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

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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 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 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 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 aforbes10
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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 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 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 Gehrig
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, with a thin line of rapidly dissipating foam resting atop. The smell is a little weak, with coffee and moderate roasted malt present. The same with the taste, coffee holding court, followed by hints of chocolate and a somewhat dry aftertaste.

This is a basic, straightforward, fairly good porter that is smooth and enjoyable. It just doesn't do anything to amaze. Worth a try.

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Photo of berserker256
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice coffee black appearance with a decent tan head. Light smell of roasted malt, bitterness, and chocolate. Light taste of chocolate and heavier taste of toasted malt. A touch of a bitter aftertaste but that's expected with this type of beer. Nice fizz and not too thick or chewy. Nice drinkable porter.

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Photo of Stimack
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
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 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 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 scoobybrew
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It has a deep, dark, nearly opaque black-amber color with a thick foamy head that is well retained. As the glass empties it leaves a nice lacing. The taste is dominated by the rich, roasted malt with chocolate coffee flavors. The hop taste is negligible initially, but as it warms a bit they come out in the background. It has a medium body with moderate carbonation.

This is a really good porter. It's very tasty. I would put it more in the British category than the American, but none-the-less it's 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 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 montageman
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
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 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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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 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 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 nicksta
2.36/5  rDev -35.2%
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 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 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 Smittysguinness
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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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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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