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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 kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Knapp85
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.46/5  rDev -6%
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 emerge077
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.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of largadeer
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can from ShogoKawada. Thanks!

Appearance: Opaque dark brown bordering on black. A lasting head with a tanned leather hue rests on top.

Smell: Heavy on the toasted grain, almost reminiscent of an American brown ale. Little bit of coffee-like roast and a pronounced yeast character - lager yeast perhaps? Simple, clean and pleasant.

Taste & mouthfeel: There's more cocoa and roasted malt on the tongue than the nose suggests, but it's still a very soft and velvety porter. The mid-palate brings out flavors of oatmeal, raisin and carob. Medium-full bodied, but easily quaffed. The finish is fairly complex, showing some initial cereal grain sweetness that transitions into mild hop bitterness, licorice and an unfortunate Alka-Seltzer flavor that lingers more than I'd like.

Overall: Enjoyable and easy to drink, but after a while I found it hard to get past the lingering Alka-Seltzer flavor.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Being a 'price brand', I was quite surprised at just how good Narragansett's porter was. I was expecting what basically amounted to a "colored" lager (thinking somewhere along the lines of Yuengling Black & Tan), but this was the real deal.

It looked great in the glass with a dark mahogany body beneath a full head of frothy tan. The head retention and lacing were both very good.

It smelled of chocolate and soft fruit, and that carried over into the flavor which delivered a surprisingly rich maltiness. It offered milk chocolate, a darker chocolate with a bit of roastiness, and some very nice apple/strawberry fruitiness. There were some hops as well, grassy and a touch minty, although they tend to stay in the background. The bitterness was firm, and along with the light roastiness it finished dry with some residual lingering chocolate notes, a hint of yeasty fruitiness, and a smear of leafy hops.

I can't knock this beer, and given the price I'd be hard pressed not to recommend it over several of the better known brands on the market. Worth trying.

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Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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

A: Pours an opaque black in color. The beer has a two finger tall dark tan head that reduces to a very thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer. There is very significant lacing observed.

S: Unfortunately the aroma of this beer is just too light - it has some great notes in it from the dark malts to the chocolate to the creamy toffee but is just not bold enough.

T: Slightly sweet, a little more so than I expected, with lots of notes of dark malts and chocolate. There is some nice earthiness to the flavor as well and the beer finishes with a light lingering bitterness (like a bitter chocolate).

M: Medium to full bodied with a moderate to heavy amount of carbonation. Creamy.

O: This is a very enjoyable and easy drinking porter that leaves me wanting for another - extremely sessionable. Definitely the best porter I have drank from a can.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/31/06 at The Celtic Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a large, dense, beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains honey, coffee, chocolate and roasted malt.

T: The taste is malty, with a strong flavor of honey plus coffee & chocolate in the background. There isn’t an over-abundance of sweetness nor is there much of an after-taste.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium carbonation, medium body but light for the style to the point that it feels a little bit watery, very clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not filling at all, it’s a good poundable beer but its lack of flavor may hold it back. However, I still liked the beer and as long as it’s available at the Celtic Pub, there’s no other beer on-tap there that I’d choose above it.

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Photo of oberon
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
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 nickfl
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of grayish, medium-brown head on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - A mild aroma of roasted malt and caramel with some toffee notes. Light chocolate in the background with just a hint of spicy hops.

T - Tart malt up front with some cherry and chocolate notes. Acidic chocolate in the middle with some caramel notes. Finishes with more dark malt, lots of chocolate and cherry with the sourness continuing to dominate the flavor.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - WTF? Really, what is going on here? There is a distinct underlying porter/stout character, but it is inexplicably dominated by slightly funk acidity and fruit notes. If this were some sort of chocolate-cherry lambic, I might be impressed, but since it is supposed to be an American porter, I can't help but think that something has gone terribly wrong. I actually kind of enjoyed this, but anyone expecting a normal porter needs to adjust their expectations and realize that it is significantly out of style.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.46/5  rDev -6%
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 smcolw
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice, thick foamy head of three fingers. It lingers nicely and withdraws with good ring lace. The color is dark brown where no light shines through.

Overall, a very mild Porter aroma--some chocolate. I also detected what I thought a grainy pale unmalted barley. On second whiff, I couldn't find it.

The flavor is better than the smell--more darker malt flavors and the swallow features a good dose of bittering hop. Lightly chalky with a touch of coffee grounds. It's a refreshing porter, perhaps because it's thinner than most.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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

Got this one from Bitterbill, cheers Bill!

Pours an uber-effervescent mahogany with 3+ fingers of mocha colored head. Fantastic lacing & average head retention

S: Chocolate, dark cherries & roastyness

T: Much roastyness, carob, dryness & hints of coffee up front. Dryness, some leafy hops, a touch of dark fruit & chocolate as this warms, plus much roastyness. Finishes roasty & dry with a touch of mineral crispness

MF: Fairly smooth, medium bodied, nice balance

Drinks pretty darn easy, especially for the ABV. A nice East Coast take on the American Porter style

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Photo of woodychandler
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Many, many thanks to my regular trade partner, indiapaleale, for sending this (among others) to me in the furtherance of The CANQuest (TM). The weather has suddenly turned cold and windy again after an unexpected week-long respite and I suddenly need a beer.

From the CAN: "Hi-Neighbor! We've been brewing our supremely drinkable AmeriCAN Porter since 1916. Whether you call it 'Gansett Dark like some old-time New Englanders [nope, I'm PA born and raised - ed.] or just plain old Porter, you'll love this mild and deliciously nuanced brew. It's not winter in New England unless you're drinking Narragansett Porter." As an added bonus, as a retired sailor, I really dug the label art. Nothing like crossing the Atlantic in the winter! Been there, done that.

The Crack revealed yet another CAN filled damn near to the rim! Talk about getting your money's worth on a CANsistent basis ... The Glug too me by surprise, producing WAYYY more dense, foamy, deep-tan head than I anticipated. Holy Head, Batman! I had to back off of my pour lest it overflow the glass. It was dense and fluffy, like insulation and the beer was cascading, creating more head from the bottom up. I used the interlude to hold the glass to the light and only some cola highlights were visible since there was zero light penetration. The nose had a fresh-mown quality to it, like grass or hay, slightly underlain by a metallic odor. I hate to use that last descriptor since there are still those unbelievers who think that the CAN leeches metal into the beer. Oh well, I calls 'em as I smells 'em. Lots of great lacing left behind as the massive head fell. I resumed my pour and now it looked like the top of a milkshake. Mouthfeel was medium with an initial burst of roasty flavors on the tongue, including dark chocolate and charcoal smokiness, but accompanied by a grassy hoppiness as noted on the nose. I did not taste any metallic flavors, so maybe it was an olfactory trick, a trompe du nez, so to speak. Finish had a charcoal bitterness initially and ended with a dark chocolate smokiness. Indiapaleale mentioned that this is a bargain if you CAN find it and given its depth and complexity of flavors, I would have to agree. If only I had had some for Hula in the Coola Day (01 February, annually), I would have been dancing.

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Photo of Jason
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
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 mikesgroove
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a small tan head which faded leaving behind a nice thin film of lace on the top and long sticky strands down the glass. Smell was a tad light, but came through more as it warmed. Roasted malts, caramel, perhaps a touch of coffee were present. Maybe even a hazelnut as it warmed. Taste was great. First off the feel was silky smooth, almost shake like with perfect carbonation that just floated in your mouth. Smooth feel gave way to a full taste, lots of roasted malts and caramel, slight burnt coffee in the back and a dry hop like finish.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.57/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I walked by and saw these 16oz cans of porter sitting on the display I just couldn't resist taking them home with me. Like my daughters at the pet store, only I had the money in my pocket to make the purchase.
Pours a pretty solid dark brown/black color with a big fluffy tan head that slowly dissipates to a cap on top. Oh my god there is actually roast in the aroma. Lots of coffee and hint of chocolate on the nose with a slightly tart fruitiness in there as well. Taste is sweet up front with that acridic dark roasted malt flavor. Coffee roast dominates the taste with some distant tart fruit and wet dog in there. Finishes like a coffee coolada from Dunkins, sweet with a lingering coffee bitterness. Creamy bordering on bitter in the mouth, medium level of carbonation and body. I really wasn't expecting much from this, but I was pleasantly surprised. Reminds me a bit of a dry Irish stout. This certainly isn't going to rock your world but is a nice drinker. I might just have to put this in the rotation every now and again.

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Photo of tdm168
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
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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