17 Mile Porter
Surreal Brewing Company

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Surreal Brewing Company
California, United States
Low-Alcohol Beer
Ranked #57
Ranked #28,802
3.16 | pDev: 26.58%
Jul 25, 2022
Mar 31, 2019
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Notes: 17 Mile Porter is complex and delicious. Notes of dark chocolate and roasted coffee are well balanced by earthy hops. It delights the senses with it's deep aroma and pours black with a tan head.

Pairings: It pairs well with hearty stews, grilled meats, and desserts. Perfect for outdoor adventure during Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer;)

The artwork on our 17 Mile Porter features the famous Lone Cypress tree which can be found along the California Pacific Coast Highway near Monterey.

It goes especially well anytime you need a refreshing adult beverage without strings attached.
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
(12 oz can, PKG 1/21/22; purchased single off shelf... poured into a 14 oz mug)

L: dark brown liquid with garnet highlights; lots of coffee with cream colored foam on the pour, pockmarked... foam sizzling out upon contact with glass... surprisingly a thick lace ring at the waterline; steady messy collar

S: Cocoa Puffs and black medium-roast coffee; slightly smoky caramelized char accents... nutty, roasty, relatively potent and appealing

T: robustly roasty. dry, ember-toasty... not as chocolaty as on the nose; maybe a slight dark bitter cocoa back note... vaguely acidic, espresso-like undertones... little discernible hop flavor outside of a leafy, grassy thread, chlorophyllic aftertaste... roasty in many ways all day

F: amply carbonated, almost to the point of negatively enhancing its dryness, diluting its flavor expressions... hint of an oily finish, but I'd want more malt roundness and syrupy slickness, something to give more substance and depth

O: wonderfully expressive roast character, just lacking a little underlying sweetness to give it contrast, round out its flavors... racking my brain, trying to think of an appropriate pairing; it might go well with grilled chicken slathered in smoky-sweet BBQ sauce (1952)
Jul 25, 2022
Rated: 3.35 by mdshensky74 from South Carolina

Mar 26, 2022
Rated: 2.29 by Dave2234 from Minnesota

Nov 30, 2021
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Reviewed by flagmantho from Washington

3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5
Poured from 12oz can into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: rich, dark brown hue with a definite haze and a thick finger of pillowy tan foam atop. I think it looks really great.

Smell: there's roastiness and chocolate in there, but also an earthy hop character that comes through as very vegetal. This isn't too uncommon in porters, but here it's really pronounced. There's almost a burnt quality to it as well; altogether it doesn't especially work for me.

Taste: plenty of roastiness, and that burned quality comes through as more of an ashy black-malt character, which is appropriate. The hops are significantly toned down in the flavor, compared to the aroma, and that works much better. What's missing here is some malty richness and sweetness; no surprise there. Still, for NA, it's not too bad.

Mouthfeel: very light indeed, with a moderate carbonation. It's unremarkable.

Overall: this beer isn't perfect, but I am finding that it's a lot harder to do an NA dark beer than it is to do something that relies more on juicy hoppiness. Definitely a contender in the dark beer department.
Oct 10, 2021
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Reviewed by Storm_Rryder from Iowa

3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
I've been trying a good number of NA beers lately but this is the first dark NA. It does mostly look the part. It is not watery but it is lighter on feel than a usual darker beer. It does taste malty. But there is something not quite right in the taste, I'm not sure what. It starts by tasting alright then some other flavor comes in that should not be there.
Makes me want to try other NA dark beers, see if they feel same or not.
Apr 07, 2021
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.45/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25
Well... isn't this a tough one to review! For starters, this is only my second Low Alcohol Beer... so how do I compare it to its competition? So, I'm sort of stuck comparing it to a style commonly under, say, 5%ABV. But they can vary widely. So to get out of this rating dilemma, I think outside the box and say "Rate it for what it tastes like, soda pop." Problem is, I drink very little of that also.

So to get through this, I rated the first four categories at what I consider the mythical average of a style, 3.25. As for the Overall rating, I give Surreal generous hugs. First, because The 17 Mile road is definitely worth naming a unique effort after. Second, this husband-wife team is cool and they are trying to reinvent the category and change the world. So bully for them. I give them a .5 Cheers several times over !
Jan 12, 2021
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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours clear, dark brown in color with one inch head. Taste is hot fudge and a touch of coffee and cream. Medium body, roasty, a bit dry,moderate carbonation. Almost silky smoothness. Best beer from Surreal so far, although I am not sure I love the aftertaste. Loads of chocolate. Glad I opted for the four pack.
Jan 11, 2021
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

4.37/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.75
12oz can, no date

Pours up dark with a ring of head. Smells great, big on dark chocolate, coffee and char. Kinda like hot chocolate warmed over a campfire. The taste is suprisingly great: it's very thin with a hard water aftertaste, but otherwise it tastes like a great coffee porter! Feel is very non-beer like, overly carbonated and extremely thin

I don't get it, this is a 50 calorie (!!) NA beer, adding sugar would defeat the point. Simply amazing for what it is and highly recommended - I'm grabbing a pack for my sober buddy
Aug 07, 2020
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Reviewed by UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

1.78/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
17 mile porter is a dark opaque brown with a tan, way-too-big head. It smells chocolatey, roasty, and coffee like. The taste, however, is not a porter. It is metallic and astringent. It is chemical like and not a trace of sweetness. I want to call it dry it is so not sweet and this is a non-alcoholic beer! The feel is that of over carbonated water. The carbonation is way too extreme; it is unpleasent. If I take a sip early on (when the head takes up half to glass no matter how I pour it), the carbon dioxide is irritating my airways. Overall, I really hope I got a bad batch of this stuff.
Jun 04, 2020
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Reviewed by dbrauneis from North Carolina

2.92/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
A: Pours an opaque yet still clear very dark brown (approaching black) in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate dark chestnut brown + dark cola brown colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense fizzy foamy tan head that slowly to a large patch of very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted + caramel + chocolate malts with light aromas of charred malts with minimal amounts of caramel sweetness. Light aromas of fresh coffee and slight aromas of earthy hops and something that I cannot quite put my finger on that is frequently pleasant in NA beers (maybe something used when removing the alcohol).

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted + caramel + chocolate malts with light flavors of charred malts with minimal amounts of caramel sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of coffee and very light flavors of earthy hops. Light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Easy to drink with a thin/watery mouthfeel and something that reminds me of a zero sugar malt soda.
Mar 16, 2020
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Reviewed by teromous from Virginia

2.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5
I don't see a date listed on the can or label.

Appearance: The beer pours with a massive amount of foam. The head is a majority of the cup even when first pouring, but it creates a nice light-tan fluffy head when it starts to settle a bit. The body is a dark brown but opaque. It's a difficult beer to pour given the head formation. It's a bit like pouring root beer directly over ice cream.

Aroma: There is a pleasant chocolate and coffee aroma to the beer with a nice bit of caramel in the mix as well. There is a light bit of burnt carbon scent as the nose lingers.

Taste: Carbon and coffee come through first, followed by a nice caramel flavor with a hint of chocolate in the middle. The flavors are really good but then there is this odd seltzer water flavor that sits below the whole beer and sabotages the great flavors. It tends to come through inconsistently during random sips and at different parts of the palate.

Mouthfeel: The body is extremely thin and the beer feels overcarbonated.

Overall: This beer is a two sided coin. On one side there are really good aromas and really good flavors which include chocolate, caramel, and coffee. On the other side there is this awful thinness and overcarbonated mouthfeel with a confusing seltzer water flavor. I doubt I would drink it again and I would recommend skipping it, but hopefully the brewer can sort this one out because there is something worth saving out of this beer.
Feb 02, 2020
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Reviewed by bret27 from California

3.54/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4
Very dark brown almost black. Brown foamy head. Decent head retention.
Smell: chocolate, grain, bitter coffee.
Taste: biscuit, unsweetened chocolate, little bitterness.
Ok to thin body.
Other than being a little on the thin\watery side a pretty good basic porter. 50 calories.
Nov 05, 2019
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Reviewed by gshak from Texas

2.44/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Half-decent porter that has the potential to be something great. Adding some sugars would have helped it retain the taste of a beer.
L - pours flat out of the can with a very thin wispy ring. No head or lacing to speak of.
S - Beer was at fridge temperature, so not much by way of aroma. Once it was in my mouth, I could discern the familiar aromas of a porter - coffee, roasted grains, and some faint milk chocolate lurking in the background somewhere.
T - man, this beer could have been so much more with the addition of some sugar. Not sure why they went with 0g of sugar for this one. As it stands, there is nothing in the beer to counterbalance the roasty bitterness of the beverage. Tastes like some stale black coffee diluted with water. Cream + sugar ...please.
M - light, like water.

O - it's a good start, but not a finished product. imo.
Aug 24, 2019
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Rated by Ibc from District of Columbia

1.67/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5
Like another reviewer said, it tastes like an unsweetened wort. With so many NA beers coming out, I’d pass. Not great.
Jul 05, 2019
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Reviewed by davidtk from Massachusetts

2.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
I picked up a couple nonalcoholic stouts/porters to compare recently. This one did not impress.

Look: Too light for a porter. More like a doppelbock/dunkel.

Smell: Appealing, in a sweet, smooth malty way.

Taste: I'm not convinced this tastes like beer. It *definitely* doesn't taste like a porter. It tastes like fresh wort with the sugars removed, rather than completed beer with the alcohols removed.

Feel: Very, very light, and the carbonation feels more like seltzer carbonation than beer carbonation.

Overall: This could be quenching if what you want is a malt soda without sugar. It's not really a craft beer replacer though.
Jun 14, 2019
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Reviewed by KSC from California

4.66/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
I saw this at Total WIne and More, and I thought I’d give it a try. A four pack of 12 oz. cans for 7.99 seemed a little steep, but I wanted to try something new.
Pours very dark with not much head. Aroma was faint, but I definitely got the roasted notes. The taste really hit me. It’s a full on porter. Roasted coffee, chocolate. It’s pretty smooth and balanced. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but I get that with porters sometimes. The aftertaste is missing something. That’s the only hint that this is a low alcohol beer. It’s really very good if you’re looking for a low alcohol beer. I was surprised that it was only 50 calories. I think I will be buying more and trying other styles from this brewery.
May 06, 2019
17 Mile Porter from Surreal Brewing Company
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 16 ratings