Lighthouse Porter
Pensacola Bay Brewery

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Porter - American
Ranked #1,024
Ranked #42,817
3.62 | pDev: 13.81%
Pensacola Bay Brewery
Florida, United States
Lighthouse PorterLighthouse Porter
Notes: The Pensacola Lighthouse is an icon for our hometown, and so is our Porter. For centuries, a light high above a tower has served as a beacon to sailors at sea. Even though we don’t keep the Lighthouse Porter on our roof, you’d be surprised at how many sailors seem to think it’s a sign!

The Gulf’s shallow waters can be treacherous. Without the Pensacola Lighthouse, who knows how many ships would have succumbed to a dark and foggy night? Find your way out of the dreary rat race and relax with the Lighthouse Porter

The Lighthouse Porter is flavorful, without being heavy. An enjoyable sipping beer, you’ll definitely find your way to shore with our Lighthouse Porter.

45 IBU
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 77 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce pint - $6.00 at The Craft Bar in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Appearance: Served up a very dark brown, mahogany edged body with a smallish, ivory-hued head.

Smell: A dark toastiness, a smattering of cocoa, middling caramel, earthy nuts and a slight dark fruitiness.

Taste: Malty notes of dark toast, modest caramel and cocoa with coarsely chopped nuts and some dark fruit. Minute hop character, a little bit of bitterness showing. Drying, malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A tidy lil' porter.

Aug 01, 2019
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Radome from Florida

3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted from a 12 oz bottle bought in Northwest FL.

L - Very dark brown but appears clear when held up to the light. Off-white head is thick , creamy and persistent.

S - Low yeasty/infected note on first pour that faded somewhat when the beer breathed. Low chocolate and moderate sweet crystal malt aroma. A hint of graininess in the finish.

T - Flavors dominated by chocolate and slightly roasted malt overtones. This is braced by low earthy and herbal hops flavors. The yeast bite in the aroma does not show in the flavors.

F - Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Low hops bitterness. No alcohol heat.

O - This is a decent porter, but is lacking in much chocolate or roast character and has a distracting yeasty note.

Jun 05, 2018
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Tone from Missouri

3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of yeast, hint of chocolate, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of yeast, hint of chocolate, and a hint of hops. Overall, decent aroma, decent body, and decent blend.

May 13, 2016
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WesMantooth from Ohio

2.7/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bomber that I paid $6 for into a snifter.

Looks pretty thin and highly carbonated.

Smells very faintly of roasted malts, but mainly sweet and like yeast.

Tastes very sweet up front. Barely noticeable coffee and roasted grains on the back end. Ever so slightly ashy.

Very thin bodied and way over carbonated. Very prickly.

If this beer were billed as a Belgian stout it still wouldnt be real great, but certainly better scoring. This tastes and feels like it was brewed with cola.

Jun 16, 2015
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rangerred from Tennessee

2.99/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap in a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown, nearly pitch black, with a thick dark tan head. Good head retention and lacing.

Aroma of dark roast coffee and roasted malt along with some dark fruit such as plums and raisins. Pretty nice but a little on the weak side.

There is a touch of smoke in the flavor along with roasted malt and some coffee. The roast seems to go a little overboad, though, and the mouthfeel is quite chalky and watery. Just isn't put together very well.

Overall, I was really looking forward to this based on the appearance and aroma but the taste and mouthfeel kind of let me down. Just an ok beer.

Oct 18, 2013
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azorie from Florida

3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Notes.

a: dark brown ale with about 1/2 head from the tap at 41F

s: coffee, smokey malt. some chocolate. no hops detected

t: Nice balance of coffee, burn candy, burnt milk, malt and chocolate, not much smoke, hops balanced it out OK. Was not as good as many other porters i had. Some bitter aftertaste.

m: medium to thin body, decent carb, smooth. easy to drink

o: overall its decent nothing earthshaking. sure does not even compare to Sn porter on a bad day, heck SA porter is better.

on tap for 5 plus I drank a few wrote some notes and I am done.

Oct 07, 2013
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

2.24/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Pours a dark brown color with an off white bubbly top. The aroma is quite mineral like, somewhat metallic, and has a faint bit of roast and chocolate. In the flavor, roasted malt, charcoal, dried fruit, minerals, and a mild but growing off flavor of tartness. A bit of piney hops and citrus, too acidic, slightly infected, not so great. Light, thin, watery feel with prickly carbonation. Like a roasted gueze, or sour porter, but unintentional. Rough, and a pretty weak porter in many ways.

Aug 16, 2013
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PorterLambic from Florida

3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Arrives very dark brown with a small light tan head. Scattered lace remains after the head drops to a ring.
Smell is malt, baking chocolate, wet cardboard and a hint of hops.
Taste is dark/baking chocolate, malt, cardboard and a smoke note. Pretty good balance.
Medium-full body, lightish effervescence, nice smoky/chocolate aftertaste. Drying but only faintly warming. A solid brew drunk in Pensacola.

Oct 18, 2012
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charlzm from California

3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Consumed March 10th, 2012 at the brewery.

Clear, deep brown with dark amber highlights. An exceptionally fine head of light tan bubbles provides fantastic amounts of sticky sheeting.

A little juicy melanoidin aroma with roasted dark malt accents. Anise? Unusual and subtle.

Flavor is not as expected; very clean and slightly smokey. A little more like a brown ale than a traditional porter. Not much in the way of porter flavors: not getting much coffee, chocolate or even the smoke from the nose. Oddly light on the palate.

Mouthfeel is kept interesting between the modestly thick texture and the carbonation.

Drinkable, particularly in light of the ABV, but not especially flavorful. The bourbon barrel aged version of this is outstanding, but this standard production version is a bit of a miss for me.

Jun 15, 2012
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very dark brown body with a half finger head.

S: full nose with mostly smokey aromas with mild chocolate and burnt toast notes.

T: very smokey with a sweetness provided by the toffee and chocolate notes.

M: fuller bodied than I expected, moderate carbonation. Moist finish.

Overall: I like when porters have this mouthfeel and don't seem watered down. The best of the 4 beers I tried from this brewery.

Apr 20, 2012
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GPHarris from Alabama

4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a three-fingers thick fluffy tan head into a pint glass that settled into a thick ring with nice lacing throughout. the body was dark brown with red tints.
s - dark roasted malts with a big chocolate sweetness.
t - bitter chocolate and roasted malts.
m - very slick and smooth mouthfeel.
o - very impressive, big porter.

Sep 19, 2011
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JayS2629 from Alabama

4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/almost black with reddish tints when held to the light. Nice creamy head, slow fade and nice lacing.

The aroma is a good balance of dark chocolate, some rosted coffee, and sweet toffee.

The flavor follows the nose with good coffee notes, chocolate and toffee. Nice coffee bitter finish. Great balance.

A little thin, but pretty close to what a porter should be.

Nice, easy drinking porter.

Sep 13, 2011
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Mosstrooper from California

4.27/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark coffee color with no real head (because of the pour) and a ring of foam around the top edge of the beer.

Smell: Sweet chocolate and coffee- rather enticing.

Taste: begins with a slight hop spice and finishing with sweet chocolate and bitter coffee- everything a porter should be.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a sticky finish.

Overall: An excellent porter- this has everything a great porter should blended masterfully.

Aug 27, 2011
Lighthouse Porter from Pensacola Bay Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 77 ratings