Yorkshire Porter
Queen City Brewery

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Style:
Porter - English
Ranked #230
ABV:
5%
Score:
83
Ranked #39,904
Avg:
3.66 | pDev: 12.84%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
86
From:
Queen City Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  19
SCORE
83
Good
Notes: Queen City Brewery’s interpretation of this classic English dark ale is rich, full-bodied, and well-balanced with an unparalleled smoothness, an understated hop bitterness, and a malt profile that accentuates the chocolate and coffee-like character. (ABV 5.0% IBU 36) - Porter
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 2020/11/19
Pours a small tan fizzy head with low retention, touch of lacing, jet black color

Nose brings nice roasted malts and English toasted grainy malts, biscuity wafer cookie and toasted notes, a bit of dark chocolate, then getting more chocolate, a touch of fruity

Taste brings more of the dark British malts, toasted biscuity wafer cookie, lots more chocolate, cocoa, dark chocolate, nice roasted malts with a little coffee, a touch of baking spice, mild earthy spicy hop notes in the background with med-light bitterness, rich porter, finishes drier with more bitterness getting to the med level, spicy hops, more roast, and cocoa lingering

Mouth is med to fuller bod, a little creamy and rich, med to a bit lighter foamy carb

Overall solid English porter, seems pretty robust despite only 5% abv, nice British malt, good chocolate and roast, quite enjoyable

Feb 13, 2021
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TigerSoul from New Jersey

2.27/5  rDev -38%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

In a word: "meh". I was really anticipating something special from this small brewery in South Burlington, as they are just about the only one in the area that is not obsessed with IPA's, instead concentrating on the more classic European styles, porter being one of my all time favorites. Queen City's take on it is a big disappointment: watery, weak and wimpy. Add to that the surly folks who work there, one of whom seemed almost reluctant to serve us for some mysterious reason, and I won't be visiting them again.

Nov 07, 2019
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I tried this beer at the brewery. It poured an opaque dark with thin ecru head that did not leave much lace. The scent had subtle hints of chocolate. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with cocoa malt presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

Oct 11, 2019
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On draft

Very dark brown, tan head. Aroma is more chocolate than roast. Same with the taste. A touch sweet. Medium bodied, smooth. Flavorful but easy drinking.

Aug 03, 2019
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garthbrennan from Canada (AB)

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A moreso true to form English porter with great body and correct hoppiness. Enjoyed thoroughly after letting it warm closer to room temperature. It may be that you Vermont hopheads are not giving this this a fair shake. Great job Queen city!

Sep 10, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a rim of a mocha to off white bar pour’s kind of head. The smell had a sweet cocoa bean to powder aroma sliding into some nice roasty coffee beans. The taste was mainly sweet taking the previously mentioned flavors to town on the sweetness and allowing a delicate creaminess in the flavor. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation rides extremely low allowing a sweet creaminess to be felt on my tongue. Overall, really nice porter, definitely one of their better beers and one I’d definitely come back to.

Jun 07, 2017
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GormBrewhouse from Vermont

3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours brown ,light white head, little or no scent, tastes like a porter that ran a touch short on the specialty grains, feels thin an a bit watery. Average at best

Apr 24, 2017
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

2.89/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a dark, dark brown color with a finger of tan head. Not much in the way of retention or lacing.

Aroma is dark roasted malts and grain. Not much else.

Taste follows the nose. Maybe a faint hint of chocolate on the finish. Very light and flavorless.

I agree with others on the feel here. It's as thin as water and equally as bland. Low carbonation. It's just...water.

Overall, an incredibly mediocre beer that is ruined by an awful mouthfeel. The flavors are bland and lifeless and I'm not sure I can even call this "beer". I appreciate subtlety, Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout is one of my favorite beers. This is just flavored water.

Feb 22, 2017
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Murky and dark enough to not allow light to pass. The head is brief selling to rim bubbles quickly. No lace.

Dark, deeply roasted chocolate. Semisweet.

Lots of semisweet chocolate on the initial taste. The body is a bit watery and the lower carbonation doesn't help. The flavor though is rich with very little bitterness. The aftertaste is short but full of flavor.

Aug 21, 2016
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a nonic pint a dark brown color with a small tan head that is difficult to rise up despite frequent agitation. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell is light and sweet, caramel and a bit of fruit from the malt. Limited roast or chocolate notes. Taste starts with a sharp bitterness first, middle is caramel and some sweetness, it's ended with a bit of char and some coffee.

Body is pretty light, carbonation is low. Overall this is slightly below average for a porter, but with no offensive flavors there's nothing wrong about it. Felt like a was drinking a diet stout more than a porter. Expected rich and sweet chocolate notes but got a bit of a watery roasted malt beer. Some improvement could make this a lot better.

Jun 13, 2016
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popopine from New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap more than once and it is excellent. Black. On the thicker side. Smooth and effervescent. Nice big flav with a coffee foundation. One of my favorite porters to date. If you like Fullers, you'll love this (its actually better, imo).

May 22, 2016
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bluehende from Delaware

3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

As usual I will be in the middle. I agree that this was not a porter with a lot of mouth feel to it. The taste was pleasant and even given the light mouth feel this was an average porter.

Oct 10, 2015
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

L - Pretty good. Full and dark, which a fluffy bone head. Appealing.

S - Oh boy, it begins. Smells thin! How do you manage to make your mouthfeel so bad that I can SMELL it! Other than that, typical generic English malt aromas.

T - Fringing on Belgian darkness, but overall it's all weak. English malts that do nothing but make me hate English beer even more. No flavor, no substance. Are they even trying?

F - I bet you can guess where this blurb is headed. Thin, oily mouthfeel. I've had richer water than this.

O - Since the other guy is calling out other reviews, I'll do the the same. This is not a good example of anything, except maybe how not to brew beer.

Aug 14, 2015
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JeffC_NH from New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prototypical English Porter--one of the best examples of the style that I've had. I have to laugh at some of the other reviews of this beer--methinks you're corrupted by IBUs. Folks, this is an awesome porter.

Jun 19, 2015
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 5/11/2015 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 thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

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

T: The taste starts out with flavors of coffee and licorice along with some background flavors of smoke and dark fruit. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is very mild but brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly smoky.

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

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are other Porters that I would choose before this one.

May 12, 2015
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TBonez477 from Vermont

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall missing roasted notes typical of the style. Much more dark fruit flavor bordering Belgian style. Not what I was expecting after sampling several times.

Feb 25, 2015
Yorkshire Porter from Queen City Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 86 ratings