Penn Quarter Porter
DC Brau Brewing Co.

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Porter - American
Ranked #302
Ranked #17,214
3.89 | pDev: 11.05%
DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States
Very Good
Penn Quarter PorterPenn Quarter Porter
Notes: 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.
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a snifter glass, resulting in less than a finger of head that faded soon. Fairly dark brown color with a bit of lacing that stuck around. Smells toasty with a bit of coffee. Taste is the opposite, roast first with coffee coming later. Light to medium body with similar carbonation. Not too bad for a coffee porter, but a bit too toasty for my preference. Strange after taste after it warms, drink while cold.

Nov 01, 2019
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MrOH from Maryland

4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown, a bit of ruby highlights. Thin tan head, retention sucks, spotty lace.
Aroma is more coffee than chocolate, there is a whiff of earthy smoke.
Earthy smoke comes through on the palate; I dig it. Cold espresso kinda roast flavors. A bit of an herbal hop flavor as well. Digging the smoke level though- enough to be very present, but not a smoked beer.
Medium bodied, clean, appropriate carbonation.
Damn good porter.

Aug 03, 2019
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Mar 23, 2018
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DanO1066 from Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Mar 21, 2018
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bret717 from Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
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

Feb 17, 2018
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.54/5  rDev -9%
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.

Jan 14, 2018
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brucefraser from Virginia

3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Dec 23, 2017
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drtth from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

May 05, 2017
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deleted_user_1111368 from Delaware

4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Mar 27, 2017
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Mar 13, 2017
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Guppy314 from District of Columbia

3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Jun 24, 2016
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.39/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beatjunkee for this one, from the NBS BIF #3 box. 12oz can poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a solid black, with just a thin cap of tan head that dissipated quickly, and left no lacing.

The aroma featured some solidly roasty malts, bordering on coffee-ish, and just a hint of cocoa. Pretty similar on the tongue, with the roast lingering on the back of the palate.

The body was just a bit thinner than I look for in the style, but smooth and clean. Drinkability was very good, the beer was gone quickly and easily. Overall, a nicely solid example of the style, and worth trying if you encounter it.

Apr 13, 2016
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can, date on bottom. about 4 months old

opaque black in color, tan colored head, good head retention. big roasty aroma - espresso. dry roasty taste - fairly bold, lingering aftertaste. medium bodied.

Dec 21, 2015
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing a cellar temp can poured into a snifter. The beer pours cola brown with creamy tan head of about 1.5 cm foaming up and slowly fading to a sturdy surface layer with some clingy tight lattice on the glass. Aroma is rich and malty with chocolate and some roasted malt and a little brown sugar. There is just a faint hint of dark fruit buried in the nose and I dont really get any hops. The nose is pretty big and appealing.
First sip reveals an average body with very fine carbonation that tingles across my palate. Flavor is malty and smooth with dark cocoa, roast malt and a bit of coffee notes. I dont get any of the dark fruit but there is just a hint of brown sugar that lingers a bit on the finish. The roasted malt notes also hang around, but no real hop presence nor any hits of booze.
An easy drinking flavorful porter with a good nose and enjoyable drinking experience. Worth a purchase if you like malty porters and a highly drinkable experience.

Dec 12, 2015
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cmf from Maryland

3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 ounce can into pint glass. Jet black, solid, opaque. Very little odor. Hard to detect any scent at all. Faint malt odor... As I drink it, I detect a slight toast odor... Smooth, heavy porter like molasses. Sweet, creamy, heavy porter taste with some hops balancing. Overall very tasty and creamy with a bit of bitter bite. More flavorful than its English cousins.

Oct 14, 2015
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Kubishark from Maryland

4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the DC Brau brewery. Very very black. So black that you couldn't see a flashlight on the opposite side of the glass. Smells like roasted malts and coffee. Tastes like more roasted malts and coffee. Feels fairly creamy and satisfying. Will be coming back to this one.

Oct 09, 2015
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irrevjim from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look; black chestnut, 1/4 inch head, leaves nice lacing
smell; sweet nutty coffee tire fire, minor notes of sugars and esters
taste; imperial porter light, very nice roasted coffee and toffee notes, nicely balanced bitter and sweet malts, hop kiss, really yummy and drinkable
overall; a delicious full flavored accessible american porter, wish they made more

Aug 16, 2015
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Robust coffee, ashy, chocolate, earthiness, pale, and toasted oats.

Taste: Ashy charcoal, milk chocolate, caramel, toasted, pale, and roasted malts followed by chewiness and bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Ashy bitterness, light to medium bodied, a little chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: This beer got better as it warmed up. Wish I had more of these kicking around in my fridge.

Jun 20, 2015
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Chico1985 from Massachusetts

3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can with a born on date of 3/2/15, picked this up at Julio's a month ago or so. My first from DC Brau.

A - Pour to a pint is jet black with a couple fingers of brown head. A thick ring and bits of lace remain by the end.

S - Roast first and foremost with some cocoa and dark berry hiding in there.

T - Roast and general dark malts continue to dominate, a bit of a weird metallic thing going on here though, not completely off-putting but a slight deterrent. Even less chocolate than the nose, coffee grounds finish, pretty hoppy for the style with some punchy pine and earthy tones.

M - Carbonation on the higher side, pretty bitter and dry, lightish body suitable for the ABV but also a bit harsh.

O - A porter that's 'robust' and also on the lighter-end of the ABV spectrum for the style is a strange combo, not sure it comes together all that well here. It's a decent enough porter though.

May 21, 2015
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely doesn't seem to be draft only any longer.

A- 12oz can is released into a tulip revealing an almost pitch black brew with a very tall, thick creamy mocha tan head. Good retention and lacing is plentiful with thick blankets around the glass.

S- Towards the roaster side of things but distinctly a Porter and some of those Brown malty notes come out as well. Charred barley, milk chocolate, slight coffee beans, toasted nuts and a bit of caramel but mostly dark things here.

T- Chocolate malts seem like the focus because at times it really tastes like milk chocolate and sort of like a chocolate milk shake. This is joined by notes of blackened barley, nuttiness, earthy hops, coffee, slight caramel and a hint of dark fruits. Some citrus hops come out with time.

MF- Moderately thick considering the 5.5%ABV but the big body is appropriate with the rich cocoa tones. Medium-high carbonation level and a dry, roasty finish as advertised.

Rides the line on the roasty side of the style but for me it still feels plenty like a Porter. Heavy notes of chocolate and roast complimented well with other toasty malt tones. Drinks more decadently than (not more alcoholic) 5.5% ABV.

May 16, 2015
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz can poured into nonic pint

A: Dark and rich looking nice slightly mocha head

S: Nice roast smell with some chocolate and licorice very rich aromas

T: nice roast flavor some licorice and slight bitter chocolate

M: very lush and thick creamy very nice feel

O: This is a winner a great porter very thick and it comes in a can that is awesome.

Apr 30, 2015
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horshack7 from England

4.66/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: On top is two fingers worth of dark beige head. Underneath is very dark.

Aroma: Heavy dark roasted coffee, roasted walnut, twinges of smokiness, very faint chocolate, dark roasted malts.

Taste: Roasted coffee, traces of vanilla bean, nuttiness, smokiness, dark roasted malts with a few charred hop notes. It starts with a crisp bite and finishes silky smooth much like a chocolate malt.

Notes: Well what we have here is a bit of a dark horse in the world of American Porters. I was not sure what I was in for but dam this is something tasty. Not only would I pick this one up again but It's one of the best American Porters I have ever had what a treat. Cheers to D.C Brau for this gem of a beer.

Apr 26, 2015
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Beejay from Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown as it pours, and a dark black in the glass. A rich tan head sits on top.

S: Roasted malts, and rich chocolate, with a hint at espresso. Choco-tastic.

T: Lovely. Rich with burnt caramel, rich chocolate, roasted grain, and a touch of coffee. This is one mean porter.

M: Medium in body, with moderate carbonation. Very creamy mouthfeel.

O: Really impressed by this. Solid beer, tasty, rich and delicious.

Apr 17, 2015
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can. Pours very dark with a thin, dark head. Mild lacing. Aroma is a spot on Porter suggestion. Bitter chocolate, chalky Porter yeast, burnt and dark malt, slight soapy hops. Flavor has an element of lactose. Cream and milk with chocolate with bitter chocolate. Dark roast and slight char. Bitter dark malt. Lingering bitterness. Medium bodied with a creamy feel but a finish that is bitter. A very robust Porter that doesn't slam you with high alcohol. I would like more offerings like this. A good ol' Porter-sign me up!

Apr 10, 2015
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark brown, opaque, with tan head, moderate and rocky, with significant lacing.

S - Roasty notes, a touch of sugar, cocoa, a bit of burnt toast.

T - Primarily roasted grains, a bit of bitter coffee, a touch of minerality, and a strong bitter hit in the close.

M - A touch thin, significant drying in the close.

O - A porter focused on the roasted notes, char and coffee. A bit more bitter than I prefer - I like some sweeter malt notes that are not a focus of this porter - but a decent porter nevertheless.

Mar 29, 2015
Penn Quarter Porter from DC Brau Brewing Co.
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