Porter | Legend Brewing Co.

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3.43 w/ 70 ratings

Brewed by:
Legend Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 08-31-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of TheDarkKnight
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of cfinch2
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of rudolphjacksonm
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
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 engagechad
4.13/5  rDev +20.4%
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 Chaney
3.11/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Whoa! Two finger + head after a very hard pour. The color of that head was beige, and despite its size, it died down rather quickly (I was actually surprised at exactly how quickly). The brew itself was about the darkest brown you could imagine. Absolutely NO retention.

S: Kinda gnarly actually. Very metallic.... almost like rusted copper pipes. I got a bit of roast, but it was so faint that if I were doing a blind taste test on this, I may not have even known the style.

T: More fruity and yeasty than roasty. Figs, dark roasted malts, and maybe a tinge of chocolate. As I got into the session, I picked up some vanilla. Fairly smooth finish.

M: Skimpy and thin. However, I appreciated the low sugar content. No lacing whatsoever.

O: This was the worst Legend brew I've experience so far.... hands down. The smell alone was a real turnoff. Avoid this brew, but please try their other ones... you'll be a better person for it!

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Photo of biglite351
3.09/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - touch of red around the edges. Tall tight darker head.

S - chocolate hops and yeast. Coffee and malts through the finish.

T - prime and organic tones up front. Chocolate, malts and yeast.

M - medium coating and just a slight tingle on sides.of tongue.

O - not bad, but I would probably pass it over for other choices.

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Photo of Metuo
4/5  rDev +16.6%
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 Mosstrooper
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
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 Deuane
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Deep, dark lack/brown with a massive, effervescent tan head that slowly reduces to a thin cap of retention and leaves decorative lace.

S-Light chocolate malt, touch of sweet caramel, a hint of coffee and even a little damp earth. Nice but all of this is rather light.

T-Much like the aroma with a decent dose of bittersweet chocolate, sweet caramel malt, earthy hops and even a subtle hit of anise in the drying, chalky finish.

M-Medium-light bodied and disappointingly thin. This lacks the robustness I like when enjoying a porter. To much carbonation and lack of body brings this one down.

D-Decent but needs some tweaking. Good flavour profile but lack of aroma and wimpy body makes this one drinkable but certainly not memorable.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a black color with a frothy brown foam. Fades at an average clip and does not leave much lacing.

Nose is light, unsweetened chocolate, a little bit of licorice and cola. Not much sweetness and there is low fruitiness, just a few hints of raspberries perhaps.

Taste has a touch of smoke and more licorice. A little overcarbonated and thin, it would be better with a sweeter, fuller body. Perhaps some more fresh roast? Light chalk comes in as it warms and feels a little old-worldly, hops are in the background for sure. Decent value at 3.99 for a bomber, but the contents are pretty forgettable.

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Photo of tchenery
2.71/5  rDev -21%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 22 in a pint glass. This beer pours a deep syrupy dark chocolate color and has a nice off-white to tan head - so far so good. The head however is popping so fast it looks like a soda foam and is disappearing fast.

The smell is like chocolate malts and even a little cola in there. No hop aroma to be told.

The taste is a bit watery. It tastes thin, and I've had this beer before and it was much fuller. Carbonation is a bit low making it taste flat and the most forward notes I pick up on are raisins, dates, and dark fruits. I don't pick up any on chocolate malts, which makes me think they used mostly base malt with a bit of black patent.

Mouthfeel is ok, but like I said a bit watered down for my taste. Not exceptionally drinkable in the sense I wouldn't want another one, but it is drinkable in the sense it's not chewy.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

I need more local beers in my life (or, at least, in my stomach). This one pours an opaque black brown topped by more than two fingers of light tan foam, which settles into a nice foggy layer on the surface. The nose comprises toasted wheat, a pinch of nutmeg, and a soapy quality I can't put my finger on. The taste holds notes of light molasses, brown sugar, roasted malts, and, possibly, a bit of bitter coffee (I thrive on controversy). The aftertaste is a watery bit of dark wheat. The body is a light-ish medium, with light carbonation and a very fluid feel. Overall, a decent porter, but definitely middle-of-the-road.

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Photo of rapidsequence
2.02/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle.
Appearance: One of the darkest black porters I've ever seen. Huge head, but it appears overly bubbly, like a soda.

Smell: Its a little toasty with some chocolate notes, but there's a weird plasticy smell too. Not good.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The taste and mouthfeel cannot be separated because this is the most insanely overcarbonated beer I've ever tasted. My wife tried it and compared it to diet Coke. The bubbles tingle inside your nose. Its horrible. Once you force all the bubbles down your throat, the aftertaste is actually a decent toasted chocolate malt taste. Burps are guaranteed by the overcarbonation and taste like plastic.

Drinkability: I've forced the bomber down for some reason. I think this is probably a sub-par bottle of an OK beer. This kind of quality control is not impressive though.

EDIT: I had this on draft at one of the taverns in colonial Williamsburg. It was actually pretty good. I ordered another one. I dont know what happened with my bottle.

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Photo of Norfawkers
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
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 DeltaBrain
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

One of Legend's original ideosyncratic beers. The porter is as black as a stout. It harkens back to a time when porter was a more generic name for dark beers, before the "stout" porters began to corner the market on blackness. It's a sweet chocolately malty beer with mild hop balance and a unique tanginess that, to my mind, makes this neither an ordinary porter or one soon forgotten. My understanding is that Legend introduces some unfermented wort back into the fermented ale before it is kegged - and that this is not done for "krausening" the beer, it's just to give it a little extra body & sweetness. That said, it's not like most other porters, it comes off more like a milk stout or a Christmas winter warmer type beer, and makes a nice after dinner drink. But it will kick you in the head if you drink too much, partly because it's 6+ % alcohol but also due to the high degree of unfermentables. It's tasty but it's not what I consider a porter.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
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 Clydesdale
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
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 BeerSox
3.98/5  rDev +16%
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 droomyster
4/5  rDev +16.6%
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 kkipple
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A basic porter gets a basic review.

Gosh, what to say here... Legend has made a pretty unmemorable Porter... opaque dark, malty roast, chocolate notes in the nose and flavor, nice head at first, fades quick... taste is rather boring burnt malt, some sweetness that is vaguely milk-stout like, dry cocoa... mouthfeel is middling, finish a bit sour and unimpressive.

I mean, yeah, it's just... not bad, not really good, just kind of there. Is not a text-book example of the style and isn't unique. There are much better porters out there. On to something else!

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Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
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 dino213aa
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
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 asabreed
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
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 blackie
3.37/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: pours a one-finger mocha head that soon fizzles down to nothing, the beer is a very deep brown in color

s: sweet chocolate malts, chocolate caramels, malty sweetness, a little off-balance but pretty decent

m: low-medium carbonation, light-medium body, somewhat dead on the palate

t: much the same as the aroma, heavy on the bittersweet chocolate and caramel, some light-medium roasts coming out after the swallow, earthy hops, lingering sugars

d: not great, not bad...get tired of it pretty quickly

there are better Legends out there

bomber from The Caboose, Ashland, VA

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Photo of bkilpatr
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 08/27/08.

Pours very dark brown, almost black. A moderate pour produced a two finger fizzy tan head that quickly disappeared to nothing. No retention, no lacing. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, and toffee.

Taste is sweet toasted malt with lots of chocolate and caramel flavors. Hints of toffee, vanilla, and butterscotch also. Nice bitter aftertaste. The taste is a bit on the sweet side but has a nice mix of flavors.

Feel is medium body with ample carbonation. Fairly smooth with a lingering aftertaste. Drinkability is pretty good. It goes down smooth.

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Porter from Legend Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 35.7% out of 100 with 70 ratings
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