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

Dark brownish red body, head is a warm looking tan, low retention and almost no lace.
Pleasant smell, molasses and brown sugar with a kick of spice.
Taste is way way off. Much too astringent which drowns out most anything else, some burnt fake sweet caramel notes don't make the experience any better. Aftertaste is bitter with some hops coming through.
Decent mouthfeel with some coating.
Improves slightly with temperature but still not anything to write home about.


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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Piedmont Porter from Minhas Craft Brewery
2.76 out of 5 based on 87 ratings.
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