Appalachian Mountain Brewery

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Porter - American
Ranked #200
Ranked #13,536
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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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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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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GuitarIPA from Connecticut

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

Oct 12, 2019
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psmith161 from Indiana

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

May 27, 2017
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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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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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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jun 16, 2015
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kell50 from North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Feb 28, 2016
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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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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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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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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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wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

May 20, 2015
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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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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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brauseboof from South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 07, 2017
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oline73 from Maryland

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

Sep 07, 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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KingEdward from North Carolina

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

Aug 17, 2015
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buckyp from South Carolina

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

Jul 06, 2016
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OldTime from Georgia

3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 22, 2015
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AngusOg from North Carolina

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

Mar 03, 2015
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Fieldzy27 from North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass.

Look: Pours black as....well black. Very very low light penetration, I've seen stouts lighter than this. A normal pour produces a vibrant head that raises slow throughout pouring. The head is the color of baked cookie dough and is comprised of very dense bubbles. It hold on for several minutes and leaves a solid sheet of brown lace as it deflates. Coats the glass very well, as for the head it retreats to a thin layer of foam with a few island like clumps of bubbles. Very resilient. I must say if this beer tastes anything like it looks it will be a job well done for AMB.

Smell: Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted black coffee, malted milk and milk chocolate, touch of doughy sweetness and a hint of fresh brewed coffee at the end. Smells excellent and the aroma is very strong I got several whiffs as it was pouring and its only getting stronger as it warms. This aroma is also exceptional dead on for the style.

Taste: The initial taste is milk chocolate sweetness, subtle hints of coffee that makes it taste like chocolate covered espresso beans. The core of the beer though is actually more of doughy sweetness which makes up most of mid pallet. The finish then slides back towards dark chocolate and the very end and aftertaste being dark dark coffee. Great flavor, although it is just a touch subdued. I wish its intensity matched the aroma. All the same components are there just a higher focus on the chocolate /roast character would give it slightly higher marks.

Feel: Mouthfeel is smooth and full enough, a tad thin but not enough to be a defect. Carbonation is beautiful, it seems to lift the beer to the back of your mouth before swallowing. Mouthfeel after the swallow is just barely dry and refreshed.

Overall: A substantially valiant effort. This is great beer. One of the better porters I have had in a while. No bells, no whistles, no barrel aging or coffee/chocolate/vanilla added or any other random flavor. This is a chocolaty roasty and drinkable Porter. Personally if the intensity on the pallet was increased just a bit in the flavor profile and the mouthfeel was bumped up a tad this could be world class. The more I have from AMB the more I appreciate and respect them as a brewery. Well done.

Feb 05, 2015
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sonofliberty2 from South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 03, 2015
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 70 ratings