Piedmont Porter | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Piedmont PorterPiedmont Porter

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Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by TastyTaste on 12-04-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of lwootton
3.11/5  rDev +12.7%
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 ncfranklin
1.86/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Part of some beer gift pack given to me.

A: Dark, ruby color. Some bubbles, no head.

S: Feint roasty, not alot going on here.

T: Eh. A little molasses, not much else. Not a flavor burst.

M: Hard to call this one a porter. Medium bodied, if that.

D: Avoid.

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Photo of Krishob
2.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This was one of the samplings from a gift pack for american beers. Glad that it was a gift.

Appearance - nice brown color, low carbonation & head is gone before you know it. It has a clear appearance & looks good enough to bring you in for a taste.

Smell - This is more malts then hops. Sweet smelling, chocolaty and roasty.

Taste - The flavor is sweet, but not overly sweet. Definitely needs more buttering, but not horrible. The sweetness from the brown sugar & the malts comes throughout and that is well balanced, but the lack of the bitter at the end of the sip makes the beer seem to fall flat .

Mouthfeel - The beer has a watery yet smooth body. It does feel flat due to lack of carbonation and wateriness, but would be constant with the feel of this era brewing (1799 AD).

Drinkability - The beer is a easy drink from start to finish. Would I search this beer out, no, but depending on choices or if I was gifted this pack again I know that I would drink this first.

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Photo of magnj
3.05/5  rDev +10.5%
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 biggred1
2.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Clear russet with amber highlights, pretty light colored for a porter. Creamy light tan head that quickly fades to a skim and leaves little lace behind on the glass. Light toasted grain and brown sugar are detected in the mild nose. Brown sugar, bubblegum and a touch of toasted malt. This beer is way undermalted for the style, it's more Oktoberfest than porter. Light, watery and fizzy. This beer is just not very good.

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Photo of DmanGTR
2.19/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes on 9/15/09

A - poured very dark brown with a clear garnet hue in the light. Nice foamy beige head of 1.5" in the tulip. Decent rings of lace. 3.5

S - very faint, light roasted malts and a hint of caramel. Not much improvement after warming up. 2.0

T - caramel, toasted biscuits, hint of coffee aftertaste, otherwise quite clean. A bit lacking all around. 2.0

M - Thin for a porter. Highly carbonated. 2.0

D - decent, I probably won't get this again but it has its place at a bbq... 3.0

Overall - This is a bland, fizzy, and all around useless beer. Pretty sad when it's the best one out of the entire mix pack of "History of American Beer".

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Photo of Brettster
3.74/5  rDev +35.5%
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 darklordlager
2.75/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark chestnut brown, with a small head of off white/grey bubbles.

S: Pale malt, caramel malt, and a bit of roasted malt. Acidic sourness can also be noticed.

T: Fruity (yeast?) flavour, with a light malt backbone, finishing dry. Slightly sour, light nuttiness.

M: Very watery, low carbonation.

D: This was very interesting to try once.

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Photo of number1bum
2.2/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

5th of 6th beers from this Historical Beers of America pack.

Pours a clear copper color with about one finger of light tan head. This is a porter? Very light color for a porter. Only keeps a thin lace and not much more.

Smells of sweet, buttery caramel and toffee. No roasted aroma to speak of, nor any hops. It's not offensive, although it's not very appealing either.

Taste is even less appealing. It's sweet and not much else, with buttery caramel and a touch of honey. Nose smelled more like toffee but I don't get that here. Also a touch of grain and a metallic quality. Bleh.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the sweetness is a bit cloying, a bit sticky. Carbonation is advanced enough to keep it from being too much of a trainwreck.

I often think that porter is a style that's hard to screw up. It's dark enough that you can hide flaws relatively easily, and doesn't demand a ton of flavor or complexity. This, however, is a lousy one. In keeping with my thoughts about the other beers from this box, I'm glad that beer in America has progressed to where we are now.

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Photo of vdread
2.35/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Piedmont Porter

poured from a very interesting bottle with a parchment style label with a weird looking bird announcing that 'freedom is brewing'.

tis light red with amber at the bottom, this doesn't look too much like a porter. a tiny little head came up with some aggressive pouring but faded out quickly.

smell of light roasts and dirty water. and that's pretty much it.

tastes of slightly roasted nuts, taste is followed by the dirty water/metal/diacetyl taste that seems to be the theme in the beers of america pack. overall this is a dull beer. the slight roasted notes are the only thing similar to a porter i can detect, but it's ruined by its other qualities.

mouthfeel slick and watery, not much carbonation. not satisfying at all. drinkability okay i guess. it's not completely horrible, it's bearable. but it's nowhere near a porter. reminds me of a coca-cola, really.

i would use the words 'watery' 'roasty' and 'indistinguished' for this beer.

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Photo of thekanna
2.98/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

One of the beers from the Beers of America Historical Beer Collection.

A: Pours a somewhat clear tannish color leaning towards light orange-red. Not much head except for a thin, white ring.

S: Generally fresh with hints of roasted sweet malts.

T: Strong sweet malt flavor with some diacetyl, citrusy hops and a faint roasted character. This would serve as a nice, heavier American Wheat ale, but this is definitely not a Porter in the conventional sense of the style.

M: Somewhat thin with medium carbonation.

D: It was drinkable enough, but nothing about this beer said Porter to me.

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Photo of generallee
2.1/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: This is one of six beers from an eighteen pack labeled Beer of America, Historical Collection. The 18 pack also came with a nice book titled, The History of Beer in America. It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There appears to be no freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance: The body has a medium brownish/red color with a very clear appearance and visible carbonation. This seems very odd to me for the style. On top is a thin white head that quickly fades out to just a wispy thin ring of bubbles that makes no lacing at all.

Smell: Its aroma has hints of lightly roasted sweet malt and metallic/salty minerals with a touch of leafy hops.

Taste/Palate: There is a big buttery grain flavor with some lighter hints of roasted malt. The malt up front has modest sweetness is lightly balanced by some mineral/leafy hop flavor and mild bitterness. Into the finish there are some citrus orange peel and salty metallic notes. The body is light to medium with a slick fizzy texture.

Notes: There is nothing about this beer that reminds me of porter. The color seems to light, the flavor is to light and boring. There is no head retention at all and it has that same salty/metallic/diacetyl taste I found in all the others beers in this mixed pack. The best part of this 18 pack is the book that came with it.

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Photo of joepais
2.82/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass produced a finger worth of tan that than disappears to almost no lace. The body of the brew was the typical black for a porter.

Aromas' of roasted malts and a light coffee smell filled my nose. The flavor is rather subdued too a little watery not to much in the way of roasted malt flavor. The mouthfeel is rather light for a porter as well, good carbonation though.

It is drinkable it goes down really fast not what I expect in a porter as well. Really not to impressed with this brewery. Oh well live and learn

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Photo of Durge
3.75/5  rDev +35.9%
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 BigRedN
2.98/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Part of a mixed 18 pack in a nice metal tin that may be able to be used as a patio beer & ice holder later this summer. I'll have to see how bad it leaks ro rusts.

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is very dark brown to black. My pour produces a nice brownish head about 1 inch in thickness. Head fades to a solid ring and partial cover with some lacing.

Smell: Some roasted malt aromas (caramel, chocolate). Nothing too aromatic though.

Taste: In line with the scent, roasted malts, no hops (not bitter). Not big on taste, I'd call it Porter Light.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin, and watery, light to medium bodied. Sufficiently carbonated, making it a bit more lively on the tongue.

Drinkability: A decent beer, not an overly complex or robust representation of the style. Maybe that's good as many people will try the mix pack, give this a shot and say "That's not too bad" and try some other (better) porter.

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Photo of CMW
2.35/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Jet black with a small tan head. The head dissapates immediately. No lacing to speak of. This looks like Pepsi.

S - Dark cherries and maybe a slight whiff of chocolate

T - The dark fruits are the only thing I can taste. This is very plain.

M - Extremely watery.

D - Easy to drink but so is pepsi, that doesn't make it a good beer. I'm glad these were free.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
2.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz received as a cool extra from jjanega08.. thanks Jozef.. poured into my Chimay goblet..

1" head from an aggressive pour.. no lace and the head dies within :15 seconds ... pretty lack luster cap. the brew is dark brown..

the nose is more fruity than anything else. lite... plums... some dried cherries.. and a pronounced "cola".. actually very little traditional porter aromas.... lite chocolate .. and even lighter dark malts.. brown sugar emerges as it warms.. but no other real porter qualities emerge.

flavor is a big let down.. I was hoping for more.. pretty much lite coffee with some out front fruity esters.. more interesting (slightly) as it warms to room temperature.. very light body and a fizzy carbonation... not great .. and barely good.. okay if I was grading friend's homebrew, but even then, my friends brew better than this.

This makes me think that there is nobody behind the wheels at this brewery.. more likely just a mechanical pump that pushes mediocre brews through dark grains (I know this does not actually happen).. but still.. a fizzy dark brew that is sorta burning in my tummy.. pretty terrible.. even for me.. and I don't traditionally like middle of the road porters.

Thanks Jozef.. but no thanks.. an average brew at best that needs to be whittled down to the basics and reworked.... really... people buy this??!!

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Photo of garymuchow
2.86/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tight leaning aroma with some dark roast/coffee character, but really hard to pick up.
Dark brown to black with garnet highlights. Minimal head that ends up leaving a persistent tan thin layer.
Flavor is mild for a porter, but especially at the start hold tasty coffee/roast flavor. Mild bitterness and short finish with a tad of dryness.
Body approaches reaching about right, but a bit on the thin side and a bit aqueous. Carbonation is about right.
Because is a tad thin, lacks some body and is under rich, it drinks okay. Lack of intensity of flavors also help some, except that also lowers appeal and desire to drink more. This is more the makings of a decent porter, but otherwise not quite there.

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Photo of jjanega08
2.65/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A= very dark brown. Small head and small spotty lacing
S= big chocolate and small coffee smell. Could this be the best from the brewery???
T= chocolate coffee and dirty water
M= low carb and watery
D= this is a bluff! This isn't a porter at all. Its the best the brewery offers from what I've had but its a bluff!

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Photo of everetends
2.83/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle I got out of retired beer series mixed case that showcases America's early beers.
Poured into a pint.

A: Pours a nice black to look, when held to light comes across dark brown with garnet highlights. A decent tan head sits on top and has decent retention and has some stickiness.

S: Smell is of only lightly roasted malt, caramel, and maybe some nuts. No trace of anything else.

T: Taste is much the same. Lightly roasted malt sweetness with caramel. A decent sweet brew but not very dynamic.

M: A bit thin and watery. Has a lot of carbonaton for a porter and don't understand why. Really keeps malt flavor in your mouth.

D: This beer can be consumed but it is no where near amazing. Has some decent highlights but is still a bit weird.

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Photo of adams82
1.57/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a medium brown colour with a fluffy off white head, filtered clear.

Smells awful... Metallic and that's really it... Ick.

Tastes very thin and metallic with a slight roast character. Not much to say...

Thin, powdery and watery. Not what I would expect from a Porter... Terrible. Say hello to my drain. I was really in the mood for a Porter too...

This tastes and smells very much like beer I had the last time I was in Canada... Steelback in the big red cans comes to mind for some reason.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.01/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- pours a very dark scarlet with a bubbly tan head that leaves behind spotty lacing as it quickly dissipates

S- caramels,chocolate and just a hint of alcohol

T- very similar to the nose bitter chocolate,burnt coffee,oak barrel(tho im sure there were no oak barrels used in the brewing of this beer)and a good amount of smokieness

M- a bit thinner than I would have liked,and to much carbonation,the upside is it does have a nice smokey dry finish that is pleasent and creamy

D- not bad really,especially compared to the others in this sampler,I could drink a couple

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Photo of merlin48
3.28/5  rDev +18.8%
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 AgingWarrior
3/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I received this brew as part of the "Beers of America" set as a gift.

Pours a nice dark brown with a caramel colored head, maybe a finger or so. It dissipates fairly quckly with minimal lacing.

Smell is coffee and some malts. Not a very impressive scent. Usually when I sniff a Porter I get a nice warm feeling that I'm going to like the drink.... not so with this one.

Taste is okay, pretty good on the front, but the finish is weak with the taste of alcohol.

Mouth feel is average, recently firm and thick.

This is a drinkable brew, but not up to my standards for an American Porter.

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Photo of davidt
3.13/5  rDev +13.4%
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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