Porter | Port City Brewing

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by AndrewNations on 02-12-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,113
Reviews:
150
Ratings:
516
pDev:
9.95%
Bros Score:
3.99
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
115
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Ratings: 516 |  Reviews: 150
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

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

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black draft pour with ruby edges; beige head; decent cap retention of loose bubbles leaves solid ring and light lacing. Sweet malt nose. Light bitter roast and sweet malt taste. Medium light feel; moderate carbonation. Overall a good porter with lite bitter roast linger; no hint of ABV; very drinkable.

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Photo of porterman66
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StartedwithSAM
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 fl.oz. bottle
Bottle on date shown as 12/15/17
Poured into a nonic pint glass

The beer appears to be black in-color with light ever-so-slightly penetrating the edges, the head is a finger's width, foamy small bubbles, with little to no lacing.

A strong, roasted malt nose, cocoa, slightly bready and trace earthiness, slate(?)

Medium to Full-bodied, almost creamy mouthfeel with a little carbonation bite.

Taste corresponds to the nose of the beer as roasty, cocoa, with trace, perpetual earthiness.

Overall a robust interpretation of the style but well done, a solid local one that always has a place in my fridge.

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Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RaginBowener
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CayseyW
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ArnoldBlumenthal
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jimpyle48
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from bottle

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, no date

Extremely dark brown, bit not quite black, cream colored head. Earthy, roasty aroma. Taste is a nice balance of mild chocolate sweetness and dry roasty espresso flavor. Medium to full bodied, smooth feel.

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Photo of hoppyhoppy
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Act25
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Instant like. Try 24.

a): Pours like a stout, sporting black- brown body, with dense energetic head that lasts and laces.
s) Smoke & peat predominant, over coffee, fruit.
t) Smoke, roast, toast - at first: followed by complex see saw of coffee, bitter chocolate, malt, and grassy/fruity/bitter hop. A flavor bomb with no false notes; makes you want to taste vs other great porters (Carton, Founders, etc).
f) Mid- to full body with ample carbonation and dry tickling bitter finish.
o) Sum is greater than the parts. Must try.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours pitch black with a fluffy light brown head. Smells of dark roasted grain, little chocolate. Tastes of chocolate and dark grain, nice balance. Beer is light bodied and very easy to drink, good carbonation. Overall, an above average beer.

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Photo of Walleybeer
4.99/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of kkmiller76
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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Porter from Port City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 516 ratings