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

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Added by AndrewNations on 02-12-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,017
Reviews:
150
Ratings:
514
pDev:
9.95%
Bros Score:
3.99
 
 
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24
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115
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Ratings: 514 |  Reviews: 150
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1/5  rDev -75.1%

Photo of maximum12
2.42/5  rDev -39.8%
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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2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3.04/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Cindicameron
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Was much better on tap than from bottle

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Photo of julielynndubee
3.22/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of jfmorey
3.26/5  rDev -18.9%
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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3.32/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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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Porter from Port City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 514 ratings