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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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 kvgomps
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheChairman
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Ozzylizard
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$ 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

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

Photo of Abragg3
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DuncanBishop24
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of h4ger
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of vfgccp
3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of dd43
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Dopen993
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BierRunner
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Tom_O
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Timfromthemainland
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CharlesK
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Char, Toast, Cacao, Quaffable

The basic Porter is not exactly a common style, although many geeks strive to find examples. Back East has produced a benchmark-level brew that is packed with flavors of unsweetened chocolate, caramel and coffee. A kiss of alcohol and just enough hop bitterness. Lots of balance with a hefty degree of robust roastiness. Finishes semi-sweet and leaves the palate wanting more.

STYLE: American Porter | ABV: 6.0% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #98 (MAR 2015)

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at The American Craft Beer Fest Yesterday.
Rich chocolatey sweet roasty porter, I'd drink the crap out of these if they were sold in NH.

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Photo of mltobin
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mbmiche
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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