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

16 oz can into a pint glass.

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love those 16 0z. cans! Pours out righteously dark, practically opaque with a beefy, smooth and thick heady cap, slowly dissipation, sticky lace continues.

The aroma is very nice, dark wheat and dark roasty malts, candy chocolate, creamy with a syrup sweetness. Very well rounded and inviting.

The flavor is just spot on Porter style, a hefty, smooth body of malt, dark charred wheat and grains, layers of syruppy chocolate, vanilla. Not a heavy, slick body, rather light in the middle which gives it a very easy to enjoy effect. A dry-earth and mild hop flavor adds just the right balance with gentle bitterness and dry mouthfeel.

I really dig this one, and you cannot beat the price of this stuff.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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 zoolzoo
2.79/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of ixnay21
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A:Dark,opaque,almost black

S:alcohol tinge,yeasty,roasted malt

T:nice roasted forefront,slight hop,slight alcohol in the backend

M:On the lighter side for something this dark,little more carbanation then desired.

O:A good american porter. the drinkabilty is great and the quality is worth every dollar

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can served in a glass beer mug.

L - black with a beige head that thinned out leaving behind waves of lacing.

S - roasted coffee beans and cocoa.

T - roasted malty sweetness upfront with a hint of black licorice and slight alcohol on the warming finish.

F - medium bodied with a creamy, smooth feel.

O - a good American Porter at a good price.

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

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

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A chilled 16 oz can is split between two half-pint glasses. The beer is an opaque dark brown. A thin head of tan foam rests on top. It settles down to a skim. Very good foamy lacing is left behind. The beer has a very good roasty aroma. It doesn't seem out of place to find this in an English tavern or on a cold New England winter night. A big roasted malty flavor greets your tongue as you sip the beer. The beer is a touch sweet for me and also feels a little bit syrupy. The beer is heavy and has an average level of carbonation. It leaves a thin coat that retains some of the roasty flavors. It's an interesting porter, one that I'm glad to have tried. I would purchase this beer again. If you are nto a fan of the traditional 'Gansett lager, don't let that beer prevent you from giving this one a try.

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Narragansett Porter from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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