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
Photo of superspak
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
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 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 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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark nut brown with bright orange highlights... that becomes bloody crimson when backlit. The beer is capped with two fingers of cork colored foam that has a firmly creamy texture and is no slouch when it comes time to decorate the glass.

Any porter than smells this roasted malty is fine by me. Chocolate and coffee make equal contributions, with hops adding something of value as well. Very nice.

MBC Peninsula Porter could be richer, but it isn't bad given an ABV of 5.5%. Besides, it has plenty of dark malty flavor and is well-balanced between sweet and bitter. Most of what these guys brew is above-average. This one is no exception.

Roasted coffee beans might have a slight edge over bittersweet chocolate on the palate. A slight smoky char adds an Irish dry stout character that keeps things interesting. The hops are most likely German in origin, which works better than American varieties would have. Again, more malt would have added more depth of flavor.

The body/mouthfeel is on the thinnish side, although I'm a pretty tough grader when the ABV gets over 5.0%. It's fine in terms of amount, but the carbonation could be a mite softer and smoother.

Michigan Brewing Company tends to get overlooked when the talk turns to Michigan craft beer. That's probably valid when the state boasts such luminaries as Bell's, Founders, New Holland, Dark Horse, Short's, Kuhnhenn, et al. This isn't a bad little porter, though. In fact, I'm enjoying it.

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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 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 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 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 ZAP
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
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 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 StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Pencible
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear dark cherry with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like dark chocolate and roasted coffee, with some earthy cocoa powder.
T: It tasted like roasted barley and coffee, with some earthy dark chocolate and copper. It had a somewhat clean and bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This had a nice scent, but only ok taste and body. The finish wasn't the best, but it was still easy enough to drink. An average and forgettable brew, but at least it wasn't offensive.

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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 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 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 beerguy101
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
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 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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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 brewcrew76
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
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 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 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 HarmonMW
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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 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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Michigan Brewing Peninsula Porter from Michigan Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 62 ratings