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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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 75
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 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 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 williamherbert
3.33/5  rDev +20.7%
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 drotski
3.77/5  rDev +36.6%
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 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 afinepilsner
3.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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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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 sullysbeer
3.78/5  rDev +37%
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 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 schoolcb
2.86/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another selection from the Beer's of America specialty package.

Pours a very dark brown, with a light tan head that quickly receded. Beer is very clear. First whiff is of roasted malt. I can detect no hop aroma. First taste is again malty, primarily roasted malt flavors. Has a sharp character to it, and a sweetness you would expect from a beer brewed with extract, and it detracts from this beer.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
3.32/5  rDev +20.3%
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 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 Chadbrew
3.06/5  rDev +10.9%
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 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 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 MSchae1017
3.06/5  rDev +10.9%
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 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 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 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 shirfan
3.38/5  rDev +22.5%
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 frazbri
3.45/5  rDev +25%
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 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 neonbrown82
3.67/5  rDev +33%
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 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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Piedmont Porter from Minhas Craft Brewery
2.76 out of 5 based on 87 ratings.
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