Penn Quarter Porter | DC Brau Brewing Co.

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3.86/5
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560 Ratings
Penn Quarter PorterPenn Quarter Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States
dcbrau.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Penn Quarter Porter is our first in a line of draft-only limited-release beer, and it's a robust porter! In the way that The Public is on the line between a pale ale and an IPA, this is on the line between a porter and a stout - with chocolate notes and a dry, roasted finish.

Added by starrdogg on 05-12-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,615
Reviews:
117
Ratings:
560
pDev:
11.14%
 
 
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17
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Ratings: 560 |  Reviews: 117
Photo of Stevedore
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, served in a shaker pint glass. Pours a darker black body, slight cola brown hue, one and half finger mocha head, good retention, bits of lacing on the opposite side. Smell is roast, toasted barley, a bit of smoke, light milk chocolate, fair bit of earth. Flavour is slight dark fruit, earthy bitterness in the background, toasted and slightly burnt barley, roasted coffee, touch of milk chocolate sweetness, overall a bit astringent and smoky. Keeps things interesting without being too sweet, although I could do with a bit less of the burnt smokiness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, appropriately carbonated, again fairly ashy and bitter on the finish. Pretty solid and interesting porter with a pronounced ashy finish that may turn some off.

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Photo of Djoneil
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2x draught pints at the Owl Bar here in Baltimore

180604 - nitro pint at The Brass Tap in Baltimore (watching the CAPS game). Smoother, but that wasn't this beer's problem.

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bret717
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look- Pours dark brown, cola-like around the edges, with 1 finger head that quickly fades to nothing. No lacing.

Smell- getting roasted coffee and dark chocolate

Taste- also getting the coffee and chocolate, along with a moderate amount of hop bitterness. There's also a very mild tartness in there.

Feel- light/medium bodied, moderate carbonation

Overall- decent porter with a nice roasty taste

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Photo of GarrettB
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

March 22nd, 2015 - Another classy tasting here, with the DC Brau Penn Quarter Porter served out of a plastic hotel cup. Darker brown and with the thinnest of heads, it gives off a gorgeous scent of soy sauce, yam and cumin, and the enticing aroma of Japanese style "Yaki Imo." The flavor mirrors the aroma, both sweet and earthy with a deep savory-sweet blend. The aftertaste vitiates the beer's profile through, running both short and a little flat. But that is a marginal mark against an otherwise solid and deep flavored porter.

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Photo of 1971bernat
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Dave1999
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brucefraser
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark in a tumbler with thin tan receding head. Slight lacing. smells faint chocolate and coffee and toasty malt. Taste chocolate coffee and distinctive toasted malt that left some aftertaste. Feels smooth, a bit thin with moderate carbonation.
I like porter. This is not my favorite but I will enjoy if again.

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Photo of ryan_sprayberry
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of razorsdescent
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drtth
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The dark brown, almost black, liquid pours out into a Duvel glass with a dark tan head that recedes slowly leaving a thin, irregular shaped film of foam on the surface and lots of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates arches and sheets of lacing that turn into some scattered spots of lacing.

At first aromas are faint but become stronger as the beer warms a bit. They include chocolate, coffee and some almost burnt dark roasted malt.

The flavors are much as expected with the chocolate, coffee and some char from the malt.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and fairly smooth with the moderate carbonation. The finish begins as the flavor fade some allowing a touch of hops to emerge as the final ending becomes dry and a bitter from the char.

A solid, well made beer that i'd certainly have again if offered. That said, I won't be going out to find it again and it doesn't displace any of the porters that are part of my current rotation. One issue I have with the flavor profile is that the dark roast burnt bitterness borders on being unpleasant, especially given how long it takes for it to disappear from the back of the palate.

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Photo of jak
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jonbonfondle
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spelingchampeon
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can to a pint glass. I was in a fairly dark room, but the beer was almost black, with no light getting through.

I had trouble pulling any noticeable aroma's. Slight malt, slight chocolate.. nothing grand. I love it when a beer tastes as it is described by the brewer. A bit dry throughout, great blending of the malts and a slight chocolate overtone..nothing too strong. Very smooth, and without bite.

I enjoyed this Porter, and look forward to having it again.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 2.40 (Including beer club discount and tax)/12 oz can ($ 0.20/oz) at State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD.
Canned 1/30/17. Served at 42 degees into a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Allowed to warm to 54 degrees.
Aroma – chocolate.
Head – large (Maximum 5.9cm, aggressive pour), brown, frothy, average retention, diminishing to an irregular five to seven mm ring with drag marks and a thin layer with some rocky heaps.
Lacing – good. Wide complete rings of tiny bubbles.
Body – dark brown/black, opaque.
Flavor – bitter chocolate malt. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – medium, watery, soft carbonation.

A passable porter, well priced. Picking up a sixer of this is not out of order.

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Guppy314
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can, it is almost black but not opaque with a thin quickly dissipating head. It is malt-forward with a modicum of coffee and chocolate flavors, but the full mouth feel of a Porter is lacking. There is moderate carbonation and a bit of hops tang at the end. Overall, far more interesting than a lot of Lagers at this price range, but just adequate as a Porter.

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Photo of StoutSnob40
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Carolvs
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RyWi34
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Sweffin
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Penn Quarter Porter from DC Brau Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 560 ratings