Porter | Port City Brewing

480 Ratings

Brewed by:
Port City Brewing
Virginia, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by AndrewNations on 02-12-2011

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1/5  rDev -75.2%

Photo of maximum12
2.42/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Andrewnations for this 12 oz. bottle. Split with my wife.

Pour is black & lively. Smell is a sucker full of bitter coffee & dark chocolate. Rather potent.

Port City Porter kicks hard. The roast stumbles over the line of char & into an ash, which does it no favors. It's accompanied by a severe bitterness lined with a faint counter of chocolate. The aftertaste is hard water, like the well draws from my grandpa's place up near Bemidji, & lends itself to a sharp, metallic aftertaste. Blech.

This beer is all sharp elbows & fingers in the eye. Every component is rough-edged & unfinished, which might work, but they all seem to be shouting at cross-purposes rather than working to get Obama re-elected. Honestly, I'm not going to finish the 6 ounces in my glass. Disappointingly poor.

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Photo of fishguyac
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of KatyC
3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of dertyd
3.04/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of julielynndubee
3.22/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of jfmorey
3.26/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wanted to like this since the brewery is local.

Looked very good, with a deep almost black color and reasonable head.

Not much aroma, but good mouthfeel (thick). However the taste was disappointing. Roasted malts, a little coffee; but nothing very memorable. None of the complexity noted by others, did I get a bad bottle?

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Photo of yaksurf
3.32/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KajII
3.32/5  rDev -17.8%
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 Eriktheipaman
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a black with brown edge. Nice coffee looking head.

The smell is sweet and fairly hoppy. There is a slight cheese eliminate to the smell that isn't bad just not what I was expecting in a Porter. I also picked up some cocoa ad it warmed up a bit.

The taste is fairly bitter. On the front you some hop bitterness, then all the roasty chocolate on the middle of the tongue, with some more bitterness but this time from the roasted malts on the back. No alcohol to be detected for over 7% ABV.

Not my favorite Porter by any means but I like the hoppy bite.

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Porter from Port City Brewing
4.04 out of 5 based on 480 ratings.
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