Porter | Port City Brewing

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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:
#7,599
Reviews:
154
Ratings:
530
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
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4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown with just a small layer of light tan head. The head goes away after a while.

Smell: Some roast with lots of dark chocolate and some sweet dark fruit. Definitely grain forward.

Taste: A lot like the smell, which is a positive. I'm getting dark chocolate and roasted grain up front. Just a bit of sweetness along with some dark fruit. The finish is roasty and a touch bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A very good porter with nice balance. I enjoyed the dark chocolate notes and found it easy to drink. I would have another.

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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 KajII
3.32/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a very dark brown with a light ruby hue and an average (1-2 finger) cocoa brown creamy head that slowly receded, down to a semi-thick film and medium collar which allowed for some good streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a roasted stale bread malt, resin hops and an earthy yeast with notes of bitter dark chocolate, roasted coffee, dark fruit (prunes), a bit of smoke and a woody alcohol tinge.

The taste was very malty and extremely roasty with a touch of chocolate from the start, becoming rather bitter with a hint of overripe fruit and a bold alcohol presence at the end. The flavor lasted for what seemed like forever, with the roastiness fading away as a harsh alcohol bite hit you in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and dry in texture with a bold lively carbonation.

Overall this was a very bitter and roasty brew with a big alcohol presence and a decent drinkability, although the overripe fruity taste it possessed was just a bit too much…

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewery tap room in Alexandria, VA.

A: single finger tan head on a very dark brown body with hints of light getting through. Scattered lacing.

S: roasted malts, dark chocolate and subtle fruitless.

T: roasted malts, lots of milk chocolate, hint of vanilla and again a subtle citrus fruitiness. Coffee notes late in thefinish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. Oily and coats the palate.

Overall: a very flavorful porter with a nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first try of this NOVA brewery.Poured into a standard pint nearly black except for a tinge of ruby when held to the light,a 1/2 finger deep beige head atop,quite a dark pour.Molasses sticks out most in the nose along with some chocolate and faint coffee roast.Coffee is much more prominent on the palate with milk chocolate and molasses-like sweetness.A nice creamy feel to the beer makes it glide down easily,it's a nicely balanced porter it's got some real sweetness but the coffee/roast balances it out nicely,a solid porter.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #62 (Mar 2012):

LOOK: Charcoal black

SMELL: Roasted grain, chocolate, burnt sugar, black currants, woody hops, mild spicy alcohol

TASTE: Brown malt, bready, dried grass, creamy, malted milk balls, herbal hop, warming alcohol, burnt raisins, mildly charred finish

This one sort of sneaks up on you: a sleeper beer, in a way. First comes off as a no-frills Porter, but then slowly unfolds into a complex ale. Very robust, but still gentle on the palate.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of JoeD15
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Guden
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Fully opaque black with a nice two finger light tan head.

S- Not very strong but whats there is awesome: roasted malts giving off chocolate, coffee, smoke and to smaller amounts raisins and figs.

T- Not quite as complex or interesting as the nose. Solid roasted malt profile that hits the back of the tongue with a little bit of roasty bitterness. Tasty but nothing amazing.

M- Medium body and medium carb lets this one hit the tongue in the right places and go down nicely.

D- This is a good beer all around but something keeps it from being great that I can't quite put my finger on. Still a solid choice of local porter.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ChadwickHines
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Unstoppable porter. Fresh and hints of chocolate and coffee I believe

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Photo of PprBurke
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xdefeatsy
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Bike2work
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of cmdQ
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Photo of chinchill
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated, recently purchased 12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Consumed immediately after, and compared to, a Mad River Steelhead Porter. [Revisited and revised with a bottle in Washington D.C. in June 2015.]

Pours a very dark reddish brown that is nearly black. Small tan head has very poor retention but some decent lacing is left behind.

Nose has chocolate and roasted malt with a significant bit of somewhat fruity and somewhat disagreeable alcohol esters. {not noticed at 2nd rating] The alcohol is much less noticeable in the flavor, which hits the tongue too sweet and stays that way until the lightly smoky aftertaste. Hints of brown sugar and over-ripe plums. Tastes way better than it smells.

Medium-full bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Smooth.

O: Darker, sweeter, softer, less smoky and less hoppy than the Mad River it is worth trying but certainly not as good as the Mad River.

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Photo of HopAttack3
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of jamiemottram
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Light body, dry, bitter, tastes like dark roast coffee.

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Porter from Port City Brewing
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