Bert Grant's Perfect Porter | Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales

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Bert Grant's Perfect PorterBert Grant's Perfect Porter

Brewed by:
Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales
Washington, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mitchster on 09-06-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by freed:
Photo of freed
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 1/2 gallon take home of this wonderful beer so I could share with friends. While waiting for my friends to arrive, I couldn't stop myself from trying it first. It has a wonderfully dark color, but my take home bottle had let some of the carbonation out. The result was a headless, but still full bodied porter.

This porter is a very bold beer, but it has many different subtle flavors that give it its overall taste. Hints of peat, chocolate, coffee, and typical nutty porter flavors all combine to a brilliantly smooth drink. If you're looking for a beer to have instead of dinner, for desert, or just as a winter companion, give this a try.

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

The first Bert Grant brew I actually enjoyed,poured a deep brown with some ruby hues with a light almond colored head.Smell was of a mocha coffee with some lingering earthiness.Taste was of malted chocolate?With some nutty earthy tones,not perfect but a really nice porter.Bert Grant must have quite an ego with his mug on some of his bottles and his "perfect" proclomation on this one.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Very dark in color with a cool-looking off-white head that showed some good retention and lacing.

Smell – This one carries a smooth coca chocolate aroma complimented by a bit of smoke and some roasty malts in the background.

Taste – The coca comes out just as big at the taste. The smoke flavor steps back a bit allowing the malts to kick it up a notch. It finishes with a cherry chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel – Well, this was up and down. The creamy smoothness of the mouthfeel was great, but this was thinner than Allie McBeal on a crash diet.

Drinkability – This is not my idea of a good Porter simply because it was wafer thin, but otherwise it delivered on the style and I’m sure will garnish a lot of fans.

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Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good finger of froth on top of the near black liquid, faint smoky burnt malt aroma. Crisp with a moderate body, very easy drinking and lighter in body than I expected. Bit of juicy malt in the middle, ample hops to hold the slight sweetness at bay. The burnt character lingers a bit with light chocolate and a ghost like smoky charcoal.

Overall a good porter to quaff, an ideal dark session brew for me.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly opaque brown/black with a 3 finger tan head. Lots of coffee in the nose of this beer.

The taste is just chock full of chocolate malt with abit of raisin in there as well. Mouthfeel is on the light side and that kind of detracts from the beer for me. hops appear to be at a minimum also. It's easy to drink, but could use a little more backbone.

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Photo of ADR
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clearish deep garnet brown color, head on this one was milky and washing out fairly quickly. Thin dripping ring laces. Milk chocolate and sweet smell, fairly reserved. Flavor begins in the realm of cocoa, spiced with bits of cinnamony elements sort of like a sharp Mexican chocolate. Flattens and becomes more fully rounded as it warms up and the the sips go on. Gets better deeper into the experience, more cocoa emerges as well as a pleasant toastiness. A very nice example of a sweet brown Porter done right. Only the lack of a head was a bit of a let down.

Source: Liquid Solutions

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Photo of cokes
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Black trimmed with purple below a compact, enduring tan head.
Smoky aromatics of bogs, wet, stale coffee grounds, and charred vanilla.
At the fore, it's assertively roasted, full of baker's chocolate and potent coffee. A big blast of burnt vanilla ensues. Then it segues into dry toffee and black grapes. Scotch-like, wispy booze traits, in flavor only. Ends with a restatement of roastedness, more smoldered vanilla, and a herbal turn from the hops.
Light bodied, and probably overly so, with a rough carbonation. Otherwise it lives up to it's name.
A great session porter here, and easily the jewel of the current Grant's lineup.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque. Black in color with no visible highlights. The creamy head is dark tan, almost brown in color, and holds well but eventually drops to a decent collar and thin foamy surface covering. It does leave some light lace throughout the glass. The aroma is quite boldly loaded with dark chocolate, backed by a touch of roastiness. Very nice. The body is medium/light with a fine but brisk carbonation level that leaves a zest on the tongue, then becomes somewhat creamy as it warms in the mouth. The flavor is also quite rich, starting with a sharp bittersweet chocolate that mellows into a more cocoa-ish character as it crosses the palate, and finishes with a solid bitterness and coffee-like roastiness that lasts to the point of becoming "smoky". A very straight forward robust porter that's not real complex, but fairly rich, bitter and roasty - finishes nicely. An excellent beer for crisp fall weather when the leaves are falling and there's smoke in the air.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a creamy light brown head over deep dark ruby liquid. Lots of chocolate in the nose with a coffee background, very delicious aroma. Taste is roasty, toasty and bittersweet chocolate with creamy mouthfeel, again with the coffee notes coming thru too.
A very light smokiness tasted after the swallowing. Finishes powdery/dry and of roasted grain, bitter, and utterly quaffable...Bert would be proud of this one!

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Photo of Elemental
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well first of all I have to say that I am a little bias because Grant's Brewery is one of my favorites for two reasons A) Bert Grant - a great man and B) they just make some damn good beers. With that said I'd have to say that this lives up to its name of Perfect Porter. I poured the glass a noticed a small amount of head as expected. The aroma was a little bitter with a large chocolate smell with maybe a hint of coffee. The color is perfectly dark with a small amount of chocolatiness to take away from the blackness. The first sip is tart with a blast of chocolate that hits the palate followed by a slight bitterness. Once the palate is used to the taste an almost sweet flavor emerges from the dark beast leaving a pleasent balance of sweetness with tartness and bitterness in the mouth.
A great porter!

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

Pours black with a small head.

Hearty roasted aroma and a very faint fruitiness make their way through in the aroma.

Medium body, very smooth. Full roasted coffee flavors come out along with a touch of sweet milk flavors. Flavors stay very even with none overpowering the others.

A very nice porter, I don't think it's perfect, but very good.

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Photo of bditty187
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark brown, ruby highlights but rather impenetrable. Smallish head, light brown hue, fair retention with some lacing. Wonderful nose… plenty of lovely chocolate, hints of espresso… very inviting. Don’t serve this beer too cold! At the ideal temperature… lovely roasted malt shines, notes of chocolate compliments a whisper of vanilla, some weak underlying bitterness, coffee-like. I wanted more in the mouthfeel department; just a bit thin… lacks a creamy texture that would really place this beer on another level. This beer is plenty good though, I’d recommend it.

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

Opaque dark brown to black. Light brown head.
Aroma is big in a cocoa powder type chocolate aroma. Roasted malt as well.

Taste is also big in the cocoa powder type chocolate flavor. Roasted malt and a smokiness as well. Hops are there to balance only and don't make much of a presence. Finishes nicely.

Good mouthfeel.
Easy going and drinkable.

Overall, while it's not a "perfect porter" IMO, it is still a good porter.

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Photo of dgallina
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown and black in appearance. Pours with a light and creamy tan head and light lacing. A strong roasted coffee aroma, perhaps slightly scorched. Very tasty, with heavy roasted coffee and malt flavors. Not the most complex porter, but extremely drinkable. Has lighter than expected mouth-feel and body (for a porter).

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Photo of bashiba
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bert Grant's Perfect Porter is a very good porter. Starting with a classic porter browness with some nice tan head to its incredible scents of expresso, chocolate, and malts. Follow it up a huge chocolate coffee flavor with some nice dark maltyness and balanced out perfectly with a little bit of bitter hoppiness. This beer is creamy and smooth with exceptional drinkability. Absolutely and exceptional beer! I love to try new beers, but I always find myself going back and having another one of these when I want a great beer.

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Photo of edchicma
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Town and Country in W. Mass the other day..I figured it's from WA state so it's probably pretty good. I was not dsiappointed. Poured almost black with a great head and lacing. Smell was a blend of smoke, coffee and chocolate...excellent. Taste was a robust mix of coffee, chocolate with nice carbonation that tingled the tongue. Mouthfeel was light, with great carbonation....smooth. Very, very easy to drink...would be a great session brew...a real winner!

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Photo of bierman2000
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very coffee flavored porter in the nose and in the taste even stronger. Black and dark as night in appearance but very smooth with a sweet finish. A good porter in any weather with low ABV and a nice mouthfeel, maybe even a bit oily but a very nice example of a coffee porter.

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Photo of trekbiker3000
2.88/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out a nice brown color, but little to no head. Maybe it was the glass, or the pour.

The aroma reminded me of burnt toast, but it was not very intense so it was easy to overlook.

The very first impression upon tasting this dark brown ale was how light it was. Maybe a little watery with not a whole lot of roasted flavors. Some chocolate overtones, but again, not very overpowering. The carbonation helped bring out the flavors and add to the mouthfeel.

Overall, it is a drinkable porter. I may have expected a little more from a beer called perfect porter.

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Photo of Jredner
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sept 23 2005 re-rate: Huge roasted coffee and chocoalate aroma. Dark brown to black. Thinish head. Perfect flavor. I, like many people, came to better beer via the Guinness route, but it wasn’t until I had this that I truly became hooked and I’d had every darker beer Sam Smith and Young’s had to offer me as well as having drank in Belgium and through Europe and brewpubs around the states...something is just infinitely right about the flavor here. It is the emodiment of porter to me and time has only strenghted my feelings about that....even after blasting my palate with so many huge beers this still tastes like heaven. It’s still on the thin side...and I like my porters thinner than most, but otherwise it remains nearly perfect.

Perfect dark porter appearance with a thin creamy white head. Coffe ground aroma. EXCELLENT tatse. roasty coffee/mocha flavors with a great finish. If this were just every so slightly thicker it truly would be perfect.

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Photo of Padron4KM
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown/black with a solid creamy dark brown head.
Thin sheet of lacing.
Initial aroma was of milk chocolate, faded to a woody campfire aroma with some coffee.
Flavor was good, but I should have had this before the Dojlidy Porter.
compared to that it was kind of one dimensional, smokey roasted coffee flavor with some burnt caramel, but after that it kind of fizzled out. I'll have to try again by itself or first in a session. Still it was a very good brew.

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Photo of JohnSlaney
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 12oz bottle like the one pictured into an imperial pint glass. Had a darn-near black color with a creamy tan head that slowly faded down to a thin collar.
The smell was earthy, with a some burnt grains, semi-sweet chocolate and a touch of charred wood and ash. Faintly herbal hops barely rise to the level of detection over all the chocolate aroma before being submerged again.
The taste started off with the robust flavor of dark chocolate and roasted malt, mildly sweet with a burnt edge. The chocolate morphed into a powdery baker's cocoa laced with a touch of coffee grounds. Decent hops character in the finish along with a hint of smoke. The feel was medium/light in body and a bit thin.
Overall, Perfect Porter was a nice brew, easily quaffable. It would be a good beer to use to introduce people to "dark" beers. I wouldn't call it "perfect" but it certainly is a well-crafted example of the style.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown to black liquid, no highlights. Off-white, creamy head. Head retention was decent, some lacing on the sides of the glass. Slight roasty and chocolate nose. Flavors very similar, however not enough malt character. Low hop bitterness. Medium body, but seems thin and watery. Low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink, but not enough flavor to want much more of it.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearence: Purs a very dark black with a thin, beige head. Head leavs a little lacing, but goes quickly even with heavy pouring.

Smell: Smells of roasted almonds and coffe, but not that strongly. A little weak of a smell, but a decent one none-the-less.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Tastes nice and roasty with a huge chocolate back. A suprising amount of bitterness comes through, but that's a welcome change. The chocolate flavor is the most obvious, but not overpowering. In the mouth this a think and creamy beer, unlike most porters I've had.

Drinkability and Overall: This is a great porter, one of the best I've had. Rich and chewy without sacrificing balance. I'm so glad I got to try this. A creamy brew that's easily in my top 25. Highly recommended.

Thanks to Bashiba for another fabulous brew.

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Photo of Brent
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

If you are going to name a beer "Perfect," you better have the goods to back it up. Consequently, I pretty much challenged this beer to live up to its name. It did. The aroma did not disclose the powerful chocolate malt that would impact on the first sip - my immediate impression was porter with Hershey's syrup stirred in, and a fist-full of the stuff, at that. For all the chocolate malt, it was amazingly well balanced by a sharp and dry finish - an outstanding porter.

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Bert Grant's Perfect Porter from Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 113 ratings