Piedmont Porter | Minhas Craft Brewery

Piedmont PorterPiedmont Porter
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Piedmont PorterPiedmont Porter

Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TastyTaste on 12-04-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of Frozensoul327
4.2/5  rDev +50.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very well made porter. Poured out to a dark brown / near black color with a nice tan head of about 1/4 inch. Some lacing. medium low level of carbonation. Aromas of coffee and roasted malts. Some chocolate and sugary notes. Flavor is coffee dominated with strong overtones of chocolate. Nice. Very enjoyable flavor. Mouthfeel is full bodied and rather rich. Good drinkability, this is probably one of the best mass produced porters I've ever had. Recommended.

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Photo of sullysbeer
3.78/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Malty Sweetness, Slight Hint of Chocolate, Raisins, Sherry and almost no hop aroma.

Appearance: Deep Ruby Red, Slight off White Head not Brown and Not Tan.

Flavor: Slight Roasted - not overpowering, Caramel malt maybe followed by delicate sherry, raisin, toffee flavors. Slight hop bitterness. I thought this beer described the Maillard Reaction (The Maillard Reaction is a complex series of chemical reactions initiated when "reducing sugars" react with free amino nitrogen. Maillard Reaction is responsible for the formation of a wide array of aromas including toffee, caramel, toast, nutty, raisin-like and sherry.

Mouthfeel: Medium Body and Medium Carbonation.

Overall Impression: Very drinkable and Smooth. The Bottle says it's brewed with brown sugar and it gets some of the different flavors from the brown sugar. I could for sure drink a few of these. This beer is the definition of the Maillard Reaction in my book.

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Photo of drotski
3.77/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear dark red-brown color. A little too clear for the Porter I usually drink. 1/2" head that quickly went to nearly none.

Aroma is slightly fruity, especially of apples and pear. Hints of malt, with a slight roasty character. Didn't notice any hop aromas.

Taste was good, but didn't taste much like a porter to me. Tasted more like a porter and belgian hybrid. But definitely a good beer.

Great mouthfeel, not too thick or thin. Decent carbonation level.

Very drinkable. However, I've only seen this in variety 12-packs (wooden crates), so I usually only have 1 at a time, to save the second for another night.

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Photo of Durge
3.75/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A solid heavy brown color with a modest dusty tan head that erodes quickly into a ring and very little sign of lacing. The aroma is licorice charcoal and molasses raisin. Interesting. The taste brings more charcoal molasses and caramel malt. Not a bad flavor although the feel is a bit too aqueous. It does offer a refreshingly fine carbonation and is very drinkable. There's a vague touch of prune-like alcohol but it's obviously not high in alcohol. Near the end I even detect a slight dark chocolate effect. Overall, for a thin, drinkable porter this was pretty good. Suitable for most any occasion! My bottle actually specifies the brewery name as "MD II" which may account for my higher than average rating here somehow. I should also note that this has been in my fridge for well over a year, maybe aging did the trick?

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Photo of Brettster
3.74/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a very dark ruby red almost brown with a one finger tan foamy head. This porter has a pretty decent head retention and good lacing. I pick up some malt and a slight sweet smell. It has a very similar smell to many of the other Minhas beers. None of the flavors in this beer are overwhelming. It has very good balance. Has some roasted flavors and just a little hop flavor. It has a pretty smooth medium bodied mouthfeel. For the most part, I like this beer. I would have it again.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.68/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inky black with a foamy white head on it. Not much on the smell. A very light chocolate scent, but not much else, and not too strong.

Tastes about the same. It's smooth, it's a tiny bit malty with some chocolate flavors, but it's fairly weak. A fairly pedestrian porter, but as I've had some truly terrible ones, this one gets a few points simply for not having any weird flavors to it.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.67/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This came in a "Historic Beers of America" sample pack. Not exactly historic, but it was a decent beer. Pours a bit on the lighter side of a porter, basically the color of diluded molasses to the point that you can feintly see through it. The head is thin and doesn't stick around, or to the glass.

The smell is good. Plenty of molasses, as the included brochure notes. Only a bit of chocolate maltiness. The taste is the same. The diluted molasses analogy holds firm. Good at first, but it gets to be a bit sticky and cloyingly sweet.

Could have been a bit more robust to balance it out and make a good brew out of it. I was actually quite surprised this beer wasn't terrible given that the gift set it came from is obviously not a collection of "historic" beers.

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Photo of frazbri
3.45/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I received Piedmont Porter as part of a gift box. It poured deep brown with ruby accents, and a short, creamy, light tan head. Aroma had notes of cocoa powder and hazelnuts. Flavor components included chocolate and a bit of coffee. It had a good balance between bittern and sweet, but a very slight metallic note in the finish. The body seemed a little thin, with a dry chalky feel and moderate carbonation.

This was a very respectable porter.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This one is a dark shade of brown with garnet highlights and a massive four finger head of fluffy foam. Retention is extremely good it takes the head a few minutes to slowly settle to a finger. A good amount of lace is left on the glass, and slowly slides into the chestnut brew.

S - Toasted marshmallows. Some woody and nutty flavors come through too. This smells like a nut brown ale more so than a porter, but that's ok...it smells really good! This smells profoundly like toasted marshmallows over a fire...I can smell the blacked edges and the gooey center.

T - This tastes a little more beefy and sausage-y than it smells, but some of the marshmallow hints remain. This is smoky and salty like beef jerky, and some burnt grains present themselves on the midpalate.

M - Medium bodied, oily, and weighty with mild carbonation and a smoky, mineraly, and beef jerky-ish finish.

D - This was the only good brew to come from the mixed pack of very sub-par beer. I'm pleasantly surprised, and would probably pick up a six pack of this if I see it somewhere. This is almost like a Rauchbier in that it's very meaty, salty, and smoky. This would be great with some sausage or a pepperoni pizza.

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Photo of shirfan
3.38/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

#5 of the Beers of America gift pack...

Pours a very dark ruby brown, opaque at the thickest points of the glass. A decent layer of lace clings for the duration.

Aroma is roasty, notes of toasted almonds.

A nice smooth, medium-light body with a creamy mouthfeel. Dark malts, mildly sweet, light tangy and bitter finish. Sampled at room temperature, this seems delicate for a porter...much chill would probably kill it.

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Photo of WesWes
3.37/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an earthy black malt scent that boasts of patent, crystal, and roasted malts. It has a toasted aroma. The taste is average. It has a dry black malt flavor that goes down slow and finishes slightly sweet with a lingering metal aftertaste. The mouthfeel is average also. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. I'm not impressed with this beer at all. It's a cheap porter with an average taste. It's one and done for me.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.33/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber red with zero head. Clear and yet also a slight haze inside.

Almost smells like a red wine. Heavy alcohol smell, almost like a liqueur.

Has a sweet, light flavor with only a hint of coffee bitterness.

Very light for a porter. Almost watery, but pleasant. Very very light bodied. Not porter-like, but also not bad. Feels like a heavier-than-normal ale, not a porter. Easy to drink, but not really porterish.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
3.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the 12oz. black bottle into a tulip pint glass the beer was a dark, dark brown but not quite black color. A half-finger tan head formed but did little to leave any lacing. No other signs of carbonation.

The nose had some roasted malt, slight chocolate, brown sugar sweetness, and some mild coffee. Suprised by the aromas because the other beers in this mixed 12 pack "days of past beer revival" thing were rather weak in the nose.

The the taste too exceeds the other beers in this pack. A roasted (perhaps better described as toasted) malt taste with hints of sugary sweetness, cocoa powder, and coffee with cream. Smooth and balanced, no bitterness and no hop character.

The beer was a little weak on body but had a semi-firm mouthfeel with a slick creaminess to it. Little carbonation.

Of all the beers in the variety pack, this was the most enjoyable for me. It actually had some real flavors come thru and wasn't terribly bland. Albiet not a standout, it was decent enough.

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Photo of merlin48
3.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pours a dark mahogany body with a large tan head that leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is chocolate and roast coffee. Body is light medium and on the thin side. Medium carbonation. Taste is chocolate malt and dark roasty bitterness. This is a decent American porter and the best of what was apparently the Minhas Brewery's sampler pack.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.2/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My second selection from the beers of America Collection. Poured a deep brown color with modest tannish puffy head. Taste reveals some coffee, chocolate, and cocoa. Taste is slightly bitter with some roasted malt flavors and a dry cocoa background. Finishes slightly dry, but very average. This is a porter for the Coors Light crowd.

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Photo of cookin420
3.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a chalice.
The head is frothy and dense. It looks nice. I'd guess root beer if I was across the room.
Smells like some coffee and german perles. Toasted oak is quite present. Nothing offensive or overpowering. Im growing more surprised by this porter every second that goes by.
Tastes like it smells. Nothing veiled or hidden here. It is what it is.
Mouth feel falls a bit short for me. It's not bad really but feels like a brown ale, not a porter.
Drinkability; too drinkable for a porter. I should'nt be able to drink 12 pints of porter but I believe I could drink 12 of these " entry level porters.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark in color, with some translucency. Head is almost non-existing, with a small tan ring around the edges.

Smell: Bitter chocolate and nutty roasted malts with slightly coffee tones.

Taste: Moderate acidic bite in thie one, not annoying like some porters. Coffee and chocolate flavors dominate.

Mouthfeel: Very thin body, definitely needs more substance there. Carbonation is OK.

Drinkability: Not offensive, but there are many better beers in the world.

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Photo of zeff80
3.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured out a dark borwn or even black color. It had a small tan head.
Smells of coffee and roasted malt.
It tasted slightly bitter and the coffee/malt flavor faintlycomes through, as well.
It had a soft mouthfeel.
It's drinkable but it is just a little weak for a porter.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.15/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Quite clear mahogony in color, with a large, thick tan head, which slowly fades, slight carbonation, and scattered broken lace. The appearance seems quite correct for the style.

Aroma: Sweet caramel aroma, with earthy, toasted malt notes, again, to style.

Taste: Opens with roasted malt flavors, with some caramel and coffee, and some grain husk. The finish is dry with a mild, lingering herbal bitterness.

Mouth feel: Soft on the palate, but a bit thin.

Drinkability/notes: Overall, not a bad example, but seems a bit watery, could benefit from additional body.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of davidt
3.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark brown, with some red showing through at the edges. The thick off-white head dropped rapidly. A faint, but typical porter aroma of roasted malt with a hint of smoke. The flavor was roasted malt and dark chocolate with a thin but highly carbonated mouthfeel.

This bottle had what had to be the smallest text I've ever seen on a beer bottle, and it was in a script font as well, making it all but impossible to read.

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Photo of lwootton
3.11/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a white wine glass for tasting.

Appearance: Thick, creamy head with large bubbles. Pours a dark, pellucid brown.

Aroma: Sweet malt smell with an earthy roasty presence and hints of caramel.

Taste: Some dark roasted flavor and a lightly sweet malt taste. Overall mild for a porter.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, much lighterbodied than I would expect of a porter.

Drinkability: Good, added complexity would help here but you could drink this all night if you didn't have any other good beers.

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from a bottle.

This beer pours a dark black-brown almost opaque with hints of amber where the light shines through. The is almost no distinct smell except for faint roasted malts. The taste is also quite weak there is some hidden chocolate to be found but even this is almost non existant. There is also almost no presence of hops. It feels a little thin but is carbonated well. Overall its easy to drink but the lack of flavor would cause me to be hesitant of reaching for it again.

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Photo of Chadbrew
3.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up as part of a mixed six this weekend.
It pours out OK with a fair amount of head, unfortunately that doesn't last long. There is some pretty decent lacing around the edges and the carbonation seems to be appropriate for the style. The aroma is very faint, I mean it's so faint I literally stuck my nose in it trying to get something besides a slight bit of cocoa/ coffee and mild malt. The flavor is a creamy light chocolate milk with slight hints of a sourness that actually adds a bit of character to an otherwise mostly boring flavor profile. The mouthfeel is a bit light for what I expect from a porter.
Overall... I'm not sure why but this beer actually grew on me near the end. I don't know if it was the lack of any dominating flavors but it did seem to be fairly easy to throw it back.

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Photo of magnj
3.05/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My brother hooked me up with the Beer's of America set...

A - Nice creamy head from an aggressive pour into a Guinness glass. A clear deep brown body lies beneath.

S - Aroma is...beery. Mild chocolate nose, smells more like a brown ale than a porter at least by today's standards.

T - Thin body but reasonably good chocolate and coffee flavor, again more in line with an American Brown than a porter to me.

M/D - Thin body but not watery. Easy to drink, not the most complex, innovative, or style accurate brew but not bad. It may reflect what a porter was like at the time, in the area.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle

Piedmont porter was a clear dark brown color with a light tan head. The head was soon reduced to only a thin layer. The aroma was fairly light, but dark malts were noticeable. The taste was of dark malt as well with a slightly bitter, dry finish. The mouthfeel was a little thin with decent carbonation. Average drinkability. While this is not a bad beer, there are alot of better porters out there.

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Piedmont Porter from Minhas Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.6% out of 100 with 87 ratings
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