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Michelob PorterMichelob Porter

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 313 |  Reviews: 271
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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Photo of brownbeer
2.96/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reddish-brown with a pillowy, tan head.

Rather grainy aroma with raisin and watery coffee notes, and a slight earthiness.

Bland, dirty chocolate malt. The body is full enough to be a porter but in the end it's kind of hard to taste. Reminds me of a porter you would find at a really small brewpub you've never heard of in the middle of nowhere.

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Photo of tlinner
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I followed the instructions on the "flighting sheet" included in the 12-pack (despite my better intuition) and poured straight down into the glass. Sure enough, a mountain of foam sprang up that took a good 3 minutes to get down to a reasonable level. It looked very nice at first, but the head quickly dissipated with no lace. The color is brown tinted with caramel along the edge.

The smell is very weak, with faint hints of roasted malts. Honestly not much else to describe.

Weak roasted and chocolate malts can be found in the taste, with a slightly too-strong presence from the hops. I can almost reach a point where this beer starts to get complex, but it's just too weak to be very interesting. I think they got all the peripherals just right: it's got a nice balance between sweet and bitter, and there's a nice chocolaty aftertaste, but the taste simply isn't very strong or complex. It's like a Corvette with a Geo's engine. Many things work well, but in the end, the performance is very lacking.

As for mouthfeel and drinkability, this is a very easy-going beer that won't challenge too many palates.

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a very deep amber color, not completely black, but its pretty close, not a very big head on it at all, the smell is pretty good, has a nice roasted malt aroma to it with some nice coffee and a slight chocolate aroma to it too, not bad for AB. taste is pretty decent too, full of body and a textbook porter, its a good beer overall really, mouthfeel is a bit weak, could use some more pizazz to it but it is still a good beer.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured a brown and ruby cola color. The pour produced a thick head of clumpy tan foam with a good amount of carbonation.

S - Definite hints hints of malt, chocolate, coffee and slight metallic aromas.

T - Good chocolate and coffee flavors plus a good amount of smoke. Slightly bitter metallic finish. Better than I would have expected.

MF&D - A little thin and slightly creamy but very drinkable. A nice suprise from AB.

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Photo of thedrewski86
3.74/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured this into a pint glass, left 1/2" of tan head. Smells like malt, chocolate and a little coffee. The taste is huge malt all the way. Didn't really leave any lacing. Mild carbonation right for the style. This is a very good basic porter from one of the big three. I was pretty impressed. One thing I can't get out of my head is that it kinda tastes like Malta Goya (Goya's non-alcoholic malt soft drink). Pretty close, but obviously a hell of a lot better! Drinkability suffered because of that a little, but that's just because I associated it with Goya!

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Macado's Halloween-branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, almost black, color. The head is thick and foamy and dissipates slowly leaving considerable lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smells strongly of chocolate and roasted malts with a hint of something piney.

Taste: Starts bitter and finishes sweet with hints of chocolate and coffee. Also has an off-putting metallic taste towards the end.

Mouthfeel: A little thin but nothing serious.

Drinkability: A decent porter and a surprise coming from A-B. All in all, Michelob's craft packs are generally decent. They're nothing special but, for the price, you could do much worse.

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Photo of tone77
3.11/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some chocolate malts. Taste is also mild, malts with some notes of coffee. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is pretty much a decent brew.

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Photo of Cakanator
2.63/5  rDev -21.3%
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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Michelob Porter from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 313 ratings