Port Jeff Porter | Port Jeff Brewing Company

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Port Jeff PorterPort Jeff Porter

Brewed by:
Port Jeff Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JoeyBeerBelly on 10-19-2011

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 88
Photo of dar482
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a dark brown/black coffee color with a light brown head.

The aroma has tons of roasty malt, chocolate, almost a charred roastiness, a bit of creaminess.

The flavor follows with a semi-sweet chocolate, a creamy sweet mocha, and then coffee and roasty bitterness on the finish.

The mouthfeel is a smooth medium with a bit of carbonation.

A beautifully well done porter. On the drinkable chocolately side with a bit of robust roast on the end. Up there with the best of them.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a - poured a one finger thick creamy, coffee-colored head into a snifter that left a thin ring throughout. the body was dark black.
s - roasted coffee with some chocolate and vanilla.
t - roasted coffee with chocolate and vanilla but the roastiness is more pronounced than the aroma.
m - medium and creamy.
o - first beer from PJBC and it was solid.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep brown hue with a one finger foamy tan head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured roasted malts, charcoal and a touch of caramel.

The taste consisted of smoky roasted malts, dry coffee and a touch of sweetness to round it out.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a dry finish.

Overall a tasty well made porter.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Part of my Grammy turns 92 Long Island beer haul.

Dark root beer brown black pour sits opaque black. Towering Kahlua mudslide beige head settles into a thick layer that splashes around until reaching the bottom of my glass.

Smells like milky roast malt with a strong vanilla tone. Mild campfire smoke as it warms.

Tastes good. Acidic vanilla roast malt up front and dark wheat bread.

"Hippies beat up folks who don't recycle." - my bottle of Port Jeff Porter

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Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Idle Hands, New York, NY

A: The beer is very dark amber in color. It poured with a half finger high tan head that died down and left a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark, roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the flavors are stronger and have notes of chocolate malts along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has some nice roasted malt flavors but is still very easy to drink.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber

American Porter is not my favorite style - there's some really nice ones but not a lot of differentiation amongst the rest IMO. The Port Jeff offering looks nice - ebony body, creamy chocolate lace with some nice retention. Aromas of dry cocoa, roast and char. The flavor profile is standard - heavy on the roast, nice lingering flavors of char and cocoa. A touch of cola, green leaf hops, burnt espresso. A fine Porter - not upper echelon but worked well for me on a rainy night.

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Photo of element223
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap and in a 22 oz. bottle. Drinking in a glass poured from the bottle right now, and that is what I will be reviewing. I may have enjoyed it more on tap, though.

Reminiscent of cola, yet... black. No light shines through. Yippee!

I can't decide what I want to say for smell. It has something to it, maybe vanilla? But it mostly smells like... beer. It's neither pleasant nor off putting.

The taste is thankfully an improvement. The vanilla goes away a bit, here. Malts come to mind, a nice dark and full-bodied malt taste, with hints (and I mean hints) of sweetness of vanilla, and perhaps chocolate too.

Mouthfeel is good. Kind of... sticks around, lets you know you've just had something to drink.

I am enjoying the stuff right now.

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Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Port Jeff Porter - Growler from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY

Pours dark, dark brown, minimal head, leaves a minor collar, no film and a few strands of lacing and a few fields of tiny bubble sheeting.

The sniff reveals just some faint dark malts.

Tasty enough porter, with ample chocolate and dark malt notes. Also some vanilla makes itself known. Carbonation on the low side, which seems fine for the style. Moderate roastyness. Decent, easy drinking porter. Nothing super special, but a respectable, everyday kinda brew.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Port Jeff Porter
Growler from DeCicco's

Very dark brown with some ruby highlights. No head really. Some spots of lacing. (3)

Aroma is fruity and chocolatey. British ale yeast? Good complexity, but not too clean. (3.5)

Flavor is very chocolatey. Not much roasted malt, just straight heavy dark malts and heaps of dark fruit. I really dig the complexity of the malt, I just want a few more BUs thrown in to balance the beer. It's not sweet, just rich and thick. Mouthfeel is severely under-carbonated, but I can't judge too harshly since it is a growler. Great body overall. (4, 3)

A fruity-yeasty English porter. Excellent malt flavor, though not as clean as it could be. (3.5)

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Photo of beerloserLI
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out black.

Smells nice and malty.

Has a very nice malt taste with some chocolate tones that finishes nice and smooth. The honey is there but subtle.

I have had this porter multiple time and in my mind it's probably the best brew of what these guys make.

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Photo of beer4PSCHORR
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I truly loved this porter. Tastes of dark chocolate with some hints of raisin and dried figs. Balanced toward sweet but not lacking in bitterness For all its richness it drank rather quickly and got so much better as it warmed up. I will buy this again

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Super dark brown almost opaque, tan head is thin rising to maybe 1/4 but drops to nothing before the first sip.

Smell: Light chocolate scent, and maybe a notch honey. Malts are heavy and seriously smell alone is complex.

Taste: Like what I wrote above but amplified. Very rich, complex...but a little creamy. It will remind you a lot of a milk stout but more complex.

Mouth: Medium carbonation very smooth.

Overall: I would definitely buy this again, very smooth beer with a punch. Honestly drinking this makes you appreciate quality...Salud!

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Photo of Gmann
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep dark brown color with a minimal beige head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma has a nice earthy wood aroma with some light coffee and brown sugar. Some toasted pumpernickle with honey. Earthy yet bright, simple yet good.

The taste is of a bready toasted pumpernickle. Some light dry tea like flavors that appear in most porters. Nice woody flavor with a shot of weak coffee. It states that it is brewed with honey but doesn't really display that in the taste.

The feel is light to moderate with semi-prickly carbonation. Its sweet yet earthy and dry, so good balance. Perhaps a touch too thin and too dry.

A really solid porter here. It is not a stout in disguise but an honest earthy porter that is drinkable yet has some substance.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A – Midnight brown with a thin rim of muddy brown highlights. Khaki head has nice lace and retention.

S – Roasty nose is soft and light. Touch of nuttiness and sweet cream.

T – Sweet up front with cream, caramel and a soft medium roast. There’s an ambient brightness through the center that adds a warmth to the malt and coffee notes. The profile pulls back sharply on the backend to finish wonderfully dry.

M – Incredibly smooth and cream with a medium full body.

O – A fantastic first offering from Port Jeff Brewing. I’m looking forward to what they put out next.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

picked up a 16oz fill a few hours ago. been really looking forward to trying it, but every time i go to get a fill, the keg is kicked. heard good things about this one.

a - the contents of the growler are as dark as the cap screwed on. opened the filled to the brim growler and filled my founders snifter. beer looked a pewter black in teh glass with a thin porter bubbly head that fizzled away as quick as it was poured. standard fare for a porter.

s - very nice. classic charred porter with great notes of chocolate and vanilla. robust and roasty, but mostly charred.

t - burnt chocolate, roasted malts and some dry bitterness. really well done porter.

m - pretty full bodied...fizzy. finishes dry and a tad bitter. a bit excessive on the fizziness, even for a porter.

o - overall, this is a solid porter. i'm very proud to have this beer produced locally and look forward to exploring more brews from this local newcomer. no wonder this one has been tough to get. d'oh...call me homer on this beer.

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Photo of socon67
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #23 from the brewery during their grand opening.

A - Pours black with a mocha colored foam. No lacing. No visible carbonation; just an inky black glass of yummy.

S - Scents of roasted malt with a sweetness of the honey used in the brewing. Has a slight coffee scent; bitter.

T - Initial taste is sweet; Almost sugary. The next thing I noticed is a rich malty flavor that was roasted, but also a chocolatey sweet flavor. Ends with a bitterness that has a slight coffee bean taste.

M - Smooth, buit hits a bit heavier than it should. For some its a benefit, but I founbd it a little unbalanced.

O - If Port Jeff makes this with any regularity I'll buy it. I wasn't a fan of the Low Tide, but this is a well made beer that might even do better with more age on it.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle #91 of 100 released at the Port Jeff Brewing Company Grand Opening 10/15/11 - corked and caged served in a 12oz tumbler.

L - black with a light brown head that thinned to a light ring in just a few minutes.

S - roasted malt, espresso coffee and light chocolate.

T - roasty burnt coffee upfront with a hint of sweetness towards the finish.

F - kind of thin bodied with very little carbonation, somewhat flat.

O - on tap it's very good, from the bottle it's average.

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Port Jeff Porter from Port Jeff Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 88 ratings.
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