Barrington Porter | Barrington Brewery & Restaurant / Berkshire Mountain Brewery

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Barrington PorterBarrington Porter

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Barrington Brewery & Restaurant / Berkshire Mountain Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-02-2002

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by edchicma:
Photo of edchicma
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of warriorsoul
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a mug, the appearance was a ruddy dark brown close to black color with a thin finger’s worth of white to off white foamy head that dissipated at an even pace. Mild stringy lace. The aroma had a little bit of dough, roasty coffee beans, burnt sugars, then toast, and then chocolate malts. Some dark fruits. The flavor definitely leans towards the sweet side initially and then takes in the dark fruits smoothly to underscore the aftertaste and then ends up crisping the finish in a delicately sly bready sort of way. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Moderate carbonation felt fine. Fairly smooth on the tongue. Overall, not a bad porter, seems to definitely lean towards the English side.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Boppar
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of IPA17
4.92/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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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.

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Photo of rorjets
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of beernut7
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of sraimondi
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Barrington Porter from Barrington Brewery & Restaurant / Berkshire Mountain Brewery
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 12 ratings