Cole Porter | Magnolia Pub & Brewery

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Cole PorterCole Porter

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

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Its not every day that I venture into the cask realm, but this beer, on the day in question, was such a foray.
A mixture of Burton yeast, roast and back room closet.

Roast, mild sweetness, wood, dank basement, smoke, earthy yeast notes. This beer could really use some carbonation for my tastes, would help with the mouthfeel. Could be sessionable if it had bubbles.

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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 aaronyoung01
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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

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

Photo of SpongeKA
2/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Didnt care for it. Not reviewing, only rating.

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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 3ricks
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -14%

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 AngusOg
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of brotherloco
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of mhaugo
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of oishiibiiru
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of avaldivia
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of baysider15
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Still brown pour from the cask. Smells of English yeast and not much else.

Taste is mildly sweet, old aged wood, mild chocolate malt, yeasty mustyness. Really comes across as an English porter far more than an American, but maybe having it on cask was what really is making me lean in this direction. Some definite smoky notes from it, not the smokiest beer, but about the smokiest non rauchbier or without the name "smoked" in the title of the beer.

There isn't much texture or viscosity to the beer, but that doesn't make it any quicker of a drink. Sometimes challenging in a good way, sometimes not, but it was an interesting pathway!

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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 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 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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Cole Porter from Magnolia Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 36 ratings
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