these, would be more if I found the flavour more agreeable.

Overall favourable, pleasantly surprised Narragansett made this.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

An extremely large head of light tan coffee character, and somewhat cream is made. Fairly uniform bubbles in the head, body color has a very nearly black appearance.

Faint mild roastiness and char character. Some sweet cola sense as well. Not bad.

Palate hits with a slightly better than wet feeling. A very cola nut and sweet diet cola aspartame takes over a bit. Finish is slightly medicinal. There is some faint malt roast but it's hard to find it past this artificial sugar like taste.

Overall it's easily drinkable, but it reminds me too much of soda than beer. The aftertaste on this is also not particularly that great. I'd have a different one if I had the choice.

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Photo of tigg924
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: 1 inch head, high carbonation, black in color, opaque

Smell: roasted malt and chocolate

Taste: roasted malt at the start, chocolate and cocoa that comes in the middle and a medicinal bitterness at the end

Mouthfeel: slightly sweet with a bitter end/aftertaste, moderate-high carbonation, medium bodied

Overall: I was liking this beer until the very end. The aftertaste is just a bit too medicinal and odd. I could have this again, but there are better porters out there.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

got in a trade from johnnnniee

A - pours black with a thick brown rocky head. It stays around a long time, leaving patchy lacing around the pint glass.

S - Light roasted malts and very little hops. Smells a little sour in the middle. Not too impressed with the smell. The aroma is rather bland.

T - Taste pretty much like it smells. Little bit of toasted malts that transition into sweet bitter flavors and then into a toasty sour finish. Not bad just not enough.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, soft, good carbonation.

D- Very simple easy to drink beer. If the alcohol was a bit lower i would be able to session this beer with no problems.

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Photo of oberon
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a deep chocolate color with a nice pillowey tannish colored head atop,a nice froth held thru to the finish.Smoke and roast in the nose along with molasses notes coming into play more as it warms.Overly sweet flavors in my opinion with brown sugar being the most prevelent along with alcohol induced sweetness and cocoa,some roast tries to hinder the sweetnes but falls short.It's not bad but the sweetness becomes to much to enjoy it alot.

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Photo of skivtjerry
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a big wine glass from the can.

A beautiful glass of beer, opaque with a big sticky tan head. Smells nice, roast, caramel and a little alcohol. Taste is a letdown compared to smell. The flavors are there but muted. Very smooth though; with the alcohol presence this is almost a Baltic porter. Mouthfeel is smooth and comforting. Certainly not a world class beer, but pretty good and a real bargain.

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Photo of CavePainter
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving type: Bottle

Appearance: A nearly solid opaque black mass with just a hint of dark ruby coloring around the edges. Small tan head which fades to some nice lacing.

Smell: An interesting mix of roasted, coffee and chocolaty aromas.

Taste: Rich vanilla, roasted and coffee flavors. Roasted flavors are just short of burnt. Sweet - slightly bready - slightly nutty. A bit of roasted and hop bitterness. Slightly acidic.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Adequate carbonation. Finishes dry.

Drinkability: Easy to drink and flavorful. A good companion for winter nights.

Gansett Porter is an interesting beer. There are a lot of flavors competing for your palate's attention. There is also an interesting bit of acidity in this beer - I believe owing to the use of Summit and Amarillo hops - both fairly citric. The use of citric hops bitterness and chocolaty flavors works well, adding a slight sourness that offsets the sweetness of this beer.

I am slightly confused as to the strength of this beer. Gansett reports a strength of 7% on their web site. Beer Advocate reports a strength of 5.4%, which seems more appropriate. This just doesn't drink like a 7% beer. If it is, hey - good for Gansett! You can hardly tell. I would like a bit of clarification on that though.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can into a Duvel tulip.

A: Carbonation explodes upward right away, filling the tulip 2/3 with frothy light-brown foam and 1/3 with opaque black liquid. Retention and lacing are both pretty spectacular, but this is definitely a bit over the top for the style.

S: Thin, sharp aroma of husky grains and chocolate. Slightly metallic, but not too bad overall - I really like the prevalence of the dark chocolate notes.

T: Sweet, malty, and chocolatey. Light coffee roast, and a bit of bitterness and alcohol on the finish. It's somehow both thin and too strong, but at least the flavors are appropriate for the style. It does improve markedly as it warms, with some milk chocolate and molasses sweetness helping to add some heft and mask the booze that dominated the finish at first.

M: Overcarbonated at first, thick and sticky toward the end. Not great.

O: Not a complete failure of a beer (like I consider the Narragansett Lager to be), but nor is it good (like their Summer). It's impressive how affordable this beer is (especially considering its substantial ABV), but then again it tastes just as expensive as it is.


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Photo of Jason
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz tall-boy w/ no freshness date.

A whole lot of sticky lacing here after the towering head slowly subsides. Pitch black liquid. Highly toasted grain aroma leads to slightly burnt biscuit and yeasty undertones. Light to medium body, good level of crispness. Kiss of roastiness lends light coffee and highly toasted bread. A bit of hoppiness helps to balance. Some yeast and vague fruit in the middle with some warmth from the alcohol as well. More light roastiness in the drying finish.

Easy drinking, a no frills porter. Worth a go and being canned is plus for accessibility.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A lovely local courtesy of ShogoKawada (thanks!). Poured from a pint can into my Samuel Smith nonik.

India ink brown liquid, exceedingly dark but clear with a very faint orb of ruby (like an eye) visible when held to strong light. A thin creamy cap recedes slowly to a buff collar and a few tiny islands of microbubbles. Average lacing, and thin oily legs.

Smells like a pile of autumn leaves, weak coffee, and light roast malt.

Toasty brown bread, and a low slightly vegetal bitterness from hops on the palate, along with a hint of cheap coffee, tea, and, bittersweet chocolate. Mildly astringent finish, with a touch of sourness, char, and a hint of metallic off notes. Reminds me of a dry, alcoholic, weak-flavored root beer at times.

Low but sufficient carbonation; medium-light bodied; lightly warming.

A unique but not entirely successful rendition of the style.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tall boy can into a pint glass. The beer pours dark brown with shimmering tan hues. The beer has about a two finger head that has big bubbles and eventually settles to soapy runny lace. The aroma mostly give me dark fruit with a bit of roast in there. Real solid stuff, but I would really like to smell a bit more than fruit. Light flavors on this. Light presence of dark fruit a bit or roasted malts but overall it just seems to be a watered down version of some of the better porters I've had. Still, a sound offering. The beer has a medium body and good carbonation and the drinkability is solid. Definitely a good choice if you want to cheap out.

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Photo of Chaz
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cola-brown in color, topped with two-fingered darker tan head which is densely-packed (fine, tight little bubbles) and which looks a little bit like whipped cream on the top of a dessert. Nice first impression. Average lacing, and there's a little ring of foamy-head left around the glass as this drops.

Nose offers notes of roast malt, light vanilla, and even lighter caramel. It's an odd impression to have, but from the looks of this one I'm suspecting it will be sweet, but there's a lightly-tangy aspect (citrusy hops?) in the nose and a touch of yeast.

Sweetish with notes of roast/slightly-smokey malt on the first sip. Anise notes are fairly prominent along with a caramel/molasses and that light vanilla -- pretty decent! Bitterness is better than I'd expected, and the hop use is interesting, being partly-bitter and partly aromatic/citrusy with the feel of an West Coast / American porter. Bitterness really lingers nicely here, especially as this warms, imparting a lasting, biitersweet impression.

With an ABV of 7% this should be drinking bigger than it is, so beware that it might sneak up on you after a couple . . . it has all the hallmarks of a 'sessionable' beer!

Fairly light-bodied and sprightly on the tongue, but coats the palate and offers a fairly smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

A pretty good American-style Porter overall, an I'd probably pick it up fairly regularly if it was readily available to me -- a big THANK YOU goes out to Dr. Woody Chandler for the opportunity to try this one as a single.

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Photo of Fieldzy27
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into pint glass

A-pours picth black with a tan head that holds a ton of rockiness. Leaves thick sheets of sticky lace. This looks far better than expected.

S-little bit of chocolate with a lot of roasted dark malts. Mild hop bite somewhere in the middle with an overall sweet smelling character. Impressed yet again.

T-this guys really blows me away. For a porter that comes from a can this guys is an ass kicker. Sweet chocolate is first in the line up followed closely by a little hop zest and finishes with roasty toasty malt. Not too complicated or complex but for sure has a lot of simple flavors.

M- Very full in all honesty. I have for sure had porters with lesser body than this and I have never had anything this amazing in a can that didnt come from Oskar Blues. Very impressive.

D-If this beer was rated on price,quality,taste and availability to me it would be 5's across the board. But since thats not the case...ill just have to say this is by far the best cheapest beer I have ever had.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a deep brown, with some ruby edging, topped with several fingers of foamy mocha colored head. This retains with a thick ½ finger, just drenching the sides of the glass with heavy lacing that hangs in sticky swathes. The roasted malts here in the aroma have a smoky feel to them, which mixes in with notes of citrus and sweeter feeling cocoa and caramel character to impart a deep smelling green acrid twang in the nostrils.

The taste is burnt coffee flavors, backed by tangier notes of chocolate and caramel. An earthy and gritty feeling hop profile of green citric bitterness rides through the middle of this, leading into a dry and roasty finish that leaves a bit of an astringent presence hanging on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth feeling crispness to the carbonation and silky textures that run along the back of the throat. This is pretty darn easy feeling, with absolutely no alcohol being picked up here at all, and helps the overall drinkability of this tremendously.

While certainly not the best example of an American Porter, there is no denying that this was flavorful enough and a VERY easy drinking dark beer experience. You honestly can’t beat the price for a six pack of tall boys from this brewery.

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Photo of metter98
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of jsdunlop
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out black with a tan head that quickly recedes to a minimal covering.
Smells of licorice, roasted malt, chocolate and toffee.
Bitter coffee, light roasted flavor with strong dark fruit, overripe raisins, figs and plums. Alcohol is just barely noticeable.
Mouthfeel is light and smooth with an average carbonation.
Overall, this is a simple, straight forward porter. A bit on the light side.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a decent brownish head and little lacing. Some nice reddish highlights shine through this one.

Some roasted malt and chocolate scents, but not overly strong or assertive. What I smelled was inviting.

A decent surprise, but a bit too much on the thin side for me -- almost watered down in flavor. Firm roasted malt, some cocoa bitterness, a touch of sweetness in there as well, and a little hop bitter bite. Just -where's the intensity?

Fully carbonated, which actually takes away from the beer and the style. Must have done that to clear the palate of all of those "strong" flavors...

Overall, it went down easy. Had this as a sampler in a liquor store about a year ago, which prompted me to grab a quick and very cheap single now. I will not go out of my way for this beer, but if a stumble upon it again (i.e. in someone's fridge), I'd give it another go. It is missing some elements, but you won't hate it -- just don't expect it to be Sam Smith Taddy Porter either.

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Photo of Ilovesuds
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gansett Porter? In a 16 ounce can? When I saw this on the store shelf I had to give it a try. Pours deep brown with a nice creamy head of foam. Nose is predomimently coffee. Nice malty taste with strong coffee and caramel. Mouthfeel okay. Not as sudsy as I would have expected. A decent brew at a decent price. Although I'm not a big fan of porter I would try this again and recommend it.

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