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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 Gueuzedude
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Code 09051 VC13; Sampled April 2009
A hard pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-finger thick, lightly browned, full tan colored head that leaves lots of lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. This has a dark-chocolate born color to it that shows a brilliantly clear, brown-ruby hue to it when held up to the light. The aroma smells of roasted malt up front, with sweet dark caramel sugars, fruity raisin notes and a nutty, toasted whole grain character. The roast notes are actually pretty soft here in the nose, and actually the whole nose is a bit more muted than I might prefer, though it is quite nice.

The beer tastes dry up front through to the finish. Roast flavors are pretty noticeable in the long finish where they contribute notes of roast-acidity, coffee like roast notes, toasted grain flavors and a spicy brown malt character. Up front the toasted grain notes play a bit role with nicely browned, whole-grain bread like flavors as well as perhaps a touch of grain sweetness. This has a nice hop bitterness to it, but also has some pine like flavors to it. This is amply quaffable with a medium'ish body that has just a bit of a velvety texture to it.

This Porter has a great texture to it (though it isn't quite lush). It is perhaps a touch bland in the nose, but the flavor makes up for that. This is a well balanced beer and I could see myself quaffing a few pints of this tasty tipple.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When in doubt, drink the darkest thing on offer!

Pours a dark brown to almost black color with a pretty nice looking head that sticks around longer than anticipated.

Smells a lot like brown bread. So much so that its hard to shake that. Anyone from New England whose head brown bread in a can would know that smell. I also get a bit of nice coffee smells coming from this porter.

Taste is very malty, obviously, but also toasty/roasty with some nice chocolate and coffee notes. Not too bad at all.

Mouthfeel is nice, my only complaint is that there seems to be a bit of a fizzy finish to this beer. Almost like a feeling of one "pop rock"on the back of your tongue.

I'll drink one and be happy.

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Photo of scottyshades
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich, dark cherry/mahogany color. The head is small (2 finger) and the lacing is decent. So far, so good.

S: Toasted/roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, toffee, honey, and caramel or molasses

T: Roasty flavors! Chocolate, honey, brown sugar, toffee, and caramel are present. Earthy tone at the end of the sip. Also, a slight smokey flavor that is pretty light.

MF/D: Too much carbonation for my taste. Otherwise, very drinkable, nice and smooth, a bit light for a porter, but still good.

I really like this beer. I especially like the fact that AB is attempting to make a real effort to please the beer geeks like myself with a "craft" brew.

I think that the only reason this beer gets poor ratings is because of snob appeal from those against AB. Really underrated IMHO

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Photo of cjl1209
4.21/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired as part of the Michelob Craft Collection

"A traditionally styled porter brewed using dark chocolate and roasted coffee malts"

"With a lineage tracing back to 18th century London, our Porter displays the creamy texture and hearty flavor that made this English-style ale famous. This robust, all-malt brew showcases bold coffee and chocolate tones with subtle notes of raspberry and pine."

A - Pours a very deep cola color with a touch of red and a creamy tan 1+ finger head. Shines bright red when held up to direct light. Nice lacing.

S - Rich, dark, roasted malts. Heavy coffee and dark chocolate impression with a bit of oats.

T - Mmmmm. Rich roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and heavy malts. Emphasis on the coffee flavor. Nicely charred grains and toffee. The raspberry is just ever so slightly there and I'm not sure if I would have been able to pick it out myself if I wasn't already looking for it as it said on the label; no pine though but that's okay with me. Enjoyable coffee aftertaste.

M - Slightly creamy with a medium body that leaves the mouth feeling slick.

D - Very pleasant to sip on and doesn't get the least bit boring. Goes down nice and smooth.

Final Thoughts: I was pleasantly surprised with this beer, it is a straight up good brew. It delivers on nearly every aspect as promised. I would have no problem buying this on its own as a 6 pack.

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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 aristeros
3.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one as part of the craft beer twelve pack, which is a good value for what you pay. The first time I got this case, it was out of desperation at a Post Exchange that didn't offer much. Was pleasantly surprised.

Poured into a pint glass. Dark, espresso brown, forms about two fingers of tan head, retains more than half of it a minute after the pour. Moderate lacing, no visible carbonation.

Smells of sweet dark chocolate, roasted, almost caramelized grains. Faint astringent scent, slightly off-putting in a porter.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel, and the first taste that hits you is that of a dark coffee. Some carbonation. Roasted malts and grains on the back end, with a hint of bitterness.

Good, without the depth of the best of the micro porters, and the sweet dark fruits and strength of the imperial stouts, but it's a worthy beer that lets you know that the macros are able to produce a decent product if they really want to.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.25/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

$6.99 for a 6'er. Brewed with two-row pale, carapils, caramel, and chocolate malts. Hopped with Willamette and Saaz. OG=13.6, 25 IBU.

Pours out to a clear very deep mahogany, forming a tall and solid light tan head with excellent retention and solid lacing. Moderate carbonation. The aroma is of faintly grassy hops on top of sweet chocolate, vanilla, a suggestion of black walnut, faint caramel, and darkly roasted grain husk. The mouthfeel is smooth and clean with a medium-light body and a semi-chalky finish. The taste is a recap of the aroma with a well-balanced combination of the dark malts, earthy mild bitterness, and chalky/dark roast coffee aftertaste.

This is a really solid beer, and in my area, is without a doubt, the best porter you can get for the price. Tasty, and also a great value. I will definitely buy this again.

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Photo of dbmcrorie
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into an American pint glass.

Deep dark brown with coffee-red hues. Thick and rich when poured. A nice, frothy tan head leaves a bit of lace. Unfortunately, it disappears much quicker than expected (or desired).

Strong notes of espresso hit the nose at first and are followed by sweet hints of honey, chocolate, and caramel. A candy-like aroma remains in the nose. More caramel and toffee notes become present as the glass warms.

The mouthfeel is extremely smooth and creamy. A pleasant amount of carbonation cascades across the tongue, opening up the wide range of malts. A sweet berry taste was present that I couldn't identify until I re-read the label: raspberry. (How silly of me.) The subtle hints of berry are complimented well by the abundance of chocolate and coffee. Bitter cocoa notes create a clean bite at the finish.

A well-done porter. It is nothing unique or extraordinary, but sometimes when I crave a certain style, I want a beer that is true to the style -- and Michelob delivers.
Its smooth texture and balanced palate creates great drinkability and a wide range of options.
Though I could honestly say that this beer could be paired with almost anything, it would best be paired with any meat that has a buffalo or sweet-based sauce (BBQ, honey-glazed salmon, etc.). It would also be a great after-dinner beer paired with any chocolate-based dessert.


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Photo of beveritt
3.59/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Bottle has a ring of glass just at the base of the neck and the word "Michelob" in raised script lettering around the shoulder. Label is predominantly brown, with a lighter tan border and includes a description on the front label and the neck label. There is an ink stamp on the neck, 09021. Maybe this was bottled on the 21st day of 2009?

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of tan head. This settles to a thin layer of foam, leaving behind nearly complete lacing. The beer itself is a very dark brown with the slightest hints of mahogany around the edges. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Honey and chocolate upfront, with slight hints of a cidery off aroma.

Taste: Significant carbonation bite upfront followed by chocolate and bitter coffee. Mild yet lingering bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is high, too high for an English ale. Body is decent.

Drinkability: A little less flavorful than I would want from a porter, but all in all, an enjoyable pint.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.06/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought as part of the Michelob Variety pack with the Marzen, Irish Red and Pale Ale. The appearance was dark black with a reddish edg when held to to the light. The head was only a thin lacing. The aroma was weak for a porter, with faint amounts of roasted malts coming through. The taste was also rather weak. Cocoa and coffee flavors stood out and were in decent balance but needed to be more present, as this beer certainly had a lack of complexity. The mouthfeel was rather dry and thin for a beer of this style. Drinkability was good because the flavor was not overwhleming and the ABV is average.

Overall, this was about what I was expecting from Michelob. The beer lacked enough flavor and complexity to stand out in my mind. Probably a good introduction to the style for someone who has never had a porter.

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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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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz pop top brown bottle, nice label

Appearance: Nice dark garnet beer with a light tan head which fades into a nice lasting thick film

Smell: Nice mild dark roasted malts, with just a touch of dark fruit and minerality

Taste: A bit more fruity than I expected; there are sweet dark fruits backed by a nice dark chocolate presence and a mineral twang; a bit on the light side, but nice nonetheless

Mouthfeel: A bit on the light side

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: This is actually pretty decent; the fruity presence is nice, and the aftertastes of chocolate and burnt malts are quite pleasant; my only problem with this is that there's just a HINT of alcohol present and the mouthfeel is a bit on the light side...overall, however, this is a good beer from AB.

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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 StoneDisciple
3.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, paired with a deep crust pepperoni, garlic and mushroom pizza.

A- Since this was straight out of the bottle, it's hard to make specific observations except to say that this beer was quite dark - let little light through the bottle.

S- A little bit of coffee and a little bit of malt, with a dry sweetness.

T- Dark Chocolate first, deep malty sweetness, rolling into a bit of sweet almond and a strong raspberry taste coming in late. As this beer warmed up it quickly got really hot on the palate - poorly controlled alcohol notes pop up late and by the end of the bottle were battling it out with the raspberry for the prevailing finish. Considering the ABV, inexcusable. Despite this, not overwhelming and doesn't destroy the beer.

M- Moderate carbonation made more evident by the somewhat dry mouthfeel - each increases the other. Considering the dark character and sweet elements to the beer, lighter and less syrupy than one might expect.

D- While far from world class, the moderate complexity doesn't bore me as fast as most macros, and the dryer than expected mouthfeel lends this beer to having more than one.

Comments - I didn't choose this beer and was initially a bit pissed to see it in the fridge - considering my initial disdain for other Michelob products, I was forced to admit that it was far better than expected. I wouldn't go out and buy this beer for myself, but I was happy to find myself enjoying the beer. More than adequate beer for sitting around, eating pizza and watching an F1 race with the family.

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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 BigRedN
3.51/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed beer was part of a mixed 12 pack.

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a very dark brown to near black. Pour produces a light brown head about 1 inch in height. Head sowly fades to a tight cover on the liquid that leaves some decent lacing.

Smell: This is your typical AB beer. Light aromas, mostly o which are malt-related. Some roasted malt, light chocolate/caramel with a bit nutty scent to it. The point here is the scent of the beer is kept minimal.

Taste: Some decent roasted malt flavorings that are in line with the scent. Taste leans to bitter roasted malts, not sweet. Hop induced bitterness is kept at a minimum, although I do expect it for this beer. Overall, I was a bit surprised with this beer.

Mouthfeel: Falling short of a full bodied beer, I'll go with medium bodied. Light carbonation that feels natural for this offering.

Drinkability: As would be expected for an AB beer, they produce a good easy drinking and easy to enjoy porter. I would definitely pick up more of this, particularly when I see Michelob beers on sale for $5.99 or less a six.

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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 gmfessen
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a deep brown color with ruby highlights and a big tan colored head. The smell is sweet with dark malty notes; chocolate, toffee and coffee come to mind. The taste is well represented by the smell with just a hint of acrid bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a creamy, chewy sort of carbonation and finishes pretty dry. Overall, a drinkable porter that other than the slightly acrid finish is a good beer. Hopefully the rest of AB's line could move this direction!

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This woody brown brew can look almost black or at least dark brown when in a darkened room. The tan head is small, but quite persistent. This one damn near sets the standard for head retention! That little sucker will not go away! A little bit of wet looking lace is left on the glass.

S - Peanut shells and toffee. This has a very light hint of roasted flavors, and smells pretty much spot on for the style. Could be a bit more assertive... smells like a baby porter.

T - Mellow toffee, mild chocolate, and mixed nuts. There is a nice woody hint too, and it reminds me of a campfire after being doused with water.

M - Medium bodied with some lush carbonation and a seriously dry finish. The taste lingers on after swallowing, with bitter baker's chocolate, salty peanut shells, barky-woody flavors, and a very, very dry feel.... especially for the style.

D - By far the best of Michelob's stabs at brewing real beer. This could stand to be kicked up a notch, especially in the nose, but as it is this is a very drinkable and very tasty porter. Would go great with a burger.... with mushrooms. Oh man, now I'm hungry!

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Photo of JoKo
3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a very dark black with a caramel colored head that lasted for a minute or two. Held up to the light you can faintly see a reddish hue.

Smell: I'm getting a sweet caramel malt aroma, not too much going on scent wise.

Taste: Sweet hops up front with a bitter hop base that quickly hits the palate. This beer is nicely balanced between malts and hops. A roasted flavor lingers for a while after each sip.

Mouth feel: Moderately carbonated. This beer is smooth.

Drink ability: This beer is very enjoyable. I would buy it again.

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

An entry-level porter: if stuff this is too "weird" for you then stick to Milwaukee's Best Light, if it's too tame then try a porter from a brewery you don't see advertised all over. There are better porters out there but I buy this when money's tight and it's on sale.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 9/4/2008 (bottle):

Pours an extremely dark reddish body. Small white tan head, diminishing. Very malty aroma, some chocolate, and a little coffee. Porterish smell. Malty taste, some of the same chocolate & maybe coffee. Some slight nuttiness. Not too bad, but not too exciting either.

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

The color is a dark brown that gives off a reddish gleam in the light. The head pours nicely but dissipates quickly and lacing is light.

A just noticeable astringency mars the smell and the smokiness come off a little bit too hard so that it's more of a burnt smell. Right there is the mildly sweet malt smell with toasty, nutty grains and some leathery tannins come out as well. Faint hops make an appearance behind the malt as well.
The same astringency and burnt smokiness is in the taste. I don't mind a smoky flavor, but this is abit marred. Malt up from with some toasty grains and a hops aftertaste. Coffee and dark chocolate notes come off respectably enough with some vanilla. It still seems like a macro trying to be something it's not.
There is an issue with mouthfeel as this one is a bit thin for a porter and the finish is tinged with a mild burnt smokiness. Carbonation hit's a little but isn't too much.
Overall a better offering than I expected from Michelob and could be a B+ or so if the astringency, balance and burn taste/smell issues could be dealt with.

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

I have drank quite a few porters and always think that they are drinkable and enjoyable. This one pushed my limits.

I have had several bottles now. The one I have now is OK but others have had a nose that resembled finger nail polish. This one is smoky, and charcoal.

The taste is shallow with malt and some smokiness. Mouthfeel is somewhat carbonated and OK. Drinkability depends on the bottle. Not a consistant offering.

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Photo of CityBoy1986
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

The pour is an almost opaque deep brown with ruddy tones and a finger's worth of tan head. Retention and lacing are decent.

The nose is of coffee and chocolate. The taste is more of the same, and there is the trademark burnt flavour and finish of porters. There is some bitterness throughout the sip.

Unfortunately, the mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style, and there is a lot of carbonation. Drinkability is good; I am sure I could have several.

Aside from the thin mouthfeel, this is a nice representation of the style. I doubt it would win awards, but if running short on cash and wanting a porter this wouldn't be a bad buy.

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Michelob Porter from Anheuser-Busch
3.32 out of 5 based on 312 ratings.
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