Black Prince Porter | English Ales Brewery

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Black Prince PorterBlack Prince Porter

Brewed by:
English Ales Brewery
California, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by donnebaby on 01-31-2005

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of dertyd
2.77/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vonSchulze
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GarrettFM
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of csurowiec
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +19%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a glass at the C Bar in Monterey, CA. It's not the biggest, or richest porter, but it's got a pleasant roasted barley cocoa taste with a smooth, lightly sweet base. There's definitely a candy-like English yeast character, but like I said, it's not a sweet beer this is quite drinkable and worth a try.

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Photo of Offa
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap in Monterey.

Essentially black, but not quite entirely black, with a small foamy ring soon thinning more.

Aroma is very mild, simple roasty with faint fruity coffee.

Taste is better, light roastiness, coffee, lightly sweet fruitiness (prune & dark raisin), hint of rootiness. It's fairly simple but very solid and enjoyable, and holds up well. Feel is good but fairly average.

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

taste- roasted malt flavors

color- chocolate

clarity- clear

smell- roasted malt, toast, dark chocolate

body- medium-body and length finish, smooth finish

appearance- dark, small off-white head, little carbonation

overall impression- a well balanced, above average tasting english-style porter. easy drinker and food friendly

glassware: pint

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Photo of mikeg67
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap at brewpub. Pours dark brown with a short lived, off-white head, not much lacing. Aroma is of coffee and some dry fruit. Light, crisp, watery body. Coffee and brown sugar on the palate. There is not much complexity in this brew, went down to easily for a stout.

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Photo of Zorro
4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown colored beer with a light brown colored head. Clear with red highlights when held up to the light.

Smells malty with caramel candy and chocolate being the strongest scent. Nutella on toasted bred sums up the remaining part of the smell. Chocolate and caramel with some nuts on toast, that is exactly what this smells like. Only small negative is the scent level is a little low, you will not smell it across the room after you pop the cap.

Starts out patent malt with a short sour zip as your tongue acclimates to the flavor. Chocolate with coffee at first, then the Carmel and chocolate appear. Little bit of bread flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK, really on the thin side for the style.

Pretty good drinkability. Tasty and pretty low in alcohol.

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Photo of djmichaelk
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, March 2010.

A - Black as night. Not much head at all, though some agitation gives maybe half a finger of it.

S - Not sure what it is about all of the beers from this place that I tried, but NONE of them have any aroma at all. You might have to snort it to get anything, but I wasn't willing to go that far.

T - This was actually my favorite of the three that I tried. Nice bits of molasses, brown sugar, coffee, and malt.

M - A bit thin and light, even for an average porter, but still pleasant enough.

D - Definitely could down a bucket of this stuff, being as light as it is. The low ABV helps, too.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Trails Pub (San Jose, CA), on to the beer:

This one has a creamy head with suds on top. Obsidian color in a dark lit place, but looks more ruby brown as more light is exposed to it. Faint roasted coffee aroma, a little sweet....milk sweet. Tastewise, it has a dominant toffeeish flavor. Bitter, astringent coffee compliments the toffee. Light, smooth, and creamy in the mouth, leaving a burnt flavor in the aftertaste.

Certainly more English-like than American-like. Not a bad beer, but a little more astringent for a porter.

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Photo of illidurit
3.12/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from Whole Foods. Poured into a pint glass. Darkest brown with a thin beige head that fizzles out pretty quickly. Light cocoa aroma with some dark bread crust and coffee. Flavor is black coffee with a slight metallic character. With warmth it opens up and gets a little sweeter and rounder. Dry, astringent finish with very high carbonation that also improves with warmth. Serve this one at cellar temp.

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Photo of Nick3
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer a lot. I think part of the reason was watching the bartender draw the beer from the cask . . . it felt so authentic. The beer had a nice natural head almost cola like. Thick, opaque black color . . . like oil. Smell is dark roasted malts and molasses. Taste is similar, with minimal carbonation as you would expect from the cask. Very, very smooth, something you can drink quickly and in large quantities. I think I'll have another!

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Black Prince Porter from English Ales Brewery
3.57 out of 5 based on 35 ratings.
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