Michigan Brewing Peninsula Porter | Michigan Brewing Company

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Michigan Brewing Peninsula PorterMichigan Brewing Peninsula Porter
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Michigan Brewing Peninsula PorterMichigan Brewing Peninsula Porter

Brewed by:
Michigan Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 55
Reviews by Smithj86:
Photo of Smithj86
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into glass: rapidly dissipating tan head. Pleasing cola-dark color; rich, toasty scent. Nice mouthfeel, but not exceptional. Tasty roasted malt flavor. I found little, if any, hop creeping in. Good drinking, rich flavor, but not quite as full or complex as the best porters.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Cole's a nice find in the area,poured a deep brown with some ruby showing thru the glass with a thinner but well retained almond colored head.Aromas of roasted nut and unsweetened chocolate mainly nothing out of the ordinary here,well rounded malty flavors on the palate ranging from roasted nut to a milk chocolate-like finish the hops are evident in a dryer earthiness.A easy quaffing porter nothing wrong going on pretty basic and tasty.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Deep dark, nearly black, barely translucent. Practically no head on the pour with thin ring of bubbles - no lacing to speak of.

S: Light coffee aromas mixed with fig and sweet malts.

T: Toasted chocolate and caramel malts combine with a well matched set of hops to create a rather complex and enjoyable beverage. The balance between sweet malts and hop bitterness plays back and forth through the course of the experience.

M&D: Mouthfeel is on the light side of heavy but is perfect for a porter. Carbonation is relatively light but well matched. Quite smooth and easy to drink. A nice lingering bitterness is very enjoyable also. Definitely worth checking out if you like porters.

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Photo of DruC4
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of pmcadamis
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This one appears cue-ball black and shiny but shows that it does have a very faint hint of brown hue when held to the light. A reddish tan one and a half finger head leaves a large amount of spotty lace on the glass on it's quick trip down to a wispy smoky haze and a thin collar. Swirling brings a one finger head back.

S - I smell chocolate tootsie pops big time! How many licks to the center? Sweet sugary rootbeer notes lie on top of an almost dopplbock-like chocolate malt. I can smell a bit of alcohol despite the low ABV, but it's not overbearing or even annoying. This is underpowered IMO...it's weak smelling, but nice.

T - Smoky, dark, smoky, campfire flavors along with some char much like that on charcoal grilled meats.

M - Very light in body. I'd almost say that it's thin. There is a very low level of carbonation, and the finish is neutral with very little aftertaste.

D - A very forgettable beer. It's almost like an approximation of a porter made by a macro company. Where are the big "blow me away" flavors that I crave?

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown, not quite black body, with a short whisper of a light brown head. Lacing is OK. Odor is sweetly malty with nutty, dark chocolate notes. Flavor starts out with a nice sweet malt attack and that nice dark chocolate in there too. This is followed by a quick bitterness in the middle, and then a respumption of mild semi-sweet chocolate in the back end. Slightly grainy in mouthfeel, medium bodied. A decent porter, nothing mind-blowing, but a good example of the style and easy enough to drink.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I think this rides a thin, but tasty line between American and English porter. Its got the right mouthfeel for an English I think. It feels acidic with a dry bitterness. The grains are still clean though, there's a good balance between the chocolate (or just darker) and black grains. It makes for a good mix of coffee and chocolate. I'm a fan.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Whew! Last beer of a very large sampler tray (but I still their bottled beers to try)! Even though I'm sated with a dozen different beers, this one still pops through. A dark ruby glass color, then a roasted but not burnt mocha coffee taste. Even get a bit of toffee to it.

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Photo of nortmand
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark pour, with little head to speak of.
Smells mostly of roast malt, with a very low background hint of hops.
Tastes very roasty with light maltiness malty, with subtle hop nuance, nice, but a little light on the maltiness for what I expect from this porter.
Mouthfeel is way too light for this style, too thin and watery.
Definitely drinkable, but not so porter-like for me.
This beer has definitely gone downhill since the recent brewer change. For Michigan porters, Arcadia's London porter is a much better bet.

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Photo of brewpubmellon
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of pbrian
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I rarely meet a porter I don't like, and this one falls just above the norm. Nothing spectacular, but enjoyable enough. Aromas and flavors lean towards the roasted coffee end of the spectrum. Finishes dry and medium bodied.

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Photo of BierFan
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: 1 finger of tan foam. Dark brown body. Looks like a damn near perfect porter. upon first pouring it. Head recedes and blankets the sides of the glass in foam.

Smell: Chocolate malts and a little bit of grassy hops.

Taste: Chocolate and toasty malts. Moderate bitterness. This is a really solid porter.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with red highlights. Small head and minimal lace. Aroma is chocolate and slightly hoppy. Taste is very chocolately with a hint of roasted barley. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin on the backside. Beer is not quite robust enough to be a really good representative of the style.

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Photo of Gusler
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a very deep garnet, almost brown, the head prodigious, beige, the lace nice thin sheets to coat the glass. Nose is malt, caramel. Toasted grains, light coffee like tone also noted. Front is nicely malted and slightly sweet with the top reedy. Finish waterish with the hops moderate in spiciness and the acidity run of the mill, the aftertaste quite dry, a bit "thin-wasted", drinkable but not my idea of a "Porter".

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Photo of carlborch
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, chocolate-brown pour of medium viscosity. Three inch head formed. Creamy yet pocketed, persistent head that produces an attractive and heavy lacing. The nose speaks to chocolate and dark roasted coffee, but dissipates quickly leaving a very light hint of tangy fermentedness. Is that a hint of Brettanomyces? The body is silky and medium-full. The ale lingers nicely on the palate but ends with a very slight hint of . . .Brett? The malt and hops is nicely balanced. This beer is light and refreshing and could be a session ale. The alcohol is not noticeable. The hops and the restrained sour notes suggests it would be a great food beer as well. I would definitely try it again!

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Photo of Limberg316
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A fairly light porter that is easy to drink yet still tastes great. It pours smoothly with a slight head to it. Not much though, and it doesn't stick around. Has an fairly thin feel in when drinking, alittle odd in a porter, but makes it easy to drink.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of marc77
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep garnet hued clear brew topped by a beige, big bubbled that settles into a dense layer. Mild roasted barley, coffee & chocolate in aroma, w/ a touch of caramel malt sweetness. Quite refined and pleasant aromawise. The overall flavor is quite dry, w/ roasted grain dominating. Hop bitterness is low, but both residual and caramel malt sweetness are low as well, lending a nice balance to this porter. Bodywise it lies between that of a brown and robust porter. Finishes, dry, clean, lightly chocolatey and roasty. Although not outstanding, Peninsula Porter is balanced and has sufficient complexity to make it quite a drinkable brew.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A BOTMC brew that arrived at my door with a foreward by none less than the bros, imagine that. Well let's give it a whirl. Smell is a delicious blend of roasted malts and some milk chocolate and coffee. Pours to a dark translucent brown with a foamy microbubble tan head. Taste is a nice roasted malt flavor with a light almost noble hop background. Just the right bitterness, its there but doesn't overpower the hops. Finish is a nice chaulky bitter aftertaste that fades but leaves a lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little thin but this brews lacks nothing in flavor. Not a big heavy porter but extremely high drinkability. Very tasty.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Acquired via trade from plaztikjezuz, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of metallic, but there's some dark roasted malts, coffee and dark fruit that poke their way through.

T: The taste smoky and malty with flavors of black coffee, dark chocolate and dark fruit, but there's a metallic bite to it as well. There's a mild hops presence that is typical of the style. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

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

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, with so many others out there to choose from, this beer would really not be one that I would look for if I were in the mood for a porter.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice solid brew in a MBC taster pack. Nice dark brown color with tan head that dissolves quickly down to nothing. Nose is nice, roasted malt, some light coffee. A bit of fruitiness, maybe a touch of chocolate. Taste is similar - surprisingly rough, roastiness - not as smooth as some porters. Feel is fine. Overall, a good example of the style, easy drinking, if not particularly unique or memorable.

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Photo of EnJeiBee
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - It poured a deep mahogany brown with a 1 finger tan head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving great lacing

S - Malty coffee scent makes up what is a fairly one note scent

T - Toasty chocolate malt flavors take the forefront leaving room for a moderate bitterness due to the hops

M - It's somewhat lighter on the palate than I would like and moderately carbonated

O - It's a drinkable and middle of the road porter. There really isn't anything that stands out about it so I doubt I would go out of my way to track it down again.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a very dark brown and had a 1/2 inch head that fell into a foamy lace.
the aroma was very malty had a hint of chocolate, slight fig, and a smitten of a hopsack.
the flavor is very malty, rich, dark chocolate, hopsack, spicy.
the mouthfeel is very full.
this beer is very drinkable and goes down easy.

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Photo of granger10
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a very average porter in every respect. Nothing bad, just nothing outstanding. Very roasted flavor to it. Roasted grains, roasted coffee and roasted nuts dominate. Slightly bitter in the finish but not enough hops in the body. It still is a tasty concoction but it could be better.

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Photo of grub
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

got this one in a trade with plaztikjezuz. thanks scott!

12oz bottle. sampled may 26/08.

pours nearly black and almost opaque with a small dense tan head that disappears almost immediately and leaves only a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. toasted wheat bread. caramel. bit of toffee. coffee. cracker. bit of alcohol. just a hint of baltic character. bit of fruit.

taste is nice. hint of roast. toasted wheat bread. coffee. bit of caramel, but with very little sweetness. dark chocolate.

mouthfeel is ok. medium carbonation, well integrated and pretty smooth. fairly light body, thinner than i'd expect.

drinkability is pretty good. the lighter body and smooth carbonation combined with a good balance makes for an easy drinking beer. nothing outrageous, but i don't mind this one.

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Michigan Brewing Peninsula Porter from Michigan Brewing Company
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