Panther | Rhinegeist Brewery

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Rhinegeist Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This malty yet sneakily smooth Robust Porter simmers with tones of milk chocolate, carob and light molasses. Panther is a svelte creature of the night – a midnight malt whisperer.

Added by BrewProfessor on 10-12-2013

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Ratings: 223 |  Reviews: 47
Reviews by rodbeermunch:
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This got thrown in as an extra on one of my Midwest/Wisconsin trades from a year or two ago. I enjoyed it.

Pours black, but not an overly viscous or thick imperial stout type of heft. Has a light brown head on the top, 1/3". Aroma was almost all roast and a little bit of a molasses underbelly. Mostly heavily roasted malt though.

Taste, hoppiness went big on the Cascades I believe. Bitterness over 60ibu. Heavily roasted malt still there, but alcohol stays in check, not overly thick or bitter, but a plenty punchy bit of a porter. Has that dark bread left in the oven for about 5-10 minutes beyond its recipe. Tad of unsweetened cola and toffee to it. Carbonation was probably in the above average range. Thought it was a good porter in a can, nice for a fall day on the golf course.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of FriedSlug
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice dark brown beer with a light tan head. Doesn't leave much behind in lacing but the head stayed around the edge of the glass throughout. The aroma is slightly sweet, roasted malts with a touch of coffee and chocolate. The taste is roasted malts and a weird cola like taste that finishes with a little coffee and chocolate. Decent carbonation and a slightly thin mouthfeel. It is a pretty solid porter.

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Photo of cnagle28
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very disappointing. Get some coffee and some chocolate tones but it's watery. It's actually quite unimpressive. Rhinegeist struggles with making styles outside their usual IPAs.

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Photo of juicebox
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of HeyYoMar
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GOBLIN
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zonian1
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This porter is darker than most, pretty near black. A light brown head is just a little more half a finger tall with pretty good retention and some mixed spotting and patching left behind.
The nose brings up some light roast, maybe a touch on the toastier end, a light note of bean sprout (for lack of a better description), a hint of fudgy chocolate, stale coffee grounds, and kola nut.
The taste follows suit, and I find myself wishing I could draw more flavor out of this beer. What's there is good, it's just a little on the weaker side, and even then not that much. I also get a vague notion of something like deli meat (not spoiled or anything, and a little confusing).
The feel pretty good, a medium body with just a bit of crispness and fairly smooth. It hits the median between sweet and dry on the palate.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good Porter. Yum. A bit thin, but well done overall.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NorthCoastPranqster
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Snow81
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoodBrew
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I got a 6pck of panther from beer store around the corner. It an opaque dark with thin white head with no lace. The scent had some roast. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall a solid porter.

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Photo of norinco
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of qcbrewer
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of prototypic
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +7.2%

This is a pretty cool porter, close to but not quite like anything I've tried. As it warms a sweet, sugary chocolate flavor comes out that reminds me of a chocolate Tootise Pop. That's balanced by deeper roasted cocoa and barley. Overall, very clean with bright malty flavors but not so heavy like a lot of American porters.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rhinegeist Brewery - Panther. 5.8% ABV. 12oz can poured into a snifter.

Look: Pours a reddish black, identical to a Pepsi. Settles pitch black, retaining some ruby highlights. Two finger tan head, which lapses into trace amounts of lacing.

Smell: Very roasty, with dark malt, and hints of coffee, along with some roasted oats.

Feel: Medium bodied, but very smooth with some carbonation.

Taste: Smoky and roasty dark malts, coffee, oats, and a sweet chocolate finish.

Overall: Great example of an average porter; is smoky and roasty, and has coffee and chocolate. This one, unlike some, has a very smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of mlockman
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid, straightforward porter. Nothing offensive about it, but certainly nothing to make it stand out. I drank it, enjoyed it, but I don't feel compelled to purchase again.

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Photo of shreha
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zimm421
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown that is clear around the edges. The head is thin and tan. The nose has touches of chocolate and coffee, but it is severely lacking. The taste is caramel and touches of roasted malts, but again nothing that you'd expect from a robust porter. The feel is watery for a porter and I'm just left looking for more here and in all other aspects. Was really hoping for more but I'm just left bored.

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Photo of ohiobeer29
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Tracy for the can. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a nice looking black color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some lovely light lacing sticking and then sliding down into the beer. The smell, hot damn, if this wasn’t nice, it had a super nice roasty smooth coffee with a fairly light chocolate to mocha flavoring. Light vanilla slightly settles the aroma nicely. The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors to combine and provided a super nice glazing of chocolate coating the vanilla and mocha. There’s a long lingering robust and smooth chocolate to coffee aftertaste leading to a not as dry as expected finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was there and good for the style and for me. Overall, I say this was a pretty good American Porter. If I lived in their distro, I’d be seeking this beer out more than enough.

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Panther from Rhinegeist Brewery
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 223 ratings