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Muddy River Porter | Boston Beer Works - Canal Street

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Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-1999

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of smcolw
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good starting head but it settles to a thin grouping of rim bubbles. Littles spots for lace. The liquid is deep brown where a little light shines through the the edge.

Some mellow darker malts and some black patent harshness to the nose.

Light flavored start, but the mocha and dark chocolate flavors come through in the swallow. Modest hop that is strongest in the aftertaste. Thin bodied--almost like a brown ale. Good carbonation.

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Photo of sachie23
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of stript
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Bassman2019
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of Dope
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Celtics76
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of MAbeerNE1
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of WreckingBrew
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of kirkse
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler, the beer is a hazy, muddled, ruby highlighted brown coloring with a thin, low profile, light brown head. Aromas of coffee, butterscotch, and caramel blend very well. Flavors are roasted, with a coffee backbone giving rise to a bittersweet chocolate highlight and creamy characters. Thin, light body that gets sharp with the roasty notes. The aftertaste is dark chocolate and coffee, with a smooth finish leaving hints of flavor on the palate. Decent brew!

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Photo of Aexoonge
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a blackish body w/ a small tan head and some lace streaks down glass. A light malt aroma but I can pick up some chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is the same as this is a rich, smooth, creamy beer w/ some burnt chocolate, roasted and even hints of coffee malts. A little dryer and harsher finish and not as sweet as I like my porters but a good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Brad007
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on 3/11/11.

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with no head. Looks right for the style.

There's just a hint of coffee upfront with not much else in the way of aroma.

It's very light in flavor with only a hint of coffee and cocoa. Hmm, I was expecting more.

Interesting texture that feels "muddled" in a way. Hard to pin down.

Feels somewhat bland for the style. It doesn't taste like an award-winning beer to me but then again, it's been 12 years since that time.

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Photo of asabreed
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap from the cask at the location on Brookline near Fenway. Poured into their custom pint glass (though there's probably a name for it I don't know), which is conical-shaped and very cool.

Appearance: Definitely nearly opaque, and it also looks like a nitro Guinness a lot. A thick and dense-looking head sits atop the body, leaving a few drops every half inch down or so with each sip.

Smell: Lighter roasted malts, mild coffee, chocolate. Balanced, but extremely subdued and expected.

Taste: Initial taste of charred malts, chocolate, and mild coffee, but it levels out quickly into a not-so-lingering finish, and the flavors don't last as long as I'd hoped.

Mouthfeel: Feels nitro rather than cask here especially, but it's good and creamy all around.

Drinkability: I'd have this again. It went well with my turkey club, and in that case I was glad it wasn't something super-heavy and possibly over-the-top. It definitely could be a sessionable brew too.

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Photo of BruceCoo
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I love Porters and this one had a nice dark beer hardly any tinge at all with a healthy head. Not as bitter as it is sweet with some roasted malt flavor and a hint of caramel and chocolate. Would get it again probably in the colder season. Smooth on the tongue and good on the way down. An average porter in my opinion...

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brought this bad-boy home after the Sox game. $18 for a growler -- my ass hurts. Pours a deep brown with a nice thick tan head that dissipates rather quickly. No lace.

Burnt sugar and charred scents, with something yeasty and herbal as well. Unique and pleasant.

A little disappointed. Charred caramel and light coffee tones, wih some herbal biterness, but there is a yeastiness hat shines hru on this that I'm not really digging that much. Likee they spilled a stout in a glass of hefe. Not awful, but not what I'd expect in a porter.

Thinner-side brew with enough body to make this a swisher. Good.

Oveerall, these go down quick, but you can do much better. Not a favorite, but not something I'd trash or drain pour. Worthy of a try, but you might transition to a different pint after one of these.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at the Salem brewpub the other day.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the clear dark brown (with burgundy highlights) brew. Head is down to a layer of small bubbles, with superb dwelling lace. Aroma seems somewhat simple at just dark malts, but maybe that's not a bad thing. Taste starts with the slightly burnt malt sweetness, then opens the door for some light to moderate hoppiness, and gives a shot of char at the close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both about where they should be. Another solid offering from Beer Works.

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Photo of madjr80
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Salem Beer Works last night. It was real rich and full of bitter sweet flavor.Had enough head and carbonation. Some hints of coffee and maybe some chocolate that lingered on the palate. It had a great aftertaste. Some thing to look forward to when I go back to Beerworks.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got on tap at north station beerworks. In their small glass was a deep dark brown/black color with good 1" light tan head. A very nice looking beer and nice pour. A faint coffee smell was followed by a great first sip. The beer tasted of nuts, coffee, maybe some chocolate. good bite, not too malty or overly smooth which I like. Very drinkable, also, so I had another. Would definitely get again.

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Photo of edchicma
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exceptionally creamy head..dark, dark brown with a sticky lace. Smell was very malty wit hsome light hop notes. Taste was sweet, yet with a slight acidic qaulity. Some coffee notes and a slight hop presence.Mouthfeel was slightly chewy. Drinkability wasvery nice, extremely smooth going down..very easy to have another.

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Photo of rousee
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice black leathery color with just the tiniest hint of redness and forms a 1 finger cap that holds very well. No lace to speak of though.

Coffee, wood and roasted malt with a slight chocolate hint is what it reminds my nose of. After having a few sips there is also a sugary molasses-like quality in the nose--this characteristic is not real evident on the tastebuds though.

Taste is very woody with roasted malt and the same coffee-chocolate elements that you can smell. There is some earthy quality to the taste too which seems to help make it perfectly suited for the cask. This earthiness may be due to it being on cask. I have a feeling it wouldn't be as noticeable or pleasant if it were just on a CO2 tap.

Mouthfeel is dry and warm--very nice--also seems to be aided by being cask-conditioned.

This baby is extremely smooth and drinkable, especially for this style. I could have several of these-- one after another.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Salem location on tap.

This porter poured a dark brown color with hints of red. There was tan foam that left good lacing down the glass. The smell had chicory, hops, and coffee in the nose. The taste was sweet caramel malt with a strong chicory-like flavor, and hops in the finish. The mouthfeel was a bit chalky with modest carbonation and a slightly bitter, floral hop finish. The drinkability was OK, but this porter was a little over-hopped for my tastes.

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Muddy River Porter from Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 26 ratings
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