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Michelob PorterMichelob Porter

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Missouri, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by karst on 07-16-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of scaliasux
1.81/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Very dark brown, nearly black. Appears clear, but hard to tell. Light brown head. Thick and persistent.

Smell - Toasted malt is most prominent. Coffee or chocolate. Hint of citrus hops.

Taste - Something a bit off about this beer. Malt flavor does not match the smell. Quite thin and watery.

Mouthfeel - Pretty thin.

Drinkability - Looks like a rich malty beer. Tastes like a light beer with some cigarette buts in it.

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Photo of JDV
2/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Somehow ended up at an Imperial Stout tasting, so I went ahead and tried it... Pours blackish with big ruby highlights. Wet cardboard, stale aroma and the taste isn't far off. Thin, light roasty cardboard flavor. Not much to this one, but maybe a beginner beer for getting into some different, and better stuff.

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Photo of rye726
2.1/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Did nto care for this beer much. Pours a medium to dark brown with a thin tan head. Nose has roasty or burnt malts and grassy hops. The old grassy hop presence is in the taste as well. It kind of goes with the light, unimpressive malt variety. Thin body over carbonated. Nice try, but try harder.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.25/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Every once in a while I get excited about the Michelob brand, encouraged by the all-malt ingredients. This is what us beer enthusiests want isn't it? After a few sips, I am painfully aware of so many all-malt beers that simply don't cut it whether it's malt source is flawed, oversparged, under-malted, or other short cuts are made elsewhere. This is where this Porter stands. The beer shows some promising Porter characteristics up front. A soft hint of roasted malts display a bit of coffee and chocolate albeit timid. The malt sweetness follows up, but soon diminished by a grainy astringency that won't let go. This harsh graininess comes through in the flavor and texture of the beer and make you forget about all of that Porter charcter you just witnessed (by the way, turns very Amber Bock-ish quickly). Any hop character only balances sweetness and contributes to the bite-ey flavors and textures. No real hop flavor or boldness throughout. Finishes a bit cola-like, and with that bite that I just cannot overlook.

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Photo of FickleBeast
2.36/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A - dark, almost opaque, half finger of white foam

S - roasted malts, bit of fruity esters

T - malt does not step forward... thin, plain, bland, slightly metallic aftertaste

M - thin, watery, fizzy, not good.

D - it's ok, nothing special

Not something I would buy again - purchased as part of the $15 mail in rebate if you buy 4 six packs of michelob.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.37/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

For several years I wanted to try this beer but our local distributor said he wouldn't carry it because no one will buy it. Well, duh! If you don't have any, you won't sell any. Now I have finally had it.

Pours a good dark brown with red around the edges. Very little head and it drops really fast.
Smell is, well, non-existent. Nothing, nada, zilch. I spent 5 minutes with my nose in the glass and got nothing but a few stares.
Taste is good with coffee, malt, vanilla dirt and mushroom notes. Aftertate is hoppy. Kind of like a brown ale/porter hybrid.
Lightly effervescent with a light-medium body. I would like to think that this one was just a bad one but, considering A-B's quality control procedures, I expect this is it. Wish the wait had been worth it.

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Photo of likethetaste
2.38/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this in a variety pack. Poured a dark color with a thin head that did not stick around too long. This had a bitter chocolaty taste that was not really pleasant. This beer had too much carbonation and was very thin for a porter. Not one I will buy again.

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Photo of jm37j
2.42/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color was probably the most impressive thing about this beer. It was a very dark cherry/ mahogany color but otherwise nearly black unless held up to a fairly strong light source. the smell was almost non existant. A faint hint of malt and coffee was all I could detect. The taste was, at best bland. It pretty much lived up to it's smell. It was surprisingly watery for such a dark beer. I suppose it was fairly drinkable, but why bother when there are so many better options in the same price range.

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Photo of Darien
2.46/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A-Average color and head for a porter.

S-Smell seemed to me to be pretty weak, gave off a faint roasted malt smell.

T-Taste was bland, flat, just overall weak. It seem like the brewery went light on ingredients with this one

M-Smooth but probably because it seemed watery.

D-Goes down smooth but the taste is very bland and 1 dimensional

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Photo of Brad007
2.48/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Color: Pours a dark brown color with a thin one-finger head.

Aroma: Strong and malty with hints of caramel, coffee and even a bit of chocolate. Not too roasty either.

Taste: Smooth, roasty upfront. Kind of thin in the middle. Caramel/toffee-like in the middle. Thin at the back of the throat. Seems rather unimpressive.

Mouthfeel: Thin and somewhat dry.

Verdict: Not as impressive as I'd hoped. A good attempt at a porter but it falls flat. A good porter should have thickness in the mouthfeel. This one is too thin.

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Photo of kennyo
2.48/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My son left for school and forgot to bring variety pack, so what am I to do, Drink it...

Pours a dark brown with reddish tones, very light tan head, about 1/8th", crystal clear, carbonation is ok.

Aroma is a little chocolate malt with a hint of roast, not bad,

Very thin body, kind of like Porter Lite, a little smoke.

Valiant effort by AB to come out with this style but I'm sure they could have done better

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Photo of Beefeater57
2.57/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark brown-black, ruby red in light. Head doesn't retain at all, almost looks like a coke.

S: Buttery smell, toffee.

T: Toffee flavors from the malts, and is quite acidic up front. I might have a bad bottle because the diacetyl flavor is strong.

M: Thin and leaves an oily, buttery mouthfeel. I feel like I've been eating popcorn.

D: Mouthfeel ruined this beer for me. Very slick and oily. Not a very enjoyable porter.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.58/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark chestnut brown body with a small, light beige head.

Smell: Slight malt scent with light notes of chocolate and watered down caramel.

Taste: Half-hearted caramel and cocoa flavors with an earthy, dull sweetness. Faint, weak spicy hops and bitterness. Vaguely malty finish with a slight, displeasing metallic hint.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Pass! Vapid, watery, and wholly uninspired.

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Photo of adams82
2.6/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with ruby hues; a light tan head builds up and slowly fizzes down to a film.

Bitter sweet chocolate, coffee and caramel come through on the nose. It's defiantly made with roasted malts, but that's about it.

Much of the same can be said about the flavor. Dark chocolate, hints of caramel, lighter notes of coffee. Not complex, and I know it's certainly made with roasted malt, but it falls pretty flat. Not bad, just a little bland and metallic... The aftertaste is bitter (harsh), but actual hop flavour/aroma is just about non existent.

I'm certainly being objective with this review, but there's really not much here. Fairly subtle aromas and flavours and nothing really stands out...

Light to medium body, but the mouth feel is a bit powdery; easy enough to drink though. A "meh" offering from AB, and while I really do appreciate what they're doing, this a below average porter.

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Photo of Blakaeris
2.6/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours chestnut brown with a slight tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Looks a little thin for a porter.

Smell is dry chocolate sweetness with a hint of smokey grain.

Taste is smokey dark grain up front. Then there is a blast of dry bitterness with a touch of coffee. Chocolate is understated when compared to the nose. Finish is mild with a slight sourness.

Mouthfeel is light and on the watery side. Really a let down.

There is a surprising touch of smokiness in this brew. Unfortunately the poor mouthfeel makes it hard for me to take this one seriously. I won't be seeking this beer out again.

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Photo of frazbri
2.61/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Michelob Porter poured black with mahogany accents and a tall, light tan head. Aroma had notes of coffee, roasted nuts and cocoa. Roasty flavor at the first sip followed by chocolate, charcoal, banana and little metallic hint. Medium body and slightly creamy with medium carbonation.

Michelob Porter starts out promising. It's a nice looking porter, but that was the highlight. The aroma had alot of what I wanted, but wasn't outstanding. The roasted, chocolate, and charcoal fit the profile, but then a little metallic taste crept in and started the descent. It was interesting to try AB's attempt at porter, but I wasn't impressed with the taste.

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Photo of DmanGTR
2.62/5  rDev -21.1%
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 Cakanator
2.63/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. This could be worse but as it is not a horrible porter. Faint chocolate aromas and malt flavors. Had as a courtesy and that only high life was my alternate. Worth a try in a pinch. I'd say from the mix pack I got this one in that at least bud is trying with this brand line in making "craft" beer. Comparable to JW Dundees.

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Photo of SpecialK088
2.66/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Dark rich brown color with a nice head that disapates quickly and no real laceing
S-Rosted coffee/espresso notes of vinilla and carmel and maybe a slight hint of chocolate
T&M-Not impressed at all by the flavor very watered down with small notes of the rosted malt and dark choclate bitterness. The carbonation level is good, medium body but leaves a bad bitterness in the finish.
D-This is probably one i would only get if there was no other options for good beer, amber bock would for sure be ahead of this one.

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Photo of psugrad98
2.66/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with slight red hue. Mostly opaque with creamy off-white head and moderate lace.

Sweet and smokey nose accented with hints of vanilla and clove.

Nice smokey roasted taste envelopes the palate on first taste, reminiscent of burning oak or hickory. That is soon followed by a fizzy mouthfeel that is slightly sweet, which turns slightly cloyingly sweet as the drink warms and goes down.

A tad lighter bodied than most porters and a little too sweet. The bottle says "All Malt", but I wonder if there isn't something else brining the sweet afterthoughts.

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Photo of DoctorDog
2.66/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a nonic glass.

A- Deep dark brown / nearly black and opaque. Some ruby highlights. ~1 finger of light brown head, which disappears rapidly to but a tiny island of thin bubbles. Minimal lacing.

S- Light earthy roastiness, which mellows quickly into a slightly malty sweetness....and some unfortunate metallic notes.

T- Slightly sweet, dark roasted malt and metal. Bitterness moderate. Not horrendous, but not terribly enjoyable.

M- Moderate to slightly low carbonation. Fairly light feel which goes down smoothly.

D- Not great. Less than stellar aroma and flavor make this a bit of a clunker in my book.

Future outlook: Glad this was part of a big discount offer. Not likely to purchase this again.

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Photo of JamesS
2.68/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a great dark brown/light black color with some nice head and decent lacing. It also had a very nice porter scent, with traces of coffee, even if it wasn't the strongest. Unfortunately, I was let down by the taste. Weak and bland, this just isn't a good porter at all. There really was nothing to the taste. Went down fine, but not great. I won't have it again, especially as stouts and porters are my favorite. It could be a great way to introduce the BMC drinkers to something different, though.

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Photo of biggmike
2.7/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tried this again recently and decided to re-rate. Poured a dark brown color with some ruby highlights and tan head that didnt last. Aroma had a bit of a smokey smell to it. Tasted okay at first, but the more I drank the less I liked. Had a smokey taste that I didnt care for. Could I have a Fuller's London Porter please?

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Photo of MTNboy
2.72/5  rDev -18.1%
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 philipquarles
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours a clear dark brown with a tall tan head that recedes quickly. Aromas of dark roasted malt, with quite a bit of coffee and some cocoa. Tastes faintly toasty, with a kind of stony character. Little chocolate or coffee in the flavor. Astringent finish. Medium bodied without much carbonation. Bland and characterless.

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