Back East Brewing Company

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Back East Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States
Porter - American
Ranked #203
Ranked #15,427
3.91 | pDev: 11.25%
Apr 14, 2022
Nov 11, 2012
Very Good
Notes: Back East Porter is a full-bodied chestnut brown porter with notes of chocolate and caramel. This hearty beer offers a thick light brown head and is hopped just enough to offset the sweet maltiness and roasty undertone. This bold beer is refreshing enough to be enjoyed year round, but is at its best as a satisfying winter warmer or paired with a grilled steak, pork roast, or a burger.
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3.92 by TonyStarks2231 from New York on Apr 14, 2022
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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by woodchipper from Connecticut

Poured from a 16oz can undated to a diagonally cut tumbler at 46F.
The body pours brown/red but sits opaque black in the glass. A tan half-inch puffy head sits on top but fades to one layer soon enough. However with any tilt of the glass a full film of bubbles clings to the side and breaks down to reasonable lacing.
The aroma is of burnt caramel and coffee, but it is not super aromatic.
Taste is dry with coffee and chocolate notes and a background or ash.
Mouthfeel is on the thin-side of medium.
Overall, a decent porter but not exceptional.

Mar 13, 2022
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3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by NickZip99 from Connecticut

This did not disappoint! I was looking for a porter and found a 6 pack of this for $9.99 + tax, etc

Well balanced and smooth. Very drinkable.. not overly flavored or sweet. Can have more than one without needing to switch it up. I would like a little bit more flavor but regardless this is a solid beer!!!

Jan 22, 2021
4.22 by Mustela_Man from Rhode Island on Nov 20, 2020
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4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by GreesyFizeek from New York

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like caramel, roast, chocolate, and some light vanilla.

This is pretty basic, but well done, and hits all of the typical notes. There's some caramel and vanilla sweetness, with a bit of roast and chocolate bitterness.

This is very drinkable, with a nice light creaminess, and a smooth finish.

This is pretty solid stuff - a no nonsense porter for sure.

Sep 15, 2020
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by tradershmulie from Connecticut

Looks nice, very empty tasting.

Drinkable, but that's about it.

Aug 16, 2020
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3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by GarrettB from Colorado

This Porter (in an unassuming can) packs a *ton* of meat char flavor into a lighter bodied beer. It's almost like a stout, but isolating that charred, maillard culinary flavor and amplifying it over other traditional porter notes. The aroma? The appearance? Hard to comment when drinking from a can at a picnic table, but what I do know is this competes handily with food served and maybe even a celebratory cigar.

Jun 21, 2020
3.94 by BPCam from Massachusetts on Feb 06, 2020
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4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by StacyBK518 from Connecticut

One of my favorite beers to order when out. Smooth and hearty.

Jan 24, 2020
3.98 by Hibernator from Massachusetts on Nov 03, 2019
4 by EatonHops from Massachusetts on Oct 21, 2019
3.5 by zbooks from Texas on Aug 27, 2019
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4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

12oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Dark brown body with a beige head. Good retention and plenty of thin, webby lacing.

S: Light roast coffee, toffee, caramel, hazelnut. Pinch of brown cocoa powder. Hay, grass, and very mild earthy hop spice. Great.

T: Nutty, cocoa, medium roast coffee with some acidity, roasted barley, caramel and toffee. Earthy hop tones. Trends sweet overall, but Dries into the finish with a lingering smokiness.

M: Medium body. Silky and creamy with a bit of a whipped feel. Like a fine chocolate melting in your mouth. Fine but firm carbonation. Epic mouthfeel.

O: This is just a fantastic porter. It nails the Brown Porter category, and it’s no wonder this has racked up multiple GABF and GIBF medals in recent years. I fear it goes largely under appreciated around here. It’s a real local gem to the true beer connoisseur, though.

P.S. Incidentally, I’ve been looking for a great beer in the brown ale/porter range to use as the base of a Hot Flip, an old colonial-era cocktail that was very popular in its day. I think I’ve found it.

Aug 15, 2019
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3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by CodyBasden from Texas

Nice and dark with a dark reddish tint with a tan fluffy head that holds with lacing, nice roasted smell with hints of caramel, good roast flavor with caramel follow low bitterness, light body almost watery with light to no carbonation

Jun 16, 2019
4 by bootdown21 from Connecticut on Feb 18, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by cbutova from Massachusetts

A- Standard can into a tulip with a dark brown to black body and a massive nutty brown head. That cap is about 3 fingers high with a foamy and creamy consistency. Very good head retention and thick sheets of lace.

S- Coffee really comes to mind with a fairly dark roast bean alongside strong roasted and browned malts. Toasted nuts, roasted barley, chocolate malts, toffee, caramel, cocoa powder, slight anise, a moderate sweetness and a just a touch of yeast bread.

T- The sweetness kind of cuts into the roastiness here a bit but it still has plenty of the blackened and browned malt flavors on the palate. Opens up with very dark chocolate and cocoa nibs with espresso beans and toasted nuts backed up by hints of caramel, sweetness, anise, bitter charred grains and toffee. Honestly get a hint of earthy and spicy hops here and just a touch of yeast bread and dark fruit from the ferment.

MF- Light bodied overall with just a touch of a frothy texture. Comes off as just a bit thin as the lack of texture is apparent right away. High end carbonation and a charred barley bitterness in the finish.

Definitely a well balanced Porter that has a great balance of roasted grains and the flavors from those alongside a moderate sweetness and just hints from the hops and yeast. Overall very drinkable and just well brewed.

Feb 17, 2019
3.77 by JLK7299 from North Carolina on Jan 24, 2019
3.9 by GregSemenza from Connecticut on Apr 30, 2018
3.98 by mike22ne from Massachusetts on Jan 25, 2018
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4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25
by HanTran from Connecticut

Dark not opaque brown body, head a lasting skim coat but a bit skimpy in the pour, good lace.
Nice lasting nose of toasted grain, black cherries, chocolate, and just a hint of citrus.
This is a sweet porter but not cloying with some cotton candy and chocolate notes followed by a middle note at the back of the mouth that starts like orange peel, finish is slightly odd sour note.
The body is creamy yet somehow a bit thin/watery.

Nov 06, 2017
3.74 by Murph106157 from Connecticut on Oct 27, 2017
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4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by JohnWesolowski from Connecticut

Nice subtle taste.

Aug 02, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
by CTHomer from Connecticut

A: opaque; deep brown, approaching black; 1 finger light brown head that receded to a thin collar; nice lacing;

S: deeply roasted grain, almost burnt; dark chocolate, coffee;

T: roasted grain up front; bittersweet chocolate comes in mid-palate, but fades before the finish; coffee and lightly burnt grain at the end; moderate to high bitterness at the end that lasts;

M; a little thin; moderate carbonation;

O: very nice, complex flavors; body was a bit weak;

May 09, 2017
3.75 by kvgomps from New Jersey on May 07, 2017
4 by TheChairman from Connecticut on Jan 25, 2017
4.53 by Jonterman from New York on Jan 06, 2017
4.7 by Thenextswan from New York on Dec 27, 2016
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3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

$ 9.99 (Including tax)/six pack ($ 0.139/oz) at Max Wine & Spirits, Danbury, CT
Undated can at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – chocolate malt
Head average (Maximum 4.3 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to a creamy four mm ring and heaped layer
Lacing - none
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor slightly bitter roasted malt, chocolate; no hop flavor, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation

An average porter, nothing special here. I’d buy it again but wouldn’t seek it out.

Appearance 3, Aroma 3, Flavor 3, Palate 3, Overall 3

Jun 28, 2016
4.17 by Burkbom23 from Connecticut on Jun 04, 2016
3.13 by Abragg3 from Connecticut on May 15, 2016
3.77 by DuncanBishop24 from Vermont on Mar 19, 2016
4.81 by Bonesaw1127 from Connecticut on Feb 28, 2016
3.94 by h4ger from Connecticut on Feb 16, 2016
4.2 by Duffman79 from Connecticut on Feb 05, 2016
4.35 by Fred9 from Connecticut on Feb 01, 2016
3.03 by vfgccp from New York on Jan 30, 2016
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3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by dd43 from Connecticut

Not a particularly strongly flavored porter. Executed well enough, but somewhat lacking in flavor and aroma intensity. Roast qualities are present, some bakers chocolate in the nose. Allowing this to warm up should help improve the expressiveness of the flavors and aromas in it. This would probably pair fairly well with food because it won't dominate or overpower anything. Malt backbone is pretty good, I can definitely taste the grains here. Hop balance is just enough to let the malts still come through, while imparting a modest floral and earthy bite.

Jan 27, 2016
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3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Dopen993 from Rhode Island

12 oz can into tulip. No date that I could find. Drank at cellar temp.

L. Pitch black in color with off white head and 2 finger head. Moderate lacing.
S. Chocolate malts and a touch of nut and coffee. Not much going on.
T. More than made up for the lack of smell. Lots of chocolate and nuts with a little bit of smokeyness to it. Finishes pretty dry.
F. Nice mouthfeel with above average carbonation. Light alcohol made it very easily drinkable.

Jan 04, 2016
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3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by BierRunner from Ohio

Color is a bit lighter than I expected but a nice tan head and lacing. Nose doesn't foreshadow the actual taste. Taste is strongest aspect, chocolate and Carmel flavors, but a little sweet on the finish for my taste. Nice viscous feel but not quite enough carbonation. This has a lot of potential. Almost ready for the next level.

Dec 26, 2015
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3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Tom_O from Connecticut

I gave this baseline 3's across the board. A fine example of a standard porter. Just the right mix of ingredients and pretty drinkable.

Dec 22, 2015
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