Columbus 1859 Porter | Columbus Brewing Company

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Columbus Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of dmcclurejr
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of clickpush
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap to elongated glass at Columbus airport pub. Comes with 1.5 finger tan head over very dark body. Touches of brown and ruby around edges. Lace lasts through whole beer with sticky webbing around glass. Nice roasty aroma. Slightly cold still for an overwhelming smell but can pick out some chocolate and burnt toast. Flavor is very dry and roasty. Enjoyable smooth mouthfeel and lingering bitter, roast flavors. Light, flavorful, and easy drinking.

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Photo of blakesell
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass

Appearance- Beer pours a near black brown with a fingernail thin head that swiftly dies to a light ring around the rims of the glass. Lacing clings to the sides of the glass for the duration.

Smell- Dark and malty with just a hint of hops. I may catch some smoke or possibly it's all in my head. Hops come through more as the beer warms.

Taste- That smoke was not all in my head. Smoke malt is heavy in the flavour. I would even go so far as to say that it's a smoked porter. Hops bring themselves to light at just the right time. I'm amazed by the balance on these beers.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, smokey, smooth, roasty, full bodied and evenly carbonated.

Drinkability- This and Alaskan are tow of the best smoked porters I've ever had. Great job, Eric.

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Photo of letsgopens
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An impressive looking porter. It pours an opaque black from the growler and displays a tall, creamy, mocha colored head. The foam holds fairly well and leaves some decent, uniform lace. Very appetizing appearance.

Now that's what a porter should smell like! Robust and earthy with some smoke, dark bitter chocolate, and baking cocoa. Black coffee arises in the middle along with a toasted nut character and burnt raisin. Deep caramelization and very roasty throughout with hints of blackstrap molasses and a moderate char. Big, bold and very roasty.

Again robust and smoky with lots of char and heavily roasted, chocolate malts. Some dark fruit, burnt raisin and more molasses. A bit creamier and sweeter than the nose implies. Raw cream and semisweet chocolate are present. Black coffee and some mild leafy hops. Not as boisterous as the nose lead me to believe it may be but also more balanced than expected.

Very creamy and full. Lower carbonation but a very finer bubble structure makes for a slightly crisp brew. Otherwise thick and viscous. The finish is smooth, slick, and creamy with a slide acidic twang as well. An excellent Porter to be sure. Formidable and satisfying.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer hits the mark on all characteristics that you'd want in a good 'ole American Porter. Reminds me of a really rich Brown Ale, but with an added nutty, coffee aroma and flavor. The beer showcases the chocolate notes with hints of Milk Stouts, particularly in the texture. Moderate hops neither dominate, nor retreat. Higher carbonation makes the beer lighter than a Flag Porter and brings out the hop aromas a bit. Solid brew-- can't wait to have another.

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Photo of OhioBobcat
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best at Columbus Brewing Company. This is a black opaque brew with a smallish tan head. The head thins out quickly, but leaves small lace deposits on the glass. The nose is roasted coffee and chocolate; very nice. The taste is full of smokiness, coffee, bits of chocolate sense, toffee, and malt. The feel is creamy even if the body is a tad lighter than expected.

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Photo of Wildman
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, this is one they only have on draft at their brewpub. Their brewmaster was going for a traditional british style after a visit to England. This beer poured an amazing black color but with little head, but maybe that was due to the temperature it was served. Aroma had strong elements of burnt coffee and malt. The taste was also of coffee and malts with elements of toffee. The way he did this shows the old connection between the porters and the stouts. Very good beer.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at O'Shaughnessy's Public House in the Arena District here in Columbus under the moniker "O'Shaughnessy's Dam Good Porter". The waiter told us it was brewed exclusively for O'Shaughnessy's by CBC but I can't imagine it being a different brew than the 1859 Porter. Either way this is a great Porter. I had to wait for it to warm a bit as it was served too cold but it was worth it. Pours an oily black color with a very thin head. Nice roasted coffee aroma. Slightly creamy flavor consisting of coffee (again) with a nice toasty finish. This is definitely one to get again.

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Photo of Zorro
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Columbus Brewing bar at the Columbus Ohio airport.

Impressive good looks, quite dark brown colored beer with a one-inch lighter brown colored head.

Smell is sweet with a strong chocolate and charred malt scent. Little bit of carrot scent, pretty common in the higher hopped porters and stouts.

Taste starts out neutral too mildly sweet with a really smooth chocolate and coffee flavor. A little bit of smoke from time to time but mostly this is smooth as silk in the mouth. What this lacks in complexity it makes up for in pure drinkability.

Little thick but this isn't a milkshake thick beer.

Remember what I said about drinkability? This is one seriously smooth and user-friendly beer, and I say this after sampling quite a few beers on this trip to Ohio, smoothest beer I had on this trip. Columbus Brewing is sort of the Rodney Dangerfield of Midwest beer; nothing at all wrong with it except it is predictable as a rule. This is the one beer that this brewery makes that IS in fact Exceptional and notable.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the CBC brewpub at Port Columbus airport. The appearance was real nice, dark brown-black color with a chocolate milk colored 2-finger foam. The aroma was sweet and malty, with roasted malts and a hint of chocolate in the background. The taste was much richer than expected, roasty and creamy like an oatmeal stout but with some chocolate and maybe some coffee in there as well. The mouthfeel was much better than expected, creamy and a little heavier than usually seen in this style. Overall a very good American porter, maybe one of the best I've had.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Surly Girl, definitely had a nice look to it deep charcoal hue with ruby higlights nice big mocha tan head. Aroma had earthy light herbal hop notes with dark chocolate and a touch of coffee, but nothing explosive in the nose. Flavor was well rounded drier than most porters dark roasted malt gave dark chocolate and darker roasted coffee tones with a creamy pleasant tone throughout the experience. Mild underlying fruitiness with a finishing kiss of balancing herbal hops. Again quality well made beer from Columbus Brewing. Mouthfeel was smooth carbonation even and easy going. Drinkability was very nice an approachable portr with a wealth of flavor, a another solid example of good beer from Columbus Brewing.

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Photo of Adamostella
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of jharkins07
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of beergeek279
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as a sample at Columbus Brewing Company. The color was a very dark brown, with a nice tan head. The smell was of coffee. The taste was a very light coffee malt...not quite as bold as some of the other porters. Moufheel was smooth. As for drinkability, definitely could have a few.

Possibly my 2nd favorite beer from Columbus Brewing, after the Pale Ale. A solid beer, and a shame that this is brewpub-only, since this would sell really well.

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Photo of TheBierBand
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received my pint with a nice 1/2 tan head over a mostly black to dark brown liquid.

The aroma was very nice. Notes of chocolate and coffee.

The taste was quite good. The malty chocolate came through quite well. Nice hop bitterness to balance the sweetness.

Mouthfeel was also good. Just the right amount of carbonation. nice and thick and chewey for a porter.

Drinkability - didn't seem overly powerful. I could have had many of these. However, I wanted to try some others, so all I had was one.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brown, almost black. Very large tan head graced the top, eventually faded down to just a slight ring around the outside of the glass. No glass lace and little carbonation,.Smell very sweet, lots of caramel and roasted coffee, a touch of chocolate perhaps. Very nice light feel. Good carbonation kept it feeling alive and allowed the flavors to really pop. Nice burnt caramel sugar and a touch of chocolate.

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Photo of BigBry
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz. pint glass at O'Shaughnessy's Public House in Columbus. Apparently this is the house brand, also known as O'Shaughnessy's Dam Good Porter.
Dark brown in color with a tan brown head. Good head retention and nice lacing throughout.
Some coffee and chocolate aromas. Those same smelss are in the flavor, along with the roasted malts. Lots of flavor, but a thinner than expected body and mouthfeel. Clean finish, very drinkable. Thanks for buying this round Harry!

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Photo of brentk56
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a dark coffee color and a modest head that laces initially but does not retain particularly well

Smell: Roasty aromas with plenty of dark chocolate

Taste: Starts out with a roasty flavor with dark chocolate elements that build, mid-palate; after the swallow, their is a slight increase in the roasty bitterness but a sweetness also makes an appearance to balance out the bitter elements

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly a drinkable beer (this one consumed at the Columbus airport) but nowhere near as good as the porter I had the previous night at Barley's downtown

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz. pint glass at the Airport location of Columbus. Note: I had to let this one sit like 25 minutes before it was reviewable. It was served incredibly cold. Poured like liquid chocolate, with a decently lived dark brown head. Nice lacing throughout.
Some espresso and chocolate on the nose
Those same aromas come back in the flavor with a host of roasted malts and a subdued bitterness.
Not sure if it was a weaker than medium body or that the carbonation was tweaked, but this one went down very smooth and quick. Very clean finish. Pretty drinkable. Though not my favorite in the world, it was well worth $10 for two on the company dime before a flight.

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Photo of Osiris9588
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a tasting flight at the brewery.

Pours an opaque black with a tan head.

The aroma is of roasted malt, grain, and coffee beans.

The flavory is very grainy, has deep roasted malt, along with somewhat bitter coffee, toffee, and a hint little black cherry.

The mouth is full-bodied and chewy. It's a well rounded porter, making it drinkable despite its grainy-ness. Solid for sure.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on cask at the Pub at Polaris.

A- Pours a black color with a tan head. Head has average lacing and leaves some nice lacing for about half the glass.

S- Burnt malts, coffee and chocolate. Not nearly as strong as other porters.

T- Again, it tasted fairly weak, but nothing terrible by any means. Starts out fairly sweet from a chocolate taste, then roasty flavors kick in, pretty well balanced here.

M- Medium in body and low carbonation.

D- Easy to drink and worth a try for sure. I just feel that there are much better ones out there.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a brown color with a thin off-white head that leaves some scattered lacing.

S- Light roasted dark malt and caramel with a bit of smoke.

T- Easy roasted malt flavor with a faint coffee finish. Surprisingly, this one is a touch hoppy with a fair amount of bitterness. Mostly sweet dark malt in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with low carbonation. A tad thin for the style.

D- A decent porter that didn't really Wow me. Next time I will just go for CBC's IPA.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Columbus Brewing Company

Appearance: served in a pint glass and WAY too cold. Deep chocolate brown color with a rocky, foamy white head. Leaves nice lacings down the side throughout.

Smell: Couldn't get much. I think because it was too damn cold. I tried agitating it a bit but with no success. Really bummed.

Taste: Made up for it here. Nice blend of coffee, carmel, and roasted malts. Very complex and balanced. No hop bitterness. A touch of sweetness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Can't put my finger on it but it's a classic porter feel. Medium with carbonation presence but not overpowering.

Drinkability and overall: A very drinkable porter. This is one of my favorite styles and I've sampled plenty. I wouldn't say this is the best but I would put it in a "good or very good" category. I think this would be a nice introduction for someone who isn't a typical porter drinker.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good porter, but straight-forward (it's what you'd expect a porter to be). Color is a black body that looks distinctly red as the light shines through it. Aroma is mostly dry roasty with some very limited chocolate notes. Flavor is roasty ("burned pizza crust") with some chocolate notes and a noticeable amount of hops (or is it just the power of suggestion from the beers description?). The roastiness imparts a quite dry mouthfeel which leaves a sticky chocolatey film in the mouth...mmmm.

I would recommend this beer. I had it on-tap at the Columbus airport.

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Columbus 1859 Porter from Columbus Brewing Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 29 ratings.
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