Porter Porter (471 Series) | Breckenridge Brewery

Porter Porter (471 Series)Porter Porter (471 Series)
BA SCORE
22.7%
Liked This Beer
3.4 w/ 44 ratings
Porter Porter (471 Series)Porter Porter (471 Series)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States
breckbrew.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by youngblood on 07-11-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,998
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
44
Liked:
10
Avg:
3.4/5
pDev:
14.71%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
1
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of Hacksaw34
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

Photo of Beerislivingproof
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of biglite351
2.74/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Cloudy orange around the edges with a tall creamy off-white head

S - Yeast, malt and oddly s dill pickle

T - Sour malt and not too much else

M - good coating with tingle on sides of tongue and throat

O - Not really my bag. maybe fore someone that likes sours

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Photo of stealth
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of TexAggie011
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of TippySelenoid
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's almost black with a tan lacing. It's got legs.

It's got a dried fruit smell with a bit of roasted malts.

Very fruity beer. Raisiny and figgy. It's really, REALLY sweet. Not very roasty or hoppy.

It's thick with little to no carbonation.

This doesn't seem at all like porter. It seems more like a seet, fruity stout. Not sure how this is a porter. This beer also doesn't warm well.

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Photo of DocDownUnder
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of RickS95
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burgundy/brown color. No color coming close to coming through, but nothing near dark brown or black. The head is non-existant.

Malt, toffee, alcohol and dark fruits like plums fill the nose. Doesn't really smell like a porter, but a pleasant enough smell.

The fruits, malt and a caramel flavor shine. Alcohol is there, but in the background.

From the smell, I expected the alcohol to be more of a player, but it's pleasantly gentle. This is a sweet beer with nary a hint of bitter. Only thing that balances the sweetness is a skosh of heat in the finish.

A good beer. Not really what I was expecting and doesn't really resemble a porter, but good nonetheless. I could see this at more of a nut brown type beer, but it's not very porterish.

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Photo of PrivateEquity
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Too translucent to be called an Imperial Porter. Good head with limited lacing. Head stays a while.

S - Aroma leaves a little more to ask for. Light, sweet bready maltiness aroma

T - Starts up very nice with upfront caramel malt is smooth and nice. Limited hoppiness really limits the beer. Sweetness in this porter is definitely discernable.

M - Smooth mouthfeel with right amount of carbonation. Medium body for a porter

D - Goes down smooth with creamy maltiness.

Overall - Sweeter porter that feels like it is missing a taste punch. It is very drinkable and could go down quickly. It does a few things very well (caramel maltiness, solid upfront carbonation), but misses on the back end.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Buffalo Bills shaker pint glass.

Not much like Super Bowl beer, am I right? This bit o' proof pours a ruby-/garnet-tinged brown topped by a finger of sandy foam. The nose smells nearly identical to a generic grain bag for an all-grain homebrew batch. Straight up. Some caramel ends up in there as well, but is overshadowed by the grain bag smell. The taste brings this caramel back in force, along with some light roasted malts and some insanely light (hardly discernible) coffee. A general graininess continues to pervade. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, not much going on in this here porter, definitely not enough to warrant the repetition in the name.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for sharing this beer

This beer poured a darker caramel brown with a slight jaundiced finger of white foam above it that didn't last too long. The smell of this beer was the epitome of malts. As a homebrewer I can describe this aroma best as smelling the raw grist of a beer. To non-hombrewers, it's really malty in aroma. There wasn't much more to the beer. The flavor was almost 100% caramel flavor. I'm not sure how this was ever considered a porter when it tastes more along the lines of a bock without hops, but there you go. It's not bad in taste, but it's not good either. The mouthfeel is extraordinarily watery. It's bad to the point where it literally tastes like caramel flavored water. This is drinkable, but I won't be drinking this again.

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from a store. More of a portr than an imperial porter as advertised, I was getting too much sweetness from the first third of the bomber and then OK bitterness from the remainder. Mouthfeel average, this poured balck with a fine head. Aromas were malty, with a bit of licorice. Drinkability was fine.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cola-colored with a similarly frothy head. Jumps up an inch but recedes too quickly. Decent lacing, but no more than that. Doesn't quite look the brawny part just yet.

The nose is full of malty aromas, including some chocolate, caramel, and toffee sweetness and some mild coffee roasted bitterness. Somewhat faint.

Pretty full-flavored, with the caramel-sweetness of coke and a somewhat thin black coffee note of roasted malt. Lots of sweetness here, with dark fruit, overripe estery fruits, and some cocoa. Slight touch of bitterness in the middle, but the finish is all malt.

Bubbly, and a little light for style. This is definitely a malt bomb (this recipe, anyhow - other reviews seem to be of a different beer almost). More like a sac fly than a home run, but a serviceable cold weather libation.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a bit of an oddity for me. It looks good all dark brown and stuff. The head could use more life, but that's fine.

Aroma is alcohol forward riding on top of molasses and tobacco. It kind of seems the roasted malt is a bit stale. Just doesn't have that...oh, that's good...attitude. I dunno.

Still, it tastes pretty good. A bit of smoke comes into play atop the molasses, which rides the dark bread malt. Alcohol isn't as pronounced here. As it gets going the tobacco turns more into coffee and toffee.

Thin mouthfeel. Didn't quite make itself known. Easy drinking...big bottle though. Small batch/big bottle. I'll try it on tap sometime.

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Photo of hopstradamus
2.51/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A. Mahogany, with slight reddish tones. It was maybe a little over-carbonated with average head that settled quickly.

S. Malty, with an acid-like sour smell; it was dull and also smelled slightly metallic. Very faint hop aroma, and some hints of chocolate.

T. Still dull and slightly metallic in the finish. It is malt dominated as you would expect from an Imperial Porter, and had little evidence of any hops. It doesn't taste like a bad bottle but something is definitely off. Some hints of artificial cherry flavor that seem out of place.

M. It is smooth but not as heavy as you would think it should be.

D. This beer was not insulting, but it wasn't much more. I'm still trying to figure out what was "Imperial" about it. Almost no lace remained on the glass when it was half empty. Decent at best, but disappointing.

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Photo of zeff80
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a two-finger, off-white head of soapy foam. Not much lacing is left behind when it recedes.

S - It smelled of sweet roasted malts. There was an alcohol/booze aroma.

T - This is very sweet and malty - too sweet for a porter. It had a very boozy flavor. Very little hop bitterness that one expects and needs in a porter.

M - It was crisp and sharp but finished a little sticky. A medium bodied beer with a warm alcohol presence.

D - Not the best. Kind of a boozy, sweet mess. Thankfully I only paid $2.99 for this bomber.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours a medium to dark brown with a smallish frothy off white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is grains with some roasted chocolate and some caramel and dark fruit with a slight sour twang. Vinous notes come out as it warms.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malts with some lactose and some roast. It's pretty nice cold, but as it warms some odd notes come out - leather and plastic. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, an OK porter - it's a bit muddled with the grainy sweetness and off-notes.

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Photo of budgood1
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

imperial porter. small batch series.

pours out of the 22oz. bomber a nearly opaque chocolate colour with mahogany hues. thin concentrated head reduces quickly to some foamy lace. unsweetened chocolate in the nose, otherwise nondescript. wispy flowery hopinness. taste is more of the straightforward dark roasted malts, primarily cocoa in nature with hints of caramel and toffee....maybe some lightly roasted coffee. there is a hint of herbal hopping, but it's aromatic flower like notes quickly are buried beneath the slight almond joy like characteristics. slight alcohol notes are welcome and add to the subtle profile. porter mouthfeels can be difficult, and this one is no different...supple and empty at the same time. about right for me. ample body for an imperial porter. average drinkability...not killing me.

a nice stab at a higher ABV porter style. definitely recommended but in IMHO not as good as the esb or brown.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with ruby hues. About two fingers of light brown colored head that leaves some thick lace on the glass as it disappears. Aroma of toasted malt and caramel.

Taste is of bittersweet chocolate, toffee, and a hint of cherry and herbal hops in the background. This is not very big for an Imperial Porter as they claim it to be. Nothing outstanding here, nothing terrible either.

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Photo of arizcards
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber at Total Wine in late September for $6.79.

Beer poured brown with a minimal tan head. Nose has hints of chocolate and coffee. Taste is sweet, hints of chocolate and coffee, malts and hops blend well together. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, somewhat smooth on the palate with a light carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. Not a bad beer, not a great beer. It was nice to try and would have if offered.

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Photo of samie85
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Originally consumed 12/22.

A- Pours a deep brown/black with a one finger head.

S- I'm getting caramel malt, nutmeg, and chocolate malt.

T- I tasted chocolate and roasted malt, caramel malt, and spicy nutmeg with a bitter finish.

M-Medium bodied with medium carbonation. I wanted this to be just a bit thicker.

D-This was pretty easy drinking considering ABV, but I'm not sure I'd revisit this one considering the "bang for the buck" factor. I'm glad I got to try it though.

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Photo of Rayek
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Deep chestnut with pretty good clarity and minimal carbonation. A soapy cream cap takes awhile to build, but has decent retention. Leaves a patchwork of lace.

S: Chocolate covered Maraschino cherries pretty much sums up the nose. There's a touch of alcohol at work too.

T: Unsweetened baking chocolate and a bit of caramel hit first. Bitterness is mild and somewhat grassy. Toward the finish is a slightly medicinal cherry flavor that grows as the beer warms. Alcohol adds a touch of warmth going down.

M: The medium-heavy body is syrupy and sticky. Carbonation feels just about right.

D: This is a pretty decent Imperial Porter. It was a nice complement to the warm night on which I drank it.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.65/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ruddy caramel brown with generous burnt orange edges. Morning sunshine is easily seen on the opposite side of the glass. No Imperial porter worth its salt should be this color and this lucent. A thick slice of golden beige colored suds sits atop the liquid and keeps things from looking too bad. Minimal lace doesn't help.

The aroma is on the weak side as well: weak chocolate and weak coffee. Let me check... no, it says Imperial right there on the silk-screened bottle. With a malt bill that includes caramel, chocolate, roasted and black, is it too much to ask that the aroma be dark and rich and inviting? Apparently so.

There are no surprises on the taste buds. When a porter looks like this and smells like this, flavor is a foregone conclusion. Breckenridge doesn't usually brew sub-standard beer (or maybe they do, their lineup isn't memorable), but this offering just does not get it done.

Flavors are slanted more toward dark caramel than roasted or chocolate malt. Let's say equal parts Hershey bar and English toffee, with a small splash of Sanka. Trust me, that description sounds better than the beer tastes. The hops (Chinook, Palisade, Goldings, Perle) add more than 21 IBUs worth of bitterness thanks to a woeful lack of malt sugars. Chinook's citric spiciness is easily appreciated.

The mouthfeel is average... for a 5.0% porter. It's nowhere near Imperial anything. Laid back bubbles do an okay job, but there's simply a shortage of ballast.

Breckenridge is usually a pretty solid, if unspectacular, craft brewery. That said, Imperial Porter is disappointing. I hate to say this, but I'm not sure the brewer truly understands the style. Ain't no way it's worth $9.99.

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Porter Porter (471 Series) from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 22.7% out of 100 with 44 ratings
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