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 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 metter98
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark amber—but not near black—in color and poured with a finger-high beige head that quickly died down but left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thick ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts and coffee beans in the nose along with notes of molasses.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of roasted malts and a mix of slight bitterness and hints of molasses-like sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down quite easily and is a good representation of the style; it has a good balance between the hops and malts.

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

I agree with most other BA's. This is a good quality, well brewed, well forumulated Porter that focuses heavily on chocolate flavors and backup notes of coffee and nuts. Not much else in the flavors...including off-flavors. The beer is very clean tasting and finishes airy and with a hint of milk chocolate. Low alcohols and hopping rates leave the beer quite sweet and drinkable. The low carbonation makes the beer weighted on the toung, providing a full, round texture, albeit flat. The beer is quite tasty and drinkable, even if it is one-dimensional.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with tawny highlights and a tan head that leaves a bit of lacing

Smell: Roasted notes along with some dark fruit and chocolate

Taste: Starts with toffee, dark chocolate and a touch of coffee; a roasted coffee bitterness kicks in mid-palate and builds; after the swallow, the toffee and chocolate push the bitterness into the background

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with modest carbonation

Drinkability: A pretty nice porter all around

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Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Huge, three finger light brown head on top of an opaque black body. The head settles slowly and leaved moderate lace.

S - Mild aroma of cocoa and coffee backed by some hops.

T - A rich mocha flavor up front that slowly fades to a nutty coffee note. There is a hint of hop flavor right before the finish, which is dominated by malt bitterness.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Enjoyable and fairly drinkable. The aroma is a bit weak, but the robust flavor makes up for it. The carbonation is way overboard, and the beer suffers for it. An overall nice beer, but it would improve with a more appropriate level of carbonation that might let more complexity shine through.

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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 jlindros
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Small thick head of less than a finger, but thick and rich looking. Very dark color that lets a very small touch of light through.

N: More like a clean crisp ale than anything. Light malt flavors, clean crisp light ale aromas, very light sweet syrupy aroma. Very faint aromas of roasted malts.

T: Pretty thin and very basic for a porter. A little bit of sweet syrup. Light hints of roasted malts and dark malts, strong crystal malts, light chocolate, crisp clean ale tastes, a slight creamy taste (very very slight), touch of dark fruits some fig and dates.

M: Semi thin, lower carbonation.

F: A little dry as it dries from the semi sweetness of the initial taste. A slight bitter stout like flavor. The slight creamy flavor and chocolate seem to linger in their very light flavors. Finishes semi clean.

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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 TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coffee, lightly roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out malty and a little creamy with flavors of roasted coffee beans and a little bit of chocolate. The hops presence is mild but exactly where it should be for the style. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a while if you're in the mood for the style.

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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 mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Poured a nice hazelnut brown color with a small tan colored head that faded almost immdiatly and was replaced by a thin layer of lace on top. Hardly any side glass presentation.

S - Aroma was somewhat nutty and full of caramel. Light though and it did not have the depth I had hoped for. Some slight coffee notes in the backround.

T - The flavor was somewhat muted with a healthy dose of dark chocolate and caramel and some slight notes of metallic taste throughout. A bit of a bitter dry finish and a good follow through till the next sip though.

M - Decently smooth, and a nice medium bodied ale. I did not detect much in the way of thinness or a watery feel. Good carbonation left a great impression.

D - Pretty sesionable to be honest. No real strong flavors and it did not really have that fullness that would lead you to stop after the first one.

Overall this was a pretty decent porter, albeit just a tick above average but still more then decent overall. I would not really go out and buy it again only because there are soo many other goodies out there, but you could definitly do worse.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up @ Quick six in West York, Pa. Decanted at cellar temp into my La fin du Monde glass.

A - This bottle while opened at cellar temp filled my glass and another w/ foam. The bottle had a freshness date, no discernible notching. The head hangs on for a long time and gradually settles to about 3 fingers full of airy head. There was an appearance of sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

The beer is a deep translucent brown almost black w/ khaki foam the consistency of whip cream and lacing is good w/ great stickage.

S - Fruity esters, nutty and roasty scent w/ an odor of cocoa and malted milk.

M - A dry nutty and highly effervescent feel w/ subtle woody and boozy notes - crisp and clean in its finish.

T - A deep rich cocoa note w/ slightly fruity English ale yeast tinge. Slightly roasty and coffee-like, but yet creamy w/ the malty fullness and slightly spicey w/ a woody hop note. The boozy flavor at the tail end is warming and there is a dry aspect in the finish w/ a hint of biscuit and roasted barley flavors.

D -Very drinkable and tasty after all the dividing between glasses and anticipation for the head to fall. I found this to be a treat w/ nice dark malt and quality in blending of flavors. This may have been an older bottle - hard to tell w/ the freshness dating, still very drinkable and easy to quaff. It went well w/ Thai peanut noodles, probably would be complemented by some Cole Porter too.

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Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Modest head that leaves very light lace on the glass. The liquor is dark brown where the faintest of light passes through.

Nice aroma of burnt toast and darker malts.

Well-balanced chocolate and black patent malt with a notable hop presence. The body is thin, like many of their other beers. But the flavor is rich and full.

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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 RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque very dark brown with a tan head that rises off the pour but falls fairly quickly. The nose is really odd. It smells like a shirt I would wear while going exploring in a mine and not washing it after wearing it 25 times. Dusty. Old. Stale. Flavor is pretty decent. Nice thick malted flavor with a strong touch of earthy influence. Feel is thin with bubble. Not much really going on. It is drinkable I guess. But I am not moved at all by this offering. Oh well. On to the next.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color, a dark brown, that could pass for black, under a solid, though short, tannish head.
Aroma: espresso bitterness, earth, dark choocolate.
Taste: again, bitter espresso flavor, with a gritty texture, and deep, dark flavor. Full-bodied, and well-rounded, hops and malt are well-matched, and blessed by a crisp, though still warmly resounding medium-length finish.
Lacks a certain creamy smoothness I enjoy in other favorite porters (Anchor, Bell's, which I had on tap tonight and can't help but compare it too), but this porter is it's own man, I must remember. It's named, after all, in honor of sooty, coal-carriers, not witty, sophisticated songwriters with the same pronunciation to their names.
A snappy little number, and I liked it just fine.
Thanks to that 36LbLoveChild.

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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 Gavage
4.51/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: dark black in color with a thick three finger head. Thick lacing develops during the drink.

Smell: aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and some bitterness.

Taste: the flavor is big on the roasted malts, mild espresso, dark chocolate, molasses, and rounded out with some decent bitterness levels.

Mouthfeel: medium in body. Creamy and smooth at the start. Finish is smooth with roasted tones lasting shortly on the tongue after swallowing.

Drinkability: one of the best drinking porters I have had. Several can be consumed without overfilling, and the flavors will keep it interesting for your tastebuds.

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Photo of tempest
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Abe's Six-Pack. Pours dark brown with clear, red highlights and an off-white head with lacing.

The aroma starts this beer off with black roasted malts and a touch of Kahlua - interesting. The flavor follows with the same, dark, mocha-like grains and finishes with a hint of spice and hops bitterness. Overall, this beer is very drinkable and has a great bitter cocoa and hops aftertaste. It's shame I've waited so long to try this beer. It's a great porter.

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

This pours a dark brown, almost opaque porter. A solid 1 finger head, off white settles down to a slight film and nice ring.
A subtle, soft and solid aroma. A nice blend of fresh coffee berry and dark chocolate, some bitterness and prune hints.
A juicy porter is what first comes mind. Raisin and dark chocolate come through the coffee front line. A first bite on the middle of tongue, then a slightly velvety finish. Flavors of chocolate, toast, coffee and tobacco interplay rather well. None is dominant, yet none weak. Semi sweet on the lips. A medium-long finish. A solid porter.

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

The beer pours a deep dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head. The aroma is good. It has a nice dark malt scent which boasts of chocolate and black patent malts . The taste is good. It has a very rich dark flavor with a lots of patent and chocolate malts. It goes down slow, but it drinks well. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine porter. It is really dark, but full of excellent flavor; a good sessions brew.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Darkest shade of brown with a bubbly off white head, lacing occurs.

S. Roasted malt.

T/M. A full bodied brew with a roasted flavor and a licorice flavor. Good but not great. Hop profile is mildly bitter, but minimal. A not so subtle hint of alcohol.

D. A bit strong for a session ale. Its a pretty tasty porter and worth a try.

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Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep brown hue with streaks of amber. There was a one finger foamy tan head with good lacing and decent retention.

The smell featured sweet malts, a touch of toasted malts and a grassy hop.

The taste was upfront sweet - perhaps a bit too weet for a porter. a touch of burnt grain and ome semi-sweet chocolate at the finish.

The mouthfeel was a bit thin for the style. Dry finish.

Overall a pretty decent porter - a touch on the sweeter side for my taste.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with very little head and no lacing. Notes of coffee and a nice roastiness and some light fruit. Not bad, and pretty restrained. Taste is similar, Some bitter coffee flavors and some short, sharp roastiness that fades at the end. Relatively soft, but not really creamy. Slightly watery. Not bad, but not my favorite porter.

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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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