Coal Porter | Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ

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Coal PorterCoal Porter

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Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
Maine, United States

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

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Ratings: 463 |  Reviews: 288
Reviews by MaineBirdMan:
Photo of MaineBirdMan
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have this beer quite often at a local pub. I've had it both by the bottle and on tap. I prefer it on tap.

appearance: deep mahogony almost black. About a half inch head of foam.

smell: coffee, roasted malts

taste: Good amount of coffee up front. Very smooth finish. Just enough carbonation.

mouthfeel: very clean. smooth

drinkability: Very easy to drink. I could spend a sunday afternoon at the pub drinking a bunch of these porters.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beautiful, clear, deep-mahogany robe of this porter appears almost black throughout most of the glass; and it's frothy tan head holds well and leaves some very nice lacing about the rim. Roastiness dominates the nose over a thin slab of bittersweet chocolate that's just lightly drizzled with sweet caramel. It's creamy and smooth across the palate, enhancing its maltiness and downplaying its abrassive roastiness. This is a really intensely coffee-ish (as in black coffee!) porter. Fortunately, some dense bittersweet chocolate and caramel maltiness is there to lend it buoyancy. Grassy, leafy, and spicy hops make their way through towards the swallow, and its bold bitterness anchors it unquestionably. It finishes quite dry with a lingering bitterness and some mild dark-malt acidity, but it leaves surprisingly less roastiness than the flavor might have indicated.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not quite opaque tobacco brown with a generous infusion of scarlet. Light is better able to penetrate the edges of the glass, giving highlights of amber-orange. Atop the beer is a small golden ecru head that falls to a one finger disk within minutes and leaves an underwhelming amount of lace.

Very nice porter nose. Well-roasted malt and sweet chocolate are the main elements, with a faint whiff of coffee and very little in the way of hops. Simple, but powerful and direct.

Coal Porter tastes darker and richer than it looks or smells. Freshly ground coffee beans now compete on an equal footing with bittersweet chocolate. Moderately roasted malt results in a slight char, but stops short of frankly burnt. Even though there's very little hop flavor, what's present is well used from the perspective of balance.

The finish is relatively long and gives the drinker the opportunity to appreciate the various facets of the flavor profile individually or in combination. That is, unquestionably, the mark of a well-constructed beer and is what keeps me tipping the glass up again and again and again. The mouthfeel is as silky smooth as any medium-bodied beer has a right to be.

Coal Porter is good beer. Too many porters drink closer to brown ales than to stouts and are the worse for it. This is certainly no 'storter' but is a robust enough, flavorful porter that was a pleasure to drink. I look forward to trying more of ABC's beers if they're brewed with this degree of skill. Thanks to far333 for the bottle.

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Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a deep dark brown with a thin wispy off white head that was gone in a flash,first thing I noticed aroma wise was a hefty bit of bitter chocolate with undertones of earth and dark roast coffee nice and full in the nose.A little thin in the mouthfeel department but not to the watery stage it just added to the drinkability a little really,quite dry flavors some bitter unsweetened chocolate and earthy tones dominate underlying dark roast coffee comes in to play in a decent finish.A solid Maine porter no frills really just solid.

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Photo of OhioBobcat
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of JMD71
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Warriorsoul. Thanks, bro! Sampled & reviewed 1/7/07:

Ap: Deep ruby red to dark brown hue with very little head when poured. Almost reminiscent of a imp stout in apearance from little head. Carbonation seems a bit low for a porter.

Ar: Earthy fruit, roasted barley & chocolate notes. Toast & a slight roastiness prevades.

Ta: Wonderful rich roasted malt with bitter chocolate malt noted. Very well balanced between sweet, roasted malt & hop bitterness.

Mo: Medium bodied. Smooth & clean. Carbonation was well suited to style after it seemed low in appearance.

Dr: Very easy drinkning porter. Flavors well balanced to make this go down smooth.

Comments: Good example of a well balanced porter that exhibits nice roastiness with a slight offsetting hop profile. Recommended...

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Photo of Bitzer
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of blitz134
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finger and a half light brown head over a nearly opaque, coal black body. Head slowly reduced to a nice layer on top.

Aroma is slightly sweet almost with a slight bit of citrus hops smell to it. Fruity wine-like aroma coming out as well. Not the typical toasted aroma profile I’m used to with a porter.

Taste is totally different from the aroma. Initially there is a burnt taste hitting the palate first followed by a roasted base. The finish is slightly chocolaty. The taste hits nearly all of the typical porter flavors but with some lackluster power.

Medium mouthfeel with this one which coats well but only lets the flavors linger for a bit. Drinkability is pretty good as well since the flavor profile isn’t overwhelming and doesn’t hang around for too long. This is a slightly above average easy drinking porter for me.

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Photo of irrevjim
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours to a dark brown color with a good creamy head. It has a chocolate/sweet smell to it, which I found very pleasant. I enjoyed the taste of chocolate and malt, but the beer felt light-weight in my mouth. I enjoyed this beer, but would drink other porters first.

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Photo of muffguy4beer
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into tulip glass.

Appearance: dark brown in color with decently thick brown head.

Smell: coffee, smokey, hops. hints of chocolate.

Taste: coffee, chocolate and nice hop bitterness to finish it up.

Mouthfeel: light body, noticeably carbonated.

Drinkability: Fairly drinkable but I would probably only have this once and a while. Solid porter, I have had better.... but not many.

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

Photo of Doomcifer
1.45/5  rDev -61.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Ah, Bar Harbor, Maine....One of my favorite places ever. I make a point to go to Acadia National Park at least once per year. Anyway...

...this Porter is hand crafted in Bar Harbor, ME by Atlantic Brewing Company and it pours a nice very dark brown with an immense frothy head. I actually had to wait for the head to go down a bit to finish my pour, making me think this beer may be a tad too carbonated. The chunky, light brown head hung around making the brew resemble a root beer float. Gorgeoud looking beer but unfortunately when I put my nose to the mouth of the glass, I couldn't pick up any typical Porter characteristics. All I could pick up was a smidgeon of malt and faint alcohol.

The taste was rather unimpressive as well. Tastes of alcohol, offensive sharpness, a smidgeon of nutty roastiness, finishing with more offensive sharp metallic and alcohol taste. Whoa, what the hell happened?

As I poured the final quarter of my 12oz. bottle into the glass, it foamed up like wildfire again, almost spilling over.

Mouthfeel is way too carbonated. Once it enters your mouth, it foams right up. So basically you're drinking a foamed porter. I dont know what is going on here but maybe this is a bad bottle? I can't imagine my beloved Baah Haahbah creating such an awful beer.

Oh well...It's too bad because this beer is actually very attractive looking. It's like that super hot chick who you have been dying to hook up with, and once you finally do, she turns out to be a dead lay and a psycho to boot! A true wolf in sheep's clothing.

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Photo of merlin48
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the "Maine in Tennessee" brews picked up at Knoxville's Leaf and Ale, that I missed when in New England, in July. This porter pours a dark brown, close to opaque, body with a small and shortlived tan head that leaves some spotty lace.
Aroma is very pleasant, with cocoa, hazelnut, and some hops bitterness.
Mouthfeel is excellent, with a moderate carbonation holding together a medium body that blends a dark malt presence with a hops bite.
This feels really good in the mouth, with roasted dark maltiness in spades. Hazelnut coffee, Hersheys chocolate, burnt ashes, and some bitter hops all come together well here. Lots of dark roasty maltiness here. Very nice.
This is one of the best American porters I've encountered. Very tasty, and highly recommended.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was the other 6-pack mom and dad bought for me while on vacation in Bar Harbor. Many thanks!

I can't decyher the "Best Enjoyed Before" date. Doesn't appear to have been marked on the label.

This is a fine example of a porter. Dark malt, just enough of that smokiness, plenty of body. This is a substantial brew and possibly the epitome of a good porter.

I've always overlooked Attantic Brewing for the more enticing and exotic brews out there, but I've been nothing but impressed with the brews my parents brought back from the brewery while on their vacation. This may be the finest porter I've ever tasted.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a brilliantly dark brown...almost black.
Less than a finger of head (which remains throughout the pint), but significant, cascading lace.
Smell is very inviting...a hint of hop sweetness w/ a touch of raisins and coffee tossed in.
Taste is slightly dry and bitter with a roasted aftertaste. This one has a bit too much carbonation for my preference, but it is a well-rounded brew with alot to offer anyone who likes porters.
Downtown Wine and Spirits have these for $20/case...well worth the investment.

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Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Apperance: Very dark brown. Beige head that was thin, no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Alcohol, malts, maybe some berry like notes as well.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium to full bodied. Taste of alcohol and has a raw coffee bean like taste.

Overall: Personally I don't really like Porters myself, but I believe this was a well crafted beer.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
2.56/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic glass,a light tan dense head about an 1" diminishing to a little more than a coating of foam.the color was very dark brown and opaque.
The aroma was very faint,really had to put the nose to it.Got a bit of a roasty,smokey aroma,very clean though.
The taste was roasty,smokey,burnt,a little caramelly,with a bit of a woody edge. A very sharp and bitter finish fades quickley.
A nice balance to all this though.
The mouthfeel was medium,a bit thin for the style I thought.
Drinkability was ok,but the flavor left a bit to be desired,a little light for a porter,a bit on the rough side as far as drinkability goes.

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Photo of Sinnian
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Osiris9588
2.33/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. Pours a dark mahogany, not quite opaque. The beige head is two-fingers and fluffy, good retention and ample lacing.

The smell is dominated by bitter coffee, roasted malts, some vanilla, and licorice.The taste somewhat follows the aroma, but it seems lacking flavor, lightweight--there is the coffee, and kind of a choclolately/alcohol finish, but it seems dead and devoid of malt and muscle in the middle.

The mouth is light and bland, somewhat astringent and oily. This porter is tolerable, but I won't be having another.

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of far333
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany color with a light brown head full of frothy bumps. The head lingers a long time. Aroma is so light that I can't really pick up any notes. Mouthfeel is excellent; full and smooth and creamy. Flavor is roasted malt, with hints of molasses and brown sugar. No hop flavors. Flavor is odd in how it presents itself - it's very light upfront, but comes through in the finish. Most of the flavor comes out after the swallow. Very strange, and detracts from the beer overall.

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Photo of briandaube
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of doremite
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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