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Pioneer Porter | Fredericksburg Brewing Company, Inc.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fredericksburg Brewing Company, Inc.
Texas, United States | website

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 09-25-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
48
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
27.15%
 
 
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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 48
Reviews by lokieman:
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate with some lightly roasted malt and some cream notes. There is also a little bit of hazelnut character in the aroma. The flavor is a strong mix of cocoa and milk chocolate, with some roasted malt. Once again there are some hazelnut notes. There is also a little bit of earthyness from the hops in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of jamesmk48
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Jacobus79
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Magery
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Squelch
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Going by memory on this one as I didn't have internet while in Fredericksburg. I have had better porters than this one but none so smooth. There was very little in the way of roasted flavors but the beer did look like a porter. It was a very dark beer with an off white head.

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Photo of cmbeddoe7997
5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of hiikeeba
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For the first time in a while they had Not So Dumb Blonde Ale and Enchanted Rock Red Ale on tap at the same time. Usually they only have one or the other. Naturally, I got the porter because I couldn't decide between the other two. I'm glad I couldn't decide.

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black with ruby highlights. Thin offwhite head.

Smell: Roasted malt with coffee notes

Taste: Roasted malts fill the background with just a hint of coffee flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Silky and smooth. Almost creamy.

I've recently rediscovered porters, and this is a nice porter! Simple but elegant, it makes me wonder why I stopped drinking them in the first place.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep, almost opaque amber color, with a moderate off-white head, and small, broken lace.

Aroma: Rich chocolate and coffee notes dominate the aroma, with an undercurrent of earthy notes as well.

Taste: Opens with a mildly sweet note, soon followed by roasted malts, rich chocolate flavors and lingering earthy notes, and mildly sweet, with very little hop presence.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and quite full.

Drinkability/notes: A wonderful example of a familiar style, well-made and very drinkable. An excellent choice for a cool fall evening.

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Photo of peterjk
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks to light in the glass brown / dark red highlights. Light brown fades quickly.

S: Mild roasted coffee, toffee sweetness.

T: Good flavor but a little thin. Light roast coffee, toasted nuts, sweet dark bread. Notable hops bitterness kicks in just before finish. Toasted flavor lingers.

M: Smooth up front. Carbonation and dryness on finish.

D: Not as much flavor intensity as I like from a porter but nothing off putting either. I'd go back for this one.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmbranum
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding! One of my favorites on my last trip to F-burg.

Rich and roasty and quite possibly the perfect porter, as it maintained a good balance of the roasted notes with a smooth drinkability that made it very discernibly a porter (instead of a weak stout)

The menu says it is 5.3 ABV.

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Photo of whispernmyghost
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fisherbray
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of charlzm
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed May 14th, 2012 at the brewery.

Appearance: clear dark brown. A very fine off-white head.

Roasted, chocolate aroma.

Strong malt flavor: toffee and coffee. Low bitterness on finish. Pretty clean: almost no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth but a little flat.

I see this won some awards; it's certainly not a bad beer.

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Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of batt6343
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of champ103
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown color, nearly black. A one finger beige head forms at first, but quickly recedes to nothing.
S: Big roasted malt and acrid coffee. Not much else.
T: Follows the nose. Tons of burnt and acrid coffee that detracts for me. Some light chocolate flavors as well.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Fairly easy to drink. Tone down the acrid flavors and this is great.

Just a bit to much burnt acrid coffee for me. Not bad, but I will grab for something else next time I am at the brewery.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark brown body. Small cream colored lacing with plenty of stick.

Smell - Roasted coffee malt. Slightly sweet and nutty.

Taste - Definite creamed, sweetened coffee. Very slight hoppy end gives a touch of bitterness. For the most part is indistinguishable with an iced coffee with a bit of carbonation.

Mouthfeel - Feels a little flat and dead in the mouth. Not bad, but could be better.

Overall Drinkability - Decent porter. No off flavors whatsoever. Just a little safe and bland. No kick or edge to it. Then again, not ever beer needs in your face character, so it works out alright. Works as a light refreshing porter.

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Photo of Lukebell15
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ranger7
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of kew
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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Pioneer Porter from Fredericksburg Brewing Company, Inc.
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