Penn Quarter Porter | DC Brau Brewing Co.

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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
Ratings:
551
Reviews:
112
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.97%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
62
For Trade:
2
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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of strong coffee, eye opening. Taste is coffee, some bitterness, a bit smokey, enjoyable flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer, and if you are a fan of coffee, worth a try.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of Stinger80OH
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very dark, but transparent at the edges. Nice khaki head. Retains a thick collar and nice surface wisps.

Smell - Very roasty. Almost smokey. Some vanilla. Nice.

Taste - Still very roasty. Bitter chocolate and some smoke. Carbonation takes over and masks a lot of the flavors. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated. Lingering chocolate finish.

Overall - Pretty good and very flavorful for its size.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours pitch black with a 1.5 finger frothy, mocha head with great retention. Lacing is web-like and thin with great cling. Thin, oily legs. One of the better looking porters out there.

Nose is liquorice, toasted malt, and some coffee. A very mild sweetness lingers in the background. Decent but not the most aromatic.

Opens toasted malt, liquorice, smoke, and ash. Some chocolate and coffee notes in the middle with a slightly tart roasted note at the end. Finishes more liquorice and coffee with a lingering, roasty aftertaste. Solid but nothing memorable.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with some bubbles in the mouth and goes down mellow with some warmth. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Very appropriate feel for a ROBUST porter.

A solid interpretation of the style overall but nothing really makes this beer stand out. Look is amazing and the feel is very good but the flavor is just average and leans a bit towards the roasty end. If you like that type of porter, this is more than solid, otherwise, its worth a try but not great.

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Photo of Bierleichen
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Classic dark chocolate color with mocha tan head. Poured into snifter, 2 finger head. Poor head retention/lacing qualities.

S: Light caramel, baker's chocolate, light cherry smoke. Weaker than expected even for such a light ABV, and it takes some time for it to warm and develop.

M: Good amount of bite immediately, medium carbonation, less bodied, but balanced with flavor. Semi-dry finish.

T/O: T: cinnamon macchiato, coffee ice cream finish, roasted grains, hazelnuts, orange bitter, white chocolate accents, balanced b/t sweet and roast. It makes a very good morning/breakfast beer.

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Photo of MarkIntihar
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the growler into my Half Acre pint glass. Big thanks to Matt for sticking with this one and sending me a second growler after FedEx lost the first one.

A - Pours jet black with a nice half finger of tan head. Looks very thick for a porter, and I like it.

S - Rich roasted coffee with overtones of dark chocolate. Not verry hoppy, which I rather prefer for a porter. Lots of roasted malts and some chocolate.

T - Follows fairly well from the nose, but I think the travel did not treat this one well. A bit of a tart/cherry flavor that would suggest some oxidation in this one. Which is a shame because the base taste of this beer is very nice. Would love to try this on tap at some point (guess I'm in need of a road trip out to DC). However, oxidation did provide a somewhat interesting twist to this one, as my buddy put it: "It tastes like a chocolate covered cherry!" I'm somewhat hesitant to agree, but I can definitely see where he's coming from. Still a nice roasted malt backbone and coffee finish. The chocolate to me is more muted than in the nose, but still present.

M - The mouthfeel on this one is pretty awesome. Coats the mouth nicely with no alcohol burn whatsoever. Also has a thicker, almost syrupy quality to it, which I love.

O - Overall, I think this would be incredible on tap, but unfortunately did not survive travel very well. Still glad to get to try it, and I look forward to making it out to DC sometime to give it another shot!

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Photo of delta490
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- a really deep dark brown. About one finger of fizzy mocha head that hangs out a while a leave nice lacing.

S- roast malt dominates and a little alcohol lives in the background

T- big roast malt flavor. A little but of coffee and some hop bitterness

M- a bit thin and fizzy. Not bad but not the best.

O- a solid but not outstanding porter. Would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Full bodied porter with a lot more carb than I've seen on a porter. Deep rich chocolate color and a big cocoa head. Not a lot on the nose with some roast. Big roast character in the body. A little one note, but certainly a flavorful porter at a very drinkable ABV. A nice offering.

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Abe_Froman
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Satchboogie
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An interesting take on the porter. The appearance was a nice dark brown with a coffee colored head that stuck around for a bit. The smell was very nutty with some citrus in the nose. The taste was a very earthy with hints of walnuts and peanuts, but also some interesting sweetness, almost banana flavors. I thought the complex flavors paired very nicely with one another. The only thing I didn't care for was how thin the beer was. Overall I liked it and would recommend to porter lovers.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On draft at CK.

Dark chocolate color with a quickly dissipating foamy mocha head. Airy, sparse lacing rings the glass. Roast dominated nose, with light cocoa and coffee and faint hops. Flavor is much more dependent on the roast notes and the malt and chocolate are only at trace amounts with a slightly hoppy, dry finish. Mouthfeel is the only real negative, as this is slightly over carbonated with a thinner than appropriate body. Overall, a solid porter, though not as complex as something like Edmund. I enjoyed the Public more than this but will happily enjoy this local again.

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Photo of DahWag
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dirtyhands
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of SkyyNapalm
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Amorrn
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MacQ32
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jak
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
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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Photo of Benesi88
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Coorsy
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dwagner003
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Penn Quarter Porter from DC Brau Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 551 ratings.
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