Bruce/Lee Porter | The Prodigal Son Brewery

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Brewed by:
The Prodigal Son Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
[17.1 deg. Plato 78% AA 36 IBU] [7.5% ABV]

"Rich and chocolate-y with a strong coffee flavor. This is a robust porter not for the faint of heart. Composed of five different grains, the porter features specialty malts from four different countries. Vienna and melanoidin malts provide the backbone behind the strong roasted character."

Added by jdense on 04-19-2010

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 9
Photo of CaptainIPA
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap @ Bailey's Taproom in Portland on 11-30-10 and reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark mahogany with a rich, creamy head and admirable lacing. The predominant aroma is one of coffee mocha.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with mild carbonation. Very nice. Opens with roasted flavors of coffee and chocolate, then subtler hints of chicory, caramel, maple and butterscotch. Balanced hop bitterness. Finishes with a lingering note of coffee.

This is one easy-drinking session porter that's spot on for the style. To be sure, it's one of the best American Porters I've had in quite some time.

Cheers to Dylan, our client, for turning Jon, Jeff and I on to Bailey's!

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Photo of oregonskibum
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from memory only, so quite brief. Tasted on 9/10 from a small 8oz glass.

Beer was brown with a creamy light tan head. Chocolate was the prominent flavor on the smell with some faint coffee notes. Taste was very creamy with a lot of chocolate. Fairly sweet. Coffee notes were subdued. Not charring or strong roasted flavors, just a nice toasted coffee taste. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, creamy, with medium to low carbonation. Nice for the style.

Overall, this was a solid porter and very enjoyable - something I could drink several pints of during a session. Maybe a touch on the sweet side, but not overly so. Just a nice offering from a fairly solid brewery.

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Photo of Elimination
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer kind of redeemed prodigal son experience a bit, it is actually quite good.

Look is black brown, foamy mocha head

Smell is mocha, very sweet but its all a light smell that keeps you sniffing for more

Taste Chocolate milk, is this really more of a 'milk porter'? very sweet, doesnt even feel like a beer, it really is delicious.

Mouthfeel is smooth as silk, perfect porter feel

The drink is very high, I mean this is something I could have for breakfast for shits sake, it really is a good beer, really the only one I liked coming from them, but it is damn good

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Photo of jdense
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, served in nonic imperial pint glass, $4, 4.18.10. 17.1 Plato, 36 IBU, 7.5 ABV.

One finger light tan head, medium dissipation with significant lacing. Dark brown body with no visible carbonation. Big chocolate hit in the nose, balanced with coffee notes, and the use of Vienna malt added to the dark color. Taste is malt forward, chocolate predominates, but a good hop hit in the back end provided by Horizon (!) for bittering and Summit hops which created a fairly unique flavor profile for the style, quite interesting. Mouthfeel is fairly full and heavy with a bit of effervescence present. The ABV is fairly noticeable, this is pretty high for the style (I'd call this an Imperial Porter), but the taste factor makes this quite drinkable. Frankly, I'm impressed, looking forward to additional offerings from this new Eastern Oregon brewery.

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Bruce/Lee Porter from The Prodigal Son Brewery
4.08 out of 5 based on 9 ratings.
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