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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Photo of cincyfan81
4.92/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

loved it smooth with great taste

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4.76/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of Amnesia_Jones
4.64/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A favorite among my favorites. I love. I shall say no more.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had received this Panther in a trade, but when I began to review it, I realized that there was no existing picture of the CAN. The extreme close-up CAN/may/should be attributed to yours truly, but it also sent the CAN into the backlog until now. I am a proud University of Pittsburgh Panther, but I see where they also get a Blonde Cougar in the CAN! That's what I really want!

From the CAN: "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."

The Crack! revealed a Panther who was anxious to prowl! I gave it just enough of a Glug to send it on its way before backing off to retreat into the shadows myself. I had a brief finger of fizzy, deep-tan/light-brown head before it also retreated into the shadows. This was going to be a stealth review, but I was up to the task! Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & garnet highlights. Gorgeous! Nose smelled chocolate-y & I understood their mention of carob. I remember, as a kid, going into a health foods store at the beginning of North Charlotte Street back in the early-1970s with my mom & being offered some carob snacks. I really thought that they were chocolate CANdies, only to get the disappointment of my young life. Experiences like that CAN leave lasting memories! Mouthfeel was medium, approaching, but not achieving fullness. The taste was ersatz chocolate, faux chocolate, chocolate, but not quite chocolate. Very interesting, especially for a Porter. A local newspaper columnist was recently musing on what CANstitutes a Porter vs a Stout. This was definitely NOT a Stout! The molasses that they alluded to was a subtle sourness (& I really hate to use that adjective) on the finish, but molasses/treacle has a flavor that CANnot be mistaken for sweet. The other aspect to this beer that lands it foursquare as a Porter is that I CAN imagine it with a wide range and variety of adjuncts, especially fruits. CAN you imagine Raspberry, Blueberry, Strawberry & even Mint Panther? I CAN! A Stout would be ruined with most, if not all, of those. It finished in that twilight zone between semi-sweet & semi-dry & I would a) absolutely drink it again & b) love to see them do it with one-off adjuncts. Something good has come out of Cincy ('cause it ain't the Bungholes)!

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of brycevolk
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

A – Medium-brown with light caramel head.

S – Roasted maltiness, with a mixture of sweetened, condensed milk and chocolate milk.

T – Lightly roasted coffee, milk chocolate, roasted peanuts, and breadiness from the malts. Not a lot of hop flavor, which is fine by me. Light, crisp finish.

M – Medium-full body and medium-low carbonation

O – Exactly what I expect from a well-balanced porter: not too heavy, not too light, not too sweet, and not too hoppy. It was difficult to find any flaws in this beer. Canned porter made locally in Ohio. Not much more this beer geek can ask. 45/50.

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of _andrew_
4.49/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.46/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 BassPro16SL
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jaskuy
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CraftIsKing
4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akopczyk
4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zao77
4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of screamking
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rob315
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.24/5  rDev +13.7%

Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can, poured into a shaker pint at approximately 45 degrees F.

A: Pours almost exactly like Dr. Pepper, from the look right down to the effervescence and the life of the tan head. Once in the glass, this beer is inky as all get-out. The iPhone flashlight test reveals a tiny spot of ruby highlight that shows through, and that's about it for light penetration. Once the head is gone, so too is any cap or ring, and as one might expect, so too is any hope of lacing. None to be had.

S: Caramel mocha machiatto, almost dead on. Sweetness dancing atop hints of dark roastiness. There's something deep in the scent reminiscent of black cherries, around the sweetened coffee-chocolate-caramel miasma.

T: Sweet malt, with the caramel notes decidedly present, joined in the middle with milk chocolate and just the vaguest hint of cherries. There's a coffee tinge to the flavor throughout, but definitely several stages lighter than espresso - we're looking at maybe breakfast blend at the lightest. If there is a hop presence, I am unable to really notice it, and I am a raging malthead with a hop flavor sensitivity and aversion.

M: Creamy and silky, with a medium body and absolutely none of watery finish many porters seem to have. There's just enough carbonation to keep this from feeling flat, but not enough to add any unwanted sharpness.

O: A solid, drinkable canned porter. It isn't an Eddie Fitz by any stretch of the imagination, but then, what is?

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Photo of C_bill
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smooth porter. The sweet malty tone is more prevalent with a minor bite from hops. Like many beers from this brewery, way too easy to drink. I just want more. Lots of it.

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