Porter | Appalachian Mountain Brewery

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Appalachian Mountain Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Fieldzy27 on 02-05-2015

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Photo of Beers-es
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Ceezer
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Ltdsaint
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KrisLambert
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of addiwilliams
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shafaegalo
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of psmith161
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scbeerman
4.06/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of ShoeIn-BrewWin
4.61/5  rDev +17%
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.

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Photo of brauseboof
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dave1999
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OldManMetal
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
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)

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Photo of MasterRigger
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mitchmoore12
4.02/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of strohme2
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of JimKal
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OldSwampy
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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