Appalachian Mountain Brewery

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Porter - American
Ranked #196
Ranked #14,541
3.96 | pDev: 8.59%
Appalachian Mountain Brewery
North Carolina, United States
Very Good
Notes: A legend in the high country, this unique porter is overflowing with refreshing malt aromas and has a creamy, persistent, tan head. Delve deeper and you will find a perfect balance between traditional English hops and the complex malt flavors, finishing with a smooth balance between chocolate and coffee.
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a full brownish head. Smells of malt and chocolate. Tastes like what I want in an excellent Porter, malty and chocolate. Has a creamy mouth feel and a bit of coffee on the aftertaste. IPA'S may be the in brew, but this is my type, and this brew kicks ass. Oytstanding, rates a 9 out of 10 on the the would you like to sit down with a 12-pack of this brew.

Apr 19, 2019
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SmokySignals from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Often our favorite Porter is AMB - in cold 12 oz. 6 pack cans! Readily available and on Ingles sale!

L- It pours a dark, thick body, and has a khaki tan head.

S- Rich chocolatey malty aromas are kicking. I'm sure some hops add to the aroma, but in a subtle, old school way. It's great.
Gotta have a big taste!

T- Big roasted malt flavor with the chocolate tones, coffee backgrounds and appropriate bitterness that checked it all down, be it by hops or roast or combination, is brilliance. Excellent lasting flavors that satisfy and create the desire for more.

F- The feel is rich but not heavy, with a balancing bitterness and carbonation for a good feel, and is just edgy enough to keep going toward the end. Don't sit on it for too long, it could flatten out. I want another one!

Overall - it's not my absolute favorite porter, but very close, and in regular rotation lately. Sometimes an AMB Porter is THE thing I crave. I've mixed this with several Pale Ales and had great results each time it begins to seem too sweet (after a few). Excellent final beer after those pale ales/ipa too!

Jan 07, 2019
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Foyle from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from 12 oz can into schooner glass. A thick tan head falls moderately with mild lacing. Dark brown opaque color. Rich roasty malt nose, dark bread, cocoa, a hint of pipe tobacco. Mouthfeel is light to medium with a slightly powdery dry finish. Flavors of toasted dark bread, chocolate, cocoa, tobacco, citrus and herbal hops.

Jan 04, 2019
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Tone from Missouri

3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of oatmeal, chocolate, sweet malt, roasted malt, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight roasted malt bitterness. Tastes of oatmeal, hint of chocolate, sweet malt, roasted malt, and slight alcohol. Overall, weak appearance, good aroma, body, and blend.

Dec 09, 2018
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Beers-es from Virginia

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 2-month old can, pours black and opaque. Two fingers of cola-colored foam. Looks good. Smell and taste are pretty classic porter—roasted malt, coffee and a touch of chocolate. Feel is a little light. Overall a solid porter.

Aug 09, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a half inch of creamy, tan-colored head that lasted a below average amount of time. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: A decent aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, hops, and coffee as well.

T: Tasted of a whole lot of roasted malt (present throughout), a tinge of hops (mostly in the finish), a good shot of chocolate, and a hint of coffee. This is one of those flavors that gets better as it goes along. The ingredients seem to really shine - especially the chocolate - after awhile. Pretty tasty.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a silky smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A very solid, easy to drink porter. Not perfect, but certainly drinkable.

May 19, 2018
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can at the Spring 2018 ASMF. date stamped September 2017.
Dark brown body with body.
The flavor is dominated by dark roasted grains and has hints of black coffee, dark toast and, faintly, dark bitter chocolate. Roasty, mildly bitter finish.
The aroma has notable complexity, with more apparent spicy hips than in the flavor. Appealing.
FEEL: medium-plus body with medium carbonation (a touch too high).
Overall: well worth trying.

Apr 14, 2018
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scbeerman from South Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. can, no date code. Pours a nice dark brown, almost black but not quite, with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly to a ring clinging around the side of the glass. Smell of lightly roasted coffee, dark and milk chocolate, lightly chalky. Taste is richer but still pretty much dry - coffee and milk chocolate, chalky limestone notes, very slight acridity (true to the Porter style), caramel, cream. Feel is pretty much spot on - just the right amount of body but still eminently drinkable, with sufficient carbonation to keep it sturdy but refreshing. Again, very true to style. I'll drink this all day - this would be a perfect winter beer.

May 16, 2017
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ShoeIn-BrewWin from England

4.61/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A very solid porter that pour very dark brown with a creamy tan head. The nose is hit with a bit of coffee and a lot of maple syrup. The taste is of rich, deep chocolate with hints of espresso and a dash of cream. This beer is highly drinkable with the perfect carbonation. An impressive porter.

May 04, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to FriedSlug for this Carolina treat.

Pours a rich, deep black rooty color. The head is brown-beige and fades fairly fast but still manages to leave lace lingering on the lips of the lager glass.

Aroma is of coffee beans - medium to strong roast, with roast barley, some soot, with slight chocolate and nutty notes nagging nearly. The coffee notes are pretty impressive.

Flavor is robust, with bursts of crisp burnt ends of toast, old tobacco, limestone, germinating coffee bean, unsweetened cocoa flakes, chalk, and more burnt pot coffee. As it's left to warm even a few degrees, unpleasant chalky flavors come seeping through.

Feel is roasty and firm, with a tight carbonation and a dry, dirty finish.

Overall, AMB's porter isn't too bad, but it's not really something I can sing praises about. It's a solid porter, but one trial is good enough for me.

Jan 31, 2017
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OldManMetal from North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This porter pours to a large, brief-lived pebbly tan head on a modestly effervescent black body with sullen orange highlights; lacing is fair, consisting of thin, spiky bands and arabesques. The medium-large nose leads with an emphatic medium-rich, medium-roast coffee aroma, backed by cocoa with hints of molasses and toffee, all topped by modest alcohol overtones. The palate is a bit more subdued than the nose, but plenty flavorful for the style: an indeterminate dark malt character that touches on black coffee, cocoa and cola, with a hint of smoke and a cinnamon-like spice on the back end. The finish is pretty clean, showing just a bit of smoky chocolate, followed by the onset of a very mild spiced chocolate flavor that lasts for awhile. Mouthfeel is stylistically thin for the full body, and the texture is slightly creamy/sticky and medium-peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. (12 oz can, no code date)

Jan 14, 2017
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Mitchmoore12 from Texas

4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - 4.25 - deep dark inky brown l with a slight hint of dark ruby highlights. Creamy looking brown head, plenty of lacing.
Smell- 4 - sweet malt, dark chocolate, and a strong coffee note. The bitter smell of coffee due to hop additions
Taste-4 - tasting a huge semi - sweet/dark chocolate malt wave, crashing down with a great coffee ending. Hops detectable with the coffee flavor creating the effect of drinking black coffee. Lingering bitterness increases the more you drink it.
Mouthfeel- 4- heavy body, creamy from medium low to low carbonation. Slight warming effect from alcohol. Wet finish.
Overall -4- looks and taste good, nice and creamy feel. Head retention not so great.
Pint can poured into porter glass.

Dec 26, 2016
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strohme2 from Michigan

4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an int black with a mocha head that recedes but leaves some thick laces round the glass. No light passes through. Strong cold brew coffee and some roast on the nose. A bit of dark chocolate too. Burnt coffee, chocolate, roast, anise and licorice that I taste. Mouthfeel is amazing considering it's only a 6% beer. Very smooth and velvety. A solid porter for sure.

Dec 24, 2016
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JimKal from North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was available as a growler from the local Lowe's. It pours a dark brown with a nice head and a vigorous pour. The head dissipates quickly but there is some nice lacing on the drink down. Taste is a very nice roasted malt with minimal chocolate hints. This is a nice offering from AMB and is a worthy companion to some of the other NC stouts/porters available from Highland and Mother Earth. I hope I can find it in their 16 oz. can and see how it compares to the growler.
Update: While I haven't seen the 16 oz. cans I have found it in 12 oz. can six pack and it is just as good as the growler fill. Big roast porter.

Dec 23, 2016
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OldSwampy from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice porter that could do with a little more complexity in the flavor. Dark with a generous tan head, though it leaves virtually no lacing and the head itself disappears after a bit. Malty pleasant nose, right for the style. Flavor seemed thin at first, better after it warmed a little from fridge temperatures, malty with the right tingle of hops, good semi-coffee flavors throughout, and balanced at the right temperature. Slight astringent, also slightly slick, and not unpleasant mouthfeel. Poured from a pint can into a glass for drinking.

Jul 20, 2016
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up out in Buncombe County over the past weekend. Pours a very dark near black with decent brown head that caps in about five minutes with no lace. The nose is sweet with caramel and toffee notes, with oatmeal thrown in.

The texture is right for this one; thick yet fluid and very easy to work your way through the flavors. The chocolate and caramel notes get another blast of slightly sour oats and there is some moderate hoppy citrus flavors but still mostly singing backup vocals to the dominant malt.

Overall a stellar and drinkable porter. So far, solid love for AMB brews.

May 03, 2016
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: jet black with a thin tan head, that lasts to the bottom of the glass
S: some roastiness, not much
T: slight roasted bitterness, otherwise pretty tasty
F: smooth, creamy mouthfeel, silky finish
O: well done!!

Feb 28, 2016
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Guitarjake85 from Georgia

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very drinkable porter. Not much on the nose but the taste is great and the aftertaste is better. Very solid beer and I'd buy again next time I'm near that region of NC.

Jan 27, 2016
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IrishLace from North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed this porter! It is very smooth on your palate with a mouth-watering coffee aroma. It has no bitterness whatsoever which is a nice change for me. If you want just a simple strong porter, this is the perfect beer for you.

Jan 19, 2016
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barczar from Kentucky

3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet cocoa dominates the aroma, with moderate roasty malt notes surfacing late. There's a hint of dark cherry.

Flavor is roasty throughout, with significant sweet chocolate upfront to counter the lightly acidic roast malt. Slightly high carbonation accentuates the acidic notes a bit much.

Jan 16, 2016
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can, no date

poured in nonic glass - jet black, thick tan colored head. good lacing. nice roasty aroma. taste is roasty, only slightly bitter or acidic. on the drier side. tasty. medium bodied, but easy drinking.

Nov 21, 2015
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SLewis from North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the best porters I've had. I've had it on tap and from their 16oz cans. Both taste great.
Looks great in the glass. Very Dark with a lingering tan head.
Smells of roasted coffee and chocolate.
Taste is similar to the smell with a slight bitterness on the end. medium mouth feel that is reminiscent of the Founders Porter.

Sep 16, 2015
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willic from Virginia

3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A good porter, more on the traditional lines, does not follow the new regional trend of light Asheville area porters, such as Green Man Porter and Asheville Brewing's Ninja Porter. Has some coffeeesque flavors with some alcoholic notes protruding. A pretty good, more traditional porter.

Jul 09, 2015
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.39/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

Dark walnut brown body with great red mahogany lighter brown hues on the edges. A nice three finger cap comes up off the pour, with a light mocha brown head. Settles fairly quickly and evenly to a nice cupped puck of half a finger and fine bubbles. Great looking porter.

Real nice aroma. Soft chocolate malts, and a hint of vanilla. Nice roasting grains with a very light sweetness that almost hints at a touch of licorice as well. Chocolate angle very pronounced but not overboard. Real nice smelling porter.

Palate takes a bit of a different turn. Very jarring mouthfeel. Highly water surprisingly and lots of fizzy sensing carbonation that takes away from the palate. Much of it also continues down the gullet in the aftertaste, with slightly gaseous and mineral flavors. Muted malted roast is taken over by a wet washing almost milk stout soda quality minus high lactose sweetness. I can't believe how much the tip of my tongue is fizzing and bubbling on this with each sip. Some cola like sweetness then seems to take over as time goes on.

Overall, drinkable but missing much of the great character hinted on the nose. A brew ruined by less than stellar mouthfeel, seems like there's a great beer in here dying to get out.

Apr 26, 2015
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humuloner22 from North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Good beer happy that its now being canned in tallboy cans and from a relatively local brewery.

Appearance: Dark porter, lots of carbonation and head was pretty intense in the beginning but settled quickly. Not the blackest porter I have ever seen but darker than others, kind of middle of the road.

Aroma: Dark bakers chocolates, malts and kind of sweet smelling without being overly cloying. Does not have any overly roasted aromas, very nice.

Taste: Very smooth, not bitter at all, dark bakers chocolate once again shines in the flavor profile. And this one finishes very clean. I really liked that about this one. I could drink many of these and this might be my go to from now on since they are canning it in my favorite vessel, 16 oz Tallboys!

Overall: Very well made Porter and I am happy they are local. They are really making some good beer over there!

Mar 19, 2015
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