Michelob Porter | Anheuser-Busch

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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 ZimZamZoom
3.09/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet of the same size. Pours a nice dark color with a tan head that does not stick around for long, but leaves a fair amount of lacing. When held up to the light this porter lets a pretty deep red show through that in my opinion is the best part of the beer.

Aroma is of dark maltswith no hop presence at all. Very slight roasty nose that pretty much leaves me feeling like it could have been so much better. Disappointing to say the least.

Taste is again of dark malts, with some alcohol, and again no hops noticeable upfront. This porter does have a bitter finish that is not at all unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with hints of carbonation.

All in all, this is a good drinkable beer, though not nearly a great example of the style. It is very sessionable along with the other 4 styles that came in the sample 20-pack that I just bought. Probably a great variety pack to introduce BMC drinkers to the world of good beer, but nothing more than a bridge to the real good ones.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle inspection: Brown twisty, born on date of 31Aug06 (sampled 03NOV06) mentions Chocolate, Caramel and Pale malts.

Aroma: Some chocolate and chocolate malt with a mild earthy hop note

Appearance: Opaque black with a thin ruby edge, good cover tan that stays low but gives some good lacing

Taste: Mild for a Porter overall, a bit watery, but some nice roasted grain and hop flavors are present. Doesn't have the distinctive Fuggles hop note that I associate with Porters, which in my case is a positive quality as I don't care for Fuggles.

Mouthfeel: Mildly creamy, low carbonation, thin bodied.

Overall: A fairly easy drinking Porter. No obvious flaws short of some stylistic concerns (no Fuggle taste, thin body and flavor profile). One of the best A-B products I've tasted. I wouldn't mind having this with a meal, but as a stand alone beer, it doesn't really stand up to other Porters.

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Photo of Drew966
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Michelob Porter pours a dark brown/ virtually black color with a thin off white head that mostly just circles the edge of the glass. I smell roasted coffee, that's an encouraging sign. The mouthfeel is a little thin for a porter. There is a nice coffee flavor but this beer seems a bit light overall for the style, and it is a one note flavor, but don't get me wrong, I like it. Not the most complex porter, nor the best mouthfeel imho, but its a reasonably good porter from a company known primarily for its fizzy yellow beers. Most definitely worth a try, if only to see what else AB can do if they try. From the holiday sampler.

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Photo of plaid75
3.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown, amber streaked hue with a finger and a half pillowy off white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a nice toasted dark grain with hints of chocolate and coffee.

The taste consisted of a solid toasted malt with elements of chocolate, coffee and a smokey charcoal. The flavors are a bit on the subtle side, but good nonetheless.

The mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side and finished dry.

Overall a pretty good American Porter. Really, a good shot at the style. Very sessionable.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in a mixed case. Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is almost opaque, black color typical of most porters. Actually, the color resembles the new Guinness without the foamy head. The head on this beer is tan and small, but doesnt completely go away: it leaves a nice film on top.

Aroma is chocolate and coffee. Even some hops thrown in there. I think the chocolate outwieghs the coffee, but this is one fine smellin brew.

Taste is coffe and chocolate as well. Even some dark fruits. Quite a bit of fruitiness here and I like that. Again, a little sweet, but not bad. Definitely a bit of bitterness due to hops in there. A clean finish and a nice overall flavor. I cant taste any alcohol so it is quite drinkable. The only way it isnt a five is the sweetness and somewhat cloying effects.

Out of the mixer, this is definitely the best of the bunch. This is a very good porter. All cliches aside, this would definitely pass the BMC/ Micro test. A solid beer!

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a very dark brown/opaque color. The head was thick and somewhat persistent. The smell was a bit sour. The taste was chocolaty and bitter with a bitter finish. The mouthfeel was very full bodied but not heavy. This would be a beer I could drink often.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew came as a box of 20 variety pack, (only $14.99 @ BJs, not a bad deal) Comes with "born on dating" (nice) and says its
"all malt", which I guess means no adjuncts, another good thing. This brew pours very dark amber, with some bubbles rising, dark tan head of moderate proportions and just a smidge of loose lacing. Nose is of soft chocolate and dark malts. Easy drinking, chocolaty brew, nice intro beer to the wonderful world of dark beer.

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Photo of peabody
3.12/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a pretty dark brown/red brew with just a little off-white suds giving up just a small amount of lacing around the pint glass.
Smell is a yeasty fruity smell with just a hint of hops and alcohol.
Toasted caramel aroma after agitating the brew quite a bit.
Taste is a dark sour to semi-sweet chocolate flavor with just a hint of coffee. Kind of watery for a porter in my opinion.
Mouthfeel is ok but the watery flavor takes away from whatever dark bitterness is left in the palate.
I could drink lots of this at one time but I would rather not.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.21/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Born on date" of Aug 18, 2006. Mocha colored head that stays put. On the sweet side (taste & scent). Kind of watery for a porter. Makes me think more of a black lager. I wouldn't really agree with the bottle label's assertation of this beer being "robust," but if you're used to drinking regular Michelob, then I'm sure that this certainly is robust.

Michelob porter seems to me to be on the same level as Samuel Adams Holiday Porter. Not mind blowing, not bad, and it probably achives its goal of trying to appeal to a wide audience. Its tasty, flavorful, and an all-around good average porter.

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Photo of Fuller
3.87/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in the Michelob Ales & Lagers Sampler Pack. Poured a dark ruby color with a nice creamy tan head that receded down to a skim and left a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and strong - roasted coffee, chocolate, and caramel. Roasted malt is the first thing noticed in the taste followed by a hint of chocolate and caramel and it finished up with a light bitterness. It has a nice creamy mouthfeel and medium body. Overall a nice porter. Hopefully it will become available in six-packs in my area soon.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with ruby hues when held to light. There is a nice thick finger and a half head that is a creamy tan color. Good lacing is present after the head goes down.

Smell is very pleasant. There is a strong carmel and chocolate presence. There is also some coffee present as well.

Taste is just like the smell. There is some sweet carmel as well as a little chocolate with some roasted bitterness as well. The taste is good but not as strong as the smell was but is pretty good.

Mouthfeel is a little more thin than I would prefer.

I enjoy this beer. Maybe not as much as other porters but I am impressed by AB's effort. Their second solid effort out of the sampler that I have had to go along with the Bavarian Wheat. I would buy this regularly if available because I am sure it would be available everywhere here in St. Louis.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.98/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My 400th review... I wanted it to be Stone's 10th, but I haven't had the time necessary to dissect such a beer... perhaps it could wait to be my 500th. I saw the Michelob mixed 20-pack in the store and had to try it. Upon looking up the beers, I saw that only one BA had reviewed the porter, so I had to drink that one first, making it my 400th. The beer was "born on" 8/18/06 and the label describes it as being all-malt (chocolate, caramel, and pale). Anyway, it pours a deep brown (dark maroon when held to the light) with medium carbonation and a finger of light brown head that tries to lace the glass. It smells like a porter, with roasted, chocolate, caramel, and a hint of pale malt, just as the label implies, but there is also a peaty/earthy character. It tastes essentially the same with maybe some green hops that impart a mild bitterness. The body is light and quite smooth with medium carbonation and it leaves a medium finish. A pleasant surprise from the brewing behemoth - it seems to be a bona fide American porter and drinks very easily. Now let's hope that the rest from the mixed 20-pack are even close to this.

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Photo of karst
4.5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a VIP tour provided to our brewclub at the St. Louis Brewery. This was a big hit! Aroma with chocolate and dark roast malts and a soft group of esters that suggest a yeast akin to London Ale. ( the brewmaster was amused about my asking about the yeast used. A-B were not giving up any secrets to the recipe but were obviously very proud of of this fine porter).

Being a strong advocate of a good mouthfeel, I found this very satisfying and the complexity of the flavors remained glass after glass. A dark roasted malt bitterness combines with hop bitterness for an excellent finish.

Looking forward to the September 2006 release. The generic lable merely stated Michelob Porter - but the contents said it all!

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