Barrington Porter | Barrington Brewery & Restaurant

no score
Awaiting 10 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Barrington PorterBarrington Porter

Brewed by:
Barrington Brewery & Restaurant
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-02-2002

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 11
Reviews by edchicma:
Photo of edchicma
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate with a decent initial head. Smell is smoky, sweet malt, coffee presence. Taste is lightly sweet, smoky, coffe notes, hop undertones..very nice. Mouthfeel is slightly chewy, but not heavy...smooth with a light hop presnece. Very drinkable, good with some sharp cheese.

 290 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of warriorsoul
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An unexpected new offering for me as I visited my sisters today...thanks sis.
Dark brown in color with a full finger of light tan head...a thin layer remains with almost no lacing.
Decent in the nose...some dark malt, chocolate and a hint of vanilla.
The taste was much more enjoyable...definitely the nutty character the label claims...decent milk chocolate with a balance of malt and hops to finish off very clean.
Mouthfeel was average for the style and by no means thin...the carbonation was great.
Easy drinking on this one....very enjoyable if you like the style.

 574 characters

Photo of ppoitras
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased at Domaney's Wines & Liquors, Great Barrington, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/8" light brown head over the barely translucent deeply reddish mahogany brew. Head fades to a slight layer of cream, with great lacing. Aroma is heavy with coffee flavors, and softened by some dark malt sweetness. Taste is upfront with the same coffee dominance found in the nose, and closes with some almost fruity sweetness on the tongue. Mouthfeel seems a bit thin, but maybe more true to the origins of the porter style, and drinkability is great. A repeat beverage for those dark brew aficianados, for sure.

 637 characters

Photo of Boppar
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at Barrington Brewery.

It is a very dark brown, almost black. Thin tan head.

It smells strongly of alcohol and coffee.

The taste is awesome. Finally, a porter that is rich and complex! In addition to the standard coffee and burnt malt flavors associated with this style are definite notes of tobacco and leather. But there is a very distinct flavor in this porter that is harder to pin down. It's somewhere between vanilla extract, bourbon, and a vinous tang. It's good whatever it is, and adds greatly to this beer. Unfortunately, there is a surprisingly strong alcohol taste, that I did not expect or want. And considering I had a barleywine before that, that should tell you something.

I was not a fan of the mouthfeel. It was incredibly fizzy, to the point that it gave a burning sensation normally associated with some manor of cola product. The weight felt about right for a porter.

The drinkability (for me at any rate) is severely limited by the mouthfeel and the intense alcohol taste.

A very interesting take on the style.

 1,046 characters

Photo of IPA17
4.92/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer has everything that I, a porter lover, could ask for. It's smooth and very tasty, with a nice head and great aroma. The hints of chocolate and coffee are subtle but add a distinct taste that make this a superior porter. There is nothing negative about this beer.

 272 characters

Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale, crystal, and roasted malt scent. It's a bit sweet with some fine roasted notes. The taste is decent. It has a smooth crystal malt flavor; sweet and full bodied. It has a nice roasted character that rounds out the taste. It goes down easy with some light yeast fruitiness, almost English style. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very drinkable porter. It's a little too sweet for me, but it's not a beer I'd refuse.

 597 characters

Photo of Sam21
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, best purchased by March on the label. Had a bottle earlier in the winter that was great. Poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance - Pours black, to the human eye, but shows mahogany highlights when held up. Thick and creamy tan head. Lacing starts midway down the glass.

Smell - Sweet milk chocolate, caramel, with subtle notes of coffee. Smells like a dessert in a glass.

Taste - Sweet chocolate, caramel, with a wonderful smokiness. Light hints of coffee with a lightly bitter finish that transitions into lingering sweetness and smoke.

Mouthfeel - Medium-full bodied and a bit slick. Decent creaminess to the carbonation, although a bit more would do this beer nicely.

Drinkability - A solid drink and a fantastic local seasonal. I look forward to the brewing of this beer next winter.

 812 characters

Photo of rorjets
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of beernut7
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This porter wasn't too bad, but wasn't great. It had a nice head, but was kind of watery and did not strike the palate as something really tasty or flavorful. I think I'll pass next time.

 189 characters

Photo of sraimondi
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stopped on the way home today to NW Connecticut from a brief Pub Crawl (had lunch at Opa Opa Brewery in Southampton). Only had time for 1 beer. As I had never had this one from BB, I went for it. Glad that I did. I am a porter lover (Fuller's London and Hooker Imperial are still my faves) and this one was quite interesting. While the mouthfeel was a bit thin (as others here have reported), I actually liked it. The taste was very assertive and classic porter. I got a bomber to take home, so it will be interesting to see how this one tastes from the bottle. I will definitely have this one again.

 600 characters

Barrington Porter from Barrington Brewery & Restaurant
3.96 out of 5 based on 11 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.