Michelob Porter | Anheuser-Busch

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States
anheuser-busch.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by karst on 07-16-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings:
313
Reviews:
271
Avg:
3.32
pDev:
15.06%
 
 
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Photo of Vancer
3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ya know, this was a decent lil’ porter, one that I would order – IF the beer menu was loaded with BMCs.

I mean, the pour was jet black with brown edges, and topped with a nice tan head. And I’ll be, sticky laces covered the sampler glass’s inside.

Weak and subtle powered malt in the aroma, a little stronger in the taste. Even had a sour ale aspect, which really surprised me – I expected a more mass market bland taste. Medium bodied.

Give this one a blind taste with a couple other brews, I think you’ll be surprised.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.56/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate brown that becomes darkest crimson with backlighting. The golden sand colored head has a nicely creamy texture, is barely deflating as I type, and is beginning to deposit shredded sheets of lace on the upper reaches of the glass. This is a good looking porter.

There isn't much to the nose, either in terms of strength or character. I can appreciate a modest amount of roasted grain, maybe a whiff of hops, but that's about it. Porter is more reminiscent of a garden-variety dark lager than it is a porter. Hopefully, things will improve on the palate.

This is okay beer I guess. I'm not blown away by gobs of flavor and would put this offering on one of the lower (read: lighter) rungs of the style ladder. It tastes like a beer that uses pale, caramel and chocolate malt (as indicated on the neck label), but doesn't use quite enough of any of them. More chocolate malt 'guts' would be great.

I'm happy to report that the brewery got the sweet-bitter balance just right. This is neither a sugar bomb, nor is it astringently bitter, as some lighter, roasted malty porters tend to be. Actually, I'm feeling better about things as the beer warms. Bittersweet chocolate and black coffee notes are becoming much louder and more melodious. I don't know if the next highest flavor score is appropriate (it's a near thing), but I'm definitely kicking the mouthfeel score up a notch.

I wasn't thrilled with the mouthfeel during the first several ounces, which is why I called it a lighter than usual porter. Now, I'm not so sure. A few more degrees have resulted in a semi-expansive creaminess that I'm enjoying thoroughly. This might be the best mouthfeel that I've ever experienced on an A-B beer.

Along with Anheuser World Lager, Michelob Porter is the best beer from America's largest brewery that I've ever had. The question is, why can't they do something similar with the rest of their line? I doubt that any of my next twenty beers will be more of a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle found individually (oddly enough) at Florian's. Black body with slight ruby-red highlights and a quarter inch of tan head. Smells like roasted and caramel malts. Tastes like roasted coffee with some caramel and just the slightest hint of DMS on the aftertaste. Something else is a little off toward the finish, though I can't put my finger on what... The finish hurts the taste and drinkability. Body is medium. Not the best porter I've had by any means, but kudos to A-B for taking a crack at an honest-to-gooness porter and not doing a half-bad job at it.

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Photo of mntlover
2.93/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a ruby hued black or almost black does sport a nice big fluffy tan head that does lace some.

Aroma is light coffee wiffs of roasted malts some hop presence that gives off hints of grain even though its an all malt porter, stretching to find chocolate hints.

Taste is light roasted malts some weak coffee flavors, weak toffee in the finish along with some spicy/grassy hops. Carbonation is a little intense and adds spice hints as it fades. Overall nothing great here not as good as the other Michelob brews I have had.

Mouthfeel is light medium carbonated like a bud making it feel even more light and fizzy.

Drinkability for me is not good I actually enjoyed some others from the holiday pack this is a want to be porter at best.

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Photo of chilidog
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Going off notes for thisone came in a holiday gift pack and well, its been awhile and I only sampled one of the three. The others were prayed upon by in-laws. Oh well!!

It poured a nice dark mahogany with a 1.5 inch head. Lace was fair and tan. It actually maintained itself well and a fair cascade display was had at the pour. Not bad.

The aroma had hints of dark malts, chocolate and coffee.

The taste was good, medium bodied on the mouth with roasted toasted malts with coffee and chocolate.

Drinkability was smooth on the mouth and easy to go down. Not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of AltBock
3.11/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle that can be found in their Holiday party pack. I don't know, a family gave it to me and said it came in that. The third one I tried from the pack. To me, this is the best one of the bunch.

Appearance: Poured a really nice cola black with plenty of ruby red highlights. It's too bad that the head of foam wasn't any better. All there was just a slight skim of white almost tan colored bubbles. It was all nice, but it receded way too fast like the other ones in the Michelob Holiday Pack.

Smell: I wish that there was more to say about the aroma, but there was almost nothing to the smell. All I got was the faintest hint of dark roasted malts with a pinch of hops behind it. It's too bad because that would have made this beer a little better. It was really the only downpoint to this beer.

Taste: I was really surprised by the taste of this one. The other ones I had tried in the variety pack had little or no taste to them, so I was glad that this beer had a really good taste to it. The taste was that of dark roasted malts, a hint of chocolate and nuts, a pinch of caramel, and with a touch of bitter hops at the end. The chocolate and caramel were a nice touch.

Mouthfeel: It was medium bodied, smooth, creamy, not too watery, and with a pleasant but small aftertaste of dark roasted malts with a few hops in the background.

Drinkability: Like I stated before, this is the one Michelob Holiday beers that I truly enjoyed. It's too bad that it doesn't come in a six pack by itself because I might have bought one. Not the best Porter you can try, but it is a well balanced American version from the biggest brewery in the world.

This was the last review for me for 2006, but I know it's going to say on BA January 1st, 2007.

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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 scruffwhor
4.21/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My dad bought the twenty pack from the local Sam's Club. I said I had to try some of these beers for the hell of it. My expectations were low.

The color was a noble deep brown, the head, a tan/beige mix that lasted much longer than expected if you include the foamy film. The arom amde me think of your baser porter, but then some bitterness hit my nostrils to give this macro porter a real hit of genuine coffee. Just like a craft porter. The taste was just as surprising. Bitter chocolate, medium hop bitterness, with some more coffee to boot. Plus the great drinkability. I was totally surprised by this offering from Anheuser. You could have told me this was a micro and I wouldn't know the difference.

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown with dark ruby highlights, a rocky tan head that suck around for a few miinutes and some nice lacing.

S - Some very low roasted maltiness in the nose, with no detectable hops.

T/M - Great carbonation and a good medium body. Some decent raostiness with a hint of chocolate. No secondary coffee or nuttiness. The hops provide a slightly bitter finish

D - Not a bad beer, but not a great porter. I would drink this again, but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of scoobybrew
2.86/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It has a dark opaque, trace of amber, color to it. It has a decent head with okay retention. The aroma is faint, but malty with a hint of roasted grain. The flavor is very balanced with the roasted grain malt dominating (but not sweet) balanced by the bittering hops that are noted. There's a subtle hop flavor to the profile. It has a medium-light body with moderately high carbonation.

Overall, it's a decent porter, but very average. I think it's a great AB product though.

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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 bashiba
2.85/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cola like fizzy clear brown with a light head.

Smell has a light burnt malt odor along with a bit of funkyness.

Taste is light with a burnt smoky flavor dominating. A bit of portery coffee and chocalate flavors as well.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, but still creamy.

Overall its drinkable and ok, but nothing special.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a dark ruby and brown, small amount of light getting through. Nice frothy tan rises.

Smell. I am still getting a macro aroma, but the smells are nice with chocolate. Seems pretty sweet, but not cloying. Small amount of roasted malts.

Taste. I get a burnt malt flavor with just a hint of dark bitter chocolate. Each swallow brings a taste of black coffee with sugar. Has an interesting creaminess that is barely present. aftertaste is a coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel. I thought this was it's weakest part. Wasn't empty, but i just think this would have been a much better beer if it had a heavier feel to my mouth. I also thought the carbonation was a little high.

Overall, drinkable. It's ok, but leaves me wanting a better beer. I would say this is my 2nd pick from the sample pack (the hefe being my 1st).

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.2/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass translucent black with a tannish tall and frothy head which rose well and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was nutty with chocolate through the tall head. As the head retreated the aroma became lightly roasty with an expresso coffee character and a light estery presence. The aroma even had a slight smoke phenolic which was interesting and compelling.

The flavor was nicely smooth with a fairly strong smoke flavor. The smoke was nicely accented by a low presence of roast and a moderate expresso coffee character. The flavor was lightly estery but had a decent level of chocolate and a light caramel flavor.

The finish was dry with lasting light smoke, chocolate and very light coffee into the finality of the aftertaste. The body was medium with a moderate level of carbonation. This is a darn nice porter. The smoke was well done and accentuated the other flavors and the beer was not sweet, nor overly fruity.

12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears with a thick tan head leaves fine evenly dispersed lacing around my glass the body appears a very dark ruby brown almost black only see the other pigments when held near the light. Aroma has a mild dark chocolate note with caramel mild vanilla and a milky cream note with mild coffee bursts and an herbal hop presence. Not bad at all it puts it all together yet it's a bit reserved. Flavors collide with dark chocolate, cocoa powder, caramel malt, and herbal hops with mild bitterness definitely a flavorful AB product and nowhere near off the style just a bit mild. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with somewhat silky texture and moderate carbonation doesn't feel to unnatural and ashamed of it's style. Drinkability is refreshing lighter porter not over the top of course but definitely tasty and easy drinking a good combonation especially around the holidays when we all know how filling those times can get.

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Photo of Procrastinator
2.99/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: dark brown, opaque "rootbeer" like color with thick
chocolate milk brown, creamy head dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: very slight scent of semi-sweet chocolate, but not enough
to invigorate the senses.

Taste: slightly sweet, burnt malty taste, nutty aftertaste. Hints of
dark chocolate with alcohol on back of tongue.

Mouthfeel: too thin, not chewy enough. Overly carbonated lessens it's smoothness.

Drinkability: a decent porter, but won't necessarily seek out more.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a dark brown, with medium tan head that lingered well, and left okay lacing. Aroma was a muted nutty chocolate, and the flavor was more of the same, though a little more pronounced. Left a slightly malty sweet aftertaste, though not real strong. Not nearly as good as many porters, but not bad for a BMC offering.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a black color that is mildly transparent when held up to light. The head is two-fingers in height, and granite in color. It recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is chocolate, toffee, and graham cracker. If only the taste were as nice as the aroma. It isn't bad, it is just too light, and too covered up by carbonation to fit well within the style. There are some decent burnt malt and chocolate notes, but they aren't as vibrant as they were in the aroma. The mouthfeel is lighter than medium bodied with way too much carbonation. Overall, this beer is alright.

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Photo of flaminghomer
4.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I always buy the seasonal sampler from Michelob. I've never seen the porter and the bavarian wheat has made a return so I was excited to buy it this year.

My tastes have changed and I no longer favour the dark malty beers, but this one does bring back some memories. I've only had a few porters but this one is very drinkable and compares well. The appearance is very good. Looks like a real porter. Very dark with a dark head to match. Alot of lacing on the glass.

Taste is very sweet and roasty. Smell is sweet as well. As I drink it does seem very feeling.

Overall it is well done and enjoyable, as is the entire sampler pack in my opinion.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Michelob Porter pours an almost-black mahogany brown body with just a rim of glowing chestnut at the base of the glass. The frothy tan head slowly dies down, leaving behind some very nice craggy and spotty lace. The retention is quite good, and it continually maintains a full, creamy surface covering.

Cocoa; some dusty mineralish character from the dark malts (it's just subtly roasty); and a light touch of berry-like yeasty fruitiness greet you in the nose.

The body is medium, and the carbonation is soft and gently tingly on the tongue, leaving it silky smooth across the palate.

The flavor is rich without straying too far from its basis of grainy malt, scorched caramel, subtle roast, and soft baker's chocolate with a thread of yeasty fruitiness floating throughout. There are, however, also some notes of darker bittersweet chocolate, a subtle touch of more acrid black malt roastiness, and a drop oor two of red wine to lend it complexity. In the finish it seems to simply fade away from the palate without notice, leaving behind a reminder of the subtle, dull roastiness and yeasty fruitiness that were once there.

Overall it's a solid porter, offering a beautiful balance of roasted & chocolatey flavors, yeasty fruitiness, and underlying bitterness. Very drinkable. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, deep mahogany color, with a large tan head, which retains superbly, collapsing only with great reluctance. Scattered patchy lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Deep aroma of burnt coffee and bitter chocolate, and chalk, simple, but very pleasing.

Taste: Bitter cocoa and coffee dominate the taste from start to finish, with roasted notes in the middle of the taste, and a mild sweetness at the close. There is a lingering charcoal note well past the finish.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft and very full, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A really pleasing example of a porter, all the more remarkable because Anheuser-Busch deigned to brew it. Well worth a try.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a twist-off crown. Served in a standard pint tap glass. The born on date is 31-Aug-06. This bottle was packaged as one of the selections in the Michelob Specialty Ales and Lagers twenty-bottle package, along with Michelob Amber Bock, Michelob Marzen, Michelob Porter, and Michelob Bavarian Style Wheat.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown color that turns mahogany cherry when held to the light. Small head of tan-brown foam that looks like the head of a Dr. Pepper. Minor notes of lace.

S: Roasty and chocolatey. Some aromas of cocoa and java are present. Caramel malt is obvious.

T: Deep roasted malts and caramel. Coffee and cocoa notes blend together quite well. Mild hops toward the finish, with a buttery note on the end. Nice.

M: Slightly dense and syrupy, yet it maintains a smooth creaminess. Goes down silky smooth.

D: I'm not a big porter fan, but this is pretty good. I'd have it again.

Notes: Another landmark improvement in how AB could, and should, make beer.

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Photo of Phatz
3.93/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not bad at all from A-B. See, they can brew something tasty. It may not be my favorite Porter in the country but it may well be my favorite A-B beer. Though it is hard to say since they are buying up micros I don't even recognize.

Appearance: Pours almost black and barley translucent when back lit - showing a splash of red in the hue. Big creamy beige head leaves loads of lacing plaster to that walls of my glass.

Smell: When I first twisted off the cap I smelled fresh tobacco and burnt malts. the aroma seemed to fade a bit after the initial surge. With some effort I enjoyed the caramel and chocolate and grain and malts in the nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Roasty. Very dry around the edge but the syrupy center slides of that keeping a wet slick feel throughout mouth. When the beer first touched my mouth it was dry and when it left it was dry but in the middle is a very wet sticky coffee caramel molasses flavor that is actually quite enjoyable.

Drinkability: As a long-time Guinness fan this porter is in that legue of drinkable. It is not the most progressive porter but it is quite quaffable.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of veech
3.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to admit that expectations were low going in to this beer and were pleasantly inaccurate. This beer had a nice chocolately aroma and while mild it was very nice. The taste was a bit on the light side as well, but it was very smooth, drinkable and at no time during the pint did you forget you drinking a porter. The mouthfeel was a tad thin for the style, but that's really the only knock against it I can come up with. Overall a nice effort from A-B that really surprised me.

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Photo of guinnessfan
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle given to me by my boss.

A: Deep dark transparent brown, with a light brown 1 finger head. Fluffy, big bubbles with little lacing and no retention.

S: Toasted malt with a subtle hint of coffee/chocolate

T: Same as smell. Mild, smooth. Very timid porter.

M: Thin, smooth. Overly carbonated.

D: Very easy to drink many, many of these. Not too strong, not that weak. Just easy to drink all night.

Overall, not a great beer, but a nice addition to the Michelob family. The Wheat is better, but this is a solid beer.

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Michelob Porter from Anheuser-Busch
3.32 out of 5 based on 313 ratings.
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