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:
549
Reviews:
111
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.97%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
62
For Trade:
2
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Photo of cosmicevan
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

big thanks to portable for this treat. enjoyed from a dc brau can glass.

bottle from 2012

a - brew poured watery black with an insane head that filled about half the glass. the head was frothy and foamy and a deep tan if not creamy brown. really thick and frothy. looked like a milkshake. the head hung out forever and left chunky lacing in the few spots that it dissolved.

s - robust roasted malt. has a crispness and a char to it, but more of a milky thing than a charcoal char. really pleasing.

t - very soft. roasted black malt. stale coffee. soft bitter bakers chocolate on the finish. cooling.

m - crisp and easy drinker. brisk. almost milk stout, but with a char.

o - overall a really nice porter. very classic and tasty. good char without being too much and nice subtle chocolate notes.

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Photo of MSandahl23
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of threedaggers
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of zekeman17
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pitch black color - no "very dark brown" nonsense, I mean pitch friggen' black. The head is three fingers high, and tan in shade. Retention is okay and lacing is spotty. The texture is a bit less creamy than I truly like, as well - but otherwise, it looks good in a glass.

S: This is positively loaded with roasted malt. Chocolaty and smoky touches abound as well, along with some piny hops. I love how roasted this is - one whiff and I can tell it's trying to say to me "Porter? FUCK YOU I'M AN IMPERIAL STOUT!"

T: The taste is closer to a porter, albeit a roasty, dry one. An initial flavor of piny hops lead to a smoky, roasty, and chocolaty everything else - midtaste, finish, aftertaste, you name it. The duality between the roast and the dark chocolate sweetness is very well balanced, leading to a porter that's very enjoyable.

M: It's actually not as dry as I thought from the first sip. The sides and the tip of the tongue get parched, sure, but a chocolaty wetness lingers right smack dab in the middle of the palate. This feature gives it a very long finish. In general, though, I wish the texture was fuller and creamier - maybe even a touch less carbonated.

O: I'm really loving the roasty flavors coming out of this. Even though the mouthfeel could be beefed up a tad, it's really hard to complain about this otherwise. This needs to be a year round beer, stat!

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Photo of rspauldi
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 2dogbrew
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Durge
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thick black brown in color with a sturdy chocolatey tan head that leaves an impressive cascading lace behind. The aroma brings a definite milk chocolate with a hint of orange citrus wheat. Very nice but not too strong. The flavor follows with more bitter coffee blended with the chocolate. There's arguably some lemon edges and touches of malt sweetness. It's very tasty and leaves clear ashy charcoal at the finish. The feel is velvety with some chalky sensation and although it is a medium bodied brew it has a slightly aqueous quality as well. Overall this an easy drinking and very likable porter.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich and quaffable take on a porter. Regional competition to offer a quality porter went up a few notches…

Presentation: Growler from DC Brau's NE headquarters. Small dry board with general growler offering notes. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Black pour with dark brown edges, rich towering creamy ecru head, nice retention, rich surface memory and lacing. Overflowing as the growlers were served but this justifies all the overflow. Quite the perfect looker...

S - Roasted nose, chocolate, dash of coffee, bitter hint...

T - Very nice roasted range, rather flavorful sense, plenty of chocolate malt, roasted notes, nice touches of coffee, small vanilla lingering in the finish.

M - Medium with medium/full hints in the body, soft carbonation with a nice smooth feel, nice soft bitter finish with a long lingering finish.

O - Full of flavor over a rather approachable and quaffable profile. Quite the a nice go-to regional porter. I just wish I could go to it more often...

Notes: What a nice little surprise! Very glad to try this one, which felt left behind in my few visits to the growler fills and taps in the region. Plenty of flavor and quality in what is a rather nice malty companion to the hoppy Public as an early flagship for the brewery. Thanks!

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Photo of tectactoe
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of teamwiggum
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of scottfrie
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 hilgart1
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4/5  rDev +2%

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

A-dark brown color with a decent tan head and some lacing

S-dark chocolate, dark malt, coffee, burnt sugar

T-dark roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, mild bitterness in the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-tasty and enjoyable porter, this one surprised me

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Photo of anteater
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of cjgiant
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Updated 9/2015 from brewery pour:
A: dark, dark brown to black, medium-to-dark tan head. Nice foamy head congregates at edge head with significant lacing.

S: roasted grain notes and weak coffee, coming through more with warmth. There's also a bit of roasted nuttiness in the background.
Update: nuttiness definitely present, creating like a light hazelnut coffee nose.

T: dark roasted grains, some medium body coffee, just on the bitter side of a balance against sweetness. The middle taste I get a little oat flavor. The end taste is a bit of generic green (shrub-like) hops taste that lightly dries the mouth.
Update: definitely opens with roasted grain notes, unsweetened coffee in nature. I'm beginning to think it actually leans a little nutty, like a hazelnut coffee. Roasted astringency adds to bitterness that is somewhat woody in nature, maybe even a tad smoky in the end taste.

M: besides the light drying, which I like better than a hop-bomb ending in porters, the overall feel is just a tad weak. The taste does hit all parts of the mouth, though, so I'm between a notch higher and what I gave it.

O: I think to me it's one of the best porters I've had as far as enjoyment. Roasted malt characters backed by a light, dry bittering effect in the back, that's what I enjoy. This one is also right I the edge of being a stout, maybe that helps.

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Photo of deonreds
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Mikexw
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of st9647v3
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of trevorpost
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of buzzy
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Penn Quarter Porter from DC Brau Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 549 ratings.
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