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

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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 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 karengarys
3.35/5  rDev -8%
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 mzwolinski
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Robust, eh? I doubt it. Black in color with a thin spotty head. The aroma is probably the strong point of this beer -- a nice roasty, coffee-like scent, with a mild chocolatey undertone. The flavor profile is fairly similar, though the relatively high carbonation level distracts from some of the flavor. Starts off with a sweet, mocha-like malt flavor, which develops into a gently roasty finish. As with the aroma, there's a slight chocolatey undercurrent which really helps this beer out. Still, it seems a bit thin -- medium to medium-light body. Finish is slightly dry with a very mildly acidic hop bite. Drinkable alright, but not terrific.

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