Bridgeport Porter
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Porter - American
3.67 | pDev: 13.08%
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Tone from Missouri

3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, brown color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, yeast, hops, hint of alcohol, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a strong bitterness. Tastes of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, yeast, hops, hint of alcohol, and strong pale malt. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, blend, but weak body.

Aug 17, 2016
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tbern007 from Colorado

3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark. Black/dark brown. Medium head, remains for a while. Good thick lacing.
Very light malty, roasty smell. A little grainy.
Taste: initial bitter, slightly mettalic, but then roasted malt, light coffee.
Smooth, good carbonation, not as heavy as a porter could be. Very drinkable. Ligher than the style. Although the appearance is deceiving.

Nov 17, 2011
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Offa from California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I just had this beer at Bridgeport on tap. It is a very good, balanced and highly drinkable porter if somewhat lacking in complexity or rich flavours.

Black, it has a foamy ring and some weak lace.

Aroma is mellow but nice, lightly roasty, caramelly malt, dark fruity hint, some hint of caramelised coffee.

Taste is light roasty malt, some prune and other fruit, hint of molasses, balanced. It stays lightly flavourful to the end and is very smooth. However, it is fairly subdued and seems rather simple on character and feel.

Aug 25, 2010
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jdense from Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Cask at Bridgeport PDX Marshall St. 8.11.10.

One finger creamy tan head, small bubbles, slow dissipation with some lacing. Dark brown opaque body no visible carbonation. Chocolate and coffee dominate the nose with some grassy hops. Taste is fairly mild, more chocolate than coffee, slight bitterness on the backend, a little sweetness but not very much. Fairly astringent mouthfeel for the style, medium-full, no effervescence. Not the most drinkable Porter I've had, needs to warm up a bit to pick up the nuances of the flavor profile.

Aug 21, 2010
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Gavage from Nevada

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: brown in color with some burgandy highlights. Two finger tan head slowly falls. Mild lacing develops.

Smell: loads of cocoa and roasted malts are easy to identify.

Taste: the flavors followed the nose, as the roasted malt and cocoa tones are most up front , while there is a soft molasses flavor with some very mild bitterness. Slighty sweeter than other porters.

Mouthfeel: medium to heavy in body. Smooth and dry throughout. The aftertaste is short but strong with cocoa flavors.

Drinkability: this could be my session beer at this place. It was very fresh and it definitely hit the spot.

Jul 27, 2006
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RBorsato from Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at the BridgePort Brewing Co./Brewpub in Portland, OR on 06/15/06.

Dark brown and ruby in color with a low beige head. Nicely balanced chocolate, coffee, and light roasted malt aromas and flavor. A solid nicely balanced porter ... Medium bodied and smooth with a nice dry roasty bitter finish.

A very good American Porter.

Per BB on-line menu: ABV: 5.5%, OG: 14.3, IBU's: 31
Per BB printed menu: ABV: 5.5%, OG: 13.5, IBU's: 30

Jul 20, 2006
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palliko from California

3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is deep black/brown with some highlights, coffee colored foam and good lace. Aroma has caramel, fresh dug earth, dark malts, currants, and diacetyl. Good carbonation fills out the body, and initial taste is of chocolate and roasted grains melding into the taste of autumn leaves. Finish has hazelnuts and esters. Not the best porter out there, but worth a try.

Jul 18, 2005
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GreenWBush from Oregon

2.84/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark ruby with cola carbonation. Meaning none basically, no lace.

Roasted barley with fusel alcohol on the nose.

A rising up of plasticene malt, then a rising toasty bitterness. Too watery for a porter, too cold for cask.

Damn, this one left me wanting a "real" beer. Not a first good go at Bridgeport.

Dec 27, 2004
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RedDiamond from Oregon

3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Many beers have taste profiles that overlap with chocolate owing to the common nature of roasted malts and roasted cacao beans. What’s interesting about this porter is that its initial chocolate flavor actually tastes like milk chocolate; I’d even go so far as to say Swiss. Curious. The aroma is of light roasts with a stray note of vanilla.

My black ale was devoid of head or lace and may have been a bit fatigued. The flavor tended to fade by midway through the imperial pint. On the whole however, this beer was distinctive and appealing, perhaps moreso under more idealized conditions.

Dec 10, 2004
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CBFanWish from New York

3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love getting a new porter. I'm not sure if they even make this one any more. It was sent in a box with a few other Portland brews from my buddy. I don't see it on the site.
Anyway, This is your average porter. Almost everything a good porter should have is in here, though it won't wow you.
Its appearance is good. Poured into an imperial pint glass. With a dark mahogony/blood red colour and a medium fluffy head, it looks very nice.
The aroma was not what I'm used to. I expect dark chocolate, coffee, mild fruity hops. But it wasn't quite right. The chocolate was not as strong as it should have been, the fruity undertones had turned into overtones and the coffee was lacking all together.
The taste was very similar. The chocolate made a good strong showing. It had tasted more like a dark semi sweet chocolate than it smelled. The coffee was still not a part of the taste, but I can deal. The fruity flavour was still a little too strong. I detected faint pears. I also detected a bready/yeasty taste.
In all, it's not a bad porter. I think it could use a little work. The roasted malts were lacking.

Apr 23, 2004
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep ruby mahogany brown tone with a full two fingers worth of creamy textured tan head, lacing is left in full even rings. Aroma: A bit mute, creamy flow of milk chocolate and coffee roasts. Taste: A very mild tasting porter the bready yeast characteristics add another dimension while the mild mannered malts actually add to the balance and drinkability, well constructed. Mouthfeel: A medium bodied porter with even carbonation, nice. Drinkability: Very effortless I enjoy this one for the bready tone provided the mixture of dark chocolate and coffee is blended along with it.

Feb 29, 2004
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RoyalT from Ohio

3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Ruby brown in color with a big head that went down rather quickly.

Smell – Nice and light roasted malt aroma with chocolate cocoa and a splash of Starbucks coffee. This one smells very sugary and sweet.

Taste – The chocolate really comes out at the taste. It’s the refined kind of cocoa powder chocolate you’d find at Sees or something. The coffee from the nose is AWOL, and the roasted malts are much more difficult to find. There’s a slight tangy kind of flavor here as well that’s almost like a dash of lemon or grapefruit juice.

Mouthfeel – Some live carbonation kept this one interesting. This wasn’t as smooth as I like my porters, though, and it’s medium body felt kind of thin.

Drinkability – This was a nice effort at the style by Bridgeport, but I continue (for the most part) to be unimpressed with NW examples of malty-style ales.

Dec 21, 2003
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woemad from Washington

2.76/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle bought at Huckleberry's in Spokane. Poured a dark brown with garnet highlights. Good tan head that settled after a couple minutes. Smelled of mild, chocolaty malts. The taste started out like a typical, good porter, with the taste of nice, roasted malt, then it suddenly becomes iced tea - that's the closest I can get in describing it. I guess I'm just not a fan of the concept of a light porter, which is what this should be billed as. The mouthfeel was ok, I guess, but i won't give this high marks for drinkability, as I don't think a porter should taste like this.

Oct 17, 2003
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alexgash from Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a creamy, light tan head. Smells of sweetbread, some roasted notes, and alcohol. This tastes sweeter than most porters I've had. Notes of vanilla almost seem artificial. Follows up with some burnt toasty flavors. Finish is bitter--pretty good balance. Although creamy, this porter was also a bit watery overall.

Oct 10, 2003
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ADR from Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium dark brown, some orange light comes through. Lightly murky. A yellowish head starts at 1/4 of an inch but fades in 30 seconds. Cocoa aroma, backed by an orange juice impression. Flavor almost gets up and makes a good malt statement, there's a bare sweetened coffee to it, but its brought down hard by an iced tea-like funkiness. Far too leafy and "steeped" in vague fruit juice. Not a well-constructed beer to my tastes, malt and hop in whatever proportions don't really come in to play.

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Sep 29, 2003
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MJR from Missouri

4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours an extremely dark, but clear, reddish-brown. It's light tan head starts out thick and rich, then slowly fades to an ultra thin cap with scattered islands of bubbles. Strong lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is very clean, with most of the attention going to the malt. Lots of chocolate toffee, along with a slight nuttiness. A strong mineral note cuts through the malt. A bit of herbal, leafy hop as well.

Taste: Like the aroma, the flavor is very clean with a lot of malt providing a strong backbone. Chocolate and brown malts stand out the most, with some roasted and caramel malts to a much lesser degree. Leafy, earthy, and slighty funky hops help to provide some semblance of balance. As in the nose, there's a strong mineral component. Finishes well balanced, with a slight charcoal note.

Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp, with a somewhat thin body. Good amount of dryness on the finish.

Drinkability: Outstanding drinkability with this one! Even though I've noticed some inconsistencies from bottle to bottle, this is one seriously kick-ass brown porter. I'm sure that some of the lower scores here are due to the fact that those reviewers tastebuds are used to over-the-top porters. This brew is traditional, well balanced, and tasty as all hell!

Aug 18, 2003
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Realale from Missouri

4.68/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark clear brown. Rich mocha 1" head settles to a thin cap, and leaves excellent lacing down the glass.

Nose is rather subdued, but complex - chocolate malt, bit of toffee, and a hint of earthy, leafy hop.

On the lighter side of mid-weight in the mouth, but it sure packs in the flavor! Lovely chocolate and brown malt are in the fore, as they should be. Restrained but persistent hop bitterness and flavor. Some mineral sharpness (calcium?) helping to cut through the malt and provide balance as well. Very complex, and very well-balanced! Great bottle-conditioned mouthfeel lets this one just slide down. Simply an outstanding brown porter. I would love to try this on cask, and could drink an ocean of it from the bottle.

Thanks to MJR for the sample!

Aug 11, 2003
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beerguy101 from California

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color, small head, roasted malt aroma. Roasted malts. Full flavored. Lighter taste than most porters. Mouthfeel is full and round, no bitterness. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is malty, no bitterness. Seems to be in the style of the lighter bodied, yet lots of flavor porters and stouts.

Aug 03, 2003
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Reidrover from Oregon

4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok Bridgeports porter..a bottle conditioned one at that!
Comes in the Bridgeport 12 oz brown bottle..its a nice smooth sided bottle.
Well this is one gorgeous beer when its poured into my pint mug.. dark porter brown with a great creamy off white shrinks fast but it lingers on as great lace.
Smell is a little subdued for style..but I detect chocolate roastted malts in abundance
WOw I liked the taste of this beer..wonderfully smooth and with great chocolaty flavours..and a nice alcohol taste underneath..very fast finish for a porter..but this is yummy..some spiciness too underneath.
Very smooth and most likeable on the tongue.
A nice drinkable porter..I enjoyed this one.

Jun 17, 2003
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Gusler from Arizona

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep sanguineous color, the head portly in size, frothy in its texture, the color a pleasant light tan, and as it erodes it leaves behind a fine sealing sheet of lace upon the glass. Caramel, sweet malt, very light hint of toasted grains, fresh and clean, front malt sweet, the top middling in its presence upon the palate. Finish has a perky acidity, the hops meaningful in their bite, dry as a desert bone aftertaste, a quite good porter and one I have loved for years.

Feb 15, 2003
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Zraly from Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brown porter is a fairly easy-drinking brew. The color is a dark-nut brown and the head poured nice, but it was present for a very brief moment. The smell has a fruity aroma. Bridgeport Brewing partakes of bottle conditioning. It's a crafty, down-to-earth touch.

The flavor is that of a toasty nut, the malt is aptly represented. This beer isn't loud nor is it quiet. The finish is alright, and it tastes somewhat of a sugary chocolate, rather than a bitter, dark chocolate. It has a soft crispness, similar to that of Autumn's first fallen leaves.

I think that this would be a decent transition brew, from lighter bodied beverages to medium bodied ones.

While it is not something to rave over, it is an all-purpose, enjoyable sipper.

Nov 17, 2002
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz slender brown bottle, “Bridgeport … Oregon’s Oldest Craft Brewery” in raised glass around the neck. Undecipherable freshness code on the back label.

Appearance: Black toned for certain but bright brownish hues glow on the rim. Tight and tiny bubbled lace wraps around the inside of the glass.

Smell: Touch of brown sugar, earthy / nutty aromas of yeast and charcoal from the roasted malts. Light fruitiness of black berries, roastedness stays clean in the nose also.

Taste: Huge smoothness with a flowing carbonation that makes the body feel bigger than it actually is. Roasted flavours are not aggersive and don’t have that trademark burnt flavour. Big chocolaty and brown malt flavours are what makes the backbone of this porter. This brew still has a bite it is just not overly roasted, the roasted bite leaves a permanent twang that leans lightly on the acidic side. Ghost like diacetyl add a thin layer of buttery flavour. Hops are moderate in bitterness with a well rounded and embracing flavour of wood and leaf that seem to meld well with the malt. Mild esters are about and a flare of nutty yeast in the end is an other reminder that this is a bottled conditioned brew.

Notes: One of the most flavourful brown porters I have had, the extra step in bottle conditioning really shines through. This is something that more breweries should lean towards rather than seeing how much they can filter their brew before it strips everything out.

Here are some notes of when we had this beer on tap at the brewery back in 08-14-1998:

Black/brown with ruby hues, a healthy light tan lace on top. Mild nutty roasted malt aromas. Smooth and creamy mouth feel of light nutty, dark chocolate, coffee, toasted bread. Hop bitterness is just enough to counter act with the roasted bitterness. A superb Porter, very rich and extremely enjoyable.

Apr 21, 2002
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Bighuge from Minnesota

3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours Dark ruby with a nice brown head. Sweet caramel and chocolate on the nose. Average roasted taste. I would prefer a bit more hops. The only slight bitterness in this beer is coming from roasted malt, and I don't think there is enough of that either. No bitterness stemming from hops. There are some unique "sweet" tastes in this porter. Like taffy or rock candy, but they aren't overbearing. However there seems to be a bit of a cloying sweetness lingering on the tongue after a sip. This is not a bad beer by any means, just not my idea of a great porter. Needs more roastiness,chocolate and hop notes.

Apr 16, 2002
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ZAP from Minnesota

2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a nice tan lace...aroma smells fruity, almost like a pale ale...taste is pretty good...some fruitiness, but also some sweeter caramel tones...not much for chocolate or roasted flavor...pretty creamy, and slick on the mouth...I don't really care for the fruitiness on the nose and the buds when drinking a porter, but this isn't horrible by any means...It just doesn't taste the way I expect a porter to taste. I like a more robust, cocoa taste porter..

Apr 07, 2002
Bridgeport Porter from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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