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Blimp Hangar Porter | Tustin Brewing Company

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Blimp Hangar PorterBlimp Hangar Porter
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Blimp Hangar PorterBlimp Hangar Porter

Brewed by:
Tustin Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by beagle75:
Photo of beagle75
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draft pour into a half-pint shaker glass.

A: Opaque black color with one finger of diminishing beige foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Dark roasted grain featuring coffee and cocoa aromas, with faint toffee keeping to the background. The smell is generally mild and predictable.

T: Begins off-dry, with slightly chocolatey roasted malt and acidity that peaks by the middle but does not become unbalanced. Glazed brown sugar emerges in the middle, with sweetness getting an appropriate bump at the same time. Moderate bitterness and a lingering whiff of cocoa mark the drying finish.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, little textural character on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D: A porter that knows no new tricks, but accomplishes the old ones well enough. It drinks easily, with a bitter edge that stays food-friendly. Its flavor profile is comparable to, but less intense than, Ballast Point's Black Marlin Porter.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of IceAce
2.48/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Mahagony body reveals itself only after application of direct sunlight. Wafer-thin layer of tan foam and little lacing present

Aroma: Just a hint of roasted malt in the nose which is suffering greatly from an improper pour and lack of foam collar. Upon presentation, this beer had vortually no aroma

Taste: Nice-n-malty upfront posessing more of a Nut Brown sweetness than the expected tartness of a typical Porter. Slight hop notes on the finish

Mouthfeel: Something is definitely missing...the malt/hop balance is out of wack with little or no zing from CO²

Drinkability: Middle of the road interpretation of the intended style. Nothing is wrong...but few things stand out as outstanding either

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Photo of hopdog
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Tustin Brew Pub in Tustin, CA.

Poured a dark brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Lacing left on the glass. Aromas of roast, chocolate, and a little earthy. Tastes of roast, semi-sweet chocolate, and had a lighter coffee finsih.

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Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On tap at Tustin Brewing.

A: Black with a big creamy light brown head. Good retention and lots of lacing.

S: Dark chocolate blends with a prominent roasted malt profile and an accompanying nutty quality. Coffee is well integrated and hops are light and earthy.

T: Rich dark chocolate with a smooth moderate roasted malt profile and a lower moderate sweetness. The beer has a firm low level of earthy bitterness. Coffee is faint, and there's a dash of nuttiness.

M: Lower full body with upper moderate carbonation.

Overall: A good porter. Recommended.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of illidurit
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of beerpadawan
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of charlzm
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed on 04/14/08.

Dark brown with ruby highlights. Long lasting fine tan head reveals the nitro tap.

Aroma of bitter, toasted grain.

Flavor is more roasty than I would have expected. Burnt, actually. Like burnt toast. Not really a lot of other character to this one: no real bitterness, chocolate/coffee or sweetness.

Drinkable, but not really very good.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This porter gets its name from a World War II aircraft hanger south of the brewery, which currently stands in the middle of what is now developed land. From Tustin Brewing, on to the beer:

Opaque in color with a tan head, this porter is a pretty average represntation of a porter. There's some molasses, slight smoke, and banana in the flavor, but something seemed missing from the picture. It was rather straight-forward than complex. Nice feeling in the mouth though. It did the job washing down my lunch, though I doubt I'll get a growler for this.

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Photo of jminsc76
4.24/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap. It's called a porter, but someone just informed me it's deemed an Irish Stout in the back on the description. Go figure, as you'll soon see.

Pours very little head and just a little bit of lacing. The body is pitch black and dark as night.

Aromas of coffee, with a slight nutty smell that reminds me wee bit of a brown. A little carob in the nose as well. Those chocolate and black patent malts are coming through nicely, and even though it's not highly intense, and it takes a *sniff* or two to start capturing its essence, what is there is good.

The flavors are a dry, bitter, coffee/espresso profile, with a balance that makes this a damn highly drinkable drink. So pleasant, so easy going down. Don't even know what I would pair this with, but I am thinking a strong aged gouda or even a nice blue would dovetail nicely.

This baby also shines on the mouthfeel. As I swish, carries a soft, pillow-y body that conducts the aforementioned flavors like a symphony while caressing the palate. I am impressed.

Overall, this is a favorite amongst the locals, and I can see why. From what I understand it's a newer version that has received a serious upgrade, and last time I was at Tustin Brewing I witnessed a fellow go through three in less than 30 min. Easy to see why. Go drink some my friends.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Tustin

Looking at previous reviews, it seems some serious overhaul or improvements must have been made to this beer.

A: The pour is a dark brown color with some hints of ruby red and a nice tan head.

S: Quite a bit of roasted malt in the nose with lots of bittersweet chocolate. Really quite robust for a brewpub porter.

T: The flavor offers up more of the same: lots of bittersweet chocolate and some roasted malts with just a hint of coffee. The finish displays a subtle bitterness too.

M: A medium bodied beer with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

D: I was not expecting much from this beer, but it was really a pretty good porter. And it was easy to drink, which is always good.

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Photo of redliner8
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of litheum94
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of flagmantho
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had this on-tap in a pint glass at the brewery.

Appearance: nearly black hue but apparently without much haze. There was a finger of creamy tan foam atop, which was quite attractive. I like it.

Smell: mild aroma with a little bit of roast. Low key but nice.

Taste: roasty and rather dry, it's a bit astringent but had a good flavor. A totally serviceable porter.

Mouthfeel: medium light body but with a big carbonation and creaminess. You know I love it!

Overall: I like this porter. It's definitely a solid house porter for a small brewery like this.

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Photo of kmanjohnson
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Murrhey
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap in a pint glass at Tustin Brewery. Reviewed from notes.

A- Half finger width tan head. Coal black color in body. Long retention and good lacing.

S- Roast malts, coffee and chocolate smells.

T- Roast malts but not the most developed. Still tastes good.

M-Full bodied beer, well developed and dry.

O- Good attributes but not tremendously special.

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Photo of g_jenkins
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of kmoen
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of BAsbill
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of jwswigs
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Keananmichael5
4.17/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bryan12345
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of evanwoertz
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gr8fulbeerhead
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blimp Hangar Porter from Tustin Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 25 ratings