Blackwater Porter | Orlando Brewing Partners

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Blackwater PorterBlackwater Porter

Brewed by:
Orlando Brewing Partners
Florida, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.43%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-24-2004

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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of spycow
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WoodBrew
2.69/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Please note, I like my Porters and Stouts to have at minimum a medium body...this porter has a light it did not score hi with me...however, some may really enjoy this beer. The beer poured a darker amber with thin white head that did not lace. The smell included all the scents that one would want in a porter, but was a little weak. The taste included toasty malt, sweet chocolate tones and hint of espresso....again just weak. A sharp bitterness at the end hurts the beer. The mouthfeel was weak for a porter, light in body but good carbonation. Overall....not good for me.

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Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at World of Beer in Viera, FL. Never had anything from this brewery before, so I figured I'd give it a shot. The beer was served in a pint glass, and it was a very deep, dark brown with amber highlights on the edges. No head to speak of. Aromas of molasses and coffee, blending into a nice bittersweet smell. Crisp and dry in mouth, which makes sense why it was listed on the beer menu as a Dry Porter; it's not just a clever name. Very smooth coffee flavors that start sweet, with the bitter, dark roasted flavors into the finish. Bitter and roasted aftertaste, too. Very easy to drink, and very tasty. Combined with a low ABV, this is an easy brew to session.

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Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of OBCs better beers. A dark brown bordering black body with a two-finger head that left a lace ring as it went down. Coffee and roasted malts, plus maybe some chocolate, make for a strong malt smell. Very creamy, almost buttery and slick, with a good mix of coffee and roasted malts in the taste of this lighter than most porters. Not overly bitter but a great dry backbite. Maybe a little simplistic, but this is a damn good porter.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of cjgator3
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Orlando Brewery. Pours a pitch black body with a huge creamy tan head. Appearance is just beautiful! Aroma consists of dark roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Taste is creamy and smooth with roasted malt that finishes dry. This is a really solid porter and something that I will seek out in the future!

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Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Jason_cs
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Durge
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Dark brownish-black with a decent head and good lace. The aroma is a very inticing blend of nutty chocolate and molasses. The taste brings on early charcoal followed by a light malt flavor. It quickly accents a somewhat bitter, grassy quality which I don't care for in this variety. It's unusually thin bodied which perhaps makes it easier to drink as dark beers go, but it is a bit bothersome in combination with the grassy quality. The nice malty/chocolate qualities are overwhelmed and lost once you get a few sips into this. It does become more complex and likeable as it warms. Low carbonation, not bad overall. Defintely worth a try but seemed more promising at the initial sniff!

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of ROGUE16
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of suckaj
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of bcsbeer
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Served in a pint glass at the Orlando Brewery.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything.

Smell: Smoke, toffee, caramel, chocolate, roasted, and earthy.

Taste: Nice balance of malts. Bitterness in the rear. Smoke is the most dominant.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, ashy bitterness, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Awesome porter. I'll get another.

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Photo of Vancer
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can see why this one rates high on BA - a real top notch porter.

Darn solid in all aspects;
Poured an almost opaque black, tan head was frothy and lasting. An immediate whiff of malty chocolate smacks you, then the quaff takes over. Very nice roasted and powdery chocolate, with a nice trademark of sour ale. Finished very crisp and clean for a porter.

Very smooth and drinkable at 5.13%, one of my favorites in a neat brew house bar. A have-to-have beer while there.

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of misternebbie
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chaney
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a ridiculously small see-through glass in my Orlando hotel room.

A: Black coffee, no highlights, and with no real head to speak of except a light white dusting on top.

S: Coffee and fresh cardboard first and foremost. Additionally, I got some chocolatey malt.

T: A bit more on the dark fruit side that I was expecting, but hell... I'll take it! Still, the coffee was prevalent, and definitely the dark roasty malt.

M: Low carbonation, somewhat sweet, but not too, and the lacing was stupidly non-existent.

O: This was good, if somewhat underwhelming...

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Photo of Thedrizzle
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of bb-magic
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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