Penn Quarter Porter
DC Brau Brewing Co.

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DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States
American Porter
Ranked #257
Ranked #18,198
3.86 | pDev: 11.14%
Feb 18, 2023
May 12, 2011
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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Reviewed by vinicole from England

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Can. Deep brown with an extra thick frothy head, tan in colour and receding slowly.
Mild aroma of charred bread with hints of cocoa which is robustly maintained in the taste.
Medium carbonation an body.
Pretty good but missing the hops found in other AP's.
Feb 18, 2023
Rated: 3.87 by MGibbons from Maryland

Dec 08, 2022
Rated: 4 by polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

May 09, 2022
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
rich creamy porter had better but enjoyable
Feb 20, 2022
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Reviewed by MAB from Canada (AB)

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Day 22 of the advent calendar 2021.

An outstanding porter; one against which all other porters should be judged.
Deep brown with a slightly tan head, although it mostly disappeared after pouring.
Dark chocolate, stone fruits, and malt.
Long finish; I was sad to take the last sip.
Dec 23, 2021
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Rated by LukeGude from Iowa

3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Can as a gift, poured into pint glass. Tremendous full head. Flavor leaves something to be desired…can’t place it.
Dec 11, 2021
Rated: 4 by irishkyle21 from Canada (ON)

Nov 04, 2021
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz can into a tall glass. Canned 1/11/21, so 5-6 months old.

Looks very good in the glass. Black body with an initially massive foamy tan head leaving gobs of lacing. This eventually shrinks to a solid covering.

Aroma is of roasted malt, with a faint coffee note.

On tasting, big smooth sweet chocolate comes in first. This is followed by a fleeting coffee hit, and the finish is long and roasty, and a little dry. Liking this.

Mouth between medium and full, finish a slow developing but long lasting roast.

Overall, pretty tasty porter, happy to have grabbed a six pack from the brewery this afternoon.
Jul 02, 2021
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Rated by Bitburger from Vermont

5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Best porter ever...!
Dec 30, 2020
Rated: 3.99 by David_Waterman from District of Columbia

Dec 28, 2020
Rated: 4.03 by DAllen6701 from District of Columbia

Nov 02, 2020
Rated: 4.33 by bubseymour from Maryland

Feb 26, 2020
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Feb 16, 2020
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Reviewed by EnderFett11 from Virginia

3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Reviewed by MrOH from Malta

4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
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
Rated: 3.77 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

May 15, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by aztraz from Sweden

Apr 02, 2019
Rated: 3.7 by Heeenrik from Finland

Mar 02, 2019
Rated: 3.79 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden

Feb 28, 2019
Rated: 3.81 by mltobin from Connecticut

Jan 24, 2019
Rated: 3.34 by Jhfinn from New York

Dec 31, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by KeyWestGator from Florida

Dec 23, 2018
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Reviewed by Stevedore from Oregon

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.
Mar 23, 2018
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Reviewed by DanO1066 from Maryland

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.
Mar 21, 2018
Rated: 3.87 by Jimlikesbeer from North Carolina

Feb 23, 2018
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Reviewed by bret717 from Pennsylvania

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
Feb 17, 2018
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Reviewed by GarrettB from Colorado

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.
Jan 14, 2018
Rated: 2.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 13, 2018
Rated: 3.53 by Dave1999 from North Carolina

Jan 01, 2018
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Reviewed by brucefraser from Virginia

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.
Dec 23, 2017
Rated: 3.99 by ryan_sprayberry from Texas

Dec 22, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by imperialking from Illinois

Jul 17, 2017
Rated: 3.89 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Jul 14, 2017
Rated: 4 by razorsdescent from Pennsylvania

Jul 13, 2017
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Reviewed by drtth from Pennsylvania

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.
May 05, 2017
Rated: 3.73 by jak from North Carolina

Apr 23, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by jonbonfondle from Minnesota

Apr 09, 2017
Rated: 3.64 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania

Mar 29, 2017
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Reviewed by deleted_user_1111368 from Delaware

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.
Mar 27, 2017
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

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.
Mar 13, 2017
Penn Quarter Porter from DC Brau Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 582 ratings