Coal Porter | Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
Maine, United States
atlanticbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A superb porter, hearty & dark. This one is a staff favorite, made with pale, crystal, Munich, chocolate, and black malts. The darker malts give Coal its color and rich flavor. We use Target and Willamette hops to yield a very subtle hop flavor in this porter.

We cellar this beer for close to six months before releasing it on the thirsty throngs of fans.

Added by UnionMade on 11-04-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#26,998
Reviews:
288
Ratings:
463
pDev:
12.33%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
48
Trade:
0
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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bar Harbor Beer Works in Bar Harbor, ME.

This one pours a nice deep dark black, with a small white foamy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like dark chocolate, herbal bitterness, light smoke, coffee, and bread.

This is pretty solid and standard straightforward porter. It's done well, with a nice mix of flavors- smokey, roasty, bitter, and chocolatey- all stuff I want to see in porters. It's not doing anything new, but at least it's doing it well.

This is kind of light bodied, with a high level of drinkability, and a little bit of creaminess. I'd want a bit more full body/creaminess if possible.

This is a nice little porter, mostly well brewed and nice to drink.

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Photo of kdivers
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Lucnifter
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hockeypuck
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zazzi82
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of lowlyone
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SABERG
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a recently purchased bottle into the test glass.
A - Bakers chocolate in color, quick to dissipate cap of off white.
S - Roast malt, cocoa powder, hints of earth
T - Follows the nose, add some bitterness from american hops
M - Thin in body, sweet start, then a nice dry finish
O - A pretty well balanced porter, a bit thin but flavorful

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Photo of tiltedglass
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In some ways I love this beer—for the idea of it. Unfiltered, and a funny great name (for those of us who love Cole). But it just waters down to nothing in the mouth, and that's such a huge surprise for an "unfiltered" beer I was disheartened. I might give this a 5 for a good idea, but when it comes down to sitting with a solid porter, it lacks something after the first lovely hit of bitterness and I want to grab a Guinness. Or better yet, sticking to area beers, a Smuttynose Robust Porter, which is the superior beer to almost any. But my advice here: get some and drink it warm. It has some really nice flavors and a massive roasted barley edge that will please. From there, it's not all perfect, but what a good idea.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a speiglau stout glass.

Look is pitch black with an off white head.

Aroma is astrigent and roasty.

Body is a little thin, but the taste is full of delicious roast.

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

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It poured a nice jet black in color with a nice frothy head. The smell had some cocoa, chocolate, and coffee tones to it with a decent amount of roast to it. The taste is pretty balanced with the noted smells. A good finish somewhat sweet and roasty. The palate was creamy and had a medium body to it. I would have this again.

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

No discernible date on bottle. Poured into stout glass. It pours a very dark cola color with ruby hues when held to the light, and one finger of khaki-colored head and lacing. It's not as black as many porters, especially one named "Coal." It smells of dark roasted malt, caramel, dark bread, and nuts (almost a whiff of peanut butter). I can't tell the age of the bottle but I'm not tasting the caramel I smelled. Rather, it is dark, smoky, roasted malt, burnt coffee with a bitter, slightly salty finish. It has a fairly light porter body with pleasant carbonation and the 6.5% ABV is no impediment to drinking. Looking at what others say in their reviews, I cannot help but think I have an old bottle. I'd like to try this fresher and on draught.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmorris15
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Pours a very deep brown color with a short dense khaki head that settled into a thin cap.

The aroma is of pumpernickel and caramel. Not much from the darker malts.

The taste is of a very light roast, perhaps a touch ashy. Toasted Pumpernickel bread with caramel sweetness.

The feel is moderate and smooth. Mildly sweet throughout the palate and finishes with a light roasted bitterness.

A nice easy drinking earthy porter. Not overly complex.

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Photo of MatthewWalters
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CharlesK
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This porter pours a deep, pitch black color with a somewhat thin white head. The smell is of roasted grains with some dark chocolate and tones. The flavor is of roasted grains primarily, with some chocolate sweetness that comes out in the aftertaste and merges with a light coffee and hops bitterness. The body is somewhere between medium and heavy, maybe a little lighter than the average porter. The flavor is really nice and clean albeit not all that complex. The body is also slightly light for the style. Still a good overall porter though. Like the Bar Harbor Real Ale I think this beer is kind of underrated, but I feel like it must not be brewed the same at all times, because the reviews are really all over the place with their descriptions.

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Photo of travelguy
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Coal Porter from Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 463 ratings