Porter | Back East Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
107 Ratings
PorterPorter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Back East Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States
backeastbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Gambrinus1184 on 11-11-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
107
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
12.02%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
25
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 107 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of royalflushr
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic porter. Great price and taster. Something I drink regularly.

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Photo of Trout427
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of DrunkyBuddha
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of Pmorinphidelt
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of FrankL66
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of Bonesaw1127
4.81/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeerDude203
4.81/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've had this beer from a growler and draft. Both are excellent, especially on draft. To me this porter is nearly flawless, it's the way I imagine a porter was intended to taste when the style was created. Nice and roasty toasty with a nice full body and a chewy mouthfeel. It's definitely a porter though, not too thick and syrupy like some that cross the line into stout territory. Great job by back east, all the beers I've had from them are great representations of their particular styles.

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Photo of Conor
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of Thenextswan
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jonterman
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Addy
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a delicious, smooth porter. I like that it's not really bitter. It's very complex and flavorful- I recommend it!

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of carolbrunick
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Fred9
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of s35keith
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of datalager
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of HamdenHector
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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;

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Photo of Auror
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Thick opaque black ale w/ 3 fingers of creamy golden brown head. Leaves thick fluffy lacing w/ a thick pillow of head retention. Great looking brew.

S: Dark chocolate and smokey flavors hit you at first. A little bit of anise in there. Smell reminds me of chocolate croissants fresh out of the oven. Roasted bittersweet chocolate with a hint of nuts also.

T: Smooth roasted chocolate croissant flavor with a hint of coffee and roasted macadamia nuts. A bit of tanginess in the middle that finishes slightly bittersweet and chocolatey.

M: Full bodied creamy beer. w/ lots of roasted flavors. No real fizz more creamy.

O: Solid porter that is sweet but not to sweet or overly bittersweet. Nice balance of chocolate and roasted notes.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a plain, tumbler pint glass.

A: Poured a very dark, rich brown color with a tan head of foam which left a solid ring of lace and nice sheets down the walls of the glass.

S: Sweet, herbal and aromatic, this porter has elements of roasted caramel, bittersweet chocolate, hints of espresso and an earthy, hop undertone.

T: Bold, roasted malts add hints of chocolate and caramel to a almost smoky flavor with a mildly aggressive, herbal hop bitterness to keep the sweetness from cloying up. A nice, roasted bittersweet finish accentuates the solid malt backbone of this dark, satisfying ale.

M: Rich, robust and sweet, this beer has enough hop bitterness to balance things out. Very nice on its own, I can only imagine what this would to do for a smoked brisket, grilled steak or chocolate torte.

O: A very flavorful, satisfying porter at a modest 6% ABV, I can see why this was a GIBF gold-medal winner for American porter. Not astonishing in any one category, its built as a solid, all-around dark ale that can be enjoyed just as well on its own as I;m sure it would be with dinner or dessert. More bars and restaurants should be converting a wasted tap handle into Back East Porter with haste.

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Photo of Duffman79
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Burkbom23
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of davey101
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64 oz growler into a pint glass. Had no idea this took gold at GIBF, congrats Back East!

A - Pours a dark brown/black body. Lets a bit of light shine through. Nice and foamy two fingers worth of a tan head forms and settles into a thin cap with plenty of large bubbles. Lacing and retention is moderate.

S - Milk chocolate, lightly roasted malt, coffee, and some vanilla. A touch of floral hops. Very inviting and pleasant. Great balance between sweet and roast with neither really outshining the other.

T - Milk chocolate, sweet vanilla, bitter coffee beans and some metallic notes. Very solid porter. Mouth feel is medium bodied with average carbonation making for a highly drinkable beer.

O - Just a well rounded porter here. Very tasty and highly drinkable without coming off as too sweet or too roasty as some porters tend to. Back East is doing some great things.

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Photo of AGust82
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PatrickKellyCT
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Porter from Back East Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 107 ratings.
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