Panther | Rhinegeist Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rhinegeist Brewery
Ohio, United States
rhinegeist.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#28,144
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
223
pDev:
11.8%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
74
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 223 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of kylehay2004
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is close to being black in color; when held up to the light it is very dark red in color. It poured with a quarter finger high light beige head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark malts are present in the nose along with notes of cola.
T: The taste follows the smell, but seems a little more maltier, with lingering notes of dark malts and faint hints of molasses.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and seems to be quite flavorful for the style.

Serving type: can

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As the trend for the robust, or American porter is to blur the line with stout in an effort to be stronger, thus hopefully more flavorful. The astute Cincinnati brewers at Rhinegeist pull back on that trend and construct a taste that's smooth, balanced, and certainly doesn't skimp on the robustness.

Panther's dark walnut hues cast ominous impressions as its mousey swath of foam tantalize the nose with dark chocolate, nutty kona coffee, a wonderfully burnt scent of sugar and a creaminess that's just off of vanilla and yogurt. As its full and toasty taste slathers on the tastebuds, a masculine tone is set.

Its malt complexity layers softly on the middle palate. Its moderate and toasty sweetness is of deeply seared toffee and burnt cream; and all help to soften the brunt of burnt toast, nutty coffee and bitter walnut oils. Where the hops help to crispen the taste and dry the palate, its bitterness comes across as more of a coffee-type of taste.

Seemingly medium-full, the creamy malt substrate is firm and resilient, only wavering as the beer nears closure. Its hops and toasted dryness provides a surprisingly clean and comforting sense of drinkability though the session seems decadent and lush. Panther is certainly a skillfully crafted porter; a seldom seen home run in the current porter market.

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Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 11/2/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy very dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, light smoke, herbal, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, light smoke, herbal, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Moderate herbal/spicy hop and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, light smoke, herbal, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from hop/roast bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and fairly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.8%. Overall this is an awesome American porter! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Really outstanding well rounded malt complexity, spot on for the style. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives cola colored with a dark tan head that leaves some spots of lacing around the glass

Smell: Roasty tones of cocoa, fig, prune and cola nut

Taste: Chocolate and dark fruit forward with fig and prune tones; earthy hop tones develop, in the middle, with some roasty bitterness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A decent porter with some interesting fruit tones

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear extremely dark cola brown, approaching jet black in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint chestnut brown colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Slightly less than significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts, dark malts, and earthy hops with a hint of cola nut. Very light notes of dark fruit (fig + plum) in the aroma as well.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of dark + roasted malts with a moderate amount of dark fruit (fig + plum) sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of molasses + cocoa and a light amount of earthy hops. There is a light to moderate amount of roasty bitterness which lingers through the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and enjoyable flavors + aromas. Nice complexity of flavor.

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Photo of smithj4
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

On-tap 1/27/2017 at Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, molasses and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of molasses, dark fruit, chocolate and coffee. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while but there are better choices available within the style.

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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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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 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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Photo of PA-Michigander
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 aasher
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of StoutSnob40
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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

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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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 Sabtos
3.01/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Dark brown with a massive tan froth leaving coral lace.

Smell starts out quite spicy or piney, with toast, cracker, milk, and cologne. In other words, it's not like a porter at all. The bready smell that takes over makes this seem almost like a lager.

Taste is brown sugar, pine, toast, and cola. It's almost like a nut brown, with a hint of cigar wrapping, and a sweet finish.

Feel is watery, thin, and semi-wet.

Overall this is like a nut brown mixed with a lager. I think it's a misstep to use the name "Panther" for something this mild. Such a name should be reserved for a more sleek, stealthy, and subtly vicious beer. This one's just weak.

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

Photo of rjp217
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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