Penn Quarter Porter | DC Brau Brewing Co.

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Penn Quarter PorterPenn Quarter Porter

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

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

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Photo of spelingchampeon
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can, it is almost black but not opaque with a thin quickly dissipating head. It is malt-forward with a modicum of coffee and chocolate flavors, but the full mouth feel of a Porter is lacking. There is moderate carbonation and a bit of hops tang at the end. Overall, far more interesting than a lot of Lagers at this price range, but just adequate as a Porter.

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Photo of beertunes
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 jmdrpi
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can, date on bottom. about 4 months old

opaque black in color, tan colored head, good head retention. big roasty aroma - espresso. dry roasty taste - fairly bold, lingering aftertaste. medium bodied.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing a cellar temp can poured into a snifter. The beer pours cola brown with creamy tan head of about 1.5 cm foaming up and slowly fading to a sturdy surface layer with some clingy tight lattice on the glass. Aroma is rich and malty with chocolate and some roasted malt and a little brown sugar. There is just a faint hint of dark fruit buried in the nose and I dont really get any hops. The nose is pretty big and appealing.
First sip reveals an average body with very fine carbonation that tingles across my palate. Flavor is malty and smooth with dark cocoa, roast malt and a bit of coffee notes. I dont get any of the dark fruit but there is just a hint of brown sugar that lingers a bit on the finish. The roasted malt notes also hang around, but no real hop presence nor any hits of booze.
An easy drinking flavorful porter with a good nose and enjoyable drinking experience. Worth a purchase if you like malty porters and a highly drinkable experience.

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Photo of cmf
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 ounce can into pint glass. Jet black, solid, opaque. Very little odor. Hard to detect any scent at all. Faint malt odor... As I drink it, I detect a slight toast odor... Smooth, heavy porter like molasses. Sweet, creamy, heavy porter taste with some hops balancing. Overall very tasty and creamy with a bit of bitter bite. More flavorful than its English cousins.

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Photo of Kubishark
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the DC Brau brewery. Very very black. So black that you couldn't see a flashlight on the opposite side of the glass. Smells like roasted malts and coffee. Tastes like more roasted malts and coffee. Feels fairly creamy and satisfying. Will be coming back to this one.

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Photo of irrevjim
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
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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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Robust coffee, ashy, chocolate, earthiness, pale, and toasted oats.

Taste: Ashy charcoal, milk chocolate, caramel, toasted, pale, and roasted malts followed by chewiness and bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Ashy bitterness, light to medium bodied, a little chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: This beer got better as it warmed up. Wish I had more of these kicking around in my fridge.

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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 cbutova
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely doesn't seem to be draft only any longer.

A- 12oz can is released into a tulip revealing an almost pitch black brew with a very tall, thick creamy mocha tan head. Good retention and lacing is plentiful with thick blankets around the glass.

S- Towards the roaster side of things but distinctly a Porter and some of those Brown malty notes come out as well. Charred barley, milk chocolate, slight coffee beans, toasted nuts and a bit of caramel but mostly dark things here.

T- Chocolate malts seem like the focus because at times it really tastes like milk chocolate and sort of like a chocolate milk shake. This is joined by notes of blackened barley, nuttiness, earthy hops, coffee, slight caramel and a hint of dark fruits. Some citrus hops come out with time.

MF- Moderately thick considering the 5.5%ABV but the big body is appropriate with the rich cocoa tones. Medium-high carbonation level and a dry, roasty finish as advertised.

Rides the line on the roasty side of the style but for me it still feels plenty like a Porter. Heavy notes of chocolate and roast complimented well with other toasty malt tones. Drinks more decadently than (not more alcoholic) 5.5% ABV.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz can poured into nonic pint

A: Dark and rich looking nice slightly mocha head

S: Nice roast smell with some chocolate and licorice very rich aromas

T: nice roast flavor some licorice and slight bitter chocolate

M: very lush and thick creamy very nice feel

O: This is a winner a great porter very thick and it comes in a can that is awesome.

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Photo of horshack7
4.66/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: On top is two fingers worth of dark beige head. Underneath is very dark.

Aroma: Heavy dark roasted coffee, roasted walnut, twinges of smokiness, very faint chocolate, dark roasted malts.

Taste: Roasted coffee, traces of vanilla bean, nuttiness, smokiness, dark roasted malts with a few charred hop notes. It starts with a crisp bite and finishes silky smooth much like a chocolate malt.

Notes: Well what we have here is a bit of a dark horse in the world of American Porters. I was not sure what I was in for but dam this is something tasty. Not only would I pick this one up again but It's one of the best American Porters I have ever had what a treat. Cheers to D.C Brau for this gem of a beer.

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Photo of Beejay
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown as it pours, and a dark black in the glass. A rich tan head sits on top.

S: Roasted malts, and rich chocolate, with a hint at espresso. Choco-tastic.

T: Lovely. Rich with burnt caramel, rich chocolate, roasted grain, and a touch of coffee. This is one mean porter.

M: Medium in body, with moderate carbonation. Very creamy mouthfeel.

O: Really impressed by this. Solid beer, tasty, rich and delicious.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can. Pours very dark with a thin, dark head. Mild lacing. Aroma is a spot on Porter suggestion. Bitter chocolate, chalky Porter yeast, burnt and dark malt, slight soapy hops. Flavor has an element of lactose. Cream and milk with chocolate with bitter chocolate. Dark roast and slight char. Bitter dark malt. Lingering bitterness. Medium bodied with a creamy feel but a finish that is bitter. A very robust Porter that doesn't slam you with high alcohol. I would like more offerings like this. A good ol' Porter-sign me up!

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark brown, opaque, with tan head, moderate and rocky, with significant lacing.

S - Roasty notes, a touch of sugar, cocoa, a bit of burnt toast.

T - Primarily roasted grains, a bit of bitter coffee, a touch of minerality, and a strong bitter hit in the close.

M - A touch thin, significant drying in the close.

O - A porter focused on the roasted notes, char and coffee. A bit more bitter than I prefer - I like some sweeter malt notes that are not a focus of this porter - but a decent porter nevertheless.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
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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Photo of SierraFlight
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at brewery. Taster served in plastic cup. Dark brown with tan head. Hard to get a sense of lacing or retention. Aroma is of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee. Flavors are similar with light up-front sweetness and a bitter coffee finish from the hops. A little thin.

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Photo of MDHopster
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

At first it seemed a good brew but then towards the end of a glass it seemed gritty, like coffee grounds were settling to the bottom. Indeed a residue was Left behind

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Photo of tigg924
3.44/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

An above average chocolaty and roasty porter. Very true to style. The dark chocolate and milk chocolate flavors mix well. That said, I have others in the style that I prefer.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from singles can into stout glass. The can must have been shaken up because even an easy pour caused the head to explode up the glass. I poured the rest into another glass and it was dark like oil. Two finger head. Smell is dark malt subtle black coffee medium hoppyness Medium feel decent carbonation. The best porter I have had so far. Would buy again if I could find it.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured into a standard pint glass: color dark, near black, not even any brown or amber edges; head is tan, almost dark tan, fine and medium sized bubbles that present 1/2 inch thick then dissipate to a solid top with some nice lacing on the glass.

aroma is exceptional, very nice and aromatic, coffee, chocolate flavors dominate, some subtle grassy and earthy hop aromas are present.

taste is also very good, very forward in the sweeter flavors but also dry in the finish; sweeter flavors follow the aroma with chocolate and coffee forward; hops are earthy and grasy

mouthfeel is very pleasant, nice lingering flavors on the tongue and cheeks with the drying quality on the tongue

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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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Photo of cyclonece09
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a mug. Pours pitch black with a nice brown head. Smells of coffee, chocolate, and very slight fruitiness. Tastes of slight berries with a very strong coffee. Beer is full bodied lighter carbonated but very drinkable. Overall, a very good beer.

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