Paddler's Porter | Columbia River Brewing Co.

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Columbia River Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Featured for the first time at 2010's Portland Holiday Ale Festival.

A Chocolate and Vanilla Bean Baltic Porter with a 8.4% ABV.

Added by msubulldog25 on 12-04-2010

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 11
Photo of mactrail
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Coarse carbonation bubbles up briefly but leaves the mouthfeel nearly flat. Cardboard and tannic wine aroma. Dark brown, nearly black in the glass. Chalky mouthfeel.

The flavorings are quite nice. The chocolate provides a lot of flavor. A sugary taste goes with the aromatic vanilla. This even taste like it has cinnamon in it. There is, however, a musty edge to this that is not very likeable. Hops are not very apparent but a scratchy, woody bitter tang emerges for the aftertaste. Overall, it's sweet and candy flavored with a dull, mineral taste.

This may be a few months old, so it may be past its prime. I'd sample it again if I saw it on tap. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Market of Choice on 29th in Eugene.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle (2011?/ found in back of the fridge 2013) served in a standard pint glass.

L - black as night with a small beige head that thinned to a ring.

S - chocolate fudge with vanilla in the background.

T - chocolate syrup taste upfront with a hint of vanilla bean and molases sweetness.

F - medium bodied with a slick feel.

O - maybe I should have had this sooner rather than later but it was still a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at their brewpub

A nice porter, and the first beer that this relatively new microbrewery has started to bottle. Bottles available at their pub, and in various shops such as Belmont Station.

Poured a darker brown with reddish tints and a small tan head that left a bit of lacing on the glass. Roasty dark malts in the aroma, tones of semisweet chocolate. Taste of dark malts, moderately roasty, but not harsh at all, semisweet chocolate and vanilla bean. Smooth and sweet, low carbonation, a little thin on the body, but within tolerance. Overall a very nice brew.

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Photo of MsRif
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at CRBC in Portland, OR. Poured a dark brown sort of chestnut color with ruby highlights. Minimal beige head that receded slowly, leaving off-white sticky lacing. Had an aroma of dark malts, milk chocolate and vanilla. Taste followed the nose, and I must say, the combination of milk chocolate and vanilla made this beer a real treat. Probably not for individuals who prefer bitter brews, since this beer is very sweet.

Medium-full bodied with low carbonation. Really good overall, and I was very happy when I found out I could buy a bottle of this at their brewpub. Recommended!

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Photo of Northrivers
4.7/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We went to the Holiday Ale Festival in Portland in December. After trying as many beer as we had tickets, we all decided that the Paddler's Porter was the best in the show. The vanilla mixed perfectly with the chocolate to create a mellow smooth enjoyable beer.

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Photo of jdense
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Holiday Ale Festival, multiple 4 oz. tasters.

Deep brown body no visible carbonation in this stupid plastic mug, 1 finger light brown head, quick dissipation with no lacing. Nose is vanilla up front, quite a bit of chocolate. Nose got more aggressive as the beer warmed, picked up some smoked malt notes. Taste is milk chocolate, quite a bit of vanilla, some roasted malt but not very much. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, not a lot of effervescence. good drinkability for ABV. Not bad, but the thin mouthfeel detracts from experience.

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Paddler's Porter from Columbia River Brewing Co.
3.66 out of 5 based on 11 ratings.
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