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Cole Porter | Magnolia Pub & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Magnolia Pub & Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mark on 01-25-2004

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of chugamugofsud
4.62/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer was served from cask at the brewery. There was little/no head on the porter, which saddened me and the color was really that of a deep english stout. The smell didn't give away much about the porter other than to give hints of that deep coffee taste that is now famous in West Coast porters. This beer shows itself to you upon tasting it; however. It tastes absolutely amazing and seems to have seasons in your mouth turning from coffee to chocolate to deep porter yeast. I firmly recommend trynig this, one of Magnolia's three or four best beers.

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Photo of Jake_Obie
4.49/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a porter of stunning quality, i mean, straight up one of the best i have ever encountered, and most certainly my favorite magnolia beer to date. i hope their stuff keeps coming around. this is epic, flawless almost. shiny black pint looks gorgeous, fluffy tan head rising above the lip of the glass, foamy and rigid, soapy looking, sexy, sleek. smells like specialty black malts with very little bitterness, a little english type yeast, maybe more english than american overall despite the listing here, and very mild bittering hops. dark chocolate and tree bark and something else earthy, sarsaparilla or something, really fantastic, and its all there in the flavor too. thin in body but smooth, drinkable until the end of time. i love the malt profile. its not bogged down by a big caramely middle, and its not aggressively bitter. the yeast gives it a wintery warming quality, and its palate coating but also dry, at an alcohol level i could pound on for hours. i love everything about this beer, and think its a unique and special example of the style. i swear it has reduced my enjoyment of all other porters moving forward, it really has no equal as a basic porter. id love to sit in on brew day and figure out what makes it so distinct. world class, no doubt.

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Photo of 3ricks
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of watermelonman
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This arrived very dark, with little head to speak of. The lacing was minimal as well.

The smell was subdued and almost plain, but the taste was anything but that. It really sticks amongst other porters that I've had recently, mostly because of an almost candy-like property. Roasted properties are in there too, but take a back seat.

The mouthfeel is lighter than expected but remains pleasing. Drinkability follows along similar lines.

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Photo of deBeers
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this about a week ago and it was delectable. Poured a yummy black color with a nice, albeit thin, head with minimal lacing.

This cask-conditioned porter was amazing and tasted better than its brother on tap. Notes of cocoa and other things I can't remember because I didn't take notes. Also a bit of roasted malts on the back end of this tasty beverage. It paired amazing with my portabella burger and I highly recommend checking it out.


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Photo of Mark
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice deep black color with a tan head that lasted. As seems typical with this brew pubs beers, lacing is sparse. Subtle roasted aroma is inviting. Ditto on the taste profile. Roasted flavor is understated, good solid malty backbone with a touch of hops. This is a porter to enjoy, a great quaffer, and cask to boot. Has a decidedly English feel to it. Nice.

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Photo of Irie
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Incredibly dark and beautiful. A short browned head with low lacing. I love the fact that it was from the cask so the bartender basically pumped it out of the tap. Smooth pour too.

S - A nice smokey smell with hints of nuts and other things I can't name. Mostly just smokey and crisp.

T - Excellent. The cask temp was perfect for the porter. It was smooth and you could taste all of the flavor. It had a very nice smokiness that rolled into a bite as it went down. I don't know how to say it, but somehow it was very complex but simple at the same time. I think that would mean a great balance which it did have.

M - The natural carbonation from the cask was perfect. Just the right tingle without interrupting any flavor. The porter still seemed lite and easy thanks to the warmer temp so everything balanced out nice.

D - I could drink it all night. As lite as the beer tasted it still sat heavily and warmly in my stomach which I liked. The balance of the nuts and hops and everything else was so nice I could drink this with no remorse.

I loved this beer. Got it at the Magnolia pub here in San Francisco. Straight out of the cask and into my glass. This was one of the most balanced porters I've ever had.
Will drink again, without a doubt.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Magnolia. Awesome porter, although served on the cold side. Black with some brown head and brown lace.Roast aromas rght there. Bold flavours, with great coffee yet I am not a coffee drinker. Mild 30 IBU. Creamy big mouthfeel, though offset by somewhat much carbonation. Good drinkability. Some expresso.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken @ the brewpub on 3/3/06. Listed as 4.5% ABV.

Pours a very dark (almost black) brown with some ruby highlights. Has a thin tan head and mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is dark and roasted, with an almost burnt smell. Mild cocoa hints as well.

Rich roasted and slightly burnt taste upfront. A mild cocoa taste follows as it finishes very clean.

Good carbonation and body for a low ABV brew.

Quite drinkable, a solid porter. This must have been a better batch than some of the previous reviewers had sampled.

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Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beeeeeerman
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Northsider
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Magnolia.

Appearance was absolutely black with short tan head. Absolutely no light passed through this.

Smell and taste was strong of coffee. Some bitter chocolate in there as well.

Very smooth mouthfeel.

Overall, a very decent beer. While somewhat a typical porter, I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Duttonic
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap 07/04/10.

A- Poured a rich, deep, dark brown with 1 1/2 fingers of eggshell colored head.

S- Roasted coffee, faint chocolate, malt.

T/M- Roasted coffee, rich, airy, creamy, like it had a little sprinkle of bittersweet chocolate. This paired really well with the whole wheat pancakes I had for brunch.

D- I could have had many more of these. It was great and I can't wait to go back when I get the chance.

Really superb, I wish that they had not been out of the casked cole porter. I really wanted to try that as well.

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Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/2 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of alcohol, slight yeast, and hops. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of alcohol, slight yeast, slight coffee, and hops. Overall, good appearance, average aroma and feel, but good blend.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I (Wiseman Nick) split this with Wisewoman Liz yesterday afternoon. The following review was written using notes.

Served in a 20oz. nonic glass.

Appearance: Pitch black body with ashy-brown head on top. Though completely opaque, the body looked a little thin - similar to an Irish dry stout. The head was small and bubbly, but showed great retention and drug stingy lace.

Smell: Lots of roastiness here: roasted malt, black coffee, charred wood, etc. Bold, acidic, and harsh-natured; this one burned the nostrils a bit. Me likey.

Taste: The smell multiplied. Dark chocolate flakes join the party this time around. Burnt malts and black coffee abound. Finishes is like an iced French roast. Simple, yet totally delicious.

Mouthfeel: Kinda thin, very dry, and mellowly carbonated. Medium bodied, but robustly flavored. Cole Porter really gives the taste-buds a workout.

Drinkabilty: While I loved the taste of this beer, I don't know if I'd want a whole twenty ounces. The taste felt a little overpowering, and the feel bordered on harsh and acidic. I was very happy to split this, but I wouldn't order another.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a review of Magnolia’s Cole Porter porter brewed with Candy Cap mushrooms, on cask. Whew!

Pretty awesome combination.

Pours a coffee-cola color, minus foam. There’s an enormous soy sauce aroma on this—a soy sauce bomb? I get a mouthful of soy sauce and sautéed mushrooms as I sip, in conjunction with a muted bitterness. It’s a little off-kilter and needs some time to mellow out and work together but it has potential.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Magnolia

A: The pour is a very dark brown, almost black, with some reddish highlights and a khaki colored head.

S: Very roasty, especially for a porter, with perhaps a bit of burnt sugar. There are some nice coffee aromas and I would say some bitter dark chocolate is in there as well. Maybe even a hint of licorice.

T: Once again, an intense roasted malt character to the beer. There's a moderate bitterness associated with that and a muted chocolate flavor. A pretty decent amount of coffee, too. This beer seems fairly dry.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation. As I said, pretty dry on the back end.

D: I'd actually consider drinking this again. I like this beer quite a bit, probably one of the better Magnolia beers.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of baysider15
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Hollenbeck2
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

excellent porter to me, I am not usually a porter guy but this one was smoky and the color was pitch black.

Had this on tap at the brewery in san fran, and I enjoyed this beer thouroughly, I highly suggest the flight at this spot on haight in SF.

served in a taster glass, which by the way at magnolia the taster glasses are huge and you get 6 for 8 bucks.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bandi
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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