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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
Photo of Frozensoul327
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked this brew. A dark brown black color with a tan head and notes of lace. Nice presentation. Aromas of roasted nuts and mild malts was really appealing, as was the flavor; nuts, malts, smoke, earth, and wood overtones blended very well together. Mouthfeel was not too thick or chewy, yet still had enough consistancy to keep me happy. The lower ABV makes this a good beer for session drinkers. I look forward to having this in the bottle. Hope it's as good as it was on tap. Recommended.

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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 Derek
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at the brewery, and it's been in my cellar for a month.

A: Dark, dark, ruby-black; Off-white head, a little retention and lace.

S: Chocolaty malt, a little brown sugar, slight aroma of fruity esters (British yeast?).

T: Chocolate, dark caramel, a little brown sugar, slight hint of licorous, rounded out by a mild fruityness. A little less chocolate might let some other malt flavour come through.

M: Moderate body is somewhat creamy, with a fairly dry finish. Light to moderate carbonation.

D: Very good.

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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 Bighuge
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark crimson. Frothy light brown head. Lots of lace. Good looking porter. Nice "nut brown" kind of aroma. Nice nuttiness with some dry cocoa scents as well. Very light milk chocolate as well. Pretty light aroma overall though. Nice, easy going flavor profile. Milk chocolate and bittersweet chocolate contrasting profile. Milk chocolate seems a little more dominant. Nice nutty accent. Silky mouthfeel. Nice roasted malt bitterness lingers. This is a solid porter. Nothing spectacular, but I'd revisit this with no hesitation.

Props to Northern Minnesota's Nicky Fotiou for the sample.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (marked 04/03/11) poured into a nonic pint.

A- A moderate pour created a 1-1/2 finger, tan head that drops to a fully covering film that stays the duration and leaves good rings and webbing about the glass. The body is a dark brown-black with ruby hues at the edges Moderate carbonation peeks through the dark body.

S- Classic chocolate and coffee dominate. Hints of fruit, along the lines of cooked cherries, plums, or raisins, play a minor role. Warmth amplifies the aroma.

T- Good mix of dark chocolate and robust coffee take the lead. Husky grains are in the background and come out a bit more near the finish. Lighter hops make for just a touch of citrus zest.

M- Slightly grainy/chalky, which I consider good for the style with moderate carbonation. That said, it's a touch lighter than expected, but not so bad for a lower alcohol brew.

D- It's very drinkable. It's definitely smooth enough to drink a couple in a sitting. Flavorful enough to make me want to come back to it. It's a solid, standard release porter.

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Photo of tubacharlie
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A smooth, two-finger tan head tops this Porter, with good lacing sticking to the glass as it recedes. A clear and dark ruby-red color when held to the light, outwardly it appears very dark brown, approaching black.

The aroma of flowering hops greets the nose, with a bit of earthiness and a hint of molasses. On first sip, the molasses dominates the front of the palate, with strong coffee bitterness and a bit of toffee in the aftertaste. Good viscosity and depth of flavor. Well carbonated, a thick carpet of foam is retained as the brew slowly disappears from consumption, and dissolves into a creamy immersion when swilled.

Overall, a good iteration of the style.

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Photo of brewpubmellon
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a smooth and creamy chocolate and patent malt aroma. It's rich and sweet with an earthy black malt edge. The taste is good. It has a smooth earthy black malt flavor that's dry, yet creamy with some chocolate malt sweetness. It has a wondeful roasted feel. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a highly drinkable porter. It's well balanced with sweet and black malts. It's roasted with a light, bitter black malt presence.

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Photo of Tballz420
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown but completely clear brew, shines amber throughout the body. Big foamy, sticky tan head. Clean chocolate malt scent. Nice chocolate malt front, a bit of roast, touch of piney hop. Medium bodied but pretty wet. This is a nice well balanced porter. Nothing crazy, but solid.

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Photo of westonhood
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 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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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 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 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 Mitchster
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brewed with 2-row pale, chocolate, crystal malts and flaked barley. Hopped with Nugget and Northern Brewer's.

OG=1.060, 5.5% ABV.

Pours out to a near-clear very dark brown, forming a rocky light tan head with poor retention but nice lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is enticing with semi-sweet chocolate, peanut butter and black walnuts, full city roast coffee and a clean ferment. Very nice. Mouthfeel is fleeting and medium-light bodied, kinda thin for the style with a spritzy clean finish and chalky aftertaste. Taste starts out nicely...reminding me of what Bell's Porter used to taste like, until it quickly fades away...the body is mild. The bitterness is mild and slightly earthy, but a predominance of chalk hits the lips near the finish and lasts throughout the aftertaste. I like this characteristic, but I figure alot of people won't. Cleanly fermented otherwise. Slight sour metallic note lingers.

This really bolstered my enthusiasm at first, but the thinner body just doesn't hold up to what I want in a porter. I need more malt ooomph, and the finish is oddly dry. Still, this is a decent porter, but when I have Ed Fitz in the cooler next to it, why bother?

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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 frazbri
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Michigan Brewing's Peninsula Porter poured ruby accented, deep brown in color. A cream color head sat atop the body and foam laced the glass as I drank. The aroma was full of cocoa and coffee. Roasted flavors and mild bitterness were the first flavors that came through. The finish was a little fruity. The body was medium-full, with moderately high carbonation, and it finished dry.

This was a tasty porter. It was most notable for the roast flavors, so give it a go if you like porters.

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Photo of proc
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out to a rich, dark brown in the glass with a good-sized head. The aroma is that of roasted malt and coffee. The taste very good, with coffee, malt, chocolate coming to the forefront. Easy to drink and satisfying on the swallow. Thinner on the finish than's Bell's porter, but very drinkable. A true session porter.

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

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Purchased from the brewery.
No freshness date on the label.

Pours black, with brown colored highlights. About a half inch thick cream colored tan that dissappears quickly. Some delicate lacing is left, but not much. Heavy malty smell, smoke and also suttle hints of coffee and dark chocolates. Taste starts with lots of dark malts and ends with some bitterness. Decent carbonation, and leaves a semi dry feeling in the mouth. A bit too thin for me. A nice easy drinking porter with low abv, which makes it easy to have a few bottles in one sitting. Worth a try, but I think this tastes better on tap, at the brewery.

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

A: Dark brown color; little light coming through. Poured a half finger tan head that dissipated to a broken skim. Patchy lacing.

S: Rich toasted malts; chocolate and bitter coffee. A hint of floral hops.

T: Consistent with aroma; bitter coffee and dark chocolate. Coffee lingers a bit in the mildly bitter finsih.

M: Light body. Very low carbonation. Smomoth and dry.

D: Solid porter. Easily drinkable. Aroma very appealing, but a bit muted in taste.

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Photo of orfeu
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Pizza Plant Walker Center. Mahogany with cherrywood highlights and a handsome, fluffy head of tan foam. Clumpy, sticky lacing. Not a lot happening in the nose -- some citrusy c-hop aromas predominate with a bit of biscuity malting underneath, but nothing roasty or earthy. These latter nominations well describe the flavor, however, in addition to slightly sour, with a sharp mineral edge, moving into "city-roast" coffee qualities with soft-spoken husky grain notes. A bit of fruitiness (slight muskmelon and mandarin orange) right before a big swath of metallic earthiness. Very citrusy hop burps. Wet coffee grounds in the aftertaste. Taste redeems what in the nose prepared me for disappointment. Light-to-medium body, but substantial with a smooth, slightly peppery mouthfeel. A very nice session porter. Recommended.

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