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Porter | Port City Brewing

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4.02/5
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531 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Port City Brewing
Virginia, United States
portcitybrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,773
Reviews:
154
Ratings:
531
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
118
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 531 |  Reviews: 154
Photo of ajdemma
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mltobin
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of steelkilt
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Full On, Md. strong chocolate, caramel, beautiful.

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Photo of Djoneil
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught pint at The Brass Tap in Baltimore. A solid if perhaps unremarkable porter.

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Photo of robebo44
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodsman13
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a roasty, slightly smoky porter with a good amount of pleasant bitterness and moderate malt. It's got a bite.

Not really a coffee or chocolate or oatmeal porter. Not syrupy either which is nice.

You also get some notes of raisin and black bread. I'm even going to say some burnt marshmallow.

Light body with lowish carbonation.

Editorial: This is a great porter, and somewhat unique in today's market. There are too many porters in the coffee/chocolate/oatmeal category and I like a bitter, smoky entry like this. Reminiscent of The Alchemist's Beelzebub.

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Photo of Rockhead
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of OregonGrown7
3.19/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of eluvah
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrueryDC
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tradershmulie
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Speartron
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful Porter. Can't find anything wrong with it. Very smooth to drink, and very rich. Caramel and espresso on the nose. Dark chocolate with hints of caramel. Espresso after taste. Reminds me of chocolate covered coffee beans. Very, very drinkable.

$9.99 for a 6pk. Fantastic for the price.

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Photo of guzzleacoldone
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of meatyard
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sisterofba
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mjw2808
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Higdon
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brubaker
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BenMaalouf
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hairnic
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TomWight
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Trailboss76
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fabulous dark chocolatey brown color with a malty aroma you don't have to stick your head in the glass to smell. Medium tan - brown rustic looking head. Depth of flavor in its own world of Porter. It tasted great alone but then also paired up well with a medium rare "black n blue" bacon burger at Capital Ale House in downtown Richmond, Va. Simply one of the best beers I've ever had!!

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Photo of PhilHeinricke
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My First Love

A restaurant nearby has been selling craft brew for years. I used to go there and get a thick rich dark beer. I fell in love with the beautiful black color, the porter smell and taste and the almost syrup-like feel. Then the craft beer craze started, and I tried a lot of different beers and drank a lot of IPA. I kind of drifted away from the dark porter, and truth be told, the microbreweries that have sprouted up don't brew porters.

I had just visited a local craft brewery, and all they had were the same old same old. We went to Trader Joe's on the way home, and whenever I'm at TJ's I pass by the beer section. They had this porter. TJ's carries a lot of cheap stuff that can be awful, but I was in the mood for porter at the time. I debated getting it, but Precious said why not.

This pours out a beautiful, thick black color with a sizeable head. You have to pour it carefully. It has a wonderful porter aroma and a feel almost like light cough syrup if they made light cough syrup. And the taste, o that wonderful taste. It reminded me of the old days. Gots ta git me some more of this.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-Chalice.

A: Nice chocolate pour produces a quarter inch dark khaki head that had a firm cream texture and was moderately lasting. Weak lacing on the vessel, faint instances of carbonation.

S: Sweet milky chocolate aroma has a bit of milky/lactose scent, particularly coming on strong on the trial end. Soft roasted chestnuts, with an overall light to moderate appeal. The aroma dies rather quickly. A light roastiness ensures, with no alcohol detection from the 7.2%.

T: Nice rich chocolate sweet cocoa flavor, that was rather pronounced, unlike the nose. Milky chocolate sweetness is followed by a soft roasty bitterness and soft fresh coffee. Earthy bitterness, silty roasted hop flowers, freshly grounded coffee beans on the finish provide a good balance and counter to the sweet start. Silky wood ash hints. Milky roasty warmth on the hold.

M: Medium body weight, some bubbly texture with a nice lingering silky ash bitterness lacing the tongue post-swallow.

O: Overall after a rather mundane appearance and aroma, the flavor steps things up a notch, with a fresh milky chocolate flavor and robust nature. An ensuring soft roasty bitterness ensures a balance on the finish providing a good drink-ability rate. The overall perception is one of a standard pub fair, nothing spectacular, but does have a nice transition and variation from start to finish. The alcohol is very well managed, with the beer's finish being the rewarding factor here with milky highlights. Good try.

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Photo of LeftyMike
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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