Piedmont Porter | Minhas Craft Brewery

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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

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Added by TastyTaste on 12-04-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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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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 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 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 Traquairlover
2.78/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Clear dense reddish brown, formed a one finger off white head which slowly dissipated leaving lacing on the glass. The color is pleasing, but it is far lighter than I expect from a porter. If this were not called a porter but a brown ale or something, I might have given it a higher score on appearance.

S = Very little smell at all, slight hints of sweet molasses, roasted malt, dried flowers.

T = Bitter throughout but with an astringent quality, at mid-palate a sweet brown sugar taste appears incongruously but it is quickly shoved aside in any event.

M = Thin body for a porter, carbonation is a little too stinging on the tongue. Mouthcoating is okay for the thin body but light for a porter.

D = This is a drinkable beer, but I would not seek it out. There are far, far better American porters from which to choose.

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

This beer poured black with a decent tan head and rocky bubbles. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty, but if very faint. The taste is roasted and burnt with a hint of sweetness. The mouthfeel is a bit thin for the flavors it needs to support. Overall, this is an average beer, not too difficult to drink – but perhaps a bit watered down.

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Photo of treehugger02010
2.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I found this straggler in my refrigerator and poured it into a pint glass. Note: The more variety I drink the less I find nuances and the more I find huge and odd discrepancies.
Appearance: The brew poured a deep brown body with spots of transparency, but not much. The body was toped off by a good sized tan head with less than good retention and very little lacing, just a spot here and there.
Smell: A huge roasty aroma that was watered down.
Taste: First I got a bitter hops then I got a good chuck of roast flavor then followed by a combination of both by terribly watered down.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and not very exciting.
Drinkability: Decent, nothing above average.
Don't drink and review.

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

Pours a very dark brown with a quick rising tan head that reduces to a very thin covering. Chocolate aroma with hints of caramel and fudge. Mouthfeel is thin for a porter and somewhat oddly carbonated. Carbonation almost interferes with the initial taste. You want to push it past the front of your tongue. Thus, midway the flavors start to emerge on the palate. Mild maltiness is followed by some feint hints of chocolate and fruit. Fruitiness is pretty weak though for a porter. Finishes dry with an odd aftertaste that's hard to describe... almost like a bad homebrew.

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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 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 cookin420
3.17/5  rDev +14.9%
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 beveritt
3/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: I received this as part of a mixed 18 pack for my birthday. They were all in a galvanized bucket with a book about American beer. Pretty cool looking, I guess I am easy to buy for. This is in a brown bottle with an older looking label, almost looks like a poster.

Appearance: Pours with 2 inches of light tan foam. This settles quickly into a thin layer of foam and minimal lacing. The beer itself is dark brown with just a hint of red. You can easily see though it when held to the light, a little light.

Smell: Slightly bitter roastiness with a strong sweet molasses smell.

Taste: Slightly sweet malt upfront with a medium barley bitterness. Vegetal notes in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. A little thin in the body for a porter.

Drinkability: All in all a pleasant brew, but not as strong as I expect a porter to be. Almost seems more like a brown ale.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.68/5  rDev +33.3%
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 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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Piedmont Porter from Minhas Craft Brewery
2.76 out of 5 based on 87 ratings.
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