Michelob Porter | Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob PorterMichelob Porter
Michelob PorterMichelob Porter

Brewed by:
Missouri, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 271 | Ratings: 313
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.07/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aged almost ten (10) years, this porter was found at the back of my step-father's fridge. This may be the last one in existence.

A : chocolate brown body, with 100% opacity. the head is milky and smooth, light chocolate brown. It pours about a finger's worth of head and then recedes to a hilly lace sticking to the sides of the glass.

S : Cocoa, and what smells like chocolate rum. An aged, bourbon barrel, liquor cabinet smell permeates the aroma, and I can't help but think that it's because it's been sitting (aging) for the last nine years. Mostly bourbon, cocoa, and chocolate rum. Lots of alcohol in the nose.

T : Good lord, this is actually decent. Why the Michelob hate? This is honestly as good as any porter I've had from a microbrewery. It's a tad watery, but it has cacao nibs, spice, chocolate teddy grahams, a dusting of powdered cocoa mix, and a silky coffee bean finish. The end leaves dark coffee and powered chocolate on the palate with a slight yeast zing. Delish!

F : As said, a touch watery, and then it roughs out with some carbonation, and then a dusty, semi-dry finish.

O : I wish this was still made. BRING IT BACK!!! I LOVE THIS PORTER!! And Michelob, no less. I've always had fun hating on Anheuser-Busch products, but I do have mad respect for their Michelob line. This is no different. Bring these Michelob microbrews back and retire Shock Top, you'll do the world a favor, A-B!

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Photo of MTNboy
2.72/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is from some old beer notes I found while getting ready for a move.

Appearance: It is light shade of brown with a very small amount of tan head and lace.

Smell: It has a toasted malt smell that is very faint.

Taste: It is mildly chocolate bitter sweet. There is a thinness that in the mouthfeel that I think affects the taste. It has a watery roasted malt character.

Mouthfeel: Thin for this style I would go as far to say on the thinner side of medium.

Overall: An average beer that is a poor example of this style.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew competes pretty well with their AmberBock. I find that the color and pour look a lot alike. The brownish color had a nice tan head on it that lasts for a little while. The smell is roasted but subtle enough for a Michelob drinker to enjoy. The taste has some typical dry roasted malts going on and a hint of cardboard for me. The mouthfeel is decent, it's just a bit too light for a porter I think.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
2.96/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a semi dark brown with a light tan head. Little lacing.

Aroma is not much. Just kinda roasted. Almost brown ale-ish.

Taste is not very porter ish. Its not bad. But it almost has a lager sort of taste. Almost sort of bock-ish. Little bit of roast.

Mouthfeel is good. Smooth and good carb.

Overall I probably will never buy this. My buddy brought over a 6 pack so it was an opportunity to review it. Plenty of porters avaliable that are much better

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Photo of bnes09
3.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A couple shades away from black in color. Ruby hues when held to light. Creamy tan head with good retention and some nice lacing.

Lots of roasted aromas. Touch of bourbon oak as well.

Roasted character carries over in the taste with a mild bitterness of dark chocolate. Touch of licorice and hickory smoke. Mild herbal hop. Not bad until the underlying, applesauce-like sweetness comes in the finish and wrecks the whole thing. The finish just completely ruins the balance (not surprising for AB.)

Lighter in body for a porter. Slick, wet mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

Overall, it is surprisingly drinkable for one of the Michelob line. Fairly average for a porter though.

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Photo of happygnome
3.32/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: pours a dark brown almost black color with about a half to 3/4 inch head that disappears quickly leaving a trace of lace around the top of the beer and edge of the glass. A lot of carbonation rises to the top of the beer

s: sweet cocoa and roasted malts are the dominant aroma. other than that there is some caramel aroma. there is a crisp aroma from the carbonation

t: cocoa and roasted malts are the dominant flavor. it is light but it is ok

m: light to medium bodied beer with a lot of carbonation

overall, decent porter but one that i will pass on in the future

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Photo of matjack85
3.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried a couple of these at a friend's house, so I don't know where he found them or how much they went for. Never saw these in any of the stores I shop at. 12oz brown bottles with a born on date printed on the neck. Mine say 10/04/09 making them a year old already.

The beer poured a cola brown color that was more of a clear dark mahogany shade when held to the light. Nice 2-finger tan head that holds up awhile and leaves lots of lacing.

Very weak nose. Faint caramel, even fainter coffee and chocolate. Not impressive.

Mild caramel malt sweetness along with some chocolate cocoa and coffee flavors. Even with a low 25 IBU rating there are enough hops in here to lend a slight bitterness which lasts through the finish. It's OK, but nothing special.

Between thin and medium in body with high carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer - one of the better offerings from the Michelob line. That said, there are still much better porters out there to try.

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Photo of TitanTake
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving from a bottle poured into a mug.

A - cola appearance; not quite as dark and rich as I hoped; nice lacing; puffy head

S - charcoal; slightly floral aroma; nutty oak

T - very strong charcoal; hoppy aftertaste

M - watery with a slight foam

D - if you are looking for a good porter, this is probably not the beer for you; this when you crave a porter, but don't feel like you can swing the extra $

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Photo of Armand
4.58/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was really surprised. I love porters and stouts, and that is the only reason why I picked up this Michelob. I wanted to give it a try. It was actually really good.
A: Dark with a nice coffe light brown head.
S: The cocoa was floating around in there. Just like any good porter.
T: Smokey. Let it warm up a little. The sweetness came out later. Shared it with my niece. She like it better cooler.

Drank from a DUVEL tulip glass. Would drink again.

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Photo of alkemy
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Real dark brown with burnt orange/mahogany highlights. Head was near two fingers of tan but didn't have a lot of staying power. Smells of cocoa, roasty vanilla, and prunes. The taste mirrors the scent, minus the coffee taste that comes in with the cocoa. There's also some vanilla and an extremely slight hint of smoke. This beer was better than I expected, but not really noteworthy.

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Photo of diamondc
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On clearance for $2.50 a six pack. Might be expired, but why not?

A: Looks good in a Duvel glass. Huge fluffy head, some sticky lacing. Just a wisp of foam settles after head dies down though.

S: Mostly milk chocolate, toffee, burnt toast, & weak coffee. Kind of a standard porter aroma.

T: More of the coffee, chocolate roasted flavors with a slightly sour twang. There's a vaguely vegetal hops aftertaste that is kind of off-putting (maybe due to being old).

M/D: Could use some more body. Nothing really wow'ed me here. There's a lot better porters to spend money on.

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Photo of SamN
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice dark brown. Thankfully, it's not a solid beast, but a slightly clear looker, with very dark amber hues where light manages to push through. Fair head, light and desert tan, not much of a head though, but it stays around for a while. Lighter, thinner and less substance than I expected, but not bad looking at all, for a macro American porter.

S- Earthy herbal roasted malts, chocolate, some caramel, some coffee. While strong malts lead, the smell is pushed up from crisp and relaxed hops. Slightly sweeter than a classic English porter, this certainly has an inviting smell. Fades off rather quickly.

T- This is certainly a porter, with big toasted earthen malts first and foremost. Vegetably characteristics, pretty well balanced and decent movement of flavors. Lighter tastes, though, and a sourer, cheap hops finish. Wish it was a heartier beer with bigger, bolder flavors, but for a porter, this isn't terrible.

M- Thin, light, great carbonation, a little watery for a porter.

D- Decent. Good winter session ale if you're looking to catch a buzz but don't want piss-water.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I poured into a pint glass to a couple inches of tan head. It is brown in color. The aroma is chocolate and roasted malt. The taste is roasted malt, with hints of chocolate and coffee. The mouthfeel is thinner than I care for. It is easy enough to drink and readily available.

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Photo of Jayli
2.91/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
consumed 4/12

A: This beer pours a dark brown color with a very thin 1/4 inch of offwhite head. Head recedes quickly leaving only minor hints of spotty lacing.

S: Nose is of molasses and hint of roasted malts.

T: Taste starts with a bit of caramel malt and healthy dose of molasses. Middle fills out with very weak roasted malt flavoring. Finish has a hint of coffee and a ibt of a hop bite.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, light on the tongue with a crisp finish.

D: Goes down easily, somewhat tasty, not filling. I like that they are branching out, but haven't been overly impressed with this series.

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Photo of AllFineThings
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not a heavy porter by any means, yet it tastes very good-you notice the coffee a tad more than the chocolate it is a smooth even drinker with taste (still my 2nd favorite michelob product).

Poors about an inch head which fades quickly. Looks dark with a dark red hue when held up to the light. Smells like a porter with some chocolate and more coffee smell.

I have tried many import and craft porters,this is a good attempt and a good beginning porter.

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Photo of WJVII
3.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a a pint glass this brew has a dark chocolate brown color, nontransparent, with a 2 finger light brown head that settled into a thin cap while leaving nice trace down the glass. The aroma is quite faint but has some light chocolate and roasted malt notes. The taste is fairly flat. No transition from beginning to end. There is some chocolate, slight bitterness, and a light malt finish, but very dull. Not a huge fan of this. For the style there are so many good examples, this just falls short.

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Photo of DmanGTR
2.62/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes in November 09

A - garnet brown, clear, no head remaining after a few seconds.

S - mild roastiness, hint of chocolate and caramel malt.

T - pretty much the same as the aromas, not much of a finish at all.

M - thin and fizzy.

D - not bad, but I wouldn't buy it.

This beer just simply lacks in all departments. If each aspect was boosted a bit, there would be more complexity and it would be a lot better. It kills me that the body of this beer is so freakin thin.

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Photo of becktone
3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes 1-25-10

Eye: Excellent head formation and retention, the best of the pack. Forming at just a tad over a finger and stable at just over a finger too. Head is tan in color and thick, looks like you might be able to float a number of things on it. Really, this is one excellent looking brew. Color is extremely dark brown, mahogany with some deep garnet highlights. Lacing is the only thing that lets me down here.

Nose: Lots of chocolate, dark roasted grains, roasted grain bitterness, ground coffee beans. Nice aroma for this porter, if it were a little bit more robust I'd be happier with it, but works and is good as it is. Not much more to the nose than that.

Tongue: Chocolate and coffee on the palate with some roasted and slight hints/undertones of smokey/charred characters. Light fruitiness, barley perceivalbe, just there close to the finish. Bitterness from black and/or heavily roasted grains. Flavor is pretty thin, it leaves pretty quickly just leaving that roasted bitterness in the finish. Each sip after the initial sip becomes less and less interesting. Pretty one dimensional. Good, but not complex. Prolly the best crafted beer in the entire mixed 12 pack.

Feel and Drinkbility: Full bodied on the palate and creamy. Carbonation is low. This is an easy drinking beer that I'd not mind drinking again, especially for the price. I mean you just can't beat it. Sure I'd rather go for Edmund Fitzgerald or Anchor Porter, but this is much cheaper, and when on a tight budget it'll be something that you can enjoy. I mean its nothing special, but its good, and I am enjoying it. A-B can make good beers, their 2008 Brewmaster's Reserve Doppelbock was great, and this is good too, not great, but good. Its too bad that the masses only want swill, and so A-B is forced to spend the majority of their time investing in what the masses want. Heh, its a catch 22, they made the masses want swill, now with Michelob and all the faux breweries A-B has, its trying to get into craft...that Stone Mill Organic Pale. All these Michelob craft type beers-seasonals, porters, Bavarian wheats, rye beers...etc...and not to mention Bud Light Golden Wheat, which is a decent beer as far as it goes, sure there are tons better, but still I'm starting to think they are trying to subvert the masses to good beer, and that is a good thing.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.16/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with crimson highlights in the body, and two soda-like tan fingers of light tan froth on the top; decent duration and lacing, a nice start. Faint coffee and dark chocolate malt on the nose; light and tepid.

The taste offers decent roasted coffee and dark chocolate flavors, but is certainly hindered by a thin, nearly watery texture that adversely affects the taste.Taste and mouthfeel, to me, are the two most important characteristics in assessing beer, and Michelob Porter suffers from a thin mouthfeel. A creamier, richer one would considerably increase the score of a beer that otherwise has potential, but falls short.

Overall, a decent offering, slightly better than I expected from a macro that used to rail against micros in its ads, yet has found itself needing to address the great creativity and quality that micros offer. This falls short, but AB deserves a little credit for the product.

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Photo of Brettster
2.95/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. This porter pours a dark brown with a two finger tan bubbly head that fades very fast to a small lacy ring around the glass. Lightly carbonated. Smells sweet with hints of roasted malts and coffee. The smells are pretty faint. Has some roasted flavors and just a hint of coffee. Kind of thin and watery mouthfeel. Not bad but I would not seek this one out.

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Photo of weeare138
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark brown, nearing black with a chestnut & crimson highlight when held up in front of the light. A large, dark tan head slowly fades into a mild head. Plenty of scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of toasted nuts, molasses, caramel, espresso, and a touch of fruit.
Taste is of the aromas with sweet molasses, chewy dough, espresso, cocoa, and roasted chestnuts.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, with sweet cocoa up front, followed by mild hints of earthy bitterness, and light astringency.

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Photo of Ottertude
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Michelob Porter poured a very dark brown, almost black into my glass with a small tan head. It smelled mainly of coffee and dark chocolate.

The taste was of roasted coffee and dark bitter chocolate that led to some Budweiser like hops in the background and finished with a roasted malt bitter aftertaste that lingers for awhile.

This wasn't quite as thin as I thought it was going to be. I could drink a couple of these but I wouldn't want this all night. This is one of the better Michelob craft offerings and the cheaper price makes this an attractive alternative to other porters.

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Photo of number1bum
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown, mahogany color, with about one finger of somewhat fizzy tan head. Settles to a thin lace and leaves a ring of stick.

Smell is pretty bland, with a bit of caramel and a very feint roasted note, but also some grain and a bit of a metallic aroma.

Taste is better than the smell, with more caramel and roasted flavor. It's no robust porter, that's for sure, but the flavors aren't bad. Simple and straightforward, but tasty enough. Some roasty bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, a light-medium body. It's crisp and smooth however.

This is no standout porter but it's an easy drinker. Straightforward and pretty flavorful. Decent stuff.

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Photo of NOOGIE
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Look: Poured 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Great pitch-black color, almost no foam, the foam that is around sticks around to the end of the drink.

Smell: The first thing that hits your nose is the chocolate, nice malt chocolate smell. Lots of sweetness in the smell, caramel also.

Taste: Just like the smell a good hit of chocolate to taste. Really powerful the chocolate really covers everything else in the drink, kind of disappointing. Also a good creamy taste.

Mouthfeel: Thin, almost nothing left in your mouth except a watery feeling.

Drinkability: Good, the beer almost has no harshness to it, and almost no Michelob taste. Also the bottle said ALL-MATE, are all Porters made by Michelob ALL-MALT, just a question if this beer is unique in any way?

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Photo of loveingminor
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured into my official Wilkes University beer glass very dark. This pleased me greatly, as I've been in the mood for a dark beer. It had an average head.

Smell: Smells like a porter (if one can say that). Smells like all of the other porters I've had in the past. Bitter smell.

Taste: Not an overly strong taste. If I had to pick anything out, I would say it has a slight bitter taste, but nothing very strong. I'm very disappointed. I tend to like strong tasting beers (me + IPA = match made in heaven), and this disappoints me.

Mouthfeel: feels like a beer. I'm not experienced enough to distinguish beers due to feel in my mouth. BUt besides that, it feels like beer in my mouth. No overpowering carbonation, or anything like that.

Drinkability: yes.

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Michelob Porter from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 313 ratings