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Porter | Legend Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Legend Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States | website

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 08-31-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
69
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
21.51%
 
 
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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 69
Photo of Phatz
4.34/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours black with a 2 finger chocolate brown sudsy head that fades to no lacing.

Smell: Burnt malts and chocolate and a hint of espresso or dark chocolate and a drop of vanilla and cream / malt caramel and all this with a cherry on top; makes a superb aroma. (of course I did *not* follow the instruction to keep it cool, I always let porters warm first.)

Taste: Around the campfire I like my marshmallows burnt. In my porters I enjoy the malts the same way, very dark ~ almost burnt malts. It has some caramel and cocoa flavors on the front end. Some molasses, vanilla tobacco and coffee middle and a very milk chocolaty sweet malt finish that leave somewhat of a carob flavor on the cheeks. Very nice!

Mouthfeel: It is a bit thin and light in the mouth but it is certainly full of flavor and the drinkability is exceptional so the light feel of this porter is a worthy tradeoff in my opinion.

Drinkability: After putting down a bomber of Legacy Brown Ale I though I was just going to have 8 oz out of this one and put a cork in it for tomorrow. I can't believe I ate the whole thing. I am feeling it now ... but boy it was freakin easy to drink.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of Crazyale
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a Hoegaarden glass. No bottling date is visible.

A: Nearly pitch black with some nice bubbles running up the side of the glass. An attractive three finger off-white head looks thick but dissipates relatively quickly.

S: A rich maltiness hits the nose first, followed by some caramel and brown sugar notes. Also a bit of nutiness. The aroma doesn't jump out at you, but it's pleasant smelling.

T: There's a chocolate taste here that I didn't pick up on in the
nose, along with some of the caramel and some bread as well. There's a nice malt backbone, and it's not nearly as sweet as I thought it would be, which is a good thing. Finally, it finishes with just the right amount of biterness for a great balanced taste. This is a really great tasting porter.

M: This is easy to drink. Some may find it to be a bit too
carbonated, but I think it's just right.

I was quite surprised by how good this was. This might be my favorite year round beer from Legend now, even ahead of the Brown Ale. I wish they sold it in 6 packs though.

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Photo of engagechad
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Purchased as a 22 from Kroger - tulip - allowed to warm some.

Pours an absolutely beautiful Dark dark brown with almost no edge, but what is there is deep and brown. Awesome dense head that looks like the top of a cappuccino. Smells very portery. Sweet malt aromas with some licorice. Taste follows well, it's bitter in a way as if there is some significant hopping which is odd as Legend's IPA is not well hopped.. Mouthfeel is awesome. Smooth and silky without being syrupy or thick.

Overall, this is maybe the best of the Legend lineup I've had. The brown is a solid choice. This is a nice treat.

I grilled up some cheap ground sirloin steak thingies, lots of pepper and kosher salt - went very well with the pepper.

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Photo of asabreed
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Nearly opaque as a RIS, with a bit of light coming through the very bottom of the glass. Nice mocha lacing all over the place initially, but then things die down.

Smell: Initial dark berries and malt characteristics, with sweeter roasted flavors, and some malt sourness and bitterness coming through. Complex and fresh and balanced.

Taste: First some of the roasted flavors come through, then backed by the dark berries, almost RIS-like, with a flavorful balance of citrus hops, and a long long finish, both malt and hop balanced. Delicious and one of the better versions of the style I've had in a while.

Mouthfeel: Almost lighter-bodied seeming, oddly enough, but enough balance and smoothness to make it very easy to drink.

Drinkability: Solid as hell, especially fresh. Maybe I'm at an advantage in Richmond, but especially after the Bourbon Barrel Porter, the base of it makes sense. Fresh and delicious, along with the complexity and taste to make it easily sessionable.

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Photo of Norfawkers
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Carbonated, opaque dark amber-brown with minimal tan head

Smell: Espresso, chocolate, intriguing..

Taste: Chocolate, coffee, toasty

Mouthfeel: Smooth and thick with a lingering finish

Drinkability: For a porter, it's extremely drinkable. It's smooth and creamy, but not overpowering

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Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is a very low intensity aroma on this beer. The aroma is mostly coffee with a bit of cocoa. It smells good in that it hints at quality ingredients is just very faint. The body is deep black with a wispy Rorschach test of a tan head. The fore is quite chocolaty with more mildly roasted coffee flavors and smooth oatmeal vanilla cake sweetness in the middle. There are hints of stewed raisins, along with the other flavors, in the finish. It is a little on the still side even for a Porter, but the flavor is very good and the mouth feel, for the style, is appropriate.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a near black with dark, rust colored edges when held up to the light. A frothy, tan head slowly fades into a mild film and hearty collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell of of caramel cremes, mild espresso, cocoa, mocha, & roasted malt.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with creamy caramel embedded into a full, rich body that I could just dig on all night.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, chewy, roasty, and very delicious with a fine balance for a porter.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this 22 ouncer back from Virginia for me!

Pours black with a foamy light brown head that slowly thins to a lasting cover.

The smell is of chocolate/coffee with some charcoal/peat roastiness/smokiness.

The taste is of chocolate/coffee with some caramel/toffee and a hint of fennel. Ir has a bitterish balance with a good deal of roast. Dry, roasty finish.

It has a fuller side of medium-body. Easy to drink. Enjoyable. Good example of the style. Would have had a second bottle, had it been available to me. Could see this as a "session" six-pack!

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Photo of Metuo
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very very nice porter. One you have to know that with my English heritage that I am partial to porters anyway. I don't care much for heavy hop brews. This is a nice malty port with hints of coffee and chocolate. Very enjoyable and another nice brew from Virginia, not to mention my birthplace.

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Photo of hops4me
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black all around. No signs of light making it through at all. Poured with a big rocky tan head that quickly fell into the beer. Lacing is minimal.

S - Sweet chocolate. Maybe some cheery aroma mixed in. Slight brown sugar in there as well.

T - A little bit of roasted bitterness up front. Followed quickly is the chocolate goodness. Some caramel sweetness hangs in the aftertaste.

M/D - just like alot of the other reviews...this one is a tad on the light side. IMO this is not a bad thing. It is complex flavorful and refreshing at once. Not too much CO2 to speak of adding to the ease of drink. When in VA again I will seek this out.

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Photo of droomyster
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a medium sized tan head that crackles like Rice Krispies. Smells of milk chocolate and roastiness, with a woody - almost saw dust - element going on. Taste confirms the woodiness: this beer has strong oak taste that hits you right up front, even before the cocoa sweetness and burnt bitterness set in. Also flavors that remind me of oxidized wine. Very unusual...I like it. It's nice to find such a unique and tasty porter that comes in a big bottle for an affordable price.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into pint glass.

Pitch black with a two finger dense brown head that slowly settles to a thick, even and smooth cap.

Surprisingly light aromas, mostly dark roasted grain and a touch of caramel.

Lots of roasty grains in the flavor, but still on the lighter side. There is a little bit of caramel, or maybe it's just diacetyl mixing with the malts. The hops add a little herbal flavor to the background, but there is not much there. Full bodied.

By the appearance I was honestly thinking that this was going to be more on the robust side of things. Still, it's a very solid porter, maybe drifting more toward the English style. Very drinkable. Recommended.

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Photo of chilly460
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clean black with two fingers of rocky brown head. Good retention with a cap on it all the way to the bottome, decent lacing.

S: Dark roasted malts come in first, backed up nicely with semi sweet chocolate. Get some deeper espresso aroma, and sweet caramel malts.

T: Very roasty, right up to the point where I dislike them, but not over the line. Get some caramel in there, with dry cocoa as well. Somewhat leathery flavor as well, with a sweeter chocolate tone at the end. No hoppy profile that I could pick up.

M: A bit light and watery for my likes, could use some body.

O: I was pleasantly surprised here, nice flavorful Porter, well executed, and plain tasty. Tough to put down more then one as this one borders on my dark roast threshold, but it's a good one.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark color-bordering on black but not quite there. Very slight tan head. Nice aroma-hints of toffee and dark chocolate. There's a pervasive sweetness to it-almost a cross between vanilla and almonds. Good flavor. Slight roasted malt-almost caramel like. A bit thin in body for my liking. A very enjoyable brew. Have never heard of this brewery-was suprised there's not more reviews. Try it.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The smooth but full palate features chocolaty, roasted bitterness balanced a good level of caramel malt sweetness. More delicious roasted chocolate in the satisfyingly lengthy finish.

Can’t get over the roasted chocolate here, it’s quite exceptional. But then again, I wasn’t expecting anything less from Legend…

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Photo of zymurgy4all
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I didn't quite pick up the sweetness others had, but maybe because I didn't try the bottle. This was a well balanced beer that has a good flavor overall. It appears darker than other porters I've tried, and at first look I would think it could be a stout. I'm not a big fan of porters, but this one makes me want to try more. It has a full flavor with medium carbonation and medium body. It went down real easy and left a slightly bitter pleasant aftertaste. Highly recommend it to non-porter drinkers--this one seems a little different to me.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Not quite black - the darkest of browns, and nearly opaque. The brown head is moderately tall and densely foamy. Retention is solid, with some decent lacing.

S: Dark fruit - plums or prunes, along with semisweet chocolate and some sweetened espresso. Some roasted notes. Hints of charcoal, vanilla, and earthen hops.

T: Some sweet, roasted malt up front. Sweetened coffee and semisweet chocolate again noticeable. Leafy and earthy hops provide some flavor that accompanies a prune-like fruit character pretty nicely. Vanilla is present, with a bit of charcoal.

M: Medium bodied - a touch thin for the style. Carbonation is light. Somewhat creamy and slick on the tongue. A touch dry as well.

D: I guess I was anticipating a bigger porter given the bomber bottle and the, well, "legend-ary" art on the label. It's not, not by a long shot. That said, a perfectly nice, drinkable porter.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown/black color with a large brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind no lacing.

Smell: Sweet chocolate with molasses and a slight grassiness.

Taste: Begins with a light grassy character that rounds out to coffee, and then finally finishing with sweet chocolate and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with sharp carbonation to begin and a sticky finish.

Overall: This is a very enjoyable, sweet porter. This can make for a great dessert beer and is very drinkable.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pitch black body with one-finger head and a basic but solid malty smell of some sweet and roasted malts. Smooth and creamy, rather light-bodied, with minor sweet notes complementing roasted malts for a simple but effective blend. Passes easily and has a dry backbite. A good porter but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of AlfaMale
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark and pours with a dark tan head that dissipates at a moderate pace. Chocolate-caramel flavor that goes down smoothly with a nice lingering aftertaste. Mine was cold out of the refrigerator and I think I would prefer it at cellar temperature. A 22 oz bottle is very filling, as if it were a Guinness.

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Photo of dino213aa
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, almost completely opaque. Poured with medium head that quickly dissipates. Leaves an even band of lacing that steadily moves down the glass.

S: Notes of dark chocolate and mocha.

T&M: The taste verifies much of the aroma. Flavors of bittersweet chocolate throughout and some sweet coffee flavors.

D: Overall I'd say Legend did pretty good with their porter. Not a big fan of this style but I think it offers some good flavors that porter drinkers will appreciate. Definitely a full-bodied brew.

Probably very drinkable to a porter fan, but for me a tad bold.

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Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought up north by a friend from Richmond.Pours pitch black from the bomber with a tan head.

The thin mouthfeel made me guess this was an English porter at first, but I suppose it can be American. There's a strong and lasting (and quite tasty) roasted spice character that builds into the aftertaste that actually reminds me of a good saison. The main flavor profile focuses on black, roasted grains - so much so that it could be mistaken for a stout. The aroma picks up the alcohol as it warms and is otherwise full bitter chocolate and roast.

Overall, not the greatest porter, but something different and it leaves a great finish.

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Photo of rudolphjacksonm
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A near-black porter with a coffee/mocha colored head. Two-finger head after a hard (almost too hard) pour that dissipated VERY quickly. Layer of foam has stayed on top of the beer for the rest of the drinking session. Moderate lacing that doesn't want to leave the sides of the glass. 3.5

S - Smells of roasted malts, firewood, chocolate, coffee, maybe even a hint of fruit like figs or raisins. 3.5

T - For a Porter, Legend's is a bit light on taste but it's very pleasant. I was worried after having the lager (and being a bit disappointed) but I'm very pleased with the Porter's taste. Not too sweet and full of coffee, roasted malt, and bourbon flavors. 4.0

M - Mouthfeel is very light, almost a little too much so. I guess this would be a good thing if I was looking to drink a bunch of porters and not be full, and the taste of this particular one is pretty good. However, in terms of the style I think Legend should strive for a more medium-bodied porter in order to get the entire spectrum of flavor and body one might expect. 3.0

O - I'm pleased with this purchase, actually. I love the Brown Ale that Legend is well-known for, but outside of that I've heard mixed reviews. I can definitely say that the Porter is my current second-favorite of the Legend line. Definitely worth a taste and one that people should try before listening to others' opinions. 3.5

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Photo of ppoitras
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased from Wine & Beer - Westpark, Richmond, VA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" light brown head over the opaque dark, dark brown brew. Head is resilient, and laces well. Aroma is of dark malts, coffee and chocolate, with a tint of vanilla. Taste is sweetly of the dark malts, and the vanilla comes through again, strong enough to seem artificial. Also a tad of sour fruit notes. Mouthfeel is somewhat good, although feels a bit thin, and the drinkability is good as well, with perhaps the sweetness stopping the fun after a few. Not a bad offering by any stretch, must have been different on tap...

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Photo of TechTriumph
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle code: 266 11 A1P 0537; Poured in a pint glass.

A - Just over an inch of khaki colored, foamy head with good retention; Very dark brown in color with light coming through along the edges of the glass; Almost no lacing left behind

S - Nice aroma here with notes of cocoa, milky sweetness, brown sugar, floral and earthy hops, and a touch of roasted coffee beans; I also detect just a small hint of dark, sugary fruits as well

T - Not quite as much sweetness here as the nose, with just a faint showing of bitterness as well; Flavors include cocoa powder, earthy/leafy hops, and some roasted coffee with a bit of cream; As the beer warms, I begin to taste some of the dark fruits detected in the aroma

M - Plenty of carbonation; Medium bodied - feels a bit lighter than I anticipated; Leaves the mouth just a bit dry and chalky feeling

O - I enjoyed getting to try this porter from Legend and thought the aroma and taste were pretty solid. I wasn't too crazy about the mouthfeel, but it's light and tasty enough for me to consume more than a bomber's worth. Overall, I think this brew is one of the better offerings from Legend and one that I'll gladly purchase again in the future.

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Porter from Legend Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.
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