Penn Quarter Porter
DC Brau Brewing Co.

Penn Quarter PorterPenn Quarter Porter
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Style:
American Porter
Ranked #306
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #14,642
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 11.05%
Reviews:
119
Ratings:
570
From:
DC Brau Brewing Co.
 
District of Columbia, United States
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Gots
  64
SCORE
87
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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Reviews by portia99:
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Everybody rates everything far too high and I have to write reviews for nearly every average beer.

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3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 3/14/2015 at The Engine Room, in Mystic, CT served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains coffee, roasted malts, a touch of dark fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out creamy with flavors of black coffee, licorice and dark fruit followed by some smokiness. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are other Porters that I would pick first.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pitch black color - no "very dark brown" nonsense, I mean pitch friggen' black. The head is three fingers high, and tan in shade. Retention is okay and lacing is spotty. The texture is a bit less creamy than I truly like, as well - but otherwise, it looks good in a glass.

S: This is positively loaded with roasted malt. Chocolaty and smoky touches abound as well, along with some piny hops. I love how roasted this is - one whiff and I can tell it's trying to say to me "Porter? FUCK YOU I'M AN IMPERIAL STOUT!"

T: The taste is closer to a porter, albeit a roasty, dry one. An initial flavor of piny hops lead to a smoky, roasty, and chocolaty everything else - midtaste, finish, aftertaste, you name it. The duality between the roast and the dark chocolate sweetness is very well balanced, leading to a porter that's very enjoyable.

M: It's actually not as dry as I thought from the first sip. The sides and the tip of the tongue get parched, sure, but a chocolaty wetness lingers right smack dab in the middle of the palate. This feature gives it a very long finish. In general, though, I wish the texture was fuller and creamier - maybe even a touch less carbonated.

O: I'm really loving the roasty flavors coming out of this. Even though the mouthfeel could be beefed up a tad, it's really hard to complain about this otherwise. This needs to be a year round beer, stat!

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4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In commemoration of a dark, mysterious and sinister occurrence, the death place of President Lincoln became the inspiration for an ale that speaks much the same language.

As prescribed, the ale is dark, nearly black but halts with deep brown hue and modest tawny highlights. A cap of mocha-stained mousse builds atop the ale and retains stubbornly and laces with isolated islands along the way. Its a very sturdy looking beer.

Bold aromas of heavy toast, charred wood, malted milk, and cocoa give a robust scent from the perspective of malted barley. A woodish note provide sight hop balance to the malt, along with a mild roasty twang that might hinge on tart berry scent.

Tasting similar, the Robust Porter greets the front of the mouth with burnt toffee sweetness, just ahead of light char, toast, strong coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Roasted walnuts and burnt pine gives the ale balance and intrigue. Heavy whipping cream provides fuller and milkshake taste in the middle taste before slipping into coffee-like bitterness to finish. Mild alcohol flavor extends with a taste of grape and berry in the distance.

Medium-full on the mouth- its carbonated sweetness provides a fully engulfed creaminess. But the sweetness quickly dissolves and the ample carbonation drives the roast and toast into a firm dryness. Mild alcohol warmth and slight roast-derived astringency closes the beer with pleasant spice and bite.

When thinking about what beer would best commemorate the life and tragedy that is Abraham Lincoln, I think that the Robust Porter makes perfect sense. It's tall, confident, and stately from sip 'til finish.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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

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3.08/5  rDev -20.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pqp is a deep, opaque mahogany brown in color, floating a thick, crema colored head with great retention and lacing

s: a complex roast-centric nose featuring earthy, deeply roasted barley, dark cocoa, charred wood, and coffee; earthy and deep, really like this

m: carbonation just under moderate, body medium-full, creamy and smooth mouthfeel

t: a bold, richly flavored porter - big roasts, cocoa, and dark coffee all make an appearance, some caramelized sugars underneath dark chocolate and roasted barley to start give way to drier, more charred flavors midway, finishing with a burnt earthiness and clean bitter

o: a top notch porter - lots of varied roasted characters that come together to form a creamy and well-balanced beer; huge flavor for a low-moderate abv porter, and drinks well as a result

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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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

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Date: 4/23/14
Location: Total Wine Norwalk
Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: The appearance is black with browned carbonation. There is both an opaque ring and some carbonation. The beer has minimal cling and resets quickly. Pours with little head.
Aromatics: Strong bitter and sweet chocolates and roasted coffee beans introduce themselves immediately when smelling this beer. Marshmallows, fudge, toffee also play a nice part in the aroma.
Flavor: The beer clearly falls in the Porter category for me as stronger flavors of bitter coffee, chocolate, a little bit of ash remind me of a nice pub. Not as sweet as I was expecting from aroma but the beer has good flavoring.
Mouthfeel: The body is medium to light with a little bit of chew due to chocolate and malt. The middle is watery and cleansing but the beer finishes ashy and bitter.

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

DL likes but not overwhelmed.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Penn Quarter Porter from DC Brau Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 570 ratings