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 zeff80
3.17/5  rDev +14.9%
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 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 Gagnonsux
2.71/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the Beers Of America collection.

This is easily the worst porter I've had. Taste is watery and flavor is almost non-existant. Light hint of coffee in the taste and in the nose. The color is the only thing good here, and no head accompanies it. Taste isn't horrible like some bad beers, just very bad for the porter style. Average drinkability.

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Photo of WesWes
3.37/5  rDev +22.1%
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 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 scruffwhor
2.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good deep brown, ruddy red when held to the light along with a goodamount of foam give this porter a great look. But the aroma brings down my exectation. A very watery an bland smelling smoke ad bread aroma. The taste is even more dissapointing. ome ok roasty and smokey malts, but a little watery and thin o the palate. The flavors leaveyour tongue so fast, ts just dissapointing. The flavors are good, but hey don't last long enough.

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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 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 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 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 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 tgbljb
3.2/5  rDev +15.9%
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 Pegasus
3.15/5  rDev +14.1%
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 kmpitz2
2.8/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a very rubied dark brown color with a 2 finger head. The nose is brown sugary sweet, slightly nutty. Not much of what I would expect from a porter....maybe a brown ale. The flavor is not all that good. There is a slight raisiney quality, alongside this almost chemically flavor that I really can't place. Just not good. The feel is thin. I'm having a hard time drinking it. I'm kind of bummed. I've been at least happy with the others from this set of beers. Youcan't win them all.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.17/5  rDev +14.9%
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 clvand0
2.8/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Shared this one with a fellow brew club member. Pours a brown color with a small head that disappears very quickly and doesn't leave much of anything on the glass. The aroma is very subdued, but there is some burned hints in there. The flavor has a slight bit of chocolate and a hint of roastedness, but it's very plain and thin. Almost watered down. Drinkability is ok, but this isn't a very good beer.

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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 deltatauhobbit
2.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the Beers of America 18 pack.

Pour a dark brown color, ruby hues when held up to the light, small carbonated head (not creamy though), disappears quickly.

Smell is weak, but malt is present.

Taste is creamy, yet oddly thin, lots of carbonation in the mouth. Malt is the predominant flavor with no hop bitterness. Nothing out of the ordinary which is also nothing special.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Piedmont Porter pours from the 12oz bottle a deep garnet/brown color with a small wispy eggshell head that quick falls to a ring around the brew. When held up to the light I get a deep crystal clear garnet, hmmm, porter you say? Aromas being with lots of roasted grain coupled with a nice sweetness. Some faint herbal hops floating around in there as well as a subtle note of licorice and cocoa.

First sip brings a light roasted maltiness with a slightly rough grainy aspect. A touch of chocolate, molasses and licorice weave in and out of the brew. Flows down with a very shallow herbal hoppiness. Kinda sweet overall with only a kiss of bitterness on the end. Clean, crisp and easy drinkin.

Mouthfeel is rather thin and a bit creamy with fast moving bubbles. Goes down quite easily, but fails to give me the body I'm looking for in a porter. This is supposed to be an example of an early colonial version of a porter, but having no real knowledge of the beer in those times I can't say how close it is. I can say it doesn't hold a candle to the porters of today! Drinkability is good if you're looking for an easy drinkin brew. Comes off more as a dark lager. Give it a try if you run across it but I wouldn't seek it out!

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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 Mdog
2.78/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear dark brown, doesn't seem dark enough.

Smell: Light roasted coffee with a kind of soapy note.

Taste: Light, sweet coffee. Very little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Extremely light.

Drinkability: Due to the lightness and uncomplicated flavor profile this goes down easy.

I'm going to agree with several other reviewers in that this seems to be really light for a porter. Seems like a brown ale to me. Ok tasting, not offensive, just not too great.

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Photo of granger10
2.77/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The third installment of my "beers of America" pack. This was the one I was most looking forward to. It poured a nice reddish black color with a two inch tan head that looked nice. But it went away in about 10 seconds to basically nothing, not even a ring around the top of the liquid. Aroma was real burnt, seemed like charcoal almost. I was thinking charcoal every time I whiffed. Taste has more burnt qualities, which I kind of like, but there's an awful grainy quality that I don't like. Lots of grainy huskiness in the thin body of this beer. Finish is a bit metallic as well. Porter characteristics are minimal and get overpowered by the off flavors. Second sub par beer of the night for me, I think I'll switch to milk.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.4/5  rDev +23.2%
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 Frozensoul327
4.2/5  rDev +52.2%
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 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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