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 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 shabbtastic
1.8/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My brother gave me the 18 pack holiday can for Christmas and I'll admit when I opened it I was excited, it came with a great book on the history of beer in America and everything. Two signs that my excitement would fade quickly.

1. They were twist off caps
2. They were brewed in Rochester NY!! (Genny land)

This one was labeled "Porter" - not quite

A - Poured a thin black body, you could see through it when held up to the light. Teeny tiny head which disappeared with no carbonation what so ever.

S - Very faint malt / nutty aroma a bit burnt...

T - Coffee hint but not much to make you want another sip.

M - Felt like a corny / rice flat feeling on my tongue. Not very flavorful and definitely not a "porter"

D - I mean I did finish it after all! I'm just wondering who I can pawn the other 3 I have left to (maybe my brother).

This gift pack had a great presentation factor and the book (half way through) is wonderful.

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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 Dukeofearl
1.88/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Part of a "Beers of America" collection I received for Christmas. Old Parchment-lloking label with lots of printing (most is too small for my old eyes), but the following is in larger font-- "Piedmont Brand Porter" "Freedom in Brewing", "A.D. 1799 Style" (enscribed in streamers in the talons of a Federalist Eagle), "Old Colonies", "A Superfine Brew", "Brewed and Bottled by MDII Monroe, WI".

Pours a very cola like beer, even down to the very fizzy bubbled head that quickly vanishes, much like if poured from a can of Coke. Once the fizzies go from the head, this is as flat as Still Water in the Old Country. It's brownish black like a porter, but looks thin and watery, not rich and full as expected. And that's beofre smelling or tasting it.

Aroma- sharp, burnt malt (charcoal?, fireplace ashes?).

Flavor- some roasty notes, a malt base with a bit of hops at the end. Maybe the lightest of chocolate. Very unsatisfying.

Mouthfeel- surprisingly thin.

I am reaching the end of this series of beers, and this is the least satisfying of the bunch.

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Photo of erratic
2/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into mug from bottle. This beer was disapointment from the get-go. I expected a porter, and was in the mood for any porter, even a so-so one. Well, the first thing I no
ticed was that the color was really thin for a porter. Translucent and dark brown. The little, soapy head disapeared quickly and the first smell was burnt nuts. Taste was not at all porterlike, very carbonated, burnt and watery. After a while, a taste of bile crept in. Mouthfeel was thin and over carbonated. Overall, a sub-par beer for any category, but especially bad for a porter. Skip this one.

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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 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 ommegangpbr
2.19/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The appearance is the best thing about this one. Looks as a porter should; is cola looking when held to the light.
Hardly any smell at all. A trace of caramel type malt in there. Nothing else.
The taste is slightly smokey but mostly tastes like a watered down version of a good porter.
Moutfeel is watery to stale... which, in all possibility this bottle is; no freshness date to be found. I'd like to think that the flaws in this one are the result of an old bottle. It doesn't taste skunked.. and I unfortunately know what skunked beer tastes like... but this definately tastes stale.
I hope this isnt what the brewer intended.

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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 mudhoney
2.23/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Alright, I'm going to go ahead and review this beer against my better judgement in the spirit of fair beer advocacy.

This beer was a gift pack limited edition given to a friend for a christmas gift.

The Piedmont porter poured and rapidly the little bit of foam there was dissapated and left no lacing to speak of.

The nose is malty and nutty, not much of a coffee aroma which I like in a porter.

The flavor was on the sweet side with little carbonation, and hints of brown sugar.

The mouthfeel is quite thin and watered down similar to a lager.

I rate this beer mediocre on a scale of drinkability, but might be good used in a marinade.

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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 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 Jredner
2.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

You can smell the brown sugar and very mild roasted notes, but there is also a coco-cola like aroma there as well. Along with pie crust and fresh baked cakes. Color is red/brown to black at the top of the glass. Head starts large and tan, but faded two pinky thickness and also seems to lose some color. Molasses/brown sugar flavors dominate. A sharp metallic tinge seriously hurts what is a pretty good fore taste. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery and it lacks any lasting roasted notes.

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Photo of LucaBrasi
2.39/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Actually received this as a Christmas gift.
Poured a deep color but when held up to bright light came through as a reddish brownish hue.
Head was tan in color 1/4 of an inch thick then thinned out to a sporadic lacing which mellowed out into a whitish tan looking almost like the top of a stout.
Smell is of rich sweet caramels. Distinct Carmel smells...
Taste like Carmel with a feel of chocolate seems a bit light, a little watered down taste.
Mouthfeel is thinner carbonation is low.
Drinkability is...well its not hard to drink nor un-pleasurable but I find myself asking why.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
2.41/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Part of the "Beers of America" package. Modest tan head consisting of mixed sized bubbles which slowly settles. The color is dense amber. It smells of some roasted malt and minimal coffee in the background. Roasted and burnt malt with little hop nips to round it out. Light bodied, almost flat mouthfeel. Fairly pedestrian porter, nothing distinctive at all.

For the money, there are significantly better porters available.

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Photo of ikats
2.5/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark mahogany color. Brown head disappears within seconds. Nose is filled with sweet caramel, rosted notes and just a touch of smokiness. Taste is mostly roasted bitterness. This beer definitely did not age well (I had it for about a year, possibly more). It probably wasn't great to begin with, but it should've been much better fresh. Medium body. Fairly enjoyable, but not for seeking out.

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Wife picked this up for me in a twelver with 5 other types of beer. Smell in the bottle is more lager type sweet with undertones of roasting. Poured it into a boot mug. Good foamy head, lacing all the way down. Not much aroma in the mug. Color is mildly translucent dark brown. Taste is good, initially, but not much of a finish. Seems to be lacking carbonation. Not as "thick" as what I would expect for a porter. It's a good attempt but it falls short. When I saw porter I got excited, but not too much too be excited about. This beer might be good to cook the bratwurst.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Wet chocolate labrador brown that becomes dusky ruby with orange edges when backlit. Atop the beer is a modest head of malted milk colored foam that has a rumpled surface and a semi-tacky look. As it falls, it begins to deposit lace in a pattern resembling a jagged king's crown.

The nose is way too underpowered and is uninteresting besides. I can appreciate little more than the molasses that the brewery added so that the beer would be authentically colonial. It's minimally dark malty, along the lines of a Euro dark lager; not exactly the style that a porter should emulate.

It's obvious from the first sip that Piedmont Porter is on the lighter end of the porter spectrum. In fact, it's hanging off the edge and is threatening to fall off. There's an inexcusably pathetic amount of malt in this beer and it's becoming more and more obvious that those Euro dark lager comparisons weren't that far off the mark.

An acceptable amount of flavor finds purchase on the taste buds, but it isn't good flavor, so what's the point? Again, a glimmer of molasses is appreciated. There can't be much though since it isn't all that noticeable in a beer that doesn't have much else to provide flavor. Not only that, but there's very little sweetness to be had.

Given the lack of barley, it isn't a surprise that the body is the biggest loser of all. The beer seems to vanish in the mouth as soon as it makes contact, becoming watery at the midway point rather than waiting until the finish. Actually, if the truth were known, it starts out watery. A lackluster amount of carbonation doesn't help.

This is not good beer. It takes a hell of a lot more than a traditional ingredient like molasses, very little of which was utilized anyway, to brew a beer that is interesting as well as good. I'm pretty sure that ale lovers in Colonial America would have laughed Piedmont Porter right out of the tavern.

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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 whartontallboy
2.56/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a dark cola brown with a moderate-sized sticky tan head. Pretty nice looking porter, head holds okay.

Smell is only kinda there. It's lightly roasted malts, maybe a little bit of chocolate, but not much of anything. Slightly sweet.

Flavor is light roasted malts, but moreso than anything a combination of a dirty-earthy smoke flavor and a grainy, powdery chocolate flavor. Neither is very strong, but the dirt flavor comes through the most clearly. I wish I had a more eloquent term for it, but that's it: dirt. Too much roastiness, perhaps? Oh, well, it tastes like smoked dirt.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin.

Overall: The other beers in this pack, while not outstanding, hadn't been bad. This broke that trend.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This last of the "Beers of America" series comes wrapped in an attractive label looking like an important document with an eagle. Unfortunately, the rest of the beers in the twelve-pack were mostly fair at best interpretations of the style so I'm not holding out hope that this is similar to a Sierra Nevada or Anchor version of the style.

Color is dark but thin looking with almost no head to speak of. Nose is sweet with touches of chocolate malts and caramel. Not terribly appetizing as it is somewhat artificial leaning.

Taste has an initial rush of sweet malt that got me hoping but it soured from there with overcarbonation and a finish that just kind of quietly dies instead of lasting for a half minute or more. Just not much of a proper porter at all, really.

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Photo of sabrills70
2.61/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer number 6 of my "Beers of America" pack. Pours a very dark ruby, almost black with a 2 finger head and good lace. Smells of a roasted malt but somehow a bit harsh. Over roasted perhaps. Taste is very similar, a roasted malt but harsh - like the malt was over roasted and very slightly burnt. Like the other beers in this pack, close but not quite there. Purely a merketing thing. All BA's should avoid this 12 pack. Let the AB people have it all. If anthing it will make a great Christmas gift for them.

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

rubied dark brown quickie 1/2 finger tan head. Aroma brown sugar with faint dark roasted coffe and chocolate. The flavor has raisiney quality that give way to predominate coffee/chocolate. The initial several taste had an acid quality . Mouthfeel is thin. These lead to less than average drinkablity.

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

Serving from a 12 oz. bottle, part of the "Beers of America" sampler pack (6 varieties - 2 of each). All contract brewed by Minhas Brewery of NY (I know it says Wisconsin on BA, but the bottle says brewed in NY!)

The pour produces a nearly opaque chocolate brown colored beer. The smallish head dissipates rapidly, and virtually no lacing is evident. Disappointing.

The nose holds a whiff of molasses, caramel and perhaps licorice, but its very light.

The taste follows the nose, with molasses being the primary taste. A lack in malt character contributes to the lack of body and mouthfeel ... particularly noticeable for this style. By the end of the glass, the mouthfeel is close to that of water. The finish is dry and bland. I'm wondering if I even drank a beer? Can't give a very good mark for drinkability, as after one of these, I sure didn't want another sample. Fortunately, I was able to share the other sample with a fellow BA, who had similar feelings towards this beer as we sampled it together.

If you enjoy a good Porter, this isn't it. Try a Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald or an Anchor Porter, and you'll be glad you did.


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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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