PM Porter | BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.

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Brewed by:
BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.
United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This award-winning dark ale is surprisingly smooth and drinkable. Caramel, molasses and chocolate flavors fill the palate. Its sweet start is perfectly balanced by a roasted dry finish. Nitrogen-conditioned.

30 IBU

Added by mickeymac on 10-13-2002

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Photo of jaketaz
2.87/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Way more in line with a dry Irish than a porter, essentially a blander Guinness. Zero aroma whatsoever, zero discernible flavor except "cold" and "nitro". But it looks nice and it's easy to drink, cold and mellow with a nose-tickling nitro, creamy texture and a decent head. This isn't for anyone that is looking for flavor, aroma, or body though.

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Photo of Viaduck
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very dark body & lovely long lasting head that was still there at the bottom of the glass after I finished off the beer. Not much of an aroma was detected, just a hint of chocolate. Nice flavor, slightly salty, chocolate, mocha & malt. It felt a thin. Overall pretty good.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This porter has one of the strongest lacing patterns I've seen. A full white curtain drapes down the glass as you drink. The body is dark and opaque. Very quiet nose, slight hint of limestone and bread dough. The taste is mostly bitter roasted malt notes, burnt toast, with some residual sweetness that remains largely hidden. Feel is pretty clean, but overall, the beer is a bit disappointing.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Brown color, darker than average brown color, heady inch of tan head in it, its a good looking beer. Aroma was real mild, faint, chocolate malt, roast.

Taste is smooth, not a lot of the darker malt and roasting or hopping comes through, I think this was nitro'd or something to smooth it all out and make it easier drinking.

Good intro to porters kind of beer for people.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
2.84/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Had this on tap in Tacoma, WA.

Beer pours dark, with a nice 1cm head in a pilsner glass that lasted through most of the session.

Smell of chocolate on the nose, and also ethanol. Not promising.

Smooth light roast character on the palate, little bit of chocolate, finishes with noticeable ethanol heat.

Beer was surprisingly light and watery, I don't think being served on nitro helped anything.

Overall the beer was smooth, but the solventy ethanol flavors just kill it.

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Photo of AAG
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this beer on nitro-tap at BJ's Restaurant & Brewery in Temple, Texas on New Year's Eve. Very good pour and quickly served to me by the waiter (did not sit too long).

Appearance - Very nice 1-2 finger head that did not subside. Opaque; dark brown porter; head remained in place throughout my time drinking the beer. Very nice looking porter...

Smell - Maple; molasses; sweet, syrupy smell; not overpowering. Very easy to detect the smell. Very excited to take my first sip after taking in this beer's pleasant smell.

Taste - Very enjoyable; can taste molasses, chocolate, roasted, sweet but smooth.

Mouthfeel - Dry, slightly hoppy aftertaste, roasted, dry finish. Comfortable on the palate, though.

Overall - I enjoyed this porter and I recommend it. Very nice, thick head; the taste of molasses and chocolate was delicious; a great roast; a very nice, dry finish. This is one to drink again...

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.66/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On nitro tap in Westwood (Los Angeles, CA).

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1/2 inch dense bone colored head that lasts. A foamy curtain of lace grows on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, slight coffee, and a subtle sour note. Taste is of roasted malt with a slight coffee aftertaste. There is an off sour flavor that comes out with each sip along with a mild roasty bitterness. This beer has a thick and creamy mouthfeel from the nitrogen. Overall, this is not a very good beer with the sour note in the smell and taste.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mild brown appearance, slight beige head to it about 1" in range, good retention. Aroma was faint, really just smelled like a beer from afar, slight whiff of roasted black malt.

Taste, smooth, but a tradeoff as the roasty or chocolate notes aren't all that easy to pick out. No bitterness though, that's for sure. Left with the impression of a thin body, although its probably just the tradeoff of using nitro.

A decent porter, could see ordering one of these when you order the hot wings.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Nitro pour at BJ's Escondido.

A: Very dark brown with some transparency near the edges when held to light. The head lingers for a very long time.

S: Lightly roasted malt blends with dark chocolate and a whisper of dark fruit. I detect faint nutty notes and an earthy presence.

T: Lightly sweet with notes of dark and milk chocolate. I get a little molasses and restrained roasted notes. There's a pervasive nuttiness.

M: Medium body with a silky, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: An enjoyable porter that's pretty nice on Nitro.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nitro tap at the Palmdale location

Look: Almost black and totally opaque with a brown ring on the bottom of the glass with a 1/2 inch tan head and exceptional retention and some spotty lacing

Smell: Coffee notes upfront with hints of chocolate but the nose is fairly muted

Taste: Roasted malts with hints of ash coffee and chocolate. Not very complex

Mouthfeel: Creamy butteriness from the nitro with a medium body and low carbonation

Overall: Good beer and goes great with BJ's pizza

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at BJ's, Westminster, CO

Poured a dark brown with a generous puff of tan head that receded after a moment, leaving some thick lacing as it went. A bit light in the aroma; roasty malts, and notes of cocoa. Nice flavors of dark roasty malts, cocoa, and a touch of coffee. No hops to speak of, as would be imagined. Medium-bodied, finished dry, with a little coffee bitterness. Overall, nicely drinkable.

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Photo of aepb1
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark, deep brown with an almost nitro creamy brown head

S- Metallic iron? Not much else... maybe a little sweet malts

T- Malty chocolate, caramel, sweet. Such a muted taste a clean finish

M- Best part of the beer by far. Creamy full-bodied beer

D- Goes down easy wtih the mouthfeel but nothing stands out other than that but nothing offensive in there either

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Photo of mothman
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saint Arnold brews this for the BJ's in Houston

Pours ½ finger of fizzy tan head. No retention. Color is a dark caramel brown.

Aroma: Caramel, chocolate, coffee roast, and vanilla. Kind of sweet.

Taste: Has a molasses flavor with roasted malts and vanilla. It also has some caramel, chocolate, and light coffee flavors. Again, it is kind of sweet for a porter.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, smooth, and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends fairly clean. A nice feel to this one.

Overall, a decent porter that is easy drinking. Not over-roasted which I enjoyed. Not bad.

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Photo of Samp01
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampler at BJs Brewhouse in Sugar Land TX. Brewed at Saint Arnolds brewery according to the manager. Pours dark brown with nice brown head. Aroma of sweet malt some coffee fill the senses. Taste is sweet caramel malt, some coffee and dark fruit. Palate is med to full body, moderate carbonation, nice smooth texture. Finish is sweet malt, molasses, some coffee. Overall a good drinkable brew.

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Photo of machhine
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had a pint of this stuff a few times at my local Bj's and I have to say it is pretty great.

The beer is pitch black and has a small frothy head that goes flat real quick. The smell of the beer is somewhat flat and doesn't reflect the taste of the beer too much. The beer tastes like chocolate, is a little hoppy and a little malty. I enjoy drinking it mostly because of the flavor and how incredibly easy it is to drink. It is super-smooth going down.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 oz tap pour in a mini pilsner glass. 6.4% ABV, On tap at BJ's in Huntington Beach, CA.

A - It's pour is dark like the early reaches of the night and clear brown with a tan head topping it. Super-thick lace and foam are left to the last drop.

S - Unfortunately the nose of the P.M. Porter is a little low. The toasted brown malts and dusty cocoa aroma has a solid maltiness that could have been a winner if it weren't so stinkin' faint.

T - The flavor thankfully picks it up a little bit. Toasty amber malts with caramel and light coffee on the finish give this porter a nice flavor profile.

M - In typical porter style, P.M. has a medium body with a dry roasted finish.

D - The coffee flavor helps this otherwise slight-above-average porter out a bit. The nose could use some bringing out but otherwise it's a valiant effort.

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Photo of baos
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From brief notes:

Pint in a pint glass.

A: Nice opaque darkness with a very small head. Decent lacing.

S: Deep and dark although very faint chocolate-coffee-malt.

T: My favorite of the bj brews. Had this one second. Light malt with bits of coffee and chocolate.

M: Pretty weak, but not terrible.

D: Pretty good.

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Photo of Spineypanda
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great porter.

Has a nice head that lasted until I finished my beer, and a great porter scent to it. Smelled a bit of dark chocolates and coffee.

Tasted a bit like them too and a little smoky, but I definitely enjoyed this more than some of the other porters I have had recently.

I would drink again.

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Photo of lawman834
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Wow. I'm not a porter fan, but this is the best one I have had. I have tried most of the bj's stuff and its usually just ok. awsome cascading carbonation. thick creamy head with great retention. smooth nutty and cocoa taste. no aftertaste. very very good.

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Photo of isualum12
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

SO lets start with saying I am not a huge porter fan...

We got the sampler at the Stockton Bj's and we were really excited for the brown...turns out we ordered the pitcher of the Porter after the sampler....

Pours thick and heavy with Med to large head.

Taste has some Cocoa and liquoraous.

smooth through the aftertaste.

Loved it and will be back for more....

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Columbus Ohio BJ's Restaurant and Brewery.

This beer fits the bill of a Robust Poter with a big molassas and caramel flavor and aroma up front with backup notes of chocolate and then coffee. Bold and delicious behind the dark toasted malts, giving a deep brown opaque appearance. Head formation was great as is with all nitro-infused beers. Deeply rich and creamy textured. This one hides its alcohol well. The nitro-tap seems to take a bit off of the flavor but makes the beer creamier than it actually is- not sure if this beer needed it. Laces well and leaves a molassas and cocoa note well into the finish. Hopped for bitterness but a hint of herbal grassiness does show in the flavor. Again, a nicely brewed beer from BJ's.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second visit to BJ's. I had enjoyed their beers my first go-round, and liked this one quite a bit also. It was a very dark brown with a medium head that retained well. A sweet chocolate aroma, a little coffee. Ditto on the taste, but there was some malt also apparent in the taste. It almost tasted a little nut-like. Very comfortable and drinkable.
I plan to keep working my way through BJ's beers on my next trip to Houston.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A brief re-review from 7/31/2014 with updates of my ratings: I still enjoy the appearance, but actually a little light on the creaminess for nitro tap. Retention is still very good. Aroma and flavor have a smokiness I don't remember, interesting, but the taste isn't as awesome as my previous review and ratings would indicate.

Original review from 8/18/2005:I was somewhat surprised when this showed up at our table with all of the signs that it had been served from a nitro-tap. The color is dark brown, almost black, with a creamy off-white head. Retention is very good. The aroma is of dark roasted malts with notes of chocolate or perhaps coffee. The taste consists of great dark roasted malt flavor. The roasted flavor is at just the right strength to improve the chocolate malt flavor without taking it over. The nitro-tap makes this incredibly smooth, with an almost velvety mouthfeel. This is just another beer of many the keeps me recommending BJ's to everyone.

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Photo of baiser
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown body, with ruby highlights and a lasting tan head. Some roasted chocolate and coffee in the nose. Also some sweet malt. Taste was ok, but nothing outstanding. Real thin mouthfeel that leaves you wanting more. A tad watery IMO. Finishes dry and a tad astringent. I'd pass on this the next time.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This arrived as a mostly black version of brown, with a nice looking head. It's leaving a great lace.

The smell was weak at best, showing just a touch of coffee and malt. The taste was definitely affected by the nitrogen, but not completely taken over. There's a pinch of chocolate in the taste too.

The mouthfeel and drinkability both rate fairly well, with smoothness being high overall.

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PM Porter from BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.
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