Buzzards Bay West Porter | Buzzards Bay Brewing

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Buzzards Bay West PorterBuzzards Bay West Porter

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Buzzards Bay Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-03-2001

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by genaro:
Photo of genaro
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

West Porter was an opaque dark brown with some copper hue. It had a big, creamy coffee colored head with good lace. The aroma was chocolatey with some hop bouquet. The slightly sweet taste was basically chocolatey and a trifle toasty with a hint of molasses. The mouthfeel was a bit doughy with a decent hop bite. The finish was dryish with a toasted malt aftertaste. A decent dessert beer or a kick back beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with a photo of the Buzzard Bay, MA area. No freshness date, just a bottling number.

Appearance: Liquid is more or less pitch black, no light gets through the glass. The head is a magnificent tan, rocky, foamy, clinging dollop of a crown. Great retention.

Smell: Lovely roasted aromas in the nose. I can also pick up a very decent amount of smokiness and chocolate.

Taste: Smooth and rich on the palate. Full-bodied, some chewiness. Unsweetened creamy chocolate, coffee and other roasted complexities are pronounced. Faint smoke flavours lurk on the back of the tongue. Hops are minimal, well-placed, and balance the brew with mild bitterness about halfway through. Finishes fairly clean with hints of roasted dryness.

Notes: I absolutely love this Porter. It's one of the most drinkable Porters that I've had in a long time, and it's truly balanced. 5.2%abv ... purchase some today and enjoy!

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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A few shades lighter than pitch black, killer frothy cappuccino like head.

Smell: Mix of mildly acrid burnt malt and soft malt sweetness, smells of fresh brewed iced coffee.

Taste: Smooth and creamy, moderate carbonation after a hard pouring. Light charcoal and a faint acrid twang show the modest yet solid roasted character. Hops lay a nice blanket of woody and earthy flavour and bitterness that play off of the roasted flavours. Touch of sweetness upfront leaves some residuals in the back.

Notes: A simple porter yet one that is easy to put down and not a chore on the taste buds. Nice to see this released again for the cooler months.

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Photo of natescape
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another excellent brew by the recently up-swinging Buzzards Bay Brewing. I've always been a fan of the West Porter, and this year's edition is particularly hoppy and delicious. Had on tap and their new pub, I was impressed with the hoppy aroma and straight-forward delicious flavor. Well-balanced, malty and roasty, with a welcome hop bite. Very good. Would have bought a case if they had it in bottles.

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Photo of far333
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First Buzzard's Bay that I really like. Chestnut colored with a light brown frothy head that sinks quickly, but leaves a thin bubbly film on top of the liquid. Aroma of light hops, roasty malt, and some cocoa. Flavors of roasted malts, some coffee, cocoa and molasses. Mouthfeel is a bit tingly, a little crisp. Spicy, bitter raisin creeps through in the aftertaste.

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Photo of MurphysIrish
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Picked up at Wine Gallery in Brookline and cellared it for about two months. Finally getting around to drinking it and I find that Beer Advocate has it listed as "retired".

Oh well. Here goes anyway.

Noticed that the neck of the bottle, near the top, had a substantial amount of sediment as though it was being stored on its side. Doubt it was my local beer store's fault, but somewhere along the line this beer was put on its side for a while

Poured into a pilsner glass. Big tan foamy head that took its time dissipating. Smelled like coffee, chocolate and a bit of a sour malt flavor. No burned smells.

Body is somewhat light for what I expect from the style, but the flavor notes are spot on with some molasses in there with the coffee/chocolate. Some sourness at the end.

Pretty decent. Dinged it for the mouthfeel, but otherwise perfectly quaffable.

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Photo of ADR
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick pour, dark brown to black color with a small head that's a light skim in 20 seconds. Smokey and coffee smell. Initial taste is java-like with minimal chocolate or caramel tones and a slight sense of smoke. Impressively bittered but finishes light and not at all burly. After two or three sips, you notice a semi-sweet dark chocolate sense to the swallow and aftertaste. So this Porter covers a lot of ground. If this was available around here, I would often be in the mood for it. Thanks again to Liza P. for bringing a bottle from the Cape...

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Photo of UncleFrank
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A Coca-Cola type brown ale fills the glass with a thin tan head. The aroma is roasted and burnt chocolate. Medium body.
The taste is smooth for a robust porter. A nice blend of roasted coffee, chocolate, and a touch of sweetness perhaps from crystal malts. Hops are not present in taste but are there enough to balance the beer.
This is one of favorite winter beers without being a heavy alcohol hitter. I'm glad I live close so I can get a growler filled since the only way to buy this beer is in the variety packs. Well deserving of its recent silver medal at the GIBF.

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Photo of jackndan
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Buzzards Porter: In a bottle, (that was served way too cold). Very nice looking, dark porter. Had a coffee like aroma, and taste that was not unpleasant at all. Had a long sweet aftertaste. Very nice.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a mix case of this beer and the Farmhouse Barrel Aged Ale lying around in the basement, so I put both in the refrigerator and decided to give the porter a shot.

A- dark, pitch black beer. Head is real creamy/carbonated. About a finger in height.

S- Malt, light coffee mixed in with spicy type smells I cannot pinpoint.

T- Creamy and rich at the start. A moderate amount of carbonation is noticeable. Typical taste of what porters and stouts are like. I even detected oak nodes. The beer gets more and more bitter the further one drinks it. Not too pleasant for me towards the end of a pint.

D- Because of the bitterness towards the end of the beer, I can only call this beer moderately drinkable as appose to very drinkable.

Overall, this is a good beer by Buzzards Bay.

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Photo of Gusler
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice deep brown color, the head modest in size, frothy in consistency, the lace adequate, and both a light chocolate color. Nose is malt, caramel; slight toasted grain tones also present. Begins sweet malt with a middling top. Mildly acidic, pleasantly hopped, droughty malt aftertaste, pretty much an average porter, but drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml corked wine bottle into a sample glass.

A--nice tan head riding on top of a ink black body.

S--toasted grain. Somewhat smoky.

T--sweet, smoky and thick. Full of flavor but not overwhelming.

M--full bodied.

D--Very nice representation of the style. Actually, I sort of think that BB does great dark beers for some reason. Black lager of theres is good too.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 release that was purchased from the brewery, poured from a 750ml bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of rich toasted dark malts, coffee, dark chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is creamy and smoky with flavors of roasted coffee and milk chocolate. The malt character is very hearty and there’s a mild hops presence. It all combines to a very-well balanced Porter. The after-taste is slightly smoky slightly sweet. I know that I’m not really saying too much but it’s just a simplistic and well-made beer.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, slightly filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, even though it’s not a very strong beer in terms of ABV, I didn’t find this to be a beer that is very conducive to pounding for an extended period of time. However, it’s a very good beer to sip slowly over an evening when you want to just relax and enjoy a good porter.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12ozer bottle bought as part of the seasonal 12-pack sampler, from Jeans Wine and Spirits, Coventry, CT. Bottling #4 259.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head above the barely translucent dark brown brew with reddish highlights. Head lasts and lacing is nice as well. Aroma is slightly of dark grains, but frankly, not much going on here. Taste is dark malts sweetness, coupled with a slight tinge of smoke and some lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel and drinkabilty are both good. My favorite brew the variety pack.

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Photo of Desmondloki
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of RBorsato
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost black with ruby red highlights, a nice brown head, and good carbonation. Light roasty aroma with traces of caramel. Tastes much like it smells but a bit more roasty than aroma indicates. Light-medium bodied with a dry roasty finish.

Per BBwebsite: Small Batch Limited Releases/Winter Seasonal:

West Porter: Magnum and East Kent Goldings hops. Pale, Chocolate and Caramel malts. 5.2% ABV.

Bottling #: 3.295
Tasted: 12/28/04


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Photo of jdhilt
2.82/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

smokey overtones, do NOT drink with chips & dill dip.

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Photo of DuxburyIPA
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of ZebraCakez
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an oily black with a very tiny head of tan foam.

S: The aroma is that of dark chocolate and smokey roasted malt.

T: The taste follows the nose well, it's smokey and malty. There's a note of chocolate and ground coffee beans. It's sweet, but well balanced.

F: It's slightly thin, but not terribly. Plenty of carbonation.

O: A very smooth, drinkable example of a porter. Nothing amazing here, just a well crafted beer from a great brewery. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF from ZebraCakez. 22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled in 12/2014. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is a damn nice porter style. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hadn't found this selection before so decided to try the West Porter. Pours a very dark brown/reddish almost black color with a half finger brownish head that goes away pretty fast. Smells malty and a bit of butterscotch, but couldn't pick out anything else. Taste has flavors of coffee, a slight chocolate in there. I was pleasantly suprised by the fizziness of it, not overpowering but more than your average porter. This is a very drinkable beer--mouthfeel is not to heavy but a nice body. Probably the best selection from the Westport farm.

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Photo of 86MonteSS
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Let this confession be made to a candid audience: I am not a huge fan of porters. As such, you might not expect me to give a good review of this beer. However, I'm inclined to believe that even if I was the biggest porter monkey on the face of the earth, I still wouldn't respect this attempt to the highest degree. I had great expectations for Buzzards Bay and in the long run was let down. The pale ale was pretty good, but all the others, West Porter included, failed to live up. I'm not saying this is a bad beer, but all things considered, it's pretty damn bland.

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Photo of mschofield
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with a tan head that quickly dissipates.
Roasted malt and coffee aroma with a bit of alcohol.
Roasted malt, coffee, and caramel flavor, a little burnt wood. An earthy hop undertone to balance the malt.
The taste and aroma are too understated, the flavors are fine, but I wish they were stronger.
Bitter aftertaste, smooth but sharp.

I can't say Buzzard's Bay has been a stand out, this is one of their best but it didn't knock my hat into the creek.

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Photo of kunzbrew
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours an opaque blaack with a big head that disappears rather quickly, leaving a spotted lace behind. The smell of robust malts and coffee fill the nose. The first sip brings a light body that is not very tasty. A akaline taste fill the palate, along with caramel flavor and no hop flavor. This is not a very good beer, from a half way decent brewery.


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Photo of hit728
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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Buzzards Bay West Porter from Buzzards Bay Brewing
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