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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 Schmidts
4.6/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours Black as coal with a 2 inch head that is mocha brown colored.
Smells of Chocolate and coffee. Taste notes of Chocolate,caramell and Toffee, it is very creamy and flavorful. It is smooth with just a touch of bitterness it rolls down very nice.
It is a very drinkable Porter and with just having two 16 oz cans tonight it has become a new favorite a Very Good Porter in the tradition of the American Porters I drank when I was young. Give this Porter a try You will grow to love it. Glad that it has finally come to Pa!

It is a winner!

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Photo of mikey711
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint glass
A: pours black with some brown around the edges. big fluffy mocha colored head with great webbing

S: Some chocolate notes but overall it isnt very aromatic

T: really nice chocolate notes with some bitter roasted notes as well. some toffee and caramel as well

M: Creamy and very smooth. no hint of alcohol or harshness

D: overall a very solid porter that is great for the price point

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Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a tallboy at Euromart in Astoria. Poured near-black with a tall light brown head. IIt opens with a sharp chocolate taste and bit of hop bitterness to match the dark roast. Hint of corn in the aroma cocoa aroma. Reminds me of a Baltic porter, but I suppose there's a good chance this is a lager. The body is reasonable for the strength and I wouldn't mind sharing a 6-pack with a friend.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can into .3l tulip.

There's nothing wrong with this brew at all.

Deep brown color, with a decent head, done quickly, with a trail of thick tan bubbles. Little lacing.

Solid malt aroma. A little roasty, not burnt. This Porter sort of feels like a minor league ballplayer - it's one to dream on. It is simple enough, but executes well and when you're in the moment you're able to see myriad possibilities. With a touch of oak this would be fantastic, with a slight vanilla aroma it would really highlight the roast malts...

In the end, this is what it is. It's an everyday regular. You're always happy to see it and you're likely to pass it over when comparing it to flashier competition. But it is certainly drinkable.

Lighter mouthfeel than some porters, with a touch of creaminess. Despite the 7% abv I'm missing the little 'warmth' that I'd really like here. Good carb, slight bitter finish.


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Photo of nanertak
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured 2 fingers head, dark with slight hints of red around the edges. Long head retention.

Smell - Roasty, some subdued coffee notes. Personally wish there was a little more going on in the nose, but hey... that's just me.

Taste - Very subtle at first, but grows to be more assertive near the finish. Lingering coffee roast, very mild sweetness, fading to slight pleasant bitterness from the malt. Slight boozyness/heat. Mild but noticeable. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Pretty much dead on for style. Mild carbonation, silky body.

Drinkability - Yes. Will grab a can when I see it. Well balanced, not overly assertive, pleasant porter.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Narragansett Porter pours black into the glass. Held to the light some brown highlights appear along the sides. On top, a huge, frothy tan head forms. The foam dissolves slowly to a thick sheet on the surface leaving behind lots of netted lacing on the glass.

The aroma is not very strong. Notes of chocolate, roast malt, toffee and an earthy nuttiness are present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is light on the palate, dry with a moderate carbonated fizz throughout. The flavor is sweet and malty with notes of roasted malt, chocolate and toffee. A hint of dark fruit is present. Towards the end some grassy hop bitterness pokes through. Once gone the chocolate notes linger on the palate.

This is a tasty, easy drinking porter. A good example of the style. It's not loaded with roasted or chocolate malts like other porters, but is well balanced. Plus the low price and 16 oz. cans can't be beat.

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Photo of shand
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a mug.

Right off the pour, this is a great looking porter. It pours a very dark brown with a huge head - my first pour was a little too aggressive and I wound up with probably 5/8ths head to 3/8ths beer. The second, more careful pour wound up a little better. Lacing and retention are very good. The beer mainly smells of sweet, roasted malts. There's also bitter chocolate and coffee to balance the sweet malts, and just a touch of grains. Just about average for the style, nothing stand-out here.

The taste is just a bit above average. It's very much a traditional porter thing going on here - roasted malts come in first, then bitter chocolate and coffee, you know the score. There's a little bit of graininess in the background the whole time, but it's fairly pleasant. Just a bit of bittering hops come in at the very end to finish off the flavor. Again, nothing stands out, but there's really nothing bad here either.

The mouthfeel is a little thin for a porter, but it still goes down well. The drinkability is very great, it doesn't really taste like a 7% brew in the slightest. One thing that must be mentioned here is the great bang for the buck. Six sixteen ounce tall boy cans for seven bucks? Awesome. This is a solid porter that won't break the bank, and is very pleasant to drink. Recommended, especially if price is a concern.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
2.36/5  rDev -35.9%
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 foureyedgeek
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bonus points for the can and double bonus points for the tallboy.

16oz can into imperial pint, thanks so much to my sister for bringi g this home to me from Providence, happy new year!

Very nice looking pour out of the can, fluffy tan head, dark blackish reddish brown body, some nice lacing and a cap of foam.

Smell is primarily sweet roasty - toasty malt.

Taste is a well balanced maltiness, dominated by coffee and graham cracker and a nice, subtle earthy hop finish.

Mouthfeel may be a tad thinner than most porters

Drinkability here is huge, if this beer is 7% it hides it very well, this is damn near session-able and tasty enough to run through quite a few without feeling the need to mix it up.

:Love the beer in cans, really like this porter.

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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 Doomcifer
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a big, creamy light brown head. Good retention. Smells nutty, soft roasty notes, figs. Tastes of sweet malts up front, a bit too sweet....followed by slight roastiness and a good spicy hop bitterness to balance it out a bit. A little alcohol is present as well. Mouthfeel is kinda light with a very slightly dry finish. Pretty drinkable. Although I'd reach for a lot of other porters before this one, you absolutely cannot beat the price tag for the quality.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tallboy can served in a tulip nonic. Pours a little darker than cola with a similar clarity and a brownish-red hue around the base. Head eventually settles into a thin, consistent cap with some thick swaths of lacing and residual spotting. Head is one inch, tan-colored, creamy/frothy in consistency and embedded with tiny pinpricks and ringlets. Nose starts off with a slightly metallic character, followed by roasted notes and chocolate malt. There's also perhaps a trace of char in the mix. Taste follows nose - metallic character disappears; however, roast is a bit more forward and a trace of lactose appears. Some light, pleasant bittering comes out at the finish and lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with an even, lively carbonation. Glad to see this one out in tallboys - serves up better in this format than in the bottle in my humble opinion. A solid porter that can't be beat at $7.69 a sixer. Lots of flavor with a well-hidden abv. Spot on for the style.

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

Been meaning to grab a 6er of this for a while now. Finally pulled the trigger at my last beer haul.

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip as that was the only clean beerglass at the time. A rich dark chocolate pour with a thick deep tan two finger head that left nice side lacing and faded into a thick swirling cloud atop the porter.

S - Rich malts. Nothing too crazy here.

T - More rich, chocolatey malts. Little chocolate and even some hops on the tail end. Not too complex but delicious.

M - Nice and creamy with just a slight crispness at the end. Really great considering who makes this.

D - Wow, so this is what all the fuss was about? Incredibly shocked, just like I was with Narragansett Fest. Really cant go wrong for the price. Paid $7.99 for a 6 pack of tallboys. Shockingly delicious!

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

This has a very rich malty aroma from the start. Has a rich and smoky colored foamy head which last for quite some time. Has a hint of chocolate and smokiness that gets your attention at the start. It almost reminds me of a liqueur of sort as you can almost taste the alcohol in it. I enjoyed it very much.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16oz tall boy. Pours a black color with a thin head. Lots of lacing throughout. Aroma is sweet with roasted malts, and some molasses. Taste is mostly of the roasted malts along with a dark chocolate aftertaste. A small amount of hops to it and an overall sweet taste. A bit thin and mild but pretty good. I was happy to see 'Gansett put out an Oktoberfest and this Porter is further proof that they can put out some solid beers for cheap. Hope there are more styles of 'Gansett to come.

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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 coachdonovan
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1.5 inches of sandstone sit atop a 99% black beer. The head isn't the Guinness tight high-top fade; it's much more the Einstein look- fluffy and airy with great lacing. Aroma isn't as smoky as expected. Lots of toasted grain but also some citrusy hops hiding in that darkness. The smoke comes through in the taste, but it's nice and roasty without any char.

You know that dry/burned taste that you can't shake after drinking Irish stouts all night? Here there is a surprisingly noticeable hops presence that balances out that dryness. That helps build to a clean finish and cranks up the drinkability, as evidenced by the five tallboys I crushed last Saturday night. I certainly would have pegged the ABV at lower than 7%. This is a great session beer for the winter months. Well done.

1/17/11 edit: after enjoying this for the last few months, I have to downgrade the drinkability from my original score of 5. It has nothing to do with the beer itself, but my goodness the hangovers from this are BRUTAL. Not sure what the deal is, but it's not good. One night, all I had to drink were two tallboys of Gansett Porter, and the next morning I was not feeling 100%. The occasions where I've had more than that have been rough. Otherwise, still a great beer but just watch yo' self.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can purchased as part of a six-pack from WineNation, Millbury, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1" dark tan head above the barely translucent dark brown brew. Pillowy head recedes slowly, with plentiful frothy lacing. Aroma is rich dark malts.

Taste is sweet upfront, dark wortiness in the middle, with a lightly chalky sedately bitter close. Chocolate flavors linger. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is good. Worth a try.

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Photo of Fieldzy27
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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 Kinsman
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 16oz can into a pint glass, this fills the glass nicely with a dark shade of brown with little room for lighter mahogany highlights. The head presents you with a very attractive creamy and sticky tan colored foam, about two fingers thick to start.

Aroma is full of sweet caramel maltiness and some hints of chocolate. Also, a bit of a grainy with the malt aroma and almost no detection of hops.

Initially the taste was dominated by a toasted grain flavor that was reminiscent of a slightly burnt piece of bread. However with time, a creamy sweet malt flavor came out with hints of chocolate and caramel. Finish was a bit weak though, with a slightly metallic flavor putting a slight damper on the beer.

Mouthfeel consisted of a moderate carbonation that provided a very crisp feeling on the tongue. Overall, Narragansett Porter doesn't really come close to the best American Porters, but at $8 for a 6 pack of 16oz cans, it certainly is a good value for a cheap easy-to-drink winter time beer.

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Photo of Brad007
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow, I had no idea that Narragansett produced a porter until now.

Pours a pitch black color with a thick, brown head that recedes a bit after a minute or two. Good job here.

Aroma is full of cocoa. It does have a somewhat "metallic" smell that thankfully seems to disappear after a minute or so.

Taste is slightly creamy with a good hint of cocoa on the tongue. There is an odd "burnt" feel to it. It's not too bad but it does take away from the overall taste.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering cocoa/cream. Carbonation seems a bit too high though and it should be dialed down a bit to make this porter more enjoyable.

It's not bad at all. Drinkable but for some reason, priced higher than 'Gansett lager. I'm not sure that it's worth $8.69 for a sixer. Otherwise, you should look for a local brewed example if you really want a decent porter.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
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 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 Kudashov
2.16/5  rDev -41.3%
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 Bitterbill
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, says brewed by Narragansett Brewing Company, Rochester NY....High Falls now known as Genesee.

Here's some info I found on their website:

"The porter is brewed at Cottrell Brewery in Pawcatuck, Trinity Brewhouse in Providence, R.I. and High Falls Brewery in Rochester, N.Y., with Chinook hops for bitterness, Simcoe hops for aroma, black malt, pale malt, chocolate malt, Munich malt, crystal malt, roasted barley and ale yeast. The American-style porter is 7 percent Alcohol by Volume and 28 IBUs."

A nice near pitch black colour with a 2 finger head of tannish foam and a bit of lacing.

The smell is kind of weak with just a bit of roasted malt, maybe some dark chocolate, and a light sweet note.

The taste trumps the smell. Bitter and milk chocolate is what I'm tasting the most. Some roasted malt but not a whole lot. I *do* like how the bitterness has the slight edge bringing a nice dry finish. Not too shabby of an American Porter and heck, I just noticed the 7%abv. Still a pretty drinkable son of a gun.

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Narragansett Porter from Narragansett Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 270 ratings
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