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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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 19
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 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 t0rin0
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice black body with no head or lacing

Smell: A little bit of chocolate on the nose but otherwise subdued

Taste: Roasted chocolate/chicory malt flavors with a bitter hoppy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice cask feel

Drinkability: A pleasant sipper but a little underwhelming

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -14%

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 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 AngusOg
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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

Photo of shigg85
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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 mhaugo
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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

Photo of brotherloco
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of avaldivia
3.25/5  rDev -14%

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 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 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 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 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 bboven
2.83/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little dark in appearance for the style. There are hints of deep brown at the edges, but it's mostly black. It's got a thick, very dark brown had that looks pretty though.

Lots of roast in the nose; Smells like day-old coffee. A little too much smoke, though; it's slightly over-powering. There are faint chocolate and raisin flavors that would be richer if not for the smokiness.

Very heavy on the smoky taste; like a half porter/half rauchbier.

It's a little over-carbonated for the style.

I'd buy it for something different every once in a while, but it's not really what I look for in a porter.

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