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
Photo of goblue3509
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown cola like color with a medium almost muddy color one finger head which gives way to some lace. The aroma has a big roasted malt backbone with a nice coffee aroma and a hint of chocolate. The taste is big and bold nice roasted malt backbone with flavors of coffee and dark chocolate, also a slight bit of smokiness. Mouthfeel was oily and slightly carbonated. Overall a very solid beer, nice big rich flavor and a very easy drink. Very smooth.

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Photo of localone703
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now here's a great porter. Tan head is all pillow-y and inviting. Smells and tastes like robust yet smooth roasted malts with dark chocolate first, then maybe some coffee.

At 5.5% it goes down a little softer and lighter in the mouth while still having a full roasted character and just the right weight on the tongue.

This goes on my list of good dark beers to have with hamburgers or steak. Or chili. Or a big waffle with lots of butter and maple syrup and a side of bacon and eggs. That's the brunch for me.

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a glass of this at Churchkey in DC - my first brew from DC Brau, definitely an interesting a different kind of porter. I would suggest calling this a stout, based on its flavor and color characteristics.

First thing you notice is how deep black this beer is, with an exceptionally deep brown head. This definitely appears to be a stout. Nose has strong roastiness, almost overwhelming. Almost like a deep cappuccino.

Taste has a bit of cocoa/chocolate characteristics, very subtle, but a positive addition. Very roasted, and deep in malt with a slight hop aftertaste. Mouthfeel is slightly oily, like it was barrel-aged, something consistent with the flavor, but not part of the brewing process. Overall a good, unique beer.

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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 Thorpe429
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Paradiso Dupont. Served in a pint glass.

Pours near black with a small mocha colored head that diminishes pretty quickly and leaves some sparse, spotty lacing. The nose is heavy on the malt with some chocolate, coffee, and roast dominating. Light toasted bread in the background. Light hop character there as well. The flavor is mostly roast with a bit of chocolate and espresso. Mild hoppy character in the finish, which is slightly bitter and dry with strong roast. Medium body with average carbonation. A bit thin-bodied for the flavor. Nice and well-rounded.

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Photo of petacutlasaurus
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Started off my Friday at ChurchKey with a glass of the new DC Brau Porter, even though I usually hate the style. Well, for all you Porter haters, this is your beer. Much closer to a stout than I'm used to, compared with something like Founders Porter which is much thinner. I brought this up with the bartender I was there with and he told me that's exactly what the brewers were going for - what a respectable goal...

Within that creamier-than-usual body, a very roasty batch of malt and some great coffee/cocoa notes. The beer also strikes a great balance between upping the body ante and maintaining some porter-critical carbonation. Sometimes I think those goals can conflict (I'm thinking Exit 13 from Flying Fish). Overall, a very balanced beer and probably the next Porter I have plans to reach for - can't wait for more DC Brau-

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Photo of smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap poured into a shaker pint at Pizza Paradiso DC.

A small cocoa like head is given, kind of foamy and tiny. Lots of carbs from the bottom but they are hard to see against a very big dark classic walnut body bordering on black. Collar stays throughout drinking, minimal lacing, and top of head gets pock marked.

Great bouquet on this brew. Simple quality coffee with a touch of heat and roast. Small milk chocolate sensation almost powdery and dry, getting into Ovaltine. A real mish mash of things going on here.

Taste is almost at first notice borderline silky. Small sweet cola hints in mid palate turn to instant Quick breakfast drink. The finish is all coffee and chared carbon and charcoal that is pleasant. Has a muted soda pop feel and slightly prickly. The carbonation on this is a little bit odd, but not so bad that it ruins everything.

Well what can I say, they pulled off a good classic American porter, very tasty indeed!

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Photo of starrdogg
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Pizzeria Paradiso - I really hope this gets brewed again and put into cans!

A: Opaque and very dark brown (nearly black) with a fairly substantial tan head. It's a great looking beer and appears to pretty carbonated.

S: Smells of roasted malts and chocolate. Aroma is not hitting me in the face, but it's nice and somewhat low-key.

T: Alright, I'm impressed! This is incredibly flavorful for a beer so low in ABV. It's got a lot of chocolate with a nice roasted malt finish. It's very smooth and not overly bitter, which makes it extremely drinkable for a porter.

M: I have to say that this was the most impressive aspect of this beer. Oftentimes porters end up a little too thin-bodied, but this one had a very full body, and combined with the very nice carbonation made this a pleasure to drink.

O: Another very impressive effort from DC Brau. I'd say this is a step up from the very tasty Public Pale Ale. Porters are not typically my favorite style, but this one wasn't your typical porter and seemed to be somewhere in between a porter and a stout. It's incredibly flavorful and very easy to drink at the same time, a great combination.

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Penn Quarter Porter from DC Brau Brewing Co.
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