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

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pitch black color with a nice fingers worth of tan head. Leaves some good lacing

S: Nice roasted malts along with some dark chocolate and coffee

T: Same as the smell, very roasty with notes of coffee and dark chocolate. Coffee is more prevalent than the chocolate, but not by much

M: Medium-full bodied with plenty of carbonation

O: This is a really nice porter that is perfect for the colder weather so it fits the seasonal slot well. The alcohol is almost non-existent in the taste, so it's fairly easy to slug back too

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Photo of Jaguar
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I walked into kappy's on Rt.1, with absolutely no idea what I was going out the door with, and spotted this on the top shelf of the cooler. I grew up in the Boston area in the sixties and remember Curt Gowdy doing the "Hi, neighbor, have a 'gansett" commercials during Red Sox broadcasts, so the nostalgia buy was a given. At eight bucks for six pint cans I wasn't expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised by this one.

A good looking Porter with a nice head, but not much of an aroma at all. Surprisingly weak nose.

A good tasting Porter with fair malt, coffee and chocolate. Good, but, again, a bit thin. A good slick mouth feel, with a mild finish and a hint of that sneaky 7.0 ABV.

A very dangerously drinkable 7.0 Porter.

Did I give it a half a nostalgia point here or there? Probably, but all in all it's a pretty good effort that just misses.

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Photo of greybeardloon
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

no obvious date

A: Thick head with good lacing.

S: Not much. A little sweet roasted malt.

T: Sweet milk chocolate with a hint of dark fruit. Some earthy hops and the subtlest hint of char on the finish. This is not a robust porter, but it makes a good dessert beer.

M: A bit thinner and bubblier than I like.

O: At 7% abv, I expect much a more complex flavor. At a lower abv, this would be an excellent session beer (but for the sweetness). It is a great value, though.

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Photo of BigCheese
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the tall boys, for some reason Gansetts are always one of my 1st seasonals.

Poured into imperial pint glass.

A: Black as night pour, with a small head that resembles that of a frothy root beer. Head dissipated pretty quickly. Minimal lacing.

S: Pretty mild smell, roasted malts/chocolate. burnt marshmellow.

T: Sweet malts right up front, milk chocolate, orange's dipped in chocolate come to mind, crust of whole grain toast, nice cleansing effect from hops, as it warms hops come through more. Hints of vanilla-honey-oak-bourbon linger on palate

M: Pretty creamy, from the head/lacing I was surprised by the carbonation level, probably because its real fresh. Not very oily/thick, rather thin. Beer isn't overly boozy, but I wouldn't say the 7% is well hidden. Gansetts always have kind of a macro feeling to them.

O: A great beer for the price, nothing worth trading for or killing someone for but I'd definitely recommend it. Just what I was looking for, a great take on the style, excellent cold weather brew on this rainy/dreary new england night.

In 2012 appearance pretty solid, cardboard head lots of thick rings, still a great brew, must buy 1 6pack per season status.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tumbler pint, the beer is jet black, with a densely packed, foamy, thick, light tan colored head that stands at a strong inch and a half. This head doesn't appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. Impressive look to it. The nose is a dry mocha and dark chocolate blend, and very inviting. The beer is insanely smooth and creamy in mouth, and it has a rich, velvety chocolate milk flavor initially that is ridiculously easy to drink. The tastes continue to progress, with a hint of roast coffee bitter and a hazelnut highlight. Great flavors on a smooth, round body, with a decent cling left behind as you consume. The aftertaste is milk chocolate, and it lingers nicely behind in your mouth, with a nonintrusive finish that has some staying power. It sticks around, urging you on in your journey. Very easy to drink, which could get dangerous real fast.

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

Aaaahhh, one my my favorite styles and favorite NE breweries and I'm not too pleased with this one versus a lot of other Am. Porters out there. Stamped 2901 2054 on the bottom.

Pours wonderfully black into my Sierra Torpedo imperial pint. Fills the glass with a finger of tan head that lovingly hugs the sides of the glass on its way down. First smell I'm picking up is an ever so slight yeasty booze, and at 7%, I don't doubt it. As it warms up, a bit of licorice is added to the bouquet. Nice light coffee and chocolate aromas. Seems to be a more yeast driven porter as the taste is more toasted-bready with faint chocolate and coffee floating around in the beer as well.

Good Porter, worth picking up, but 'gansett: for more alcohol I want more flavor!!! Keep brewing!

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Photo of Dools9
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tall Boy into a Pint Glass...

A: Poured jet balck with a massive three finger brown, cream colored head, lacing coats the entire glass.

S: On the nose its mostly coffee and espresso with hints of mollasses. There is also a smoky, herbal/earthy hop aroma present.

T: Creamy, with roasted malts, some dark chocolate and light coffee and espresso notes. hops are earthy and a bit medicinal. This porter is on the sweeter side for the style and there is a slight alcohol presence but its very subtle.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and very drinkable. Carbonation is is moderate to high and hops linger on the palate more with every sip.

O: Not a bad porter and its packaged in a pint can to boot. Also very affordable. While its probably not my favorite seasonal of thiers, its hard to beat the price to quality ratio of this winter seasonal.

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Photo of seesnow3
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Unknown freshness, Imperial pint glass, $1.75/pint can in NH

Pour-Large, dense, brown, very rich and creamy head that bubbles slowly, dark brownish black, quite opaque, head holds for a while but fades to a film with a creamy ring. There is a decent amount of uneven lacing during drinking.

Nose-Caramel malts, some malty notes, coffee and bittersweet chocolate.

Palate-Sweet at first with a large hit of sour, some bitterness in the back. Rich bittersweet chocolate followed by dark roast coffee and nice, moderate caramel malts and yeast. It doesn’t necessarily bother me but the alcohol is not hidden very well, though it is 7%. Slightly warm on the tongue and in the throat. The body of the beer might overwhelm the flavor just a little bit, but not way off base.

Body-Heavy, rich, thick and creamy, luscious texture. Some effervescence is there. I definitely think this is an above average beer. It’s rich and very nice, yet somewhat drinkable, not to mention fairly affordable. The largest drawback for people who don’t like alcohol burn is that the alcohol is not masked very well. It’s slightly distracting but is only a minor shortcoming.

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

Can provided to me by the brewery.

I like the 16-ounce cans. Nice package.

Pours almost totally black into my British pint mug and has a nice light brown head that reduces to a layer of foam.

Aroma of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt.

Creamy taste, with notes of coffee and chocolate. This is a more mild porter, without the bigger roasted flavors of some of its peers. Still, it's good.

Smooth and creamy body, nice.

This is another porter that proves my friend's old saying that you can't mess up a porter.

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Photo of Aberration
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Saw a few cases in my local store last night, very excited to see the porter tallboys again!

Appearance is good, nice foamy head with the usual generally robust looking dark porter body.

Not too much nose on this beer, slight coffee and malty bitterness. Slight slight smoke.

Taste is fantastic. Very smooth, slight hops in the background, slight smoke in the background, good chocolate notes...very well hidden ABV. Highly drinkable.

Mouthfeel was creamy and smooth. Good carbonation.

I could down these porters all day with no problem. A bonus is the fact that they come in Tallboy 16oz cans and are extremely affordable to boot! One of my favorite porters.

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Photo of redleaves
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No smell to speak of, creamy head that ended up sticking to the sides. Black in color. Kinda thick in the mouth, but very roasty. Dried a bit on the tongue but not a lot, stick around a bit. This has lot of pumpernickel in this, touch of vanilla and very creamy. I'm gonna try this with a pumpkin ale another day, I think it will go well, maybe a pumpkin cider, even better. Great overall, I do wish there was something on the nose, it would have helped the score. This is way better than my expectations, I thought it would be a lot thinner. Abv is covered up very well.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can courtesy of Drazzamatazz, into a Samuel Smith imperial pint.

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a light tan head that foams up to an inch thick and does not want to fade away. Tons of lacing left behind as the head slowly recedes. Nice looking beer.

S: Interesting mix of sweet malts, a faint amount of coffee, and just a touch of floral hops thrown in there as well. A hint of chocolate. Also an odd, sort of soapy smell? Smells alright minus the soap.

T: Pretty robust flavors of burnt malts, coffee, caramel, chocolate and a nice amount of hops in there as well. Slightly resinous hops as well. Not the common "c" hops, more of a traditional English hop flavor. Good malt profile as well. Really a nice balanced porter with enough bitterness to keep things in check. Pretty nice stuff.

M: Just a touch over carbonated, fairly thick body, finish is about medium, not too sweet, not too dry. Knock the carbonation back by about 30% and it would be just right.

O: Enjoyable porter for sitting around and relaxing on a fall afternoon. Just a touch over carbonated for my taste, but it is still a nice beer. Glad I have another can in the fridge!

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Photo of CrookedStill
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours jet black with a dense tan head.

first thing I notice is lots of roasted malts followed by a subtle sweetness.

taste follows the nose. roasted character upfront followed by caramel sweetness. ends on a chocolaty note. no trace of alcohol.

medium mouthfeel with a low amount of carbonation that's about standard for porters.

I really enjoyed this beer. while there wasn't any one thing that really jumped out at me it was still a very solid porter and much better than many I've tried. i also have to mention that I really liked the graphics on the can, very old school. glad I got the chance to try it and am sorry this is my last one.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours dark brown with a good sized tan head. The smell is sweet malts a little roasty and hints of chocolate. The flavor follows suit it's chocolatey smooth and delicious with a touch of hops. The mouthfeelmis medium bodied with good carbonation. Definitely a great buy especially for the money.

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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 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 mikesgroove
3.6/5  rDev -3%
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 MrHurmateeowish
4.36/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can purchased at McKinnon's in Salem, NH. Pours an opaque black body with well over an inch of light tan head that persists nicely and eventually subsides leaving some decent lacing. Dark chocolate, caramel, and coffee notes rule the aroma with just the slightest hint of alcohol. Roasty at first, with the taste of dark chocolate covered espresso beans, nut, caramel notes, and a hint of butterscotch toward the finish. Medium to full in body with moderate carbonation. Wow. This was a lot better than I was expecting (even though I love the lager). Definitely making this a regular - especially for the price!

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review adapted from notes taken 12/5/10

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a tan head - much darker than anticipated, looks more like an American stout - decent lacing

Smell: Burnt and roasted malts with a hint of chocolate - some kind of corn huskiness underneath

Taste: Hearty, burnt, and tasty - the taste is very burnt and very roasted, almost to the extent that it tastes dry - some hints of coffee and chocolate - some sweetness, too - hints of hops in the mix as well

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth

Overall: Surprisingly good

This was the first 'Gansett seasonal that I tried, and it is a solid beer. There is nothing particularly exciting about this porter, but there is also nothing particularly wrong with it. For a 6-pack of tallboys, $8 seems like a steal.

Edit (2012): Had to bump the taste from a 4.0 to a 3.5. Once this hits room temperature, it really starts to show some flaws...

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Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev +4%
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 BeefyMee
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Tall boy can pours out nearly pitch black with a wonderful tan head. Poured into a Sam Smith glass and it fills it out nicely. Great head retention and lacing.

S: Big notes of cocoa and roasted malt. Very rich.

T: Sweet and roasty upfront but finishes a little soapy. Chocolate in the aftertaste.

M: Pretty good on substance but turns slightly astringent.

A good porter overall. I wouldn't mind a few more of these in my future.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely dark brown with a fluffy 2" high head of cocoa colored foam. Good lace left behind.
Smell is a bit light though quite stout-like in the roasted malt, dark fruits, dark chocolate and whiskey notes. A touch of smoke and caramel round it out nicely. Great balance.
Taste is roasted malt, whiskey, caramel, dark fruit and a light smoke note. This brew benefits from some warming up.
A relatively rich and smooth brew with a nice slowly fading aftertaste. A slight warming of the palate as well. Medium body upfront actually feels fuller after the swallow. A light coating of the tongue and palate. Light effervescence. While I usually shy away from the can, that would be a bad idea here. Glad I had it, will do so gladly in the future.

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Photo of mterrence5
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this in the cans many times. And once on tap. Very drinkable porter. Doesn't overpower.

This doesnt poor well from the can as it is not very carbonated. Outta the tap it pours better.

Light in the mouth for a porter. Matly and very sweet chocolate tasting. Mild coffee notes. Slightly bitter finish. Very very smooth.

Outta the tap the taste seemed magnified greatly. The chocolate taste was almost overpowering and you could feel the ABV but not taste it. It seemed alot fuller in body as well. Almost like drinking chocolate liquer.

I could drink this year round if it stayed cold out but in the winter its a home run.

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Photo of gdrydenc
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark, dark brown. A significant amount of frothy dark tan head forms and sticks around for quite a while.

S - Not a ton, but hints of coffee and chocolate. Mostly malts, no hops to speak of. There's a bit of alcohol in the nose, which is a bit offputting, honestly.

T - Very little of the aforementioned alcohol in the taste. There's quite a bit more of the coffee and the chocolate than in the nose. I like the taste a lot more than I thought I would, given the smell.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty standard, but a bit watery. The taste lingers in the mouth for a while, which is nice, but unfortunately a lot of the taste is the worst parts of the taste overall.

Overall, a good brew. I've had their lager, which didn't impress me, and I got this on sale, so I wasn't expecting a lot, but I was impressed.

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Photo of Fernans
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is Narragansett's best product. I'll say this. It is one of the best porter's I've had.
A: Pitch with nice caramel head
S: Coffee
T: Coffee notes with slight hop finish
MF: Easy, finish is not long but clean
OA: I like this one a lot. Had it tap first and buy the cans when I can. Hard to find on tap though.

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Narragansett Porter from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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