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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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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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 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 q33jeff
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

samsmith33 (730) - -

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.

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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 muffiewolf
1.36/5  rDev -63.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Tried to pour from 12 oz bottle. Half of it landed on the table from excessive carbonation. To make sure it wasn't a fluke, I opened another bottle. The same thing happened again. I put the contents of the 2nd bottle in the fridge to see what would happen. 24 hrs later it was still active. This is nothing but pure shit. Up until this point Trout River Oatmeal Stout was the worst beer I had ever tried. They are since out of business. Atlantic Brewing is a no go. For the cost of this I will never try it again.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a sam adams custom glass: color is brown with amber edges, head is tan, fine bubbles some lacing and presents about 1/2 inch thick, very nice looking (for this bottle).

Smell is chocolate, toast, and even a touch creamy, very enticing.

Taste follows the aroma in fashion: chocolate, toast, creamy back flavor, with a solid bitter backbone to balance.

Mouthfeel is fairly crisp for a beer that smells and tastes sweet upfront, the hop bitterness does a nice job of drying out the rest of the beer with a balanced sweet/bitter lingering presence.

Overall, i knocked this down from the rest because I experienced a bad bottle (not the one I'm reviewing) out of my 6 bottles and saw this happened to a few others.

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Photo of hopsputin
2.61/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

a: upon opening the bottle i discover this is extremely over-carbonated. huge tan foam head that fills the glass. underneath is a silky black color with some dark brown notes on the bottom

s: smell seems ok. huge roasted malt aroma. deep, earthy nutty smell follows. burnt chocolate, wood, chewy fudge

t: unfortunately, the extreme carbonation has penetrated the flavor. the most dominant aspect is a sharp bitterness from the roasted malt. there is a slightly sweet, caramel flavor that follows. a sharp, almost astringent flavor is lingering

m: light. HEAVY carbonation

o: having never had this before, i'm going to hope this is just a bad bottle. the only salvageable aspect is the aroma. everything else is basically destroyed by the over-carbonation.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First taste of beer after lengthy hiatus, fresh draught poured dark with quickly dissipating foam. Roasty goodness for sure, with some slight alcohol and hop bitterness thrown in the mix.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: deep, dark reddish-brown liquid... tries to pop up some foam but, like I often imagine, the void of darkness drags it down (I did pre-rinse the glass)... keeps a thin collar... ho hum

S: cocoa, Hershey's chocolate syrup - damn near smells like chocolate milk - fantastic! that's what aging will do, dontcha know?... ridiculously inviting with a dark-roasted, malty, nutty core that slowly emerges and latches onto your face, penetrating the nostrils

T: nutty, bready attack up front, with old chocolate chips and dessicated raisin in the finish... so I suppose there's a bit of musty, cellar-y age on this - old throwback technique?... hint of coffee midway and lingering plus a dry and toasty-bitter aftertaste, with perhaps a hint of grainy grassiness and earthy hop

F: medium-fullish, flattish, with pricks of carbonation 'tween the taste buds... subtle foamy flow... mostly dry with only residual extra-burnt sugars rolling around... matches the age but not quite the flavors

O: still have fond memories of visiting this place in '07... the 'fresh' version of this came across a bit thinner at the time, so let this stuff sit as long as you'd like... to me, one of the better small (U.S.) brewery porters around, and a standout in their lineup

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Photo of illpass78
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a stout glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with a short off-white head. Minimal lace.

Aroma: This beer has a slightly smokey, tobacco-like aroma surrounding black coffee and dark chocolate malt notes.

Taste: The coffee and dark chocolate are right there, and the beer has the pleasant hop bitterness in the background. A hint of smoke, as in the nose.

Mouthfeel: Not a super dense beer. Approachable amount of thickness. Also very smooth.

Overall: Very nice porter. This brewery does darker beers well.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.73/5  rDev 0%

If you like head, get this beer. The head is overwhelming. Porter itself is solid, but I had to wait several minutes after the initial pour to allow the head to relax.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark brown black color with little vision of anything when held up to the light. Frothy mocha lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: Old stale ale, toffee, caramel, a little smoke, chocolate, and some bready toasted malts.

Taste: Cellaring for 6 months has down a great job. Mellowing out of flavors have made this porter have a balance of flavors. Some ashy bitterness blended in there too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, medium bodied, low to medium carbonation, and mediums little bitterness.

Overall: Pretty nice porter Mainah. Enjoyable and delicious.

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Photo of JCarey
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks, smells, and tastes like a Porter. Nothing special. I can't see giving this any more than a 3, but it isn't awful. The batch I had was way overcarbonated. The head spills from the neck as soon as you pop the top, and I can only fill a glass about 1/4 of the way before having to stop and let the head die down for a few minutes.

All of Atlantics brews are pretty lackluster, and I wouldn't recommend them.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on January 4, 2014.

It looks the way a Porter should look with its jet black pour and long lasting mocha head. I give the look a high grade.

The aroma has a bit of chocolate on the nose with dark malts and a light almost subtle bitter hop quality in the background. Also a tad buttery.

Medium body.

The taste also highlights the chocolate character of the nose with a kind of earthy hop and clean finish at the finale. This is a decent Porter but nothing extraordinary. But still drinkable.

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Photo of Brushkanna
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - I could not pour this beer into a glass as it foamed up like a root beer float going over the top
S - coco and bitter chocolate smells
T & M - great porter flavor but the over carbonation boils in my mouth, making a little hard to drink, take it slow
Overall - it is a great start but need to be refined

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, hazelnut highlighted, brown to black coloring with a ring of off-white film around the surface. Aromas are roasted and bittersweet, with a chocolatey backbone and hints of vanilla and smoke. Flavors are roasted also, with a bittersweet chocolate backbone and some toffee and vanilla highlights lightening up the palate. Decently balanced on a thin, smooth body, the beer has a slightly roasted, bittersweet aftertaste with a dry, mid-lingering finish. Decent brew, and very drinkable.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear dark brown with faint garnet highlights at the edges and a smallish tan head that quickly dissipates. Smells of caramel, cocoa, milk chocolate, and hints of roasted coffee. Light earthy hop and an almost creamy sweet aroma comes through. The flavor is like coffee milk. Sweet roasty milk chocolate and caramel with hints of sweet cream. Little to no hop flavor. Medium body with a sweet silky mouthfeel and a light level of carbonation. Decent porter and certainly miles ahead of that "ipa". I enjoyed it and would have it again.

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Photo of Electros
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A faint black malt smell, very light on the tongue. Bitterness lower then I would have thought but did work with malt flavour. Pale, Chocolate, Dark malt combo, little head retention, dark in colour. Over all flavour nice and drinkable. Art work on the label gave a small town feel. This was a good find. I wouldn't have thought this was 6.5% abv, alcohol not noticeable at all. I bought this in a mix pack at a hardware store in the middle of no where outside Stowe, Vermont on a road trip with my Dad after getting lost on the way to the Farmstead Brewery. Good times, and a nice reminder of the trip.

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Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bottle from Maine trip. Serviceable porter. Pours deep dark brown with enormous foaming head. Tobacco aroma and taste. Overcarbonated. Drinkable but i is a tongue tingle.Tastes: coffee, coconut, mocha, creme, chocolate, some burnt parts with the roast.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger khaki head that stays leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights, ton of yeast left in bottle. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Light chocolate nose and flavor is roasted to burnt chocolate. Light bitter aftertaste. $2.00 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of my mix a six for the night. Wasnt going to get this beer, but never had it before, so I said fuck it!

A: Pouring in my stout glass, I get a thin dark color, looks like a stout, but has the body of a porter. No head in my glass but has some fine bubbles!

S: Smell is of sweet malts, with strong character of chocolate and caramel notes. Some dark fruit is present as well.

T: Stout type feel in the mouth which dominates with chocolate and toffee with a hint of caramel and dark fruit, like a cherry.

M: Nice and smooth, plenty of roasted malts, very easy to drink, just like a stout.

O: This beer is a nice surprise, at first glance you wouldnt think this beer would have such characteristics of a stout. Since it said coal-porter, I thought it would be something different to try, but something along the lines of a brown ale. Fortunately, this beer gave me a good, chocolate stout-like experience!

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Photo of horshack7
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Quite dark from top to bottom with a light beige head on top that is rather rocky.

Aroma: Dark roasted coffee, chocolate, dark bready malts with some floral hops that have a light dryness in the nose. Faint black licorice towards the back end.

Taste: Very dark roasted coffee with some espresso tossed in. Chocolate malts that are a little bit bready like pumpernickle. There is some black licorice in the end and a light dry finish and floral hops.

Notes: A good all around porter. Cheers.

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Photo of BrewMaster730
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although I'm not typically a fan of porter's, I must admit that I enjoyed this beer. I purchased an Atlantic Brewing Company variety pack at a local store and was hesitant only because of this one beer. The beer is smooth and doesn't leave a heavy aftertaste. Normally I would rate a porter in the 2-3 range, but I gave this a 3.5 because it did impress me.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Dog & Pony Taven in Bar Harbor. Served in a shaker pint; I previously reviewed an old bottle of this one, so I figured it would only be fair to balance that potentially negative review with a super-fresh on-tap assessment.

A: Clear dark brown body under a 1/2" of fine tan foam. Ok retention, light lace. Pretty standard.

S: Straightforward roasted malts - chocolate, char, and a hint of coffee. Some milky sweetness as well, verging into caramel. Pretty nice.

T: Milk chocolate up front, followed by spicy coffee and sweet lactose. Fairly long, dry, roasty finish. Simple, tasty Porter.

M: Lighter than medium-bodied with a frothy, lively carbonation level. Ok, but a bit...frivolous.

O: Enjoyable, but hardly memorable.


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