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Coal Porter | Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ

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Coal PorterCoal Porter

Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 281 | Ratings: 444
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 MoreThanWine
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pour was disappointing - only a little trace of a soap suds head which vanishes immediately. The body is dark as coffee. I picked up very little smell, even as it warmed, but there is some malt. Taste is pretty light too and again I'm only getting a little malt. I was thoroughly underwhelmed by this porter.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thick and velvetty looking beer as it pours.
Rich brown looking quite like a brown stout(you heard it here first). Small unassuming head fading fast to just a color about the glass. Some lacing on the glass too.
Rich roasted malt aromas with some coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Smells good.
A rich and smooth beer with a rich roasted malt taste. Espresso and dark chocolates mingle with the malts well giving good tasting layer affect. The ending finds a semi dry bitter and slightly gritty finish.
Good drinking beer but I thought the beer drank a bit thin and washed out, lacks something to hold on to.

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Photo of ZevG
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

While this beer has everything I would expect in a porter - arabica coffee notes, chocolate notes, nice color, etc, the bottle was a little wierd. It has boxes to check off the date, but the date is not checked off, so who knows how old it was? Also the alchohol content is not displayed on the label. I like to know a little bit more about the beer I am drinking. Perhaps I'll keep the bottle just for its weirdness.

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

In a pint glass:

A: jet black colored body with a nice frothy head leaving a decent amount of lacing in the wake of the head

S: some cocoa and coffee through roasty tones came through

T: exactly the same as the smell

M: medium, sessionable, sweet and roasty finish, slightly roasty yet sweet aftertaste

O: good for its style and good for me

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Photo of u2carew
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a finger thick, tan head. Nearly opaque body with some reddish hues. Nice sticky lacing.
S) A bit yeasty. Subtle notes of chocolate and coffee.
T) Rich chocolate flavors comes through right away. Roasted grains. Subtle smokiness. A touch of bitterness in the finish.
M) Creamy. Full body. A little bit gritty.
O) Besides the yeasty aroma, a well crafted brew. I would definitely drink another one!

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Photo of deaconoflove
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Qualifier...my first taste was a cold pint at the brewery after a day riding motorcycles through Acadia. Way good stuff.
Ap. Not quite coal black, but pretty dark. Smallish tan head that fades away easily.
Sm. Sweet caramel up front first, a bit of chocolate and some background hops...roasty.
Ta. Chocolate? first, raosted coffee, roasted malts, some bitterness, but not citrisy, late hops and a lightly bitter finish.
Mf. Smooth and creamy, but thin for a porter.
Overall: Very good porter with just right roasted flavors. Wish I lived closer to Bar Harbor.

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Photo of gford217
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Pours mahogany with a small tan head that recedes immediately to a thin collar and leaves only bits of clingy lacing.

Aroma is nice and roasty with plenty of nuts as well. There is light caramel malts and some coffee.

The taste is nutty with coffee and toasted caramel malts underneath. Some light bakers chocolate notes and a bitter roasty finish.

Mouthfeel is light and maybe a little watery. It's got good carbonation and is definitely roasty but lacks the body I was hoping for.

This is a decent porter but it's definitely on the lighter side of things. Drinkable but not all that complex.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

- from the notes and a sampler pack
12 ounce bottles
A - big foamy, soapy looking head on top of a dark but not black ale that leaves some lacing.
S - nothing very attention getting just some muted roasts.
T - a little bit of a smoky taste right up front followed by sweetness and finished with a touch of bitter.
M - medium body with good carbonation.
D - could be a (short) session beer but the abv will catch up.
coal = smoky indeed

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this porter and was surprised by how low the score was.

A - Pours a nice jet black in color with an inch of white frothy head.

S - Nice porter with typical cocoa, chocolate, and coffee tone. Good amount of roast.

T - Really nice and drinkable. I liked how balanced all mentioned smells come to play. Roast not overbearing, chocolate bitter yet slight, and coffee tones mild at the end. Finished rather sweet and roasty. Fantastic.

M - I found it creamy and overall medium bodied.

Overall I knew I would like this porter the moment I saw the variety pack but was scared since there was a "ginger beer" in it. Would buy a six pack but would not invest in getting a case.

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Photo of miclormic
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a very nice DRINKABLE porter. plenty of flavor but not the usual heavy porter taste. AGAIN,"DRINKABLE" don't have to sip. very large head that wanes to a 1/4 inch with much lacing on the glass.aroma is good and color is dark,but not black. I like the "drinkability" in a porter for a refreshing change.

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Photo of obrendano
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a decent beer with a great name found in the chiller at Honeygo Liquors in MD

A - dark cola appearance with nice head that stuck around for a bit

S - no surprises, but I always appreciate a good stout/porter smell, one of my favorite ever. cocoa-y coffee notes, maybe a hint of hop

T - decent caramelized bitterness, some sweet soda undertones, but overall kinda bland and unchallenging. flavor kind of disappears towards the end, leaves some ok dark grain and malt behind

M - smooth but also a little thin. still not the worst ever, and I shouldn't complain too much, this is a porter, not a heavy handed stout after all

D - good for a session, but as a standalone would probably benefit from some added malt and dark grain for full tilt power to really make you take notice of it

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

A: Pours a dark brown color with a frothy, two finger thick, tan head that slowly dissipates and leaves slight lacing.

S: Smells of roasted malts and has a bit of a smokey smell as well. Maybe some caramel and slight hops.

T: The taste has a nice roasted flavor up front. There are slight bitters, but they are subtle. Finishes with a smokey flavor that lingers.

M: Medium/light bodied with light carbonation. Leaves a roasted/smokey flavor in the palate.

D: A solid porter overall, has huge roasted/charred characteristics throughout (as expected by the name). It's on the lighter side and very drinkable.

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Photo of boudreaux
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours to a very dark brownish black color with a light creamy tan head formation

S - chocolate and coffee nose, mixed with a subtle, minty hop aroma that blends nicely with the chocolaty notes

T - A very intense roasted character, with strong notes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate flavor are also obvious; finishes with hop bitterness, minty hop flavor, and lots of roasted dark malt bitterness

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel

D - I could session this beer easily; I threw down about 3 of these in a 2-hour sitting

This is not a beer for those who eschew bitter flavor. That being said, I am a huge fan of this beer.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Thomas Hooker pint glass.

A: Cola-like, dark, ruby brown color with a creamy, two-finger head of tan foam which settles out to a thin, bubbly coating, leaving behind a little bit of lacing.

S: Smoky, roasted malts, some herbal, earthy bitterness and a touch of licorice and molasses.

T: Nice, smoky wood and tobacco flavor hits right before the initial dose of sweet, muted roasted black malts. An earthy, muted herbal hop resin glides over the palate as a nutty, bittersweet finish settles in, leaving behind loads of char and dry malt sweetness.

M: Medium-full bodied, well-carbonated porter with a little bit of viscosity and sticky sweetness in the finish.

D: A nice porter overall which lives up to its namesake with loads of charred malt character. The 6.5% ABV is a nice addition and as the brew warms a bit, as will you to its well-crafted charm. I'd definitely consider it for the next time I'm in a dry, American porter mood.

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Photo of gfreed
2.51/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Another in a string of average American porters that has the aroma of shiny vinyl, like the the kind you smell when you first inflate a new beachball. I don't know what that is, but it's front and center here: if beachballs were to be made into beer, this one would lead the pack. There are, in fact, some more common porter characteristics available in this brew-- it's very dark, has low carbonation and it's pleasantly dry-- but they're all overshadowed by the vinyl thing, as well as an unnerving feeling that your great-grandmother dumped her day-old Maxwell House grounds into the tank before the fermentation process got underway. Phooey.

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Photo of biglite351
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - some light through center of glass. Tall tight off-white head.

S - nice sweet creamy malts and caramel. Maybe just a touch of hop in the finish.

T - bitter caramel up front. Some dark chocolate and malt through the finish. Not nearly as nice as the scent.

M - some coating and a little tingle on the sides of the tongue.

D - a little too bitter up front to enjoy a few of.

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Photo of rsgcwhite
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I can never refuse a beer that uses a homophonic pun, or for that matter, a good compound pun.

Somehow, this beer's name is uniquely appropriate - it has all the fiery complexity of turn of the century coal-mining (minus the black lung), and all the enjoyable dallyances associated with an old Cole Porter tune. Fantastic.

A: Poured with a sizable lingering head for a porter - deep brown color, like chocolate with a ruby overtone.

S: Chocolate and tangy freshness. It's not quite caramel - but something else, something smooth. Maybe a hint of chocolate milk.

T: Creamy, and by God, what a smooth finish! Initial roasted malts with good hop balance fades into glorious smoothness.

This is probably the most drinkable Porter I've had, but interestingly, it's neither too watery nor too sweet. It rides a fine line of being sufficiently complex yet drinkable enough for the palate; if I were a beer tycoon, I'd probably seek national distribution of this fine beverage.

Actually, if I were any type of tycoon, I would serve this to all of my coal mine child-laborers. Good beer!

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

Nice Porter that gives enough complexity to make it interesting but keeps drinkability as the main focus. No crazy hops or out of the ordinary flavours but rather a Porter that hits all the right notes and keeps you coming back for more. The finish is particulary nice in this beer

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Photo of tavernjef
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deepest darkest of mahogany with a velvet black interior. A thin, light cocoa tanned crown emerges amidst a good pour into a standard pint glass. Medium amounts of thick globby stringed lacing icies itself to the glass.

Lovely aroma of smooth tootsie roll chocolate laced with some burnt edgyness of char and roastyness of burnt coffee.

Taste has a bit more of bite of char to it then I would like. The chocolate in the aroma is nearly invisible in the taste with a tiny tug to some chocolate smoothness buried underneath as mostly burnt, charred, roasted malt stand at the forefront with an uneasy turn of carbonation that cuts off any flavors that might continue as it bitters off into a slightly uneven finish of further heavily roasted, burntish things.

Body is just under medium with a small smootch to smooth sweetness lending chocolate. But as noted in the taste, the burntness gets in the way for me as does its order of the same within the carbonation bite. As it warms it gains just a tad more smoothness and drinkability...

One porter I could smell all day but drink only once.

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

a bit translucent dark brown with a small tan head that quickly recedes to a tiny film, yet leaves decent lacing on the glass.

aroma is a bit roasted, but with lots of caramel, some mollasses, a bit of chocolate, and a whole lot of nuts. similar to an english nut brown ale.

wow, very nutty. a bit of coffee and chocolate, but not as much as i expected from a porter. roasted, but not roasty. falls into nut brown territory, and its a decent one, nothing more. caramel, molasses, and some cereal grains are there and maybe a bit of minty hops. meh.

rather light bodied for a porter, though its a bit creamy with plenty of prickly and almost harsh carbonation.

drinks ok. nothing is off about this one, its in between styles, which is ok, but it falls just a bit short of being an excellent beer. its good, yah, but not excellent.

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Photo of twelvsies
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown w/ red highlights shining through, small head but nice looking nonetheless. Roasted barley and nutty nose, toasty, simple. Real nice flavor - again roasty, nutty, some char, not overly malty and nice bitterness. Well rounded. Smooth and sessionable, nice dry finish for a porter. A great afternoon beer to accompany a football game and some smoked pork. Good, local flavor.

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Photo of MA08
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Coal Porter pint glass at 50 degrees.

From a six pack purchased at the Bar Harbor brewery. Pours a deep brown with a tan head that dissipates. Aroma of strong coffee and burned malts notes with a touch of chocolate. Smooth tastes of burned malts and coffee, with some hop bitterness to balance it out. Mouthfeel is smooth, and body is surprising thin, despite the deep flavors. Overall a good porter to try that is good to session.

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Photo of beermaker1
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice dark black color, ok tan head with little lacing head.

S: Nice smell of mocha or chocolate. Some hints of roasted malt with a small amount of copper.

T: Not getting a lot of the flavors. Tastes kind of like an average porter. Nothing outstanding here.

M: Pretty thin beer, not as much body as I was hoping for. I expected more from other reviews I have read.

D: Drinkable. Its a pretty easy going porter, but not exceptional. I'd drink another, and have nothing really bad to say about it.

Overall: The beer was a decent porter. Nothing special, but if you like porters, you should try this one, if not for the cool name alone. I bought this from a beer store in SW Louisians, since I couldn't find it here in Texas.

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Photo of kbanks13
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. into a pint glass

A: Pours a mahogany brown on the edges that becomes pitch black in the middle. Light two-finger tan head that dissipates to leave a good ring of foam around the glass with minimal lacing.

S: Roasted coffee and bitter dark chocolate is the dominant smell. A little anise or raisins too. Sweet, slightly creamy, and a little smokey but not too complex to just enjoy.

T: Coffee and chocolate is definitely still the major taste. A little grain and some very gentle floral hops. Creamy sort of flavor pulls through as well. Glad that the taste lives up to the nose. A very tasty beer.

M: At first, smooth and a bit viscous. The carbonation makes itself known quickly and the beer becomes a bit more watery. Not bad, but I would have preferred if it stayed a little less carbed.

D: Delicious and very close to the right mouthfeel. If I were grilling, this would be perfect and I would have one with each serving. Even without grilling, I'm tempted to have another one or two.

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Coal Porter from Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
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