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:
15
Gots:
62
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 551 |  Reviews: 112
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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

a solid B of a porter here from dc brau, who keeps randomly showing up in colorado with no rhyme or reason or consistency. this porter is quite dark in color, bakers chocolate tone, but with excessive carbonation thats unflattering to most porters. huge roasted barley notes to this with very little else. i get some coffee in the smell as well as in the finish, and perhaps a light cocoa appearance, but this is a rather one dimensional brew. this is one of those breweries we get excited about because its new to our market, but one that has really yet to impress me with anything. this is a well made porter on all counts, but is definitely lost in the crowd. nice full body to it, but the carbonation level is way too high, especially or the style, and it feels like a soda. there is a great deal of bitterness from the grain too, maybe more than necessary. this beer is in need of some refinement, a six pack would be a chore for me, but its nice to see some new breweries coming into the colorado market these days, and i welcome them all.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high dense tan head that has very good retention properties and consistently left a quarter of a finger high head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of chocolate malts are present in the nose along with some hints of licorice and soy sauce.
T: The taste has moderate to strong flavors of chocolate malts along with some hints of soy sauce and roasted malts in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very robust porter and is definitely more like a hybrid between a stout and a porter, particularly with the body and strength of the flavors. This beer was aged so I'm not sure if that was the contribution of the hints of soy sauce in the smell and taste.

Note: 2012 vintage

Serving type: bottle

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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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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out almost pitch black with a frothy tan head that leaves a very streaky pattern of lace

Smell: Surprisingly ashy, with chocolate and coffee tones

Taste: Ash, chocolate and coffee, up front, with the hops building into the finish with a leafy, resinous character

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A surprising hop bite for this style, but I rather enjoyed it

Thanks, Dave_Treat, for the opportunity

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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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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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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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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black, with a couple fingers of rich milk chocolate colored head. This maintains a smooth ½ finger, which coats the sides of the glass with creamy foam that slowly drips down the sides. The aroma is a nice flavorful blend of chocolate, toffee, coffee and ripe green citrus. The roast in particular here has a nice flavorful smokiness that stands out.

The taste is very similar, with a SMOOTH blend of chocolate, caramel, bitter leafy citric hops and then that same smoky roasted character on the back end which leaves this a bit charred and bitter on the finish. That finish never gets out of hand though, which I think stresses just how balanced and accessible the flavor profile is overall. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some initial crispness on the tongue before this spreads out into more of a bubbly creaminess that gives this a very drinkable feel.

Man, this was a TASTY take on an American Porter with a rich mix of delicious flavor and a smooth feel that had me gulping this much faster than I had anticipated. I’d be down for a glass of this anytime.

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

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of billab914
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into my Devil's Backbone glass. It poured pitch black in color with a thin, frothy, tan colored head to it. Great looking beer of the style. Great head retention as well.

The aroma shows a lot of roasted malts to it with both milk chocolate and dark chocolate coming together nicely. I get a little coffee to it as well in the aroma. Very rich, flavorful and appealing aroma overall.

The taste also really mixes the sweeter, malty flavors with the bitter, roasted ones nicely. Caramel and milk chocolate come out a little more up front, while roasted coffee and dark chocolate linger into the finish. It has some bold flavors, but the balance between them is really well great. The flavors were really good, but I thought they were fantastic relative to the lower alcohol content.

The mouthfeel is very creamy and silky feeling, which I love for the style. Carbonation is moderate. Overall, I absolutely loved it. It was bold, flavorful, balanced, but what really wowed me is it's only 5.5% abv. It definitely has a ll the flavor of much bigger, imperial beers. This was spot on for my tastes, I can't think of many porters I'd choose over this, and probably none under 6%. I really hope they can this and put it in 6 packs.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of smcolw
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark, dark brown color where light only shines through the edge. Beige head that leaves a blanket of slippery lace.

Lots of coffee to the nose with absolutely no sugar or cream. Very bitter but no notable hop aroma.

Creamy texture with nearly no carbonation. Strong dark berry flavor behind the powerful mocha Mildly sour swallow. Short bitter dark chocolate aftertaste.

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