Porter | Port City Brewing

PorterPorter
BA SCORE
85.6%
Liked This Beer
4.01 w/ 492 ratings
PorterPorter
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:
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Added by AndrewNations on 02-12-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,685
Reviews:
141
Ratings:
492
Liked:
421
Avg:
4.01/5
pDev:
9.98%
Alströms:
3.99
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
105
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 492 |  Reviews: 141
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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 spycow
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color (some faint traces of amber are visible near the corner of the glass when it is held up to the light). It poured with a finger high tan head that faded away but left rings of bubbles around the edge of the glass and down the sides.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts and raisins in the nose. The smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of dark malts and raisins; there are some hints of malty sweetness, but this is balanced off with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The bee is very easy to drink because of the good balance between the flavors.

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Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Looks like a stout, with a midnight brown colored liquid and a massive head; plenty of stickage and lacing

Smell: Vaguely roasty and fruity, with a bit of a smoky character

Taste: Roasty and toasty, up front, with a growing chocolate character; by mid-palate, there is a subtle hop character that adds a distinctive balance; coffee elements appear after the swallow and lead to a lengthy finish that incorporates all sides of the flavor profile

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: What a really nice porter and easily the best of the beers that Port City brews

Thanks, bobertkuekn, for the opportunity

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Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dyan for this one. Can't say I've heard of this brewery before.

Appearance: Black as pitch with a lasting brown head that leaves some lacing behind as it descends.

Smell: Pretty strong hard water character here, quite mineral. I'd guess English yeast, too. It's got a fruity, toasted bread quality that reminds me of fruitcake, along with molasses-like sweetness. Takes a while to open up, but it's pretty decent once it does.

Taste & mouthfeel: Very mineral again, with a nicely balanced malt character that's an even mix of toasted, bready flavors and rich roastiness. It's a sweeter porter, but fitting of the strength. There's some plum and date fruitiness in here too. The finish is solid, displaying some pleasant roasted bitterness along with more semi-metallic mineral flavor, and faint acidity from the dark malts.

Overall: Pretty solid stuff. The water profile is a bit too metallic for my liking, but otherwise it's a good beer.

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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of chinchill
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
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 oberon
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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 Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Evening Star in Alexandria. Served in a pint glass.

Pour yields a nearly-black brew with a good light mocha head, a finger or two to start. Good retention and a bit of lacing on the glass as the head meanders its way down into a thin collar that sits atop the beer for most of the way. The nose brings forward some nice roast to begin, which is then followed up with some light chocolate and a dollop of espresso foam.

The flavor first hits with a fairly-strong roast presence that coats my mouth and dries my cheeks out a bit. After a moment, this sensation subsides and there's a smoothnesss coming from chocolate in the midpalate, and then finally ending with a bit of medium-roast coffee beans in the finish. At that point, the roast kicks a bit back into gear. Nice combination and melding of flavors. I wouldn't mind a touch more residual sweetness. Overall, a very nice beer and something I'm glad to have so close to home.

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Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some grainy aroma. A nice hint of dark caramel, but more of a dry porter. Nicely malty, fairly full body. Some bitterness rolls in, enough to provide balance with the roasted malt fullness.

Pleasant fizzy mouthfeel, almost creamy. Very pleasant overall. Dark brown, nearly black, in the glass. Attractive touch of foam. Sort of fruity and bitter, with quite a lot of flavor. A little salty on the tongue. Grainy taste to provide a little rustic touch. Carbonation is very nice. Great for sipping, with a little more complexity than you often find in a simple dark beer. Very clean and well made.

A really good example of an American Porter. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Food and Friends in Philadelphia.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Rifugium
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at the brewery

Easily my favorite beer that PC had to offer. Dark brown-black pour with a solid cap of foamy tan head that retained well and laced the glass. Dark malt sweetness in the aroma, notes of cocoa and ash. More dark roasty malts in the taste, nice semi-sweet chocolate profile, with a little coffee bitterness. Pretty good. Medium body, solid mouthfeel for the style, overall a good porter. If I had to revisit a PC brew, it would be this one.

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3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my Otter Creek pint glass. Dark brown in color with a thick and frothy tan head to it. Decent head retention and a little lacing.

The aroma has a milk chocolaty character to it mixing with a little roasty, bitter flavor. Just a hint of a tart fruit presence to it. Pretty nice aroma for the style.

The taste has a bitter-sweet chocolate flavor to it throughout it. I get a little more of a sweetness up front while a bitter, rpasty flavor comes out in the finish. It finishes on the dry side with a little bit of a roasty, coffee like flavor coming through as well.

The mouthfeel is about average for the style and carbonation is moderate. Overall it's a solid version of the style and probably my favorite from Port City so far. It has a nice range of chocolaty and roasty flavors to it and is pretty drinkable overall. It rivals Williamsburg's Washington Porter as my favorite local porter, but may not surpass it.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown where no light passes. Excellent beige head that leaves extensive spotty lace.

Sweet berry smell in he background of the milk chocolate

Relatively thin to this otherwise sweet porter with an alcohol kick. Again, lots of mIlk chocolate.

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Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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Porter from Port City Brewing
Beer rating: 85.6% out of 100 with 492 ratings
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