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 oelergud
2.82/5  rDev +1.1%
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 -8.2%
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 -13.6%
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 -6.5%
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 -0.7%
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 -5%
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 +0.4%
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 +0.4%
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 -32.6%
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 -2.9%
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 -20.1%
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 +13.6%
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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