Michigan Brewing Peninsula Porter | Michigan Brewing Company

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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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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 62
Photo of nicksta
2.36/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The appearance is a cola black with a light brown, short lived head. After the head dies a good amount of lacing cements to the glass. The smell is candy sweet and alcoholic. I think I've been here before. Yes, it was Berghoff Genuine Dark Beer. Ugh, the taste is burnt and bitter with unsweetend cocoa and it finishes with the dull taste of steel. The mouthfeel is a little better, but the drinkability is crap because it is bitter and it burns.

I expected more. This is a bad beer.

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Photo of readbaron
2.78/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a crisp dark brown with plentiful light foamy mocha head that slowly fades.

Smell is good - bready grains and chocolate malt, a hint of caramel toffee. It's straight forward, and not particularly complex.

Taste is where this one falls apart. It starts off nicely - malty with light cocoa, but it fades into a really strange finish - it reminds me of ashy water. Unpleasant. Maybe it's the interaction of the hops with the caramel malt?

Feel is good, robust, medium bodied, creamy.

It's too bad the taste was so strange. I hope I got bad a bottle and this isn't normal for the beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
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 ZAP
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Dark brown with a big pillowy tan head.

S-Some cocoa...a little java..and some mild sourness

T-Milk chocolate...also some java..java notes emerge on the long finish...nice depth to this.

M-Smooth and creamy texture...light bodied for the style...a little light in the shorts...

D-This is an ok porter...the java is a little strong on the finish...also don't care for the lighter weight of the body....still overall it is decent and some will like this better than me I'm sure..

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Photo of superspak
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, bottle date of 04/08/10. Pours clear reddish brown color with 1-2 fingers of a fairly dense light tan head with nice retention that reduces to a cap that lasts. No lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of roasted malts, light chocolate, caramel, coffee, and a good amount of spicy hops. Some pretty weak aromas here, with a lot of hop presence. It improved a bit as it warmed up. Taste of spicy hops, with a bit of roasted malts, light chocolate, bitter coffee, and caramel. Fairly dry finish, but has a decent amount of bitterness, with lingering notes of roasted malt, light chocolate, caramel, and spicy hops. Medium bodied with fairly high carbonation. A bit of creaminess in the mouthfeel as well. Overall quite a hoppy and interesting porter, but 1.5 years have not been kind to this beer. I may have to pick one up fresh and see how it is. I had no idea they dated the front of the labels.

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Photo of granger10
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
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 Gusler
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
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 WoodBrew
3.25/5  rDev -11%
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 Stimack
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured to a dark brown color slightly hedging on black with a lot of amber highlights shinning through. Fair sized medium colored head that had fair retention and left most of its lacing at the top of the glass. The aromas for this brew are dark malts, caramel, and a slight acidic smell - not sure if that is from the dark/burnt malts or from hops? The taste is also fair, coffee along with a more roasted flavor. The malt seems to be very present at the start but the end has a slight metallic flavor which is not overly pronounced but I feel does take a little away from this brew. Over all this is a fair brew, probably causing me to be a little harsher against it after having the Great Lakes Porter offering just before. All in all I would get this again but feel that I have had numerous others that are as good if not better.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
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 FRivard
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle dated 07/19/11 1414081

Pours a deep deep amber color with little carbonation leaves a one finger head with minimal lacing

Smells of toffee caramel and roasted malts

Tastes like butterscotch caramel and a bit of coffee bitter and roasted on the end true to style

Mouthfeel medium bodied with a crisp clean finish

Overall A drinkable porter with a good amount of flavor true to style

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black, deep brown with ruby highlights and 2 fingers of tab head.

S - Toasted bread, caramel, toffee, hint of vanilla, slight coffee and chocolate.

T - Milk chocolate, caramel, slight coffee and chocolate, slightly watery.

M - Slightly thin and watery. Slight lack of flavor makes it feel pretty thin.

D - Had potential but as it warms it turns into a light watery, lacks character for a porter.

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Photo of karengarys
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours transparent black (very dark, but not cloudy). Leaves little head, no lacing, hardly a foamy ring.

Smells of unsweetened chocolate are strong. Slight hop and alcohol too.

Tastes of unsweetened chocolate. Some malt, some hop, but lots of unsweetened chocolate.

Mouthfeel is okay, not really bad, but it doesn't do a lot either. Some creaminess throughout the drink, finishing with a thin water feel.

finish is interesting, the chocolate goes away, and the pallette is cleansed with a bit of hop. Unfortunately there is a bit of an aftertaste.

I would recommend giving this a try, it is a good porter, but try it before you buy a case of it.

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Photo of nortmand
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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 montageman
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Deep, dark brown to black in color with a good amount of head that slowly gives way to sturdy lacing. Smell is roasty with a little coffee - fairly straight forward. There is a crisp smell as well - this is lighter than your average porter. Big roasted malt up front segues into a clean, bitter finish like some middle of the road coffee. Mouthfeel is OK - a little too thin for my liking when it comes to darker styles - the carbonation lends some spiciness to the flavor, which is interesting. The thinness is what makes this beer drinkable even sessionable - it is quite pleasant. Recommended.

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Photo of Limberg316
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
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 beerguy101
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark black brown color, medium head.Aroma is chocolate malt and hoppy. A medium bodied porter. Deeply roasted malts, chocolaty and somewhat sweet. Some hop spiciness? Nice balance. Good flavor, complex and clean taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly malty. A nice lighter bodied porter.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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 pbrian
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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 therica
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= medium mahogany brown, modest head and carbonation.

S= hints of dark chocolate, toffee, some hops florals, dark malts.

T= decent, I prefer stronger Porters but this is a good beer although it reminded me more of a Schwarzbier in style. A bit of dry chocolate, toffee, modest hops bitters. Modest carbonation.

M= a little lingering toffee, coffee, fairly nice.

O= very drinkable for session or with many meals that would be good in the Schwarz category.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 EnJeiBee
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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 association330
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark brown with a finger of creamy tan head. Reduces to a cap with some lacing.

S - Burnt malts, toast, roasted coffee and cacao beans, a little buttery, and a touch of floral hops.

T - More burnt malt and dark roasted coffee. A tad buttery, and some hoppiness lends to a dry, coffee finish. The lingering coffee seems a bit sour and overdone.

M - Body a little on the light side of moderate. Carbonation is moderate. Nice creamy smoothness.

D - A solid, though not great porter. Nose gave it potential, but it lacked thereafter. I'm noticing this as a trend among MBC brews.

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Photo of grub
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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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Photo of Smittysguinness
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

All in all, this is a decent porter as they go. Not outstanding, but again, consistent. Definitely worth a try.

It poured a dark brown, so dark it was nearly crimson red. Little head, didn't stick around long, but left some nice light brown lacing.

The smell was terrific. Roasted roasted roasted! Roasted nuts big time, which is pretty cool, and some nice maltiness.

The taste didn't hold as much of the roasted nut smell as I had hoped, but it still had all of that and some nice smokiness to it. A little earthy too, which seemed to fit it just fine.

It was a little on the thin side in terms of moutfeel, but I wouldn't kick it out of my fridge. As I pick up mixed sixers of "heavier" beers, I'll keep this one on the list.

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