Coal Porter
Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ

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Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
Maine, United States
Porter - American
Ranked #399
Ranked #23,244
3.73 | pDev: 12.33%
Jul 08, 2021
Nov 04, 2001
Notes: 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.
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4.25 by KrissyKat6 from New York on Jul 08, 2021
3 by McSeal from Connecticut on May 21, 2021
3.76 by Chilmer from Iowa on Dec 01, 2019
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3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by WoodBrew from Ohio

I'm trying a bottle of this beer that I bought back from vacation in Bangor/ Bar Harbor. It poured an opaque dark with thin off white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had roast notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with earth and roast presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

Sep 05, 2019
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3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by akaizer from Virginia

From tap. Look had a nice khaki-tan head that slowly drifted down while the coloration was a dense dark coffee. Scent came across as a blend of coffee-espresso. Taste was campfire: a bit smoky and charcoal-y with some of the espresso coming out at the end. Pretty full bodied taste throughout. Interesting beer to try out.

Aug 31, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by GreesyFizeek from New York

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.

Oct 02, 2018
3.75 by kdivers from New Hampshire on Jun 24, 2018
3.79 by shreead from Pennsylvania on Apr 06, 2018
3.62 by Lucnifter from California on Nov 30, 2017
3.59 by hockeypuck from Maine on Nov 16, 2017
3.5 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee on Oct 31, 2017
4.05 by NOLANDMAN from Massachusetts on Oct 26, 2017
3.68 by lowlyone from Massachusetts on Oct 26, 2017
3.53 by 322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania on Oct 13, 2017
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3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by SABERG from Massachusetts

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

Oct 03, 2017
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3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by tiltedglass from New York

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.

Aug 24, 2017
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4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

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.

Aug 15, 2017
3.77 by lost_sailor from Massachusetts on Aug 05, 2017
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3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.

Jun 11, 2017
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3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by MacMalt from New Jersey

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.

Jan 05, 2017
3.75 by DrewSnyc667 from Massachusetts on Dec 31, 2016
3.78 by mmorris15 from Maine on Dec 20, 2016
3.94 by BEERMILER12 from Maine on Nov 21, 2016
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3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Gmann from New York

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.

Oct 29, 2016
3.98 by HopBroker from Washington on Aug 26, 2016
3.48 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on Aug 11, 2016
3.77 by gratefulbeerhead from Indiana on Jun 26, 2016
4 by Mack from Canada (QC) on Jun 20, 2016
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3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

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.

Jun 07, 2016
4.25 by travelguy from Ohio on May 24, 2016
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4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by q33jeff from New Jersey

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Bottle to pint glass at 51 Lincoln, Newton, MA. Aroma is toasted barley, oatmeal,. Taste is chalky, but Smokey sweet. Coffee, oatmeal, touch of salt. Appearance is thick black, off white head is larger than most. Lively carbonation. Almost a stout. Great beer.
Great Meal also. Best. Cornbread. Ever.

Mar 28, 2016
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3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by irrevjim from Massachusetts

from a bottle to a pint tulip
look; black, big 1.25" inch head, some retention and moderate lacing
smell; roasted malt, hint of stale lager smell, chocolate, hint of sour cream
taste; roasted malt, pretty simple and well presented, some chocolate , some sugar
feel; it is well carbonated, more so than a porter should be but right for this beer
overall; yummy and easy for a proper porter, which this is

Feb 17, 2016
3.83 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts on Feb 04, 2016
4 by seahorse515 from Louisiana on Feb 04, 2016
4.64 by Hoppy_Time from Maine on Jan 03, 2016
3.74 by dpgoblejr from New Hampshire on Jan 01, 2016
3.74 by williahd from Maine on Dec 20, 2015
3.42 by RhinoBrew from Massachusetts on Dec 02, 2015
3.5 by chefhatt from Pennsylvania on Nov 10, 2015
3.99 by DrStiffington from New Jersey on Nov 07, 2015
Coal Porter from Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
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