Penn Quarter Porter | DC Brau Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States | website

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
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
542
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
24.74%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
59
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 108 | Ratings: 542
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3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.17/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black and opaque with a two finger mocha head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Good retention, taking a while to settle and leaving streaks of soapy lacing on the way down.

Slightly smokey, deeply roasted dark malt aroma that's countered by sweeter, dessert-like lighter malt notes. Robust with hints of liquid smoke, burnt toast, dark chocolate and gourmet coffee bean followed by baker's chocolate, caramel, toffee and fudge. Well balanced aroma with the sweeter notes standing out a bit more as it warms. Smells good but nothing really stands out or elevates it above slightly better than average.

Lighter body than expected with tight carbonation and a nearly acrid, roasted dark malt flavor that lingers over the sweeter notes into a bone dry finish. Strong burnt malt/overly roasted robust coffee grinds along with some charcoal, oatmeal and bitter dark chocolate. Not overwhelmingly dry/overly roasted, however, with prominent sweet malt backbone. These sweeter notes really stand out as it warms with some toffee, caramel, light chocolate and alcohol. Not nearly as complex as the nose suggests and the sweeter, dessert-like notes are severely muted. Decently drinkable but lacks balance and complexity.

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Photo of rudzud
2.81/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Split with JLindros. I got this in a box a while back as a thank you for sending a trading partner a case of heady topper for a wedding peresent.

A - poured a nice black hue with a thin mocha head that fades to leave a thin blanket.

S - Gaahhhh that's infection. Damnit. Sour chocolate cherry....hints at what would have been a decent beer.

T - Taste is burnt malts, acidic sour cherries....ugh. just not good at all. Flashes of chocolate. But really meh.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and not bad.

O - Overall this beer was decent enough but ugh....infected.

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Photo of jlindros
2.76/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Split with rudzud as he mentioned. Bottled in 2012

Pours a dark mocha color fizzy head that hits a finger and fades pretty quickly, little lacing, pitch black color.

Nose is bad, probably infected, sour malt, sour fruit, faint roast and dark malt, little caramel, but mostly like a sour cherry.

Taste starts soured, infection soured, some light porter flavors with light roast and caramel, light acrid, creamy dark porter, light cocoa, but mostly sour cherry and soured malts. Fairly acidic too and tart. Finish the sour flavors at least die off, and its bready biscuit caramel with light roast char and cocoa lingering. The finish mostly gives glimpses into what the beer should have been, without the sourness.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, nice carb at least.

Overall it seems like it would be pretty good of not infected. But undrinkable and pretty bad with the sour infection.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
2.6/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My first DC Brau Bottle... Big thanks to Kmccabe33 for a great trade!!... Thanks Korey!!

Poured into my standard slim tulip... good brown head.. little lacing and cap.. the brew is BLACK.

Nose shows dark malt.. hints of chocolate and lesser coffee.... some weird dark fruit phenols with warmth...

Ahhhh... tart... sour cherry... chocolate covered tart cherries... initial signs of infection... Wow.. sorry to be the bad-news guy... but this bottle is probably infected... dark malt is there.. and I already "know" that dark malt can sometime impart some tart properties, but this is too much by a long shot.

Very prickly carbonation... reminds me of the Laughing Dog Dogzilla infection a long time ago...

Things are mild right now... but the bugs are on the run.. I would suspect a mobile bottling line with problems that carried over to this batch. It is only going to get worse.

Don't delete this review... I want to see how things work out.... DC Brau is a good brewery and I expect that this SHOULD be a pretty damn good porter... but right now, find the culprit and take care of business.

3.5/3.5/2/2.5/2.5

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Photo of malprep
2.59/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I am not a big fan of the can beer. It was a little rough of the edges. I am porter fan but this had a little bit of a coating on the mouth. We were doing a tour of the east coast and this was kinda of a road block on the tour. DC beer that was to be the best of the batch, it was a little rough.

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2.24/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

22oz bottle into NB snifter. Thank jbck109.

A: Popped the cap and poured a glass full of foam. Huge reactive, foamy and soft light brown head, filled the glass. Creamy looking. Infected looking… Crazy retention, great sheets of lace.
S: Mild roasted, coffee, licorice, dark roasted grains, and something slightly sour. Uh oh.
T: All kinds of infected. Sour fruits up front with hints of the “normal” roasted porter flavors poking through. Aftertaste is bitter and then sour, almost like a warhead candy mixed with citrus rind. Pretty awful to be honest.
M: Foamy, sour, medium body.
O: Very disappointing that I got a bad bottle as I’ve heard good things about this brewery and was looking forward to try this beer. I can tell by the flavors that do poke through the infection that this would have been a great brew. This infection was worse than 09 Abyss. Undrinkable. Thanks for trying though, Jay. Sad to see I'm not the only one with a bad bottle. Cheers.

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Photo of damngoode
1.94/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

An infected bottle, I'm afraid, as an extra from a great trader, siege06nd. Left a beautiful head lounging in the tulip for a good 5 minutes before creeping back down into the glass. At least I know definitively what an infected beer tastes like. Old penny, sour - but not a good sour, a bad hiccup stomach bile sour. Really tough to even get some of the good notes out of the beer the acid was so intense. Sad to see it go, but down the drain it must.

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Penn Quarter Porter from DC Brau Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.
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