Concord Porter | Concord Brewery

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Concord PorterConcord Porter

Brewed by:
Concord Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by taez555 on 02-20-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 35
Reviews by Longstaff:
Photo of Longstaff
2.71/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Re-review 4/14/05:

I hate to do this, but I can't let my original review stand anymore. I purchased some Concord Porter recently that was well within the drink by date and it turned out to be slightly sour, phenolic, thin, light on the roasted/chocolate flavors and no hop character that it used to have. I would let it stand if I didn't get the same thing from the others in the line and if it was only a one time try, but I've been trying their beers for the last year to see if they get better and they just aren't. I'm heartbroken.

Original review 10/30/02:
I can't believe I haven't reviewed this beer yet, since I've been drinking it for about 2 years. Pours a very dark ruby color almost bordering on black. Roasted aromas with a slight hop nose. Milky smooth mouthfeel combined with a sharp roasted coffee like flavor. Then it turns to chocolate milk type flavors and then the gentle hop flavor unites all the other flavors. Could be my imagination but I think since Dann started brewing this it has become slightly drier and the sweetness has been subdued. This is a good thing since it allows you to drink more without it becoming cloggy in the throat. One of the top 5 porters in my book and the fact that it is brewed a few blocks from my house makes it even better.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This went well with my Reuben, but it's really only average to slightly better than average. It was a dark brown with a thin, almost nonexistent, head. It had a smoky, roasted grain aroma. Taste was dark coffee and some sweet chocolate. Not exactly awe-inspiring, but OK. Decent mouthfeel, nice aftertaste.

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Photo of Todd
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby in colour, so deep it appears near black. Head is a nice tan with a creamy consistency, plenty of stick and retention too. Aroma is malty, with lots of fresh grain in the nose and dark fruits.

Creamy, smooth, even and medim bodied. Quite malty with a subdued, but present, sweetness. Flavours of earth, light smoked malts, date, prune, raisin and grape skin blend together in a complex manner. Hop bitterness is well-balanced with just enough twang to both complement come into its own -- slight sharp rind flavour. Finish brings more grain feel, a dryness and a grape-skin-like presence.

This beer just hits me right everytime. An outstanding American brewed Porter, and a sheer pleasure to drink. I also highly recommend that you let this beer warm up a bit before drinking.

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Photo of Jason
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. long neck with a "For best flavor drink before" date printed on the right side of the label.

Appearance: Dark brown stained leather colour with a well shown clarity, light beige caked on lace floats with a sturdiness to the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Mild aromas of chocolate and chicory with a hints of spicy woody hop and dark brown sugar.

Taste: Nearly silky smooth, holding a medium build and a modest carbonation from a strong pour into the glass. Complex malt character of unsweetened malted milk balls, carob, coffee, soft charcoal and a light acidic twang from the roasted malt. Faint touch of alcohol on the palate. Hops keep things completely level and in order and leave traces of spice and hop leaf. More of roasted character flavours the finish though does not go overboard.

Notes: Flavours are blended well, a most excellent Brown Porter and surely a session style beer. This brew grabbed a silver at the World Beer Cup 2000.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown with a fat tan head. Real thick sheet of lace settles out.

Smells nicley roasted in it's coffeeness. Undertones of caramel and toasted nut.

Very rich in it's taste. Nicely coffeed up front with just a whisp of walnut astringency hiding in the back. Finishes dry and a little bitter. Lots of dark malts smoldering in the ebb.

Mouthfeel is a little oily with a nice backbone to it. Carbonation is understated.

Another gem from Concorde.

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Photo of QXSTER1
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as dark and full bodied as some of my favorites but not too much to complain about either. Nice roasted malt flavor accentuated by the extremely smooth mouthfeel and subtle hop finish. Middle of the road but I wouldn't turn another down.

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Photo of Samdaddy
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Concord Porter was a solid porter. It had a little head, and close to pitch black body. It has a sharp taste that holds from your first sip to your last sip. I drank this amongst a few other porters of its kind and thought it was slightly above average for a porter. Give it a whirl.

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Photo of edchicma
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this offering with a nice meal of beef sausage and potatoes. Excellent complement to the meal. Beautiful mahogany color with outstanding head and abundant lacing. Exceptional coffee-like aroma with substantial malt overtones. Taste was balanced between sweetness of the malt and hoppiness. Slight coffee and chocolate undertones that accented the flavor most nicely. Mouthfeel was exceptionally smooth with a slight aftertaste. Could easily drink several of these. Concord comes through again.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep maroon almost black. Tan head appears and then fades away to nothing leaving a small amount of lace on the glass.
Aroma is grain characteristics, chocolate and some prunes or raisins.
Flavor is super creamy and smooth with chocolate, roasted malt and maybe a hint of chicory. Hint of smoke seems to sneak in also.
Bitterness on the finish cuts the sweet malt flavor enough to make this a really complex and nicely balanced beer.
Mouthfeel is really nice and the sweet and somewhat syrupy start finishes up nice a dry.
Drinkability is very high. Too bad I only have one bottle.
Thanks to Mikesy01 for this excellent beer.

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Photo of Murph
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an exceptional dark brown/ruby color with a huge tan head that last all the way down and a great cligning lace as well. Light roasted malt and chocolate aromas dominate the smell without much else being present. Sweet chocolate maltiness with some hints of roasted malt. Pretty ordinary flavor. Smooth and very creamy mouthfeel that makes this brew very drinkable. This would make a very nice session brew but not one of my top 3 or 4 porters. Thanks to the Bierman for the sample.

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Photo of goz
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour, with a good bit of ruby hues around the edges. Large tan head mostly diminishes, leaving good sheets of lacing. Aroma is of roasted coffee, caramel, and strongly bitter chocolate. Flavor is chocolate, roasted caramel, and a bit of coffee. Medium body, tingly carbonation. An excellent porter.

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Photo of LarryV
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really tried to like this beer, but it just seems to lack all the things I like in a porter. I tried this in the bottled version, not on draft. To me the mouth feel is very thin for a porter, color on the lighter side, and a bit hoppier than I care for in a porter. Lacking in chocolate or roasted notes, I found nothing in this beer to make me want to try it again.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perhaps I let this warm too much, but I love the huge tan head, at least two inches, that piles up with the same uncontrolled quality as a scoop of ice cream dropped incautiously into a root beer float. Or maybe it's a cherry cola float, for that's the color revealed as the light pours through.

I can just detect molasses, though sometimes there's something else that reminds me of Guinness. With its mild smokiness mingling with soft brown sugar and molasses, light body, pinhead fizziness, and its short but sweet finish, this is awfully easy to drink.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12ozer purchased as a single from the Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an pint glass mug, formed a 3/4" beige/light tan head above a dark copper brew, not as dark as most porters I am familiar with. Aroma is full of dark grains. Taste is malty, but somewhat thin-bodied. Mouthfeel is kind of watery, and drinkability is okay for sessionability, but lacking in the interest area. Was disappointed in this brew, was expecting more, but still an acceptable porter.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling this brew at room temp in a snifter. The aroma is all malt with brown sugar, molasses and caramel dominating. A beige head foams up and fades to an edge layer rather quickly. The color of the brew is very dark brown that reveals deep ruby tints when held to the light.
The first sip gives a thicker than average body with a slightly creamy texture. The carbonation is made up of very fine bubbles but is rather prickly on my tongue. Flavors are similar to aroma, I get rich roasted malt flavor with mild hints of chocolate and some molasses as well.
This beer is incredibly smooth and easy drinking. I could have many of these in a sitting methinks!

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Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice head but it leaves no lace. Dark brown in color, but clear enough to allow a light to shine through a half inch of brew.

Aroma features chocolate and touch of black patent malts. There's a slight amount of yeast smell as well. The flavor is predominately malt with the chocolate notes coming through strongest. The yeast also shows up but much more subtly than say a homebrew. The bittering hop is also subtle, providing more balance than flavor.

This beer is highly carbonated, but still maintains a fuller body. The aftertaste features darker malts with a touch of some bittering hop. An excellent American example of the style with some interesting twists.

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Photo of mikeys01
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft, Concord porter sits in the pint glass a nice mahogany color, letting only a bit of light penetrate its chocolatey depths. Poured with a modest but persistent creamy tan head that lasted at least half the pint through. Aroma is hinting at roasted malt and coffee, with a burnt sugar sweetness. The Concord Porter tastes very smooth, with a complex but not overwhelming blend of flavors. First taste is a nice mild smoky malt, very smooth, with hops lingering in the background to provide just enough bittering contrast. Also a bit of milky chocolate and coffee making themselves known here. Mouthfeel is relatively dry, with a bit of bitterness at the end for a perfect finish to an excellent porter. Excellent beer from Concord, just wish I didn't have to drive up to MA to find this fine porter!

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Photo of scottum
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid porter. Pour out a dark brown with a nice porter head. A mellow chocolate malt taste is balanced nicely by hops. This is a smooth down to earth brew that allows you to enjoy every sip. Certainly worth a try. Don't drink this too cold though or the flavors may not come through as well.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a reddish/burgandy highlights with a thin tan head. Smells of chocolate and coffee. Tastes chocolately, roasty, with a light but noticeable hop burst. I was not expecting this hop burst. Mouthfeel is good and the drinkability is a plus plus. At first I was a bit skeptical because of the lighter color of the beer, but was pleasently suprised after my first sip. I could drink these all day long.

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Photo of taez555
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark amber brown body with a big choppy off white head.

The nose a mix of chocolate, caramel, coffee, dark fruits, roasted barley and a very slight phenol/garbage smell.

The beer had a huge carbonated bubbled bodied on the tongue. Medium bodied, but surprisingly watery thin. Basically a porter. Tastes of dark roasted espresso beans, mild dark chocolate. Earthy hops blend with the roasted flavor. There’s an even bitterness throughout. It’s a little lighter than the malt but balances the beer well.

Overall a decent porter. A little too much of the burnt flavor for my tastes, but it’s light, simple and very drinkable. A nice porter.

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Photo of Stimack
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first experience with a Concord brew and I can say that I am impressed. This was a real nice porter that had some great aromas and flavors. Freshness "drink by date" is clearly marked on the side.
The brew poured a very dark brown, hedging on black with a very nice dark tan head that stuck around for a while and had very good lacing.
The smell is of chocolate and coffee with some strong hints of spicy hops. The taste is of coffee with a bit of nuttiness and maybe caramel (?) that goes together very nice.
The finish of the beer was nice with a bit of a roasted alcohol (?) taste.
Over all this beer’s taste has a very good balance and one that I would get in a heartbeat although more likely during the colder seasons!

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Photo of mschofield
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogany brown, topped with a two finger dark tan head. Leaves wide bands of lace down the glass.
Chocolate and coffee notes come across strong in the aroma, wood, earth.
Again the taste is strongly coffee based, caramel, nutty.
Light-medium bodied, needs to be fuller.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a transparent dark brown, nearly black, topped with a thin haze of head. Good head retention, for what it is, keeping throughout the glass.
The aroma is roasty, with a good bit of coffee, and a touch of toffee. Some light plum and raisin aroma, with very mild piney hopping. The balance seems nice, with the hops a bit more pronounced than your average porter. Clean, with no off aromas.
The flavor starts out rather thin, with only a slight roastiness coming through. The flavor beefs up in the middle, with a rich roasty coffee flavor, mingling with some plum, rainsin, and a touch of fig. Slight caramel towards the end, just before the hops cme in, and the raisin lingers through into the finish. Rather agressive hopping takes up the back, finishing the beer very dry, with a roasted coffee/herbal hop mix in the aftertaste. Light bodied, with rather overwhelming fizzy carbonation. An almost soda-like mouthfeel.
A decent porter, but pretty thin, especially in the front. The carbonation is definitely overwhelming. I enjoy the more pronounced hopping, and it does leave you with a pleasant, balanced aftertaste.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark Brown Ale with mahogony highlights. Has a dark beige head.Nice roasted malt aroma with tasty hints of roasted coffee and chocolate. Good roasted malt bitterness with just a hint of coffee that sits on the back of your tongue. I really liked the roasted mouthfeel. I've had stouts that were less assertive in the mouth.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown longneck bottle, capped, best by 05 03.

This porter poured a clear, mahogany brown color with tall, creamy, tan foam that left lace on the glass. The aroma was very mild but pleasant: bread, coffee, sweet malt, hints of chocolate. The taste was dark roasted malt, a hint of coffee, and some hops, but overall a bit thin. The mouthfeel was slightly sweet with a good dose of hops. The body was medium and the carbonation feel was medium-high. This was a decent porter from the bottle, but I liked it much better on tap.

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Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 35 ratings