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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 | website

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 Bung
3.71/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

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Photo of jucifer1818
3.86/5  rDev +4%
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


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Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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).

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

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Photo of greenengineer
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of horshack7
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Andrew61923
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of spwalshesq
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.6/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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 sulldaddy
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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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 dbrauneis
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
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 morebeergood
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single can in my fridge. Poured into an Irish style pint glass. Really nice looking body: dark brown color, with a good sized head. Smell had some roasted chestnut and smoke to it. Flavor was a bit sweeter than I was expecting, but still good. Big notes of chocolate. The mouthfeel was somewhat thin for a porter, but it went down fairly well for a 7% beer. Actually, this beer surprised me in the end. Gansett makes a pretty good porter after all. Why can't you find this on tap as much as the Lager??

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16-ounce can into a tumbler pint glass.

A: Near black with a thin, frothy head of tan foam that settles to a creamy cap of carbonation, leaving some lacing in its wake.

S: Rich, earthy, chocolate and roasted malts. Hints of creamy toffee blend with an herbal, almost anisette-like bitterness.

T: Robust, sweet, chocolatey malts up front with fine nuances of bittersweet, herbal fruitiness. A healthy dose of earthy malt husk and charred flavors usher in a more subtle, mellow sweetness. This builds to a bracing, bittersweet finish that leaves some lingering hop and alcohol heat on the palate along with cloying, roasted coffee and chocolate maltiness.

M: Full-bodied, smooth, sweet and a little creamy, this brew has enough carbonation and hop bitterness to keep things a little more balanced, while erring on the side of slick and hoppy.

O: A very nice, malt-forward American porter with quality ingredients to power a gaudy 7% ABV. It's a nice winter warmer, although the rich flavors, cloying sweetness and not-so-seamless transition to bittersweet finish may be overcomplicated for someone in search of a dark, mild winter porter.

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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 Flounder57
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a two finger mocha head that has finally reduced and left nice lacing all over the glass. the beer is pitch black with no signs of carbonation.

Smell: roasted coffee and chocolate up front. Some dark fruits fanitly in the background.

Taste: roastiness, mocha, maple syrup, and the alcohol is not even noticeable.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, easy to drink, and a little watery.

Overall: Not really too familiar with porters, but this is a keeper. I might expect more flavor and some hops characteristics, but what do I know. Trying to broaden my beer horizon here with a decent brew out of a 16 oz can on a cold windy winter night. Might have to grab another out of the fridge. Also, still a worthy beer for the price of a six pack of tall boys too.

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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 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 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 Goblinmunkey7
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep, deep brown, almost black. Head is a nice tan. Dwindles to a thing ring and vestiges of head on the top of the beer. Some nice lacing. Crazy depth of color.

Smell: Slightly burnt, some chocolate malts. Faint grassiness and a touch of citrus hidden in the back. Milk chocolate with a nice bitter dark chocolate to round it out. Malts are biscuity. Loads of toasted malts.

Taste: Cocoa fused with toasted, and ever so slightly burnt, malts. Doughy malts add sweetness that helps mute some of the deeper chocolate notes. Faintly grassy. Cocoa dust. Hints of coffee and bread crust. Nice balance of flavor. Slight kick of yeast after a bit of warming.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a higher than expected carbonation. Smooth and a touch creamy.

Overall: This is easily one of the easiest drinking porters I've encountered. Not a ton of flavor, but what it has, it does well.

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Photo of Keginator70
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very hard to be biased. I go home and sigh when I drive by where the old Narragansett Brewery used to stand. I'll try to be fair.

Fast forward to 2012. Big head poured from a 16 oz can which fades at a moderate pace. Lacing lingers to a pint glass but scent is mild. Dark liquid with no hues.

What counts. The taste is buttery malt with a trace of biscuit (ala bock and dopplebock). Bittersweet mouthfeel as slight hop keeps it finish fairly clean. Very smooth and silky.

A very good quaff to initate those who want to a step up from mass produced (well you know) and at $9.00 for a sixer of tall boys is a steal. Plesantly surpising and better than some more expensive choices.

Caution: 7% alcohol can catch you off guard.

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Narragansett Porter from Narragansett Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.
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