Lighthouse Porter | Pensacola Bay Brewery

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Pensacola Bay Brewery
Florida, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by cjgator3 on 12-29-2010

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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of Stinkypuss
2.24/5  rDev -38%
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.

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2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of WesMantooth
2.7/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of rangerred
2.99/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Radome
3/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Cuervo_PCB
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Zonian1
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of charlzm
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tone
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of azorie
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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Lighthouse Porter from Pensacola Bay Brewery
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 73 ratings