Penobscot Porter
Kennebec River Brewery

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Porter - Imperial
Ranked #153
Ranked #12,123
4.11 | pDev: 12.9%
Kennebec River Brewery
Maine, United States
Notes: Vanilla bourbon porter, a smooth and creamy elixir with rich roasted flavor.
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 22 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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cmd047 from Connecticut

4.81/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Got to try Kennebec's Penobscot Porter at the Extreme Beer Fest in 2013, and I was more than pleasantly surprised to have a great chocolate beer! I wasn't expecting it at all, but I had to try it twice to make sure! :) My only regret is that I didn't steal their keg...I've been looking for this brew ever since.

Aug 30, 2018
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CraftyViki from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

This porter is awesome. If you are not into chocolate, do not let that deter you. The liquor characteristic blends in with the chocolate very nicely. If you visit this brewery, definitely try this one.

Sep 19, 2014
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abrodsky from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a mason jar (a little to hipster for an inn in the woods, but I guess it speaks to the perpetually quaint nature of backwoods maine). Really good smell and taste (hints of chocolate and coffee). Was really good with a bbq bacon cheeseburger. Drink it slow and enjoy every sip.

Sep 05, 2011
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bbeerman from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at the 3rd Annual Great International Spring Beer Festival, Providence, RI.

A..Nice and dark. No real head to speak of, but perhaps that was because of the setting and little plastic cup.

S..Inviting porter. The malt is there, but is subtle.

T..Very good tasting porter. Strong and hearty roasted malt presence. Delicious with a slight sweetness near the end. This is how porters should taste.

M..Nice medium/full bodied beer. Carbonation level seemed low, which is a positive in my opinion.

D..Easy to drink for a porter. A bit crisp at the beginning but mellows nice as it goes down. Worth a try.

May 06, 2009
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presscaught from Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice Porter from a really cool place. The Kennebec River Brewery at the Northern Outdoors rafting lodge is a great location for some really good beers. After a day of death defying class 4-5 rapids on the Dead River nothing could have tasted better than this dark beauty. Served in a Ball mason jar (very nice) the appearance was very dark. Smell of roasted malts and deliciousness. Tasted like what I wish all porters strived for...robust roasted malty with a slight sweetness. Really enjoyed this offering.

Would highly recommend stopping in for a jar (if you happen to be wayout in the middle of the woods in Maine)! The bar is tiny but the lodge atmosphere is very nice.

The perfect companion for a rafting and camping trip is definetly a brewery on site!!

Jun 19, 2006
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ViveLaChouffe from Georgia

3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At the Kennebec River Brewpub.

Pours an opaque dark brown with a creamy tan head. Smell is roasty, sweet, dark malt. More sweet and creamy than bitter.

Taste's a bit like a latte. Sweet dark malt, hints of coffee and heavy on the milky/creamy flavors. Milk chocolatey vs bitter chocolatey. Creamy mouth with a light but persistent roasted smokey aftertaste. Good stuff, not too heavy or strong. A good session porter.

Jul 29, 2005
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beernut7 from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a strong porter worthy of the coming season. The dark thick color wafts a smoky aroma with hints of roast. A solid body supports the smokiness of the malts and leads into the aggressively bitter finish.

Nov 07, 2002
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MaineBeerMan from Maine

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Blackish brown beer with a thin brown head, note that this was a 4 oz. sample pour. Very tasty, full rich malt flavor, had dark roast bitterness more than a hop bitter. I would agree with VENOM, one of the best surprises and better brewers at the Maine Brewer's Fest. Right now it's only available at the brewpub at The Forks on the Kennebec river, maybe I'll have to plan a fishing or rafting trip next spring to get a bigger sample!

Nov 05, 2002
Penobscot Porter from Kennebec River Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 22 ratings