Plain Porter | The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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Plain PorterPlain Porter

Brewed by:
The Porterhouse Brewing Company

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 06-06-2003

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Photo of marshmarsh
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Compared to the two other beers I tried at The Porterhouse (the Oyster Stout and Hop Head), this beer was very bland and just didn't have any character. I guess that's why they call it "plain". I'm a dark ale fan, but this Porter just wasn't cutting it for me. Thankfully the other two beers I tried were incredible.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Double gold medal winning stout, so should be good.
Almost pitch black pour in a Guinness pint, with some shades of brown. One finger tan head to a fine lacing.
Nice roasted malts in the smell, ground coffee, faint dark chocolate and dark bread.
Hmm. Sweet oatmeal-like maltiness, going to roasted malts, faint caramel, then big strong coffee notes. Zesty fruitiness in the back, rather refreshing. A weird and nice contrast between "heavy" malt and light crisp fruit, makes it really enjoyable. Hoppy finish, dry and bitter.
Perfect (!) mouthfeel, fluffy, creamy, might be the smoothest stout i've ever tried. Aftertaste is mainly of burnt grains, some woodiness and aromatic hops.
A perfect stout, add some great hops, and you get a great beer. Quite a surprise. Somewhere between a porter and an Irish stout, but its body sets the style.

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Photo of bark
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is almost black (90 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head is pale brown and compact. It sinks slowly leaving almost no lacing.

The smell is malty and roasted. It is smooth without any harshness. Malt sourness, dark chocolate and a touch of black coffee. Quite a lot of biscuits, hints of dough, tobacco smoke and flowers.

The taste is dry and bitter with coffee and chocolate. Clean bitterness and a touch of toffee. Medium body. Some alcohol in the aftertaste, as well as floral/herbal flavours, and growing bitterness. Creamy coffee notes in the finish.

The carbonation is mid-strong, the large bubbles fresh. The liquid is dry and quite light.

A nice stout with enough depth too keep it interesting, and not too heavy to drink.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a peel pressure-cap 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- One and a half finger khaki head with minute-long retention. Mahogany color with some light permeating. Some slight

S- Roasty dry smell, chocolate, toffee.

T- Dry, roasted flavor. Coffee and mocha.

M- Very dry feel. That's a porter alright.

O- Not much to say about this beer. It's better than average.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown color with a nice tan head and good lacing

S-dark malt, chocolate, coffee, hint of char

T-coffee, dark roasted malt, chocolate, hint of molasses, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-good flavor in this dry stout, confusing as it is labelled a porter

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Photo of paulytasker
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-Poured from a bottle into a Pint Glass...paired with some finger lickin BBQ

A- Bordering between dark muddy brown and black with a sliver of light barely penetrating. Good inch and a half of tan head that's pretty dense, but doesn't stick around too long. Minimal lacing as I sip away.

S- Doesn't wow the nose, but what's there is o.k. I guess. Roasted malts lie low and are accompanied by a touch of bitterness. After a few whiffs, began picking up a little more sweet chocolate.

T- The roasted malts are more apparent on the palate then to the nose, and I think I may be picking up on some molasses but not positive. A small dose of bitterness does the trick of balancing the malts out.

M- I like the mouthfeel of this brew. Body is light/medium, with a good amount of carbonation going on. A smooth, creamy porter with a fairly dry finish.

O- After first pouring and smelling this brew, I was a little worried that I was in for a disappointment. However, this ended up being a very easy drinker, with some solid taste to it. Would I drink another if it was offered to me, absolutely. Would I make it a point to actively seek this out and purchase, probably not.

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Photo of LampertLand
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Porterhouse Brewing 'Plain Porter' an Irish Dry Stout @ 5.0% , served from a 330 ml bottle with a pull tab bottle cap purchased for $3

A-pour is a very dark brown with some ruby red highlights when held up to the light , the head starts off as a medium size tan in color and remains thru out , smaller now that more beer is consumed leaving a fine lace film along the pint glass

S-smells of roasted barley , a little hoppyness

T-sweetness , so smooth on the palate

MF-ok carbonation , medium body , a very easy drinking beer

Ov-good beer , plain must mean good to Porterhouse Brewing

sampled alongside 'An BrainBlasta' & 'Oyster Stout'

prost LampertLand

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Strong, smoky aroma has notes of coffee and molasses and a hint of unsweet chocolate. Pours a dark-chocolate brown with a VERY thick light tan head, lets a peak of light in only at the very bottom. Lip-smacking flavor has caramel, molasses, coffee and unsweet chocolate notes with a hint of hop bitterness and another of honey sweetness; the last two balance each other nicely. Body seems to be on the thin side, and fizz leaves a bit to be desired. Overall, though, a good Porter - not really plain.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque very dark reddish brown (almost black) in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy beige head that exhibits great retention properties and very slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of small thick patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass.

S: Light aromas of roasted malts with some fainter notes of burnt malts.

T: Moderate flavors of roasted malts, dark malts, and almost burnt malts give this beer a very rich flavor. There are light amounts of bitterness.

M: Lighter than medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth, moderately creamy, and moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable and very easy to drink with the light amount of bitterness and very pleasant roasty flavors and smells. Very enjoyable mouthfeel with the smoothness.

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Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear but very dark reddish brown in color (black when viewed from afar) and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high creamy light beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: From start to finish, the taste has flavors of roasted malts with notes of dark malts and is accompanied by a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, quite smooth and a little creamy on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. The roasted malts lend some dryness to the finish.
O: While this beer is light-bodied, airy and easy to drink, it doesn’t shy away from packing in a good amount of roasted malt flavors. I also found the smoothness and creaminess of the mouthfeel to be rather enjoyable.

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Photo of xterra48
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just had this twice on tap at The Porterhouse at Fraunces Tavern in New York City (@ Broad st & pearl st). A dark black porter with a beautiful inch of rich head formed of tiny bubbles (nitro). Smell is slightly acidic and alcoholy. The head is as creamy as it looks and the dark malty notes of the mid-body perfectly balance the richness of the porter. There is classic British hop bittering and tasty minerality to the finish. In short this is the best porter I have ever had. If you are in lower Manhattan you should definitely try this amazing beer.

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Photo of Eramen
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown with rouge around the edges. Head is quite big for a few minutes then retreats to large suds around the rim of the glass.

S - A pleasant roasted aroma, cola, candy, heavy on caramelised sugar/brown sugar and even some rose flower.

T - Taste is just as sweet as the nose and much of the same flavor. I get prunes, other dried dark fruit, caramel and brown sugar. There is some roasted elements but the sweet notes mingle heavily with it, and not really in a bad way.

MF - Medium bodied and very little carbonation to be had here, perfect for dispersing the sweetness of this beverage.

O - A decent beer, one that I've found to be much beter in the bottle than on nitro-tap as it's served in the Porterhouse bar, and since I live near the brewery, it's one I sample often!

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3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle.Pint glass.Enjoyed on may´11.Pours brown in color.Close & dense beige froth creates a lasting crown.Roasted malt & cocoa aromas. Coffee at first sip.Dry bitter mouthfeel. Quite flat flavors.Medium body,correct carbonation.Black chocolate notes on the aftertaste.Ok as a session beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Showed up last year for the first time ever, I think their pull tab caps are pretty interesting I've never seen anything else like them. I had the Wrasslers XXXX Stout and Porterhosue Red last year, neither were stellar but both solid in their own regards. Here's the Plain Porter, forms a dark cola coloa nearly opaque let's reddish ruby highlights shine through around the edges. Billowing tan khaki head forms nicely with big chunky layered lacing. Aroma almost dirty earthiness with dark dry roasted nearly burnt malts coming through, maybe a hint of lingering butterscotch well hidden in the matrix. Nice cereal grains entrenched within the malts going on feeling very natural and well developed within the true Irish brewing tradition. As it warms up a nice cocoa powder tone arises along with some layered complexities that weren't initially there as it warmed up. Flavor is dry throughout, alcohol flavor more evident than it should be in a beer that's literally 5.0% abv. I'm not sold on the flavor the hops used in the bittering additions are over the top it doesn't let the malts and semi sourdough bread tones shine well enough. Dark roasted mint/herbal tones hidden in the earthy complex dark chocolate tones. Mouthfeel is fuller bodied with enough balls to stand up to any American stout or porter. Overall a classic drinking Irish beer that should be more widespread than it currently is, these guys aren't extreme for the sake of being extreme, their just trying to be flavorful with all of their styles in a mass market Guiness/Murphy's/Beamish driven culture.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask-conditioned at the Porterhouse, London
Served in a nonic tumbler.
It pours the deepest cola color with a bubbly tannish, beige head and loads of lacing.
A sweet molasses malty aroma rises at once. A mellow citrusy limey smell is in the mix.
Tastes of coffee, toffee, chocolate and faint citrus and fruit all mix nicely. A mild hint of white rum is noticed.
This is a delightfully approachable porter. Velvety smooth and highly drinkable.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl., BB 8/2011) bought from "Le souffleur de bières" in Nantes and tasted in 2011.

Appearance : black color, with tan foamy head (w nice lacing).
Smell : roasted malts, and coffee aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : roasted flavour of chocolat and coffee, bitter and dry finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Irish Dry Stout.

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Photo of atis
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle from Riga, Latvia, 5% ABV

Pours black with tan head that slowly fades, patchy lacing. Aroma is light roasted malts, some floral notes.

Taste is sweetish and bready dark malts, hints of coffee, roasted bitterness in finish with light spicy hops; light sweet malt in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin, low carbonation, feels a bit watery.

Overall, quite drinkable and reasonably tasty stout, but I would prefer if it would be less sweet.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Ebenezers.

Pours a fluffy dark Belgian head, sticky lacing, almost pitch black.

Nose has roasty chocolate malts, light dry Irish like stout, some oats, little biscuit malt, chewy dark malts, coffee, hint of creamy nitrous like.

Taste has creamy oats, hint of nitrous creamy dry Irish stout like, some chocolate and hints of baker's chocolate, bit of roast, drinkable porter, some bitterness from charred roasty malts and hint of earthy hops, light spicy hops, hint of nutty and aged malts.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, creamy with dec carb.

Overall not bad, nice creamy flavors, dry finish, nice hops, but roasty, overall pretty good.

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Photo of digita7693
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Porterhouse (both central and temple bar).
Trying out a few different stouts, trying to find a good replacement for guinness, and I definitely found it.

A wonderful dark stout with a solid creamy head that lasts the entire time

S roasted malts, slight coffee smell

T this is what I want in an Irish Dry Stout. dry, creaminess with a hint of sweetness followed by a nice coffee presence and bitterness

M excellent. dry, creamy mouthfeel

this is what guinness should aspire to be

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Photo of Northsider
4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fountainhead Chicago. I think I've found a new replacement for my Guinness taste.

A - Thickest, foamiest head I've ever seen! Dark brown body, almost at the bottom of the glass. Probably one of the prettiest beers I've seen in a glass.

S - Smelled of roasted coffee

T - Taste of slight hoppiness. Coffee comes out strong in the aftertaste

M - smooth smooth smooth

O - A new frontrunner for Dry Irish Stout. Too bad I can't get this everywhere.

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Photo of AEK
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml brown bottle poured into a Hobgoblin pint pot.

A. A clear brown beer with a deep red tinge, topped by a slightly tanned, foamy head.

S. Wet cardboard and sadly not a lot more.

T. Chocolatey and slightly woody. Some light fruit notes and a dry, bitter finish with a little liquorice too.

M. Medium.

D. A below average porter that really disappointed me. I was hoping for much more.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.14/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On nitro-tap at the Porterhouse Central; poured into a tulip pint.

A: Deep ruby with a tight nitro head; looks just like a Guinness.

S: Nothing much here, a bit of coffee and a bit of hops.

T: Again, nothing too defined. You can taste the roast and a bit of hop bitterness, but everything is just too subtle to really pull any flavour from.

D: Although the alcohol is nowhere to be found, at 4.3% ABV, that's hardly a great accomplishment. Too boring to order a second.

Overall: I know they were attempting to make a classic Irish Dry Stout, but that's no excuse to make something boring. This beer is a bit too thin, watery, and close to the macro stuff to praise it. Grab a Wrasslers XXXX; the name in "Plain Porter" speaks for itself.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a small cylindrical glass at the brewpub in Dublin.

A: Small, creamy head. Translucent red-brown. No bubbles. Good lacing.

S: Neutral. Some roasted bitterness if I really search.

T: Very nice, but not overwhelming. Perhaps a tad warm (which would be my fault -- I let it sit for a while). Thinnish but vibrant hops hold hands with vaguely chocolatey malts; expertly balanced. The aftertaste is thing and more bitter than not.

M: Only moderately substantial, but well-carbonated. Pleasant but not special.

D: Perhaps were it colder, I would have liked it more. Still, a very good porter and recommended who all porter-lovers.

Grain -- Pale, Black, and Crystal malts; flaked and roast barley
Hops -- Galena, Nugget, and East Kent Golding

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Photo of kojevergas
1.99/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Poured on tap in the Porterhouse pub in Dublin, Ireland. Pours a one finger head, with a nice bubble show akin to that of Guinness. The usual tripartite cream>tan>black colour that slowly becomes all black. Looks very appealing.

Sm: Light scent of many notes, but the roast note I'm used to in good stouts is missing. What is there is good, but there ain't much.

T: Cream on open turns to an oddly balanced porter without the usual stout roast taste and a strangely empty finish. "Plain" indeed.

MF: Too smooth, too wet.

Dr: A flavourless porter that isn't worth its high price.

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Photo of jikvig
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Porterhouse in Temple Street

This guys really like their creamy foam, not a big suprise with all the Guinesse going around in the town...
Not the biggest of porters, and it feels unbalanced, like a coffee mocca with water.
And that is not a compliment

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